We have 3 friends with birthdays coming up in the next week and so I decided to get down and make some cards for them today…

And you know what color I decided to use again?  Melon Mambo – I have come to love this fabulous pink color as it gives a dramatic splash of color so easily.

My card today is very clean & simple and it would be very easy to make a bunch of them to have on hand…it uses a stamp from a brand new Hostess set called Happiest Birthday Wishes – that set contains 11 birthday sentiment stamps to cover all ages and stages and has become one of my go-to’s in my stampin’ stash…

Check out that birthday stamp…isn’t it cool? And it makes birthday cards like this so easy to make since that stamp on it’s own adds the focal point of your card.

So my card base is simply Crumb Cake – like that big scalloped trim edging?  Super easy to make – all you need is some pretty patterned paper and a 1″ Circle Punch.

The patterned paper I chose to use is a piece from the Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (pg 186) – the color is of course Melon Mambo and I used my circle punch to punch out 6 circles.

I then simply adhered each in place across my card – how did I keep my line of circles straight?  Simply by placing my ruler at the bottom edge – this makes it very easy to keep your line straight.

I then stamped my Happy Birthday sentiment from the set Happiest Birthday Wishes onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut it to size and attached it to my card base using Dimensionals.

Then I got to thinking that my card needed a little something more…so I decided to add a little strip of patterned paper just at the top of my white center panel…but it still needed something else…

So then I decided to add a line of little holes that I made using my ruler and Paper Piercing tool…

You can click on the photo above for a closer view…

The Paper Piercing tool is such a neat way of adding an extra touch to your cards and once you have one of these tools, it costs you nothing to do so…

In fact you can purchase the Paper Piercing Tool for just $3.50 (pg 207) making it one of the cheapest re-useable ways to add an embellishment around!

Finally I decided to add a flower as a cute finishing touch – to make it I simply punched out my flower shape using the 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch.  I textured a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock using my Big Shot & Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and used my 1 3/8″ Circle Punch to punch out my flower center.

For a finishing touch I added a button from Brights Designer Buttons and threaded through a piece of Espresso Bakers Twine and finished with a knot – and there is one cute but simple birthday card.

And here are the images in that set Happiest Birthday Wishes – it is available to you in both wood and clear mount versions as a Hostess choice when you place an order of $150+ – click on the picture below to view it in the online store:

And now onto the winner of my Festive Friday Blog Candy – drawn by random.org – and the winning comment is no. 30:

Linda U – who said:

“great idea. my daughter did this last year for her Christmas cards and they were beautiful and very well received by friends!”

A BIG congrats Linda – please email me your mailing information and I will get your goodies on their way to you!


Clean & Simple Melon and Crumb Cake Birthday…
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3 thoughts on “Clean & Simple Melon and Crumb Cake Birthday…

  • August 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Love it, Sarah! We so often forget how pretty simple can be and love the color combo!

  • August 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Amazing how these colors work together – I would never have thought! Love the whole card – just fun. This would work with so many color combinations. I love that stamp too. Ummmm could use the new big buttons even. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • August 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    What a great clean & simple card that we can throw together in a jiffy. Melon mambo is my favorite SU color. Always works for that pop of color. Thanks for the tip on using our 1″ punch for the border. Can’t wait to get my happiest birthday set in my order tomorrow. So many great options to choose from.

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