Two of my favorite stampers in crime, Germaine and Beckie, share a birthday -- February 23. They are both members of our Stampers of England Yahoogroup.
In making these birthday cards, I wanted to try out two new products that I purchased -- Nellie's frames and a tulip embossing stencil, all of which can be used in your favorite die cutting machine. The Nellie's frames are quite special because the nesting dies are decorative.
The darker background cardstock was run through my die cutting machine with the tulip embossing stencil. Then, I took a fine sanding block and rubbed it in a circular motion over the raised image to distress the background and make the tulips more apparent.
I've used the Stampin' Up Birthday Best set, and quickly colored the cupcake with alcohol markers. So easy! It was adhered to some designer cardstock, which had been trimmed with a decorative scallop punch.
The 'happy birthday' sentiment stamp came from the Happy Moments stamp set, which was a special stamp set available through Stampin' Up's Sale-A-Bration.
Wishing both Germaine and Beckie a very happy birthday, with lots of pampering and crafty gifts, of course!