I’m in a cheery, citrus mood today. Stampin’ Up has some wonderful Designer Paper named Tutti-Frutti that is a collection of bright, fun, paper. I was instantly attracted to this Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalog. It will be retiring May 31st, but you can order it now, while supplies last.

The three patterns I’m choosing for today’s card go perfectly with our Lemon Zest Stamp Set.

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Tutti-Frutti Lemon Zest Birthday Card

First, I’m stamping the lemon from the Lemon Zest Stamp Set, cutting it with a Layering Circles Die, and then hand-cutting the circle into quarters with scissors.

Next, I’m using a Layering Squares Dies to cut four squares from the Lemon Lime Twist Tutti-Frutti DSP. I’m gluing the quartered lemons into the corners of this paper. Then, I’m using a scalloped edge Layering Squares Die to cut four squares from Whisper White cardstock, and more gluing.

I want the colors to stand out, so the card base is Thick Whisper White. I’m layering it with orange Tutti Frutti DSP, followed by my favorite Tutti-Frutti citrus print. 

While I’m was piecing my card together, I’m thinking about what I want to say. Let’s choose, “Squeeze it for all it’s worth!”  I’m finding in the Lemon Zest Stamp Set, and it will go with “Happy Birthday” on the inside.

I don’t know about you, but I like to squeeze my birthday for all it’s worth. It will last at least a week, and sometimes the entire month!

I ink up the sentiment, stamp it in Lemon Lime Twist ink on Whisper White, and use a Layering Squares Die for cutting. TIP:  I turn the die around and make a second cut for making a rectangle.

I like dimension, so I pop up my five scalloped edge pieces on Dimensionals. Before adhering it all together, I tie some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the layers, and add a bow.

I stamp a corner of the lemon to the inside, stamp Happy Birthday, add a piece of DSP to the envelope flap, and it’s ready to mail. 

This whole idea began with this week’s Global Design Project challenge. We were to CASE Allison Okamitsu’s  design. I think she likes the Tutti-Frutti paper as much as I do! Can you see why I wanted to cut my lemon into quarters?

Thank you for the inspiration, Allison. I wouldn’t have thought to quarter my lemon without you!