Birthday Emergency

Both my dad and my hubby have birthdays this week. My dad was born on Valentine's Day and hubby's birthday is the next day. And guess what??? Both were born 7 weeks premature! Amazing that these strong men were once so tiny they had to be fed with eyedroppers! My dad was brought home from the hospital in a shoe box!!! Wild, huh? Earlier this week I sat down to make some birthday cards and discovered that I had sold every masculine stamp I owned. EEEK! I remember thinking that the men in my life had already had countless cards made from those sets and I should get some new ones. So I sold them and completely forgot about replacing them! LOL!

SCS to the rescue! I mentioned my dilemma to a fellow SCSer and she sent me an emergency kit with some stamped Loads of Love images! Woohoo! No need to call off birthdays this year! LOL! :) So this is the card I made for my dad. He's red-green colorblind so I have a hard time picking colors for his cards. I've always wondered what my cards look like to him. (Hopefully they look GOOD in any color! LOL!)

I colored the truck from Loads of Love and the presents from Loads of Love Accessories with my prismacolors and mineral spirits. I then cut out the presents and used my craft knife to make a slit in the truck bed to slide the presents in behind. Next I doodled a frame around the outside and matted onto an orange piece of Crate Paper. I accidentally put the mat through my Xyron with the wrong side up, so to fix the stickiness I placed the truck image and then poured Dazzling Diamonds on the whole thing to give it a sparkly border. (Errr, I MEANT to do that! Hahaha!) The layout for this card is from the SC110 sketch challenge. In keeping with my patterned paper challenge, all paper (except the watercolor paper the images are stamped on) are from the Cowboy Collection line of Crate Paper. I cut two stars out of the paper and attached them as accents and then used a mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects to paint highlights all over the card for some extra sparkle.


  1. Very cool card. I am sure it would look good in any color =)
    Your dad going home in a shoebox was quite the visual I must, thats small!!

  2. You are just the Prismacolor and Mineral Spirits Queen lately, huh?

    Coming home in a SHOEBOX???? Wow....

    My parents brought me home on Valentine's day....

  3. this card is awesome - wow so many details. and the doodling is just great; i love it!! thanks for sharing~

  4. Such a great card!! Everything goes together beautifully! Can I link to my site??


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