Happy Birthday with Cake for GDP166

We have a fun sketch this week at the Global Design Project, and I couldn’t wait to play with it. I wanted to share a quick-and-easy birthday card (we still have to make birthday cards in the middle of all these Christmas cards, right?), so I reached for two birthday-themed stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog. Here’s my card:

Perennial Birthday, Blow Out the Candles, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardAnd here’s the banner for this week’s sketch challenge that inspired my card:

GDP166How fun is that?! This sketch really got my creative juices going (even thought I pretty much followed it exactly as it is).

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • 10% Off Today. Today is Day Two of Stampin’ Up!’s 10% Off Stamps and Kits promotion. What fun! By shear chance (hee hee), I used two of the discounted stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog on my project today. I love the fonts and sentiments in the Perennial Birthday stamp set – here’s a look:Perennial Birthday, Stampin' Up!, 145760And I adore this lopsided cake in Blow Out the Candles – how fun is this bundle?! While the bundle is not discounted, the stamp set is (if you want to buy it without the dies). Go ahead and throw them both in your order tomorrow (as a bundle) to get bundled pricing on both (the normal 10% discount). Here’s a look at this bundle:Blow Out the Candles Bundle, Stampin' Up!, 148322To see all of the stamps that are sale today, click on the picture below:Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza - Stamps & Kits - November 25-26, 2018
  • A Little Sparkle. There IS such a thing as too much sparkle – if it has glitter, then that’s too much. I find, though, that Wink of Stella gives me the shimmer I want without the mess. After I stamped the cake in black and stamped the icing in Coastal Cabana, I added Clear Wink of Stella to the icing to give it a grand shimmer. Here’s a closeup:Perennial Birthday, Blow Out the Candles, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday cardIncidentally this cake fit perfectly inside this 1-3/4″ circle I punched along the edge of this Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.
  • Bright Birthday Colors. I love Coastal Cabana (it’s a go-to for me), and I love how it works with so many other colors. The cool aqua tones play well with the cool warm aqua tones in Bermuda Bay. With Lovely Lipstick, they are a hot trio. If you like this combination of Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay and Lovely Lipstick, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Lovely Lipstick

Bundles: Blow Out the Candles  Stamp Sets: Perennial Birthday, Blow Out the Candles  Papers: Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Lovely Lipstick, Thick Whisper White  Inks: Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black  Accessories: Candles & Confetti Framelits Dies, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Petals & More Thinlits Dies, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. the icing on the cake – fantastic. wink, wink!

  2. As always, your mattes are “the bomb”, Brian! Have a great week!

  3. Colors look great together…love the large HB across the polka dots!

  4. Great sketch and great take on the sketch. That stamp set is a bit of a hidden gem. Have look into that!

    • It’s a really great bundle – and you’re right to say it’s hidden. Just kind of sits there on the bottom of one of the pages, but I’ve always liked it. <3

  5. The card is wonderful! But the colors are just fabulous!!! I want you to design my next pair of custom Nike sneakers!

  6. Yummy colors and a great take on the sketch. Always love your matting, too. CASEing this card for sure. <3

  7. This quirky little cake is adorable! Cute card!

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