Serene Birthday

My goal this year was to make a birthday card for each of my staff members at my workplace, my day job.  I started in this position in January and it was a good time to start a tradition with my staff and an opportunity for me to give them something that wasn’t work related, but that I had put time and effort into creating, just for them.  The challenge.  Of the 17 wonderful people who I have the pleasure of being their direct supervisor, 15 are men.  I’ve now just committed to creating 15 masculine birthday cards, not to mention ones for my father, husband, three brothers, one brother-in-law, two sons-in-law, one peer manager and one boss.  I’m making A Lot of masculine birthday cards in 2013.  now, I can ‘cheat’ a little bit on some and duplicate a design if they are going all over the country for my family.  But my staff, they all sit next to each other.  And, for the ones I’ve given out so far, they proudly display them on their shelf in the office space so everyone can see them.  These babies all have to be unique.

This post is the first one I’ve had an opportunity to share the card I made for one of ‘my guys’ and I created it for Gino.



1.  Thanks go out to Connie Stewart at Simply Simple for her inspiration.  She had created a card using the Serene Silhouettes stamp last winter with a snow like technique on the bottom.  I just changed up the colors a bit for summer

2.  Can I just say I love candy dots.  They are so easy to add just a little touch in the corner to set off the image.

What I used.
Paper, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, and photo paper.  Ink, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio pudding, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay.  Accessories, wood texture embossing folder, Bermuda Bay candy dots.

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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Lovely card, Lynn! It really shows an artist’s touch. You should check out the sketch at The Paper Players this week. Your card is really very close – you could probably enter it there. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful, serene image! Lovely! Thanks so much for playing with my sketch this week at the Paper Players!

  3. Lynn, your shading on the image is gorgeous! Wow! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

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