I believe in long birthday celebrations. The older we get, the more we realize how precious each day is. So, why not celebrate your birthday, and “squeeze it for all it’s worth!” This sentiment is in the Lemon Zest stamp set, page 90 in the annual catalog. I remembered it when looking at the Tutti-frutti Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalog, which has a beautiful sheet of citrus fruit. This sentiment would be perfect for my thought. I completed the inside with another stamp from this set, stamping an orange using Pumpkin Pie ink.
The lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit dance around the Tutti-frutti paper so happily. I think of citrus as happy fruit. I’m probably influenced by essential oils too, because these are among my favorite oils; the fragrance, the taste, I mean, who can resist! Not to mention the health benefits of relaxation, building immunity, cleansing, increasing metabolism, and I could go on. So, I think this paper is just right for a Happy Birthday card.
I first placed the Large Letters on my 5 1/4″ X 4″ piece of Tutti-frutti DSP, and rolled it through the Big Shot. I chose Calypso Coral cardstock for the card base, and glued the paper with the cut out letters to it. It’s a good thing there is an apostrophe, because it’s the only way “birthday” would fit.
Then, I repeated cutting the letters from Calypso cardstock, three each, and glued the layers together. I also added Mini Dimensionals, before placing the letters on their “holes.” This made them stand out even more against the pattern of fruit. Someone came up with the name “eclipse” for this, but I didn’t want a total eclipse. So, I let some Calypso Coral show through the opening in the letters.
In case there was any doubt this is a happy B’day wish, I added “happy” from the Crazy About You stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock, and used the Bunch of Banners die for cutting the word and the Lemon Lime Twist frame. I love how this single die allows you to frame a word this way.
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