Defining Gratitude
Happy Birthday, Dad!

birthday wishes...a little late

Hi there!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today's post is self-explanatory.  It also seems to reflect my life lately...always "a little late."  It's very frustrating.  No matter what kind of planning I put in place, it just seems that I'm just a hair short (or extremely long) of being on time.  That's certainly true of sending out cards for birthdays this year.  And last year, too, for that matter.  Argh!


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The way things are going, my guess is that this turtle and I are going to be really good friends.  Good thing he's so darn cute!  He's one of the adorable cast of characters you'll find in the Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set called Long Fellows; one of twelve great Hostess sets you can choose from with qualifying workshop sales.  If you'd like to see this fellow's buddies, be sure to contact me to get your copy of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. 

This tardy turtle was stamped with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and Garden Green ink was added to the image with a blender pen.  The turtle was matted to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and mounted to a piece of Garden Green cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Prior to placing the Garden Green cardstock onto the Marina Mist card base, it was run through the Big Shot for some texture using the Big Shot and the Weave Texturz plate.  A friend of mine who saw this card today thought it gave the Garden Green cardstock a "reptilian" look.  I distressed the edges of the embossed piece with the Edge Distresser and then anchored some Wild Wasabi small scallop circles with silver brads.  A length of Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was tied around the card near the fold (which is on the left side of the card) and knotted.


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The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with a pattern of Wild Wasabi small scallop circles and Marina Mist cupcakes along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla liner.  The sentiment, from the On Your Birthday stamp set, was stamped with Early Espresso ink. 


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The lower left front corner of the Very Vanilla envelope mirrors the stamped pattern on the interior liner. 

This card was quick and easy to make, a good thing, since I had a pretty sizable stack to make last night.

I think my first resolution for 2011 will be to make stacks and stacks of cards that I can put my hands on quickly so that I'm not late for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  It's just that every time I get a stack together, I'm reminded of the folks collecting greeting cards for the servicemen and women in harm's way and I send the stack to them.  I hope my family and friends will understand.  If you'd like to participate in this worthwhile effort, visit the folks at From Our Hearts, Operation Gratitude, or Operation Write Home just to name a few.  They'll be happy to accept your donations.  Be sure to check their websites, though, there are a few restrictions on the embellishments that can be used on cards for the troops in order to protect them.


Stamps:  Itty Bitty Bits, Long Fellows, On Your Birthday; Inks:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Silver Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Blender Pen, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Cutter Kit (Edge Distresser), Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (Small Scallop Circle), Big Shot, Multi-Purpose Platform, Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber, Standard Texturz Impressions Pad, Texturz Texture Plates #4 (Weave); Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Sherry Fralic

Love the card. The long turle is adorable. I know that "late" feeling. Seems like it's been my mode lately too.

Diane Simpers

I love how those greens work together. You've got another winner with this one.
He is really an adorable turtle and it makes such a cute card! TFS

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