Category Archives: Birthday

Make a Cupcake Party Card With Flashback Paper

Cupcake Party Card with Flashback Paper

As I looked through the Flashback Designer Series Paper, the Real Red and Pool Party colors on this pattern really caught my eye. I love red! I wondered if I could use it some way with the Cupcake Party stamp set and the Cupcake Builder Punch, on sale this week in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. The Cupcake Punch is used for the top and bottom of the cupcake, but I handcut the little Happy Birthday flag for the top. With the punch, I could have punched out a little cherry for the top! You wouldn’t believe how many circles and scallop circles I punched in various colors and tried different combinations to see which one worked best behind the cupcake. Finally I just decided on this one! I also put a little strip of Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon across the card, even though you don’t see much of it.

This card is cut lengthwise, meaning the Pool Party is cut 11″ x 4 1/4″ and then folded in half. Just a little change!

Don’t judge a pack of designer paper by the first sheet in the package! This one has retro cameras, but there are other pretty patterned papers in the pack. And don’t forget that the Buy 3 DSP Get 1 Free Offer from Stampin’ Up! during July! Much to my surprise, July is almost over! Tomorrow is the last day you can take advantage of this special deal to stock up on designer paper.  Specialty papers are not included. Choose from the patterns on pages 186-7 in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

One more day to order 3 designer series packs and then get the 4th one free!  Add some of the Weekly Deals to your order as well!

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Back to Black with Gold Birthday Card

Back to Black with Gold Birthday Card

I’m finally taking the time to play with the new Back To Black Designer Series Paper to make a birthday card with a touch of gold. I learned a long time ago in my stamping that black and white could be very stunning – and really all you need sometimes to make a card. That’s all I was going to use on this card, but somehow a little bit of gold snuck in! Once I made the flower using the Blossom PunchI decided the Gold Baker’s Twine would look good with the Vintage Faceted Button. I thought little strips of the Gold Foil Sheets would look great against the black and while. If you could see this card in person, you would see that the extra glimmer really looks nice. Once I had the gold foil accent, I had to emboss the greeting from the Four You stamp set with my Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Remember, before you emboss, rub the Embossing Buddy on the card stock to try to keep stray flecks of the embossing powder from sticking. Then stamp with Versamark.

I also have another technique I saw recently that I will share with you soon using this paper!  With the July special offer on Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!, now is the time to stock up on paper! Get all the new ones in the catalog while you can get one free!

Be sure the Back To Black Designer Series Paper is on your Wish List!

Pop Up Box 60th Birthday Card

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday

When I needed a birthday card for a special friend for her 60th birthday (a special birthday for sure!), I wanted to make a “pop up box” card. Yes, the designer paper, Birthday Basics, is retired, but I love it so I used it for this personal card. The base (box) is Crisp Cantaloupe. You can see a photo of the front down below.

Even though the designer paper is retired, the stamp sets are new and current! The banner on the front flap is stamped with the Banner Banter stamp set and punched out with the Banner Punch. I added some Candy Dots to make it look like it was strung across the flap.  I LOVE the Candy Dots! They come in the color families and only cost $5.95. Just a cute touch to your cards and projects! Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine is tied around the front flap.

The cupcakes are from the new stamp set Cupcake Party and punched out with the Cupcake Builder Punch. (See some more Candy Dots on the cupcakes?!) The “60″ is from the Memorable Moments Stamp Set. The greeting in the back is from Chalk Talk and cut out with the coordinating framelits. You can buy the Chalk Talk Bundle and save 15%! The “Celebrate You” greeting is also from the Cupcake Party stamp set.

Here is the front of the pop up box birthday card:

Pop Up Box Card 60th Birthday Front

 

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A few new things added to the Clearance Rack!

July Offer:  Buy 3 Designer Series Papers, Get 1 FREE!

Christmas in July: New Christmas stamp sets out early! (Beauty of the Season and Christmas Bliss)

New Photopolymer “Boy” Stamps:  Dear Heart

 

A Cupcake Party Birthday Card

Cupcake Party Birthday Card

For a fun birthday card, how about making one with the stamp set Cupcake Party?!  Add some punched dots confetti and In Color Sequins for some bling and pizzazz! You can also use the Cupcake Builder Punch to punch out the cupcake! No snipping required! If you already have the Cupcake Punch, you might as well get this stamp set to go with it!  I like the saying on this card, and it was a good opportunity to try out the new sequins! The Silver 1/8″ Ribbon really adds a special touch. It’s so sleek and shiny!

