Australian Inspired birthday card!

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So I have been exposed to Covid-19 a lot lately and I finally tested positive for it. So while I rest I hope to get caught up on a few things and one of them being my blog. As you can tell it has been neglected for awhile now with barely any post. I have created but just didn’t have time to create and blog. So I’m hoping in these 10 days off the Lord will allow me to be well enough to do a few things on the to-do list.

So one of my nephews had a birthday in September and I just couldn't create the right card for him. And then weeks turned into months and the poor boy never got a card or his present. Which I was just going to give him money because time was getting away from me. But I really didn't want to do that because even though I was late I wanted to make sure he knew he was special and loved. His mom had told me he is into Australia right now and he loves to learn about new things. Well, I went to Beccy's Place Blog and saw a brand new stamp released this month and it was perfect!! It is called Limited Edition and it is a platypus!! The creative juices flowed and I even got out the Distress Oxide inks my friend Karen taught me how to use last year. I made the background (Salvaged patina and peacock feathers) by starting with lighter and going darker. Then I spritzed it with water. Then I used Blueprint sketch Distress Oxide ink on paper and cut the 10 out of it. I printed the bubbles from the digital stamp directly on my background piece. I love how it turned out!! I went with a 7 1/4 x 3 3/4 card as it was the perfect size for the platypus swimming to the number 10!! (It uses a 7 1/2 x 4 envelope that I had to special order). 

This card also inspired me to find books to go with it. So I find a cool book that comes in a series called Platypus Police Squad and I got him the first book - The Frog who Croaked. Which is double awesome because it is about a platypus and a cop (his dad is a police officer!) I also got him a book on the animals in Australia (A is for Australian Animals) and a book on Australia (A is for Australia)

I hope to turn this design into some Hello Cards instead of the 10 being on there. We will see what happens and I'll post if I get them made!!

CHALLENGES:
1) Beccy's Challenges - January - Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of January 2022 (AEST).

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Limited Edition @ Beccy's Place
Distress Oxide Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz (Salvaged patina, Peacock feathers, Blueprint sketch)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Mediterranean, Pinecone)
Water paper for inking: Neenah paper
Accents/Tools: pop dots, Epson inkjet printer

Sunflower Birthday Wishes

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Sunflower Birthday

So I have been making one of the guys at work cards for his girlfriends birthday since they started dating…4-5 years ago. She loves sunflowers so that is what every birthday card has been. Well they got married this summer so now I make his wife birthday cards! So this is her first birthday card as “wife!” I used a FREE IMAGE from Beccy’s Blog called Bucket of Blossoms.

CHALLENGES:

  1. Beccy’s Place October Challenge – Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy’s Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog and submit a direct link to her challenge.
  2. Atlantic Hearts Sketch #232 – use the sketch to inspire your card.
  3. October Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – Photo Category – use the photo to inspire a card. I was inspired by the sunflowers!

SUPPLIES:

Digital Stamp: Bucket of Blossoms – FREE – @ Beccy’s Place

Cardstock: Bazzill (Beeswax, Purple Pizzazz, blue and gray are discontinued)

Inks: pre-colored digital stamp printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: twine, cutter bee scissors, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Birthday and Geometric Rings

Little Cottage

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Sending Sunshine

Inside: Sending sunny thoughts to brighten your day!

I’m part of an Angel Swap where we receive a name and we send the recipient a card. This is for a lady that recently bought house and has been fixing it up. Just had surgery on her foot and is wearing a boot. And could just use some happy mail!

I had been wanting to use this cottage from Beccy’s Place and knew it would be perfect since she just bought a house. I printed out a second copy and cut out the two flowers bushes in front an the vine over the door so I could pop dot them and give them dimension. I used an older sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #199.

CHALLENGES:
1) March Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – favorite category – Recreate a card or sketch you’ve saved in your favorites either on this site, a blog, or Pinterest.
2) Beccy’s Place March Challenge – Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy’s Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog and submit a direct link to the challenge thread.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Little Cottage Set @ Beccy’s Place
Cardstock: Bazzill (Lemonade, Nelly), The Paper Studio (blue)
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: EK Success 1/16 pop dots, yellow brads, Cutterbee scissors

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Eaten by a Bear?

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Eaten by Bears

So a friend of mine has been having some trying times since her 3rd child came along. During the holidays if it could go wrong it did. She was laid on my heart so I decided to send her a card of encouragement because parenthood can be trying! I found this saying on the internet and thought it was hilarious and so her!!
At the end of the day…
Have any of your Children been eaten by a bear?
No.
See, you’re a good mom.

So I went looking for bear images. I found “Happy Stanley” at Beccy’s Place. His expression was perfect but he had a shirt collar and tie on so I asked Beccy for permission to have my husband remove the shirt and tie. She gave us permission and my wonderful husband made Stanley plain!! The grin is perfect for the saying and just makes me smile each time I see it!!
It took a week to get there…I couldn’t believe it! She received it Friday and said it was perfect timing as she was needing encouragement that day!! God is always perfect in his timing!

I used Atlantic Hearts Sketch #196 that I had saved so this card fits the March Card Inspiration Challenge – Favorites Category. It also fits Beccy’s Place March Challenge – make a card using any image of hers (even free ones) for a chance to win free digital stamps.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Happy Stanley @ Beccy’s Place
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Follow your Heart “Be Amazing”)

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White Chocolate Birthday

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strawberry-birthday

A lady needed a birthday card for a co-worker. One of the “likes” for the birthday girl was white chocolate. I found Chocolate covered strawberries by Beccy’s Place and had my husband change it to white chocolate in Photoshop.  I haven’t mastered cutting frames into cards but one day I will figure it out.

CHALLENGES:
1) December Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category – use a sketch or card that you have saved in your favorites.
2) Beccy’s Place – December Challenge – Make a card using a Beccy’s Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for entry.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Chocolate Covered Strawberries @ Beccy’s Place (Image was pre-colored)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Raven, Bazzill Green)
Patterned Paper: Pepples – Hip Hip Hooray Collection – You’re Invited
Accents/Tools: Cricut, Fabulous Finds Cricut Cartridge, Recollections green twine, EK Success 1/16 pop dots

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Blue Door – Happy Birthday

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So I had a birthday order for a mother that likes birds. So I started looking at birdhouses and came across this free image Front Door at Beccy’s Place. The lady loved it and said that is what she wanted for her mom’s birthday card.

blue-door-happy-birthday

So I printed the image and noticed around the image it had a slight pink tone to it. It is very noticeable once printed on white cardstock. So in trying to figure out how to solve this problem (without asking Hubby for Photoshop magic at the last minute) I came up with this. I thought if I framed it then it wouldn’t be so noticeable. So I went through my supplies and found this die that I had bought this year when a on-line store was going out of business. It had a mat in the middle so I cut that away so I would only have a frame (that’s why if you look closely it is not even edges on the inside…so don’t look close!!) It ended up being the perfect frame as it reminds me of lattice that would be found in a garden. I then had a scrap piece of gray that had already been embossed to look like bricks and it fit perfectly behind the frame. Can’t see the bricks unless you look closely but they are there. The lady loved it and will give it to her mom tomorrow!

CHALLENGES:

  1. October Challenge @ Beccy’s Place – Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy’s Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog and submit a direct link below.

SUPPLIES:

Digital Image: Front Door (FREE!) @ Beccy’s Place

Spellbinders Die:

EK Success flower punch, white dots

 

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