Adding to my Stash of Birthday Cards

The lighthouse cards were "quickies."  I found the images on Etsy.  Since I absolutely love lighthouses and stained glass  the combo was perfect and they were very inexpensive.  The last card is for my son's birthday.  I've had the yellow submarine colored for years.  I finally put it on a card.  I am caught up now through July on birthday cards.  July will be an extremely busy month.  With my daughter, son-in-law and their two kids coming from Michigan.  My son, his wife and new baby coming up from Phoenix and my daughter and her husband and two boys will be here also.  There will definitely be no time for time for card making!



July Birthday Cards

 I have a huge amount of July birthdays that I send cards for.  They are not my best, but considering what July will be like, I surrender.  There are fourteen birthdays.  My kids from Michigan and Phoenix will be coming up in July, and my middle daughter's family is already here.  That makes fourteen again.  I can't wait to see everyone together.  That hasn't happened in years.  I am quite nervous about how I going to handle it.  My house is no longer kid safe and there will be lots of little ones.  Anyways, here are some of my quickie July birthday cards.



First of My June Birthday Cards

This week's project was cleaning my 250+ Copic markers and refilling at least 80 of them.  What a chore that was.  My markers had gotten so dirty that some didn't close properly.  They are all perfectly clean now!  I put a little note on my bulletin board for June 2025 to clean and refill markers. I don't know who everyone orders their marker refills from.  I have been ordering from a company called Otakufuel in Florida.  Their prices are very good.  Shipping is free and they ship in about 2-3 days.  They almost always have all the colors, also.

I purchased a set of Lighthouse Stained Glass Windows from Etsy.  I absolutely love them.  I thought they would be good if I needed some birthday cards in a hurry and didn't feel like coloring.  This is the third card I made with their images, I think i forgot to photograph the others.

This card was made using a Spellinder's quilt die set.  I tried to follow their layout example three or four times.  I hated it.  I finally decided to do a log cabin layout that I was fond of and I feel like it worked perfectly.

This card is for my niece's birthday.  She just got a Newfoundland puppy.  He is so adorable!  I tried to reproduce his coloring.  It's not great, but I decided my third try would be my final one, no matter what.  I have really been filling up the circular file with cards this week.  This is actually  a freebie image that I got this week from Mo's Digital Pencil Patreon.  It's actually an image of a Great Pyrenees, but I thought it was similar enough, so it would do.

Die Cut Cards


These two cards were made with three Spellbinder's die sets.  I have been collecting Spellbinder's dies for years and have almost never used them.  I decided to take a little break from coloring and start using the dies that I have spent so much money on over the years. I found the bottom card on Facebook it was done by Lynn Kramer-Put.  I was just floored at how gorgeous it was.  The bottom is very similar to the original except that I arranged some of the flowers differently.  The top was my spin on it.  I plan to make several more in fall colors.  These will be perfect for birthday cards.

Pretty Papers


I found this card done on Pinterest.  I have had this paper for a while and didn't really know what to do with it.  I was in need of birthday cards and thought these would be super easy to do.  I made several sets.  The paper if from Stampin' Up.

Jolly Snowmen 2

These digital images are by Deedle-Dee Doodles.They do not appear to be currently in business. The paper is from Stampin' Up.  It is colored with Copic markers.

Bluebird Birthday



I am finally starting to work on my birthday cards.  I used an image from A Day for Daisies for this one.  I's colored with Copic markers.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.  I think I need at least thirty birthday cards to finish out this year.

Jolly Snowmen


I made this card for Build Yourself  Holiday Cardmakers on Facebook.  I put a picture of their April Sketch Challenge below.  This particular challenge was quite difficult for me.  I have very poor vision now.  Making a small card is almost impossible.  I printed off the image larger and colored it with Copics.  Then I scanned  and brought it down to the required size.

Merry & Bright

 I made this card following the May 24 challenge at Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge, Clothing.  He is by Mo's Digital Pencil.  I am finally getting to use some images that I have never used.  I'm not sure if I got it on him Patreon or if I bought him.  I didn't really like it a lot until I colored him.  Now I love how he turned out.  I colored him with Copic markers, pencils and white pen.  The die is by Spellbinder's.

Ugly Sweater


This is another image from Mo's Digital Pencil for Splitcoat's Christmas Card Challenge for May, Clothing.  I did this picture once before, but without the dog.  

First Santa for 2024


This is my first Santa for 2024.  I am entering it in the Christmas Card Challenge for May at Splitcoast, Clothing. The image is by Renata Berta Art on Etsy.  I colored the image with Copic markers.  The paper is from Stampin' Up.

New CCC Challenge card for May


This is the fitsy of my May CCC cards for Splitcoast.  The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  I had some slight oopsies on this one so I covered them up with snowflakes.  I rather like the way they look!



This card is my first attempt at water coloring.  The original looks so pale compared to my coloring with my Copic markers.  I was able to brighten it up a bit in my photo program.  Unfortunately, that does not help in real life.  Not only did I not like my painting I spilled an entire cup of paintbrush water on my craft desk.  Geez!  This card was made with the Spellbinder's Better Press system.

Finished all my April cards in March!


Here are all my April cards for Splitcoast Christmas Card Challenge.  The theme for April is Creatures.  All images are from Mo's Digital Pencil and are colored with Copics and pencils.  On to some desperately needed birthday cards now that I'm ahead!

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum


 This is another favorite of my Mo's digital Pencil Christmas images.  This is my final card for the March Christmas Card challenge at Splitcoast.  Next up is Critters for April.  I have some cute Mo's images lined up for that!  This image was colored with Copics and pencils.

Almost done with March cards!


I used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  She is colored with Copics, pencils and pastels.  This is the third time I attempted coloring her.  The other two I threw away.  I followed the Mo's coloring of her this time.  This one I still don't like, but I thought I would put her on a card and see if I liked it any better.  Slightly better. I think this image will be retired for me now.  I also read this week that Mo requests that the watermarks be put across the image to prevent theft.

Snowy Friends

This my third card for the children theme at Splitcoast CCC.  I chose this cute image by Mo's Digital Pencil.  I love the adorable snowman.  I have had this paper in my stash for years so I no longer remember who it is from.  I colored the image with Copic markers.


Paper and Boxes are More Fun!

It feels good to be making some cards again!  This is my second card for the March challenge which is children.  This is an image by Mo's Digital Pencil.  I colored him with Copic markers and pencils.  I think I did this image once before, but threw it in the circular file.  I remember having a really difficult time with it.  This time I enjoyed the coloring.  Not doing DT's really relieves the pressure.  Especially when it is an image or theme that I don't really care for.

I think I might actually look fora challenge or two to put it into.  I haven't done that in ages.

I am entering it in the following challenges:

The Holly and the Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes

Merry Little Christmas Challenge -  Anything Christmas Goes

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge - Christmas themed

Adding to my Stash of Birthday Cards

The lighthouse cards were "quickies."  I found the images on Etsy.  Since I absolutely love lighthouses and stained glass  the com...