Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Birthday #3

My card today brings the birthday extravaganza in our house to a close...at least for this month. It seems like my hubby's whole family was born in the spring months....well, most of them anyway. So, I'll probably have another birthday extravaganza for April too.

So, Michael's dear, sweet mama. She loves to garden, so I figured a nature scene would fit her well.

This set from Stampin' Up is called Branch Out and is one of my favorites! Sadness that it recently retired but it will not detour my love! Hehe.

I sponged some light blues in the background to give it a little depth. Sometime was missing, so I added in a touch of sun glow with yellow ink towards middle of the card. I added a little birthday sentiment to the inside by stamping it on the polka dot paper and adhering it to my card stock. I almost messed up ROYALLY in my placement of the paper. I small shriek came out when I realized that I started to glue it horizontally instead of vertically. Thankfully, I was using some repositionable glue. THANK HEAVENS!!

Products Used:
SU Decorative Paper
SU Whisper White Card stock
SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon
SU Inks & Markers

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Birthday #2

Yesterday was Shelby's 15th birthday. It seems crazy to think our "little" girl is going to be driving soon. Shelby had some friends spend the night. Her main request was to eat at Taco Bell (so love the girl for unknowingly protecting my pocketbook!) and "hang out" at Wal-mart. I told the girls I was fine with the whole Wal-mart hang out deal as long as they didn't do anything that would cause them to get kicked out. They responded with, "Ok, I guess no hide 'n seek." Seriously???

So, on to the card....

I tried to keep the card somewhat simple and avoided pink. Lately, I've been using a ton of pink and turquoise in my cards, and Shelby just ain't much of a pink kind of girl. I wasn't sure how her card would turn out, but was pleasantly surprised with it all came together.

Next card I'll be sharing is for my mother-in-law's birthday. I'm so, so, so happy with how it turned out. You know how sometimes you look at a creative project and just go "...ya...I made that..." with a hint of pride? Well, that was my moment. I'll post the pic tomorrow.

I'll close this post with the ever poetic words of Casey Kasem "keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars".....ya, I'm not quite sure what it means either.

Products Used:
Gina K Stamp Set
SU Punches
SU Decorative Paper
Random Red Ribbon
SU Whisper White Card Stock
SU Markers
SU Watercolor Pencils
SU Blender Pens

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Birthday Extraveganza

My kids birthday's are both in March....a week a part....well...6 years and a week. Luckily, they have gotten used to celebrating birthdays together. Its difficult getting families together two weeks in a row!

So with birthdays, of course I had to make cards! I tried to make Austin's as ungirly as possible. He opened the card with the response of, "COOL!" So, I guess I accomplished my goal. :) Here is a pic of the card.

And a picture of the birthday and his goofy grin.

I think he had a great 9th birthday including a surprise party and a sleepover with his best friend.

I'll save Shelby's card for my next post since the gal technically hasn't had her birthday yet.

Products Used:
Random Decorative Paper
SU Whisper White Card Stock
SU Inks & Markers
SU Greets, Earthlings Stamps
Light Green Brads
Corner Punches

Monday, March 8, 2010


Last week, our Sunday School class had a breakfast fellowship for a couple in our class having their second child. Normally, we have a diaper shower where everyone brings diapers for the parents...well...for the baby but we hand them to the parents. (haha) Taking note from my ever so smart sister-in-law, I decided to forgo purchasing a certain brand of diaper and opted for a gift card instead.

What a great excuse to make a cute card! So here it is...

I have a new love...my paper crimper. I picked it up at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and keep finding little items to crimp. I never knew a $20 purchase (plus 40% off coupon) could make me so happy. The light blue paper on this card was crimped. I love how it gives just a little extra texture to the card.

I used SU punches for the baby and sentiment. I also pierced the paper around the scalloped circle. After adding a cute pink ribbon, I still felt like something was missing and decided to add a bit more by punching a strip of pink paper.

Overall I like the card. It wasn't perfect in my eyes, but then again, they never are.