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Sunday, May 5, 2013

And a Happy Sunday Was Had By All

Wow, what a beautiful weekend here in Michigan.  The sun is shining, the temps are WONDERFUL, and we were able to get out and do some much needed garden and yard tending.  I hope your weekend is going well, too!

Today, I am sharing Ms. Lillian's 88th birthday card.  Nana, as she is known by the family, is the lady I call mother-in-law, even though the law isn't quite ready to comply with that assessment.  She just turned 88 (!), and is feisty as ever!  She still drives, though mostly during daylight hours. She lives in an Independent Living community, which means she has her own apartment, but gets fed twice a day, and has somebody around 24 hours a day, just in case.  Oh, and somebody comes to clean the apartment, too.  I need to move into one of these places, asap.

I made her this--

Who doesn't love a little va-voom?  Or a lot, as the case may be....
So, I went a little overboard.  So, shoot me.

The papers, cardstock, and embossing folder are all new stuff from Stampin' Up, as is the happy birthday banner with matching die. The glitter paper is from Michael's.  The edge punches are EK Tools, and the other stamps and the pull tab die and number die are from Papertrey Ink.  Oh, the coral medallion stamp and punch are also SU, and the letters on the envelope are PTI.  Man, I used a BUNCH of stuff on this thing!

When you pull the tab, (which she did NOT want to do) it finishes the sentiment, and says, "it's a matter of making your years count."  Awwwww...
Well, she loved it.

Nana keeps ALL of the cards, calendars, banners, EVERYTHING that I make for her, and every once in a while we pull them out and I am reminded of where my card making journey has led me.  THAT is a cool thing to do, for sure.

What would you see if you went back to your early crafting days?  What would you love, and what would you cringe at?  I have my share of cringe-worthy moments, let me tell you!  But you do things, you learn things, you make more things, and you get better.  And you create, you relax, and along the way you get to meet some remarkable people like you.  And you have fun.

Go have some fun, will ya?  Get OUTTA here!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  That makes me so happy!
All Best-


  1. Love this! It's so happy & glittery. Happy Sunday! :)

  2. Delightful card Richard which is perfect because Lillian sounds delightful too :)

  3. That's one amazing card!
    I wouldn't have pulled the tab either!

  4. Beautiful card!!Love the layers,the colors are great!!!

  5. Awww....ok so I happen to love the "overboard" design you know! ;) It's not overboard to me!! LOL And Nana sounds like a fabulous lady who should be celebrated every day!! Who cares what the **law** always means more!! And I think you are both lucky to have each other!! Can I be adopted?? :)

  6. Well said about this hobby! I cringed at most of my earlier cards...but they are priceless!Your card for your MIL is precious! For the age of 88, you can get as many bling as you can put on the card! You sure put in a lot of love and thoughts into this card! Beautiful!

  7. What a wonderful birthday card to celebrate 88 glorious years! Happy Birthday to your Nana! And may the law someday comply fully with her being not just the mother-in-law of your heart! I so agree with what you said about your creative journey too! And the wonderful friends that we are blessed to meet along the way! :) Jill

  8. Awwww - how nice to have a Nana in your life; someone who loves and appreciates you even if she doesn't "have" to. Don't you just love the people who save your stuff? I do. The ones who don't rarely get anything I make : ) As for the law, my dear, who cares - there is nothing more important in life than love and to tell you a little secret, I believe that God believes that too : 0 Great card and just like the men in your life will be happy not to get dusty blue, I'm sure Nana really appreciated your celebrating her "wild" side. All the best to her, and you, and yours : )

  9. love this card and reading about Nana!

  10. The weather is gloomy and trying to rain here, but sending this time on your blog has been rejuvenating! Your latest cards have the sleekest designs, hippest colors and fantastic movement. I'm refreshed and ready to create...or maybe just go back and look at your cards some more!
    Have a super duper week.
    Lisa :)

  11. Richard, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for the kind words and comments you left on my blog. This card and all the inspiration I've seen here on your blog is fantastic too! Cheering you on, sus

  12. Gorgeous card Richard - I love the bright colors and the bit of bling - that gold glitter is fantastic! How nice to read that Ms. Lillian has saved your cards - she sounds just like my mom - you're so blessed to have her in your life - it's obvious she thinks the world of you. What a beautiful way to honor her this day!


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