I think we all have those certain months where there seems to be an abundance of birthdays, all at once. For us, it's May thru July, with June being the busiest month. Last week was my birthday, along with two of the grandmas and a few cousins. This week is Sarah's birthday and a few family friends. Add in May birthdays and July birthdays, and I need a lot of birthday cards to hand out.
I sat down this weekend and whipped up a few simple cards, and then duplicated them to make life easy. A while back, I had put in a small order from Stampin' Up from a local friend. I choose 4 colors of cardstock, 4 rolls of coordinating ribbon, a few embossing folders, and a few packs of buttons. Figured I might as well break into them, since they've been sitting around for a while.
This first card was inspired by a card in the Stampin' Up catalog. The basic design is the same, with the embossed background paper the large banner with the punched out circle and the star. I only used one large star, since my stamp collection is rather small and I was also keeping things simple.
I backed my punched out circle with a piece of silver glittered paper, and then pop dotted the entire piece over the embossed background paper. I stapled a small piece of the green ribbon for some extra color, and stamped my star with some green ink. The sentiment is an older rub-on from Pebbles. I have tons of those, and they're great for quick cards.
I pulled out the green and pink cardstock for this second card, and used the chevron embossing folder this time. I used a punch for the little pink banner piece, and added them below the blue ribbon.
I went to pull out some older paper flowers, and came across this fun fabric flower that had a lot of pink and blue. I'm sure I've been holding onto that flower for 6-7 years, at least. It felt perfect for this card, and I love the metal button (from Stampin' Up). Once again, I used the rub-on sentiment, and then sprinkled on the tiny little metal accent pieces.
I haven't made cards in quite a while, and it was fun to create these little pieces in no time at all. I might need to do this more often.