Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Spring Chicken!

This is one of those years my husband hits the jackpot for Father's Day, because it also lands on his birthday! Whoopee, for him... but challenging for me: he's tough to buy for and entertain on his b-day to begin with, which is rather funny! You see, he is about two months younger than I am, so between mid April and mid-June, my life if filled with remarks about me AGING and CRADLE ROBBING, etc... So I just have to wait it out until his big day: TODAY! THIS year, I had A LOT of fun making him a little card:

THAT'S RIGHT, just a sprinkling of sarcasm, 'cause he AIN'T one, any more! I've been pushing stamps and papers around for a few days, working on Father's Day and Birthday and even baby cards, but these hot colors, furnished by Kristina Werner and this weeks color challenge #55 got me REALLY digging in deep to the creative vault! I was determined to play with my NEW STAMPS that I recently purchased online from a yummy company called TweetyJill or TJ Designs! Most of you know that I'm a sucker for anything COUNTRY... & WESTERN... Yee HAW! So, when I attended a local crop recently, I couldn't wipe the drool off my stamp-lovin' chin when the "host" of the crop showed me HER recent discovery of this "Rodeo Sweethearts" stamp collection... Next stop: their website! I found MORE westerny stamps in the form of "Wild West" and "Poultry Party!" I've just been a stampin' fool, trying them all out and I was determined to include at least SOME of the images in my card for Kristina's most recent color challenge.... (Stay tuned for MORE work with these amazing stamps!)

I DID allow myself to graze on A LOT of different stamps as I got deep into this process... Sometimes I like to limit myself to a single set of stamps, but I also LOVE to dig down into the abyss of my stamp collection to allow the "story" to be properly explained by various stamps, regardless of who made them, how old or rare they are, etc. This was one of those cards. Note the chicken wire background stamp (hubba hubba!) which is long retired (DON'T ask me WHY!?! I'm just happy I got it before it went!)! The "Happy Birthday" sentiment is a groovy font that I ADORE... also long retired.. *sob* ANYWHOO, one of the reasons I "collect" to begin with, is so that when the time comes, I'll be ready! Tee Hee Once I got all inky... I just grabbed whatever stamp I needed and you know what: that ROCKS! I love letting my "inventory" get up and DANCE! This card was a ton of fun for that reason, and because I enjoyed twisting a birthday card and ignoring my usual impulse to throw in a cupcake, birthday candle, etc., I thought this would make an excellent offering for the Moxie Fab World "Gallery Idol 2009" contest that features birthday cards for this round! So, I'm off to link up with those crazy/fun gals as well! Wish me luck!

In the meantime, hope you had a fabulous weekend and a Happy Father's Day (my husband's BIRTHDAY! hee hee)! Enjoy!


C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - Stampin' Up!; TweetyJill (Rooster, barbwire, shopping list); Provo Craft ("SPRING"); All Night Media (Woodgrain)

Scallop Edge Punch - Stampin' Up!
Star and "CHICKEN" die cuts - Sizzix/Stampin' Up!
Thread - Gutermann
Stamp n' Write Markers - Stampin' Up!


Rosemary said...

Oh, my sista! Another fantabulous card! So excited to see you using your new TwittyJill stamps! Love this card and I hope your hubby did, too! Once, again, you are the mistress of combining many elements into one great card!

Winter said...

Cute and humorious! It is my husbands birthday too today and our anniversary was yesterday! How cool is that! :)

Karen said...

Love it! So lovin' your humor here and you playin' with your hubby and his teasing! And what is it with you two this year?! Easter and a bday for E-ster. Father's Day and a bday for your hubby?! My goodness! Love all the great stamping you've got going on here. And love your third pic as I did not realized the bottom was pleated until I saw it! Yahooooooo for crafty stampy youuuuuuuuu!! :>

Tracey said...

Very nice card Elise. Whohoo!!!!!

Louise said...

This is such a great card - so fun!

Beth said...

Oh my goodness! I love that chicken wire background! Love the card! I hope ya'll had a great day of celebration!

tg said...

Cute card. Love the scalloped layers.

Dana Gustafson said...

Ooooo tweety jill is going to be spilling out of your blog mighty soon me thinks! This is a wonderful first run with their artful stamps. I can't wait to see what else you do with them!! Loving your ruffly bottom layer with all those layered stamp images. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

oh so darned cute!

Carol Dunstan said...

what a great card, all the elements and the colours work so well!

Terri Trotter Earley said...

Fun chicken and great layers of backgrounds. Fabulous card for the color combo.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Jenny said...

Happy happy belated birthday to your sweet hubs!