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inspired ideas the happy birthday issue

volume 2, no. 4

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Forty years ago, I was born on my grandmother’s birthday. My mother left for the ho spital the day before with the birthday cake she ’d baked for her mother unfrosted. On the way, she said to my father “I hope this baby waits to be born on my mother’s birthday!” To which my father rep lied as he sped along the highway, “I hope this bab y waits to be born at the hospital!” Perhaps it was this auspicious beg inning and perhaps it has to do with being bo rn on the first day of Spring, but I have always, always held my birthday as an extra special, person al holiday. To me, celebrating my birthday is cel ebrating my life. An extra piece of cake. (With a hu ge sugary frosting flower on top, please!) An extra spr ing in my step. “Happy Birthday to me!” playing in my head. And a huge smile on my face. “It’s my birthday!” I tell absolutely everyone, followed by my age. This issue is dedicated to celebrati ng birthdays, from decking your home to adorni ng yourself. Celebrate your birthday and celebr ate yourself!

Love, Amy


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Mini Projects Jar It ..............................49 Thank You ................... 63 Primer Tags .................... 73 Birthday Candles ............ 73 Gift Packaging............... 173 Vintage Birthday .......... 185 Embroidered Shoes ......213


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Let’s Have Some Fun! Koralee Teichroeb A Proper Topper ............8

Lesa Dailey A Cherry On Top ...............122

Amy Powers Birthday Treasury ................14

Melissa Phillips You’re Invited ............132

Molly Knox Fringe Benefits ..................... 20

Danielle Muller Places, Everyone ........ 140

Karla Steele Pixie Sticks .........................24

Amy Hanna For Mother .........................146

Denise Sharp Butterfly Wishes .............. 30

Julie Collings A Tiny Birthday Book......154

Jenny Doh Wrappings ............................. 40

Jone Hallmark Birthday Butterflies ...... 162

Ingrid Lavoie Snip Snip ........................... 50

Megan Andersen Hip Hip Hooray ......... 168

Kerry Lynn Yeary Birthday Bouquet .......54

Heidi Woodruff A Paper Crown ............. 174

Timothy Haugen Sugar Sweet ...................64

Molly Knox A Pocketfull of Wishes ...... 180

Heather Buhaj Dollhouse-to-go ............. 70

Eileen Hull That Takes the Cake .......... 186

Sharon Giordano Silk Rose....................... 74

Lorraine Rose The Icing on the Cake .......192

Pam Garrison Favorable ...........................84

Aileen Roberts Chubby Cakes .............. 200

Tracey Fisher First Place ..........................94

Marlene Haveron Party Marker.............208

Pat Wehmeier Wee Birthday ................... 104

Lynn Lebsack Queen for a Day ................ 214

Sandy Camarda Little Red Dress ........108

Sue Griffiths Party Dress ......................220

Ellen Wigginton Fancy Sit-Upons ............116

Amy Powers Birthday Tower ................. 228

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pam garrison

Lesa Dailey lynn Lebsack

amy Powers denise sharp danieLle Muller

pam keravuori

Ingrid Lavoie karla steele

julie collings jenny doh

sue griffiths Sharon Giordano

jone hallmark heidi woodruff

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amy Hanna

lorraine rose & Kassie schwan

melissa phillips sandy camarda

heather buhaj

pat wehmeier

eileen hull timothy haugen tracey fisher

ellen wigginton aileen Roberts

kerry lynn Yeary

megan andersen koralee teichroeb

marlene Haveron molly knox

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amy powers’

inspired ideas the happy birthday issue

volume 2, no. 4

AMY POWERS . . . . . . . CREATOR PAM KERAVUORI . . . . . ASSISTANT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR & SUBMISSIONS: Email amy@inspireco.com or send correspondence to Amy Powers, Inspired Ideas, 5213 Tulip Leaf Court, Centreville VA 20120

Š Copyright 2011 by Inspire Co. LLC

All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written permission of copyright owner. All images contained within have been reproduced with the knowledge and prior consent of the artists concerned and no responsibility is accepted by the publisher, Inspire Co. for any infringement of copyright or otherwise arising from the contents of this publication. Every effort has been made to ensure that the projects within this magazine are original. Please respect the generosity of the artists contributing to this magazine. Do not reproduce projects featured here for resale. They are for personal use only.

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B iry Treasury If you love birthdays as much as I do, you’ll love this treasury shadowbox celebrating birthdays! It all starts with a fabulous product by Tim Holtz called “Configurations Shadow Boxes.” I’ve used the 6.75” x 8.75” size, but you can adapt this project to any size. Use these ideas to inspire your own shadowbox creation. Be sure to watch my blog (inspireco.blogspot.com) for an announcement about a special birthday treasury swap!

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1 Paint all of the components of the “Configurations by Tim Holtz� boxes with a couple coats of gesso. Allow to dry completely. Paint the frame with a wash of paint in a pretty color and set aside. The shadowbox set comes with a clear plastic cover. If you wish to use it, remember to keep all the components and embellishments within the box spaces. 2 Gather an assortment of special papers for lining the the inside backs of the boxes, and cut to fit. 3 To make mini-gifts, wrap small blocks of wood with paper just as you would a regular gift. For a neat wrapping job, it is very important to cut the paper to exactly the size necessary to wrap the gift. Use a glue stick to secure the ends, and tie with narrow ribbon.

4 My friend Tracey Fisher (First Place, page 94) gave me the idea to use Happy Tape, or Japanese rice paper tape, to make a fun mini-pennant banner. Simply fold each tape over a length of twine and then snip into a triangle shape. 5 I decorated a photograph of myself as a little girl by topping it with a mini-party hat. Just cut a small triangle out of paper (I used glitter paper). Run the bottom of the triangle through a puddle of glue and then tap it into a puddle of glitter. Dip the tip of the triangle into the glue,then the glitter, and repeat a few times to make a little ball on the top of the hat.

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6 The balloons were made from felt balls (available for purchase at Ornamentea.com) that I squeezed between my fingers to make more oblong than round. I glued wrapped wire from the floral section of the craft store for the balloons’ strings. 7 I glued a mini-wooden spool behind the photo to give it a bit of dimension. 8 Look around to see what happy little things you can find to put in your shadowbox, like this little pink plastic bird cake decoration, the little bisque penny doll, the paper bird cupcake topper, and a cupcake button.

9 I added a tiny birthday hat to the little plastic bird, made using a 1� circle punch. Cut a slit to the center of the circle and then roll into a cone. I used the same method outlined above to add glitter to the rim and top.

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10 I used the method Stacey Bear shared in the Spring 2011 issue of Inspired Ideas (Piece of Cake) to make a tiny cake. Cut a strip of pink felt .5” wide x 15” long, and wind to create the cake. Wrap the outside with layers of lace and rick-rack to resemble frosting. The candles are made from straight pins dipped in paint a few times! Dip the pin about .25” deep into paint, wating just a bit between dips for the paint to set. Then dip just the head of the pin into yellow paint to make the flame.I added a bit of gold glitter, too. Then just poke the pins into the cake. A button forms the cake plate. 11 Add embellishments including flowers, sequins, and buttons along the box edges. I had a bit of “Happy Birthday” ribbon which made a sweet little banner. 12 Secure the frame in place using linen bookbinding tape on the back. Add painted wooden feet to the bottom of the piece. the happy birthday issue

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