Happy Birthday, Brooke!

Brooke is about the girliest girl I know. While I know stereotypes can be dangerous, it’s the best way I can describe her so that you understand what I’m dealing with here. Brooke loves everything pink and everything floral. The first time I visited Brooke’s home, I was rendered speechless by her hot pink walk-in closet with its blinged-out chandelier. Oddly, there wasn’t anything gaudy or crazy about it – it just felt like I was standing in a little girl’s dream come true.

Brooke’s birthday was yesterday (August 27), but I won’t see her until Tuesday night when we will be having an amazing dinner together at Annie’s Thai Castle in Buckhead. If you are ever in Atlanta, then you MUST go to Annie’s and try the Mee Krob appetizer, the Rama and the Fancy Thai Fried Rice – quite possibly the most delicious food you will ever eat in your life. [This section of my blog has been brought to you by Annie’s Thai Castle, the finest Thai Cuisine in Atlanta. I am Brian, and I approve this message.]

After playing with several flower sets and punches and papers, I reached for Four Seasons, a host(ess) set from the 2012-2013 Idea Book and Catalog. In my mind, this set has always been best-suited for Fall and Winter (I guess I’ve always paid attention to the stamps with the Fall leaves and the snowflakes), but it makes sense that Spring and Summer would also be represented (it’s called FOUR Seasons, right?) so I took a closer look. Yes! Perfect for Brooke’s birthday card.  A couple of stamps, a couple of punches, a tiny rhinestone…and I’m ready to celebrate Brooke’s birthday!


Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Let the image speak for itself.  Layers of images and background paper designs are lovely and can add a wonderful element to a card, but they are not necessary in every project.  It’s nice to keep things simple every once in a while and let the image speak for itself.
  • Don’t forget the envelope!  I added a piece of Melon Mambo from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack to the flap of the envelope and then snipped around the envelope flap sides to add a nice element to the outside of Brooke’s card.


Stamp sets:  Four Seasons, Sweet Essentials  Papers:  Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Melon Mambor, Wild Wasabi  Accessories:  2-3/8″ Scallop punch, 1″ Circle punch, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Wild Wasabi), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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  1. Very sweet and love all of the layers! I need to ink up this set…that little bird is so sweet. I am drooling over the thai food! Too far from Atlanta but I will make a note of your recommendations and check our local thai place…I’m a chicken pad thai girl myself 🙂 Have fun!

    • Nice transition from a chubby little bird on the card to chicken pad thai, Amy! 🙂 The set is a lot more versatile than even I thought it would be.

  2. Hello Brian: This is a very beautiful card. Love the color combinations and indeed, this stamp set needs to be inked up!! I love Thai food so, if I’m ever in Atlanta I will be sure to visit this restaurant. I will tell them Brian sent me.

  3. It appears we have a common theme so far… we all love Brooke’s birthday card as well as Thai food! And, yes, if this Brooke is the same Brooke that I have met and seen twice, she not only is the perfect “girly girl” (BTW, did you know that is Pam’s SCS name?) but she is absolutely the prettiest young lady I have ever met! Happy Birthday, Brooke!

  4. Love the way you made this elegant and still stayed clean and simple, very lovely! And the food sounds divine as well. Brooke will have a happy birthday with this perfectly layered card!

  5. Lucky Brooke!!

  6. Once again – you have made me look at a stamp set I origonally passed over. I love all of the layers, especially the way you popped the center bird. The color combo is perfect.

  7. Brian I love your blog and get such good ideas every time I stop by! Thanks for using this hostess set. I have it also but forget to use it. You’ve given me a little push to pull it out. Thanks!

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