Monday was my birthday and I turned “29” again. It was a great day and I truly felt loved. I woke up late because I had stayed up very late the night before, playing in my stamp room. After getting a hot cup of coffee, I checked my e-mails and found messages from all my wonderful friends. Throughout the day I received text messages from several family members, even my sister that was in the middle of moving out of her home because it is destined to flood later this week due to flood gates being opened in Iowa. I also received several cards in the mail, and then one of my great friends, Bev, took me out for lunch. She is one of my only friends that loves Thai food so that is what we ate. We did some shopping, finished with ice cream, and I headed home to celebrate with my husband. It was his birthday, too, and we had planned to go out, but neither of us was really hungry. Instead we had more ice cream later in the evening and went out to eat tonight. When I first started dating my husband and he told me his birthday was the same as mine I made him show me his driver’s license to prove it. I thought he was just giving me a line but he was telling the truth. One more fact before we get to the card. My husband and I have the same birthday four years apart. Both of our girls were born on Dec. 30th four years apart on my mother-in-law’s birthday. My husband’s grandmother also had 2 grandchildren born on her birthday. Do think it is hereditary?
Ok, now what you have waited for. With all the summer challenges lately and then Simon Says Stamps Challenge wanting fruit, I could not resist using another adorable House Mouse stamp. It was just perfect for these themes. I started working on this on Saturday. One of my other great friends had taken me for a birthday lunch that day, since she had jury duty on Monday, and then we went to her house to play a little. I showed her what I was working on and she quickly pulled out a stamp with the perfect sentiment. Thank you, April!!
I stamped the image in black, colored it with Tombows, and cut it out with a Spellbinder Label die. I used dimensionals to pop it to a slightly larger maroon label. This is layered onto two different pink decorative papers with a white card base. I used some light pink cardstock and punched two strips with a border punch for the top and right side of the card. I cut out an extra strawberry and popped it up on the image and then I stamped the sentiment in black on the bottom left side.
To give this card a little bling I used a glue pen and some very sparkly red glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle to add the little seeds to the strawberries and also on the two border strips. I added three pink flower brads to the bottom right side. To help them stand out a bit more I sponged a little Stazon ink around the edges and then added a deep pink jewel to the center of each. Too bad our strawberries are out of season already or I would be tempted to go pick some.
This card is entered in the following challenges:
House Mouse & Friends Challenge #97 – Adorn with Jewels
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Let’s Get Fruity/Photo Inspiration
Sketch Saturday Challenge #159 – Sketch
Stamp Something Stamp Challenges - Something Punched
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge #19 – Monochromatic
Creative Craft World Card Crazy Challenge – Brads (3 or more)
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week #66 – Pink Lemonade”/Pink,
Green, Neutrals, and Flowers
Green, Neutrals, and Flowers
Stamp and Create June Challenge – Summer
Totally Papercrafts Challenge #70 – Summer
Totally Stampalicious – Anything Goes
Whoopsie Daisy Challenge – Free and Easy