Stampin' Up! Big Bold Birthday Card

Are you a closet hoarder?  Do you LOVE to buy gorgeous papers, ribbons and accessories only to hoard them instead of using them on your creations?  If you answered yes, then you may want to consider joining a new group I’m starting – "Hoarders Anonymous".  The challenge for the first meeting is to break out a product you’ve owned for more than 3 months and have looked at repeatedly, but have not yet used.  Are you up for the challenge?  Seriously though, I don’t know about you, but I do seem to have a "hoarding" tendency when it comes to my gorgeous Stampin’ Up! accessories.  Sometimes it’s because I’m waiting for the "perfect" project to use them on, and sometimes it’s because I just don’t know what to do with them – I just bought them because they were so pretty. Stampin’ Up!’s Ribbon Originals seem to fall into the former category for me.  I own 5 out of the 6 sets but have barely used them.  Today, I decided to be daring!

The base of this card is 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" (same as the card I posted for my team meeting make and take).  I added a strip of textured Soft Sky cardstock across the middle and then added a strip of ribbon from the Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals collection through the center of the textured CS.  The stamp set I used for this card was Big Bold Birthday. I stamped the "happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday…" greeting underneath the bottom edge of the Soft Sky CS.   I then stamped the base of the cupcake in Close to Cocoa craft ink (to make it look like a chocolate cupcake) and embossed it in clear EP then cut it out and mounted it on the white CS mat.  I then inked up the cupcake top in Rose Red craft ink and stamped the polk-a-dot stamp right on to it to pull off some of the ink and leave the polk-a-dot impression when I stamped the cupcake top. I then heat embossed the top with iridescent ice embossing and trimmed it out. I then punched out a flower with the punch from the Three for You punch box and added a small rhinestone brad in the center, attached it to the cupcake top and then mounted the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I punched out three more flowers, added a small white rub-on to their centers (which you can’t really see in the picture) and mounted them to the ribbon with a silver brad in the center of each. As a final touch I added paper piercing just above the top edge of the Soft Sky cardstock. All supplies are Stampin’ Up!

No, I’m not really starting a Hoarder’s Anonymous group – LOL!  But, if you’re up to it, I do have a challenge for you: break out something you’ve been hoarding and create a card or other project with it, then please link back here and leave a comment with a link to your card so others can see it as well. Happy Stampin’