Penguin birthday balloon

Penguin birthday balloon

One of my nephews is turning five on Thursday, and his party was yesterday. I made this card for him. I was going to just make this a card with the balloons and the banner to be a bit closer match to the sketch, but I really like how the penguin looks holding the balloons. I figure the sketch is really a starting point anyway and that it is always good to go with whatever happens from there, so if a penguin needs to be a part of things so be it.

Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons

I finally feel like this card really shows off one of the reasons that the oxide inks excite me so much!  It is so little, but the green balloon string that is stamped on top of the pink balloon, the fact that it doesn’t blend into the pink balloon but holds its own.  I could blend them, but they also can hold up on their own, that is just exciting (to me, and possibly only to me). read more

Bicycle birthday

Bicycle birthday

This is a card I actually made a couple of days ago for a friend, but I held off posting it so that there was a chance that she would receive it first. The funny thing is that anytime I see bicycle paper I pick up a piece or two for her birthday card (and a couple of other bicycle lovers on my send list), however when the alert popped up that her birthday was coming and I needed to make a card I realized that I might need more than just several pieces of paper to actually make a card. read more

First coffee

First coffee

I love this card!  I keep imagining a quaint little coffee shop with this being the scene outside in the morning.  What a great place to visit, especially if it were your birthday!  I have to admit that I borrowed a technique for the balloons from a recent blog hop and I can’t remember who to credit with the amazing idea, but they are just cut out of card stock and then covered in Ranger Glossy Accents which gives them that balloon-like quality.  

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