A Birthday Card for My 5 Year Old & a VIDEO

While the rest of the world is engrossed in fun Halloween festivities – the children, the candy, the costumes – I will spend my evening tonight with a big bowl of candy and a freaked out cat.  I will be handing out candy to the kiddos who stop by, and Bandit does not take well to a ringing doorbell.  I will forgive his scaredy catedness (that IS a valid term) because today is ALSO Bandit’s 5th birthday.

I’m not a crazy, crazy cat person (I don’t even like this grumpy, moody and rude 5-year-old beast very much), but I made Bandit a Halloween-inspired birthday card.  Here it is:Remembering Your Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Banner Kit.  Since this is a Birthday-Halloween hybrid, I featured a rosette from the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit.  The striped ribbon and faceted button are also from the kit.  I just knew that Bandit would be fascinated with these accessories and embellishments and couldn’t wait to offer him this new “toy” – I even video taped it to catch it all for you.  
  • Birthday Sentiment.  This birthday sentiment is from Remembering Your Birthday.  While the sentiment is adorable and wispy when stamped in [let’s say] pink, the sentiment looks fabulously spooky stamped in black.
  • Color Balance.  The rosette features Summer Starfruit with dashes of Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie.  As a result, I pulled the black and orange into the background of the card with just a thin, thin slice of the yellow.  See it?  In the end, I think all three colors are perfectly balanced on Bandit’s card.

Stamp sets:  Remembering Your Birthday  Papers:  Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Basic Black  Accessories:  Halloween Banner Simply Created Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals

No tricks, just treats.  As a special treat for you, I filmed Bandit’s introduction to his birthday card (I gave it to him last night).  I wanted to record Bandit tearing this card to shreds as my little gift to him, so I propped the card up in his favorite window (this is where he has the best view of the squirrels and falling leaves).  It only took him moments to pop up into the window to meet the card.  Beware…this might be the most interesting video you have ever seen…
So, maybe it didn’t turn out like I wanted, but did you notice (a) how big this cat is and (b) that he’s wearing a Halloween scarf?

Happy Halloween, my friends!

Brian

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A Simple “Hi” and Pam’s Birthday Lunch

Today is October 30, and that means two things:  (1) yesterday was Pam’s birthday (more on that later) and (2) tomorrow is Halloween.  It also means that you only have a couple of days left to use up all that gorgeous Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper you bought for your Halloween Projects.  Time is a-tickin’, people.  Wait!  What’s that?  You’re absolutely right!  There are plenty of ways to use this DSP in non-Halloween projects.  Last week I used a sheet of it to make a beautiful anniversary card (see it here).  That brings me to today’s quick and simple, but [in my humble opinion] beautiful, card:Regarding Dahlias, Stampin' Up!  Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Keep it simple.  You know I love my white space, right?  I also love simple card construction.  With beautiful DSP and a great sentiment, 90% of the work is done for you.  Select some simple colors and add a couple of borders.  Done.  I couldn’t think of anything else to add to this card because I don’t think it needs anything else.
  • Sentiment Placement.  Without a doubt, the bold “hi” (from Regarding Dahlias) is the focal point of this card front.  Even though the pattern in the DSP is busy and all-over-the-place, the eye is still drawn to the thick-bordered “hi” weighted into the bottom, right corner.  The DSP is just a cool background for the bold sentiment.
  • Breaking the Barriers.  If you want to successfully place something on top of a busy pattern, create a thick, solid border to set it apart from the pattern.  By combining a small Very Vanilla circle with a large Basic Black circle, I have given the sentiment a large border so that it sets itself apart from the busy background.

Stamp sets:  Regarding Dahlias  Papers:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Pam’s Birthday Lunch

Pam and Brian celebrate Pam's birthdayYesterday was Pam’s birthday.  I shared her birthday card here.  We met for lunch at Goldberg’s Diner, our favorite lunch spot in Atlanta – Pam and I go there every time we stamp together.  We each had the salad plates (because you asked – Pam had Chopped Liver Salad and Whitefish with an Everything Bagel, while I had Whitefish Salad and Smoked Salmon Salad with an Everything Bagel).  Fish and an everything bagel – I was good and ready to head back to the office.  🙂

I made a fake birthday card for Pam to see if she would tell me “I love it” even if she didn’t.  Here’s how that turned out:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today,

Brian

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Tomorrow.  You’ll want to come back tomorrow.  You probably don’t have it on your calendar (and that’s really OK), but tomorrow is a very special birthday for a guy you know very well…