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Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Birthday

Hello and happy Monday,

Today is my first day off for a three week vacation. Whoo-hoo! On Thursday morning my sister and I are headed to Quito, Ecuador. We'll be in Ecuador for a week, then fly on to Lima, Peru and be in Peru for a week. We have our train tickets, hotel reservations and park tickets for two days at Machu Picchu.  That should be one of the highlights of the trip. We have many other excursions planned for the two weeks in each country. It may be one of those vacations that you have to go back to work to rest up. I've been finishing up my list of things to buy this morning, now it's down to laundry and packing.

Of course, I have to make time in my craft room before I leave it for two weeks. Yesterday I made a couple of birthday cards. This week's Paper Players Challenge is brought to us by Joanne and she has a fun Tic-tac-toe challenge. These are always so fun and I usually have a hard time deciding on which way to play. Also, the Seize The Birthday Challenge this week is "anything goes," so I'm posting my card there as well.

I ended up going the middle horizontal row. Birthday, Ribbon, Masculine. What threw me was the ribbon on a masculine card. Something I probably wouldn't normally think to do. Full disclosure, I thought of what ribbon to use first, and then picked my papers to go with the ribbon. Kind of crazy! Looking through my box of ribbons, I came across this SU naturals and decided it should work fine on a masculine card.

The small coffee containers are from the Lawn Fawn Love You A Latte set and the large coffee container die is Paper Smooches. I stamped the small cups randomly onto Neenah Desert Storm card stock with Memento brown ink and colored them with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils. I stamped the coffee bean with Memento brown ink as well.  The large cup die is cut from the Desert Storm paper and a piece of MFT orange gingham patterned paper. The circle, heart and card base are SU Handsome Hunter card stock. I colored the large cup with the colored pencils to match the small ones. IRL, the Handsome Hunter shade is much closer to the green shade used on the cups. In the photo, it looks way more blue!

The inside greeting and image are from the same LF stamp set.

It's a super gloomy day here on the San Diego coast. In fact, we had a smidgen of rain this morning. A good day to be inside. I need to get a Mother's Day card made this afternoon so that Mr Personal Chef can mail it for me while I'm in SA.

Have a great Monday afternoon all! Thanks for stoping in,

Stamps: Love You a Latte set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm, SU Handsome Hunter, MFT gingham patterned paper
Ink: Memento brown, SU Handsome Hunter, Faber-Castel Polychromos colored pencils
Other: Paper Smooches Coffee Cup die, Die-Namics Pierced circle die, SU naturals ribbon, SU green enamel dots, Gemini Jr, dimensionals


  1. What a great masculine card Colleen - I chuckled when I read your post as I often struggle to narrow down my options on the TTT board too! Great layering and I love the gingham coffee collar. Many thanks for joining in with my TicTacToe challenge over at The Paper Players this week before heading off on what sounds like an epic vacation - I've been to Lima and Macchu Picchu and I'm crossing everything that you get great weather so that you can make the most of the spectacular views; enjoy!

  2. Awesome coffee themed card, Colleen! I love the background you created, and that cup die is going right on my wish list. So glad you shared with us at The Paper Players!

  3. What a truly fun and welcoming cup of coffee! Love it! Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  4. Coffee and a birthday, that's a fine combination! Love the gingham coffee sleeve and the design. Thanks for linking up with us at Seize the Birthday!


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