My father turns 84 years young today!  This is a picture of him with my two sisters, Katy on the left (my wonderful Stampin’ Up! upline!) and Denise, when we celebrated his 80th birthday. I have such respect and admiration for this man in so many ways.  He grew up in a small town in southern Georgia, was valedictorian of his high school class then joined the US Air Force to see the world.  He met my mother when he was stationed in England and they were married in 1952.  After retiring from his 20 years in the service, he started another career in insurance and retired not once but two more times, and at 70 finally felt ready to enjoy life at home with my mother.  In all of my years, I have almost never seen my father sit down.  He is always busy doing something – yard work, gardening (grows his own veggies), cleaning the pool, even cooking.  When he wasn’t home, he was golfing, volunteering at his church, and even ran a voting location.  Over the last three years, he needed to take more and more care of my mother, who was suffering with arthritis.  When he was diagnosed with very critical heart issues last year, he made the choice for a very risky surgery simply because he wanted to make sure he would be able to continue to care for her.  The love and devotion he felt was so touching.  When she passed away very unexpectedly  in July, his life as he knew it was turned upside down and since has been struggling to find new meaning.  So, this birthday will be an important one.  Here is my card:

Dad's BD

I am usually the person who loves to send cards that are very sentimental but felt that my dad could use a little laugh right now.  Giggle Greetings is a new stamp set and is just what I am hoping to achieve.  The PPA challenge this week is using Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.  Love these colors together!!

Tip of the Day:  An easy banner technique is to make your cut up the center of your paper about a 1/2″, then cut from each corner – really fast and easy.

It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp Set:  Giggle Greetings
  • Paper:  Neutral Designer Series Paper Stack, Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso cardstock, Watercolor Paper
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Cool Tools: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder
  • Finishing Touch: Crushed Curry and Midnight Muse Markers, Blender Pen, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hung Up Cute Clips

Do you have a friend or family member who likes humorous cards?  I think this would be a great stamp set to use!  I hope you liked my card today and would love to hear what you think!  Don’t forget to leave a comment and subscribe to my blog!  I would love for you to be the lucky winner of my blog candy!   I look forward to seeing you here again soon.  Until then,

Stay calm and craft on!