Cascade Birthday Card

I enjoyed the challenge of making this card – it certainly had me thinking outside the box when putting it together. I started with my prototype, using old cardstock to see if I could make it work for me. The result is below:

My inspiration for this card came from several ideas from Pinterest and YouTube. To learn how to make the card, I followed a clip by France Martin and then had fun decorating it myself.

In my latest Crafternoon session with my customers, we recreated the card above, using Stampin’ Up products, and this is what they produced:


One of our neighbours has recently given birth to a little girl. So I decided to have a go at making a cascade baby card to go with a little gift. Inspired by Lolascarp et compagnie, I had fun trying to replicate her card, using the stamps and papers that I had at hand. This is what I came up with:

If you’ve never made a cascade card before, go to the following link by France Martin where you will learn how to put one together very quickly and easily. Then go ahead and decorate your card however you like, for whatever occasion you wish.

If you don’t have 12″x12″ paper, you can make a smaller card, using  2 sheets of A4 paper. Dimensions and how-to are shown in the following link from Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts.

I hope you have as much fun as I did when I first made mine!
Happy Crafting!


Puffed Balloon Birthday Card


Children’s birthday cards are a lot of fun to make – particularly because the chosen colours are often bright and vibrant. I have cased this card from Dawn Griffith who has a video showing you how to achieve the puffy balloons on this card.

For my card, I chose to mix some retiring, current and upcoming new Stampin’ Up products.

The featured colours in this card are the new Stampin’ Up in-colours for 2016-2018:

  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Dapper Denim – I used this colour for the card base as well as a balloon.
  • Emerald Envy
  • Sweet Sugarplum and
  • Flirty Flamingo – all which will be available for purchase on 1st June, 2016.

The retiring products I have chosen to feature are:

  •  the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set (the inside ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment);  and
  • the Little Letters Thinlits (for the H A P P Y letters on the balloons on the front of the card).

The current products used are:

  • the Number of Years Stamp Set
  • the matching Large Numbers framelits (both this and the above stamp set are available for 15% off as a bundle before May 31, 2016 – after this, they will sell separately at full price).

Other products used were: basic black ink, multipurpose liquid glue, Snail adhesive, dimensionals, white bakers twine, whisper white cardstock, basic black cardstock and dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.

Below are some examples of cards made by my customers.