Birthday · Cards

Sometimes I’m Utterly Speechless!!!

As the title of this post states, sometimes I am utterly speechless!! Even as I sit here trying to figure out what I want to say I’m drawing a total blank. A few hours ago I escaped to the craft room to make my son a card for his birthday. I won’t say things were perfect, because they definitely were not. However, things were definitely going smoother than the previous day.

After a few die cutting tragedies I managed to cut one I liked. I slowly worked my way to my finished card. I had just stamped the back of the card that it was me that had put the card together….I sat back and took a deep breath….done.

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I flipped the card open and time seemed to stop as my eyes popped out of my head….yes…I should have known!!! Jeezzzzz, I put the Happy Birthday upside down on the front of the card. I almost fell out of my chair. Especially since I had checked several times before I stamped the stupid thing…..sigh Alas life in the craft room continues….grrrrr!

Now that I think about it, I really shouldn’t be too surprised. Every time I try to  help my husband measure something 99.9% of time we goof it up.

The thing is we ALWAYS….always use the measure twice cut once rule.The only problem is that it seems is that in our case it seems to be we measure 15 times and usually have to cut more than once…lol  It’s kinda funny if it wasn’t so irritating!!!

I suppose everyone has a gift, At least we aren’t in denial about ours…lol Of course that doesn’t make things any less frustrating .

Happy Crafting to all!!

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Ain’t it Always the Way??

I gotta say if I didn’t create a project with something goofed up….it just wouldn’t be mine. What can I say..that’s how I roll…lol

As I was working on this card for my Dad’s birthday I keep thinking something looked a little off. I just couldn’t put my finger on the issue. So I continued to stumble my way through construction. I was slightly miffed that it wasn’t working out like I was picturing it in my head. That being said when I was finished and I paused to inspect the finished piece I had to admit that all in all I was happy with how it had turned out.

I have included a picture of the inside as I put a bit of decoration to jazz it up a lil. Now you will also notice that there is no wording or anything on the inside. My Dad….well actually my Mom too like me to have the personal part on a separate insert. This of course allows them to reuse it…lol.

Finally completed I went to put the card into the envelope. That’s when I realized what that little “thing” that was off that I couldn’t figure out. Yes! I had made the card roughly 1/8″ to 1/4″ too long…ughhh(slapping forehead). So, I created a personalized envelope to compensate for my faux pas.

Mom, I know you get update notifications when I add a new blog posts… puleeeaaaaseee don’t show Pop the card just yet…lol. Thank you…..Love you….

As Always…Happy Crafting!

Birthday · Online Card Class(OCC)

OCC COPICS DAY 10 FINISHING TOUCHES

Today was another day of great class videos and information. Only reason there are no posts from class is I wasn’t able to get to my craft room today. However, you can bet I’m going to figure out how to get in there tomorrow. We shall see what tomorrow creates….

OCC DAY10  FINISHING TOUCHES
OCC DAY10 FINISHING TOUCHES

Hip hip hooray! I got to play with some crafts today(Sat. 4) I used the blue halo background touch and I like the way it makes everything light up. That combined with tracing and adding little marks with a fine liner gives a great addition to the already colorful Copics.

There is one thing that I did that’s aggravates me. The worst part is I knew from trying many times previously that I was not going to like it. As with all the other times I attached the Happy Birthday sticker and got it placed almost the way I wanted and what do you think happened? Yup! You guessed it, I hate it! Of course with it being a sticker and all I’m stuck(so to speak) with it….lol Oh well there is always next time.

Ok, I realize I totally don’t think about putting the name of the supplies I use on my projects. I am going to work at doing this on a regular basis. The stamp set I used was by MyCreativeTime.com and the name is Bloom Where You Are Planted. The paper is Stampin’ Up and I applied glossy accents to a few of the flowers.

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Ooo I Need a Birthday Card….

Technically Andrew’s birthday is Saturday the 20th on which he will be 20. However, we are

going to celebrate it the Friday before. We are all going out to eat with my Mom and Dad(Grandma & grandpa ). I still can’t belie he is 20.

