Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Christi!

Surprise! If you came here to see if I have posted anything, you're in luck, because I was asked by her mom to participate in Christi's Nifty Fifty Birthday Blog Hop! I was thrilled to say yes!

Christi has a blog called Blessings on Paper and it's so worth a look if you've never been. She is incredibly talented and creates gorgeous cards. I was tickled pink to be asked to participate in a blog hop to honor her 50th birthday.

I "met" Christi online while we were both consultants with Close To My Heart. We'd frequent the artwork boards for consultants and I remember a few years ago she asked if anyone lived near Denver. She was moving to the area with her family and wanted to ask some questions. I offered to help her in any way that I could. So, we emailed each other from time to time. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed Christi's artwork (and received a few of her absolutely gorgeous cards) and was so excited when she emailed me once that she'd be at our local Butterfly Pavilion and did I want to come and meet up with her? She is just as sweet and funny in person as she is on her blog. An absolute treat! We've also met up at a local (to me, not her) Archiver's and chatted our way shopping through the store. 

I'm so glad to have the opportunity to help her celebrate her 50th birthday. So, without further ado, 

This is a deceptively simple card. I say deceptively, because it took me a heck of a lot of time to get the focal piece done. I'm so excited to share this and it's sort of fitting, too, because I found what I used at Archiver's! 
And what did I use? The doily you see on the front is from  a limited edition Cricut Cartridge called Mother's Day 2010. There are 30 images on the cartridge and what sent me over the edge to buy it was the three doily images included. Isn't it stunning? 

It took me a while to find the right settings to cut this baby out. I tried using textured black cardstock several times, adjusting my settings, but I couldn't get it to cut fully no matter the depth I used on the blade (and there's a lot of stuff to pop out if they aren't fully cut). So, I switched over to CTMH black cardstock (which has a white core). That worked wonderfully. I took a sponge and carefully pounced black ink over the areas I didn't want to see white.

The oval piece is also from the same cartridge, and there's a layer piece that fits inside the neat black piece. Love it!

The Happy Birthday is from CTMH, Birthday Sentiments I think (probably retired). I inked it in versamark, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder. 

To add a bit of bling, I carefully placed pearls and a few little black rhinestones.

On the inside, I used the scrap pieces from another doily I cut out. Love it! The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set.

And you noticed, I hope...I sewed on this card. LOL Not as nicely as Christi does on hers but I used my sewing machine nonetheless. The pattern paper is from DCWV's Latte and Creme pack (I think that's the name of's outside and I'm inside and sorry, I'm not running out in the dark to check it out).

You might also noticed I crocheted a little bit for this card, too. I had to! The center was screaming for something and this seemed to fit. The center is a button from a "vintage button bag" I picked up somewhere. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you arrived here from June Houck's blog:  You are on the right track. If not, go there and follow along the hop. Help us wish Christi a fabulous 50th birthday! Some cards may not be posted yet, but will be by 11am Mountain Standard time.

Next up, head over to Barb's blog...

I'm second on the hop and here's the list of the other participants.

1.  June Houck
2.  Jeanne Tomshack <-----that would be me! hee, hee
3.  Barb Walker
4.  Stacy L
5.  Christi Thorsen
6.  Cammie (Carolyn King)
7.  Marie Isom
8.  Mary Ellen Harrison
9.  Sarah Masteller

10.  Susan Roberts
11.  Jeanette Fincher
12.  Elise Durenberger

Happy, Happy Birthday Christi!



Sarah said...

Wooowee now that's a stunning card Jeanne! wasn't it fun to create for Christi...Can't wait until she gets to see the hop.
What a find..that cartridge wonderful...
Hope you got more sleep last night.

June Houck said...

Jeanne, your card is so classy and elegant! I love it :)

Laurel said...

This is so pretty! She is so lucky!

Christi said...

Wow!! This is gorgeous!!

Barb said...

Your card is beautiful, Jeanne! I love everything about it!

Susan (rainy) said...

Wowza! That flower is gorgeous! Love this beautifully elegant card. Oh and all that stitching.. love it!

Sheila Bennett said...

Lovely card! The doily is very intricate and very pretty. Love how you finished off the card.

And what a fun way to celebrate someone's birthday. I'm sure she is enjoying her blog feeds this morning. :)

Barbara said...

Beautiful card Jeanne and how nice to be in this hop. I took a close up look at the card and wow is all I can say.

Elise said...

Yeah! You are such a cutie, Jeanne! Golly, golly GOSH, that is a gorgeous card! I'm so glad you shared your process {it was like you read my mind!} What a WONDERFUL die-cut shapes! {Dagnabit, now I've gotta GET that cartridge! tee hee} And I loved your story about Christi! I can only imagine how much fun you guys had, meeting like that! This is a WONDERFUL way to celebrate a birth! hee hee

HAPPY CHRISTI'S BIRTHDAY! I'm glad to be "meeting" you, via all of this fun, Jeanne!

Stacy said...

Oh wow, your card is beautiful! Very elegant, I love it!

Marie with a :-) said...

You are so right - what a fabulous doily on a fabulous card! Very pretty. I love the things that you wrote about Christi - we too met through CTMH boards when I learned she was homeschooling.
Where in the Denver area are you? I'm in Aurora...pretty much walking distance from Archivers, LOL!

stampmonkey said...

I don't even know what to say. I feel like such a baby, tears obscuring my view of your GORGEOUS card (nice to see you making cards again), which I'm guessing is even more stunning in person...and I'm also guessing that it's sitting inside the unopened package on my entry table --and I'll be running for it as soon as I cry my way through this surprise party! (How was that for one MEGA run-on sentence? lol)

Jeanne, you are so sweet and I'm so blessed to call you friend. Thank you for making my day such a special one...even if I am officially (and rather publicly) OLD now. lol

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card!

Kathi Carlson said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

What a nice thing Christi's mom did for her! It would make turning 50 almost worth it. LOL.

mE said...

GOOOOOORGEOUS, Jeannne! I love it! I LOVE the stitching and the doilies.... the doilies almost make me want to buy a stinkin Cricut! LOLOL~

You all are so awesome to do this for Christi and her parents, wow... what a cool thing to think up! I've hopped through the blogs and your card is by far, my favorite :)



mE said...

Though I do love the others... yours is super special :)

Carolyn Christie said...

Pretty card!

Monica Larson said...

beautiful card!! i just wanted to thank you for being a part of my mom's bday blog hop and "party." i know how much it meant to her and i can't begin to tell you how much i appreciate it. not being able to celebrate with her was a bummer, but knowing she had this to make her day and make her smile made it easier. she has told me how sweet you are, and seeing the effort and things you wrote i would have to agree...and i love the card!! thank you for being such a great friend to my mom.