Hippo Mother’s Day Card

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Hippo Mothers Day

I have been making one of the guys at work Mother’s Day cards for his wife for the past 6 years (if not longer). He likes to have his kids represented on the card if possible. This year I found out she likes hippos so I remembered Gerda Steiner cute Hippo Stamp. It is no longer a digi stamp so I had to buy the clear stamp – Hippo with Butterfly. Now most of you know I am not a stamper and coloring is not my thing. Well I tried to color him and it looked horrible. After telling off my friends (Karen & Ro) that make stamping look easy God reminded me that wasn’t nice and to do what I’m comfortable with!! So I stamped on cardstock and paper pieced!! I love how he turned out. I found this color combo and used it for my inspiration.

I then had my husband design the saying for the shirt and I ran the shirt through the printer to print it on the shirt.

I used sketch #2 from May 2019 Card Sketch Challenge. I flipped it upside down and then added balloons coming from the original image.

SUPPLIES:
Stamp: Hippo with Butterfly @ Gerda Steiner Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill
Accents/Tools: Lawn Fawn Party Balloons, black string, EK Success 1/16 pop dots

Birthday Girl

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My friend needed a birthday card for her granddaughter’s 6th birthday. We looked through images and she liked this image from Free Dearie Dolls. The original image had different colored dress and hair on the girl. I emailed Mary Ellen and asked if she could put straight red hair on the girl and she did! Then I colored the dress and hat in Photoshop. The other part of the image was pre-colored by Mary Ellen. I used the sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch for my inspiration.

The granddaughter’s name was below the image (I whited out most of it)

CHALLENGE:
1) Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #252 – use the sketch provided as your inspiration.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Birthday Girl @ Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps
Cardstock: The Paper Studio (purple), Bazzill (Kachina, Lemonade)
Patterned Paper: American Crafts (heat wave)
Accents/Tools: Xcut 5mm corner punch, Xyron X

Bitmoji Birthday Card

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Koree Birthday

Happy Birthday Balloons

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Happy Birthday Balloons v1

A lady sent me a photo of a card she liked and said she wanted something like that for her ex-DIL. Most of you know I’m not good at or do a lot of watercolors or distress inks (I did buy 3 but haven’t opened them!) So I went through my stash and found this cool prism looking paper that I got at an estate sell this year. I don’t have stamps so I did the sentiment on the computer. I wasn’t sure about the cords covering the words so I made a version 2. Also my balloons are smaller than the original but I think it worked out okay.

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons)

Happy Birthday Balloons v2

So I made a V2 with an embossed happy birthday paper so the strings wouldn’t be lying on the “wording” like in the first V1. I also grouped the strings together.
So I sent her both versions and she said  the loose balloon strings might drive her ex-DIL  crazy!!! Hehehehe. So a made a V3 just to make sure she got what she wanted.

CHALLENGE: Dec Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category
Original: http://ccundy.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-little-watercoloring.html

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Happy Birthday)

Happy Birthday Balloons v3

So for V3 I went back to the original with the big Happy birthday (printed) on there. Instead of loose strings I tied them together. So I sent her all three so she could decide. She still picked #2!

Which version do you like?

CHALLENGE: Dec Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category
Original: http://ccundy.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-little-watercoloring.html

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Oasis, Berry Sensation, White)
Patterned Paper: DCWV (Prism Play)
Accents/Tools: Braiding cord, Glue Dots, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, computer, Paper Smooches Dies (Balloons)

Emergency Personnel themed birthday cards

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Doctor Birthday

I made this for a lady whose niece is a doctor. She told me she was a stylish doctor so I thought this image from Kenny K Stamps would work perfectly. Which it did because they both loved it.

CHALLENGES:
1) May Inspirational Card Challenge – Photo Inspiration @ Scrapbook.com –  Emergency Service Personnel

SUPPLIES:
Digital Stamp: Hot Doctor @ Kenny K Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill (brown)
Patterned Paper: old old Chatterbox (Garden Flower Pots, Garden Swing Stripe)
Inks: Colored in Photoshop by my husband
Accents/Tools: metal paper clip, EK Success 1/16 pop dots

Nurse Birthday

A lady needed a birthday card for her friend who is a retired nurse. She is still active in the nursing community so she wanted a nursing theme. I used a free image from Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps – Get Well Mousie. I just got permission from Mary Ellen to remove the “get well” from the balloon and then my husband put “happy birthday” in there instead. Of course I used the Happy Birthday embossing folder…best and most used folder EVER!!

CHALLENGES:
1) May Card Inspirational Card Challenge – Photo Inspiration @ Scrapbook.com – Emergency Personnel

SUPPLIES:
Digital Stamp – Get Well Mousie – Free Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill (blue,
Patterned Paper: scraps from my scrap drawer
Inks: pre-colored digital stamp printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: Martha Stewart Scallop Dot edge punch, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder

Recipe for a Happy Birthday

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Recipe for A Happy Birthday

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One of my regular customers needed a birthday card for her daughter. Her daughter loves to cook. So I decided to do a recipe theme. There weren’t a lot of ideals out there and mostly were for birthday invitations. So I took some bits and pieces from some cards on the internet then added my own ingredients (ideals came from the mom on how they celebrate birthdays) to make a personalized birthday card!

