My favorite niece's birthday is this week. Well, actually she is my ONLY niece. But she's still my favorite! As her mother is also one of my downline, I always try to make something extra special when I make a card for Margie. So when this year's birthday came around, I was ever so glad to have the luscious new paper from Stampin' Up! – Spice Cake.
I love it when Stampin' Up! provides both multicolored stripes and multicolored floral patterns in a set of Designer Series Paper! As I'm sure I've mentioned before, putting some of the stripes on the bottom of a card and flowers on the top reminds me so much of my grandparents' home decor with all the wonderful wall papers and chair moldings in between that everyone had back then. It's still popular in many parts of the United States, but it's been awhile since I've been in a home decorated like that.
The colors in the Spice Cake papers that I'm highlighting today are Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. Imagine that – they are the colors in this week's Color Challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary! And, yes, the Holiday Edition of their wonderful subscription program is still going on. And it's only in its second week! The projects have been fabulous and oh so different! There's something for everyone! It's not too late to subscribe. The entire 6-week program is included in every subscription – and available for A YEAR afterwards for all the subscribers to reference!
This is the first card I've made with one of the accordion fold medallions that Stampin' Up! has displayed not only in the Holiday Mini, but also in a few places in the Idea Book and Catalog. They're so easy to make with the new Stampin' Up! scoring tool, Simply Scored! I made mine with a 1-1/2" strip of a 12" length of the striped paper. Easy since Stampin' Up!'s paper comes in a 12" square size! There are lots of different ways to make this medallion, but I used the simple way shown by fellow demonstrator Gretchen Barron over at Inspiration in Action. She scored her paper every 1/4" and then sealed the edges together. To keep the medallion in place, punch a piece of card stock with the 1-1/4" Circle Punch and adhere one to each side of the medallion. Then decorate as you wish. I used the Fancy Flower and Five-Point Flower punches to cover the medallion and added some Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz card stock and a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon to the card to complete the design.
Now to get the card in the mail! It will fit inside a Stampin' Up! Medium Square Envelope, though this one might get crushed in the mail. So it will go into a box with a little gift!
Birthdays come around all year – even during the holidays! I hope you have someone fun for whom to make a birthday card this holiday season! That paper is so easy to use!