It's A Banner Birthday

I can keep quiet no longer......I am loving the new Poppystamps Dies and today I can finally share the first card I made for this blog blitz.  


I'm always struggling to make cards for the males in my life.  When I saw the Happy Birthday Banner Flags (1144), my head was spinning with ideas.  I was excited when my new dies arrived and I couldn't wait to get started.  The card base is 6x6 inches, this will give you an idea of the size of the banner pieces.  Poppystamps always think of everything and they didn't disapoint this time either.... See how the letters on the banner pieces fall away.  Well, if you look at the dies, you will see there are 5 banner pieces without letters.  These pieces can be cut in a coordinating color and placed behind the lettered pieces.  I cut some in blue and placed them behind the red, and some in red and placed them behind the blue.  

The Hearts and Stars Wrap (1143) can be used in so many ways.  Today it holds the birthday Banner and adds another layer to this celebration.  


I love that there are both hearts and stars on this banner.  I'm thinking not only birthdays, but also Valentine's Day, and 4th of July.  Isn't it great when one die can be used for so much more.  I cut this Wrap in both red and blue because I couldn't decide which to use.  I'll use the blue one later. Do you see the stars?  Can you guess where these came from?  

I love balloons and these are the cutest balloons I think I've ever seen.  The Heart Balloons (1124) would be perfect in many colors and I think boys wouldn't mind getting a card with these sweet balloons.  

02-BalloonsYou'll see them again on the inside.  I'll tell you what I did for the balloons on the front of this card.  I backed the dotted and the striped ballons with glittery card stock, and for the solid balloons, I pieced cut hearts from the balloons inside.  I really like how well these balloons turned out and when I added the black string they became quite a balloon boquet.  

I needed a base for all these dies and I used embossing paste to stencil the new Memory Box Texture Tiny Dots stencil (88589).  Just enough to add interest and pull everything together.  A little ribbon and the front of this card is ready to assemble.  


And now on to the inside.  


I added some more balloons.  This time I didn't back them, but rather let the card stock show through. A little pencil work for string and some stars and more ribbons and the inside is complete.  There is plenty of room for a rubber stamped sentiment or a hand written note.  

 I'm looking forward to making several more and it will be fun playing with lots of colors.  

This is a blog blitz, and I almost forgot to mention.  The prize to one lucky winner will be the Happy Birthday Banner Flags.  It's easy to win, all you have to do is leave a comment by January 31st.  Trust me, you're going to love this die.  Good luck!  Be sure to comment on any of the blog blitz posts for a chance to win what the girls have picked.  Winners will be announced on February 2nd.  Again....good luck!

Mary Signature copy


Nice card. So inventive with the dies, textures and papers.

You certainly put a lot of oomph into one card! Love the banners and the balloons!

Wow! Great card. Love these dies!

This card is a party in itself!!! Wonderful new die. So festive. LOVE those balloons!!
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Wow! This is a fabulous card! I love that banner die and thse balloons. Graet work!

Mary- This card is over-the-top adorable! All I kept saying was, 'oh cute, oh cute' :). Thank you for sharing the inside as well (I seem to always struggle there). Those HB Banner Flags are awesome!

Great card project! Lovely banners and balloons!

Mary, what a cute idea! This makes a lovely card!!! I love the colors, and how you did the inside! The dies are great!!

Your card is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Mary - LOVE IT, inside and out!!!
The dies are SO MUCH FUN - LOVE the banners, LOVE the balloons, LOVE your design - it is SO CHEERY :)
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION - I LOVE making 6x6 & 6x8 cards => I KNOW that these would be PERFECT for making HAPPY cards all year long, especially the difficult-for-me masculine cards => AWESOME!!!

I, too, struggle with cards for males...I just want to put girly stuff on every card. I love your card. Thanks for the ideas.

What a fabulously fun card. I love those banner sentiment dies and those gorgeous balloons.

Awesome card!! Love LOVE L*O*V*E* the heart balloons

Super fun card, inside and out! Love the banner.

Wonderful card! The banners are nice, but the balloons are even better.

I love the combination. Great card.

OMG OMG OMG!! What a FUN Birthday Card!! Whoever gets this is going to KNOW they are SPECIAL!! =) I LOVE the Design and the colors and sparkle!! =) Such a HAPPY Birthday Card indeed!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Mary, this is so much fun! I love this great combo! Very cute card! Love the glitter heart balloons too!

The birthday banner flags are so versatile! Looking forward to adding it to my collection!

Wow!! What a fabulous card Mary!! That is a great card for a guy! So much fun going on here!!

What a cool card! As you said, great for a guy, but would be a great invitation for a 4th of July celebration. You included so many neat ideas into one - cool.

What a snazzy card! I can see how just changing up the colors would give it a whole different feel.

Fun banner card! It would be a great die to add to my collection.... thanks for the chance to win it!

What a great card. Love how you pieced this together and the colors. Your right about a great male card, I struggle with those too. Geez, more to add to my wish list.

I love every little detail of this fabulous card! I am not usually a banner person but this banner ROCKS!! Definite must have! So many different elements to this card that all come together to say FABULOUS!!! TFS!

WOW! Someone's going to have a really special birthday. Lucky recipient.

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