When I saw that the inspiration for one of the challenges was coffee and a book I had a hard time choosing one idea, so I will be submitting to this challenge more than once. This is just the first thing that worked with the other challenges that I was working on. I think the only thing that could have made this inspiration more of a challenge for me to narrow down what to do is if you added a pet to the equation.
It seems appropriate that the first card of the new year is a birthday card. Especially since I just celebrated my birthday. I was even able to use one of my new birthday presents on this card, the amber oxide ink. I now have at least one of each color family!
As I may have mentioned before I have a lot of birthdays this month and several of them are guys. Of course when I look through my cards that is always what I seem to be lacking. So, I made a couple of these to help me with the birthdays this month.
My youngest niece is turning 10 this week and today was her party. I made this card for her. Wow, they just keep growing up.
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.