As you may know, one of my personal goals this year has been to send more cards to people. Although I make cards for a living, I am guilty of sometimes sending messages via texts or social media platforms instead of mailing a card. Recently, Shannon West, a Demonstrator Training Manager from Stampin' Up! started a personal campaign to bring sending birthday cards back. It was a personal goal and by posting it on her social media, Shannon figured it would help to hold her accountable. Just hours after posting a request for friend's birth dates whom she'd send cards to, over 300 responses came in. These responses weren't just from those requesting a card from Shannon but several decided they wanted to join the campaign to like Shannon "Bring Birthdays Back". Today, thousands of people have joined Shannon in this effort. Stampin' Up! even got involved by creating a stamp Shannon had designed that would be perfect for stamping on the envelopes. The stamp is a single stamp (item number #143573) and it simply says, #Imbringingbirthdaysback. This hashtag stamp is only $12.95 and its a great way to tell the world that you have joined this fun campaign that is making a difference. Just think of all the mailboxes around the world that are being filled with beautiful hand stamped cards to brighten people's special day.
In an effort to help my customers join the effort, I held a special I'm Bringing Birthdays Back stamp a stack class. As a special offer to my customers, I included the stamp as a part of their class fee. I used this opportunity to feature one of my favorite Designer Series Papers in the catalog called Shine On. You really have to see it in person to truly appreciate it. It's SO beautiful and I am so thrilled with how these cards came out. Here's a close up of these fun, shiny birthday greetings!
This first card features the stamp set Celebrate today with the Balloon Framelits and I love how perfectly the shiny clouds on the Designer Paper coordinate with this hot air balloon design. I added some Bermuda Bay sequins for added sparkle and shine. Rather than stamp directly on the balloon I added a smaller circle on top. I did that for two reasons. First, it adds dimension and second, it helps make stamping the sentiment easier because there is no pressure to make it straight. Just stamp it in the middle of the circle and spin it till its right! Thats my style of no stress stampin'.
It was apparent by the look of my customers, downline and friends faces that they really enjoyed creating these cards. Seeing them happy, makes me happy.
This next card features the gorgeous Butterfly Basics stamp set. The stamped butterfly is so beautiful, I just added a small jeweled Bitty butterfly for added sparkle and shine.
Although this card has the words Happy Birthday stamped on the inside, this could easily be converted into another type of card. You could use it for a Thank You card, a Congratulations card, a Friendship card or for any occasion you might get together and enjoy celebrating with cake!!!
This next card features a bow I made out of the Festive Flower Builder Punch. All I did was punch out the leaves in the center of the punch and fold them in on each side to form a tiny bow. Super cute, huh? And easy too!!
Ok.. I LOVE this card. The Number Of Years stamp set and Large Number Framelits provided each of my guests options to create a personalized greeting. Some of them weren't even 29 yet, so they changed the number to 18. Others chose to leave out the "again" and just use the age of the person they planned to give this card too. Most of my guests however, did leave the 29 cause they knew that there would be someone they could give it to that loves to celebrate their 29th birthday every year, just like I do.
This weekend of classes was so wonderful and not just because Gail brought some delicious sweet treats from a bakery in Kailua called Mama'Nitas. If you haven't tried their scones you have to get over there and try them. There were flavors in this box like Lilikoi, Pineapple Coconut, Organic Blueberry, just to name a few. YUM, they are so delicous! It was fun to share these sweet treats with all who attended.
I had two special guests attend class over the weekend. Robyn, came all the way from Australia!. She will be featured in one of my upcoming posts showing a couple of projects she created that you will absolutely ADORE.
Brenda, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Minnesota was also able to attend. It was wonderful having her over. Both she and Robyn were able to attend my Inspiration Night last night too, so I'll be posting an update real soon with the projects from last night plus some of the things they so graciously shared. I was blessed that both Robyn and Brenda were able to stamp with me this weekend and that my class schedule fit right in with their travel plans.
Well, I hope you liked these fun and simple birthday card ideas.
So, will you join me in bringing birthdays back? I hope this post has inspired you to send more cards. Perhaps you can copy some of my simple designs and share them with those you love! Don't forget to stamp your envelope with the special birthday hashtag stamp so everyone will know you've joined the campaign to help bring birthday cards back. Be sure to let me know if you want to order one of these special stamps for $12.95 (plus shipping and tax) and I'll be happy to assist you in joining me in helping to bring birthday's back.