Happy Birthday to me!

So Sorry, it's been so long since I posted, but I've had a really trying week. I found out my Mom has breast cancer. She goes in for the surgery to remove the mass tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed that the cancer hasn't spread to any lymph nodes and she won't need chemo! We always knew this was a possibility since her grandmother died of breast cancer, but I wasn't expecting it. KWIM? Anyway keep her in your thoughts :)

On to happier things :) It's my birthday! Woo Hoo! I get to pick the restaurant we go to tonight. I have no clue where I want to go LOL! Any suggestions?

I had a really nice time this past weekend doing VSN on SCS! My mojo was flowing and I'm really proud of most of the cards I made. I had 4 chosen as winners! Yea me! Nice early birthday present! So here they are, these happen to be my favorites of the weekend too!

This one just came together perfectly! I don't really have a whole lot of yellow or gold papers, so when I remembered the sheets of designer Sarah sent me, I knew they'd be perfect! I haven't used Long Time Friend in a while so I broke it out and thought, hmmm I have some little flower beads. But when I went to look for the flower beads, I only had 3 in yellow and the right shape. I wasn't giving up that easily. I was a beader in a previous crafting life, so I knew I had TONS of beads in this house. I found the rosy pink seed beads and sewed them onto the card to look like the flower sprigs. I really love the look!

I just love these stamps by Stampabilities. This Snowman is SO cute and I knew he'd be perfect for the Glitter window card. I also knew that he fit perfectly inside the scalloped square punch I have. What I didn't know was that the packing tape is not quite wide enough to span the hole left by the punch. Hmmm what to do. I ended up overlapping the tape slightly , I should have overlapped it a bit more, but it turned out just fine :) This color combo is quickly becoming one of my favorites for Christmas! The sentiment is a Michael's $1 stamp that's been embossed with RED EP. I love it, it's so crisp against the blue background paper.

The buckle cards was tricky for me. I have made only one before and I HATED the results. It was just awful, so I was hesitant to try again. But then I looked down and saw my brand new Basic Grey paper just calling to me! LOL So I just HAD to use it ;) I really love the results! I had the whole card made and photographed, but it didn't have a sentiment. So I went back to my table and remembered the All in a Row set. I just love this set, it adds so much to your cards. I just wish I had gotten it straight. Oh well, I still love the card! I did a little creative photographing to make the crooked line less obvious hehehe.

I was also a quilter in a past crafting life, so I have tons of patterns saved on my computer just for quilting. So when this challenge came up I knew just what to do! I found the tree pattern and enlarged it so that it was 5 x 5. Than i printed it out and numbered the pieces and cut them out. I used the numbered pieces as the patterns for my patterned paper. The paper part came together rather quickly. Once I got the pieces cut out, I adhered them to a piece of card stock and then glued that to the background. Then I just set my sewing machine for a small zigzag stitch and went to town. Looking at it now I should have also stitched around the edge of the Chatterbox paper, but I really ran out of time to do much else to it.


Anonymous said...

Love this!!

Nancy said...

Sending positive thoughts for your Mom!


Kath said...

Hi there. I just came across your blog via SplitCoastStampers. Happy Birthday. I hope all goes well with your mom tomorrow - I'll cross my fingers for her. Lastly, your cards are just beautiful. I too am not crazy about my past results with buckle cards but the one you've photographed here looks amazing!

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday Laura!! I knew it was soon because I remembered it was near the date of the STL Stampede that was scheduled in November. Sorry to hear about your Mom, I'll add her to our prayer list. Your cards are great. You have sure done a lot of things "in your past crafting life". TFS

Danita said...

1. Hippo Birdie Two Ewes!!
2. Looooved you submissions for VSN and sooo happy to see you won some of the challenges!
3. I'll be thinking about you and your mom - hoping everything goes well.

Denise said...

Your cards are fabulous - love every one of them!
Happy Birthday to you - hope your day was great and your wishes came true.
Get well thoughts go out to your mom. This is a tough thing to go through (I'm a BC survivor myself) and she will need lots of good, strong support from her family and the people around her. Keep us posted about her.

Anna Wight (SweetMissDaisy) said...


Hugs to your Mom - sending her all kinds of happy, healthy thoughts.

AWESOME cards on your post today! You're rockin'!!

Debbie said...

This card is adorable!

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