Happy Hump Day! This week I am posting about Birthday Cards as it seems like one “intention” we attempt to do in the New Year is…..vow to send more Birthday Cards! I get it as this is something we all have each and every year and let’s face it…when we receive a card in the mail…we are touched!

Click here to see the Birthday Card from Monday…I thought that it was super sweet and it focused on how you can make a fun card using a minimal amount of DSP to make a POP of a statement. Remember, there are always tricks and tips on how you can create in a simple way and also without breaking the bank!

Today’s card is what I like to refer to as a “Formula Card”…what the heck is that? Well they become a lifesaver when you are having a creative block or simply have a specific amount of time to create as you can simply use the “formula” to dictate the focal part of the shapes and then you have the fun part of picking the theme, the papers, and the stamps!

Above you can see that I have (2) of the same cards but just tilted the square a bit and changed the base color but the end result is the same….A FUN CARD! When you have a good thing going….don’t change it!






When you are working with a great stamp set, today it is the Picture Perfect Birthday and then a fun grouping of paper, today it is the Picture Perfect Party 6 X 6 and then the FREE…yep FREE Card Bases which are the Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes from the Sale-A-Bration offerings.








I know that you love it when I give you the measurements for a formula…so here you go! If I were you ….I would make a formula card up today and then write the measurements on it so you can always just grab it and reuse the formula!!!






  • Card Base – good old A-2 card, 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The DSP Square 3″ X 3″ and then matted in 3 1/4″ X 3 1/4″
  • Placed a piece of ribbon and tied a simple bow around the square piece
  • The DSP Circle is a 2″ (I used the 2″ punch) and then matted with a 2 1/4 Circle, again…I used the  2 1/4″ punch.
  • Stamped the sentiment on a piece of scrap and then matted it.
  • Adhered the shapes and then POPPED all of them up!







We all know that we are in FULL SWING with Sale-a-bration, (the sweetest time of the Stampin’ Up! year) but I think that there are readers that sometimes do not know what Sale-a-bration is……in a nutshell….for every $50 you spend….you are able to pick a FREE SAB ITEM and then this year…Stampin’ Up! is also offering a 2nd tier of freebies…..with a $100 order you can pick from here or you can pick (2) from the $50 tier. (I just love choices!!!)

Personally….I think these cards that I am using today from Sale-a-Bration have been breezed by many. Remember, these Tutti Fruitti Cards & Envelopes are not only fun and festive….but the envelopes are a huge woot-woot! It simply does not get any easier than this…I think that you all LOVE getting a new stamp and again, I do “get it” but I felt the need to showcase these today as I just adore them!





I hope that you pop back on Friday because I have another Birthday inspiration for you….let’s recap….Monday I used the Birthday Wishes for You Stamp Set….today I used the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set….can you guess what I am going to use on Friday? (pssst…..here is a teaser…..I think you are really going to like it)

Here is something that I thought after making todays card….I stood back and thought…hmmmmm – this is kinda boring….kinda plain but then I thought – NO SUSAN….just STOP – it looks fine as isn’t this what you want to share….a clean and simple card that can be whipped up in a jif….but I invite you to see that you could easily add more to this great card IF you wanted to….

What could you add? Hmmmmm…. 

  • Make a party horn from the stamp set and add it by the sentiment
  • Add some simple rhinestones for a quick bling
  • Add some loops of thin silver thread under the sentiment
  • Make a simple candle from the stamp set and add that by the sentiment

You see…there are ALWAYS ways that you can add to a project. I hope that these tips can help you see that there are soooooo many ways to design and that YOU CAN design with what you already have…..just put that thinking cap on!





Have a great day and always know….I believe in you every STAMP YOU MAKE….as this wonderful thing that we do….is not only fun & rewarding – IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE and so do YOU!






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