Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ultimate Birthday Inspiration

Welcome back for the first group post day of the July 2013 Papertrey Ink Release Week. Today is all about birthdays. We can all use oodles of inspiration, ideas, and products for that particular occasion. Birthday cards are the number one project I make in my stamping life and I'm thrilled to have some new material to choose from.

It really is all about the dies this time around. We've got these incredible new rainbow style stripe dies which I'm absolutely just crazy for. They make the sweetest backgrounds with ease. Great foundation pieces.

I am featuring the "Rainbow Stripes Dies" on this 8th Birthday card. I am using only three of the five for a different look. Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, and Summer Sunrise are the basis of of my color palette against the trendy Smokey Shadow. If you notice on the top of my card is a wide curved cut of Stamper's Select White. That is actually the negative cut from using the same die I used for the Blueberry Sky strip. So there's a fun option for you.

And here's an up close view of my focal point. We've got mats now for the "By the Numbers" dies, which I used to mat an "8"  (stamped with "Grunge Me") from the original set. And we've got the "Suffix Style Dies" to add an easy suffix to your numbers. And (see...I told you it was all about the dies!) we have the "Birthday Trio Dies" that I used to cut out the word "birthday" from black glitter paper for a little flair. I separated the word into two lines to make it work better with my design.

I'm digging the skateboard myself. Stamp and die from "Boy Basics: Skater Dude". I shaded it with the ink colors to match my stripes. Way too cool.

For the inside, I used the same shading colors as the skateboard on a sentiment from "Inside & Out: Birthday II". Stars are from the new "Balloon Bash".

Next up, we've got a card for a special lady in my life who is having a birthday soon. The background was stamped with "First Place" and "Bitty Background Blocks 2" in shades of Raspberry Fizz, Blueberry Sky, Summer Sunrise, and Limeade Ice. This configuration is a nice fit for an A2 card...that is as long as you can cover up the hot mess in the middle. :) Easy to do with a cut and stamp from the new "Mat Stack 6 Collection", embossed with clear powder on Raspberry Fizz cardstock.

The focal point is framed with curved brackets from "Modern Wood Mats". My sentiment once again uses all the new dies (By the Number Borders, Suffix Style Dies, and Birthday Trio) to make my card ultra personalized. I've also added a little floral flair with some of the stamps and dies from the upcoming "Polka Dot Parade: #6" collection.

Inside, I pulled the same elements and colors from the front of the card to highlight a sentiment from "Inside & Out: Birthday 2".

That's it for me today. Remember that all new products will be available to purchase here on July 15th. In the meantime, go get your birthday on at the other PTI Design Team blogs listed below.

Nichole Heady
Jessica Witty
Dawn McVey
Melissa Phillips
Heather Nichols
Betsy Veldman
Cristina Kowalcyzk
Danielle Flanders
Ashley Cannon Newell


8th Birthday
Stamps: Inside/Out: Birthday II, Grunge Me, Boy Basics: Skater Dude
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice, 
Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, True Black
Dies: Rainbow Stripes, Skateboard, Seeing Stars, By the Numbers, 
By the Numbers Mats, Birthday Trio Dies, Suffix Style Dies
Black Glitter Paper

Happy 60th
Stamps: Bitty Background Blocks 2, Mat Stack 6, Polka Dot Parade #6, Modern Wood Mats, First Place
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, Raspberry Fizz, Limemade Ice, Enchanted Evening
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz, Blueberry Sky, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse
Dies: Mat Stack 6, Suffix Style Dies, Birthday Trio Dies, Polka Dot Parade #6, By the Numbers Border
Clear Embossing Powder


  1. Erin, super cards. Thanks for the tip about the white cardstock negative on the 8th card. I like how you spaced out the die cut pieces and let the Smokey Shadow appear as stripes.

  2. Your cards are amazing! I especially love the 60th one! So many fun colors and patterns! You sure have a knack for putting them together! I always enjoy looking at your creations because of that!

  3. Wow great cards I esp. like the 8 year old masculine card...amazing design and wonderful colours.

  4. Wonderful! From cool boy design to pretty girl design - LOVE them both :)

  5. Pure eye candy! I LOVE the card for the boy! As a mom of 10 and 11 year old boys, cute cards no longer fit the bill. This is a card that absolutely rocks (that I'm sure I will be casing someday).


  6. Awesome card for an 8 year old boy - fabulous design and colors!! Boy cards are soooo hard and this one I think could also be for and 18 year old which was what I thought it was for at first :) Thanks for the tips, too.

  7. Love, love, love these very creative!
    -- Connie C.

  8. Cool dude card. It's awesome, man.
    Thought I should go into my skater lingo to let you know how fabulous the first card is, each and every detail.

  9. Your "8th" card is perfect for an eight year old, crazy about the colors. The quilt-look card is lovely.

  10. BOTH CARDS ARE FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! SOOOO AGE APPROPRIATE!!!!!!:) I LOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!:) (You're showing your SUPER TALENT!!!!!!!!) :)

  11. That boy-ish card would be perfect for just about any of the boys in my family, so COOL!I love that second card you created, with the quilt theme. I especially like how you pulled the quilt in to the interior of the card. That's the kind of thing that really sets a card apart as amazing!

  12. Oh man, your first card is so cool. Love how you used just part of the die.

  13. Wonderful cards - there's a skateboarder in my family so I will gladly steal your "8th birthday" card!

  14. Such great cards!!

  15. That first card is awesome! Love the colors and grunge and the way you used the rainbow stripes die.

  16. Love your style. The skateboard card is "cool dude!" Great colors.

  17. that skateboard card...oh wow. I love it!!! I love how you spaced the rainbow stripes and let some more Smokey Shadow show. Great, great card!!!

  18. Fabulous boy card. Love to see products that you can use for males.

  19. Both cards are absolute perfection!

  20. Back again. I really just love this card for a young boy and wanted to know if I could post a link to it on my Manly Monday blog post? It is where I showcase masculine cards of all ages for my readers. Some crafters find guy cards challenging and therefore I like to provide them some inspiration. Do LMK as soon as you can. I'd love to add you to the line up for this Monday.

  21. Did you stamp the bitty background directly onto the card base?