Sunday, September 8, 2013

70 Years Young

Yesterday, I went to a birthday party for a good friend. He turned 70!  (Yes, I have friends that are that old!)  He is an amazing guy with more energy than many half his age.  He is also mischievous and loves to tease and has a sharp wit!  Art and his wife, Michelle, have been our close friends for many years, but we don't see them as often since they moved out in the country a ways. However, when we do get together, the conversation just picks up where it left off in an easy and relaxed way. Good friends are like that!                                                                   

I made a card for his 70th birthday and I wanted it to be really special.  It's not everyday that someone turns 70, you know.  (Well, to be truthful, I guess everyday someone, somewhere, does turn seventy, but I don't know them!) 
  • Art was a farm boy growing up, so I chose the Harvest Blessings stamp set.  I absolutely love that old tractor image and I used Cajun Craze ink to stamp it with.  
  • The sentiments are both in Early Espresso and the top one is a compilation of stamps from the Memorable Moments stamp set.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get them lined up just the way I wanted them.
  • The DSP in the background is from the Sweater Weather collection.
  • The shape of the front panel is a die cut made with the new Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  I sponged around the edge of the Very Vanilla label with Cajun Craze to add some definition to it.
  • I added another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in behind the label to tone down the business of the plaid pattern and to show up the burlap ribbon a bit better.
  • There's those versatile little Candy Dots again, this time in Early Espresso to match the sentiments.
Here's the inside, because I really liked the other sentiment from the Harvest Blessings set but didn't have room on the front:

  • I know that Art feels blessed because he has a large, close extended family, and because he has a strong faith that sees him through the rough times and the good times!
  • The image and sentiment are also from Harvest Blessings.
Speaking of harvests, we're STILL trying to pick and disperse all our nectarines and plums.  If you want any, just let us know!  We're drowning in them!!

Stamps:  Harvest Blessings (w132016; c126452); Memorable Moments (w132039; c126682)
Paper:  Sweater Weather DSP (132184); Cajun Craze (119684), Early Espresso (119686) and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Early Espresso (126974) and Cajun Craze (126965)
Accessories:  1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (132140); Neutrals Collection Candy Dots (130934)
Tools:  Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102); Stamping Sponges (101610); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

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