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Happy Birthday Hubby

This post is celebrating my husband’s (TLC) birthday!  It is a memorable one.  The first one since he officially became a doctor.  Yep, that’s right a congrats to a new PhD in Physical Chemistry.  It only took him a year longer to finish than me, but he is the one with the job offers so I won’t be teasing too much.   It is also your first birthday as my husband.  This is a big year for both of us with many more changes on the horizon.  I am so lucky to be with you and

Birthday card made with a martha stewart punch and a little twine. Simple.

Anyway, here is a birthday card I made.  It is relatively simple, but I wanted to try out a punch I recently picked up, the Martha Stewart “Happy Birthday” punch.  I used the punch on some patterned cardstock.  I was inspired by the Happy Mail Challenge 4  (tie it up) to add some twine.

I love the idea of Happy Mail, and idea from Stacy Julian at BigPictureClasses .  Happy Mail is hand written cards/ notes sent via snail mail.  A campaign Stacy started to bring happiness.  Super cute idea.

I will however be submitting this card to CAS-ual Fridays to use winter blue.  While I am the first to admit this is not very wintery  it is blue a winter birthday blue.


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Incorporated Wishes from Guests at your Wedding and from Cards Mailed

Tired of the standard wedding guest book?  What about people who don’t sign it the day of?  What about the one aunt who just couldn’t make it to your big celebration?

A Wedding Scrapbook Guestbook!

I am in the process of piecing together my wedding scrapbook guestbook.  It is wonderful to read through the well wishes and wisdom written out by our guests.  It reminds me of the big day and all the family and friends who surrounded us with love.  And though the day itself went by so quickly, I will have these handwritten notes preserved in a book.

A scrapbook page incorporating sentiments from wedding guests and pictures of the bride and groom prior to being wed. In this case, as cute 3 and 4 year olds. 🙂

To make the scrapbook guestbook, I prepared paper for the notes and got a scrapbook album ready for the guests to look at as well.   I cut several shades of purple cardstock, from JoAnns into 3″ squares and 3″ by 1.5″ rectangles.   At the reception, the scrapbook album in which the notes would be placed in was available for the guests to peruse.  In the scrapbook, I included pictures of me and my husband before we were wed.

The background pages for the album pages are from the Making Memories 8″ x 8″ Wedding paper pad.  I am keeping the embellishments simple.  I used two Martha Stewart punches, in Geometric Medallion and Daisy Medallion in a dark purple cardstock to finish up this page.


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Good Luck!

I made this card for my husband when he was flying off to a job interview.  This is a very transitional time in our lives.  Soon we will be packing up and moving, but not before he defends his PhD dissertation.  It will be a trying couple weeks for him upcoming, I will try to be as supportive as possible.  I went through the same process over a year ago.  And he was the most helpful and generous person during that time, I couldn’t have asked for more from him.

I’m entering this card in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge.   This week’s challenge is a masculine card.  What perfect timing- I needed a card for my hubby!  It is my first time entering challenge, and I really like what they stand for- Clean and Simple!  I know I have a lot yet to learn about card making, but I am sharing the journey.

(Awesome green wall in the background.  Love that wall color in our living room!)


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Happy First Birthday. A Card Even Her Mom Will LOVE!

A pink and yellow birthday card made using geometric medallions and sunburst Martha Stewart Punches.

I made this card for a sweet little girl who is turning one.   The card was a little late being mailed and even later arriving after it had to cross the Atlantic to reach her.   I figured if I was going to pay the the international postage, I should make a card even her parents would love.  Along with the card I sent some cute clothes.  I had a hard time picking just two outfits, it was so much fun shopping.  Someday I will have my own kids, but for now clothes shopping for a little one made me smile 🙂

Starting with a blank grey card, I used the Martha Stewart Geometric Medallion punch for the beautiful concentric circles in both pink and yellow.  The flower is made from layering a couple of the Sunburst punch with a little pink sparkle in the center.  And that is my hand writing for the “Happy Birthday”.

As I continue on this crafting journey I think I’ll invest in some stamps with common phrases like “Happy Birthday” and “Thanks” to give my cards more of a polished look.
What are your favorite sentiment stamps?