Zany Zebras Meets Playing With Patterns Birthday Cards For Boys PP539

by Joanne James2. May 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have a fun theme challenge for you to work with:


Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme: 'What are little boys made of?' It inspired my theme this week and the fabulous badge that our teamie Nance made illustrates it perfectly. So whether you choose to feature snails, puppy dogs, superheroes, or anything else that works for you, my theme this week is cards for boys. I'm making the most of the last couple of days of retiring favourites before the new annual catalogue arrives, so I chose to go with a zany zebra (or two!) for my card, using Julee's current Mojo Monday sketch layout which was great for some simple layering of retiring papers too - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I used a mix of Playing With Patterns DSP for my layers as I think these colours have a fun masculine feel and stamped one of the zebras from the 'Zany Zebras' stamp set in Night of Navy, adding some Wink of Stella to his mane, then fussy cut it before adding to my card. A sprinkle of resin dots finished my card front:

I added another of the zebras, this time with a party hat, to decorate the inside of my card:


I love these cute zebras and think they make fun a fun birthday card for a young boy. If you're a fan too, you have until tomorrow to get your hands on a set before they are gone forever! I will have another card for boys using them later this week - they might be retiring, but I'm not ready to part with mine just yet!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I actually made a second card for our challenge this week that was altogether more clean and simple. It is based on last week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch and uses another of my favourite retiring sets, Silhouette Scenes:


I masked off a column and created an ombre blended strip of sky using Balmy Blue, Pacific Point and Night of Navy inks and my blending brushes, and added the little boy with a toy aeroplane and a sentiment from the same set in Night of Navy, then added a simple 'Happy Birthday' sentiment to the inside using a stamp from 'Itty Bitty Greetings'. I love the simplicity of this card, and the way that the silhouette image overlays the ombre blended panel:


Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I love this card - so full of nostalgia! I'm linking this one up over at The Spot where the challenge is ink blending and TGIF Challenges where they are looking for ombre this week.


Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; we have a long weekend here in the UK this weekend so are planning on making the most of it by taking things easy, especially since Rebecca starts her final round of GCSE exam assessments this week. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (10) -

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
5/2/2021 6:17:35 PM #

Great cards.  love the ombre panel card - definitely my style!

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
5/2/2021 7:22:22 PM #

First, what a fun idea for the challenge!! Second, your set of cards are so cute! Love the images and papers you chose, great designs too!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
5/3/2021 2:37:42 PM #

2 great cards! I love the colors on the zebra one!  They are definitely boy but with a softer touch!  The CAS silhouette card is absolutely perfect; love the ink blending!  Thanks for a great challenge!  have a fun week!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
5/4/2021 6:00:48 AM #

Adorable cards, Joanne! That little zebra is just the cutest thing! And the second card...WOW! A perfect CAS boy's card!  What a fun challenge! Have a wonderful week!

NancyUnited States
5/4/2021 5:29:57 PM #

Love both of your cards Joanne!  Love the images and mix of papers you chose on your donkey card. Next, the CAS card is blended perfectly!  I love the way it fades off just like the trail of smoke from an airplane.  Well done and great challenge this week! Have a good one!

Tami Hewlett
Tami HewlettUnited States
5/5/2021 8:21:11 PM #

Love the clean and simple lines of your card.  It's really stunning and showcases the ombre' technique to perfection!  Thanks for joining TGIF Challenges this week!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
5/7/2021 12:30:44 AM #

Joanne, this patterned paper is a favorite of mine as is blue.  You used everything perfectly to create this adorable boy's card.  The zebra gives your card fun action.  It's adorable.  Both of your cards are perfect for the adventurous spirit in little boys.  Hope you enjoyed your week.

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
5/7/2021 8:31:26 PM #

I love this challenge, Joanne!  Your little zebra is the cutest one I have ever seen!  I love the stripes, the color combo!  So fun!  Your little silhouette of the boy with the ombre stripe is so beautiful!  Great cards!  I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day, My Friend!

jaydeeUnited States
5/7/2021 9:31:24 PM #

Joanne, such a great challenge this week and I love both your blue cards!  The sentiment on the second card is just perfect, especially with the layout you chose.  The first card is such fun and the repetition of circles and stripes makes me so happy!  Hope you had a wonderful week

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
5/10/2021 4:08:28 AM #

Both of these are lovely. The first shows your wizardry in combining patterns again, while the second is more in my style. I do love a sponged, inky column with some stamping!

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