Sunday, January 27, 2013

Funday Sunday Birthday Card and CAKE!

Today was a Funday Sunday celebrating my dad's 78th birthday!  I have lots of tips for you in this post.  First a little  YAHOO! for the "Feeling Sentimental" stamp set you can get FREE right now with Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration promotion.
Today, I used this set for a masculine card for Dad's birthday.

I had an idea in my head and then came across the Paper Players Challenge #130  .

 That meant I needed to use to use a circle shape for the Ferris Wheel. My punches weren't large enough, I didn't have a circle framelit...So I will I cut this image out?  Hmmm I do have a die?????    Typically a die is for cutting out shapes, but you can't really see to cut out a stamped image......
or can you?

I'll show you how to cut out a stamped image, with a die.

Let's take a look at the die.
You can see the outline of the circles.  But when you lay an image OVER the have no idea if you have it lined up. Do I have the stamped image image over the circle I want?  Will I be able to cut it out?

This is what I do.  Measure  a piece of paper to be the SAME SIZE as the die.  Lay it on the die and line up the card stock directly on top of the die---lining them both up even on top of each other.  Now run it through and cut out the circles.
Notice I even round the corners of the paper so it matches exactly.
This is what it looks like.  Then tape the top edge direct to the die.

You can see how the paper hinges open and close.  You will be able to keep this as a template.  It will stay nice because it doesn't get cut.

Take your stamped image and put it between your Die & the template.
You can center your image in the center of the appropriate circle opening.  Now you can "see" where you are going to cut when you run it through your Big Shot.  You can use this template over and over because you will not be cutting it at all.  Ok...nothing is perfect so you might cut a tiny shred of the template off ...but not enough to change a thing for the next cut.

I simply layered my Ferris wheel circle with a little Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP and some ribbon.  Not sure if you can tell--but I also put some Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the seats of the Ferris wheel.

Instead of slipping the card in an envelope, I tied a piece of ribbon around the fold of the card and knotted it on the handle of a gift bag.

   And what is a Birthday card with out a Birthday CAKE?   
Yellow cake with chocolate, chocolate chip frosting between the layers.  The whole thing frosted in butter cream.   Finally,  more chocolate frosting put in the microwave for ???? 20 seconds or so just to make it pore-able but still very thick.  
You might have to nudge it a bit to start it dripping down the sides.  
We call this a shadow cake.   
We also call it YUMMY!

Make it a CREATIVE day!



  1. Mary, you've been quite busy making a special day for Dad! Love your masculine card. The Ferris wheel looks perfect combined with the patterned paper. And thanks very much for the tutorial, you've essentially made a framelit out of a bigz die, how awesome. Finally, can I come over for a piece of cake? LOL! Thanks for sharing your talent with The Paper Players!

    1. Thanks Sandy! I sent some cake home with dad and had to send the rest to my neighbor..........otherwise I'd be nibbling till it was gone ;-)

  2. Wow....what a great idea! I can see this idea being used for the Autumn Accents leaf die too! INGENIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing this! And your card is wonderful too! Thanks for playing with my Paper Players sketch this week!

  3. Oh my, I want a piece of that cake right now! LOL. And what a fantastic tip on cutting stamped images with the die--genius! So glad you shared your creativity with us at The Paper Players!

  4. Mary, I had just sat down with a cup of tea and your cake made my mouth water! happy 78th birthday to your dad. I know he will have loved this fabulous card - and the cake! So glad you joined the Paper Players this week