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Birthday Humor and Some Flowers

The newest Can You Digi It? challenge is called Painted Memories. Check out the inspiration photo - it is a very personal one for our Design Team Members, April, as her Father painted it. The thumbnail we got to to see was closely cropped so I thought it was a wooden sign, but it turns out the sign was painted on bricks. Oh well, it inspired me and that is what challenges are all about right?

I used two digi sets available in the store by Lilypink Designs - you can find them here. I love both the Topiary and Truckin' sets as you get sooooo many images in each. I used one of the signs in the Truckin' set and sponged a little Tim Holtz Linen Distress Ink on the edges. I colored the topiaries with a Copic marker and some Linen Distress Ink. I think next time I do the topiaries, I am going to do smaller and smaller layers of the balls so they look even more dimensional.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch on some kraft paper from Hobby Lobby to make my fence. I also sponged some Linen ink on it as well. Some cute little sponged clouds using the Torn Paper Towel technique finished it off. This was a pretty quick card, and it was fun to make. I showed it to the hostess club I hang out with, and they thought it was soooo funny.

I am also entering this card in the Dilly Beans Challenge this week which is all about texture - I added Texture with my embossing folder and the layers.

This card is for TOFF#45 at the Octopode Factory which is all about flowers, and also the Dilly Beans Challenge which is all about texture (the Dilly Beans Challenge allows several cards in each challenge).

I used my Octopode Fence image and part of a cute little Dilly Beans flower chain image (the sentiment is from the Lilypink Designs topiary set I described above). I layered and distressed the fence, did more torn paper sky, and added a bunch of flowers made using a SU! flower punch. I filled in all the little flowers with some gold micro beads after I made them curl up using the cupping technique (use a stylus to press down in the middle in little circles on a soft mouse or other pad). The papers are all SU! except the dp which is from Me & My Big Ideas (it is actually from my daughter's stash and she hasn't scrapbooked in 4 years).

On a personal note, my family could use some prayers right now. My Mother-in-law has terminal cancer and is in a lot of pain, and my Dad had open-heart surgery yesterday. My poor husband has broncitus - just enough steal his energy while we are trying to be there for our wonderfully sweet parents.

Hoping your day and week are wonderful - hugz!!!!


  1. The first card made me smile :) Loving the flowers down the side of the second one. Lovely job on both. So sorry tohear about your MIL...hate that disease! Prayer said for your hubby's health ((hugs))

  2. You family will be in my prayers! Love both of your cards but the sentiment on the first one makes me laugh!

  3. Love the mix of images and your sky is beautiful! A lovely card indeed! Thanks for playing with us at TOFF!


  4. I enjoyed that humorous birthday card! Love the blooms on your second card! Both are awesome!!


  5. Love that first card with the fun sentiment and the second with the fence and yummy flowers is great. So sorry about all the troubles and sickness in the family. I'm praying for strength for you and your hubby as you both care for your parents.

  6. Oh these are nice.... congrats on winning the QTR challenge.... my email addy is if you still cant get me...try IKE at and just say you won her image at QTR ''for helen''..... she'' send it to you.
    Thanks for sharing with us...i hope you'll play along this time too.
    BD x

  7. Those flowers are so detailed and sweet and the center looks amazing!!And I love the sentiment, that is so clever!! The colors and the frame around the image are beautiful!!

    Love from The Netherlands,

  8. Loving both cards but i have to say the first one makes me giggle. The flowers are gorgeous on the second. Thanks for joining us at Dilly Beans. xxD

  9. Neat fences cards! I especially like the one with topiaries, 'cause I'm a topiary kind of gal. It caught my eye immediately.

    Hope you are feeling well! Big hugz to you, my little Nutzi!


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