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Let's Make It Over - Birthday Duo - Celebrate You Stampin' Up! Card

Do you ever struggle to come up with card ideas?

Do you ever see cards on the internet – whether it’s on blogs or Pinterest – that you absolutely love – but you’re not sure how you can take that idea and make it work with the supplies you have on hand?

Well that’s what my Let’s Make It Over feature is all about. It’s a special feature designed to help you learn how to think outside of the box to adapt card ideas you see on the web and transform them into something that is uniquely your own using your stash of Stampin’ Up! products.

Today I show you how I transformed a card from another one of my favourite designers – Maille Bells. Below you can see Maille’s original card and my made over card.

Birthday Duo Stampin' Up! card

Now initially when I was looking at Maille’s card and thinking about how I was going to make it over – I realized that I could actually re-create it almost exactly using the supplies I had on hand:

  • The Flower Patch stamp set for the flowers
  • Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral for the ink colors
  • A sentiment from either the Butterfly Basics stamp set or the One Big Meaning stamp set
  • Using either Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake or Tip Top Taupe, stamped off once to mute the color, for the sentiment.

However, I opted against that because I figured that that would have been waaaay to easy!

The whole aim of this feature is to also help you think outside of the box.  So I opted to create a card using a whole different image type and color combo, and added in a few touches of my own.

Here’s my thought process:

  • Maille’s card made me think of a patterned paper so I decided to incorporate that same concept into my card by creating my own background or “patterned paper”
  • I kept with the birthday theme, but wanted something a little more fun and whimsical that would be perfect for a teen or tween. For that I chose the Cupcake Party stamp set.  I kept with the same cupcake bottom and used both tops stamped in Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry (making it suitable for either a boy or a girl).
  • To keep the stamped panel one layer I first stamped the cupcake top, used a mask on top of it, and then stamped the cupcake bottom with a stamp-a-ma-jig.
  • I kept with the general sketch of the card – cutting my stamped panel on an angle – except that I made it a little bit shorter than the original card – so there was more white space on the bottom of the card.
  • I was finding that the stamped panel felt like it was getting lost against the white card base so I added a thin sliver of Bermuda Bay CS. If I was making this for a girl, I would have added Melon Mambo instead.
  • I kept the greeting on an angle but chose a fun, bold greeting.  This was key because with a bold stamped pattern, you run the risk of having the sentiment get lost.  By keeping the sentiment bold and stamped in black – it really stands out and your eye is drawn to that first.
  • I also helped emphasize the sentiment by placing a rhinestone on either side.

So what did I do with the bottom half of my stamped patterned paper piece?

Well, I created another card, that was inspired by another one of Maille’s cards from the same blog post:

Bithday Duo Card #2 Make Over

Want to see it?

Before I tell you how (I know, I love keeping you in suspense) – I wanted to take a minute and thank all of you that “liked” my Facebook page.  As of today we have 246 likes.  That means that we’re only 4 likes away from the reveal of the creative insight I talked about in this post.

So if you want to see even more ideas using Stampin’ Up! products, if you want even more ideas on how to make the most of your supplies, if you want more videos and creative insights then hop on over and “like” the Sunny Stampin’ FB page.

Everything I post on the Sunny Stampin’ FB page will pretty much be exclusive to the Sunny Stampn’ FB page – it’s my way of saying “thank you” to those of you that are supporting my endeavours to grow Sunny Stampin’ social reach by sharing it with your friends.


  1. Please leave me a comment here – sharing your ideas on what other stamp sets you think would be great for creating your own stamped patterned paper background and then….
  2. Check out my Made-over card #2 which I have posted on the Sunny Stampin’ Facebook Page – and please “like” the page while you’re there (& leave a comment, share the post etc.) Any and all love is appreciated!

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