July Birthdays

I love creating and giving handmade birthday cards and below are some of my recent creations for some special people.

My friend loves Star Wars and when I found this tutorial on Pinterest I just had to have a go at making these cute guys! I had to improvise a bit as I didn’t have all the punches Rose used. I didn’t have the tag punch, but you don’t actually see the shaped top so for one Darth I just cut out a rectangle. This didn’t give me a lot of space to glue the top of his helmet on, so for the second Darth I cut the cardstock to the same shape as the tag (I got the dimensions from a retired Annual Catalogue).

I didn’t have the circle punches or the flower punch either. I created some circles of the right diameters in Word and printed them on some scrap paper and cut these to use as a template. For the mouth of the helmet, I just cut this free hand. My last change was to use black embossing powder as I didn’t have clear.

star wars card

I also saw a similar Star Wars card on Pinterest which was a slider card with just the heads of Darth and Yoda. That inspired me to make the card in the video below for my nephew (although I had to add bodies as floating heads was a bit freaky!). I hope he liked it as much as me. I definitely had a bit of fun playing with the card whilst making the video! This card uses the happy birthday sentiment from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set cut out with the coordinating Bitty Bannes Framelits Dies to hold up the easel card.

And last but not least, I made the spinning pinwheel card again but this time in Melon Mambo and Island Indigo for two special little girls, my niece and my best friend’s little girl.

The pinwheel is made from the Tea for Two designer series paper and the stamps are inked with Pretty in Pink to match the paper. The stamps came from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set which was one of my first and still one of my favourites. Sadly this stamp set and the designer series paper are both now retired, as is Pretty in Pink.

melon mambo pinwheel

Astrid Bealing About Astrid Bealing
I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Brisbane, Australia. I’ve always loved all things craft and finally taken the leap into demonstrating the wonderful products Stampin’ Up! sell, which I’ve been using since 2010. I will be posting my Stampin’ Up! projects here to inspire you. I also hold monthly card and paper craft workshops from my home in Eight Mile Plains, and sell product Australia wide.

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