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 @ 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.)

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

Digital Image: Recipe Card from Deedee’s Digis (new site with some freebies
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





Beagle Christmas Sled

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I’m always on the lookout for cute Beagle’s and Basset Hounds because there is a guy at work that has a standing order for his mom and aunt to get a card every holiday and birthday with a Beagle or Basset Hound on it. A lot of the time he finds photos on the internet and sends them to me so I can’t post them on my blog but this year his Aunt got a card made with a new digital stamp, Christmas Sled, from Imagine That!…Digis by Kris.

I was in such a hurry to get his order done I was only able to take a crappy photo of the original just to document what I made her this year (have to keep a record so I don’t duplicate over the years!) So I cut the left over paper so I could make another one and ended up cutting it for a rectangle card even though the original was a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square card.  I decided to make it any way and then make a square one too! So now I have a couple cards ready for next years craft sale!




  1. Imagine That! – Customer Gallery – link up 10 cards using any Imagine That! digi. (card #3 out of 10)


Digital Image: Christmas Sled @ Imagine That!…Digis by Kris.

Cardstock: Bazzill (white)

Patterned Paper: Recollections (Bright and Jolly)

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: brads, Recollections enamel dot stickers

Birthday Presents

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Hopefully my entry will count over at From the Heart Stamps Digi of the Month Challenge. We were given this adorable image and had to make a project with it.

Stamp Preview by FromTheHeartStamps

Well I asked my husband to color it up for me if he had time and he said he would. Work did not cooperate with my needing his photoshop skills and they had him working extra so he has it mostly done but not completely. So I wasn’t going to worry about playing this month and would just buy next month’s image. But then I needed a birthday card for my brother who turns 37 on the 7th so I thought if I did the packages and took the bear off then it could be a birthday card! And that is how my card came about!

Birthday Presents1

Birthday Presents2

Now I did two versions and can’t decide which one I like better!! I wanted to do paper piercing since the circle needed something but I forgot to pierce the holes before attaching it to the orange so I decided to do dots instead! Then I wanted my brothers more flat so I can mail it Saturday and I ran out of green brads so I went with stars! Which do you like better?

If it doesn’t count for the challenge I will just enter it into the Birthday challenge From the Heart Stamps has going on till Jan 3rd, 2016.

I used the last 😦 Sweet Sunday Sketch #300 (she is closing the blog) as my inspiration.


Digital Image: Gift Stack Teddy Bear @ From the Heart Stamps

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Pebblesinc ( Birthday Boy Dots, Birthday Boy Stripes)

Inks: colored in photoshop by me

Accents/Tools: paper piercer, brads, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge

Christmas in July

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We do Christmas in July at the retirement home during July so we usually make Christmas cards. This year I decided I was going to try to use up supplies I had on hand. All the smaller pieces came from the over flowing scrap drawers. I also went more CAS then I normally do. They made them yesterday and seemed to enjoy it!

All these were entered into the July Card Challenge @ – theme category: Christmas.

I was inspired by Unscripted Sketches #259 but then it took on a life of its own.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper & Presents: Recollections (Bright and Jolly Paper Pad)
Accents/Tools: cutter bee scissors, computer

country snowman

I used the Sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #128 for inspiration.

Image: cut from paper – The Paper Studio (Winter Wonderland)
Cardstock: The Paper Studio (kraft), Bazzill
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Winter Wonderland)
Accents/Tools: Xyron x

Happy holidays

I used a sketch from the Feb 2015 challenge – Retro Sketch #49.

Images: patterned paper – The Paper Studio (Winter Wonderland)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Jacaranda, Patch, Vanilla)
Accents/Tools: EK Success Circle punches (3/4, 7/8)

Happy Brrr-day!


Polarbear Birthday

Deedee’s Digis is sponsoring Not Just Cards Challenge which is Anything Goes challenge. It is a pretty cool challenge blog because you can do cards or any type of craft project. I ran out of time and needed a birthday card for my brother so I made a traditional card. I used Sketch Saturday #342 as my inspiration.



