Big Cheese Birthday

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Happy Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by today! I was really inspired by this week’s CASology “Mini” challenge, and thought it would be fun to create a clean and simple mini birthday card using a mini stamp!

I really liked the little mouse stamp in the Newton’s Nook “Just Say Cheese” stamp set, and thought he would look so cute to have a speech bubble above him with a piece of cheese inside… kind of like he is dreaming of a nice, big piece of cheese for his birthday. Taking it one step further, I decided to turn the speech bubble into a shaker window, and have the cheese floating around inside!


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So opening up my Silhouette Studio, I created a loose oval and polygon. I did not build the shapes to any particular size, and did not concentrate on keeping the lines of the polygon equal; I felt the looser shape helped lend towards a better speech bubble.


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Once I had my two shapes built, I overlapped and welded them together before cutting the bubble out of my watercolor card base, which is sized to 3 1/4″ by 4 1/2″.


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I started off by stamping my mouse in the bottom corner of my card, and the cheese on a separate piece of watercolor paper; both stamps are from the “Just Say Cheese” stamp set. I colored them in with watercolor pencils, blending the colors together with my water brush. I also took a black multiliner and drew the little exclamatory “feelings” above the mouse, as well as sketching around the speech bubble to give it some definition.

With some Wild Honey distress ink and some Perfect Pearls, I mixed up a shimmery watercolor and flicked ink splatters onto the card, focusing them as best as I could in the areas of my main elements.


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I then punched out some confetti circles from Orange Peel, Sunshine and Audrey Blue cardstock, covering some of the circles with Wink of Stella clear glitter, and others leaving the others plain. I also covered the cheese with Wink of Stella, before putting all of these pieces inside my shaker card.

To finish everything off, I tied a length of blue and white bakers twine around the top of the card, and stamped “Happy Birthday Big Cheese” on the inside. The sentiment is from the same Newton’s Nook “Just Say Cheese” stamp set.


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And because I love doing it, I also created a custom envelope using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board and stamped the cheese and the words “big cheese” on the left corner of the envelope.

I loved how silly this card is, and the mini aspect of it all makes it so cute! I hope you’ve enjoyed and that you too will be inspired to create a mini card of your own!

Have a happy day! :)



This card is submitted into the CASology week 135 “Mini” challenge, the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Wednesday challenge, and the Little Tangles “Watercolor” challenge #53.

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10 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    This is ADORABLE! I love the way you created the thought bubble – so cute! Plus the coordinating envelope is SO cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Daisies Girl says:

    Clever card – you are amazing and this card just shows off your excellence and creativity!! Love the concept and the styling of the card!!! Just so very excellent!!
    Taunya Butler

  3. wienerhoneymooners says:

    SUPER cute, LOVE how you took on and designed FUN NESS on the inside!!!! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week!!

  4. Radhika says:

    how cute… love the card and envelope too :)

  5. This is a very cute, inspiring card – love the juxtaposition of the mini mouse and his ‘big cheese’ dreams. It’s also so lovely to see you go that extra mile and stamp the inside and create and stamp the gorgeous envelope as well. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CASology. Such a treat!

  6. Jingle says:

    I love this! SO very cute and creative! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  7. Oh this is so adorable, Nina! Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know about my Tooth Fairy card! Hugs.

  8. Marlene, your card just couldn’t be any cuter!

  9. deb says:

    Such a cute card! I love the little mouse and the cut out speech bubble!!

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