With my own birthday just past (somehow 52 seems less interesting than 51 and a whole lot older as well – LoL!) and a slew of family and friends also celebrating it seemed the right time to focus on all the birthday offerings Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs and mini’s that fit my frugal definition of under $20. So for the next week or two I’ll be presenting for your inspiration links relating to birthdays. And for an added bonus I’ll even throw in links to a few basic birthday gift projects as well. Timely too in that my and my SU partners next Stamp a Stack scheduled for Feb. 27th in Central Point, Oregon will be featuring birthday cards for all ages. If you are in the area and in need of cards for your stash give me a holler and I’ll get you signed up (for details check the event listing).
For a complete listing of all stamps in the Under $20 category check out my sidebar and SCRIBD downloads (new list for the Occasions mini has recently been added).
On a side note – and by way of an informal survey…..
Do you find yourself loving or hating your age based on whether the number is even or odd? Do you have a favorite multiple ( divisible by 3 for example)? Does 51 sound sexy but 52 just sounds old and blah? Do you have a favorite day of the week for your birthday to fall on? That last question may only be truly relevant for those of us who’s birthdays fall on the 13th or in the case of February the 29th the question might more properly be do you have a favorite year?. Hmmmm…..I’m really hoping I’m not the only one who ponders these things. Do me a favor and leave a comment if you too obsess or at least wonder a bit along these lines. After all crazy likes company right?
So on with the show (click on images to see them larger)……….
Birthday Bliss – #115442, $15.95, pg. 71
One of my favorite creative birthday themed sets. With this new to this catalog set each image stands well alone or in combination. One of my favorite design ideas for this set is to create my own background with the Ice Cream and Presents and Cake Oh My image in a light color then create a focal image overlay with the Birthday Bliss image. After all ice cream and cake and presents might be the definition of birthday bliss for some people and the text stamp always seems to have the same ring to me as the lions and tigers and bears oh my chant that I grew up with as a kid! My other favorite image is the candles with make a wish. Years ago I worked on local fundraisers for the Make a Wish foundation and seeing that text and the candles together reminds me of that time and that wonderful organization. Plus the image coordinates with our smaller tag punch that with a toothpick base make for quick and easy cupcake flags. In fact all of these images lend themselves to being used as cupcake flags.
Hard to beat the terrific price either and now for the next few months that price has gotten even better! Free! During this SAB season you can earn this set for free as it is one of several included on page 11 of the SAB flyer as an alternate free stamp set.
Birthdays should be bliss, so make a wish and let the party begin!
Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3127
http://www.lakesidestamper.com/lakesidestamper/2009/10/halloween-handouts.html – 3D pencil/crayon box
Wishing someone a happy birthday gets no easier–or simpler–than this. A single stamp with a tasty cake and a heartfelt birthday greeting. Perfect for a quick card of any size. And with a little creative surgery you get two stamp images. The Text portion of the stamp can be mounted separately on the block side. And with just the image alone you can create some very cool backgrounds by stamping the image multiple times.
Note about single stamps: All single stamps currently are only available in wood mount blocks.
Set Quantity: 1
Sadly I have very few links for you. Though this is a very cute stamp in my personal opinon very few samples have been posted that I could find.
SCS Gallery: none
Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none
Also available in French – #116281
When we want to Celebrate Everything, we really mean it! Mix and match your favorite phrases that include the word “Celebrate.” Combine small phrases that work with the bold anchor word for serious cause for celebration.
Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=586
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1393520?&cat=12242 – substitute the new Sweet Pea paper to all SU it
One of the most frugally priced birthday sets in the catalog with line art that lends itself to multiple coloring techniques.
Cake, presents, and balloons. What more do you need? Celebrate a classic birthday with all the necessities. This stamp set is wonderful for cards, invitations, and fantastic party favors.
Another set also available for free through Sale-a-Bration and found on page 11 of the SAB mini.
Stampin’ Addicts Gallery:
http://stampingjo.com/tips-techniques/happy-birthday-card-video-by-stampin-up-learn-to-watercolor – watercolor video featuring bitty birthday
Hope you enjoyed this first installment of birthday inspiration. I’ll be back Friday with another installment of great birthday stamp sets as well as some links to great present possibilities.
Hugs and Blessings – Jean