Bring Birthdays Back!

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Have you heard about the movement to Bring Birthdays Back started by Shannon West?  No? In a nutshell, birthday cards are a dying breed due to the popularity of social media like Facebook.  Who is Shannon West and what’s this all about?  Shannon is an employee with Stampin’ Up! AND a “one-woman army” that wants to bring birthday cards back. So… she started a movement and it’s catching on!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to get  “High 5s”, congratulations, birthday or other greetings in any form. However, there’s something super special about receiving a birthday card in the mail.  Do you remember the time when you waited for those beautiful greetings to arrive?  Now, imagine what it would be like to receive them again.  Even better, how about a handmade birthday card?  Now more then ever, it’s like a special gift.

How does Shannon plan to do this?  By sending a birthday card to any of her Facebook Friends that ask.  No joke!

Bring Birthdays Back with

Stack of Cards from Shannon West


Some of us Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have decided to help push the movement along.  How?  It may be different for each of us.  Here at Wild West Paper Arts I’m starting a Birthday Club.  Here’s how it works.

  1. Sign up for the Birthday Club by using a special form, making sure you input your birthday.
  2. I’ll send you a handmade birthday card along with a gift certificate for free shipping on one order of $25.00 or more (before tax and shipping charges) during your birthday month.
  3. Here’s the catch.  I’ll end sign-ups on March 31, 2016 so sign-up soon!


Click here to fill out the form and submit. You’ll receive a confirmation email shortly after submitting the form.

Shannon appeared on television show promoting the movement.  Click the link below to watch the video.  She demonstrates a clean and simple (CAS) birthday card too!

Shannon’s TV Appearance & Demonstration

Here’s the stamp set she used and a couple of alternate samples.

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Click Here to read more about Shannon’s Idea

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Bring Birthdays Back!

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PPA287 A Baker’s Box of Color

PPA287 A Baker's Box of Colorat WildWestPaperArts.comppa287 Color Challenge at Pals Paper Arts and Wild West Paper Arts.comAre you ready for another challenge?  PPA287 Color Challenge from Pals Paper Arts is waiting!  A trio worthy of any spring project.  How about Easter?  Or, a Baker’s Box of tea to show gratitude to a special someone. Yum!

This cute little box is created with the Baker’s Box Framelits and Wildflower Fields DSP (a free 2016 Sale-A-Bration item) and is perfect for tucking in a few tea-bags and packets of honey.  Creating the box with Wildflower Fields reminds me of something my grandmother would have loved.


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Not into tea?  How about a couple K-Cups of favorite coffee or cocoa and marshmallows?  It would even work as a gift box for jewelry, candy, an Easter egg…. just about any little thought.

Bakers Box Framelits Dies at WildWestPaperArts.comIf you one of the 45 entries for PPA286 last week, thank you so much for playing along with us.  Whether you did or didn’t play last week, the Pals invite you to play along this week.  Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Calypso Coral were made for each other, right?  We had a lot of fun with these wonderful shades, and we are excited to share our projects.  We can’t wait to see what you make with these three colors – we hope you’ll share your projects with us!

Rules for the Gallery:

  • We invite you to use any brand of products to create your card or papercraft project.
  • Your entry should be new and inspired (totally or partially) by this challenge.
  • Please link to the blog post where your project is posted.  Incorrect links are not eligible for Pals Picks, and may be deleted.
  • Please use keyword PPA287 when uploading to public galleries.
  • Inlinkz will close at Noon (EST) Tuesday, February 16.
  • We’ll announce our Pals Paper Artist Picks on Wednesday, February 17.


What are you waiting for?  Run, don’t walk to Pals Paper Arts to play PPA287 with us.

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CASE the Catty Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2016. We’re so glad you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE-ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration to choose from. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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The catalog project I chose to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) is featured on page 126 of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.  So soft and pretty with a touch of dirt.  Yes, I said dirt.

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Although the basic idea is the same, some product used to embellish the card were not in my “Tack Room”. No problem, a CASE doesn’t have to be exact. What did I change?


Case the Catty Blog Hop a WildWestPaperArts.comThere’s one more change.  Can you find it?  If you can, please leave a comment below.

Thanks again for joining us for this CASE the Catty Blog Hop. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  5. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  6. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  7. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Michelle Gleeson at
  11. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  12. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  16. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  17. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  21. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts <——> You Are Here!
  22. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!

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