Good morning! It’s Day 3 of our 13th birthday celebration and we’re glad you’re here to share the day with us! Today, Creative Team members Nathalie DeSousa, Jill Dewey Hawkins and Latisha Yoast have some amazing projects to share and our friends from Totally Tiffany, Therm O Web and Photoplay Paper are here too! If you’ve just joined us for the first time, welcome! We hope you’ll start at the beginning of our celebration HERE. If you’ve joined us the last two days, welcome back!

Hi there! Nathalie DeSousa with you today to share a new layout that celebrates those special birthday memories using the new Say Cheese 4 collection from Simple Stories.   Though this collection was designed to document those special visits to a theme park, its colors, designs and embellishments can easily help you create a birthday celebration keepsake.

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The inspiration for this page was the balloons that are next to my little cousin in the picture, and the Hooray paper from the  Say Cheese 4 collection.   Balloons always reflect celebrations, so I set to make them the centerpiece of this page. My choice was to paper-piece them using various papers from the collection and cut files from the Silhouette Store.

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The picture was then backed and layered with papers from the collection and set next to the paper bow.   Ephemera and stickers were then used to create embellishment clusters around the picture and the page. A large chipboard sticker -as a title- and some lines of journal complete this page.

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I hope this inspires you to get creative with your paper collections and remember to share your finished pages with us; we would love to see your birthday memories!! XO
~ Nathalie

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Hello and Happy Day to you! Jill Hawkins here today. I’m sharing a fun little gift package to give to someone on their birthday! Who says we should only decorate cards or pages? I thought it would be fun to see if I could *treat* this gift bag as a card, and so I did exactly that!

I decided to use these very spring-like colors—Spring-like, in the nature sense—lots of greens and blues! Oh, how in the middle of January I longed for these greens and blues!

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First, I masked off an area on this gift bag with painters tape, being sure to get the super tack off before sticking it to this paper. Once the area was quarantined, I blended on several different Distress Oxide Inks—Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover and my favorite of all time, Twisted Citron! 😉

Once I felt like the colors were blended well, I took a stencil overtop the whole thing and then back with each color and blended over the stencil. It gives the whole thing a very subtle touch that isn’t dominant but just adds a little flair and texture.

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After that, I took some black paint and added some little ink splats to give it a little more somethin’! I removed the temporary tape carefully, and voila!! It turned out delightful! I finished off the gift bag with the Happy Birthday sentiment. J

I thought it would be fantastic to have a fun tag to go along with the packaging. And when you’re making your own, you get to customize and match every last bit! Hooray!


I masked off some strips with tape and blended the inks on one by one, before stamping the sentiment. After that was all dry, I added a sweet little felt heart, some stitching and twine. I can’t wait to gift the whole ensemble to someone special! J

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Supplies CARDSTOCK: Taylored Expressions; STAMPS, DIES: Paper Smooches; Stencil: Neat & Tangled; INK: Ranger, Tsukineko; FELT: Taylored Expressions; ADHESIVE: 3M

I hope I have inspired you to think of simple packaging you can personalize and make your own! I think it really ups the wrapping game, don’t you?

Thanks for joining me here today—
Jill Dewey Hawkins

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We all have grand ideas and thoughts on handmade items we would love to give to someone as a gift.  There are only 24 hours in a day, so I allow myself grace. Sometimes that means buying a cupcake or brownie or whatever treat that was intended to be homemade. How do you fancy up a store bought treat? With a handmade topper and matching card of course!

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Materials Used: Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings Stamp set, Fancy Lattice Backdrop, Simple Wavy Banners, Spring Fling Pattern Paper, Layered Butterflies, Lawn Fawn Glue and Lawn Fawn Black Tie Single Cord; 

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Today I am sharing a coordinating card and treat using some of the newly released Lawn Fawn stamps and dies!  To start, the card base was created by trimming a piece of clear card stock to 4.25 x 11 inches, then scoring at 5.5 inches. This will be the base of the card. On the inside of the card, adhere a trimmed aqua piece of card stock (4.25 x 5.5 inches) using a strong adhesive. With white cardstock and the Lawn Fawn Fancy Lattice Backdrop die, run through a die cutting machine and you will have a perfectly cut panel to adhere and place on the outside of the card. Embellish with diecut butterflies, a stamped sentiment and pearl enamel stickers. Tie black twine at the top.

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Since the cupcake was made by a bakery, all that was needed was a cut wooden skewer or lollypop stick, a diecut butterfly, foam adhesive and twine.

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There you have it, a beautiful birthday card and yummy cupcake ready to gift. This would be the perfect way to tell a co-worker, friend or family member Happy Birthday!

~ Latisha Yoast

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LOOT BAG GIVEAWAY – Day 3!

What is a celebration without a fun parting gift right? Today our friends from Totally Tiffany, Therm O Web and Photo Play Paper are here to fill up a loot bag for one lucky reader! Want to see what’s in it? Keep reading!

From Totally Tiffany:

Using your embossing heat tool, while working on a project, can be cumbersome when you’re trying to hold everything in your hands. With the Desk Maid Embossing Station, your hands are now free to hold your project at the exact angle and distance! This hands-free heat tool holder has a project clipboard, built-in cooling rack, and tool pocket. Arriving in June of 2019, this will be a must-have tool for all of your embossing projects!

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From all of us at Totally-Tiffany, Happy Birthday Scrapbook & Cards Today! Thank you for your creativity, inspiration, and craftiness for the past 13 years. We wish you many more years to come and hope that this year’s celebration is amazing!

From Therm O Web:

ThermOWeb would like to wish our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today a very “Glitzy” and Happy 13th Birthday! Congrats on your 13th Year…we look forward to celebrating many more together!

Prize includes three colors of Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets, two colors of our Metallix Gel, New Stencil Pal, Deco Foil Transfer Gel and Deco Foil Foam Sheets and one Color of our Gina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gel. The winner will be able to select the colors of their choice!

From Photoplay Paper:

Happy Birthday, SCT, from all of your friends here at Photoplay Paper! We are so happy for your many wonderful accomplishments throughout the past 13 years, and we appreciate all that you and your talented team do to educate, promote and inspire our industry. Cheers to another 13 years!

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Another amazing day of inspiration and prizes! Thank you to Nathalie, Jill, and Latisha from our talented Creative Team for the beautiful projects they’ve shared today. A second big thank you to Totally Tiffany, Therm O Web and Photoplay Paper for a fabulous goody bag of prizes.

To enter each day’s giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below and today, tell us your all-time, hands-down, favourite product!

2. Comment to be left by April 4th at midnight EST.

3. Winners will be announced right here on April 5th!

We always love when you take a moment to thank our partners and hope you will take another moment today to do the same either on their Facebook page or on Instagram…or both! Send them a direct message or look for their post about today’s giveaway.

Totally Tiffany – Facebook and Instagram

Therm O Web – Facebook and Instagram

Photoplay Paper – Facebook and Instagram

We also want to send out a HUGE thank you for all the kind comments you’ve been leaving for us! You truly are the reason we love what we do. Thank you SCT friends. You are the BEST!