It was a Happy Birthday to my hubby Frank this week. One of these days he may just catch up to me (I'm 4 1/2 yrs old.....gasp)! LOL I decided to stack some pretend prezzies on top of each other to make a make believe "cake" with no calories. (I guess you have to use a lot of imagination for this one. LOL)
Life has thrown us a lot of curve balls lately but we're all hanging in there. Spending lots of time in prayer. We know that the Lord will help us through it all. Amen!
Back to my card......the papers came from Michael's in their decorative paper packs......one was dots & the other damask in various pretty colors. Manly cards are always a stretch for me but I like how this one turned out. The baker's twine just topped it off nicely. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from a Crafty Secrets digital set called Grand Greetings you can find HERE.
Happy Valentine's Day to my favorite Valentine of all.........my hubby Frank. It's our 41st Valentine together........imagine that. Doesn't seem possible. This is a super simple card as my hubby doesn't like a lot of 'stuff' on his cards........so I had to really restrain myself. lol
I recently told you about the Anna Griffin chalkboard stamp set that I ordered from HSN. I was really happy that they came just in time to make this card. I think they stamped up very well. I used the black ink pad that came with the set. The red ink is a Tsukineko Versa Magic dew drop called "Red Magic". The background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder called "Chicken Wire". I thought it added a bit of a manly touch.
I can't believe that my baby boy Shawn is 30 years old today. Wow! Seems like only yesterday that he was just a cute little toddler. I don't do too many masculine cards so it can really be a stretch for me but when I found this 'Me & My Big Ideas' chalkboard sticker set at Michael's I knew it would be perfect and I couldn't believe how quickly it came together. I had to make some adjustments here and there with the red glitter paper and of course add the numbers. His favorite football team is the San Franscico 49ers so I wanted to use those colors in his card. (We were pulling for them to get to the Super Bowl but they didn't quite make it through the playoffs. )
I just love the chalkboard look to the embellishments. It's such a hot trend right now. I broke down and ordered some Anna Griffin chalkboard stamps from HSN. I had some Christmas money left over and missed the sale when she was on HSN. So I've been stalking their site every day until they came back into stock. I was so excited when they did. It's such a versatile set with 30 stamps. Here's a little peek at them. They even come with the dark green and black ink pads that are reminiscent of the old chalkboards.
Can't wait to get them and start stamping.
I used my trusty diecutting machine to cut out the squares & circles. Where would we be without those amazing machines. :)