hip hip hurray ! ...3 times :)

Time keeps on flying by... and we get older day by day :)

Life kept me from blogging again, but luckily not from creating,cause I had some birthdaycards to make !!


End of january my husband became 52..


He is a "technical" man so gears and stuff suit him well.

Background is made with the new gears embossingfolder from Tim Holtz.

The gears were made with the gears edgedie from cardstock ( from an old pizzabox). First I inked the background with rusty hinge distress stain and let it dry.


I added embossing ink and vintage photo distress powder. Before I heated it, I flicked some embossingpowder off, so that's why the rusty hinge background shows through.

I love how the distressembossingpowder really make them look ànd feel rusty.


The numbers from his birthday are from the expensive wordplay die. I love this die a lot...not because it's expensive (!) but because I can make custommade letters and numbers in any color/pattern I want and I use it a lot so it's worth the money.


The numbers are done almost the same way as the gears, but I used platinum embossing powder instead of the distress powder.


My husband hopes to fly once in an airballoon with me... but I'm a "feet on the earth woman"... so I guess I will have to find other compagny for him. One day I will give this to him as a gift...

Second card is for another man/ boy I love so much... my sweet son Aran became 22 years old past monday ! 


Boy, oh boy.. do I remember the day he was born ? Where do the years go ?...


He's a smart boy, but because of his Asperger syndrome it's not easy to find his way in school and in this world.

But.. he's a happy boy and that's what is important for me. We give him time and time will sort things out and he will find his place in society one day.


I HAD to use the new picturewheel... this die is all about childhoodmemories: I had this as a child, my kids had this and I'm saving them for my "future" grandkids in a box in the attic.


I aged the picturewheel by using the same technique as above on the numbers and gears. 

I love this technique and how you can create a different outcome just depending on the kind of embossingpowders you use.


I love, love..... washitape... I added some new ones to my already growing stash past week. 


I taped the red-white washitape to cardboard and run them through the wordplaydie.

I also used the washitape for the rosette ànd to make the paperribbon on top of the tag.


I love the bold contrast between the blues and the red. This is a colorcombination I like and try to use in different ways.

The last man I love is my father-in-law. He and my mom-in-law accepted me as their daughter and not just a "daughter-in-law" :)


He became 77 past wednesday. Although he suffered from cancer, heartproblems,.... he 's a survivor and goes on day by day :)


His card was made almost the same way as my son's card. I added the filmstripdie I cut out of packaging paper and colored with alcoholinks.


The large oval with the "men" stamp was covered 3 times with UTEE so it looks like an enameled photo.

A little crown for the birthdayman...


I bought a metal punchset second hand thanks to the trading post on ATT.

I used this on a little metal sheet I had, to punch " geniet" ( Dutch for "enjoy"). This is what I hope my father-in-law may do for some more years. 


Live day by day and enjoy the little moments in life that makes life big...


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Commentaren: 12
  • #1

    Claudine C. (dinsdag, 05 maart 2013 21:38)

    Lovely cards/tags, the guys in your life are sure to love them.

  • #2

    Lisa H (woensdag, 06 maart 2013 01:47)

    These are wonderful and I love the gear action and "guy" stuff.

  • #3

    Christine Rickert (woensdag, 06 maart 2013 13:27)

    Love all 3 of your cards! Thanks for so many great tips, i.e. Washi tape and all of the distress powder information. Your art is always creative and beautifully done. Enjoy celebrating all 3 birthdays!

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    Marita Kovalik (donderdag, 07 maart 2013 19:45)

    Just love your art, Inge! And how your family must appreciate the love you put into these treasures you give them. One day in the future they will be sitting down with their own children and bring out their box of treasured keepsakes to share and revisit old memories. You art will still be giving to many generations ahead, I am sure. THank you for always sharing with us...

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