Thursday 11 June 2015

Glowing Birthday candles - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to another fab blog hop brought to you by Stampin' Up's official Artisan Design Team! This week we've been turning our attention to birthdays, using some of the gorgeous birthday themed products we were sent this month.

The ritual of lighting the candles on the cake is very important in our family whenever we're celebrating a birthday. We darken the room so that the lighted candles look all dramatic, we sing happy birthday with great enthusiasm and then whoever is celebrating has to blow out the candles (preferably in one breath!) and make a secret wish before we all tuck in! That's what inspired me to make today's card using the wonderful Build a Birthday photopolymer stamp set. Come and see:

A row of candles that disappear off the edge of the panel takes everyone's mind off how many there actually are *wink*! I coloured my candles with brights markers and added the striped Cherry on Top washi tape over the top for subtle colour differences. LOVE this washi tape!

Once I'd stamped the candle flames, I added some 'glow' with the sunburst stamp from Kinda Eclectic. I love mixing my stamp sets like this and make sure that my stamp shelves have plenty of sets that contain 'texture' images as there's SO much you can do with them :)

This greeting in a beautiful cursive font comes with the Build a Birthday set. I scored a couple of lines each side of the greeting, folded it into a banner shape, trimmed the ends into ribbon tails and used dimensionals to attach it to the card front.

TIP: If you thought the new Banner Triple punch was only good for large banners, think again! It's perfect for ribbon-tailing thinner pieces of card stock too - you can just judge it by eye or draw a dot where you want your cut-in to be.

I hope you've been inspired by this fun idea. You'll find lots more birthday inspiration as you follow the blog hop along - just click on the button below to visit the fab Allison Okamitsu next!

If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Since I've been gluten-free for over two years now, you may think I've had to miss out on the birthday cake ritual but no...

... I can assure you that candles stick perfectly well into all sorts of lovely goodies and, once they're blown out, a wish is a wish!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Very clever Vicky I love this card.

  2. Your card is fab Vicky. I like how you put the washitape over the candles.

  3. Wonderful inspiration. Great idea to use the Kinda Electic stamp as candlelight. xxx

  4. Vicky you are such a clever and talented person and crafter. I love looking at your work and do try to have a go at the ones I really love. I am a demonstrator from Australia but only do it as a hobby. I cant wait to check out all your new postings each week. This one again shows how clever you are using the stamp from the eclectic stamp set.

    1. What a lovely comment! I'm so pleased to have inspired you a little and love that you're enjoying your crafting!

  5. Love your creative card and family birthday fun!

  6. This reminds me of a card that we made together out of coloured paper and tin foil when I was teeny tiny! What a squee lady with an (n)ice cream sundae xx

    1. Didn't we have fun together! Let's do some crafting when you come home :)

  7. Vicky, your card is amazingly amazing and so are you, as well as amazingly beautiful! It's so good to see you! :) xxx

  8. Love, LOVE how you used the starburst behind the candles. Very creative card!

  9. Love your glowing candles!
    xo Allison

  10. Vicky,
    Happy Birthday!!!
    This card is fantastic. So many great ideas… using washi over a stamped image… the sunburst behind the candles… all gorgeous! I am going to try this with Christmas colors.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. HAPPY HAPPY birthday Vicky, love the candle in the ice cream yum yum.
    Fabulous birthday card

  12. Marisela Delgado said: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VICKY! As we say in Spanish, Feliz Cumpleanos! I hope you had a fabulous birthday with many more to come. May the good Lord bless you. Your friend in Texas, Marisela

  13. Thanks for the fab tip. I love your style, and I, too, look forward to your posts (I'm in beautiful British Columbia, Canada). Keep up your sparkle!


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