May 17, 2010


Hey all!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend - I tell ya, it flew by! Yesterday was my son's 16th birthday - I can't believe it!!! So, we had a whole weekend of birthday festitivites! On Friday night all his buddies spent the night so that they could leave early Saturday for a day at Six Flags!! They had a wonderful time, but they came home exhausted, lol!! Tony went with them as I had Club that day and well, I don't ride anything anyway so it was a nice day for the boys.  Yesterday we did family things together - I baked him a double decker chocolate cake, and we took him to dinner at Olive Garden (his choice).  Then, we came home and he opened his family gifts which he loved and then we watched movies.  It was a nice day with just us although I wish my oldest son could have been home!!! I think he had a really nice birthday - he seemed pretty happy anyway, lol!!! So, I wanted to share the card I made for Tyler - he is an avid snowboarder so I made him a card with the Extreme Snowboarding stamp, which I think is cool because it is a shadow stamp! I also used the Extreme Elements stamp set - I just think they go together really well!  I used lots of different inks on this card, and I like how the combination turned out!  I popped the snowboarder up on dimensionals after I versamarked it, then covered it in clear powder and heat set it to give it a nice shine!  Since this card was going to my son, I did the inside as well! 
Here is a picture of what it looks like: I used the same stamps sets and sponged the edges of the naturals white card stock with Soft Suede, then stamped off the snowboarder image so that it looked like he was in motion! Tyler loved this card, he thought is was cool that he had a personalized card for snowboarding....score points for mom *wink*  He actually took the card into his room and put it up on his bulletin board, so that is pretty high praise and hey, I will take it, LOL!  It was a fun card to make and I love that my kids really appreciate that I make them for them - they are full of love so I think that makes them special, don't you So, that is my card to share today! I thought before I left ya and went to prep kits for class, I would share some of the fun pictures we took of Tyler during all his birthday festivities- he is such a ham sometimes and he loves to joke and play around and I think we caught some of that in these pictures. 
This first picture is of the boys at Six Flags - I have to say, I really like the friends Tyler hangs around with, they all play sports, we know all their parents, and they were raised with the same values my son was so it is nice to have them all around! And, as you can see in the pictures, they all share a sense of humor! This second picture is of the same group but still goofing around - I think they enjoyed hamming it up for the camera since they knew Tony had strict instructions to come home with pictures of them from the park, LOL!

Just look at that group mugging for the camera! I have to say, these pictures totallly made me giggle when Tony showed them to me - it is soooo obvious that they are having a good time and that they are friends who enjoy being around each other!! Nothing better than spending good times with friends that you can count on!!!  These last couple of pics are of Tyler playing around while I took pictures of him opening his gifts from us.  I usually wrap them all separately and then put them in a really big birthday bag - I have been doing it for years, and the kids seems to get a really big kick out of the "bottomless bag".  Tony thinks I spoil them and I do - but hey, they ARE mine to spoil, and they grow up and go out on their own, so for the short time they are in my home, I am going to ensure that they have fond memories to look back upon when they have kids of their own!!! So, here he is, my big ham!

I hope I did not bore you too much but I wanted to share some fun pictures of a milestone in his and MY life - sixteen, I still can't believe it!! So, if you stuck with me through this whole post, BIG HUGS AND SMOOCHES to you!!!!!  Now, I will leave you with the recipe for the card and off I go to my stamp room to finish up things for my downline meeting tomorrow and to cut some kits for classes later on in the week! Thanks so much for stopping by, I love ya for it!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, To the Nines Specialty Designer Series paper
Inks - Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Creamy Caramel stampin' inks
Stamps - Extreme Snowboard, Extreme Elements, Voila (sentiment)
Accessories - Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Clear Circle Bigz Die, Ticket Corner Punch, Curly Label Punch


Dawn Easton said...

Very cool card, Alex! Perfect for a teen!

LOL...I just saw the pics on FB! hehe! GREAT shots!

Dani said...

Awesome! Excellent teen card! And it looks like he had tons of fun!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

oh you can throw me a party anytime!!!!!!! fabulous card and awesome photos!!!

Maureen said...

What a great day for the birthday boy!! And I love the card you made for him....PERFECT!

kathleenh said...

Fabulous boy card for your son, Alex! Happy birthday to Tyler! I enjoyed reading about all of the birthday festivities. It sounds like a fun time!

Joan said...

Great card Alex - perfect for a 16 year old - I'd use it for my 21 year old too. I agree that it's a total blessing when your children hang with a good group of people. Glad your weekend went well. Blessings.

Crystal said...

Awesome card Alex, just perfect for a 16 year old..looks like you had a BLAST at six flags...WOOHOO that is sooo much fun!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Fantastic card!! And such great pictures too!

Chris said...

very cool card! no wonder it's hanging in his room...i might need this stamp...quinn snowboards too.

Nikki Bond said...

Awesome card the feeling of movement! Fantastic photos too...looks like you all had a ball! {SMILES}

Bonibleaux Designs said...

Sounds like you had a ball!! I love family days!

LOVE the card - both of my boys are big in to sports and outdoor activities as well and I love their friends (although one's a Marine and one's 13 - they still made really good choices in friends)!!

Happy belated birthday!!!

Mandy said...

A great card and it sounds like you all had a great weekend...Thank you for your lovely comment...
Mandy xx

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card and great pictures. Sounds like wonderful birthday memories. My grandson, Sam, is going to be 13 this month. I had bought the skateboard guy, which I will make his card with - but he is so into snowboarding also, that stamp sure would have worked too.

Thanks for your great card ideas that you share with us.