Ellie, the elephant, wanted to be the “star” of the show for this week’s Global Design Project with a birthday theme. She was hand-snipped from Zoo Crew Designer Paper, proudly holding her colorful birthday banner.

Since Ellie was the focal point, she asked to be surrounded by stars in colors that matched her banner. I thought it was a good idea, so I used Stampin’ Blends to color Basic White Cardstock in five colors: Lemon Lolly, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Petal Pink, and Pool Party. Then, I used two Beautiful Balloons Dies to cut five stars; three smaller, and two larger.

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Ellie’s Birthday Card


Ellie’s background is Basic White Cardstock, 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″, embossed with a Basics 3D Embossing Folder. This is one of a group of three folders that is available in the Online Exclusives store. It was out of stock for a while, and I’m happy to say, it is back! Clicking on the links below will take you there.

Prior to embossing, I stamped, “let’s get our celebration on” in Memento Black Ink. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Balloons Stamp Set, and Ellie loves how it’s curved, don’t you?

Beneath the white, embossed, background is Basic Black Cardstock, 4″ X 5 1/4″, which is layered on a Smoky Slate card base, 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, folded at 4 1/4″.


Once the layers and stars were glued, it was time for Ellie to hop on. But, first, she wanted to be colored gray, not too light, and not too dark. She was happy with the way I used a Basic Gray Watercolor Pencil and a Blender Pen. If you think she’s blushing, it’s from the Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.


It’s time for you to be inspired by all the designer’s birthday cards. Then, play along with us, and hang your birthday card in our gallery.

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