Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Biggest Birthday Card

This is the last week of school, and with it comes a very busy schedule.  There are pool parties, art celebrations, spring fairs, and more.  I am exhausted from all the running around!  I'm also scrambling to find things for my kids to do this summer, like art classes maybe.

I did find time to do a BIG birthday card for my now-13 YO daughter.  It's 6 3/4" square, so big that I do not own an envelope for it.  I just asked her to close her eyes while I placed it in her teenaged-hands. 

I broke out a piece of Hollywood Vogue Webster's Pages, from my precious supply.  I didn't want to cut into it at all, which is why the card is as big as it is! 

I chose this piece of patterned paper because it has special meaning for my daughter.  In the background of the patterned paper is a script from "The Wizard Of Oz."  When Haley was really little, that was her favorite movie and she had her very own Ruby Red Slippers from Target.  She wore them ALL the time, even when she was in my sister's wedding (we got permission first). ;)  When her feet got too big for those "Dorothy" shoes, we had to go get the next size up.  Today, on a shelf high on Haley's wall, resides that first pair of Ruby Red Slippers amid her Wizard of Oz figurine collection.


I added some lily-of-the-valley stamps from the Stampin' Up! set, Ever After.  These are Haley's favorite flowers.  After stamping them right onto the Webster's Page in Always Artichoke, I used a white gel pen to whiten the flowers. 

See the Wizard of Oz script in the background?
I am proud to have gotten my Deco Fan punch-around-the-page to work so well! 

The inside of the card.

This card is entered into one challenge:  The Shabby Tea Room - pink, green, neutrals and flowers.

I want to share my big news with you:  I'm going to be on TV!  The Philadelphia-area CBS affiliate is doing a story on Operation Write Home.  Operation Write Home (OWH) is a non-profit that collects handmade cards from crafters like you and me, then sends them overseas to our soldiers.  The soldiers can 'shop' for any cards they need to send to their loved ones. 

Recently the president of OWH, Sandy Allnock, asked if I'd be willing to be interviewed for my involvement with OWH (I donated many cards in the past year).  I nervously said 'yes'.  A producer and cameraman came to my house last week and filmed me!  I made cards in front of them, showed off some of my more recent creations, and had an interview.

The piece is set to air sometime in July, but the producer isn't sure exactly when.  After it does air, however, I'll be able to show a link here at my blog to the CBS site, showing the interview.  I can't wait to share that with you!

Colleen

Stamps:  Ever After, Bliss, Charming - SU; Strawberries - Flourishes
Paper:  Pink Pirhouette, Very Vanilla, Basic Black - SU; Hollywood Vogue - Webster's Pages
Ink:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Punches:  Monarch and Royal butterflies, Garden Gate deep edge, Deco Fan PATP - Martha Stewart; wide oval - SU
Other: pink satin ribbon, pearls, white gel pen, rhinestones

26 comments:

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well how awesome is that!!! Now your a movie star! AND I get to meet you~~ oh very cool! i am so getting your autograph! Seriously - what an honor to be filmed with/for such an amazing site!!

Anonymous said...

This card is gorgeous, Colleen!! Love the pink punched border. Lilies of the Valley are my mom's favorite flower too adnthey look fabulous on this card. Great touches with the black and pearls too. I'm sure she will love it! I'll have a teenage daughter in September - eeeek!! So hard to believe.

Kids are out on the 29th so I have an extra week, but that really makes no difference as it is chalk a block full of year end activities as you mentioned! Have over half the summer booked with vacation, swimming,camping with friends etc. so just have to fill in the holes. Phew!!

Hugest of hugs to you and a Happy Birthday to Haley! Love the red slipper story :)

Linda Callahan said...

Big, bold and beautiful! Love this card! Happy teenage years to you and your daughter :) And how cool that you are going to be interviewed on TV~!

~Tammy~ said...

This is great news on your interview! So very neat! Big and beautiful is this elegant card! Perfect for a little lady!

Tenia Nelson said...

What a gorgeous card and congrats on the interview!!! yay!!

Debbie said...

Lovely card ... The Wizard of Oz is on of my favorites tooooo!! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

Happy Birthday to Haley - WOW 13! That's an important birthday!!

WOWOWOWOW ... we have a celebrity in our midst -- that is SO COOL that you'll be on TV for your OWH involvement -- way to go, girl!!!

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful card, Colleen. I love the punched border. Congrats on your interview!

Bonnie said...

