Many of you already know that today is my birthday thanks to my wonderful friends and JUGS teammates who planned a surprise blog hop in honor of my special day! They made me feel so good that they did that :] Each team member was sweet enough to make a card just for me (and a magnet from Maria :)...so if you arrived here after hopping along each team member's blog, thank YOU also for taking the time to help me celebrate my special day! If you didn't, you definitely want to pop on over to the Just Us Girls site so that you can see the BEAUTIFUL projects the girls made for me :O) I'm so lucky to be a member of the fabulously creative team! These ladies are the BEST in my book ;]
Okay, since we're on the subject of birthdays, let me share a birthday card I made for a dear friend of mine...before I go through the list of birthday goodies I received :O)
I used the Color Throwdown challenge (CTD66) for my palette:
...and I used the Limelight Sketch challenge for my layout, featuring Celebrity Guest Designer, Lauren Meader (part of the challenge is to incorporate butterflies in your project):
I stamped PTI's Background Basics, Text Style on the Bordering Blue cs and layered it under my main panel. I also punched my Martha Stewart butterfly from the stamped cs. I used PTI's Wishing You set on my main panel. I popped up two of the larger tulips using dimensionals, added a couple of pearls to the layered butterfly (can you see the razzleberry butterfly under the folded one?), and tied a bow using some satin white ribbon. Easy stuff, but hopefully worthy of my good friend's special day!
Onto my birthday goodies... :O)
My sweet husband bought me a new camera to replace the one that kicked the bucket a couple months ago. I've been using his and was so surprised by how well his camera photographed my projects compared to my old camera, it was almost a blessing in disguise that mine quit working. I used to STRUGGLE to capture a good shot before and would take like 20 pictures before I would settle on one I deemed good enough to post. With his camera, I can take one picture and it's good! He bought me the same brand and make so hopefully I will be equally successful with mine :)
My daughter, Tia, and her friend, Hazel, made a birthday poster for me and Tia bought two sets of stamps, some Rochelle candy and LOTS of peanut butter cups (my FAVORITE)! Her stamp choices were sooo sweet...she decided on the "Family" set from Stampology (awwh...tear). She also bought a cute sentiment set that I will be using repeatedly, I'm sure! Oh, and the basket she picked up to display my goods is extra cute and I can definitely use it to store some craft supplies ;]
My mom sent me my Great Grandmother's Swedish Bible that I have been requesting for years. It is by far one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received. The Bible is leather bound and intricately engraved on the front, back and spine, and it's written entirely in Swedish. There is a date written on the front page with her name and what I believe is the name of her Pastor, along with a raised seal. I believe the date signifies my Great Grandmother's first communion. It is dated September 17th, 1911, which means she was just entering her teen years when she owned it. What I find REALLY neat about the Bible is that she tucked a few things inside the book that she treasured. I found two pressed flowers, one unique blade of grass (or what almost looks like it could have been baby's breath), a tiny card with a heart shaped sticker and her mother's name written on it, a scrap of newspaper or phone book type paper that I assume was simply a bookmark for her, a small leaf, and a lock of her hair. My daughter was creeped out by the lock of hair, but I find it fascinating! It's almost as if a part of my Great Grandma is with me...still as thick and pretty as it was when she used to brush and curl it :] Just warms my heart. Oh, and don't let me forget that my mother also sent me a gorgeous pair of birthstone earrings! LOVE them!!
My sis bought me a PTI stamp set that I've been wanting but putting off forever! The Fancy Flourishes set :O) I can't wait to get my hands on that one!! -->UPDATE: No sooner did I type what my sister ordered from PTI did the mailman arrive with yet another package from my sis! She bought me a ton of stamps, embellishments, patterned paper and a scrapbook!! She also sent money...she's in soooo much trouble when I get a hold of her!! LOL
Last but not least, my friend, Dan (who is actually my husband's best friend) bought me a hand painted wine glass titles "Queen". It has a bunch of tiaras and crowns on it, rhinestones and glitter! It's so unique, I love it! I even used it last night already ;]
I hope I didn't forget anyone...though if any of you made it this far, I'm sure you're bored out of your mind by now! LOL Thanks again for sharing my special day with me, and thank you for all the well wishes! I'm having such a wonderful day :O)