Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Charmed Birthday

I will start by saying this post is picture heavy; you will find  my card for the challenges at the end. 

Our DIL is an extremely creative person and when it comes to presents, you can always count on a unique and surprising experience.  Last Sat. I received a very large box.  When I opened it I found a box within a box.  They did an amazing job of packing it!

Inside the second box was a birthday cake made with paper mache boxes.  There was a very detailed set of instructions on how to open it.

I'm not going to go into all the details but let it be sufficient to say that there was some very detailed and elaborate construction involved.  My son drilled holes in the top layer and she rolled paper for each candle, rolled up dollar bills and inserted cording for me to pull on to extract the bills.  Very clever!  So this is what I discovered. 

 Oh, but wait!  That wasn't all!  Each paper mache box held some wrapped gifts, including the base the cake sat on.
 So now this is what the boxes contained.  I was so excited!  The complete 'Uncommon" kit from Authentique Paper.  How well they know me, LOL.
So now what can a mother do but make a thank you card?  This week, at Creative Inspirations Paint, we are being inspired by charms.  Aren't these papers beautiful?!  Totally loved working with them!  I made a curved template for the right side of the card and then used the scalloped circle die to cut the frame.  The edges of the papers were distressed with 'Tea Dye' distress ink.  The bird is a clear stamp.  The frame and the edge of the crochet flower are painted with 'Rustic Red' Creative Inspirations Paint.  I also added some hot fix Jeweled Inspirations.    I  made a crochet lace border with pearls.  And then I added my charm to the tag which is part of the collection.  Thanks again!  I will enjoy working with these!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

Challenges I would like to enter
Incy Wincy Designs:  distressing
Craft Your Passion:  anything goes
The Pink Elephant:  photo inspiration,  pink, green, crochet
Scrap Creations:  anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday:  just sayin'
Di's Digi Design Challenge:  anything goes


  1. thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Challenge Blog and good luck with your entry - great project!! hugs Jess

  2. I don't know where to start! That is one amazing gift! Beautiful paper collection and card, but my mouth is still drooling over that beautiful crocheted piece. I soooo wish my crocheting was more uniform. Thanks for sharing all of this with us Sarah. Enjoy your goodies!

  3. This is really fantastic - Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Craft Your Passion - hope to see some of your work again soon!

  4. Great creation, nice design and very cute details. Thanks for playing with us at The Pink Elephant. hugs, Frances.

  5. What an amazing gift! This is just lovely,I adore those papers, delightful!
    Hugs Julie P

  6. Beautiful card! what a fun and very creative gift!
    TFS and joining us this week over at Craft Your Passion :)

  7. Gorgeous card, love the pretty colors and all the details. Thanks for sharing and playing along with our challenge this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations