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 Challenge, Gem 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