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August Challenge: Birthday Cards!

August Challenge

Hi All,

It’s time to launch the next challenge, which I think will be a little easier than the last challenge. 🙂 Birthday cards for all ages!

I mentioned in the heads-up post last week that I would be very grateful if you would consider making an extra birthday card for either The Birthday Party Project or Meals on Wheels (CLICK HERE for more detail).

The last day to submit your entry is Wednesday, August 31st, 11:59pm CT. One random winner will be selected from all entries and announced on Thursday, September 1st.

SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

ALSO! Don’t forget that I will pick out the honorable mentions and feature them in a special post on September 1st. These are entries that are extra creative, different, or just plain special for some reason.

Okay, just to recap the main rules:

  • Your entry must be a birthday card for either kids or adults.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. 🙂
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced and your card must have been made in the current month.

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

Whenever I think of birthday, I think stripes and dots. I decided to make it a pretty simple card but spend a lot of time making my focal point great. The donut. Who doesn’t love donuts? I know it’s not a typical birthday dessert, but it should be. 🙂


I colored the donut with Copics and covered it with glossy accents. There is a trick to making the donuts realistic – it involves leaving white space. Watch the video for details. Here is a close-up:


I also have a great sentiment on the inside:


I love it!

Enjoy the video. I look forward to seeing your creations!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic markers used: glaze (E27, E25, E34, E29), cake (E53, E55, E34)

I Love Donuts
I Love Donuts
Birthday Circle Die
Birthday Circle Die
Riley & Co Dip It
Riley & Co Dip It
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Avery Elle 6x6 Brights
Avery Elle 6×6 Brights
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Antique Linen
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


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  1. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 1:27 pm


    Hey Darlene!
    I’ve been putting it off because I can’t decide how to group my cards for the different charities. Would it be ok to just send you a bunch and let you decide where they best met needs?

    • wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sure, that would be fine. Thank you Caly!

  2. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 1:33 pm


    Ok I’ll admit I was never part of the donut stamp fan club but this made me laugh out loud! And it made me hungry. Awesome card so realistic like I could just take it off the card and eat it! Off to the donut shop…..

  3. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Sherry W.

    You’re right – leaving white spaces makes such a difference. I find I have to really concentrate on leaving those spaces. I want so much to fill in the entire space with color. The card is great – especially love the sentiment.

  4. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Janice Repass

    Yummmmm! Looks good enough to eat!! Cute card!

  5. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 4:29 pm


    Adorable! I am super hungry for a chocolate donut right now!

  6. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 4:39 pm


    Very cute card, I love the detail on the focal point. It really looks round and real.
    ? You did it again Darlene wow wow wow.

  7. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 4:56 pm


    Thank you for making this a chocolate-glazed doughnut! My favorite flavor–and calorie-free to boot! LOL Great tip on leaving the white space for highlighting. I’ll have to keep that in mind. Love that greeting, too. When I saw that, I told my mom it makes chocolate kind of a culinary duct tape. It just fixes everything! 😀 Thanks so much for sharing. Really looking forward to this challenge! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  8. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Hannah Means

    What a cute card. Thanks for the instruction about coloring in the video. The use of white space really makes the difference! And I love the sentiment! And it’s quite true!!

  9. wrote on August 1st, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Carol Mac

    Cool card! Look at you using designer series paper! Love it…we don’t see it enough! I love dsp…can you tell? Another great card!?

  10. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 8:22 am


    Thanks for explaining the donut coloring – it looks delicious! You keep bringing us new supplies to ponder over. Love it!

  11. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 9:26 am


    Oh my gosh!! Darlene, this doughnut card is DELICIOUS!!! That doughnut looks so realistic with the glossy accents, I want to take a bite out of it, just awesome.
    Love the Happy Birthday die, love that it cuts the center part, very handy, no guessing.
    Love the inside sentiment, so true, anything is better with chocolate!!!!!

  12. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    WOW – depth, dimension and insanely realistic looking. Nice!!

  13. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 7:06 pm


    You really achieved dimension with that donut! Love the card. Thank you for sharing this technique.

  14. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 9:02 pm


    What a delicious card! Love those Southern Donuts from Texas. We even get them in Australia at a franchise! But they’re so fattening. And our little town even has a donut cart which I avoid. I have a donut stamp set, so you’ve inspired me to alleviate my donut craving in this way! LOL!

    • wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Connie, if only the cravings can be alleviated by making a card. Mine seem to increase as I color a donut. 🙂

      • wrote on August 3rd, 2016 at 2:59 am


        HA! HA!

  15. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 9:30 pm


    The donut looks so real you could eat it!

  16. wrote on August 3rd, 2016 at 12:50 am


    Sorry girls I am not a donut lover but I do love that card. It is so realistic.

  17. wrote on August 3rd, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Brenda L.

    I love this card too Darlene. Your donut came out perfectly and looks so yummy!! I think many people use donuts for a little birthday cake, I know my cousin did for her daughter on the morning of her birthday. Stuck candles in and everything. Who can pass up a donut?!! Hugs, Brenda

  18. wrote on August 3rd, 2016 at 5:26 pm


    Great card. And you clearly had fun making it. Yum!!

  19. wrote on August 23rd, 2016 at 7:51 pm


    I just can’t believe how realistic this donut is! What a talent Darlene, and you make it look easy!!

  20. wrote on August 25th, 2016 at 4:35 pm


    I don’t know HOW I missed this card before now, but it is AWESOME!! LOVE it! I’m going to have to buy everything to make it now, so… thanks! :p

  21. wrote on August 31st, 2016 at 7:41 am


    August is a big birthday month for my family and extended family, so I have sent many cards. I did finally upload a couple for the challenge. Maybe next month I will have a bit more time and will be able to make one or two to send your way for the charities.

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