I like the way this card turned out. However I can’t decide if I want to use this one or my ice cream cone card from the other day. Or if I’m going to make a totally different card before Friday. Its amazing what is all welling up with the simple act of trying to figure out what birthday card I want to use.

I seriously cannot believe how I have been affected by this phase of my life. NEVER, NEVER did I even dream that I would be affected so inversely

When I see one of his baby pictures I can still feel the sweet feeling of my little boy gripping my shirt in a fist as he rides my hip. Whenever I see the Tylenol commercial with the boy toddler playing hide-n-seek with his Grandma I can literally feel myself sucked back in time more than a decade ago. I can hear that little toddler(aka Andrew) laugh and talk with that toddler wobbly walk/run.

Before I had any kids my dream was for one of each. When I got pregnant the second time and found out we were having another boy I thought that was going to be great. My Mother once told me “a daughter is a daughter for life, a son is a son until he takes a wife.” I watch my sister-in-law with her daughters and her daughters with their sons and daughters and this simple statement seems to resemble the way things are. My nightmare is hardly ever being able to see my boys.

Its pretty bad when I can’t even write a post about a stupid birthday card. To make things worse every time I see my parents they seem to have aged so much faster then my previous visit. Even as short as a weeks time.

I do apologise for this multiple personality post that I seem to be writing. I honestly did not expect to go down this cyber road.

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Holy Cow!! A Lil Crafting Does The Soul Good!

I was so amazed that I was actually going to be able to putter in my craft studio that I was glued to the threshold.

For the sentiment I used MCT's vertical sentiments stamp set. I used 110lb generic white paper.  TH pearl paint dauber, leaves background stamp, & a couple of scraps pieces of paper
For the sentiment I used MCT’s vertical sentiments stamp set. I used 110lb generic white paper. TH pearl paint dauber, leaves background stamp, & a couple of scraps pieces of paper

Finally I became moving forward and I took tentative steps to my desk chair.

I cannot even tell you how awesome it was to even just sit at my desk. Not to mention the simple act of moving craft items about here and there. In my head I pictured myself as a pirate letting tons of gold coins falling between my fingers into a pile…lol. Yes, I know I’m a dork…lol My finished product was simple, but I like the way it turned out.

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Sometimes Plain & Simple is Just Right

When I was flipping though pictures and websites and such I

ABC123 card
ABC123 card…In making this card I used many My Creative Time(MCT) products.  The letters were made using MCT Uppercase Fun Dies, the numbers were made using MCT Fun Number Dies +Add Ons.  The vellum banner and embossed saying were made with a SSS stamp & die set, will update with the name shortly.  The white paper is simply a 110lb. generic brand and the other is Stampin’ Ups Coastal Cabana.

saw something very similar to this card.  Only one problem, after carefully lining everything up I get to the end and…. Yup not all lined up like I thought….sigh. The good thing is I can live with my end result.  If it were perfect it wouldn’t be handmade….right?

 

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Finally Tried the Fun Foam & Balsa Wood

I have seen people using fun foam, not sure if that is the “real” name, in constructing their cards and have always liked how the finished cards looked.  Only problem is I would always forget that I wanted to experiment with the look.

Fun Foam Bday
Fun Foam Bday Card

Today I happened to glance at one of the pages from the Stretch a Your Stamps 2 online class that I just finished.  The room got brighter as a spot light flashed on over my head.  Finally….I remembered to use my foam stuff.  I used  the Upper Case Fun dies from My Creative Time that came in the mail today to die cut the letters on this card.  Love it/them.  The pink paper is from Stampin’ Up can’t remember the green one.

Balsa wood B Day card
Balsa wood B Day card

The balsa wood was an ah ha moment.  As I was die cutting the foam the balsa wood laying on my counter caught my eye.   This time instead of a light bulb going off over my head a “?” Blinked off & on.  As the picture shows the balsa wood worked awesomeeeely.