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Flower Patch Birthday Card

Flower Patch Birthday Card

It was time to play with the Flower Patch stamp set and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies to make a birthday card. You can also purchase this stamp set and framelits in a bundle, the Flower Patch Photopolymer Bundleand save 15%! Now that summer is officially here, you are bound to be inspired by lots of beautiful flowers blooming and this set will be perfect to use in your projects. The framelits make it easy to cut out most of the stamped images. The greeting I used comes with the set, but to cut it out I used a framelit from the Apothecary Accents FramelitsI stamped the greeting on a narrow strip of Whisper White and centered the framelit over it so I could have a narrow piece but fancy ends. Rather than try to layer it, I lightly sponged the edges in Real Red just to make it stand out a bit from the Whisper White layer. The large Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Rich Razzleberry flower just adhered right on the paper.

If you wanted, you could “bling up” this card, but for today I kept it simple except for the Candy Dot on the Rich Razzleberry flower!

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Circle Thinlit Makes the Cutest Birthday Card!

Birthday Thinlits Circle Card

I’ve loved this Circle Card Thinlit Die from the time I got it after the Stampin’ Up! Convention last summer!  That’s where the thinlits dies were introduced! I think it makes the best cards yet is so easy! It just uses a half sheet of card stock for the base and then you can embellish any number of ways!

This is a card I made for our great-niece’s first birthday! She got her first plane ride on her first birthday and spent her first birthday in Texas! We were thrilled we got to meet her and spend her first birthday with her over the weekend all wrapped up in one trip! Of course she had more fun playing with the gift bag and tissue paper than the gift, but that’s fine, that’s how it is supposed to be with little ones!  All they need is the bag or the box the gift came in! She was such a cutie!

Birthday Thinlits Circle Card Inside

Here is the inside of the card when opened up. I used the Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper which I have always LOVED! I think it is still available as I am writing this, but it is on the Retirement List, so if you want some, you better not procrastinate any longer! The cupcake on the front is stamped with the Create a Cupcake Stamp Setwhich at this moment is available in wood-mount (clear-mount sold out) but is on the Retirement List for Stamps. The stamping is punched out with the Cupcake Punch.  The greeting is stamped on the inside of the circle with the stamp set Memorable Moments. That’s a great set because you can make it say what you want with the choices of stamps!

Don’t forget, if you want any of the Weekly Deals, that ends tonight for this past week!

Check out the Retiring Stamps and Accessories HERE in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Some are already sold out and more will be. Even the stamps are only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014–Shimmer and Glimmer!

Stampin Up! Weekly Deal March 25 2014

Check out the latest Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week, March 25 through March 31! If you like shimmer and glimmer, this is the week for you!  Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper are on sale! These are some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products! The glimmer of the beautiful sparkly paper often adds so much to your project!  We have all loved it ever since Stampin’ Up! started carrying the glimmer paper!  You can even “watercolor” with reinker on the Silver Glimmer Paper to make it a different color if you like that! Be sure to stock up if you like some pizzazz to your cards and projects while you can save a little bit of money! Check out all the other offerings as well!

Remember, they all count toward Sale-A-Bration, which will be over before we know it!  Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion and ends March 31!  That is next Monday, last day! Last day to spend $50 and choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!  Remember, your original purchase doesn’t have to come from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There are suggested Bundles in there if you need suggestions to get to $50 (perhaps for a beginner) but you can purchase any current Stampin’ Up! products and then choose your FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Who doesn’t want free stuff?

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time for the best in papercrafting products, take advantage of these Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals, and with a $50 purchase earn a free product during Sale-A-Bration this week!

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Birthday Pop Up Box Card

I’ve been making a lot of these popular pop-up box cards lately! They’re not difficult and are quite cute to make. If you make them the right size, they will fit in a regular size envelope when folded flat. There are two little folded strips inside the box to which you attach whatever stamped images you want to be part of your card. I used several different stamp sets and greetings on this card. You can leave the back piece of the box unfolded and put a long layer on the back if you want to write a greeting.  But you don’t have to. Put more layers of designer paper on the box or not.  It’s all up to. you.

