August Birthdays

For the buddies who remember, August is birthday month in my world. This means I generally try to create cards specific for the person receiving it and that it looks different than last years cards. Here are the ones for this year.

Birdy card front
Bird card inside

This particular daughter is not really a bird lover, but these birds are colorful and fun. I hope she likes the color and enjoys the quirkiness of the birds.

Sparkly Unicorn

This daughter loved her card. She is all into sparkly, pink, and unicorns. I saw the idea on Pinterest then found there was video. It took a while to make as there are clouds, blended with Bonnie cloud die, and lot of sparkle on those clouds that had to dry. It was fun to create.

Thanks for sharing the birthday congratulations and allowing me to share my cards.

Hapbee Birthday 2 You

With inspiration from buddy Gayle, I pulled out several bee stamps and ideas began flowing. My card is a bit different for me, as I rarely create cards using several company stamp sets and/or dies.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2021/07/pp550-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

I started with Paper Smooches stamps. The bee came from Courteous Cuties and the greeting “hapbee birthday” came from More Courteous Cuties. I decided to stamp the bee near the top, so I cut the greeting apart and placed it around the bee. I saw an idea where the hexagon was cut with a number 2 on it, so I used my hexagon dies from The Stamps of Life along with the stamp set minihexagons4backgrounds, where I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. The number 2 is from graduation2celebrate and matching dies, also The Stamps of Life. The word “you” is alphabet stamps from Hero Arts. I felt the card front needed something else, so I began with the stitched rectangle die from The Stamps of Life, but that wasn’t enough as it still looked too plain. Out came the Cuttlebug Hexagon embossing folder. I like the embossing as it looks like a bee hive.

This will also be added to the MISTI challenge at Split Coast Stampers. This month’s challenge is to use numbers and/or alphabet.

I like how the card came out. It was fun creating.

Turtley Awesome

Enjoying using old retired stamps with an underwater sea theme. This card will be posted to three challenges.

https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/05/challenge-159-anything-goes.html https://modsquadchallenge.com/under-the-sea/ https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-84/

I used Paper Smooches Courteous Cuties from 2017. I found the date on a Kristina Werner blog post where I got the inspiration for this card.

I dropped water on the ink before it dried to produce the water spots. The animals are colored with alcohol markers.

Unicorn and Rainbow

I finished a card yesterday with a Unicorn and a Rainbow under a cloudy rainbow sky.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2021/04/anythng-with-rainbowunicornmermaid.html https://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2021/03/challenge-155-rainbow-connection.html

The rainbow stamp set, from The Stamps of Life, rainbow2stamp, was released in July 2017 and has been in my stash that long. The unicorn is from Paper Smooches Spectrum set, released in 2015, now retired. I used several ink colors to make the clouds. This is a bright card that will probably be sent to someone needing a bit of encouragement.

Celebrate

This card combines several challenges.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-1-14-birthday-challenge.html https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/wsc501 https://modsquadchallenge.com/patterned-paper-trio/

I followed MFT Sketch 501 for the layout. I chose the owl from SU Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp set. He needed balloons to celebrate, so the balloons and sentiment came from Paper Smooches Hallooballoo set with the hat coming from Noggin Toppers, also from Paper Smooches. The patterned paper is from Gina K Designs Birthday Hoot pack. I used MFT white paper for the cardbase and layer.

I had fun with the sketch and combining many stamps to make a fun celebratory image.

This will also be posted on Split Coast Stampers in the MISTI Monday challenge.

Birthday Fishes

I had a bit of fun with the Birthday Buddies stamp set from Paper Smooches. This has been a favorite of mine for the last five or so years.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-1-14-birthday-challenge.html https://mftstamps.com/blogs/news/summer-school-2020-day-1

The Paper Smooches challenge is to make a birthday card. The My Favorite Things Day 1 is about the visual triangle. I used the fish to make a visual triangle with your eye following the three fish, with three water bubbles, then the googly eyes. I love having an excuse to use googly eyes!

The paper is MFT Birthday Brights patterned paper. I used Tombow marker colors that matched with the balloons on the paper. The fish are stamped and embossed on Bristol paper, colored with a water brush and Tombow markers from the Tropical collection. Fun challenges and a fun card to create.

Merry Christmas Rose

Still playing along with Virtual Stamp Night, using more Paper Smooches stamps.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html

I decided to pull out a rose stamp from Paper Smooches. I decided to create a Christmas card with this beautiful rose, so I added a Christmas greeting. All of the paper is from Stampin Up. I watercolored the rose using markers and a water brush. I spritzed the card with gold when completed.

I have been enjoying stamping with Paper Smooches stamps recently. I forgot how versatile they are. More Virtual Stamp challenges to go. I have no idea how many I will accomplish, but have enjoyed the ones I have participated in.

Howdy Partner

One last card for the current Paper Smooches challenge. I am playing along with the Virtual Stamp Night with Split Coast Stampers and this card was for a hat challenge.

https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html

I started with the hat. The SCS challenge is to use a Stetson on your card. There is a wonderful set called Noggin Toppers from Paper Smooches which is all about hats. I stamped the Stetson then masked it off before stamping the bear. The bear is from Courteous Cuties. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers. Then it needed a greeting and didn’t have anything acceptable for this stetson wearing bear, so I created one using the Alphadot set. This was a fun card. It is only 3 X 3 inches, so will work well for a gift.

Happy Birthday Cupcake

This card will be entered in several challenges.

http://alwaysfunchallenges.blogspot.com/2020/06/challenge-168.htm https://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2020/06/june-15-28-anything-goes-challenge.html https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-74/ http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2020/06/challenge-376-sketch.html

Paper Smooches stamps are a favorite of mine. I love the cute critters, graphic shapes, fun sentiments, and fun challenges. Kim the illustrator and owner is retiring from the company. I am participating in the current challenge using a few of the first stamps I ever purchased from this company. The set Hallaballoo is a birthday builder set. I have used it numerous times. Today I used the cupcake from the set, cut out with scissors. The happy birthday is from Sentiment Sampler and the hexagon shapes are from Geo-Graphics.

The sketch from CAS Colors & Sketches is the sketch I used in this card. I used my MISTI to place the stamp straight.

I love Anything Goes challenges, so this will be entered in Simon Says Stamp challenge as well as Always Fun Challenges.

The colors for this card were from Split Coast Stampers color challenge CC797 of Terracotta Tile, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide, and Berry Burst. I substituted GKD Tranquil Teal for Tranquil Tide; teal is a bit more blue. I substituted GKD Sweet Corn for So Saffron, which is a very good match. The other colors matched the ones listed. I enjoyed creating this card using Paper Smooches stamps, fun colors, and a fun sketch. Thanks for spending time with me.