Thursday, 15 May 2014

Happy 50th Birthday!

Hi everyone.  How are you all?  I must apologise for the lack of posts this month!  For some reason, when Andy went back to Winnipeg this time, I found it extremely hard to even think about crafting, let alone do any.

Andy turns 50 today (yes, Andy - not me, you cheeky lot, LOL), so of course I had to make him a card - in some respects this helped me get back in the craft room :-)  You will be happy to know that Andy came home last night and is home here with us for a week!  Yes a whole week - whoop whoop.  Also, Andy's brother is coming out to visit for the week so it will be a great time for the whole family.

I have been wanting to use this Bugaboo image ever since I got it.  Isn't Gus just so perfect for this monumental birthday.  And I love this sentiment, don't you?!

My base layer is a textured paper from old stock, as are the patterned papers.  Doesn't it feel good when you can use up stuff you have had for years (and I mean years).  I used three little blue brads to finish off that right corner.

I used a mix of Copic markers and Spectrum Noir markers to colour Gus. 

Spectrum Noir
Hair - BG2
Cloak - BG5, BG6
Blade - GG1
Gravestone - IG1, IG2

Glasses and outline - C1
Skin - E000. E00, E11
Grass - YG03, G07
Staff - E15
Flowers - Y15, Y17
Balloons - B21

All the layers were inked around the edges with Stampin Up Marina Mist.  Popped up the sentiment on some foam dots, just to add a little depth to the card.

For the inside, complimentary layers and an added balloon, which I masked and then stamped a second time.

I thank you all for continuing to come visit my blog - even though I have had a quiet spell.  Hope you are all well and I, at least, have been trying to keep up with my visiting, so I know what you have all been up to :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Just Keep on Creating - May Link Up: Anything Goes (closes 26 May)

3 Girl Jam Challenge - May 2014: Anything Goes (closes 30 May)

Sisters of Craft - Challenge #1: Always Anything Goes (closes 31 May)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it Off Saturday Link Party (closes 17 May)

Scribble and Scrap Challenges - Challenge #18: Always Anything Goes (closes 22 May)

Through The Purple Haze Challenges - Challenge #41: Anything Goes (optional twist for a male) (closes 17 May)

Digistamps 4 Joy - Challenge #92: Anything Goes (closes 27 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.


  1. great card Karon and I bet he loves it too! And glad you've got him home for a week!
    Kim x

  2. Gus is fabulous, Karon. This is an adorable card. Happy birthday to Andy and y'all have a wonderful week. He is going to love this card.

  3. This is such a great card Karon!!!! I just LOVE Gus!! Happy Birthday to the hubs!!! Enjoy the week long visit with him!

  4. Well Happy Happy Birthday to your husband and I'm so glad you all get a wonderful week together as a family. You outdid yourself on this hilarious card Karon!!! What a hoot :D
    Lisa x

  5. Too cute, your card makes me smile... love the image.....

  6. I missed you and your posts but totally understand! I can get in a funk myself now and then and my hubby is home! Glad yours will be with you for a whole week and Happy Birthday to Andy! I love your card!

  7. You are faithful as ever, Karon. This card is so cute, Gus is a riot! I'm sure Andy appreciated the heartfelt card and being home to see you and the girls. Enjoy the time with his brother, but mostly enjoy Andy!

    Now who's the cheeky lot?!!

  8. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, tolle Karte
    glg Gertrude

  9. This is fabulous Karon, I love that image, Gus is such a great character. I'm sure Andy will love it!! Hope you will be having jelly and ice cream!! xx

  10. Karon, I LOVE IT! It's so good to see you, my bloggy friend! I know what it's like to not feel like crafting, I'm recently back after a similar break too.

    Em xxx

  11. Love the image and design of this fab

  12. what a fun and great card Karon.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  13. This is such a fun card, it really made me laugh!
    I love everything about it, and the digi is adorable. lol.

    Thanks for joining us at Through The Purple Haze this week. :)

    Katrine- DT for TTPH.