Birthday Pop Up Box Card Back Greeting

These cards are really fun to make! Remember, it folds flat and fits inside an envelope as long as you are careful where you place your popping up images.  Lay the card on your envelope so you see how much space you have.

Start with half a sheet of cardstock like always.  Lay sideways in your Simply Scored Tool.  Score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. Turn the other way and score at 2″ for box flaps. Then cut those scored sections up to the score line.  The little 1/2″ piece on one end will be the part you attach to the inside of the box. Use Sticky Strip or Tombow Multi Glue.  The little braces that go inside are two 1″ x 3″ pieces, each scored at 1/2″ and 2 1/2″. Those fit inside, the trickiest part! Then attach whatever decorations you want for your card!

Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.  That’s a week from today!  Just enough time to make your list and get your order in!  Don’t procrastinate until the very last minute!

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Secret Garden Soft Sky Monochromatic Birthday Card

Secret Garden Soft Sky Monochromatic Birthday CardThis monochromatic birthday card uses Soft Sky card stock and flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set. I think a monochromatic card looks calming, not that a birthday card should be calming, it has a simple elegance to it.  I found this Soft Sky piece already embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and decided I wanted to just layer it on a card base of Soft Sky as well. I stamped the birthday greeting and made it like a banner and stamped the flowers, also in Soft Sky ink. I just cut the flowers out by hand but there are coordinating Secret Garden Framelits to make that job easier.

Now that spring is here we can start using the Soft Subtles family of colors!

Don’t forget about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Sale-A-Bration!

Enjoy your first weekend of spring!

Gift Wrap Idea: Gold Kraft Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Gold Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea?  Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foil on each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.

Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it?  From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier.  Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!

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Gold Gift Box Top with Gold Frizzle

Birthday Basics Easy Birthday Card

Birthday Basics Easy Birthday Card

Do you ever need to make a quick and easy birthday card for someone? Here’s one! You can jazz it up even more or you can even make it simpler than this one is!  All you need is the basic idea – maybe some designer paper, card stock and a stamp!

I got out this Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper to make a different birthday card but after I cut a strip of the balloon piece and saw it next to the Crumb Cake card stock I had this idea. Just adhere it to the side of the card base and stamp a greeting right on the card base, perhaps in Early Espresso.  Well, that would be the most basic, and I ended up doing a little more. I’m even looking at it today and thinking what more I could have done to it! But there’s nothing wrong with simple. I put a scallop edge on a piece of Gumball Green card stock for a little contrast next to the designer paper.  Just use the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

For the greeting on the card, I used the birthday stamp from Label Love. I colored the stamp with Stampin’ Write MarkersGumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, and Bermuda Bay. After stamping, I did punch out the greeting with the  Artisan Label Punch but I ended up trimming around it with my Paper Snips to make it smaller. That way I could punch out another label from Gumball Green that would fit as the layer underneath.

Want to “jazz it up” some more? Maybe add a strip of Gumball Green on the left side of the designer paper.  Tie a ribbon around the designer paper with a knot or bow. With Versamark ink (or same color ink as paper) stamp some birthday images on the card front so they are subtle. Texturize the front of the card before adding anything else with an embossing folder and your Big Shot. Add a little bling to the greeting with small rhinestones or Candy Dots or Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. You get the idea!

It’s Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin’ Up!, so if you would like to make your own bundle to make simple cards like this one, here’s a suggestion:

Those items will give you a merchandise total of $52.60, which earns you one FREE Sale-A-Bration product! Check out the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration Brochure! I’d probably suggest the Banner Punch, the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, the See Ya Later stamp set (greetings) OR the Good As Gold Card Kit (to make even more cards!).

With Stampin’ Up! products, you’re always set for lots of card-making!  Have fun!

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Countless Sayings 1 & 2 New Photopolymer Stamp Sets from Stampin’ Up!

Countless Sayings Stamp Sets 1 & 2 Photopolymer Sets

Click to enlarge flyer.

