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Tuesday 7 January 2014

Happy Birthday

Good morning all.
Very fragile mother here! I'll be fine once I know he's arrived in one piece but that won't be until about midnight tonight, meanwhile I'm like a cat on a hot tin roof!! I will have to go food shopping if we want to eat today....must remember I'm not feeding Gary though, the food bill will probably half lol.

Update...managed a brief conversation with Gary on Facebook whilst he was waiting for the gate to open in Hong Kong so I'm much happier now!! Hoping he manages to get some sleep on the flight to Auckland as he didn't manage much last night...."the old codger in the seat behind played solitaire all night on the touch screen TV"!!

Sharing a card I made on Saturday so I could hand deliver it to my nephew on Sunday and save on the postage!!

Kraft base card; stamped background (a very old stamp from Anita's) mounted onto a fancy nestie square; football die brand spanking new from Tattered Lace Dies and a recycled ribbon bow to which I've added a pearl.

Challenges entered:
Come and Get it - something new
Great Impressions - use something new
A Gem of a Challenge - something new
Sweet Stampin' - sport and fitness
Charisma Cardz - birthday
Shelly's Images - out with the old, in with the new
Simon says Stamp - something new
Sweet Stamps - kraft paper
Shopping our Stash - use something new
The Crazy Challenge - cards for men

Carol x


  1. Carol, I can remember that feeling when Carolyn went to Australia for two years. I'm sure he will enjoy it and you'll feel so proud at what he has accomplished. I love your card and you nephew will love it too. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. Gorgeous card my friend....your son will be fine...love from his mum though indirectly now he can feel it....I know how you feel, trust me NZ is a lovely place so he will be good....not far from me in Australia..thinking of you.xxx

  3. Gorgeous card Carol, a really fabulous design.
    Take care
    sue xx

  4. I'm quite envious that he will be in NZ for a year - even though you will miss him terribly. I absolutely adored the month we spent there. Best holiday destination I have ever been too. Love your football card. Great male card. Hugs Christine xx

  5. Wow! What a fabulous creation Carol! Perfect GUY card ... well done! Thanks so much for joining our "January – Out with the Old, In with the New" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images Store

  6. So pleased you managed to get some contact with your son - we never stop worrying about them! Fabulous male card today Carol, love the word stamp! Susan x

  7. I love how graphic your card is! Perfect balance of image and paper. Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions.

  8. Great man card. Hope your passes quickly so you hear from him soon xx

  9. So pleased Carol that you had contact with Gary thorough facebook my you can relax a little its always tense when they go away so far .....your card is just so beautiful love the sentiment image x

  10. Wow love that new square die, fabulous job on the card. I love the idea of the words in the die cut rather than the image. thanks for playing along with us at SOS for the "something new" challenge

  11. Wonderful die cut frame for the sentiment. I agree the use of the sentiment for the focal point is a fab touch! Very masculine and wonderful card!

  12. I like the graphics of your very old stamp. Beautiful soccer ball in the foreground. Bravo! It's successful !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz in this period of birthday !

    Best wishes for 2014 !

    Hugs from France.

  13. Fabulous Carol! Loving the die you have used and lovely to hear that you have heard from Gary.

    Linda xxx

  14. Great footy card
    Thanks for joining us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly

  15. This is a brilliant card Carol, I love the background stamp and your football die is fabulous - I must resist and not go find one.

  16. Great card, love how you incorporated the sentiment and kept to the black and white. Glad you joined us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  17. This card is great. I really like the frame with the soccer ball.

    Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

  18. Beautiful card love the frame and the football which makes one stunning card. Love Alison xxx

  19. Fantastic masculine birthday card! I love the kraft base with the black and white of the rest of the card! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  20. Fab card Carol and glad hes safely on his way huggles Sue xx

  21. Love your fabulous card, perfect for mans card

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



  22. Great male card, love the colours and design. Thanks for joining our Birthday challenge at Charisma Cardz
    xx Vee

  23. Loving this fun card- my daughters both played travel soccer grou=wing up, so we spend alot of hours enjoying the game! Ohhhh I am flying to HK in a couple of weeks- I never sleep on planes- maybe an hour at best! Thanks for sharing with us at SweetStamps.com

  24. What a fun card for your nephew! Thanks so much for sharing this week at CAGI. We hope to see you back very soon!
    Come and Get It Design Team
    Queen Bee Paper Crafts

  25. I just love the black and white on the Kraft! SO Masculine! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Come and Get It!

  26. This is great I like the design and the colours, Thanks for playing along with us at Gem of a challenge and Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

  27. What a great masculine birthday card! I'm sure your nephew will love it, and that you hand-delivered it. :) Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  28. A great card. Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz in our birthday celebration and good luck.


  29. Fabulous. I so love the sentiment stap...it is wonderful. Your new footie die is perfect with this

  30. Forgot to say that I felt the same way when my eldest went to Australia and New Zealand. She went to Thailand and Cambodia as well and that made me nervous. Just seemed so far away. But she had the time of her life and so will yours. I should scrapbook the pictures for her!


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