The “lift category” this month in the April Inspirational Card Challenge @ scrapbook.com is to lift Cardiographer!! She is one of my favorites and is a friend of mine. She loves Doodlebug (so do I…friendship at first sight!) and she ROCKS it!! I keep telling her she needs to try out for their design team! Even though I did not “lift” a card of hers I “lifted” the use of Doodlebug which doesn’t count for the challenge but I least made a cute card!! Her cards are cuter but I tried! I fussy cut the presents out of some paper. And used a die cut to make the balloons. The recipe card was from Deedee’s Digis (no longer in business but she has some freebies on her site Papercraft Romance.)

CHALLENGES:
1) April Inspirational Card Challenge – lift Category – used Doodlebug like my friend Cardiographer does!

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Recipe Card from Deedee’s Digis (new site with some freebies http://papercraftromance.com/
Cardstock: Bazzill (Bubblegum,)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (Sugar Shoppe), (Birthday Girl on the pink dotted balloon)
Accents/Tools: Paper Smooches Balloon dies, EK Success 1/16 pop dots, black string

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Birthday Candle Birdbrain

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Had a last minute birthday request! So I whipped this together tonight…thank you Lord for card sketches and husbands that will color in Photoshop with a minutes notice!

I used sketch #5 in the Feb 2017 Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – the original sketch is MojoBella #25.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Birthday Candle Birdbrain @ From the Heart Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill (Rain, Bubblegum, white)
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design (Sugar Shoppe)
Inks: Colored in Photoshop by my wonderful husband. Printed on a Canon Inkjet printer.
Accents/Tools: Cricut expressions2, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge

PigWit with Balloons

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I wanted to play “Stamp of the Month” at From the Heart Stamps since it is the first month Faith is back after having brain cancer. This cute piglet comes holding chocolate kisses or nothing so I decided to use the one where he is holding nothing. I was actually going to have him hold balloons but when I looked at sketch at I [heart} Sketches #163 my mind start stirring with ideals. I was struggling with that sketch of how to put an image on there with all the banners. Well, I flipped the sketch upside down and thought of balloons tied to the fence to take the place of the banners and top ribbon piece. Then I stuck the clouds going diagonal under the balloons instead of on top. In trying to figure out what colors to use I decided to use the color challenge at the February Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com (the only color added as a neutral is the green…hope Karen will allow that!)

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SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Hogs and Kisses PigWit @ From the Heart Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill (Sunbeam, white, Parakeet, Romance) The Paper Studio (bright pink, gray), (coral and dark gray old Bazzill paper no longer made)
Inks: PigWit colored in Photoshop by my husband. Tie was paper pieced with gray cardstock.
Accents/Tools: American Crafts twine, Martha Stewart fence border punch, Joy Crafts (cloud die cuts), Paper Smooches (balloon dies), EK Success 1/16 pop dots, Xyron X

16th Birthday Bulldog

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In last post I showed the card for the girl so this post is the card I did for the 16 yoa boy who also owns an English Bulldog.

Not finding anything on the internet that would work I put in a request for a bulldog birthday image from my husband. He created this in Photoshop and I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I used Try Stampin’ On Tuesday Sketch #309 as my inspiration. Instead of three images on the left I went with a present and balloons tied to the present. Instead of a sentiment I placed the bulldog there. The embossed background has the sentiment in it “Happy Birthday!”

CHALLENGES:
1) Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch #309 – use the sketch provided to inspire a card.

2) Crafting by Designs – Polka Dot challenge – I used polka dots in 2 of the balloons!

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: created in Photoshop by my husband
Inks: colored in Photoshop by my husband and printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer
Cardstock: Bazzill (Admiral, Parakeet, Red Devil)
Patterned Paper: scraps from my scrap drawer
Accents/Tools: Paper Smooches Balloon dies, red/white twine, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder, EK Succes 1/16 pop dots, Cricut Classic Font Cartridge

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25th Birthday Bulldog

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I had two orders for birthday cards and they both have English Bulldogs. One was for a 25 year old girl and the other was for a 16 year old boy. Not finding anything on the internet that would work I put in a request for a bulldog birthday image from my husband. He created this in Photoshop and I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I used Try Stampin’ On Tuesday Sketch #308 as my inspiration…I just flipped where the string went and put mine on the bottom instead of the top. I really liked the striped paper with the image but wasn’t sure about mixing the other colors in…a little bit out of my comfort zone…but the lady loved it and so did her daughter, the birthday girl!

CHALLENGES:
1) Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch #308 – use the sketch provided as your inspiration.

2) {PIN}spirational Challenge #184 – use the “pin”spirational picture to inspire your project. I went with the balloons.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: created in Photoshop by my husband
Inks: colored in Photoshop by my husband and printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer
Cardstock: Bazzill (Sunbeam, Admiral, white)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Sunny Days Ahead Collection (clouds)
Accents/Tools: Paper Smooches Balloon dies, yellow/white twine, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder, EK Succes 1/16 pop dots, Cricut Classic Font Cartridge

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