Piece of Cake for The Spot Challenge #107

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am sharing with you my project for this weeks theme challenge at The Spot.  Our theme this week is all about Birthdays and I can tell you that the design team has came up with some great projects for you.  I used two different stamp sets to create my card today.  One I used for the main image and sentiment and the other I used to create the background of my card.  I used the Piece of Cake Stamp Set and Birthday Backgrounds Stamp Set.  Here's a look at my colorful card.  

Piece of Cake Stamp Set, Birthday Background Stamp Set, Cake Punch, Paper Piecing, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

Here's the challenge image that inspired my card for today.  We hope that you take a little time and play along with us this week.  We all need birthday cards and they are so much fun to make so why not take a little time and make one and play along.  


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I started off by figuring out what stamp set or sets I wanted to use.  There are so many great birthday stamp sets in the catalogs that it was hard to decide on which I wanted to use.  I finally decided on two that I hadn't used in awhile; or in the case of Birthday Backgrounds at all.  Well, I may have used it once on a card but it would have been when I first got it.  So a long long time ago in a land far far away.  So I decided to brush the dust off of both of these great sets and give them a little love this week.  Next I figured out my color scheme.  


I decided to use Melon Mambo, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, and Highland Heather as my colors.  I wanted something fun, playful, cheerful, and bright.  I mean it is a birthday card after all and why wouldn't I want something playful and fun.  I wanted to do a little paper piecing with the Birthday Background stamp set and by using all the colors this would allow me to use most of the stamps in the set.  I took some scraps of all the colors and cut them down to 2 x 3 3/4 or 1 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches and on each piece I stamped one of the images in the same color as the cardstock.  Then I layered them on a piece of cardstock and layered each one on top of the other to create the fun colorful background for my card.  

Piece of Cake Stamp Set, Birthday Background Stamp Set, Cake Builder Punch, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

After attaching the pieces I then added the 3 3/4 x 5 piece of cardstock to a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Which was added to a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 piece of Granny Apple Green Cardstock.  I then attached everything to my 4 1/4 x 11 whisper white thick card base.  Next I stamped the cake in Tuxedo Black link onto a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock so that I could 1. punch it out using the Cake Builder Punch and 2. color it with my Stampin' Blends.  So I colored most of the cake with my Stampin' Blends but since we don't have Melon Mambo in Stampin' Blends I used my Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker to color in the pick dots on the cake.  I then stamped the cake stand on a piece of scrap Granny Apple Green Cardstock in Granny Apple Green Classic Ink and punched it out also.  I attached the cake and the stand together with a Stampin' Dimensional and then added a few more behind.  I then added some of the silver thread made into a few loops and attached the loops with a little snail adhesive where I wanted it to go.  I placed the cake on the stand over this with dimensionals for added security.  

Piece of Cake Stamp Set, Birthday Background Stamp Set, Cake Builder Punch, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Highland Heather cardstock using Highland Heather Classic Ink and secured it to the cake stand and card with a little liquid glue and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.  I then added a few of the Nobel Peacock Rhinestones on the card because they had most of the colors that I used or colors that I could layer on the colors.  I only added the color of rhinestones to the same color of cardstock.  For example the Balmy Blue only has the blue rhinestones and the Granny Apple Green has the green ones.  I thought it would be a fun little play with the monochromatic spectrum.  

Piece of Cake Stamp Set, Birthday Background Stamp Set, Cake Builder Punch, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up

I hope that you like my little birthday card that I made for this week's challenge at the Spot and I also hope more than anything that you will take a little time and play along with us this week.  If you need any of the supplies you have seen today you can order them in my online store.  You will find a full shopping list of all the items I used today at the bottom of my post.  Remember that Stampin' Up! will be announcing the retiring list on Wednesday and I will share that on a live that afternoon so be watching for that.  Which means I can not promise that these items want be on the retiring list and may sale out quickly if they are.  So be prepared to purchase these supplies ASAP everything is on a while supplies last basics at this point.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 



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