What a special card for a special young lady! I'm impressed about your interview! Can I have your autograph? Can't wait to see it. Don't forget to link.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Love this card, I am going to have to KopyKat this one for sure! OMG, what great news, can't wait to see you on the news and for such a great cause. That is so awesome.

Heather S. said...

Beautiful card for a beautiful young lady. Made to order with so many favourite things incorporated into its design. Congrats on the TV gig! Hugs! RYPH!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a gorgeous card for a gorgeous gal!!! LOOOOOOOVE the butterfly--and that frame! OH MY! Just lovely! I hope that your daughter had a great day--many blessings to her!! Celebrate YOU!! Psalm 118:24

And I cannot wait to see the clip for your TV debut!!! I bet you were super AMAZING and that your creation that you share is SOOO FABBBBY!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

Anonymous said...

Love the card and I am sure Haley will too! Happy birthday to Haley. Lots of fun details. Loved the story about the red shoes!

Now, the TV segment is cool! Wow- a star is born! I have made a few cards for that cause. Plus, my husband visited the burn unit at the VAMC in San Antonio and took a huge stack of cards to the patients there a few years ago.

Thanks for sharing!

Chris R. from Iowa

Emily Keaton said...

I can completely understand why you went with such a big card, Colleen!! I wouldn't want to trim off any bit of that Websters Pages goodness, either. It makes for such a beautiful card--a big card for a big milestone birthday! All of your special touches look gorgeous, and you really did do a super job with your PATP. :) I hope Haley had a wonderful 13th birthday!! That's so cool that you included so many personal touches in this card for her. What a terrific keepsake!

Sounds like your interview went really well!!!! Can't wait to see it--but July??? What torture!! I am just so proud of you. And now I can say that I know a celebrity. So cool!!!

Good luck with the end-of-the-school-year whirlwind!! We are in the midst of ours, too. The 22nd is the last day. I am SO ready!!!

Hope to talk to you soon! Take care, my friend. :)

Andrea Ewen said...

A beautiful card, with such special meaning...how wonderful for Haley to have a mom who can make such fabulous things for her...personalized, too! Love all those delish border punches and the sweet butterflies! Delightful! And make sure to let us know when you're on T.V. I so can't wait to see it!

Benzi said...

What a special card for your daughter and so beautiful!
And, on tv because of your OWH cards...that's awesome, Colleen!

Maria said...

Such a gorgeous card for your daugher! Happy Birthday to her!Love the black against the pink and green! The border is gorgeous as are the butterflies! A TV celebrity. May I have your autograph?:-) That's awesome...congrats to you! I can't wait to see the interview! Take care and hugs!

Noor Nahdi said...

Wow...so happy that you've been interviewed!!!! We're so much waiting for the link :)
Colleen, this card is absolutely gorgeous!!! Accents have coordinated beautifully....

Stella said...

A stunning card ofr a wonderful daughter. I love the story behind the card; why you used these papers and stamps. And the Story of her Wizard of Oz shoes is heartwarming. Lovely to read!

I am so glad for you that you are on TV. Congrats and enjoy becming a celebrity:) You deserved it!

Michelle said...

Wow! Congrats on your tv debut!! Hope I don't miss it!
HB to your daughter....such a lovely card! I know she will love it!

chilli pip said...

What a stylish card ...I am sure your daughter loved it .
Those pearls are such a lovely touch and that fan punch just finishes it off to the T x

chilli pip said...

What a stylish card ...I am sure your daughter loved it .
Those pearls are such a lovely touch and that fan punch just finishes it off to the T x

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh Colleen...on TV how exciting. I am so happy for you and can't wait to see you on TV. You deserve it girl. Your designs are unique and beautiful. I was just thinking yesterday about sending one of my cards to them (No Glitter-so hard for me...lol) Your Big Birthday card is like a piece of art. So beautiful. I think it looks like something I would find in a boutique down in Fernandina Beach. It's so gorgeous. I love it.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Shirley said...

Congrats, Colleen! I am not surprised! Just look at this gorgeous creation! Love the punched frame and the trip. The butterflies are wonderful too!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

This is so pretty Colleen! Your daughter will love it! Love the story of her ruby shoes! I hope she is doing a bit better. I have been thinking about her. Congrats on your TV debut! Can't wait to see the clip! Now we can all say we knew you way back when! LOL!

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Your card is gorgeous!! And Wow! How exciting for you to be on TV! Very cool!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

Hugs...
Melissa

Ruby said...

Colleen, this has to be one of my new faves of yours. It's just gorgeous! I love the butterflies in black against the delicate background.

It was wonderful reading all about the ruby red slippers too. Wizard of Oz was my favourite film growing up!

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