A Cheeky Birthday Celebration for the Be Inspired Blog Hop

It’s time for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop – what fun!  The Be Inspired Design Team is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the world who are excited to share our themed projects with you.  I’m so honored to be a part of this group of talented stampers!  If you aren’t starting the hop here, then you probably just popped over from a visit with my adorable and talented Aussie friend Louise Sharp at louisesharp.com.  How much do you love her work?!

The theme for today’s Be Inspired Hop is “Birthdays.”  Not only is this a fun theme, but it happens to fall on the 50th birthday of a super-talented, super-kind, wonderfully dear friend of mine.  I won’t name this friend, but I will give you some hints – she lives in Austin, she understands blue, she LOVES cats and she looks like this:

Lydia FiedlerBefore you look at this card, PLEASE UNDERSTAND that this is a cheeky (impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way) card for a person I love very much – it’s not a statement about how I feel about aging or people who are 50.  🙂

Here’s my birthday card for my unnamed friend:

So Very Sorry, Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Snarky birthday cardTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sorry, Not Sorry.  I know, I know.  This Sorry About Everything stamp set is designed for lots of occasions and expressions of sorry – but I’m pretty sure it’s not intended for birthdays.  That doesn’t mean it CAN’T be used for birthdays, though.  🙂  Because my friend and I have a very close, humor-filled relationship, I am comfortable sending her this card.  So Very Sorry, Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up!, Snarky birthday cardHere’s how I made it:
    • I cropped a panel of the Pear Pizzazz paper and a panel of Soft Sky paper (same size for each).
    • I positioned the sentiments on my Misti stamp positioning tool and stamped them in the same place on each layer.
    • I stacked the two panels on top of each other and ran through the Big Shot with the “5” and “0” from the Large Numbers Framelits dies.
    • I pieced in the “5” and the “0” from the blue paper into the green.  Because they were stamped with the Misti, they were perfectly aligned here.
  • Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  You wouldn’t know this if you weren’t already a fan of the paper, but both the Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz papers used in this card are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I love how Stampin’ Up!’s papers include both themed pages and pages with coordinated patterns that don’t follow the theme.  That makes them even more flexible and fun to play with.  Here’s a look at this gorgeous pack of Designer Series Paper:  Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!If you’d like to see some additional color combinations with this pack of paper, CLICK HERE.
  • New Product Alert.  If you don’t pay attention to the Halloween section of the Holiday Catalog, you might miss this new accessory that needs to be on your Must-Have List.  With the release of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog, we are introduced to Black Rhinestone Jewels.  I added three of these rhinestones to accent my oversized sentiment.

    Black Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin' Up!

    Black Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  So Very Sorry  Papers:  Coffee Break Designer Series paper, Basic Black Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Do you have a friend who would love to receive this card from you?  I’m so glad you stopped by and hope you like my project.  Please continue the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop to see more projects that I’m sure you’ll love. The next stop is my friend, Janneke de Jong at Happy Stampin’. Click on the banner below to continue through the hop:

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  1. Hi Brian,
    I think it’s a clever idea to use stamps in amusing ways. Yes, I am over 50.
    But I think age is just a number, it ‘s what you do and how you feel that makes your age seem young or old to me. I feel young.
    Have a great day.

    • Hey Lesa,
      Thanks for the comment – I love to use stamps in an unconventional way. Glad you can appreciate that. I agree – age is a number. My friend is one of the most playful, fun-loving people I know, so I feel like I have to celebrate her “milestone” in a playful, fun-loving way. <3

  2. I love your humorous card! I also like how you layered the 50 and sentiment. Perfect!

  3. That is hilarious. Very much my sense of humour. Love the colours on the card.

    • Yay! I was a bit worried that some might think it in bad taste (I wouldn’t send this to just anyone), but I love it for people who are a little naughty or love a snarky laugh. 🙂 Thanks, Yvette!

