I had my Scrapbook Club this week and we did a birthday layout. Have you noticed those awesome borders? It’s from the brand new die called Tasteful Trim. It’s on page 17 in the Holiday Mini. I absolutely LOVE the 12″ trim pieces that it creates. I used to buy packets of paper trimmed  up like this, but then I would invariably run out of the style or color I needed. No worries about that when you have this Bigz XL Die!

The pennant is made by cutting three inch Whisper White squares to a center peak at one end. It’s nice that ‘birthday’ has eight letters as it fits perfectly across the top of the pages. 

Another thing that I love about this page is the balloons! I used the Oval Frame Die twice, once with Real Red cardstock and second with Whisper White cardstock. The inside part of the Real Red frame became a balloon as you can see in the photo above. The blue balloon is made with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (page 19 of the Holiday Mini catalog). A couple of quick strokes with the White Gel Pen gives the balloons a touch of life.

This picture shows the Real Red frame part of the die cut surrounding the inside part of the Whisper White die cut. A word balloon! The “strings” on the balloons are natural hemp twine attached with mini glue dots. The yellow balloon is the second to the largest circle on the Circles #2 Die. We used Varsity Alphabet and Real Red ink to stamp the words.

Stay tuned . . . tomorrow I will post the Halloween pages we made!

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Here are the supplies I used on the Birthday Pages:

Stamps: Varsity Alphabet
Paper: 12×12 Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Tasteful Trim Die, Extended Cutting Plates, Circles #2 Die, Scallop Oval Frame Die
Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Dotto to reposition the photo mats if necessary down the road

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Kay Kalthoff is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Lino Lakes, Minnesota stamping, caring and sharing with customers and demonstrators locally and nationally!