Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy 33rd Birthday Matt

Well, as I have cards dating back to September that I haven't blogged yet, I thought I'd share this one.... that was for my son Matt's birthday - on Monday!!  I will get around to those in my drafts, one day :-)
 When we asked Matt what he'd like for his birthday, he replied 'sleep" - both the twins are sleeping through the night most nights, just not the same nights!  It's silly season in the pool industry so the overload at work and frenetic pace at home that is life with twins is making him appreciate the little things, like sleep, lol.   He didn't book any work for Monday and he and Elaine took the twins to the zoo for the first time (Matt and Elaine love the zoo, it was where they had their first "date")
All of this added up to this image (Relaxing Dad from the sadly now-defunct Digi Doodle Shop, coloured with Copics) being perfect and the animal print paper from Die Cuts With a View's Animal Crackers pad being perfect too!  The spotty background paper is also DCWV, from the La Creme pad and the green arcs is from Merci's Tangerine Tang pad. A Little Bit Crafty has "Man Up" as their theme, so I'm entering there.  Fab'n'funky ChallengeGem of a Challenge and My Mums Craft Shop all have Spots and Stripes for their challenges so I'm entering there and Digi Sketch Challenge has Glitter It as theirs, all the animals and the stripes are glittery IRL, I just can't get it to show in my pics, so I'm entering there.
I used the sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge, turning it 90 degrees so my animals weren't sideways, lol.  I added the sentiment before I printed the image and added some Antique Brass brads from my stash to the corners of the image panel.  Everything was matted on dark brown Kaisercraft cardstock and popped up on foam dots.  Papertake Weekly has Lovely Layers as their challenge theme so I'm entering there.
I finished the inside to match the front with more paper from the Animal Crackers pad. Through the Craftroom Door and Colour Me Copic have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering there too.
That's it for Matt's card, super busy here, we excavated our pool on Monday so it was a minor miracle that I managed to get Matt's birthday cake (Black Forest Gateau, his fave) made... and the makings for woodfired pizza ready for lunch and again for dinner (well we fired the oven up to do lunch for the labourers and just kept it going till tea time, but getting two lots of food ready AND helping with the dig then having Matt, Elaine, the twins, Chris, my Mum and Dad for dinner did leave me pretty shattered and very glad for my bed on Monday night!  Here's a few pics of "before" and "during"... the "after" shots may take a while :-)  Sorry I can't get the pictures lined up in Blogger :-(

First ones from the shed along the back of the house towards the pool area

Second ones up the garden from the al fresco (with the old pool fence in the foreground)

Third lot the spa and pond.... now you see it, now you don't
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


Desire Fourie said...

Your card is gorgeous. Love how you have coloured the trees and the safari theme.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Sue said...

Fabulous card Donna. It sounds like you picked the perfect image and papers for your Son and your colouring is wonderful - as always.
Sue xx

Debbie said...

Great card. Fabulous layout. Thank you for joining us at AGOAC. x

Vicky said...

Beautiful hun....and loving the piccies too....Oooh I'm so jealous of your sunshine lol...:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

charlene said...

Very nicely done love it! Thanks or joining us at CMC Challenge group.

Kelly L said...

This is fantastic, I love those papers so adorable, thanks for playing along at digi sketch challenge.

Kelly x

Claudia Rogier said...


Wauw, this is gorgeous. Very pretty. Love the colors that you used. Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketch en good luck.


Crea-Sandra said...

Gorgeous card, I love the image and the papers are so pretty!
Thanks for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky!
♥ Sandra ♥

Cara said...

Too funny! I can relate to those days of wanting sleep when my oldest was young. Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door, hope to see you again in our next challenge! - XX Cara

Stephanie M. said...

great card! Fab layering! thanks for joining Digisketch challenge :) Steph DT

Kates said...

This is a great card! thanks for joining Fab n Funky this week. Kx