Monday, March 19, 2012

Birthday Mojo

Hi friends!  I spent a little time in my studio yesterday trying to distract myself from thinking about the boys in the NICU, so I've got a Mojo Monday card to share with you.  This sketch by Teresa had some clean lines that I thought would be perfect for a masculine birthday card I needed to make.

I pulled out the Birthday Bash set and paper pieced the cake on some Loyal paper by Authentique, adding green stars and some Dark Chocolate liquid pearls for the icing.  A little hardware frame from my stash sets off the sentiment and I tied it on with a little linen thread.

Kellan & Trevor Update:
The boys continue to improve each day.  They're now trying room air a little, but have to go back to the nasal cannulas when they get tired.  They've started taking a bottle now instead of just the feeding tube and they've graduated to a single crib.  We're hoping that having the dynamic duo back together will hasten their development.  At this point it looks like we're still looking at at least another 1-3 weeks in the NICU.  Here's our first look at the boys side by side.  They looked so peaceful sleeping next to each other and it's so awesome to finally see them together!

Enabler's List:
Stamps:  Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Loyal (Authentique), Early Espresso (SU!), White
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress), Copic markers
Accessories:  Hodgepodge hardware, linen thread (SU!), bracket border punch (EK Success), Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls (Ranger), paper piercer

43 comments:

Marja Rolfes said...

Hey Julee, what a precious gift you and your husband have got!
Praying for your boys!! Lovely cards again! Stay strong and courageous!
love
xxx
Dutch Tulip
Marja

Teresa Kline said...

they are darling Julee....so glad you where able to play along with us, luv your card! Have a great week, I hope that Kellan and Trevor are so home with you and Mark!

enjoy *~*

Autumn Mist said...

I've been following your blog for a while and just wanted to say congratulations on giving birth to your wonderful boys. I'll be praying each day. Best wishes. xx

Dawn Easton said...

Oh Julee, they are PRECIOUS!!! I will continue to pray that they get stronger each day and you'll have them home soon!!!!

Beautiful card too!

dj said...

The twins are just so precious!! Praying for a speedy improvement so that they can not only be together but be with mom and dad too!! Let's get the whole family together!!

Sweet card by the way!! Some how those two precious bundles are kinda out shining your card!! :-)

Luanne said...

What a Heavenly way to start my day! They are so precious. I'm thankful everyone is doing well. :) I love your masculine card. The chocolate pearls are perfect ~ what boy doesn't like chocolate?? Love that plaid too. Glad you can find some time to create!

~ Jo ~ said...

Hi Julee,
First i'd like to say congratulations on your babies!!! They are absolutely adorable and oh so precious! I'm also happy to hear of their improvements and glad you are feeling better as well!

Your card today is just beautiful. It definitely gives off the masculine feel and whoever is receiving this is one lucky man!

Jackie W. said...

What handsome fellas, Julie. Congratulations. While your card is really great, I'd rather look at the preciouse babies! :)

Dee in N.H. said...

They are so beautiful! Just gives me goosebumps! Can't wait for the "going home to live with Mom and Dad" post!!

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Hello Julee,
Firstly congratulations! sending you all the positive energy you both need to have the boys back soon in your arms and home! Keeping you in our prayers! lots of love and hugs always!C & G

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Hello Julee,
Sending you lots of positive energy and prayers for the boys to come home soon! Hugs always! G

scrappingnana said...

How precious. So glad they are able to be together in one crib. I continue to pray that they will get stronger every day and be home with mom & dad very soon.
Love your card also. It is a great masculine card. Thanks for sharing the photo of the twins and your card.

bristowmom said...

Julee, The last time I checked the boys hadn't been born yet - so I was shocked by all of the news today! Kind of fun to catch up on so much progress already.

I had a baby at 34 weeks and he was in NICU in Boise. Such great doctors and nurses there! My "premie" is now 8 - the biggest kid in his class and the healthiest of our family.

Congratulations! The boys are adorable.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Beautiful card, Julee, and a beautiful picture of the boys, too. Looks like one of them is going to be a pacifier baby! I loved pacifiers!!! : )

Chris said...

They are a beautiful sight and indeed a precious gift.
I am amazed and happy for you that you could sit down and craft, do it while you can, and get as much sleep as you can while you still can. Oh, I just remembered that one of my cousins who had twins for her 2nd pregnancy told me that unlike her first baby the twins hardly ever cried to wake her up, when she woke up she would find them awake and "playing" with each other.
God bless you all. Family is a beautiful thing.

Maureen said...

what a super fun birthday card!! Love the edger die on the vertical strip! AWWWW, the boys are together...how wonderful!! Is that Trevor wearing green for St. Patrick's Day? teehee...any special way you tell them apart yet? (other than name bracelets or clothing?) Hugs to you all :)

Susi said...

