February 27, 2018


It is always something of a challenge to come up with a birthday card for my oldest daughter, Emily, who is a freelance illustrator. At least, one that she approves of. Her style is so much different from mine. 

Anyway, I thought I'd come up with a winner for this year's card. However, she didn't say much about it. Oh well. I like it.

The background is a combo of Rose Red and Bermuda Bay in the two kinds of circles. I used first and second generation stamping for a variance. To pick up once again the Pool Party in the paper portion of the card, the three self-stick sequins are also Pool Party. Although they look white in the photos.

Because I used a lot of Stampin' Dimensionals in putting this card together, it has some dimension, but not too much that it would inhibit mailing.

The cupcake and its wrapper are both three-step stamping. The set is Sweet Cupcake, which can be found on page 83 of the big catalog. A coordinating die set, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, on page 213, makes easy work of cutting out the cupcake. And the word "wish" also comes from that Framelits set.

Both of the circles upon which the cupcake rests are made from the Stitched Shapes Framelits on page 214. The bottom circle is cut from Designer Series Paper in Bermuda Bay and Whisper White. The circle right underneath the cupcake was embossed with big circles, and is done in Pool Party.

What is your experience using two- or three-step stamps? Do you have any trouble lining each of the layers up with the other ones? Do you have any suggestions that you could share with the rest of us to make this type of stamping less challenging?



  1. So cute! My grandmother use to make my birthday cards. Very creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is such a beautiful card! I love the dimension and the texture that is implied using the different printed papers. Pinned.

  3. Oh that kind of hurts when you make something special and people don't care to notice! I however LOVE IT!

  4. It's so pretty.
    It is hard to make lovely cards for the same people year after year isn't it? I feel with our kids I tended to peak one year and then spend every other year beating myself up because nothing would be as nice as the 'good year' ! I remember a wii remote control card that was exceptionally good if I do say so myself, and a Dr Who Tardis with a door that opened and everything!
    Just made a card you think is nice and try not to worry (easier said than done!)

  5. I love the the dimension and the color combo is perfect for this time of year. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a great weekend.