There are a couple Stampin’ Up! colors that are considered by many to be the…well, the least appealing of the lot: Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze. They’re both great colors, and are must haves for Autumn projects, but maybe they aren’t the first ones you turn to this time of year. I decided to use a pretty stamp set – Happy Birthday Gorgeous – with these colors, just to see what I could do. I also tried something different with the layers, by lining them up at one corner instead of centering them. It’s an especially quick and easy card. Let me know what you think.


Here’s what I made:

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous handmade birthday card by Candy Ford of Stamp Candy

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous handmade birthday card by Candy Ford of Stamp Candy

Here’s what I did:

Cut and scored with my Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Cajun Craze card stock (CS) cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, then scored in half at 4-1/4″
  • Always Artichoke CS cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Very Vanilla CS cut to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
  • Very Vanilla CS cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ for the inside

Stamped with the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set:

  • sentiment in Cajun Craze ink onto the Very Vanilla CS layer
  • flowers in Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke inks onto the Very Vanilla CS layer
  • flower in Always Artichoke ink onto the larger Very Vanilla CS piece

Assembled the card:

  • stamped Very Vanilla CS layer glued onto the Always Artichoke CS layer
  • Always Artichoke CS layer glued onto the front of the card base
  • larger Very Vanilla CS piece glued to the inside of the card base


Here are today’s colors:

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Here’s what I used:

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