Stampin’ Up! has just released TWO new photopolymer stamp sets.  They are named Countless Sayings 1 & 2. Lots of words to use for all kinds of projects, cards, scrapbook pages and more! Both these sets will be great for Valentines Day projects as well as many other occasions.  These photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last, and two sets have sold out already, so they aren’t kidding! Click on the stamps image above to see the flyer. Click HERE to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to shop for these sets and other photopolymer stamp sets.  Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and also the Clearance Rack that had new items added to it the other day.

A Pop-Up Birthday Card for My Son

Pop Up Birthday Card

Lots of days I can have or see hundreds of ideas for cards and  stamping projects I want to make, but sometimes when I need a card for someone special it’s like I’ve never stamped before and can’t think of a thing to make.  Does that ever happen to you?! Sometimes I can look around in all the usual inspirational places and not see anything I like, just because I NEED something right then.

Cards for guys always seem a little harder to come up with, although they really shouldn’t be. Often it’s just a matter of changing the color or the paper or using less bling or more texture. Anyway, when I needed a card for my son for his birthday I found this one at StampingSchool.com. I used the “You’re Amazing” greeting on the front of the card from the stamp set You’re Amazing and used the Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelit to cut it out. Love, love, love the little Candy Dots and the Candy Dot Brad Bases (or the Candy Dots by themselves!). While the sample I was copying used a more feminine designer series paper, I changed it to our current Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper.

Pop Up Birthday Card Inside

The inside of the card is a pop-up!  And it’s made the old-fashioned way, with two little strips of paper making a box shape on each side of the card hidden by a front panel that you can then add things to so that it pops up. I copied the sample pretty closely except for the greeting and the designer paper. Then if you like you can stick a gift card, check or cash in that opening or even engineer it to have a pocket, or any other design along the pop up portion!

This was a good male birthday card to make.  It could be for anyone, but the Sweater Weather Designer Paper makes it look like fall and more masculine.  With a whole pack of paper, you can choose any of the patterns and know they will look good together because Stampin’ Up! has done all the work of coordinating colors and patterns.  And did I mention that I love the Candy Dots??!!!

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Cupcake Birthday Flip Card

Cupcake Birthday Flip Card

Using the new Circle Card Thinlits Die from Stampin’ Up! is my newest favorite way to make a card! These are so cute and so easy!  Hopefully the recipient will also find it a fun card! Bet you can’t pull and “flip” it only once!  So fun to play with!

The card base is Bermuda Bay card stock with Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper decorating it. Be sure to order this Birthday Basics paper because it is really cute, great colors – you will love it! The cupcake is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set and the little banner is from Itty Bitty Banners and cut out with the coordinating Bitty Banners Framelits DieI had to add two little Rhinestones on the banner!

The Silver Glimmer Paper is cut out with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, but the scallop is cut out with a die that comes with the Circle Card Thinlits Die.  On the cupcake frosting are three Candy Dots.  Talk about cute!  You’ve got to have Candy Dots in all the colors!

Be sure you put one (or both) of the Thinlits Dies on your next order or Wish List! And Candy Dots! Oh, and don’t forget the Birthday Basics Paper, too!

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Birthday Beer Stein Card

Birthday Beer Stein

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday so of course I launched a search for masculine cards and found this birthday beer stein card idea on Pinterest. I copied it exactly except for the greeting. There are other versions similar to this but this one was made by a demonstrator named Tammy.

You’ll need a piece of Whisper White for the card base and Soft Suede for the layer. Mine is embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder (hard to see in this photo!) but you could use something different or leave it plain.  The beer stein is a piece of 3″x 3 3/4″ Whisper White with the bottom corners rounded (you can use the new Envelope Punch Board!) with three strips of So Saffron 7/8″ x 3 1/2″, again with the bottom edges rounded.  I stamped the greeting from the stamp set Four You.  Everything is sponged with a little bit of ink around the edges on the card.

Then for the “punch art” part!  Make the beer foam bubbles with three circles from the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, five circles from the 3/4″ Circle Punch, one circle from the 1/2″ Circle Punch and five scallops from the little scallop punch in the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  That’s what I used but you could certainly use lots of other things to make the bubbles, such as other scallop punches or circle sizes.  The beer stein handle is the Large Oval Punch, then punched over with the Extra-Large Oval Punch.

