One of the early hits of the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue was the Birthday Memories suite. This is a super cute suite of stamps, framelits, matching Designer Series Paper (DSP) and accessories. You can even use the framelits to cut images from the DSP – perfect for those of us who aren’t the biggest fans of fussy cutting. This produced lots of oohs and aahs at On Stage last April and it was one of the first things that demos were able to order. I loved it and bought the whole suite, made a couple of things straight away (including this collection) but since then it has sat on the shelf. I just haven’t been able to find my mojo with it. But with it retiring at the end of this month I thought I really should see if we could finally be friends. After all, that adorable little girl with the cupcake and that poodle look like great buddies to have.
In the end, we did manage to have some fun together. I have always adored the little girl stamp (she has a matching framelit that fits both the back image of the stamp and the front view from the DSP) and she is probably the reason I will hang on to this stamp set in my personal collection. It’s a beautifully detailed stamp, it has a real pencil drawing look to it.
I used my Stamparatus to line up the repeated stamps on the background and then cut one of the images from the DSP as well. Teamed with Powder Pink from the Fresh Florals DSP (which is another thing I’ve never really gelled with, incidentally, but I think it looks perfect here) and Marina Mist. White bakers twine finishes it off and I have to say I’m really happy with how this has turned out.
That poodle is another serious cutie. I made her the focus of this card, colouring with a little Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend. The background DSP is from the Whole Lot of Lovely pack. There is so much variety in this collection, you can team it with just about anything! And the Wild About You sentiment is from a new suite – Animal Expedition – coming in the new Annual Catalogue (11 more sleeps, people!). I love mixing different suites and old and new products to come up with something a bit different.
For my next card I stuck with the colour palette of the suite and used a larger piece of the DSP as the banner background. The cake is cut from the DSP. It’s great to have such a detailed coloured image with so minimal work from me! The stitched edge ribbon was part of the suite and I’ve used a lot of that – it is so thick and lovely, it is great for wrapping or attaching tags to presents. Here I have punched two holes in the top strip of the banner and tied the ribbon on before adhering the whole thing. Because it is quite heavy I find it needs that little bit of extra adhesion.
My last card is probably pushing it to be considered a part of the Birthday Delivery family. The gorgeous little bouquet is one of the stamps from the set and again one I have actually used quite a bit, often on the inside of a card for a pretty little touch (I did this with the cupcake girl card above).
Again the papers are from Whole Lot of Lovely and I’ve drawn the colours for the colouring and badge from that – Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Whisper White. The Thank You So Much stamp, embossed in white, is from A Good Day which is carrying over into the new annual catalogue. And thanks to the Stamparatus again for the lovely neat lining up of the repeated stamping.
So, Birthday Delivery, we have made peace. And maybe now I’m in the groove and will even make some more things with it! There’s a use for every stamp!
From High Trees House,