Be Inspired-Favorite Celebration
Is it hard to think about a favorite celebration? When I sat and thought about this, I thought about all of the great parties we’ve had in our home. I’d say the reality of our favorite celebrations boils down to everyday life. We celebrate the littlest things along with the big.
I can’t say that I’ve thought this way all my life. In fact, it took Russ having a stroke for me to even think about how short our lives are and how we should celebrate every day.
Today, I’m going to share a birthday card because that is where it all begins for us.
I should probably tell you right off the bat that when it comes to celebrating birthday’s, I kind of suck at it. I’ve longed to be THAT mom who goes over the top with birthday decorations, amazing birthday cakes, and parties that everyone talks about for days.
That’s not me.
Never has been.
Instead, I’m the mom who:
- Puts together something last minute.
- I’m typically the mom running to the grocery store grabbing the cake 30 minutes before the friends and family start arriving.
- Yes, I’m the mom who waits until the very last minute to send all invites and sometimes it’s a phone call invitation.
- My birthday decor is quite shameful, but somehow my family enjoys it.
- I’m even the mom who has forgotten to make a card, and instead of making something super unique and personal, I grab something from the “already created” box.
While I’m not the award winning party planner, the party remains fun, my kids never complain and regardless of the card being personal or “already created” they always love my handmade card with a personal message inside. That’s my “WIN!”
Happy Birthday, Friend
When I started this card, I was in a colorful mood. I had an idea of the colors I wanted to use which included Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig. I love how these two colors look together. However, adding the third color became a bit more challenging until I put the Calypso Coral next to them. I loved how this looked together.
Tips & Tricks
- I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits with Watercolor Paper then watercolored the die cut using Lemon Lime Twist and my Aqua Painter. Tip: Wet the entire die cut with your Aqua Painter first, then add your ink color of choice. Adding the water first makes the blending of the ink and water beautiful every single time.
- To create the square, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits largest square. Then I watercolored the die cut using Calypso Coral ink and an Aqua Painter. Tip: Add drops of ink to the square, then using a Heat Tool, move the water around to create a unique look.
- I stapled the Linen Thread, die cut and Delicate White Doily together to help keep in place. I used one tiny glue dot on the Happy Birthday die cut to help it lay down flat.
- Attach the happy birthday layer to a piece of Fresh Fig (2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″) at a slight angle.
- One of my favorite greeting stamp sets is Thoughtful Banners. The Thoughtful Banners is a great set that includes so many greeting choices. Once all of my layers were attached, I stamped the friend greeting using Basic Black ink.
The Finished Product
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I love how this turned out, and it will make it into my basket of created birthday cards. They are always great to have on hand, and from the looks of my basket, I need to start sending some.
Don’t forget to add a little touch of pizzaz to your card by using the NEW Glitter Enamel Dots. I love the colors, and they coordinate with so many of our Stampin’ Up! colors.
Try This Color Combination
I hope I’ve inspired you in a few ways today. First, it’s totally okay being a non-party planner. Kids and adults are still going to have a magnificent time. Second, I hope this card inspires you not only to create but also to step outside your usual color combinations. I would love to hear what your favorite celebration is. Enlighten me if party planning is your thing. I could use the help.
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Kimberly Van Diepen
Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos. Everyone needs a friend, and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.
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