There is something in the water at work.  One of my co-workers is going to have a baby boy any second, another just had one in December and the latest baby is due in March. (don’t know the gender of baby number 3 yet)

When we take up a collection at work for a baby shower I usually voluteer to make the card (subject to how swamped I am with my non-workplace life).  This week I was happy to volunteer once more for the latest in our ever-growing “family”.

I chose a simple Imaginisce image of a giraffe which was very reasonably priced.  I believe I got it at Paperworks which is a Canadian supplier.  I do try to buy within Canada when I can and this is one of the few Canadian suppliers with up-to-the-minute papercrafting supplies.  Their selection is not ginormous but it is a good source for some of the things I regularly purchase.

Anyhoo…back to the card.

The patterned paper is some cute dry embossed heavy weight paper from a DCWV stack called “Nana’s Kids”.  I got it in Buffalo when we went cross border shopping with my brother and sister-in-law on our last visit to Ontario. (over a year ago)  I’ve used papers in the stack before but I’ve been holding on to this pattern specifically for a baby card or a birthday card for a little person.  Here’s the card:

The colours in this card are not your typical “I don’t know the gender” colours.  Well, they are in that there is yellow and green in the card but it’s an olive green and a very golden yellow (marigold morning to be specific).  To add to the non-traditional colours, I also punched up the plum colour in the paper by DTPing the edges with plum ink and matting the giraffe with Plum cardstock.  It’s still cheerful and colourful but the deeper shades are sure to make this one stand out at the shower.

I stamped the giraffe’s head a second time and popped it up using dimensionals.  Always a cute touch with only a little extra effort (cutting around his ears and ossicones – yeah, I googled it) on my part.

Tip of the day: using extra-colourful background paper is a great way to dress up a card without having to add a lot of embellishment.  Don’t fight the paper!

I still have other cards to share – I just don’t have time to jabber about them at the moment!  Hopefully, I can catch up on the weekend. (If I get my card orders finished)

Supplies used: Imaginisce Giraffe, “new baby” from Just Celebrate by SU!, marigold morning and perfect plum cardstock by SU!, barely banana, summer sun, creamy caramel and perfect plum markers by SU!, Nestabilities, grosgrain ribbon, cuttlebug, DCWV pp (Nana’s Kids)