Jan 24, 2011

CP99: Hip Hip Hurray!


Good morning!

I have another card to share that I made for the Card Patterns sketch this week.  Here's the sketch for this week:


I have been loving the bright cheerful color turquoise lately - must be because I'm missing summer quite a bit right about now!  I decided to stamp this adorable elephant (my favorite image from the Polka Dot Parade stamp set - isn't he so cute!?) in SU's Bermuda Bay ink and then shade him a bit with a couple of coordinating Copic markers.  Because SU ink is dye based, there is no need to worry about bleeding.  Then, I stamped a sentiment from the Polka Dot Parade stamp set as well as a phrase from Polka Dot ParadeSent with Love to make a little birthday wish rhyme...

Card Details
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade and Sent with Love; Happy Wishes (inside sentiment) - LOC
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay; Black Memento; Distress
Card Stock: SU Bermuda Bay; MME
Other: Spellbinder lacey and plain circles; Crafter's Workshop art stencil; dauber; Copic markers; WR memory keepers corner rounder; SU white taffeta ribbon; pearls; Quikutz scallop border die; Martha Stewart border punch (inside)

and the inside view....


Today is my birthday and it's a bit of a bittersweet day for me.  I was born on my Grandma's birthday and she was a twin, so growing up we always celebrated my birthday together.  I thought it was pretty special to share my day with Grandma Harriet and Great Aunt Helen - such fun memories!  My Grandpa worked in a bakery and would make us the most beautiful cakes that we would share together with all our names on it.

My Great Aunt Helen died last year, just one day before our birthday.  She lived a very long, active life and we have always exchanged birthday cards with each other all these years.  My Grandma Harriet has been gone for a while now, losing her battle with Alzheimers shortly after my son was born. 

So, this year while I am celebrating my special day with my family, I can't help but think of these two amazing ladies and miss them!  But, rather than being sad, I've decided to celebrate them and all the memories of birthdays past with them!  One of the things I remember most about each of them were their robust laughs and love of life... they sure loved to laugh!  I hope my kids can say that of me one day - that I loved to laugh and enjoyed my life.

I hope you enjoy your day - laugh and have something sweet for my birthday today, okay? *wink!*
Jessica

27 comments:

hilde janbroers said...

great card!!

Lovely Linda said...

Happy Birthday Jess - what sweet memories you have - they are treasures in your heart and make your days even sweeter!! I love this darling image and you have coloured it beautifully - gorgeous mix of sentiments - this is a perfect Birthday Card inside and out!! {{{hugs}}}

Carla S. said...

Very cute card, Jessica! Love the colors and combination of stamps, inside and out! Have a wonderful birthday celebration! Thanks for sharing the memories of your Grandma and Great Aunt.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

A very Happy Birthday, Jessica! This is such a fun celebration card!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica! Such wonderful tributes to some special ladies!! I used to share a birthday with my grandma! Your card is beautiful, and I hope your day is equally beautiful!

Kristine Reynolds said...

Jess-hope you have a very special birthday!

Jennifer {jennifer-g} said...

Happy birthday to YOU!!!!!!!!! Hope it's as fabulous as you are!

Chris said...

cute elephant, great colors and love the inside of the card.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day.
I scrolled down a little and the next two cards are gorgeous.

Kelly Collins said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! Love your card and your nice thoughts. Enjoy yuor day and all of the cards on your blog hop!!

Tracey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA! Hope you have a lovely day :o)

Great card too btw.
Hugs
Tracey
xx

Katie Skiff said...

Happy Birthday!! This card is adoreable!! Great job!!

I hope you find some good in today!! Enjoy the day!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Super PRETTY!! Happy Happy Birthday!!

Amber (bambi64) said...

LOVE your card!! Happy Birthday too!

ThePurplePlace said...

WOW! Fabulous sketch and a great card!!

You have so many awesome cards and I'm very happy you'll be creating with us all over at 'The Outlawz' too!!!

Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Lis

joy said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica! What sweet memories you have to enjoy! Love the card - and especially the inside!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend!

Great job with the sketch -- in my favorite color scheme too! Double great card :)

Hope your day is/was fun!!

Delia Cruz said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Betty Neville said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! Hope you had a wonderful day filled with lots of your favorite things! Thank you for sharing your special story.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Jessica. What a great story. And how lucky to have had great women to share your day with. And, I love your cards!!

Jennie said...

Oh Jess...this is just adorable! Happy Birthday and what wonderful memories you have and how very special to share your birthday with your grandma. Definitely also pray my kids remember how to laugh and love the life God has given them...see you soon!!

Anja (scrappie) said...

Wow stunning love how you colored that sweet image and also what you did with the inside of the card. Thanks for playing along with cardpatterns.

artish said...

hope your virtual birthday party was so very HAPPY! hugs!

whoistracy said...

This is fantastic!! Love the colors here, that image, the way you finished the inside of the card. So glad you could join us on Card Patterns.

Heather said...

Your card is fantastic! Hope you had a wonderful birthday (sorry I'm a little late - we were out of town with no internet).

Musing of a Patched Heart said...

A Very Happy Birthday to you today! What a special story. It is hard to see those we love so much move on in life's journey, I understand how you feel. I still miss my grandma, we called her Mimi. Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet sentiments really encouraged me today, thanks for blessing me. Heather

Javablustamper said...

HAPPY, HAPPY , Birthday!! Hope you had an AWESOME day!! Beautiful card, by the way!


ENJOY LIFE!
Jacquie/Javablustamper!

~amy~ said...

Happy Belated birthday...awesome that you are celebrating rather than being sad...I love your card! Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns!

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