Thursday 12 March 2015

Join me for a boys' Birthday Bash - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to Thursday aka Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop day (I know, that's a bit of a mouthful isn't it!) All the team members around the world have been working hard to inspire you as usual, so make yourself comfy and let's start hopping!

It was my youngest son's birthday this week and he turned 14 (I have no idea how that happened but he assures me it's true!) I've been busy packaging up his presents with gorgeous Birthday Bash designer paper and the fabulous Balloon Bash stamp set. Come and see:

What a lovely lot of exciting goodies - and in my son's favourite colours too! It's so easy to create a coordinated look because Stampin' Up offers card stock, inks, markers, designer paper and accessories in the same colours :)

I used one of the designer papers as ordinary gift wrap here - although there's nothing ordinary about this fab retro design! The tag was punched out using the Angled Tag Topper punch, stamped with balloons from Balloon Bash and given a popped-up #happy birthday greeting at the bottom.

This is one of the simplest ways to wrap a relatively flat gift - simply wrap it, seal the ends and add a decorative belly band - mine was an off-cut from the first gift. I stamped another image from Balloon Bash to decorate the top.

Here's another favourite wrapping idea - a piece of designer paper, Fastfused on each side and folded in half to form a pouch. The flap is a separate piece of contrasting paper scored and glued to the back of the pouch.

It's that HB image again! This time I stamped it, cut it out and attached it with dimensionals so that the flap tucks under it to keep the pouch closed.

No gift set is complete without a card to write a birthday message in!

This one is a simple easel card - but with a difference! I added an orange flap to conceal my cutesy message so that when my son's friends come round for the sleep-over at the weekend, he won't have to hide the card with embarrassment! The flap also tucks under the stamped image to keep the card upright for display.

When you untuck it...

... the card folds nice and flat for posting. Of course I didn't  have to post mine - although we do have Puppy Post in our household!

I hope you've enjoyed browsing through my son's card and gifts. He loved everything, particularly those # greetings! Now it's time to hop over and take a look at the always-inspiring Allison Okamitsu's work. Just click the button below.

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How was my son's birthday? Well, his sister, who he adores and who is currently at uni in Manchester, popped in for breakfast and present-opening via Skype and later, after a 'pretty decent' day at school, I whisked him off to our favourite café for a fancy high tea. When his brother and his dad had finished work, we settled in for more presents, curry and a game of cards. So, all in all a very happy birthday!

See you tomorrow for a round up of the latest Stampin' Up bargains!


  1. These colorful projects would make anyone's birthday a very happy one.

  2. wow!! what a great project! you worked hard this week!

  3. Hi Vicky . . . belated birthday wishes to your son. Sounds like he had a fun day with lots of treats.

    Your gift wrapping and card for him is utterly brilliant, as usual.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. I really like the design of this card a lot. Would you be able to share the cutting and scoring measurements so that I might try it as well?

  5. OH! WOW these are ALL fabulous, I'm sure he loved them and how thoughtful to do an easel card that doesn't show the sentiment of how you love him :).

  6. The gift wrap and card are all gorgeous! So glad your son and all of you had a great day :) xxx

  7. I would love a tutorial for the birthday card - looks fabulous.

    1. Your wish is my command Jenny! Here's the tutorial using an Easter set


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