Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Birthday Memories & Challenges

Birthday Album Front
Part of my 60th Birthday surprises came about through my daughter, Cassandra, who coordinated through FaceBook, a Celebration of Birthday Cards for me!  I received oodles and oodles of cards from family and friends near and far.  It was completely delightful and especially since I was stuck at home on my birthday due to a knee ailment which had landed me in urgent care a few days before.

I wanted to do something special with the cards and thought of a way to preserve them.  Last year, I found a small Christmas journal in the clearance section at IKEA's, an after Christmas Sale.  It was perfect!

I painted the grey snowflaked cover a pretty pink to complement the pretty image found at The Graphics Fairy (linked at right). I added the text to it with my graphics software program.

Birthday Journal - side view

The cameo and ribbon with sparkly buckle bling just finished it perfectly for my simple, personal tastes.

I adhered the card envelopes to the paper stock that came with the little album, and tucked in the envelope flaps.  This allowed me to slip the cards inside each one so I can remove and read the greetings inside the cards and on the backs of some, whenever I wish. 

I absolutely love having something special like this to capture a special birthday year of greetings and am so grateful to Cassandra for thinking of coordinating it for me!


Last weekend was a busy one, trying to catch up with group challenges as I'd been down with the knee for almost all of the week!!  David rearranged my creative center and moved my most used things within reach so I wouldn't have to get up or even roll to create anything!  Bless him! :-)

Fall Card

The art aMUSEment Group challenge was to use a stamp.  My stamp was the text:  Fall is when
nature turns to GOLD. 

This card was sent off Monday with a love note to my former mother-in-law. :-)

hope - dream textured art piece
The OWSE group requested we use texture (or modeling or molding) paste of some sort in our piece.

I used Liquitex Modeling Paste with stencils for the text, heart and flower heads.  Shimmering H20's were used for the corner pieces, text and textured pieces.

I am delighted, tickled and pleased to tell you that this piece won the challenge at the group!  

Yellow & Grey Combo Challenge
This week's group challenges have begun already! 

The card at right was challenged to use yellow and gray - a rather difficult combination!  This butterfly and pansies image is from a book & CD of vintage images I purchased recently (fantastic vintage images!) semi-fussy cut and adhered to dark grey cardstock.  I inked, embossed the greeting and then diecut and embossed the cut oval.  Yellow bling bits finish the ribbon embellishments.

More group challenges await this week.  FUN FUN!!  It always stretches me to try something new!!  Hope your week is offering you creative challenges too!


  1. Hey, Von! I was here and fell in love with your new "birthday journal!" What a perfect way to honor all those wonderful wishes for your special day! Love all your artful projects today and glad that you can now find your favorites within reach! I think you should keep your husband! ;-)

    1. Thank you Kay! (((hugs))) Yep, I intend to keep David as long as the good Lord deems it so. ;-) He's my bestest friend too!

  2. Von I really like your Birthday Card Journal, this will be a great memory keepsake for you and family in the future to remember this milstone in your life. I agree with Kay you should keep that great hubby he is so helpful and supportative of you creative side of life. <3 <3

    1. Thank you Sharon! ((Hugs)) We are both lucky with hubby's who support and appreciate what we do! :-)


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