It’s fun to make your own birthday cards for your friends and loved ones!   When you make handmade birthday cards, you can personalize the cards for that person.  My husband might not be a big beer drinker, but what he really likes is to pick out assorted different beers to try, in stores where you can do that. So while I saw lots of masculine card ideas and birthday card ideas I easily could have used for him, I thought the birthday beer stein card idea was one he would enjoy! I think it is important to send happy birthday wishes to people, especially after enjoying my own best birthday ever!

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Pop’ N Cuts Dress Form and Card Base Birthday Card

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card

These Pop’ N Cut Dies were introduced in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog and honestly, I didn’t pay much attention to them.  I think I had already added so many things to my order that by the time I got to their page in the catalog I wasn’t interested. I didn’t take any time to see what they were about, although I did order the Dress Up Framelits Dies.  Those seemed easy enough.

But then as so often happens, I started to see really cute things other people made and also watched some videos made by the designer of the dies, Karen Burniston. That’s when I put them on my next order!  The shape of the Card Base Pop’ N Cuts Die is a Stampin’ Up! exclusive, made with the decorative edge and made so you can tuck it into the slits to close. You can use just this without the pop up portion.

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card Inside

The pop up portion is easy to do once you get the hang of it. You want to be careful not to fold things that shouldn’t be folded.  In order to get the pop up going, it works best if you get your fingers behind that table part and then you will see and feel where the score lines are and how to get the pop up to pop up!

Dress Form Pop n Cuts Inside Card

Once you get the pop up popped up, you can adhere it to the card base.  Just be careful to see where the adhesive should go and shouldn’t go.  I haven’t gotten the hang of that yet! Even though I think I’m being careful, I always get adhesive where it shouldn’t be!  But as long as you pay a little bit of attention, you’ll be okay!  Then you can embellish and decorate your card however you like on the inside and on the front!

Pop n Cuts Birthday Card Side View

This is what the pop up looks like from the side.  You want to get that rectangle shape from the side.  That’s how you know you have it right!  Once you get that shape, then the rest will take care of itself.

These Pop’ N Cut dies are easy enough to use and fun besides!  You can also trim that dress shape off the pop up and add another piece of card stock for a gift card holder or for a message or other design.

Here are the Pop’ N Cuts dies I used plus the framelits:

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Daydream Medallions Birthday Card

Daydream Medallions Birthday Card

The Daydream Medallions stamp set I have thought is a beautiful one.  And this birthday card my longtime dear friend made for me for my birthday with Daydream Medallions is certainly a beautiful card. She always makes a beautiful card in a simple elegant style.

Don’t you love the cupcake on the envelope, too?! Always stamp something on your envelope! We don’t want to send a naked envelope! If that cupcake wasn’t stamped on that envelope, wouldn’t you just toss it out right away?

My friend also sent me a funny book with quotes about old age! My favorite one I’ve found so far is one by Ann Landers, the advice columnist. Let me first state that I did NOT turn 70! Just to be clear!!  But whatever decade below that it was, this describes exactly how I feel!

“Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking “What happened?”

Maybe the essence of ourselves doesn’t age past thirty-five and that’s why we don’t feel as old as we get!

The book is called Old Age Is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am by Randy Voorhees if you need a funny gift for a middle-aged friend!

A Birthday Jar of Notes!

 Birthday Jar of Notes

My daughter, last weekend, did so many things to make my $%&^th birthday the best one I ever had! I’ll just say it was one of the milestone ones!  She took all the sting out of turning this age with all her surprises, the best one being her flying in from California and surprising me! In addition there was a beautiful birthday cake and a mother-daughter cooking class at our neighbor’s house. I couldn’t have imagined anything else, but she had one more surprise up her sleeve!

I don’t even quite know the FULL story, but apparently months ahead of time she contacted friends, neighbors, and relatives and sent them packets with colored note cards and asked them to write some special memory or story or birthday wishes to me or about me.  Then they sent them back to her and she put them all in this jar she decorated with a ribbon and button.

