Monday, September 30, 2013

Birthday Flavors


It's been quite some time since my last post, and I feel just terrible that I've been absent so long. Summer is my busiest time of year at work, and I simply couldn't stop for any reason - not to mention that I felt like I didn't have a brain cell left by the time I got home!

Well, fall's arrived, and I'm already looking ahead with great anticipation toward the holiday season. It's always so much fun! Yes, I know it can be stressful, but honestly...we shouldn't let little irritations rob us of our joy.

Meanwhile, this is also "birthday season" in our family. The month of November alone has six birthdays and 2 anniversaries.  Whew!  That's a lot of cards!  And yes, I'm already busy getting them made. If I don't, I'll never make it.

Okay, so enough rambling. This summer I bought a new stamp set from Flourishes called Popsicles and Pinwheels.  It's a birthday set, and I'm having great fun with it. My favorite stamp from the set is a slice of birthday cake. The fun part is that I can use my Copic markers to color the birthday "boy" or "girl" their favorite flavor of cake, which naturally doesn't measure up to the real thing. Then I can surprise them with an actual cake (or cupcake) in the same flavor, and they're really excited!

The second positive to this stamp is that birthday cake is gender-neutral. I can simply change the paper colors and embellishments and make the cards masculine or feminine. Here are some examples:

My husband's favorite - red velvet cake with cream cheese icing

Don't like red velvet?  How about a little yellow cake with chocolate frosting:

Thick twine and dark cardstock are perfect for a male birthday

Don't see your favorite yet? How about a slice of strawberry cake with whipped cream?

A feminine birthday card complete with crocheted embroidery floss bow

Chocolate cake with dark chocolate icing. What do you think? A man's card - or a woman's?
My, my, my. I suppose it's a good thing all this yummy sweetness is made of paper. I feel my waistline expanding just looking at it! I hope you've enjoyed the versatility of this wonderful stamp set from
Thanks for stopping by - and I hope to see you again soon.