Counting Sheep Happy Birthday Card For Festive Friday

by Joanne James17. September 2021 09:00


Today will be a two-post day as I have some news: I am joining the Festive Friday Challenge team! This is a fortnightly challenge that is inspired by a particular day of the year that I have played along with on a number of occasions. The fun thing is that at Festive Friday you do not need to actually celebrate the occasion; your goal is to simply use three or more items from the inspiration list on your project.


The challenge that we are celebrating this week is 'Balloons Around The World Day' which is on 1st October. I often only use three or four elements when I play along, but when I saw this week's board I knew exactly what I wanted to create - and ended up using balloons, red, purple, clouds, sun, stripes, twine and paper-piecing!

This is the card I created:


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

I grabbed my 'Counting Sheep' and co-ordinating Sheep Dies, both freebies with the current Sale-A-Bration promotion and created a little scene. I used a (retired) stitched square for my scene and layered this onto a striped banner and then a stitched rectangle, to tie in with the stitched detail on the sun. The one thing you may be asking yourself is 'where is the paper-piecing?' It's subtle, but I assure you it's there: I paper-pieced my sheep's wool with the Snowy White Velvet Sheets - it gives the sheep's coat a fun, almost fuzzy felt, feel and you can see it better on the close-up below:


How cute is that?! And all the better for being made with free products too! If you'd like to get your hands on this bundle, you still have a couple of weeks to place your order before the Sale-A-Bration promotion ends. Bear in mind that products are only available whilst stocks last and as we near the end of the promotion, there is a chance that popular items will sell out, so don't leave it too late!

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 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

How does our board inspire you? I can’t wait to see what YOU create! For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team:

Ann Schach
Beth McCullough
Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
Melanie Hungerford
Helen Jennings
Stephanie Lanzalotto
Melva Peters
Diane Evans
Joanne James

Enjoy your morning and I'll be back later with my project for the new challenge over at As You See It. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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

Comments (8) -

Melva Peters
Melva PetersCanada
9/17/2021 2:26:12 PM #

What an adorable card!

VickyUnited Kingdom
9/17/2021 5:37:56 PM #

Congratulations on the new design team role Joanne! I love the FF challenge and hopefully, now the summer is over, I'll be joining in with my favourite challenges a bit more. Your card is a cutie! That little sheep always makes me smile and I love the little die cut background you made for it. Vicky x

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
9/17/2021 7:32:07 PM #

Welcome to the team, Joanne! Your cards are always a delight, and this one has to be one of my favorites.  I love the use of the white velvet for the clouds and the creative!  The little scene you have created is adorable!

JaydeeUnited States
9/17/2021 9:08:26 PM #

Joanne, it is wonderful to be crafting along with you at FF Smile  I have to tell you, this card makes me smile from ear to ear.  That silly sheep (I love sheep btw) and his fabulous balloon.  What a fabulous scene you created.

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/17/2021 9:48:47 PM #

Congratulations on your new DT! I really like this card, even though I'm not a sheep fan but the sweet scene you've created along with the great layout make this card a knockout! Great colour choice too.

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
Sharon Hashimoto BurkertUnited States
9/18/2021 5:24:03 PM #

Welcome to the Festive Friday team!  I am so happy you have joined us.  Love your card!  Such a happy scene and fun scene!

Stephanie Lanzalotto
Stephanie LanzalottoUnited States
9/19/2021 11:57:54 PM #

Welcome to the team, Joanne! So great to have you with us. I love your festive little lamb with her balloons in hand. Love the striped background and the other details of you creation.

Melanie Hungerford
Melanie HungerfordUnited States
9/21/2021 3:43:38 AM #

Hi Joanne, so happy to have you join us at Festive Friday! Your card is so cute, very clever use of the velvet sheet!

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