What a busy week this is! I usually spread my blog posts out so that they’re at least a couple of days apart. But, after I wrote Tuesday’s post, I had a blog hop on Wednesday and I just could NOT miss saying Happy Birthday to the late Mildred Hill, who original composed the music which we now use to sing, Happy Birthday to You! So thank you for stopping by three days in a row to see what I’ve been up to!
A VERY brief history of the HBTY. It began as a song for children to sing to teachers back in the mid-19th century. Now, I was born in the middle of the 20th century, but I still had the pleasure of singing this song at the beginning of every school day in one of my elementary school classes.
Good morning to you. Good morning to you. Good morning, Dear Teacher. Good morning to you.
A nice memory, and I think I hum the Happy Birthday lyrics to the song every time I make a birthday card. Today, I’m reversing the order of things. I was mentally humming the song, and that made me get up and go make a birthday card. Actually, I made three of them. The reason was that I had the new beginner stamp set, Hoot Hoot Hooray, out on my work table ready for a project to be made. Now that I was inspired, I used the Happy Birthday stamp from that set. More about what Stampin’ Up!’s doing to attract new stampers to our fun hobby in a later post. For today, know that the effort is to make cards that aren’t too complicated or fussy, yet bring out the creativity in those who may never have made a card before.
Yes, I made three. When cards are simple to make, it’s easier to make more than one! What I wanted to demonstrate was that, even if you’re just using Ink, Stamps and Paper, you can make some darned cute cards! Each of these cards uses a piece of paper from the Stampin’ Up! Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack, stamp from the Hoot Hoot Hooray Stamp Set, Stampin’ Write Markers from the Brights Stampin’ Write Markers assortment, and cardstock from the Brights 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock assortment.
The first color that I featured was Mango Melody. One of the tools featured in the new Stampin’ Up! Experience Creativity Brochure is the 2-1/4″ Punch. While the Hoot Hoot Hooray Happy Birthday Stamp doesn’t fit in the circle created by this punch, I had already decided that I was going to stamp the image’s banner using the featured color. So I punched around the little cupcakes, and then adhered the Mango Melody Banner to the top part of the image.
The second card features the Melon Mambo dark pink color. This time I just cut a square around the stamped image. As that seemed to be just TOO plain, I cut a slightly larger mat using the Melon Mambo cardstock from the assortment pack.
Finally, I did some fussy cutting to create the image for the Granny Apple Green card. I figure that, just because someone’s new to stamping and making cards, she (or he) is likely not new to crafting itself. Thus, that person certainly knows her (or his) way around a pair of scissors.