Cardmaking · Family Fun

Happy Birthday Jayden

IMG_3919-copyHi friends!!  I just wanted to quickly add this fun Birthday card that I made for my son last week for his Birthday.  This was super easy to make and he loved it.  We go dirt bike riding as often as we can, which hasn’t been much lately, but as soon as football season is over, we’ll be hitting the road!!


Here’s a couple more pix I took of the Birthday celebrations this last weekend.

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Starting with a night out for dinner with my parent’s. We went the night before his Birthday because there was no football practice.  But it was a great dinner at a lovely restaurant called the Crow’s Nest.   I’m almost 40 years old and I’ve never walked across the Noyo Bridge so that night we did!!  Ross was waiting at the other end for us with the car.  It was exhilarating!!  Next is the morning of his Birthday, I always get him a treat like a doughnut or Hostess cupcakes and some balloons and this card.  I remember my Mom used to do that for me every year when I was growing up and even up until I got married!!  I just love my Mom.  She’s the best.  Then Jayden had a sleepover on Friday night and as they were walking to the high school to watch the high school’s first home football game, I took their picture in front of our garage.  After the game, they came back and headed straight for the video games, of course…  To end the night we had cake and ice cream.  Yes, those are flowers on his cake!!  Usually I have one pre-made for him but this year…  Well, this year it was just a crazy week!!  But I did write Happy Birthday Jayden on it.  I wonder if any of his friends were wondering why there were flowers on his cake.  I just realized I never said anything about it…  hahaha I was also trying to complete my project for the big STAMPtember release AND prepare for the Labor Day Craft Fair, which in hindsight probably wasn’t a good idea to have a sleepover the night before.

I have to say as I load these pictures, I have a huge smile on my face.  I’m so very blessed.  I love my family and Jayden’s friends’ are an extension of our family.  My family is my everything.


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Trust Your Journey

Hi guys!!  This was an interesting challenge for me this week.  The theme at Always Fun Challenges is Travel and at first I was going to make a masculine card with my Stampin Up Traveler stamp set, but then I remembered I had this super cute image by Stamping Bella called Squidgy on a Journey that I’ve never even inked up yet, and well, I just had to put her to work instead.


I recently signed up for the Kit & Clowder monthly coloring class for both alcohol markers and colored pencils so I put my new skills to the test.  You can see the sunset background class is what I practiced on this card.  I am loving these classes!!  So much information and Alyce is a really great instructor.  If you’re wanting to improve your coloring techniques or interested in learning how to color like a pro, I highly recommend taking a class or two from Kit and Clowder.  Or sign up for the monthly classes like I did. They even have a couple of free classes that are packed full of really great information.  That’s what got me hooked!!  I thought I was pretty good at Copic coloring until I took this class. This is only my 2nd month of the subscription but I have nothing but praise so far. I’m not 100% happy with this background, but for my first time practicing it, I’m ok with it. If you do sign up for a class, let them know that I sent you.  You get a little thank you for referring a friend.


I used TONS of Copic markers which I will add to this post as soon as I can.  The boy’s had all last week off of school so I’m trying to get everything ready tonight.  We went dirt bike riding all day on Sunday so I didn’t get my laundry or shopping done until 10pm!!  Needless to say, I was a walking zombie.  Dirt bike riding is exhausting!!  But oh so much fun.  I didn’t do a video this week because as you can see, all I did was color for this card.  I did actually record one, but even sped up, the video was like 2 hours long… of just coloring so I decided to skip a video this week.  But I’ll be back with one next week!!


Copics Used:

Lavender:  BV00, BV08, BV13

Grass:  YG03, G21, YG67, G94, G99

Hills:  YG11, BG90, G21, BG93, G94

Trees:  YG11, G21, G94, G99

Trunks:  E43, E44, E47

Gravel Road:  E41, E42, E43, E44

Sky:  YR14, Y17, Y15, Y02, Y000, BG0000, BG000, B00

Clouds:  BG000, B60, E93, BV31

Skin:  E000, E00, E01, E70, E93

Hanky and Shoe:  R32, R35, R37

Dress and Flag:  BG11, BG23, BG57

Travel Bag:  E33, E35, E57, R32, R35, BG11, BG23

Wagon:  R32, R35, C2, C4, C6, C9

Tires:  C2 C4, C6, C9

Seat:  C4, C6, C9

Bike:  BG11, BG23, BG57, C2, C4, C6, C9

Suitcases (top and bottom):  W2 W4, W6 (Handle)

Middle Suitcase:  E23, E25, E27

Metal Brackets:  Y15, YR23


Please check out the Always Fun Challenges blog, we’d love to have you join us!!  We have a new fun theme every week and anyone can play along.  Just add your travel themed card by clicking here.

If you’d like to see the adorable baby shaker cards that I made last week, click here.

Thanks so much, my crafty friends for stopping by and I’ll see you all again next week!!


Here’s a couple pix from our ride on Sunday.  Man was it freezing!!



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