Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Cousins' Birthdays

Look at this handsome and very silly group of kids - my two boys and my brother's two girls.

They all have birthdays within two months of each other - so we got together for one big celebration this weekend!  (The little one was actually laughing hysterically - although this particular photo looks like she is upset.)

The birthdays meant that I got to make two birthday cards for little girls.  (It's such a joy to do that as my boys rarely care about the cards that I make for them.)  Here's the card that I made for Karina who is turning 4.  I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and I am also going to enter this at Crazy4Challenges (which seems a little unfair as their challenge is to make a child's birthday party and the challenge came out on the day that I already had two cards to make!!)

I haven't used the elephant very often and I got a little chuckle when it called my name for this card.  It's for my 4-year old niece, Karina, who is a tiny itty-bitty little thing - she still fits into 2T clothes!  But she is a whirlwind - constantly on the move, non-stop chatter - probably where all her energy goes!

I put this card together for my 7-year old niece, Natasha.

There is a story behind this simple little card.  I was ecstatic recently when my sister-in-law told me that Natasha wanted to make cards just like "auntie Kim".  So, I put together a package of cardmaking supplies for her birthday gift.  This card was made in the style of the package I put together - I pre-cut a number of colors of background cardstock and I used a variety of border punches.

Check out her face after she stamps her first stamp!

And then see how proud she is to color it in!

And this happy auntie can now proudly present Natasha's card!  Look at her creativity - she even drew in tree branches for the bird!


  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Wild About You, Hero Arts Birthday Messages (balloon)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Melon Mambo dsp, Lucky Limeade and Pumpkin CS
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Going Gray and Melon Mambo
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart flower punch, Stampin' Up Pumpkin grosgrain
  • Stamps: Hero Arts owls, Studio G sentiment
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Melon Mambo
  • Ink: Memento black, copics
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat (on balloon)
ENJOY TODAY (Natasha's card!)
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Wonderful Birthday
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise
  • Ink: Memento black, Tombow markers
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch, Jolee's flower stickers, Smooch Pearlized Top Coat (on hat)


  1. These cards are all adorable! And your crew is adorable too! How neat to celebrate all together! Get that little one hooked on stampin' early - she already is doing a great job!

  2. Wow, wish someone would give me a birthday bundle like this! Fabulous cards Kim, looks like you had a fun time.xx

  3. I love these cute cards Kim, how lucky your niece has a crafting auntie to get her started with the stamping bug!
    Jenny x

  4. Cute cards and what a fab gift set to give. Of course your niece's card completely wins! x

  5. Oh, what fun for you and your niece! I think your creativity has rubbed off on her.

  6. How special to see this happy family celebration and to see your neices delight at her own're a sweet auntie to give such a thoughtful gift!

  7. How nice that your family was able to spend their birthdays together. Your cards are so adorable! I hardly ever get to make kid's cards so they're always fun to see! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  8. There is nothing better than to see cousins share some fun and happy times together...they will probably always remember these special days! And lucky Natasha to have such a thoughtful just opened up new doors to endless possibilities for her! Please tell her that I think her card is AWESOME! She'll be blogging before you know it! (I think your cards are sweet, too...well done!)

  9. Sweet cards, Kim. It's so fun to make girly cards. :) How wonderful that you can share your card-making with your niece. She did a great job! Ann

  10. Kim, your cards are so fun! But even more fun is that proud, little face your little niece has! Too cute! She did a great job! :)

  11. Aah, Kim, what a wonderful post! This brought a big smile to my face! Love your cards for your nieces, and the look on the little one's face as she reveals her stamped image is priceless!

  12. I did enjoy reading this post! So much fun and joy! How special to have all the birthdays to celebrate! (A bit like 3 of our kids ... all in the one week!)The delight on Miss 7's face is priceless! What a lovely auntie you are! The cards are gorgeous! Hugs xxx

  13. What a fabulous gift idea for your niece! She's going to have a ball with it!
    Love the elephant image and the glittery balloon on the second card!

  14. What a great family get together, and a fine looking family too ...
    Great cards too ... so fresh, fun and definitely birthday!
    Hope you all day a great day!
    Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  15. How fabulous these are! I love that elephant cute. Natasha's card is really quite fantastic. What talent! :-) So glad you joined us at Freshly Made Sketches!

    Jen Timko

  16. I love all the cards. The elephant one is too adorable! I love that you are able to pass your love of stamping on to a new generation. How wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  17. Great photo of the children; sounds like you all had a really fun time. Love the owl card - just so adorable! And Natasha obviously has the talent too - her cars is super!


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