Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Kimberley!

Today is my sister-in-law's birthday.  It is a "milestone" birthday - you may be able to guess which one by looking at the card (!)  Happy Birthday Kimberley - your card is in the mail but probably won't be there here it is.

The card base is Papertrey Ink cardstock in Dark Chocolate.  The next layer is ivory cardstock cut to 5 by 3.75 inches with the corners rounded.  The dark pink layer is 2.75 by 4 inches (I think that is correct - I forgot to measure before I mailed it).  I used the Martha Stewart loops corner and edge punches.  On the dark pink layer I punched only the corners.  The light pink center medallion started at 3.25 inches and is fully punched.

 I used foam squares to raise up the center medallion.  The "50" is cut from brown glitter cardstock using my ancient Sizzix machine and the Fun Serif numbers.


For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of ivory cardstock to 5 x 3.75 inches and punched the corners only.  The "Happy Birthday" is heat embossed in brown.  (I blurred out the handwritten note in this photo).

Here is the handy guide for calculating the sizes that will work out perfectly with the Martha Stewart "Punch around the Page" punches. (Remember, you can click on this image to make it larger). You start with a 3.25 inch square and add increments of 1.75 inches to the sides to have the punches align perfectly.  You should punch the corners first and then do the sides.

I used this punch on a couple of other cards recently - a baby card (LINK) and a Thanksgiving card (LINK).  I have seen many other Martha Stewart punch sets with different designs (snowflakes, leaves, geometric, lace, etc.) that make these continuous edges - more things to add to the wish list!

Just for fun - if you'd like to send a birthday message for Kimberley and give her any advice you have for "the fun side of 50," please leave a comment on this post.  I'll make sure she sees them!


  1. What a fun idea Diane.. well I guess I would say, "Kimberley, don't think about "being" 50, enjoy every minute God gives you... you are only as old as you feel...

  2. Diane I really like this card and what you did with the MS punch...that one is on my wish list. Thanks for sharing the tips on using it!


  3. What a great card. Diane, thanks for sharing all of your knowledge, I have learned so much from following your blog. And to Kimberly, very Happy Birthday, your not over the hill, you're just starting the race and the best is yet to come.

  4. Happy Birthday, Kimberley! Hope you have an awesome day! Personally, I think life began at 50, so kick back and live life to the fullest.


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