Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

birthday adventures

   My day started out quite nicely - when I kissed my husband good morning, he said "The live trap we bought yesterday worked perfectly, we got the raccoon."  I should have taken its picture, it was a calm and pretty little thing.  It is not welcome here, though, since we have outdoor cats.  Then I opened my email and found an Amazon gift card from my darling daughter and her husband, and a birthday coupon for bonus points at Speedway.  After I accomplished a bit at work this morning, I decided to take the afternoon off so I could collect my bonus points, after renewing my driver's license and plate tabs.  I also used my Elder Beerman birthday coupon for $20 off and my free birthday beverage at Biggby Coffee.  When my handsome husband offered to meet me for dinner, I suggested Applebee's so I could cash in my free birthday dessert coupon, but later I changed my mind - the offer is available until the end of the month, as is the free Hungry Howie's birthday pizza offer.  When I returned home, I found a birthday card from my super stepson and his wonderful wife with an Amazon gift card.  One could ask, "How can your day get any better?"; I would have to answer "I could spend some time making cards, there could be photo opportunities, and maybe I would have some time to browse Amazon."

    Can you believe, my delightful day did get better!  I made this card for Shopping Our Stash, where the challenge (last week) was S-O-S:

My supplies are all Stampin' Up!® (the first S), it's an Ocean scene, and I used Sandpaper (the last S).  Unfortunately, I was too late to enter.  I hope to do better this week, and find some neglected tools to feature.

Then I made a card for Jingle Belles, where lovely Guest Star ♥Candy Blake♥ is asking us to celebrate the holidays by bundling up ... so the Belles are asking us to add lots of layers (three or more!) 

   I'm preparing for a workshop Thursday evening, and one of the ladies requested a card that I had offered at a previous 10-for-$10 stamp-a-stack.  I looked and looked for the card, and finally decided that I must have mailed it to Heather so she would have more "thank you" notes.  I was going to have to change the base card color from the original, anyway, having forgotten to order more Poppy Parade, so here is the new version on Peach Parfait:

   After all that "work", I was really hungry, so I drove to town to meet Tom for dinner, and found this photo opportunity:


   Now, I think I may do some browsing at Amazon...


SmilynStef said...

Happy Birthday to you (love when I get to shop on Amazon) ... love those gorgeous clouds and hearing about your fantastic day ... love the fun sandpaper ocean bottom ... and your great layered holiday design ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a perfect day! Your Jingle Belles Card is really lovely - great simple but pretty design

lauren bergold said...

♥♥♥HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!♥♥♥ (i would probably add a little *gelato* to that list, but otherwise it does sound like a PERFECT day, congrats!!!) :)

and speaking of awesome-ness: what a fun, festive and totally ♥FABULOUS♥ layery holiday card! i'm totally digging the combination of gorgeous holly papers you've used, as well!!!