Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Birdie!

Have you ever had half your post disappear? My computer is really finicky and I wrote a whole lot of stuff that is now gone and I don't think I can recreate it, it was some silly stuff about an old card that read "Hoppy Birdie to You" and that reminded me of the waiters in the Japanese restaurant, when they sang Happy Birthday it came out "Hoppy Birdie", and that reminded of Joanne Basile's blog Just a Little Something . She's the very generous donor of the stamp set I used for this card. Joanne mentioned her husband just got home from Japan. I have a Japanese sister-in-law, and because she's a good sport we can bust her chops about her accent, which is stereotypical and when she says happy Birt...well you get the picture. Actually I am in awe of her. I don't think I could ever have done what she did, can you imagine travelling halfway across the world, knowing that you will hardly ever see your family again. Moving to a culture so very different from your own. I am also taken aback by the bravery that my grandparents and the immigrants of their generation had. When they came to this country they got on a boat and were certain they'd probably never see their family again and back then there were no phones. I feel frightened just thinking about it.

But I digress. I should be talking about this card. I was so excited to be able to come home and make this card. I knew I'd finally have time to play with something from the big bag 'o booty I got from Joanne and since today is the Cat's Pajama challenge day I visited Alma's blog to find out who was today's hostess with the mostess and low and behold it was Joanne so I scramble over there to find a color challenge. So I knew what colors I'd be using. Then I visited a site I was excited to find the Crafty Ho Challenge Blog. It's amazing the places you end up when you just keep clicking on the links. I was visiting Michelle's Enchanted Stamper blog and from there I went to the Ho challenge blog and the reason I'm excited is I found an old junkie buddy there. this week she made the sketch challenge so I immediately decided that would be my layout. It's so good to find out someone you haven't heard from in awhile is doing well.
I'm sorry I just keep going off on tangents and it's late so I really need to get back on track and give you the deets:

Stamp - The Cat's Pajamas (thank you, thank you, thank you to Joanne)

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp, Close to My Heart Olive pounced on the edges of the white cs

Paper - Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend pack, Colorbok yellow cs, white Georgia Pacific cs

Misc - Doodlebug Confection brads, Mays ribbon, TCP button, TCP Glitzy Glitter, SU bright beads, copics, nestibilities, DMC floss, EK Success border punch, Marvy and EK Success circle punches

the challenges:

The Cat's Pajama's TCPTUES102 color challenge - poppy red, olive green, summer yellow, black

Rosie D's #67 color challenge - green, yellow, white

Saturday Spotlight SSHP23 - Birthday in your color - use your birth stone color (August - peridot/green)

Charisma Card Challenge #11- for the kids.

Again, I have to thank Joanne, the prize for her blogaversary was tremendous, (lots of stamps and glitter and ribbon oh my) and I will be playing with that stuff for a long time and there's a couple stamps in the package that I already have so I am going to make my girlfriends very happy this weekend when I share the love with them. I'm gonna be making some neat little baggies for them to pick from. And Eileen, I know you're reading this, so try to act surprised when you see me on Saturday, that goes for Edna and Maddy if you've popped by too. I guess you all can see I can't keep a secret.

And thanks to everyone who stops by and actually reads what I write and a great big thanks you to everyone who takes the time to comment.


  1. AWW! Thanks Chris! It was so nice to see you too! Thanks for joining in on the Craft Ho Challenge! Hope to see you next time! BTW...Now I'm following you! ;)Take Care!

  2. Chris! I just love your take on this sketch! I can't wait to see what this weekend brings either, I know its going to be a blast! Thanks for playing along with the Crafty Hos, I love your creation!

  3. This card is adorable! Love the ribbon and the embellies are so cute! I will definitely act surprised on Saturday!!! Thanks and congratulations on your win! I feel the same way about how difficult it must have been for people to leave their home - can't even imagine it! My parents came here from Ireland never expecting to see their families again and they weren't much older than my 16 year old daughter - definitely scary! And with your sister-in-law their was a language barrier - very brave woman! Can't wait for Saturday!!!

  4. This is so cute, Chris! Nothing like a penguin party :) And congrats on your winnings!

  5. AWW! Chris, this is just so sweet!! I adore those penguins stacked up with the cupcake!! TEE!! The colors on this turned out fabulous too!! Congrats on your win and thanks for sharing this with us at Saturday Spotlight!! HUGS

  6. No wonder you had such a day, if the blog post is any example!! Focus here!!! :)
    Cute card. Love the penguins and the sprinkles on the cupcake.

  7. Lovely to see your work at Rosie-D's Challenge, Thanks!!

    Saskia :)

  8. Lovely card!
    Thank you for sharing this with us
    at Rosie D's Challenge.
    Good luck;-))m

  9. Oh how darling!! Love your image and all the dimension and details!! Great use of your birthstone color! Thanks for joining us at Sat. Spotlight this week!

  10. SOOOOO Cute, LOVE your colors and this layout is wwonderful!!! AWWWW Such a cute cute image! Thanks so much for joining us at Saturday Spotlight!

  11. What a cute card! I love it!

    Thanks for participating in this week's sketch challenge with the Crafty Ho's!

  12. This card is GORGEOUS and I'm so so excited that you are having fun with your box-o-goodies. I was tickled pink when I discovered it was YOU who had won. HOORAY for that!

  13. This card is adorable! I love everything about it. Thanks for playing along in the crafty hos challenge.


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