August 16, 2015


I may have gone a little overboard with this baby card.

But creating it was just, oh, so much fun! 

It took me a couple of sessions to complete the ark. Because, you see, the animals and waves are all paper pieced. The clouds were snipped from some old retired 6" x 6" DSP that I had in my stash. 

Initially, I had discovered this piece of boy-looking Designer Series Paper that I thought would be the perfect neutral backdrop for my pieced ark and its occupants. You can see in the previous photo how I had placed it onto the piece, with just the hint of neutral letters in the background. I had planned to cut the finished portion out with an oval or a circle Framelit and make it into a cute tent topper card. 

But, as I finished the ark and surroundings, it just screamed for me to add other elements to it and make it something even more special, and possibly of keepsake quality.

Those little Paper Seedlings had been planted, fertilized, watered, and now they were percolating just 'neath the soil.

The little one's name is Jacob, so . . . hmmm . . . C'mon, Linda, crawl out of that box.

I fetched my set of Little Letters Thinlits and went to work. I used two-toned orange polka dot paper to randomly place the letter Thinlits so the dots would be every which way. Not organized and in neat rows. Kinda like a little boy.

By adding the name to the wave, it was neatly incorporated into the total design. 

Because it was actually a card, I added the cute and happy greeting inside in a matching look.

The final card measured 6" x 6" -- a size I thought would be precious framed and hung in Jacob's room -- so I needed to make an envelope to fit.

Grabbing my handy dandy Envelope Punch Board, I used paper that did not quite match, but it exuded the same feeling of masculine baby, to create the enclosing envelope.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the cute blue bow belly band I made to seal the flat little package. The Envelope Punch Board was used once again (love that thing!!) to create the same type of bow that I put on THIS EASTER BASKET. I then attached it to a belly band that I made from the same textured cardstock as the bow.

Happy Birth-Day to you, Jacob!



  1. How precious! I want to change my name to Jacob so I can have one! And if they don't frame it, they need 10 lashes with a wet noodle!! lol
    Here from Monday Madness.

  2. I love it! Your paper piecing and fussy cutting is always so great.

  3. Oh my gosh this is just so beautiful !
    What an artist !

  4. Adorable as always! I just recently sent out a gift and thought of you and how I wished I had one of your beautiful cards,
    Thanks you as always for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  5. This is a darling card, I love all the layers and details!!
    Thanks for sharing on Friday Features
    Oh My Heartsie GIrl

  6. How darling - such a cute design! I am a new visitor and found you through #HomeMattersParty

    Enzie from

  7. Stinking cute! Love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. So amazing and special. I hope it went to someone who appreciates all your efforts!
    Stopping by from #OMHGWW!

  9. I have a little Jacob, too. This is such a cute and thoughtful gift. :)

  10. So cute! I love all the details. Thank you so much for linking up at the #HomeMattersParty and hope to see you again next week.

  11. I do agree that this card is keepsake quality! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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