May 4, 2009

Happy 8th Birthday, Laura!

Posted in Cards, Invites, Received Cards tagged , at 1:21 pm by bejewelledcreations

Our darling daughter turns 8 today!! Wow – where has the time gone? She was born 6 weeks premature and ever since, she’s been taking us by surprise, LOL! However, we took her by surprise this time!!

We bought Laura a new bike for her birthday and Shane hid it in the shed until Sunday. We decided to give it to her her early so that she could spend Sunday riding it rather than getting it today after school and not being able to have much time riding. Tee hee….. Shane set it up in the shed and I made a massive red bow out of tissue paper and stuck it to the handle-bars. We planned a secret code phrase: “Would you like a cup of tea?” so that when I came out into the front garden (where they were all doing some playing and fencing – well, Shane was fencing LOL!),  and asked him if he’d like a cup of tea, it meant that I was going to hide in the shed with my camera and wait for them to come down. I positioned myself behind the bike to capture Laura’s face as she opened the door and saw her bike…… so sneaky!! It was great! Laura had no idea and when she saw it she was so surprised – so funny!  She got all teary and gave us all big hugs and said she couldn’t believe it. Bless her. Ronan got her small bike and Shane put the training wheels back on so he could ride around – he was over the moon and didn’t even care that it was purple!! He’s going to help dad re-spray it in whatever colours he wants. So Sunday was spent with the children riding around the front doing skids and testing out their ‘new’ bikes.  Sweet.

Card by Julia, Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Card by Julia, Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

When she opened her card this morning she uttered a long, high-pitched “Ooooooooohhhhh!!!!” (I was suitable happy with said response and obviously did ‘okay’ with choosing the stamp set and design *sigh of relief*)

The set I used for this card is Animal Crackers and I chose pinks and purples in bright shades because Laura LOVES purples and I thought a nice bright card would be perfect for her 8th!

Stamp sets: Animal Crackers, Outlined for Fun

Cardstock:  Orchid Oppulence,Pink Passion, Yoyo Yellow, Watercolor paper, Pixie Pink and Lavendar Lace for small stars.

Inks: StazOn, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Gable Green and Yoyo Yellow for watercolouring

Accessories: 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamond Glitter, Lareg and small star punches, Aqua Painter, wooden number ‘8’ from own stock.

Card by Julia, Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Card by Julia, Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

And the inside…

By Julia. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

By Julia. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Stamped using All in the Family, Family Favourites and Family Phrases with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (AWESOME TOOL!!!) To get the bunch of balloons, I free-hand stamped my first balloon onto the cardstock in the position I wanted, then stamped the balloon onto a Post-It note. I carefully cut around the balloon right on the line, and positioned it on top of my first image. I could then stamp more balloons over-lapping the first, knowing that the Post-It note would protect the first image from being stamped over. I removed the Post-It note and re-positioned it for more balloons and then did the other side. I’ve used Stampin’ Up! watercolor pencils to colour the picture and added Glitter for that extra sparkle!

I think we survived the Birthday weekend quite well – Laura had one friend sleep-over on Friday night, where we all watched High School Musical 3 (borrowed from her friend).  I loved it! *laughs* Such a shame that Laura would LOVE to see it again and I just HAVE to buy the DVD so we have our own copy. *cough-nothing-to-do-with-Zac-Effron-at-all!!cough* Good, clean, safe fun! And great songs too *blush*. ANYWAY!!! And then on Saturday we had 3 other friends join in for Pizza lunch,  a movie and a bite of cake – a perfect number of girls and nice & simple.

Saturday night we went out to Ju and her husbands’ joint birthday celebrations and had a lovely time! Ju had decorated their house and garden with candles and fairy lights and it was simply beautiful!!! The food was delicious and we had great company with Kelly and her husband and the other guests.

Here is the awesome Invite that Ju sent us:

CArd by Julie Pollit. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

CArd by Julie Pollit. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Ju, you make beautiful invites!! (I’ve told you that already, but HA! I get to do it all over again!)

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May 1, 2009

Birthday Invites

Posted in Invites tagged , , at 12:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

It’s our daugther’s 8th birthday on Monday (Can’t believe it!!!) and so we’re having a small at-home-movie-day for her and four of her friends on Saturday. Of course, I *had* to make the invites and I had so much fun with these!!!

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

The set used to create the little girls is called All In The Family, and it’s SO MUCH FUN!!! As you can see, the little girls are all slightly different in some way – this is because the set comes with separate stamps for each body part (sounds horrific!! LOL).  This makes it super easy to customise the look of each little person. I’ve customised these invites so my daughter is the little girl in bunches in the purple dress and the other little girls look like each of her friends. So cool!

 I’ve also used the cup-cake stamp from the set called Short and Sweet – which is a perfect size for the girls to be holding! It took me a couple of hours to stamp and colour the little people and it was very enjoyable and relaxing.

When you’re using the All In The Family set, you absolutely cannot do without the Stamp-a-ma-jig (stamp positioner) which is worth every cent of the $22.95! The beauty of using the Stamp-a-ma-jig is that you can vary each person even if you’re using the same body parts – you can put an arm up higher on one, or tilt a head – very sweet!

I coloured the images with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to be able to create shadowns on the balloons and dresses although the glitter covers most of the shading. LOL.

Stamps: All In The Family, Short and Sweet (cupcake), Family Favourites (party hat and balloon), Family Phrases (saying).

Cardstock & Papers: Whisper White, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kis Designer Series Paper

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss (sponging the edges of DSP)

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig,  Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Watercolor Pencils,  buttons from own stock, dimensionals.

Enjoy!