Extra Special Birthday…

Everyday (except Sundays) I create a new card or home décor project or 3-D art piece…every.  day.

There are a couple of things I love about that commitment and one I don’t…

I love to create a piece for a special specific person.  So much thought goes into a piece like that.

I DO NOT like to mass produce anything.  But when a Stampin’ Up! event comes up and swapping is part of the event, then mass producing is necessary.  So that’s what I’ve been doing a lot of this week…

They are a work in progress…

So once the swaps were done it was a joy to make today’s post for an upcoming birthday…

It never occurred to me how much I’d love this Designer Series Paper initially.  The idea to use it this way has been rolling around in my mind at first sight of it.

Glamour close up…

The embossing of the hearts was meant to suggest quilting.

and a peek inside…

I love all the designs in this pack (well…most of them) but especially the gingham!  I have four packs of this DSP and not a single piece of gingham anywhere.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Tip Top Taupe, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Oh So Succulent Designer’s Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1″ Square Punch or Framelit and Falling Petals Embossing Folder


  • The Tip Top Taupe base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The top Thick Whisper White square layer is 3-3/8″ square.
  • The Tip Top Taupe square layer is 3-1/4″ square.  Attach this layer to the Whisper White square layer with SNAIL.
  • Punch 12 (1″ square) pieces of the DSP.  Arrange 1″ squares on top of Tip Top Taupe square and attach with multipurpose glue.  This gives you a little time to move or adjust the square if you need to.  Run this square through the Big Shot in the Falling Petals EF.  Attach all three layers to top of card front with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment layers are Thick Whisper White 1″ x 3-3/8″, Tip Top Taupe layer is 7/8″ x 3-1/4″ and the top Whisper White layer is 3/4″ x 3-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and cut piece 3/4″ x 3-1/8″.  Add this piece to the next two layers and add to bottom of card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a Whisper White layer 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ with three blocks added at the bottom of this layer and attached inside card with SNAIL
  • The envelope flap was covered in matching DSP to coordinate with card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hope you found something here to inspire you in your creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

And always stay inky…you’ll be HaPpY!




  1. Wow! Look at all your cards for the swap. That is a real commitment. Can’t wait to see the finished version. I’m with you on making cards for specific people. Today’s card looks like an awesome quilt from one of your favorite DSP packs. It made a very pretty card. Today’s “b-ism” is very inspiring. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Have a great day!

    • I’ve already posted me swaps for Saturday’s post when I’ll actually be swapping them HJ. Hope you stop by and take a peek!…B!

  2. I love your card today, and I’m looking forward to seeing the completed swaps! Mass producing is good “unthinking” time for me. I know you will enjoy the SU! event.

    • I’ve already written my Saturday post showing the OnStage swaps Ann. Hope you’ll stop by and take a look!…B!

  3. Love your card! The special person you made this for will be so happy to receive your card! Loved the b-ism as usual! Thanks for sharing your creativity, I look forward to seeing your card everyday.

  4. Cute idea and that paper is so pretty. Your card really shows it off! I have a hard time lining up the spaces evenly between the squares when I have tried this.
    Your swap cards are hard to see. I can’t tell what stamp is used on the front. Maybe it’s suppose to be kept a surprise though, for now.

    • To get my squares set Laura, I use multipurpose glue. I mark the center of the background piece and set the top middle square first and build out and down from there. With the glue you can still move it a bit after placing the square to get it lined up. I never go for perfection…I intentionally didn’t show the swap card finished but they will be on my blog post for Saturday. I hope you’ll stop by to take a peek!…B!

  5. I have a hard time working DSP into my cards. Not that I am someone who is afraid or doesn’t want to cut into the DSP, I just have a hard time getting it to work and thinking it looks good. You, on the other hand, are a genius with DSP! I have a stack of this paper in transit to me, as well as the embossing folder you used. I think I feel a CASE of this card coming on! Your creations are so inspiring to me!

    • I would be honored if you CASE my card Marianne. I find DSP a great starter to creating a card. Your color palette is done for you and all those beautiful patterns to work with…I get excited just thinking about all the new DSP in the annual catalog!…B!

  6. Your committment to creating a card EVERY day and a post EVERY day is so inspiring! As a new demonstrator, I am in awe of that dedication you have. Your cards are always lovely Billie. Thank you for sharing and keeping us all inspired and motivated! Which OnStage will you be attending? Might I be lucky enough to meet you?

    • Most days I have more ideas than time to create them. I do take off on Sundays and post six days a week. Last month I passed the 1000 mark! I’m so glad you find inspiration here Sally…may it always be so!…B!