  14. What a fun card, i love every bit of it..

    Fiona DT

  15. Cute image, funny sentiment and I love the inside too. Happy birthday to Andy. I hope you enjoy a wonderful week together.
    Blessing hugs,

  16. Happy Birthday to your sweet hubby! I'm so happy to hear he's home for a little while... I've been thinking of you and am so sorry it's been a touch stretch. There's certainly no need to apologize for a crafty break. Your card for him is just perfect! You both have a wonderful sense of humor and I'm sure he was just tickled by it! :o)

    Sending you extra hugs today, my friend!


  17. Great Card - obviously for someone with a sense of humour!!!!!!

    Thank you for joining in the Sisters of Craft Challenge
    Pixie (DT member)

  18. Hehe...this is soooo cute!
    Happy birthday to Andy!
    Enjoy your week together! :)

    P/s: It's been so hot where I live that I don't feel like doing anything creative either.

  19. Happy Birthday to Andy. Cute card. I'm sure he loved it. Good to see you posting again.

  20. Gorgeous creation and thanks for sharing at DigiStamps 4Joy Challenge....aNNie (DT)

  21. Truer words were never spoken - I'll take over-the-hill anyday! This is such a fun card, Gus looks pretty good for such an old geezer! You did a fab job on coloring him. From one member of the "50's club" to another - tell Andy I said Happy Birthday!

  22. Really cute card. Glad you get your honey for a whole week.

  23. Oh my goodness Karon, that card is adorable. What a great job coloring. The image cracks me up. Please, I wish I could post more regularly, I think that is going to be another one of my goals for me :)

  24. Oh Goodness.. I cannot stop laughing! Super cute and such a fun sentiment!!
    Happy Birthday Andy!!
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  25. What a great card!! I love it and I got a good chuckle, too! The image is so cute and well colored and design is perfect.
    Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze challenge,


  26. Happy, happy birthday to Andy!! I'm so glad you get to spend his birthday with him!! Your card is so awesome!! That image makes me smile!! And the sentiment is so fun!! Enjoy your week with your family my friend!! Hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  27. Hallo Karon, I am so glad to hear Andy is at home for a week you must enjoy the time with him. His Birthday card is beautiful, I love the layout and the pretty papers.

  28. This card is awesome Karon!!! I love the inside all prettied up too!!

  29. Oh my goodness, that sentiment is fabulous, as is your card. Funny image and great paper choices. I hope Andy had a great birthday.

    I'm sorry things have been extra tough with Andy away so much. I don't know how you do it! You are such a strong lady. I'm so glad that he is home right now and with you for a week. Savour every minute and have a great one!


  30. I'm facing 50 this year....what a funny and fabulous card. Thanks for linking up at 3 Girl JAM Challenges! Karen N (DT)

  31. This image is just way to fun and the sentiment is perfect!! I cant stop laughing! Thanks for joining us at Through The Purple Haze this week :)

    Lisbeth, TTPH DT

  32. This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  33. very cool card! and i'm happy that you've used up some of your stash!

  34. HAHAHA Very funny!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Digistamps4Joy!

  35. I love this card and that image is too funny, lol.
    I have that same checked blue paper, teehee. Yup its old, but I still think it is nice :)
    So happy that Andy is home with you and your daughters :)

  36. Your card is so super cute and funny I need to get this stamp and the sentiment just cracked me up!! Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  37. My heart goes out to you and the girls. It is so hard being away from the ones you love. What a cute and funny card. Love the image and the sentiment is just too funny.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  38. Ha...what a great card, love the fun image! I'm sure your husband had a laugh!

  39. This is fabulous, that sentiment & image combo just cracks me up!!

  40. What a fab card, Karon! Bet Andy had a good laugh. Sorry I haven't been visiting much... you know why.
    hugs, Asha

  41. Great card it makes me smile thanks for joining us at ds4j and good luck
    Hugs Tonnie DT


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