Yippee! It’s a Boy!

I’m headed to a baby shower today, so I needed to whip up a super-sweet card for the happy couple.  Lucky for me, I’ve pulled inspiration from two sketch challenges to make the card.  That’s right, I combined two sketch challenges.  It’s easy to combine a sketch challenge with a color challenge, but the sketches for this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge and Freshly Made Sketches challenge are so similar that I made one card that honors both.  Yippee!

Here’s my card:

Happy Easter Bunny, A Dozen Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA244, FMS178

And here are the challenge banners for both challenges that inspired my card (one is essentially the flipped version of the other:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Funny Bunny.  Everything about this super-cute bunny screams “happy”!  The image is from Happy Easter Bunny, a single stamp offered in the Occasions Catalog.  While I’m not a huge fan of the stamped image (in its entirety), I love the bunny cropped out from the rest of the image.  I purchased the bunny to do just that, but many others beat me to the punch with really great projects – he’s dancing, he’s juggling – my bunny is jumping for joy because they’re having a boy.  What a great way to extend the life of this image outside of Easter!Happy Easter Bunny
  • Flip it Upside Down.  There are rules around sketches – and one of the rules is “there aren’t many rules.”  For the PPA sketch, I simply flipped it upside down to change the perspective a bit – the bunny is at the bottom of the card – which makes more sense because his exclamation is above him.  It’s OK to change the perspective of a sketch – the drawing is there to inspire you.  To further alter my creation from the exact sketches, I designed my top layer according to the layouts, rather than incorporating it over the entire card.
  • Sweet Color Combination.  I’ve really fallen in love with Lost Lagoon – I’ve used it a lot lately and have several more projects to share that feature this dusty blue.  Pulling inspiration from Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper, I paired Lost Lagoon with Sahara Sand and Whisper White to complete my project.  While Lost Lagoon might seem to rich for a baby card (it’s muted a bit in the paper), the Sahara Sand and Whisper White really help to soften it.  If you like this color combination, too, please feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Happy Easter Bunny, A Dozen Thoughts  Papers:  Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn, Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Chalk Maker, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over Pals Paper Arts and Freshly Made Sketches to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Over the top cuteness. This card WILL be the cutest one at that shower!

  2. Very cute! I love that bunny. I’m ordering right now.

  3. I think this card truly reflects the fabulous news that this little baby is a boy, so beautiful and cute and simply awesome. Cropping the image like that was a stroke of genus Brian, this is one of the cutes baby boy cards I’ve ever seen, thank you for sharing.

  4. I love the Sweet Dreams paper you chose. That paper is great. Nice for baby cards but certainly usable for anything. Great card. Made me smile – and it’s rainy and miserable here so that is an achievement!

  5. I love that gleeful bunny! Cute card!

  6. Perfect as always!!!!!

  7. This card is adorable! Obviously the bunny is cute but the triple exclamation makes it that much cuter! The color combination is great and a keeper. I can see lots of uses for this combo.

  8. I love that bunny doing a happy dance. Such a cute baby boy card,

  9. This card is super cute and is an adorable card for a baby shower! The recipient will, no doubt, love it!

  10. I love this card Brian. How do you crop the bunny? Do you use post-it-notes?

    • Thanks for the kind comment, Cherie – I appreciate the positive feedback. I cropped the bunny with paper snips. Nothing fancy – just some relaxing fussy cutting.

  11. What a cute card! I love everything about it and have no doubt the recipient will too!

  12. Great card Brian, I’m in love with that stamp, but I’ve been reluctant to purchase it. It seems the PTB’s have decided to nudge me in that direction. The DSP is perfect for a baby shower card. Super job

  13. Love your creation ! He is so cute ! Stimulates all sorts of future card ideas !
    Guess he goes on the next order list for sure .
    Love the color combination also .

  14. This is such an adorable baby card! I love that you cropped the bunny, now after a bit of snipping I will be able to use just this cute bunny beyond Easter!

  15. Agree with all, simply the cutest card ever!!!

  16. Very cute, very clever and great color combo! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us all.

  17. What an awesome card–it screams joy, joy joy!
    Thank you for sharing yet another cleverly-whipped up card.

  18. What an adorable image!! Love your card Brian! I may have to rethink buying that stamp now.

  19. The bunny looks like he is doing what my friends and I call “the happy dance”. LOL If we win at the casino (even just a little bit) we require that the winner get up and do the happy dance! I must say I didn’t care for this stamp as I thought it way too busy but by cropping out everything except the bunny, it’s a super little stamp. Great job as always Brian.

  20. Brian, that card is just adorable! I have a girlfriend that is pregnant with a boy so this card will be perfect for her! Thank you so much for all the inspiration you give me! Have a great weekend!

  21. Great card…love that little bunny. It’s awesome that an Easter stamp can do double duty for a baby card, perfect!

  22. Without all of those other things on the stamp, this bunny looks like he is a cousin of Snoopy! I love his dance moves and so will baby boy!

  23. Oooo, Brian that is so cute , I love how you did that !!!!! SO PERFECT, awwwww, you just keep on giving us !!!! Love it !!
    You will show us rite ?????
    Hugs Frenchie,

  24. Such a great happy bunny dance for a new baby boy! Love this card, Brian. Thanks for sharing this with the PPA this week!

  25. This is adorable, Brian! I love the bunny on its own. I wouldn’t have thought to do that!

  26. This is so cute, Brian! I love how you stamped the sentiment (perfectly) three times and the soft colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  27. That is so cute, love it

  28. This is a happy card! And, ha-ha at “relaxing fussy cutting.” 🙂

  29. This is such a fun card, Brian! The dancing rabbit is perfect to celebrate that a little is on the way!

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