I created this card for the February meeting of stamp club. I have been trying to give some love to various stamp sets that I haven’t used lately, and this birthday set from the big catalog needed to see some ink. This stamp set coordinates with a cool banner Framelit set along with the balloon punch that was released last year. The coordinating Framelits are available in a bundle with another very versatile stamp set. I definitely encourage you to check them out!

This “fancy fold” card layout was shared at a recent Stampin’ Up! On Stage event for demonstrators. I used the basic measurements to create my own take on it for this birthday card that you see here. Some of the panels have pieces of the Playful Pallette DSP (which is so bright and cheerful) along with some stamped panels. I pre-cut the base and the panels for the club gals, so they could focus on stamping and assembly at our gathering. While it wasn’t hard, this was the more time consuming project for the evening. The most challenging part on this card was hand drawing the balloon strings using the Emerald Envy marker.¬†laugh

I must confess that I wasn’t that enamored with the Playful Pallette stack when I saw it when the big catalog “debuted” in June of last year. Some of the patterns are quite loud and potentially overwhelming. But… the colors used in the stack are fantastic, and Stampin’ Up! does a great job of putting a less crazy pattern on the reverse side of their bold DSP patterns, so it is easy to use them. The gals at the club meeting switched up which patterns they used in the various panels, and all of the cards turned out great!

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