Monday, May 31, 2010

{double shot of} birthday wishes

So how's your weekend going?  Hope you're enjoying it, whatever you're doing. ;) 

As you read this, we should be getting ready to head home after a relaxing and fun weekend camping with friends.  And as I write this, I'm hoping that the predictions of thunderstorms for Saturday didn't end up panning being on the plains in Wyoming in the middle of nowhere isn't really an ideal location to be in such conditions {especially considering we had a tornado watch/warning at home on this past Wednesday with the same "30% chance of thunderstorms" predicted for Saturday}.  I enjoy watching the Wizard of Oz like everyone else, but the thought of flying through the air in a trailer...and with our dog, who's a bit too big to fit inside a handbasket...isn't something I'm hoping to experience --ever

Last year on this same weekend we camped at the same place.  I remember having a couple days of heavy wind and rain, complete with very loud thunderstorms at night.  It was kinda spooky then, but even more so now knowing that a tornado just whipped through this area a couple days ago.  I realize we don't live in Tornado Alley, but it seems they still like to make a pass through our area every now and then this time of year.  Since there's no Internet access or phone coverage to be able to check on severe weather warnings {plus tech-ing up would defeat the idea of going camping!}, me thinks we need to pick up a weather radio before heading out of town know, just in case.  ;)

Okay...enough of my rambling.  These two cards were inspired by THIS card made by Mercy Kerin.  Even though hers is much prettier, I loved it so much that I decided to make two of them...and both are on their way to California to two very special birthday girls.  ;)

I used some beautiful papers from the Cappella collection, which was a gift from my mom --thanks so much, Mom!!

Here's the first one:

If you're reading this, Happy Birthday, Barb!  I know how much Barb loves her shimmer, so I had fun applying Glimmer Mist to the patterned paper...and I may or may not have used a little too much {Mmmm...I'm wondering, Is there really such a thing as too much shimmer? Actually, the jury's still out on that one. lol}.  If you have a minute, hop on over to Barb's blog and wish her a happy birthday!  ;D

And the second one:

The beautiful crocheted flowers were a lovely handmade gift from my very sweet and talented friend Jeanne, and the ribbon {trim, rose, and little flower centers) was taken from the wrapping Beverly used for my birthday gift back in January.  It's so pretty that I saved it, knowing I'd have to find some way to use it for her.  Wonder if she'll recognize it. ;)

As always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Birthday Wishes {a la Capella}

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Garden Green, Grey Flannel (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Cappella collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Smokey Gray VersaFine (Tsukineko)

Other:  Blossoms II (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Lace border punch (Fiskars), Cornice border punch (Martha Stewart), Swirl Flourish punch (EK Success), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), scrunched seam binding (MemrieMare), paper needle (Making Memories), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sponge (CTMH), foam mounting tape

Burgundy Birthday Wishes

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Garden Green (CTMH), Smokey Shadow (PTI)

Patterned Paper:  Cappella collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Silhouette Blooms II (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko), Grey Wool (CTMH)

Other:  beautiful, handmade crocheted flowers (Jeanne Tomshack), burgundy wired ribbon (gift wrapping from Beverly), sponge (CTMH), Lace border punch, decorative edge scissors (Fiskars), 1 1/4" circle punch (EK Success), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape


Sharli said...

I'm hoping you didn't have any bad weather! These birthday cards are just GORGEOUS! I love them both and will save them in my Chrisy folder for inspiration! I just watched a tutorial about making the folded ribbon roses. Jeanne does make the best crocheted flowers ever - I love the little fluff of silk you have peaking our of them!

Patti Gingrich said...

These are stunning Christi! I especially like the darker one. That burgundy flower is gorgeous and the dp is a perfect match! Beautiful!

Pat said...

Oh, what gorgeous cards -- both of them!!! Absolutely stunning! How pleased both recipients must have been to receive these beauties!

June Houck said...

Oh, Christi, your cards are always so beautiful. You always inspire me! I have your thank you card proudly displayed in my craft room, so I think of you every time I get to craft :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Goodness... camping is enough of a challenge for me with perfect weather. Hope you had a great time, Christi, and that the weather behaved itself.

Those cards are really beautiful. The various flowers are a... WOW! I think its great that you saved the ribbon rose and are now using it again. She'll remember it and love what you've done with it, too.

Barb said...

I thank you so much Christi, for the beautiful card, I just love it!! I keep it on the dining room table so I can see it everyday! It's lovely! You are such a sweetie to remember my birthday!!