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Saturday, June 29, 2013

For A Special Birthday Boy

Today was a special birthday at our house and I thought I'd share the card I made for it.  My son turned 10 today - the big jump to double digits!  It almost feels wrong calling him a "boy" (or little); but as any mom knows; they will always be your little boy ;-)!  In any case, I made this special card just for him - he's my "little" engineer and resident Lego-maniac!  

He's been totally engrossed in Lego's since he was wee little and is quite the engineer with them, creating all kinds of amazing creations.  Over the years, he has moved up to more and more complicated designs incorporating all kinds of moving parts and creating many different types of gadgets.  For this birthday, he got one of the most technical sets they make - it includes all kinds of sensors and can be computer controlled.  He's ecstatic and can't wait to build even more.  So of course, he loved this card!

I picked up the paper by Creative Imaginations at two different places and even two completely different times (some of the red and blue I got more than a year ago and don't even remember where I got it).  Recently though, I picked up some more at Archivers when we were on a road trip (unfortunately there isn't an Archivers near us).  Archivers is now carrying it in yellow, green, and blue and I couldn't resist having the other colors!  Don't they look so great all together?!

The saying "hope your birthday Rocks" is Sparkle N Sprinkle and can be purchased individually or as part of the Set 428 - Rock N Roll.  It was embossed with white detail embossing powder and cut out with a Spellbinder Petite Oval Nestability.  The coordinating white oval underneath was edged with a black Copic marker to give the illusion of another layer and even more depth.

Since it was a special birthday, I decided to add his age to the card and glittered the numbers to make them really POP.  I love using dark glitters for "guy" cards - it really gives that extra something without being "girly".  I used one of my favorites for this one - Black Ice.  It's a great true deep black with just the right amount of sparkle!  Love it!  (Click any of the pictures to see all that sparkle!)

Hope you enjoyed this card as much as much son did.  And Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Recovering and Father's Day

Hello friends.  I've really been missing spending time crafting and online; but I still have a little bit of recovering to do.  Recovery was going really well at first and then it seemed to stall a bit.  Probably I was expecting too much too soon.  It will get there though.  Strangely, I've continued to have some problems with my vision though (& those should have cleared up by now); so that has been a bit bothersome and has also kept me from both crafting and being online too much.  I miss both and am trying to work it out so I can slowly get back to both while I finish healing.  I decided to try and tackle a project first and hope to be back visiting each of you on your wonderful blogs very soon too!

So....while I've been out; you've probably seen some of the great new sets that Sparkle N Sprinkle has recently released.  If you haven't, you can find them here (towards the bottom) and here.  I couldn't wait to try out something with the new Fishin with Dad set and here's what I came up with:

This is such a great stamp set and I had so much fun creating this card.  This is the card my husband will be getting for Father's Day - he requested it lol!  Actually, he frequently serves as a "consultant" as I design cards and he liked this one so much; he said he wanted one for his Father's Day card!  Too funny & such a nice complement too!

The fish and saying are both from the new Fishin' with Dad- Set 501.  The words were done in Moss embossing powder - one of my favorites - from the Tuscany embossing powder line.  The fishing tackle and wood grain papers are both from Momenta.  The fishing pole is from my yard and the fish hook is from the sporting goods department lol ;-)

This is a really fun design for a Father's Day card, but would work just as great for a birthday or other occasion by just switching out the words.  Something any fisherman or outdoors person would be sure to love!

A full supply list and instructions (as well as a few tips!) can be found in my Sparkle N Sprinkle gallery

Hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate your continued support while I haven't been able to visit each of you and really look forward to visiting each of you on your blogs very soon!

Until next time,