This January, 2014, was Imke's turn to host our monthly card image challenge and she choose Gus' Birthday from Bugaboo!
Imke is from Germany and I don't want to leave you in suspense...
3X HOCK means "Well Shall he prosper" X 3
Zum Geburtstag means "For Your Birthday"
Our additional challenge was to incorporate these German well wishes into our projects. We have also decided to send our finished projects to the host who chooses the image of the month. So when I mail her this card -she may use it in Germany as part of her gift to a loved one or a friend--or wouldn't it be a great birthday story if she actually has a friend or relative named "Gus"?
Anyway, Gus looks a lil stubborn with his arms crossed and I really wanted to highlight his special occasion with all the accessorizing to make him stand out-what better than to use my Elizabeth Birthday Candle die and MFT balloons to really send the message over to Germany!
Finally, no birthday is complete without a little bit of confetti so to finalize this project I chopped up a few squares of coordinating cardstock with my multi-blade scissors and whipped up a coordinated envy with my WRMK's envy punch and Wah-Lah!
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! I just finish this Advent Calendar for our house!--Note to anyone designing one of these--start in August!
I participated in a local scrap store swap this year and made (10) Christmas tags to swap out for (10) different tags--this is my assembly and I decided to add one to my Advent Calendar-I guess I am in a Red & Cheery Christmas mood this year!
This was the Advent Calendar I made for my sister Shrills in AZ--
My good friend Berta called a few weeks ago and
asked if I could create Christmas
ornaments dedicated to the beloved "Old Man of the Mountain". I said
I would but out of curiosity I wanted to know why she needed them.
As the story goes, Berta and Heather were headed
up north to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the weekend. As
Berta was driving (a little too fast), Heather was a bit noodgy as co-pilots
As Berta carried on, she started to look upwards
out the front windshield of the car to get a glimpse of the Old Man of the
Mountain. This made Heather even more nervous and she insisted that
Berta, slow down, the old man will always be there and watch the road!
Unbeknownst to them, this would not be the
case. The Old Man of the Mountain’s
lower half collapsed during the night of May 3, 2003 and Berta never got to see
For ten years, both Berta and Heather have been
entertaining this mishap by carrying on the tradition of the beloved Old Man of
the Mountain with surprising each other with trinkets and souvenirs that mark
the occasion of this unfortunate famous landmark to crumbles.
This year, being the 10th anniversary
of their journey to the north, Berta is celebrating one final surprise and I
had the honor to create the following plaque, ornaments and Squash Book to be
secretly placed on Heather’s mini Christmas tree and tipping the hat as the
final gesture to the Old Man of the Mountain.
The Squash Book is for their final photos and journal notes of this event!
I took some time today to mess around with some of my Stampin' Up punches and here are just a few things I came up with in a matter of minutes.
While using the" Bundle" Tags 4 You stamp set and the coordinating punch I took care of two holidays in one fell swoop!
The extra large oval punch created both the spider body and my pumpkin, and the spider legs were from my bird punch leaf vine. The pumpkin stump is made from one bird wing cut in half. I turned my sweet humming bird punch into dark black pecking crows with an embossed wing and shiny crystal eyes (I am sure they are gawking at those delicious candy corns!) Anyway, these were all 2-minute projects, utilizing just a few punches to create!