Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Other Birthdays

A couple of weeks ago, I joined in the celebration of Amber Ink's first birthday. (I even won some of their birthday giveaways!) There are other birthdays to celebrate this summer, though... including mine! I received some amazing cards:

Emily's post with all the details about this card can be found here. She often says she can't heat emboss, yet look at the beautifully-embossed red and purple panels! With this card, Em included some Stampin' Up rich razzleberry cardstock and ribbon... I apparently like purple tones much more than she does. :P 

Angela's card arrived reasonably soon after the Canada Post lockout ended. I had already had a sneak peek when she wrote about it on her blog, but it's even better in person! In with the card, Ang sent several die cuts, including the clouds she cut out of this card, several from the Papertrey Ink (PTI) set she used to make her card, plus die cuts I can use with my own PTI set, Fly Away

Now this card I thought had been lost forever in the postal lockout. Finally Meg posted it on her blog and the Unity blog... and the next day, there it was in the mailbox! It was worth the wait... Meg works wonders with her Silhouette. Meg also generously included several die cuts in with her card. (Many in red!)  And speaking of Meg -- have you seen her finalist party trio project for Paper Crafts Magazine's Gallery Idol contest? Go, admire -- and vote before 2 pm Eastern tomorrow! 
This was not a birthday card, but it came with a blog candy win, so that's practically like a birthday present!  

Virginia included this card with some awesome Hero Arts stamps I won on her blog; she also added an assortment of fun SRM stickers! I always admire speckle-free white embossing, and this card has it. My grandson was utterly fascinated with the main image; first with how it was stamped (we had used "magic powder" together before, but not in white), and then I had to name all the buildings for him! 
Are you still reading? If you are, thank you -- I'm not done yet! My husb also has a summer birthday. Here is the card I made him:

My card is very much inspired by this one; of course, I didn't bother to actually READ how Vicky made hers and went ahead and did it my own way, using an acrylic block background on watercolour paper and heat embossing some of my music stamps (or parts of them) on top. (No, the vellum did not originally bow out like that; I'm blaming it on the humidity.) 
His grandkids made him a card, too, with just a little help from me:

They decided the stamps and colours on their own, and my granddaughter (who's nine) cut out the guitar herself. My contributions were cutting the background to size and assisting with the magic powder for the guitar.
Thanks for surviving this marathon post!

Supplies: (heart & soul) white & navy cardstock, watercolour paper, vellum, Hero Arts musical clef stamp, Stampendous double note stamp, Local King Rubber Stamp Noteworthy, Versafine onyx black ink, Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Stormy Sky distress inks, clear embossing powder; (guitar) white & blue cardstock, Local King Rubber Stamp Noteworthy, Studio G guitar stamp, Faded Jeans distress ink, clear embossing powder, dimensionals Pin It Now!


Meg said...

Ooooh such a goodie-filled post!

1)Emily is a little bit of a liar like that...she can certainly rock the emboss!

2) GAH! Those stripes still make me happy on Ang's card, especially with the cloud cut-outs and bright red watering can.

3) Hooray for cards not getting lost in the mail! Thanks for the shout out!

4) I'm not sure I like this card because it disproves my theory that white embossing just cannot be done without speckles. But I guess since it's so dang cute I'll forgive Virginia for making me feel like a less-than-perfect embosser.

5) Speaking of an awesome embosser, I am in love with Mr Bashful's birthday card! I love the acrylic block background-you picked such great colors and I love the funky effect it gives!

6)Aw, even the grandkids are rocking the magic powder! Looks like you are making sure those kids are being raised in the proper stamping way! I bet he loved it!

How's that for a marathon comment for a marathon post? :)

Anonymous said...

What great cards you received!!! Love the great card you made too. Lovely blues.

lisa a.

Pam said...

Oh Happy Birthday to you Linds! I love every single thing on this post. Every single thing.

Angela said...

I can't hang with Meg's mega-comment (Meg-a-comment?), so I'll keep it simple: Virginia's card is fun (and I didn't realize speckles were so prevalent I gotta go inspect my past work!); I LOVE the card you made for Mr. Bashful -- that bg rocks; those grandkids of yours managed to get your crafting skillz somehow -- genetics be danged. Fine work!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Those are some amazing birthday cards! Happy (probably well-belated) birthday! I love the cards you made for your husband and how your grandkids helped. Your granddaughter did a great job on the guitar (I don't think I cut that well). *Very* cool backgrounds!

Janna Werner said...

Happy belated birthday, Lindsey! Love this bunch of cards you received!! Hugs Janna

Emily Leiphart said...

Can I just say ditto to everything above? :D I totally LOL'd at Ang's referral to the Meg-a-comment. Lucky you to get such a sweet CAS from Virginia and good for you on knowing what all the buildings are! ;) I LOVE how B's card turned out and J is totally rocking the fussy cutting.

Karin said...

Happy belated birthday! Ack! I'm so behind in visiting everyone so I loved seeing the card showcase over here. One is better than the next! Have a great weekend!

Donelda said...

wow, look at all those wonderful cards. Wonderful cards for a wonderful person!! Happy (belated) birthday!!

kasia c. said...

Thanks for sharing your fabulous birthday cards!
But speaking of fabulous, that card you made for your hubby is AMAZING!! I love how it turned out. :)

And the one by your grandkids, also adorable!

Vicky Hayes said...

Look at all these fabulous cards and all in one post too! Happy belated birthday Lindsay! I'm very flattered that you liked my card and your version for your husband is fabulous - using the acrylic block background was a great idea. Love the card the grandchildren made for him too!