My nephew is turning 27–YIKES! What a slap in the face to remind me of how old I’m getting! LOL Anyway, he’s starting business school in the fall and for his last hurrah birthday, my parents, Mr. CraftyPaws, and I are taking him on a cruise!

To go along with a surprise special gift from the heart, I whipped together this quick and easy interactive card for him using Lil Inker Designs “Quick Notes” stamps and a Lil Inker Designs “Quick Notes Star Fold Out Die” (both retired) that I’ve had in my stash for about 4 years and never before used (yes, so embarrassing, but true). I used an orange and peach polka dot card base that a crafty friend sent me as part of a prize package about 5 years ago, and some patterned papers that may be even older.

I guess with the 4th of July, I had stars and stripes on my mind so I used the star fold out die with a scrap of rainbow striped paper. To make it a little bolder, I hand outlined the die cut with a 1/8″ margin all around on goldenrod colored cardstock and hand fussy cut out a mat with my Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors and an X-Acto Blade. Then using my old trusty EK Success Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped “Smile”, “You’re a Star”, and “A Birthday Wish” on each of the stars. Originally I was just going to glue this on the card front, but then I thought it could use a little more pizzazz so I used the My Favorite Things “Shooting Star” die with more of the goldenrod colored cardstock and used the 2 sets of tails from that tucked under the fold out stars. For added shimmer, I coated all the tails with Clear Wink of Stella.

Then I decided to keep the fold out stars closed, I needed a belly band. I crafted one from more of the goldenrod cardstock and edged both the top and bottom with a 1/4″ orange and white striped patterned paper. To make the whole card seem more like a gift itself, I tied a grosgrain yellow ribbon around the belly band. This was a simple card to craft (no fussy Copic coloring, which is very unusual for me), but I think it came out looking very special for my nephew’s very special birthday!

CLICK on the following picture to watch the process video:

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Stars and/or Stripes Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Stars and/or Stripes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional 2 or More Design Papers Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional More than One Fold ChallengeWINNER
Crafting By Design Anything Goes Challenge
The Male Room Multiple Layers Challenge


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