Tuesday, August 28, 2007

September Birthdays!

September is a busy birthday month for me, so I'm frantically cranking out birthday cards, trying to stay ahead of the game and make sure I get cards out to friends and family in time!

When I make birthday cards, I'll use the same paper and crank out a lot more than I actually need, to put in my stash of cards to have on hand. If there are 6 birthdays that month, I make sure to make 10 or 12 cards, to have extras on hand, just in case I get behind on the next month's birthdays. I try to vary them so that everyone doesn't get the same exact card, but I will use the same paper patterns or colors. I'll crank out 10 layouts using the same paper, then add the images at a later time, and vary the stamp sets I use. Here is an example of similar cards that look very different, depending on what you add to the front. All paper used was from Eclectic Paperie: the floral paper I used is SEI Paisley and Petals - Planted Posies, the stripe is from My Mind's Eye, Magnolia "You're a natural" stripe, The blue polka dot's are also by MME, Magnolia, "The best of friends dots".


The trio of hats is an unknown stamp, borrowed from friend Stevie at the stamping retreat in Wisconsin 2 weeks ago. I also bought a new stamp set from friend Jenn "Otter" Hollett called "Birthday Banter", by Stampin Up. Ok, well, it's not really a new set, but she was trying to unload it & it's new to me, so it's all good! Notice that I stamped a couple of "it's a hare late" cards. I have the best intentions but stuff DOES fall through the cracks sometimes! Trust me, it will get used! :)

18 comments:

HB said...

HEY, my birthday is in September! WOOHOOOOOOOOOO!
LZ, these are all SO awesome!! YOU are so awesome!

chelemom said...

Love the colors of these cards! I also love how you make a silly cow look vintage...how do you do that? I have a birthday in September too!

Stampin' D'Amour said...

I just LOVE these colors!! Reminds me of my last house! I had LOTS of BLUES & YELLOWS in a very French Shabby style.

Fantastic again! Girl, you are so talented!!! :0)

-pamela

Viv said...

How adorable! I need some frugal lessons from you!! I have tons of paper that needs to be used and I just keep buying more! I love all the different looks you get with your layouts! I just might have to CASE them until I get the hang of it! Let me know when I can come for my lesson!!

ScrappyPam said...

These are great - I love the combinations.

Debbie Y said...

Lisa, Another batch of perfectly adorable cards. I hope the recipients realize how lucky they are to get such neat cards from you! You've motivated me to get cracking on my own batch of September cards.

Flossie's Follies said...

These are great,the color combo, paper and images, each card is fantastic, love that cow with the balloon.

Denise said...

Love these! Love the color combos and coloring...they are great!

Ila said...

These are all Fabulous!!! I love the colors and that cow! Thanks for the idea of making extra layouts...gotta try that....

rozie640 said...

Love all your birthday cards, and being a SU demo it's always hard to say goodbye to ALL your discontinued sets, I DID hang on to Birthday Banter, it's just too stinkin' cute!

I'm going to start cranking out cards like you do, someday soon!

KardKrazy said...

Do you ever just make one card? LOL Amazing how much you seem to create at one time. And changing your blog header on top of it, I'm really impressed.
Anyway, I was just drawn to this color combination -- very cool!

Charmingdesigns said...

You did it again! Wonderful! May I ask what program you use for putting your name across your photo? Thanks Laurie

Daisy & Joy said...

You are my hero when it comes to mass producing such oh-so-cute and cheerful cards.

Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks for your info for putting your name on your photos. Would you mind emailing me? I have an HP and cant find how to get the text onto the photo not below it. Thanks! Laurie lm.sm@juno.com

Pam/Iris said...

How cute Zappy, you're on fire, as usual! Love the hat stamp, where was I when you were doing that?? :)

Hey HB? What time were you born?? :)

Heather said...

LOOOOOOOOVE these! It's my birthday in September, too! WOOHOO! LOL -= LZ I love that you just crank 'em out! I so admire that and one day aspire to do that - just once!!!! LOL

cookiebaker said...

You are amazin'!!! I struggle and worry over each and every one! How do you do it? Awesome collection. Thanks for the push to try "crankin' 'em out"!

Leigh O'Brien said...

Gorgeous cards, Lisa. I love these color combos!