Friday 13 January 2017

21 today ....

....  Ben, is 21 years old today. I'm sure that time goes on a faster path once you have children - it really doesn't feel like 21 years since I had Ben. My blond baby boy is a man - with black hair and a beard! I was really lucky to spend a few days with him over the new year period helping him get settled into his new flat. This is the card that I made for him:

21 Today - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Visible Image - Tomorrow Doesn't Exist, Rays of Light, Music Speaks; Uniko - Simply Said Birthday
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Stampin' Up/Sizzix - Large Number Framelits
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Black Gloss Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Doodlebug Sprinkles - Black; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm not sure whether or not Ben will have received the card yet! Some of the post I send to the UK gets there quickly, other times it takes ages. I've made a really clean and simple card for Ben - he tends to like them that way. I used my favourite ombre blue inks - Blue Breeze from Kaleidacolor - to ink up the sound waves and sun ray images. I die cut the numbers from some black gloss card and also from some plain black card, layering them together to give some thickness to the number. I adhered them flat to the card front. I finished the front by adding some simple black enamel dots. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped another of the sound wave images and added a birthday greeting which was made up from stamps from Uniko and Visible Image. I heat embossed them with clear powder.

21 Today inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems21 Today sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I really like the Visible Image sets - they work so well for masculine style cards!  I'm submitting this card to several challenges:

I actually made this card before any of these challenges were posted - it's amazing that it works for them all :)

Before I go, I'm going to share a several pictures of my young man Ben, after all, it's his 21st birthday:

Ben dressed up in a knitted suit. Get a load of those specs I'm wearing!!

One of my favourite photos of Ben - pure joy on his face - he was 11 months old here.

One of my pageboys at our wedding in April 2001.

 It's super Ben - Canterbury. 

Ben and Jonathan - family trip to Pontin's in August 2006. Ben was 10 years old here.

Taken on a very cold morning at the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade in November 2014.

And this is my most recent photo of Ben taken on 1st January 2017 in Hastings railway station. We'd been shopping and Ben walked me to the station to get my train back to London. It was pouring with rain and we both got soaked! I hope that Ben has the most wonderful birthday and send him all my love and best wishes.

That's all for today.



Stella said...

Congrats Deborah! You must be a proud mum! And your are right; time really does fly.... I LOVE the stunning CAS card you made for your son. It;s a gem! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB! It's so good to have you with us!

Wiebke Kommerell said...

Deborah, you are sooo right - time is flying by when you have kids!
We have 4 "youngsters" here (yes, sometimes they are a good mixture of young & monsters!) :-)
My oldest son Paul will be 14 next week - then Vincent 8 y, Stella 6,5 y and my 5 monthes-Baby Milo.

Does Ben love music?
The "frame" and also the center of your cool card reminds me of these different kind of music-waves on synthezizers.
Perfect & powerful sound for a new year of lifetime!

Best wishes from
Wiebke (KomMa-designed)

Ros Crawford said...

What a lovely pst for your son... And I adore that card! So graphic and perfect for the occasion! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! you have certainly come up with a STUNNING card for Ben on his special birthday, (still is to me LOL) LOVE the effects you have achieved here. I'm sure he will be thrilled with his card.
GREAT photos, you made a beautiful bride too.
Thank you for linking up to us at The Male Room, hope to see you again. Faith DT

Neets B said...

What a great card for a guy and for the occasion, I'm sure Ben will love it. Those stamps were perfect for an ombre effect, works so well.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Susan said...

Terrific card for your wonderful son. It looks like you have a nice relationship with him. Enjoy your time celebrating his birthday. Thanks for sharing at CAS on Sunday!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

That's a fantastic card Debs and love the shot of ombre in the centre and on the edges. Superb effect with the bold black sentiments. I'm sure Ben will love it and what a fun trip down memory lane. Thanks for playing with us at Less is More. Sarah x

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Helen x

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, good luck!!! Amy DT

Karen Dunbrook said...

what a super cool card...sure he loved it!!

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