The Birthdays have started.

September 13, 2009 | 6 comments

A large part of my family seem to all have been born after September. There are 8 of us that celebrate birthdays born between January – August and then 12 that are from September – December. I’ve just worked out that it would be even if one of my sisters and her family celebrated and even if I worked on January – June and July – December. Never realised that before as it just seems that once my eldest daughter has her birthday it all starts happening. I guess it doesn’t help when my youngest has her birthday 2 days after my eldest either…..

So last weekend, yes it was also Fathers’ Day, my eldest and youngest both had a combined birthday party. My eldest’s Birthday actually fell on Fathers’ Day this year and my youngest was the Tuesday. We just had a small party at home with only a few friends each and it was nice. My eldest is 14 and in her second year at High School so it’s always nice to meet her friends as you don’t have that same association with the High School as you do with Primary. She was allowed to invite 5 friends which turned out to be 3 boys and 2 girls. 2 of the boys we already knew and they are all just friends (or so they tell us…..) so it was a fun afternoon for them all. The weather was great so they ended up playing some ball games, darts and a few other things. My youngest turned 8 and invited 3 of her friends and they just played Polly Pocket most of the time until they decided to go out and play in the cubby house and on the trampoline. We also had a pinata which as anyone with children would know, they love. Not sure if it’s the bashing the pinata they enjoy or just the lollies that come out when they have cracked it open.

As it was a pretty laid back party I wanted to make some lolly containers for them to take with them. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture of the ones I made for the boys (they’re probably in the bin by now too) but I did manage to take one of the girls.

Lolly Box
Lolly Box tag

I’ve used my favourite stamp set from the Spring Mini Catalogue called Great Friends and on the tag I have used Heat & Stick powder with Dazzling Diamonds to jazz it up for the girls. The boys boxes where done in Baja Breeze and I’d stamped the surfer from the Seaworthy set and they didn’t have a tag.  These boxes are the Sevens Box that Marelle Taylor shared a tutorial for on her blog not too long ago. I’ve added a clear window on mine using a Transparency sheet and also included little tabs on the top side panel pieces to support my lid.

I was rather slack and didn’t make my girls Birthday cards, and don’t think I have for a few years now which is rather shameful to admit considering what I do….. My girls complained this year, which they had every right to do, so even though they are late I finally made them both a card today. I decided to use the latest Stamping411 Sketch and the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.

My eldest loves purple and my youngest doesn’t really have a favourite (or so she tells me…) so I created these cards for them.

For my eldest

Crazy for Cupcakes 5

and for my youngest

Crazy for Cupcakes 4

On the card for my youngest I’ve added Crystal Effects to the balloon.

I hope they like them and I must remember to make sure I make them all Birthday Cards from now on and on time.

Supplies: All supplies by Stampin’ Up unless specified

Lolly Box
Stamp Set: Great Friend
Card: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Accessories: Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop, 1 3/8” & 1 1/4” Circle punches, Linen Thread, Pop-up Glue Dots, Transparency Sheet (non-SU)

Card 1
Stamp set: Crazy for Cupcakes, Polka Dot
Card: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Watercolour Paper
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Stazon Black
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Card 2
Stamp set: Crazy for Cupcakes
Card: Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, Watercolour Paper, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Stazon Black
Accessories: Crystal Effects, Aqua Painter, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals.


  1. Karen

    Hey there Nikki! Sounds like everyone had a great time! Each and every year I try sooooo hard to avoid the party situation – geese I'm a bad mother! lol

    Have a great day chicki!


  2. gbarron56

    Hi Nikki — I love both versions of your card. How fun and festive! Great job with the sketch challenge this week. Thanks for playing along with the 411 Operators! blessings, Gretchen

  3. Shelly Koskinen

    Your card is so cute!

  4. Patti Chesky

    Wow! So many birthdays….all will receive a gorgeous card. Great job!!

  5. Kay Kalthoff

    Cute cards – love the way you stamped the backgrounds of your cards . . . I'm never quite sure how to use that particular stamp, but I like what you did here!

  6. Connie

    Very cute…great job with the sketch this week!


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