Surprise Birthday + a giveaway!

Hey you guys! Today’s post is pretty special — it’s a surprise birthday party hop for Monica Hunter! Monica is the owner of Hambo Stamps and tomorrow is her birthday. A bunch of us got together and decided to throw a little surprise party for her, and we’d like you to join us! Woo!

Every birthday has to have presents, and this one’s for YOU! One random hopper that completes the hop will receive a Hambo Birthday surprise! The winner will be announced at the Hambo Hoedown on Wednesday, August 17.

Now then, here’s the card I made using one of Hambo’s fun digital images: The Party Elephant!

(free photo overlays from Katrina at Pugly Pixel over at Studio Sweet Studio)

I decided to turn this cute little ellie into a shaped card — just made her about 5 inches tall, printed her on watercolor paper, and painted away!  One of the things I love about digi images is how you can resize them however you like! To make the card back, I traced her body on white cardstock, cut it out, then adhered it to the back and scored a fold about 2″ from the top. I printed out the message, then cut slits on either side of her trunk so that she could hold it.

And then! Then I just had to give her some glittered toenails! Because a party elephant isn’t fully dressed without ’em, right? Plus they go with her glittered party hat. :)

Now, I’m the last stop on the hop, so from here you can head on over to Hambo’s blog, Talk to the Ham, and leave Monica some love! (That name just cracks me!) Here’s the full hop in case you’d like to start from the beginning or you got here out of order:

Monica, hope your birthday is as happy as an elephant with hot pink glittery toenailes! Big hugs!

And to the rest of you: happy hopping!

34 Replies to “Surprise Birthday + a giveaway!”

  1. LOVE the idea of making shaped cards with the Hambo images. :)
    leslie (crookedstamper) recently posted..Happy Birthday, Monica!

  2. Lisa, I think we could be great friends.. I love donuts, craftings and taking photos too.. hehe!
    I love your cute little elephant with her glittery toenails. What a wonderful card for sweet Monica!

  3. Lisa, this is so cute! What a great idea to make shaped cards – I never even thought of that. Love your sparkly ellie. Thank you so much for joining in our surprise today!

  4. How cute and what a delightful birthday surprise! Headed off to check out those digital stamps.
    Debbie recently posted..Sparkly Poppies

  5. BIG HUGS to you Lisa, for being a part of this surprise birthday blog hop!! I LOVE your party elephant card — what a great idea blowing it up (elephants are supposed to be BIG, right?) and making a shaped card with it! This hop has been the perfect kick-off for my birthday celebration, and you girls are SO sweet and thoughtful to surprise me with all of your awesome cards. Thank you SO MUCH!! :)

  6. What a wonderful card. I just love everything about it. That it is not on a card, the wonderful flower on his party hat, the moving eyes. So much fun. I am sure Monica will love it too.
    Hetty recently posted..Bring on the Babies!

  7. Lisa!! This is so funny that we used the same images – out of all of those fun images!! Love how you made it into shaped card – just so sweet!

  8. I absolutely love this!!!! I will be CASEing this idea soon, I have a feeling……

  9. I love digi’s for that same reason too! What a fun card. Great watercoloring!

    Jenn

  10. Oh Lisa, this is ADORABLE!! What an amazing idea to make a shaped elephant card!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
    Libby recently posted..Happy Happy Birthday to Monica!!

  11. Lisa, this is soooo cute & fun!
    Vera W. Yates recently posted..Create Stamping

  12. Very clever to turn a digi into a shaped card! I love your Party Elephant & her sparkly toenails! Fun card.
    HeyHeyPaula recently posted..Happy Birthday Monica!

  13. wow.. that’s absolutely amazing! i hope that i can do that too because i would love to give it to someone really special to me.. thanks so much for sharing this one!
    kris recently posted..online angry birds

  14. such a neat idea to create a shaped card with this cute image! love it! :)

  15. Oh what a fab card, nothing better than a partyin Elephant!! Beautifully created!
    Jacki recently posted..Sending Smiles your way – Friday Freebie

  16. I love shaped cards and your is fantastic! what a wonderful birthday card!

  17. This is adorable! Glittery toenails are a MUST! I used to paint the toenails on my My Little Ponies. Happy Birthday Monica :)
    Tiffany Johnson recently posted..Thanks

  18. The googly eyes are a hoot! So creative using the elephant as the actual card! Gotta love a digi for that reason alone!
    Karin recently posted..Hambo Hop for Monica’s Birthday

  19. I love the elephant AS a card. The google eyes and the flower at the top of the hat really made it special.

  20. Great idea to use this image for a shaped card!! This elephant is on of my favorites! Great job!!!

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