1) Not Just Cards – Anything Goes

2) Sketch Saturday #342 – use the sketch provided as inspiration

3) Seize the Birthday – optional twist: party or just make a birthday card.

4) Pile it On Challenge #50 – use Digi Paper and/or a Pre-colored Digi Stamp.


Digital Image: Happy Brr-Day @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Recollections dots,

Pulling presents through the snow!


Pulling Sleigh

So I was struggling with the sketches in the Sept Card Sketch Challenge as they were not coming to me. I’m not a CAS card person so I was struggling this month. While I was waking up Wednesday morning this ideal came to me for Sketch #2. Instead of a banner I ripped the paper and instead of the stars I put an image there. This card ended up being CAS and I love it. I used sparkle paper from Doodlebug to represent snow and shiny paper underneath to represent the compressed snow! Hope it makes sense as to the scene I was setting!

I used the outline and colored versions of this digital stamp. I wanted presents on the sleigh but the colored version had them in pink and black and that wasn’t working for my Christmas card. I used the outline version and colored the presents in Photoshop. The girl was beautiful dressed for Christmas in one of the pre-colored images so I just cut her out and glued her on top of the outline version!

1) September Card Sketch Challenge @ – Sketch #2 – originally Seize the Sketch #11
2) Christmas Card Challenges #41 – Think Skinny. The path in the snow is skinny!
3) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge – Choose R or E or D. You need to use something to that begins with the letter “R” or “E” or “D” or you could use more than 1
when you create your project. Examples could include:
R – Ribbon, Red, Rudoulph
E – Embossing
D – Diecut
I used Red
4) Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #125 – Transportation. Use some type of vehicle or transportation on your Christmas card. I used a sled.

Digital Image: Snowbaby Love Color and Outline @ Diane’s Daydream Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill (Lava)
White glitter paper – Doodlebug
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: pop dots, Cutter bee scissors

So Cool turned into Christmas


So the Digi of the Month at DeeDee’s Digital, So Cool,  is this adorable penguin in a Bathtub…


but I could not figure out a card using it the way it was so I started thinking Christmas card. Well, after I saw Pippa’s totally cool card that she entered I wish I would have thought tropical drinks! But instead of copying Pippa I decided to stick to my Christmas ideal. I had my husband put the santa hat from Doodle Pantry’s Santa Accessories Digital Stamp on the penguin. I struggled with coming up with a card for several hours. During that struggle I created this card but didn’t like the penguin on it (didn’t say Christmas to me) so I stuck a Mickey sticker and turned it into a birthday card.


Sketch: Deconstructed Sketch #90


1) August Card Challenge @ – Theme Category – Birthday

2) Seize the Birthday – Create a Birthday and use the topping of all yellow if you want. I did not use the topping.

So I decided I needed more color so I cut out the presents and pop dotted them in front of the penguin. The presents are also from the Santa Accessories Digital Image.

Penguin Santa

After finding the right paper and using the sketch from MOJO Monday #337 I finally liked it!! I’m not sure Deedee meant for me to change her digi completely but I couldn’t help it!


1) August Card Challenge @ – Favorites Category – an old sketch saved in my favorites

2) ABC Christmas ChallengeO for Obscured – I covered up the ice cubes in the original design and placed presents over them. (I hope that is what you were looking for)

3) Creative Card Crew #67– Christmas

4) Stamp of the Month Challenge @ Deedee’s Digis – Use the image provided to receive next months image free!


Mickey Mouse Birthday Card

Image: Mickey Mouse Sticker (I cut the head out of it)

Cardstock: Bazzill (black, white)

Patterned Paper: Pebbles Inc

Accents/Tools: pop dots

Santa Penguin

Digital Image: So Cool @ Deedee’s Digital Stamps and Santa Accessories @ Doodle Pantry Digital Doodles

Cardstock: Bazzill (Red Devil, black, white)

Patterned Paper: both were scraps (green – My Mind’s Eye)

Accents/Tools: pop dots

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