It was SO much fun to read all of them, see who they were from, and see the old photos some people included!  Even all 8 of my brother’s children wrote notes! My one long, long, long time friend and college roommate even copied excerpts from her diary when we were in college and about when I met my husband. My other equally long-time friend sent photos of when I was a bridesmaid in her wedding and our story about how hard we’ve laughed over all my Quilt Show purchases through the years (before stamping) that I would drag out when she visited. Some neighbors talked about all our activities with our kids through the years; swim team, Cub Scouts, even college graduations! My sister-in-law mentioned her visit when our girls were little-bitty and I bought them matching outfits. Not only were the memories and nice notes great, it made clear the connections I have with all these people, built up through all these years. If you are looking for an exceptionally special gift to give someone for whatever occasion, this idea is certainly it!!

birthday jar of notes

 

Surprises Galore for My Milestone Birthday

What a weekend and what a birthday! I went from not having anything special planned at all for my birthday except probably my husband and I going to a nice restaurant for dinner, well not probably, for sure!!

My one son emailed and said he and his brother were coming home for the weekend (they live about 3 hours away). On Friday he emailed again that he and his girlfriend were coming that night but Steven would come on Saturday, and Eric was staying over Monday and Tuesday, but Steven and Heather would drive back on Sunday. Ok.

Everybody arrived Friday night and Saturday at the designated times.  Steven’s car needed to go in the shop for a new battery and oil. Since my back had been acting up for two weeks as well as our new refrigerator, I hadn’t done any grocery shopping and didn’t. But Steven is sticking to his food allergy diet right now which means Mom needs to cook food at home so he doesn’t get any offending substance. Since my back was doing better I made a quick trip to the grocery store and bought some very nice beef tenderloin steaks and other stuff for a nice dinner. When I got the groceries put away, Eric told me he and his girlfriend were meeting a high school friend at 6:30. I thought that was a bit early and wondered how I was going to get this expensive dinner I’d just bought prepared very quickly so they could leave and besides, Steven’s car needed to be picked up at the shop.  But I’m pretty good at that so I got dinner made fairly quickly and as soon as they were finished eating they left, ignoring my suggestion to let their friend know they were going to be a little late rather than rushing through dinner. But moms are used to being ignored with advice.

When Eric and Heather came back home, a little earlier than I expected, I looked up, and here was my daughter Amy who had flown in from California for my birthday!!  Eric had gone to get her at the airport, not visiting his friend! I haven’t had a surprise like that since my bridal shower! I was completely stunned! She usually isn’t home except at Christmas. And that was just the day before my birthday!

Fontinelle Family

On Sunday besides birthday phone calls from friends and family, I got red and white roses from my husband, large fancy chocolate bars from Eric, fancy brownies Steven had baked himself, and and a beautiful chocolate birthday cake Amy had ordered from a really good bakery here.

Birthday Roses

 

Chocolate Bars

 

Birthday Cake

Cooking class photos are still on Amy’s camera so I don’t have them yet!

This was a birthday I’ll never forget and what could be better than spending it with all three children (plus my son’s lovely girlfriend!)! I would never have dreamed this big birthday was going to be so wonderful and memorable and fun!

 

 

More Stampin’ Up! Convention Display Board Samples

Just a few more I chose from my photos!  Enjoy!

Stampin' Up! Apron Dress Up Framelit Die

Stampin’ Up! Apron Dress Up Framelit Die

Paper Doily Die Card

Paper Doily Die Card

Beautiful Embossed Pumpkin Card

Beautiful Embossed Pumpkin Card

Sample Cards

Sample Cards

Fall Inspiration Cards

Fall Inspiration Cards

Doggie in the Dog House Punch Art Card

Doggie in the Dog House Punch Art Card

Summer Smooches Cards

Summer Smooches Cards

Cute Red Bird Card

Cute Red Bird Card

Oh Hello Scallop Tasteful Trim Card

Oh Hello Scallop Tasteful Trim Card

Make an easy hot air balloon card!

Make an easy hot air balloon card!

Epic Day Designer Paper Triangles

Epic Day Designer Paper Triangles

Hello Card with Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Hello Card with Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Cupcake Punch Birthday Card

Cupcake Punch Birthday Card

Apothecary Accents Framelit and Epic Day DSP

Apothecary Accents Framelit and Epic Day DSP

Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Epic Day This and That Designer Paper

Cute Little Embellishments to Make

Cute Little Embellishments to Make

Yellowstone Natl Park Scrapbook Page

Yellowstone Natl Park Scrapbook Page

Patio Party Designer Paper

Patio Party Designer Paper (Retired)

Cork board

Cute little cork board

Label Love

Label Love Stamp Set and Artisan Punch

3D Box