Happy New Year everyone! Or as I grew up saying it: Bonne Année!
Before I start this post it is Full Disclosure Time! I have NEVER been a fan of December birthdays. January birthdays probably aren't much better!
Even though I am most likely, permanently, emotionally scarred by the poor gestational planning of my beloved parents I try my best, exhausting as it is, to be an amiable human. I won't bore you with the whining that just naturally, and understandably, is associated with sharing a birthday month with...of all people... JESUS! Some may think "oh what a heavenly and humbling blessing".
REALLY!? Well let me tell you, as a kid, sharing your birth month with the BIG GUY...you tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of "the season". And by "season" I don't mean my personal birthday season! I doubt any of my summer-birth-month friends ever received a birthday gift from their 'parental unit' amending the birthday greeting to include "happy birthday and merry Christmas!" I bet none of them ever received a Christmas tree as a birthday gift!
I must admit - December birthdays are much better as an adult than they were as a kid! All whining aside...I got this delightful package from my Georgia sister! It also included $$ - I feel a Hobby Lobby gift card in my NEAR future! A bonus: she found a shop I'm sure I would love in Marietta. I also feel a trip to Georgia needed!
While in Marietta we must chow down at the Marietta Diner! YUM! I have a really good story to share with you sometime. It involves the Marietta Diner, a sisters holiday, a certain Nilla Wafer, and asking strangers for cheese! More on that in a later post...
Goodies from sista Judy! I need to find a HoneyPOP tutorial!
Here is my first card made using my 'hoppy birthday' present! Frog - a perfect reminder of the fabulous sisters holidays we have shared in Shellman Bluff! Got rain? Got frogs? There is something about rain and frogs... I stamped this little guy on a green 'hounds tooth check' paper. Hmmm...does that make this "frog tooth check' or 'hounds frog check'?
Detail of googly eyes and partial pop-up of frog. Feet glued directly to card stockwith only the head popped-up.
~Base card PaperTrey New Leaf
~Three design print papers from Pebbles Family Ties paper pad
~Five metal brads
~Image, Inky Antics, stamped on design paper; froggy 'warts' colored in with black fine point Sharpie; partial pop-up of frog using SU Stampin' Dimensionals
~Pair of googly eyes
~Scalloped circle die - white card stock
~Inky Antics sentiment stamped using Versafine Onyx Black (Oh my gosh! This is the BEST ink for sentiments! So happy I had it on my Amazon wish list! Thank you Santa!)
~Sentiment die cut using Spellbinders Ribbon Banner
Challenges | Inspirations
Techno Stamper - sketch
ABC - anything goes
Always Something Creative - something new (stamp set and Versafine)
Country View - use something new (stamp set and Versafine)
Crafty Hazelnut's - patterned paper (used 4)
Die Cut Divas - anything plus die cut (used 2)
Here's to justified whining, awesome sister presents, and any opportunity to use googly eyes!
Nancy in Iowa