Praying for your lovely boys to gain strength each day so that they can go home very soon. They do look peaceful & content to be together! Love the card, I'm a huge fan of green and I especially like the double row of paper piercing top & bottom.

Marisa said...

Great card. Love the twine and hardware.

Soooo happy the boys are together now :) Have heard countless stories on how twins thrive when they are together. Glad to hear they are doing some air breathing and eating on their own too! Prayers are with you all :)

Selene Kempton said...

Prayers for you and your boys. They are beautiful and truly a gift. I'm glad you got a little time to stamp. it always helps me feel better. Prayers.

KimCreate said...

Love you card and the picture of the twins. Hope they continue to improve daily and that you continue also. Can't beleive you are stamping after what you have been through! I popped a card into the mail to you Sat.
Kim

Mary-Anne V said...

Your boys are beautiful...we will keep your whole family in our prayers.

irishgalkelly said...

Hi Julee! What wonderful improvement your boys are making, and quite quickly too! So awesome they are together again. Prayers for them to get to come home soon. Love all the updates you post for us! Your card is lovely. The paper piercing and chocolate "icing" are wonderful.

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Julee.

Hugs Riet.xx

Ravengirl said...

Love your card Julee! But I have to be perfectly honest...I find myself scrolling to the bottom to see if you have baby pics! Your boys are beautiful!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations! Prayers are with your whole family. I'm not sure how little the boys were, but our twin grandsons were a month early and had to be in NICU until they got bigger and stronger. Hang in there, they'll soon be home! Take the time to get stronger yourself.

Darnell J Knauss said...

P.S. Sorry - forgot to say I love your card!

Lisa S. said...

They are so adorable Julee! They will be home before you know it!!!
Your card is terrific, as always, and a great color combo for a guy!

scrapperatheart said...

Praying for your boys!! Lovely cards again! I am so impressed with how well you are handling all that is going on in your life! Blessings to you!

Lindyloo said...

Hi Julee,
I am sorry I have only just read the news of your special babies. This is wonderful news and although they have had a tough start to their little lives, it sounds as if they are strong and fighting hard. I hope you are feeling stronger yourself now and are taking good care of yourself too.
Your sons are absolutely gorgeous and you and daddy must be so very proud (you definitely look it in the photos!).
I would love to send you a card for the little ones please can you tell me, should I use the address you gave on your blog the other day? I am not sure how long it takes to get cards to the USA from the UK, but I just want to ensure you get it. I don't want it to arrive after you have taken the boys home (soon God willing!).
I will pray for you all. Take care of yourselves.
Regards and best wishes Linda (Wales, UK)

Laura said...

such beautiful baby boys!

love the card!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Wonderful masculine birthday card, Julee!

The boys are SO sweet together! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Tina said...

Julee - What beautiful baby boys you have. I am sending prayers your way. Thanks again for all your inspiration with your wonderful cards and stamps!

Sharon Roselli said...

a little encouragement for you. my twins are now 17 about to turn 18 in may. they were 2 months premature. in nicu for 6 weeks. in the begining they said 3 months in nciu then the step down unit before home but once they were able to be together in one crib the feeding tubes came out. they really started to thrive. answered prayers from friends and family really helped us get through. I will be praying. both twins are healty and happy. son plays football daughter plays field hockey and lacrosse. she had breathing problems until she was about 12 but God is good.

Wendy said...

Julie, the boys are darling! So is the card....as always!

Teresa Zuehls said...

I love your masculine take on the sketch. Very nice!

Theresa said...

God bless your precious little boys!

I love what you did with the sketch.

This entire post is very inspiring.

-Theresa
http://ahappyscrappylife.blogspot.com/

Darlene Gabriel said...

I'm so happy to hear the progress Kellan & Trevor are making. They are so precious and adorable. My prayers will be with you and Mark and the boys. May they continue to progress daily and even quicker now that they are together.
I'm also happy to see you were able to spend some time in your studio. I love the chocolate pearl icing and the plaid paper. Great card.

Miriam Prantner said...

Just finally put two and two together and came here to see about your little ones. I'm reading these a little late, but it's great to see the progression, and hopefully you'll all be home together soon!

Kristie said...

Still thinking of you and your family, Julie! I hope the boys will be coming home soon!

My nephew was born 2 months early on March 23rd. He still has 4 more weeks in the NICU. He is doing so well though. So looking forward to being able to hold him.

Tammie said...

Sending prayers and love to surround your family Julee! So happy for you and your husband on the birth of your boys. :)

Jenny said...

COngrats Julee!!! yOUR boys are absolutely precious and I am so happy that they get to be womb-mates once again;) I will be thinking of you all and keeping them in my prayers!!!

Nancy Guse said...

Congratulations to the both of you!!! The boys look so adorable!!!! I will be keeping all of you in my prayers!! They are so precious!!

TraceyJean said...

Sending prayers that your babies continue to improve each and every day...