Thursday 17 September 2015

Happy Birthday Kat .....

.... Hello again!  Today our darling daughter Kat (as she has chosen to call herself) turns 14 years old!  I still can't quite believe just how fast the last 14 years have gone by, it really does only seem like yesterday that she was a tiny baby totally dependent on us.  And now, well, she's a wonderful young woman - confident, bright, funny, sometimes grumpy, but always our special girl.  Here's the card that I made for her:

Happy Birthday Kat - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dylusions - Endeavour, Quintessential Quotes, Which Way Up, Bits of This, Dy's Alphabet, Clearly Quotes, Clearly the Right Word, Clearly Alpha
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Glass Effects (S4-451)
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Garden Green, Island Indigo, Pacific Point; Copic Markers; SU DP - Pacific Point

 This is a large card - I used a card blank that I brought over from the UK, it's 8" × 8".  Well, it's a special birthday.  I used a few challenges in the making of this card.  I used the sketch from MFT Wednesday Sketch Club - MFTWSC#241, although I did adapt it a bit.  The colours are from Colour Me! Card Challenge - CMCC#89.  And, as I've used a die, I'm submitting this card to Left of Centre - LOC#95.

Kat is very specific about her likes and dislikes, and she has a somewhat eclectic taste in music and fashion.  So I was quite pleased to find that she "lurves" my Dylusions stamps - so I had to use them on this card.  I stamped the image on white card.  I used my MISTI to stamp the image, it allowed me to stamp it three times to give a really black outline - love this tool!  I coloured her with Copic markers, cut her out and then edged the image with a black marker.  The MFT sketch gave me the idea to use my Glass Effect die - first time out!  It took a while to create the panel as I had to cut it five times, make sure I didn't lose any pieces and then inlay the individual bits!  I'm glad I made the effort - looks super.  I finished the front with a fun birthday greeting.

Happy Birthday Kat inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

On the inside I cut a mat layer of blue design paper. On the white panel I had fun adding lots of Dyan's sentiments.  Dyan's stamps are available in lots of formats - red rubber, photo polymer, wooden - and the same images comes in a variety of sizes.  This is great, as the sentiments in pale grey are the small versions (photo polymer), while the large sentiment in the middle is a red rubber stamp.  I added a few decorative details too.  And to complete the package, I added some decoration to the envelope too.

Happy Birthday Kat env1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday Kat env2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I also added some decoration to the wrapping on Kat's birthday present.  All in keeping!

Beautiful steampunk style necklace, made by Valerie Brinchick.  

And the parcel - done in style!

Finally, here are a few photos to show my our lovely girl has changed!

Kat - Northville, August 2015 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Kat - taken at the end of August - our Goth Girl!!  Almost 14 years old.

Kat - Novi, November 2011 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Our very first visit to the States in Novi.  We came to check out the area and find a place to live!
Kat was 10½ years old in this photo.

Kat at school in Northop Hall, July 2006.
She's 5¾ years old here.

If you've made it this far, thank for reading.  I think you can gather that I'm very proud of our girl. She's given us so much joy and so much more to come!  Bye for now.



Ardyth said...

Happy Birthday Kat! (My Kathryn went by 'Kit' for a while!) Wishing you a very special day!

Antonia said...

Your eclectic card is bright, funny and very special! Just like your daughter Kat. I'm sure she will "lurves" it. Thanks for taken the time and affort to share it with us at Colour Me!
Hugs Antonia

Steph said...

Wonderful card and your daughter is beautiful. I love that glass effects design and your color choice is great too. Thanks for joining us at LOC challenges.

Rebekah Weckerly said...

What a beautiful card for your birthday girl!!! I bet she loved it!

Bhavana said...

very interesting card. electric bright fun card. Thanks for joining us at COlour Me!!

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