Last week Mum turned another year older, to a number I'm sure she'd prefer I not disclose. There was mention that her age would now be going backwards with each year. ;)
We celebrated with dinner at Bar Nonno, a new-to-us place suggested by my sister. With lots of chatting, laughs and dueling conversations, it was a great evening. I know the others think the same because I received three different text messages the next day - from Mum, Dad and Jenna - telling me so!
I can't help thinking these family dinners may have peaked though, as little Chip's arrival will not make for relaxing conversation and dining in the near future. ;)
I often forget to photograph the cards I make, frequently finishing them not long before we head out the door with gift in hand. So while these might be phone photos in lousy light with messy desk in background, at least I remembered this time!
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the phrase and back of the card out of double-sided patterned paper, giving me the blue dot and pink contrast. The font used is ChunkFive. I used a white cardstock insert for an easy to write on surface, attaching the message with dimensional adhesive. Some pearl bling, because Mum loves adding bling to cards, as a finishing touch.
Happy Birthday Mum! Glad you had a wonderful evening.
On the weekend Mum came to visit, with lunch and a card making request or two. I think this is my favourite card I've made in quite a while.
A white card base, a patterned paper and a contrasting plain with dimension adhesive and my Silhouette Cameo made an easy and striking, personalised card.
Mac, by the way, was my Mum's boss - pre me!
On Saturday night (because there's nothing like leaving things to the last minute) we sat up at my scrapbooking table and Mike made Mothers' Day cards. 3: one for his Mum and each of his grandmothers. There was much laughing and mess made. I offered a suggestion or two but he did all the creating.
Apparently alphabet stamps don't come with enough letters, I should own a Mothers' Day stamp and scrapbooking is kind of fun.
And we both agree, everything's better with pop-dots.
I loved this lots-o-hearts card by Lisa Dickinson and used it as the inspiration for this birthday card. I cut the hearts with my Silhouette Cameo then attaching with pop-dots for dimension. I used a variety of patterned paper scraps, stamped the sentiment and finished off with a wood veneer piece.
We celebrated Julie's birthday with dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. My cutie niece was enchanted (distracted) with the fish tank and she ended up sitting in my lap while I fed her rice with chopsticks. My chopsticks skills leave a lot to be desired at the best of times and with facing away from me, it was a matter of trying to get rice in the general position and waiting for her to swoop. Thankfully, no one lost an eye. ;)
Happy Birthday Julie!
It's been a week of birthday celebrations here, as my Mum turned 60. I'm not sure she'll love that I'm telling the world but regardless, Happy Birthday Mum!
I used my Silhouette to make a detailed, personalised card that didn't take long at all. The hardest part - getting the gems to stick to glittered cardstock.
I arranged my words into a rectangle shape, ungrouped the words and dragged the length of individual letters from 'happy' and 'birthday' so that they met with the '60' shape. I offset the '60' and cut it from glitter cardstock. I created a rectangle the same size as the design to be the back of the card and welded it all together.
After cutting I folded the card, trimmed some white cardstock to go inside for contrast and added the glitter '60' with pop dots for dimension.
Simple to create, but Mum seemed impressed. :)
This birthday card was an adaption of a card by Pretty Periwinkles that I'd found through Pinterest. The scalloped background and 'Happy Birthday' were cut with my Silhouette, the rest by hand. Dimensional adhesive (pop dots) add some necessary interest and the wood veneer 'Dad', from a Studio Calico kit, adds texture.
On Sunday we celebrated my sister's 28th birthday, a month early, with pizzas at 400 Gradi and icecream from Gelato Messina. The pizza was delicious, but my milk chocolate and peanut butter fudge icecream - incredible!
For a simple and graphic card, I used a premade black card base, added the thicker numbers on popdots for dimension and cut the rest of the sentiment from white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo.
Happy Birthday Jenna! And thanks for organising a really enjoyable lunch. :)
On Wednesday my brother-in-law-to-be Dan turned 30. He was very pleased with his remote control car present, and I'm pleased with how his card turned out. :)
I cut the number 30 into a pennant shape, which I raised on popdots. If I'm making a personalised card (and I generally am because I'm not organised enough to have a pre-made stash of them!) I like to include the person's name so they know it's made-just-for-you. I stamped the sentiment with my new tiny alphabet set onto a wood veneer banner. Love using new product - makes me feel better about buying it! I managed to misspell birthday, but I'm claiming it adds to the rustic charm. ;) I added wood veneer stars to tie in with the banner piece.
Dan's having a big birthday party tonight, of the dress-up variety. The theme: come as something that reminds you of your childhood. I've been assigned to camera duty so I should have some good photos for my December Daily entry for today.
Haven't made much progress on my DD album, but I'm jotting down sketches and thoughts for each day. I'm hoping to get a chance to work on it this afternoon, but I need to finish making my wig for tonight first. ;)
I've been friends with Gareth since high school and yesterday I was there to see him marry his sweet Lierin. They barely stopped smiling all day - so lovely to see them both so happy.
Congratulations Gareth and Lierin. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your special day.