Happy Birthday Dad!!

Well this past weekend was huge to say the least! We had Dad’s 80th Birthday last Thursday and as the family was coming to town for my niece’s’ wedding we thought it would be great to celebrate Dad’s special birthday as a family.  I picked Dad up from the Airport at 4pm and thanks to the traffic in the M5 Tunnel it took 90 minutes to get home – it was Saturday there wasn’t supposed to be any traffic! It was like a weekday – seriously!! This trip normally takes 40 minutes – well on a good run at least! We headed out to dinner after a short rest and it really was great to celebrate with all the family including my Aunt’s who don’t get to see Dad very often.  It was a lovely night although rather humid and seated outside. While we were there we presented Dad with his card & gift. Now because there were so many people to sign Dad’s card I had to make it larger than the regular card. (yes I was the designated card maker!)
Gift Bag & Card
We had decided on giving Dad an ebook reader for his birthday and after some research decided to go with the new Sony eReader.  Quite a nice machine I must say – well I had to test it and load some books on there for Pappy!  As the box was a larger size I decided to make a gift bag to pop it in – obviously manufacturers do not take card-makers and paper sizes into consideration when they make these things! The Gift Bag stands 26cm tall and 16cm wide so it took two sheets of 12×12 cardstock and a fair amount of sticky strip to make the bag – there was no way this baby was falling apart!!

Vesty Birthday

The card was cased from one I found on Amy Celona’s blog.  Amy did have a tutorial/template on her blog however it wasn’t big enough for the card I wanted to make so I ‘adjusted’ it to make it bigger. My card base is actually made from a piece of A4 and I just had to use the gorgeous flocked paper from the Morning Mocha DSP!

Vest Card open

Here is the card opened.  The shirt part actually lifts up and this is where everyone wrote their messages.  I loved making this card and it came together so well – the shirt and tie pieces are from the Well Worn DSP – fitting for a ‘shirt’ card don’t you think?? I do hope you like this card and it was great to be able to share such a lovely night with Dad for his birthday – its the first one he’s had without Mum since they met some 60 odd years ago so I know it would have been bitter sweet for him as the weekend was for all of us but more so for Dad. Be sure you pop back to check out the wedding cards I made for my niece.  

Happiness Shared – the tutorial

Back in Janaury I shared a card I created for my fancy folds class and just so you can remember or even see it for the first time here are some pix … To view the original post click here I had an early night last night so therefore when hubby started snoring at 3.30am I was awake so figured I’d get up and do some things – no use lying in bed getting frustrated cos I couldnt get back to sleep! Well that idea was good in theory as all the ‘online’ stuff I couldnt do as we had no internet! Well to put it correctly “I” had no internet .. seems I shouldnt left hubby up alone with all those cables out last night! So I had to do things that didnt need the internet till 6.30am when hubby’s alarm goes off and I can safely wake him and advise of my issues. Well this gave me the opportunity to get this card into a tutorial which I’ve been meaning to do since January and now you can have the tutorial too! There is a tutorial for a Swing/Flip Flop card on Splitcoast Stampers but it wasnt in metric measurements and it didnt fit in our standard envelopes so whats a girl to do but rewrite it to suite? [download id=”4″] Just click on the link above to download the tutorial and enjoy.  Should you have trouble downloading or following the tutorial please let me know