Stampin Up Balloon Adventures and Big on Birthdays, that’s what we played with Oh what fun we had at Birthday Blast Stamp Camp! We made four projects instead of three because I went bananas…There were so many projects I wanted to make featuring the Big on Birthdays stamp set and the Balloon Adventures stamp set. I couldn’t decide so we made all four proects. It was super fun because we made a few fun-fold projects. We made a money/check holder, a gift card holder, a traditional fold card and an easel card. I know, you’re sad you missed it… don’t worry there are Stamp Camps every month. Be sure to check out the classes/evens page for more information.
This money holder is so easy to make. The dimensions are 8 1/2 by 7 1/4, that’s right, 1 cut. I know, why haven’t I made this before? I don’t know. So easy, once you do that cut you lay the 8 1/2 inch side towards the top of the score board and score at 3 and 6 inches…. Fold and embellish. I made a belly band to hold it closed and put a sentiment on the inside when you open it up. I used the best stamp set for gift cards. The B.Y.O.P set which has a sentiment for every occasion. You know me, if I can get a lot of use out of it, it’s going in the collection. I used Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper and Melon Mambo cardstock. The embellishment is simple, but eye catching with the Silver Foil Doily behind it.
My favorite of these projects was the gift card holder that I cased from one of my favorite demonstrators, Angie. Now, this adorable gift card holder actually has two pockets, the first shorter pocket is perfect for a gift card, as shown. The second pocket behind it, I left empty, but you could slide a notecard in there for the recipient. This is made with the same dimensions of an A2 size card. What’s an A2 size card, a card that is 5 1/2 inches by 4 1/4 inches. So basically you take a piece of cardstock and cut it in half in either direction and you have what you need for an A2 size card. Once you have a piece of cardstock cut at 4 1,4 by 11, you are going to place the long side to the top of the scoreboard and score at 4 1/4, 6 1/2, 8 3/4 and 10 1/2. You fold towards you than away than towards you than away. If you don’t get it, just keep folding until it looks like the photo below.
To embellish the gift card holder I created the background with one of the balloons for from the Balloon Adventures stamp set and an accent piece from the Flower Patch Stamp set. I stamped Smokey Slate ink onto Smokey Slate cardstock. The sentiment and the sliver of cardstock behind the sentiment is Night of Navy. Do you have Night of Navy? It’s such a nice deep, rich color, it goes with a lot of subtle colors… like Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, etc. Try it, you’ll love it.
Easel cards are always such a fun surprise for the recipient, they open the card and then can have it on display for a while. This card is simple yet is beautiful because of the bling. The Big on Birthdays stamp set is awesome because it has BIG sentiments. Why is that great? Well, don’t you feel like you always need birthday cards and never have one, when you need it? BIG sentiments like the ones offered in BIG on birthdays allows you to make a card very quickly because the sentiment uses up a lot of the space. This sentiment has become one I use often as it has the little flowers on the side, so cute. I colored the flowers with Stampin Write Markers and then covered them with Wink of Stella. I know you’re not surprised, I slather Wink of Stella on everything… The top and bottom have a strip of the Blushing Bride glimmer paper. Bling, bling, bling, one can never get enough bling!
The way you make an easel card is actually quite easy. Once you have your card base cut out and scored for a traditional fold, you add a second score line to the front of the card, about 2 1/2 inches up and fold. This creates a triangle that folds up to make the card stand up, on the inside you have to put a raised embellishment in order to have something to prop this part of the up. The front of the card is usually created on another piece of cardstock that then gets glued to the bottom half of the fold. The final project we made was a very simple traditional fold card. One of the things that I love about the Balloon Adventures stamp set is the font. Oh, how I love it! I think it’s so fun when two font styles are mixed on the same sentiment, it creates interest and looks so nice. The base of this card is Early Espresson, the piece of cardstock on top is Soft Sky and embossed with the Confetti Emboss folder. The Confetti emboss folder is so cool, it has an oval in the middle which you can stamp in or place another oval die cut over. I used the stitched oval framelit to stamp the sentiment on and a final embellishment was the balloon punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Fast and simple.