Bring on the candles

My son turned 20 earlier this month.  His birthday coincided with the start of a fabulous spring break trip sponsored by the university, so he has only seen his card recently.  I’m pretty sure he’s not a regular reader, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise in the rare event he checked in.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI got a little carried away…yes, there are 20 candles.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayMaui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI hope you like my candle flames!  They’re cut from the end of the stem from the Bird Builder punch.  The candles themselves were hand-cut and are primarily Soho Subway DSP with a little Early Espresso and Island Indigo thrown in for contrast.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe cakes are floating on sheets of Window Strips.  They’re hand cut, too.  This was for my son, after all!

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI made little packages and put them on the side of the card with dimensionals.  Honestly, I go through a LOT of dimensionals.  I quit worrying about it a long time ago – about the time I figured out they cost just over a penny apiece.  Seriously.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe other side has balloons:

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayThe “strings” are held in place with Glue Dots.  If you decide to make one of these cards (and I hope you do) trust me in this, you need Glue Dots.  Just open up a fresh box and knock yourself out.  I use a pokey doodle to pull them off the roll, but a bamboo bbq skewer works really well too.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdaySince my handsome son is away at school, I had to mail this card, and it required a custom envelope.  I used to dread making custom envelopes, but not any more.  The Envelope Punch Board is my BFF.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box BirthdayI didn’t use any bulky embellishments (such as buttons) so I just needed a little extra postage for the weight of all the extra card stock.  I made the envelope on the roomy side since the card is thicker than usual.

Maui Stamper Card-in-a-box Birthday

  • Stamps:  Make a Cake, You’re My Hero, Perfect Pennants
  • Color Palette:  Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
  • Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Window Sheets, Bird Builder, Small Oval, Corner Rounder, and  1/2 inch circle punches, Early Espresso 1/8 inch taffeta ribbon, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals



3 thoughts on “Bring on the candles

  1. That’s hilarious, I didn’t think about starting a tradition but it would be fun. The candles would have to get really small 🙂 Maybe just the decade years!


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