  4. Totally fun……and cute! Lydia will love it!

    • Thanks, Linda! I was hoping she would receive the card yesterday, but she didn’t. 🙁 She’s been banned from my blog today until the mail comes. I’m pretty sure she’ll appreciate it. <3

  5. I would have loved that card (50 was awhile ago!) You have to have a sense of humor. I also loved how you did the stamping and die cutting. Very clever. SU needs a Misti type piece of equipment!

    • Hey Dianne! I’m so glad you can see the humor in the card – I’m still giggling over it. 🙂 It was a fun card to pull together, and I hope she likes it, too. <3

  6. Absolute genius way to use “sorry” and 50th birthday. Happy, happy, Lydia!

  7. I love this card!! So sassy! Your friend is not going to believe it!! LOL

  8. Bwah ha ha ha!!

  9. Such a hoot! And just perfect for Lydia! Love the paper placing you did!! This is just such s cool card.

  10. Brilliant and hilarious! Happy Birthday, Lydia!!!

  11. Awesome card Brian and the “So Sorry” is perfect for a 50th birthday card for a friend who knows that your tongue is frequently planted firmly in your cheek.

  12. Great card Brian! Just curious, did you also kvetch about the pattern in the 5 & 0 matching up with the pattern in the 2nd piece of soft sky DPS or was that just a happy coincidence????

    • Hahaha! Liz, I actually thought about it as I was placing the numbers – I wanted them to line up as best they could. I was happy that they were (at least) close enough. Point is…I thought about it. 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Hahaha, this is a great snark card. I have several family members who would appreciate this! Love it! And I am sure Lydia will as well.

    • Thanks, Heather! It’s fun, right? I know a lot of people didn’t understand the “at least your still pretty” stamp – but I think it’s hilarious (for a select audience). I appreciate your comment.

  14. Brilliant!! Genius!! So stinkin’ clever!! I love it!! Thank you for a whole new way of using my MISTI!! (Wheels are turning)

  15. Love the humor about this! And yes, Lydia is super talented and deserves to be showered with cards!

  16. I think it is awesome Brian…great card for that unnamed person!

  17. Well Brian – everything I wanted to say has already been said. This card is absolutely beautiful and your placement is beautiful. Lydia will love it! Happy birthday Lydia!

  18. Cheeky Indeed! (Very clever too!). Loved the colors.

  19. Yay! Thanks, Sharon! It was a fun card to make and a fun card to share. 🙂

  20. You could never be accused of lacking a sense of humor! Once again a fantastic combination of stamps! Well done my friend.

  21. Brian, you are so very clever!!! Love this card! I sent Lydia 5 cards to mark this very special day!!!

  22. …The way you layered the numbers and sentiment…pure genius!

    • Thanks, Sandra! Where there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m most happy when I figure out a way to make something happen that I didn’t think could happen. 🙂

  23. This is brilliant! Ohmygosh leave it to you to use this stamp this way, love it. Perfectly special card for a special friend. She is a gifted writer as well as crafter. Happiest birthday wishes to Lydia!

    • Thanks, Sheryl! The moment I looked at this “sorry” in a sarcastic way, I knew I’d have to make a card for Lydia. Love that woman. I appreciate your comment!

  24. Love this Brian! A. This card is brilliant! & B. You are incredibly funny! This is my fave card of the day!?

  25. So Very Funny!! Love it.

  26. A very nice card! I like the saying very well but you have to be sure that the recipient of the gift understands the humor! *g* best regards maike

  27. Super cool card. I would be very happy, to get this card. Great job, Brian.
    Hugs Tanja

  28. A GREAT card, Brian! In a few years I will be 90, Lord willing, and I would get the BIGGEST kick out of this card! Really funny and we all need a good laugh and fun!
    No matter our age. Love your cards, Brian! You are an inspiration! HUGS!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Diana! I’m so glad that you can see the humor in this card – and I agree with you that we all need to have fun and get a good laugh. Thanks for your kind words.

  29. LOL, your card is great Brian ;0)

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