Stampin’ Up! Large Numbers Bear Hug Birthday for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop


Okay – it just occurred to me that I did a birthday card using the Large Numbers Framelits for the last Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  Sorry about that – but it should really just go to show you how much fun and how versatile this set is!  Wouldn’t surprise me if you see some other projects using it today in the Blog Hop.  I hope that you’ll check everyone’s blogs out when you get done here!

This week we had a Color Challenge – Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron.  Of course, I’d left my Mint Macaron card stock at home.  So…had to look to my DSP – and I found the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack.  All three colors are well represented in this fun paper!


I combined a few sets for this project – deciding on the card when I realized that this year my husband will turn….duh duh duh duuuuuuh….SIXTY!  Oh my goodness – how did that happen??  A little sobering.  So I figured a not-so-sober card was in order.  Of course, there has to be a little black on a birthday card for such an occasion!

So, I used the Number of Years bundle and combined some elements from Bear Hugs, Balloon Celebration and Party With Cake.  Take a look-see:

Bear Hug Birthday Balloons 1 - Stamps-N-LingersWhat do you think?  Did I get enough candles? 😉

I started by SNAILing a piece of the It’s My Party DSP onto a Basic Black card stock mat, to become my card base.  Then I cut another of the designs in the stack with the 3 3/4″ Diameter Circles Collection Framelit.  To make its mat, I laid the framelit upside down on a piece of Basic Black card stock, traced it with a pencil and then cut it out.  Once I SNAILd the DSP to it, I laid the circle on my card front where I wanted it to be, and marked where I needed to cut to make it fit correctly.  I cut that with my Stampin’ Trimmer and SNAILd the circle to the card front – making sure to line up the mat edges to match!

Bear Hug Birthday Balloons 3 - Stamps-N-Lingers

I cut the numbers from Basic Black card stock (they had to be black, right??) using the Large Number Framelits.  At some point, I got the idea of the bear holding a bouquet of balloons that said something along the lines of Happy 60th.  So I implemented that by stamping two of the words/abbreviations from the Number of Years stamp set (frugally bundled with the Large Number Framelits!) in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Melon Mambo card stock.  I punched them out with the Balloon Bouquet punch and then added the balloon “shading” images from the matching Balloon Celebration stamp set in Melon Mambo ink.

Whew!  That’s a lotta bundling!  But it’s so worth it to have all those tools handy in your tool chest, huh?

I think balloons are shiny, so they both got painted with some Clear Wink of Stella.

I adhered the “6” to the card front with a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and then the “0” and the balloons were popped on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Now – when you do this, don’t be like me and forget your string!  Before you stick your balloons down – stick some string on the backs of the balloons with some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  In my case, I used Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine and some dabs of Liquid Glue and stuck them on the fronts of the balloons.  And then added teeny tiny itsy bitty bows to each balloon.  I’m kind of glad I messed the string thing up – I might not have thought to use the bows, or taken the time (yes, they were pretty persnickety).  And I really like how they look! 🙂

Bear Hug Birthday Balloons 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers

For my bear, I stamped the large Bear Hugs image in Crushed Curry on a piece of Whisper White card stock – and then I used a Blender Pen to color her in with more Crushed Curry.  I cut her with the matching die in the Bear Hugs Framelits.  She also sports a skirt – Mint Macaron stamped and then colored in with the Blender Pen and brushed with Clear Wink of Stella, and I added a strip of Gold Wink of Stella across the top.  To further solidify her girl-bear-ness, I gave her a Winked-up Melon Mambo hair bow!  All of these are images and matching framelits in the Bear Hugs bundle!

I popped her onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and adhered all her accessories with Liquid Glue.  Then I painted her lips and nails with my Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker.  Another dab of the Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue had her holding onto the floating balloons.

Bear Hug Birthday Balloons 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers

At that point, I thought I was done with the front of the card.  But, she seemed a little empty handed to me.  So I figured she should be bringing a present to the party.  I just cut a little rectangle of the It’s My Party DSP and gave it a ribbon.  That’s the 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Melon Mambo – that I cut with my Craft Scissors into narrow strips.  I stuck the ribbon on with scotch tape in the back and then did a little “faux bow” with a third strip (just tie the strip in a tight little knot around the other pieces).  Finally, I slid a Melon Mambo Itty Bitty Accent Pack heart – like a tiny note card – under the present’s ribbon!  And that was it for the front of the card!

On the inside, I SNAILd a Whisper White panel to one of Basic Black and then stamped the big, bold sentiment from the Party With Cake stamp set in Mint Macaron.  And another one in Crushed Curry (cake-ice cream-cake….it’s the trifecta!).  I colored in the word “cake” with the Melon Mambo marker, and added two candles.

Bear Hugs Birthday Balloons 5 - Stamps-N-Lingers

Then I SNAILd it into my Crushed Curry card base, popped the front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

For the envelope, I decorated the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope with more Party With Cake candles in Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron…

Bear Hugs Birthday Balloons 6 - Stamps-N-Lingers

…and gave it a liner of It’s My Party DSP (balloons this time) with my Envelope Liner Framelit.

Bear Hugs Birthday Balloons 7 - Stamps-N-Lingers

Et Voila!  I think this is a fun card to celebrate kind of a big birthday!  And yes, it’s for my hubby – but I think it’s okay.  Not too girly.  Just kind of fun! I hope that you like it!

The Bear Hugs Framelits are on the Weekly Deal list right now – so….maybe it’s time?

Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today.

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Sandi MacIver

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Heather Wright-Porto

Heather Van Looy

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project

Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner mats); 3 7/8″ Circle (mat for circle on front); Large Number Die Cuts

Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner); Bear Hugs Die Cuts

Melon Mambo Card Stock:  Balloon Bouquet punches; Itty Bitty Accent Punch heart

It’s My Party DSP: 3 3/4″ circle (on front); 3/4″ x 7/8″ rectangle (“present”); envelope liner

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14 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Large Numbers Bear Hug Birthday for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

  1. It’s My Party!!!! So cute 😀

  2. I love it! The little bear holding her gift is too cute and the sentiments inside are awesome…I completely agree that it’s always time for more cake and ice cream! 😉

  3. Kathy Hendrey

    So cute! Love the way you used the 2 stamp sets.

  4. Mary, you have another winner for sure! How cute is that?!! Awesome bear with the present, but you didn’t stop there-the inside is a show-stopper, too! Awesomeness!

  5. Mom

    Candles, cake and ice cream! Way to go! Nifty card, Mary.

  6. Kristi Gray

    Great card Mary, hey no worries about using the same set, just goes to show everyone how versatile it is. Love the paper, makes the card pop.

  7. sandimaciver2015

    oh how adorable, and great minds think alike, LOL..happy birthday to your hubby!…that’s a milestone I’m closing in on too, so I know how he feels, LOL….and he will love this card!.

  8. Ha – I’m not entirely sure he’s tracking what age he’ll be this year! 😉 Thanks, Sandi!

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