Ryan - 13 years old

Yesterday was Ryan’s 13th birthday!

Yep – I have THREE teenage boys!  Oh my!

ryan-cakeI made Ryan a Tennis Racket Cake and Tennis Ball cupcakes. Actually, my mom helped me with the cake.  She put on the frosting and did the writing.   He took about 2 dozen cupcakes to tennis camp.  And then my parents and Greg’s mom came for dinner and the cake.

I made Ryan a birthday card using the new Stampin’ Up! Pop-Up LOOK HERE die for the Big Shot.  The die creates the inside part of the card that is a pop-up with arrows and a gift card holder – all the arrows point to the gift card – as in “look here there is a gift card for you”.

You could just put a piece of card stock with a message right there too or a picture.  You could cut off the arrows and use them on cards or scrapbook pages.  This should be a fun die to play with.  Look-Here-Birthday

Here are pictures of the outside of the card and the inside.  The colors I used are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White.

The stamp set is Party Hearty and I added orange beads from the Bead Duos to the cupcake for the sprinkles.  The way I did this was put a small puddle of Crystal Effects on a piece of scratch paper.  Use a straight pin or toothpick and pick up a tiny bit of Crystal Effects and put it on the stamped image where you want the bead.  I used a straight pin to grab a bead from the container and then placed it in the Crystal Effects on the card.  This was I don’t get too much Crystal Effects in places where I don’t want it.  You need a very small amount and it will hold the beads tight.  I used markers to ink the candle – Yep – the new In-Colors come in a set of markers this year!  A very popular request from both demonstrators and customers alike.  The arrow on the front is one of the punch outs from the Look Here die.  The actual cut of the die is on the inside of the card.look-here-birthday-inside

I did find a matching gift card.  Well actually I had my die-cut piece done in the Pumpkin Pie.  So when I looked for a gift card I found one with orange in it.  Then came home to make the card and Crushed Curry was the other color in the gift card so it worked out perfect.  It was a quick card that I made in just a few minutes.  I could have dressed it up but decided to keep it pretty simple.

The Happy Birthday stamp is one of the Under $10 stamps that were in the last catalog.  Most of these are still available to order they just aren’t shown in the new catalog.  I have been using this one  a lot.

Ryan is headed to California tomorrow with Greg’s mom.  Thank you to anyone that offered suggestions on places he should visit.  He has a long list. I have to finish getting him packed.

Have a great day!