I sat down to make birthday cards last weekend and it just did not happen. Instead I was inspired to continue with my 'could be a Valentine's Day card' streak. Sometimes it just happens that way... the creative process can be stubborn!
At any rate the first uses a Quickutz set that allows you to create many different critters using the same basic body with different appendages, etc. (wow that reads back strange) but seriously, you get a whole lot of critters with a reasonably small number of pieces. I settled on the cow so I could use the cute 'smooches' sentiment from Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, which I paired with another from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. Both images are stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder (I am still not that great at this heat embossing stuff - I need to make mysefl one of those antistatic bags as I consistently have little unwanted specks!!) on label shapes from the Cat's Pajamas circus panels set. I dug through my alphabet diecut sets until I found an ampers and mounted it below the hugs and added some little hearts to embellish the labels. The moo-cow has a bit of Copic coloring and glossy accents added to its eyes. The paper is from my 6x6 Crate Paper 14 pad (love this collection).
The second card uses another Quickutz shape that makes me think of Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes. He is diecut from cardstock with some Copic shading added... and as only Pepe can do he is seducing a heart doily made of a combination of a new Xcut filigree heart die and two layered hearts from the dies that match the Simon Says Stamp set Plenty of Hearts. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Signature Greetings II set and the patterned paper is more from my Crate Paper 14 pad. TFL!!