Party Pandas Happy Birthday Messages in a Bottle

Party Pandas Message in a Bottle

I created these Party Panda Messages in a Bottle for my recent Happy Birthday class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

This is an annual class held in February. 

We stamp, laugh, sing happy birthday to each other, and eat cake!

It's one of my favorite stamping events.

This year, I was steered towards making these messages in a bottle by accident.

You see, I  normally allow myself one Coca-Cola a day.  I usually drink 1 of the small 7.5  oz cans. 

It's enough to give me my morning jolt without the extra sugar and calories of the larger cans.

But, on my recent trip to the grocery store, they were out of the small cans.

So, instead, I purchased an 8-pack of 12 oz bottles.

I'm always thinking about how I can recycle and reuse products in my crafting (see my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE), and when I saw these bottles, I knew I wanted to make them into Happy Birthday messages in a bottle!

Something a little different, something to bring a smile!

Here's how:

  1. Empty the bottles, wash out, and remove the labels.  This part can take some advanced planning.   It took me 8 days (1 Coke per day) to empty the bottles.  After removing the labels, I ran them through the dishwasher and set out to dry completely.
  2. Cut a strip of designer series paper to go around the middle of the bottle.  Since I knew I wanted to use the black and white pandas from Party Pandas, plus the caps on the bottles are red, I decided to use some Real Red DSP I had in my stash.  I cut the strips 1 1/4" x 9 1/2  ".  I attached a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the DSP, peeled off the backing, and wrapped the strip around the bottle.  The seam is to the back of the bottle.
  3.  Stamp the pandas onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Fussy cut the pandas out using a pair of scissors.  Be sure to cut the balloon string and part of the balloon too, as this part will be the base for the baker's twine and heart.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle fussy cut

4.  Cut a heart out of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits Die.  Attach to the partial cut-out balloon using a Mini Glue Dot to secure. 

5. Run a bead of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the stamped string image and apply a piece of baker's twine up to the heart. Wrap the bottom of the baker's twine around, so it looks like the panda is holding onto the string.  Set aside to let the glue dry.

Party Panda Message in a bottle baker's twine

6. Tie a bow out of the baker's twine and secure to the top of the string using a Glue Dot.

Party Panda Message in a bottle heart

7. Place a Mini Dimensional behind the panda and the heart and attach to the front of the bottle.  Fold up the sides of the heart, so it is popped up a little more.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle closeup

8. Now for the message.  Cut a piece of copy paper to measure 4" x 7".  Stamp greeting from Happy Celebration using Archival Black ink.  Stamp panda from Party Panda using Archival Black ink.  Color in the dots on the panda's party hat using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

Message in a Bottle

9. Roll the message up, and secure with a piece of ribbon.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle message

10.  Fill the bottles with shredded paper, insert the message, and close up using the bottle cap.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (a Sale-A-Bration choice!), Happy Celebrations

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, copy paper, Petal Passions, and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bottle, Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, black baker's twine, Real Red striped ribbon,  (retired), glue dots, Mini Dimensionals, shredded paper



Happy Stampin'!

Petal Passion Meets Party Pandas

Party Pandas

It's Sale-A-Bration at Stampin' Up!

During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you are able to choose a free exclusive item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

So, now is the perfect time to stock up on stamps, paper, inks, and accessories!

My favorite from the Sale-A-Bration is the cute stamp set, Party Pandas.

Party Pandas stamp set

These guys are too cute and will certainly bring a smile.

For this card, I paired the Party Pandas with the new black and white designer series paper, Petal Passion.

Here's How:

  1. Cut a piece of scrap card stock to measure 5 1/4" x 4".  Cut a piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to the same size, 5 1/4" x 4".  Any of the designs in the paper stack will work, so just choose your favorite.  Attach the DSP to the card stock.
  2. Cut 2 circles out of the DSP using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  Or use a circle punch.
  3. Cut 2 squares that are slightly larger than the circle cut outs.  Stamp the pandas  using Archival Black ink on to squares.  Color in the circles on the party hats using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.
  4. Apply Mini Dimensionals around the back side of the cut circles.  Peel off the backing and attach the stamped squares, lining up the pandas as desired. 
  5. Cut rings out of Real Red card stock using the Big Shot and 2 Circle Framelits Dies, one larger than the other.  Or use 2 circle punches, one larger than the other.  Attach rings around the circles.
  6. Attach card front to Basic Black card base.
  7. Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Mat to Basic Black card stock.  Banner cut one end and attach to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Party Pandas

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Silver Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder-Masculine Birthday Card

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The new Dynamic Hexagons Embossing folder is perfect for making those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Recently, we were invited to the 13th birthday celebration for my husband's cousin's grandson!

Ok, I rarely have to make a card for a 13 year old boy, so I had to think a few minutes about what I could come up with. 

It didn't take me long though because I knew the Dynamic Hexagons embossing folder would do the trick, especially if I used it to emboss a piece of silver foil paper.

This card is so cool in person.  I love the raised texture from the embossing and how the silver foil paper changes depending on the lighting. 

It has that great industrial look, perfect for a a tech savvy kid!

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The greeting was heat embossed on a piece of vellum card stock using black embossing powder.  I used 2 black glimmer brads from my stash to hold the vellum in place, plus to add a little bit of interest.

Super Easy!

The Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder makes quick work out of making masculine-themed cards!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Big Shot, Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, paper piercing tool and mat, glimmer brads

Happy Stampin'!

April Nacho Average Blog Hop-Happy Birthday Build a Birthday

Welcome to the Nacho Average Design Team's blog hop for April.  This month, we are celebrating birthdays!

For my projects, I am featuring the stamp set Build a Birthday.


For my first project, I created a Cascading Card using Build a Birthday for the candles and Party with Cake for the greeting.  It also features It's My Party Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.

The Cascading Card technique is fairly simple to do.  (Click HERE for directions).  The key is to measure, cut and score as accurately as possible.

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I created the background for my second project using Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper.  I simply sponged on Black Archival ink making the design on the DSP pop.  I stamped the candles and flames on scrap pieces of Whisper White card stock and cut out using a pair of scissors.  They were then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.


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 For my third project, I created a birthday cake using It's My Party Washi Tape.  I stamped the cake pedestal from Build a Birthday using Black Archival ink, then added the Washi Tape. 

Easy, Easy.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to continue on through the Hop and see the beautiful creations of our talented Design Team!

Anne (you are here)






Supplies Used:

Cascading Happy Birthday

Stamp Sets: Build a Birthday, Party with Cake

Ink: Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry marker

Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, It's My Party Designer Series Paper

Accessories: It's My Party Washi Tape, Bird Builder punch

Birthday Candles

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White, Color Me Irresistible Designer Series Paper

Accessories: sponge, Hexagon punch, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Washi Tape Birthday Cake

Stamp Set: Build a Birthday

Ink: Archival Black, Melon Mambo

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: It's My Birthday Washi Tape, Candy Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!