December Birthdays Blog Hop

Easel fancy fold birthday card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a sneak peek of the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows stamp sets from Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog

December Birthdays Blog Hop

December is a crazy month, packed with holidays and holiday preparations. Sometimes for people who are born in December, it might feel like your birthday gets a little lost. Not this year!

We are taking a day off from winter holidays to celebrate the December-born with a special December Birthdays Blog Hop!

December Birthdays Blog Hop

If you’ve got people in your life who have birthdays in December, you’re in the right place! I’ve teamed up with a crew of  amazingly talented card designers from all around the world to bring you birthday themed inspiration.  It’s also nice to get a head start on all the December birthday cards I have to make: for my dad, grandma, and sister!

All you need to do to “hop” around the world is visit the links at the bottom of the page. You are going to be amazed by all of the gorgeous projects!

Here’s mine!

Easel fancy fold birthday card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a sneak peek of the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows stamp sets from Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog

Birthday Giveaway

Fun fact: Natalie means “Born at Christmas” which is how I got my name! Since my birthday is also coming up and I love giving presents as much as getting presents, I’ve put together a birthday themed prize pack to give away on my birthday, one week from today!

Sadly, I had to limit the contests to US residents because of laws and stuff. To my international friends I send lots of hugs and good wishes!

Here is the prize, filled with all of my favorite birthday things! It includes two stamps sets, a punch, a pack of cardstock, lots of DSP and ribbon, and a one-of-a-kind card made by yours truly. Check it out!

December Birthday Sweepstakes Prize Pack by Natalie Lapakko of Stamp Witch Blog

Multiple Ways to Win!

Visit the official contest page to enter the contest, see the full list of prizes, read the official rules, and gain additional entries by sharing with your friends!

You can also enter by answering a birthday related question or leaving a kind comment on the blog posts in the blog hop (one comment per blog). Make sure to go through and give everyone comments!

Here’s my birthday question:

What is your favorite birthday tradition?

Easel fancy fold birthday card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a sneak peek of the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows stamp sets from Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog

Here’s the interior of the card.

Unicorn and Rainbow Easel Card Tips

This unicorn card is modified easel card. The base is a card base folded at the halfway and three-quarters marks. It folds to stand up like an easel and a 3D element of some sort holds the bottom in place.

What makes this easel card a little different is that the front panel is not a regular rectangle. I used a cloud edge die from the Rainbow Builder Framelit dies from the Occasions Catalog to cut the top edge. When it is standing up the rainbow stands out with nothing but air behind it!

Because I wanted this easel to look nice from the front and back sides, I made a double sided rainbow. There is a layer of white in between rainbow layers which is longer than the rainbow pieces so I have a little extra paper by which to attach the rainbow to the card.

This rainbow is sandwiched between two identical cloud panels to make sure it looks good from the front and back. These panels are separated by dimensionals. Since the rainbow at the top and the silver twine at the bottom are both bulky, the dimensionals keep the top layer nice and flat.

Don’t forget to add a 3D element to the inside of the card to hold up the easel! I used another layer of clouds with dimensionals inside the carde.

Easel fancy fold birthday card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a sneak peek of the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows stamp sets from Stampin' Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog

Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks!

These are the new 2018 Catalog items I used in my card. I am just so excited for these new products; it’s almost like Stampin’ Up! designed them just for me!

Hop Along for More Inspiration!

Next up is the amazingly talented Rochelle Blok!

And here is the whole list of December Birthday Blog Hop participants in case you get lost along the way. Make sure to go see all the awesomely inspiring projects they have in store for you!

Amy Koenders
Carolynn Sander
Charlet Mallett
Holly Stene
Janneke de Jong
Jay Soriano
Jenny Hall
Jessie Holton
Kelly Kent
Natalie Lapakko
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Sylwia Schreck
Tanya Boser

22 thoughts on “December Birthdays Blog Hop”

  1. We always let the Birthday person pick somewhere they would like to eat. All of your Blog Candy is great! I love both stamp sets and I don’t have either of them—I would love to win!

  2. I love your card. Love that new rainbow set and the unicorn. Happy Birthday. Our favorite birthday tradition is to let the pick their favorite and I make it.

  3. Stunning card Natalie and thanks for organising this great hop. Singing happy birthday and blowing candles on the cake would be my fave birthday tradition. Sending you early birthday wishes.

  4. We always have loot bags for everyone after the special birthday dinner so everyone goes home with a gift. Your cards are amazing.

  5. Thank you for inviting me on this birthday blog hop around the world! What beautiful card ideas and fun to see some of the new products coming oh in January. Happy birthday!

  6. Wow wow wow!! You are swaying me to get that rainbow bundle! This is a fabulous creation! So many details and beautiful touches! Great job! Thanks for inviting me to hop with you!

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