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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer Birthday & BLOG CANDY!!!

"Steven, let's do something fun, cheerful, cool and relaxing for your summer birthday?!" Oh yeah!!! Aren't summer birthday's fun??? There are so many options for kids when your birthday is in the summer!! My poor Emily, who's birthday is towards the end of November, had to have a pinata out in the snow one year! LOL Of course... it WAS her FIRST birthday and we wanted it to be big!! But trust me, we haven't done it since! LOL I always feel so bad for her when she wants to go to a park or do some "outdoor activity" for her birthday. Chances are... here in Iowa... it will be snowing! So, Steven is the lucky kid... with a birthday in June!

Today I wanted to share a card I made as a birthday card for someone who may have a birthday in the summer.

I wanted it to be "simple", clean and not to cluttered with embellishments and such. I took my yellow card stock and basically started applying various BRIGHT colors of ribbon. My image is from Gina K's, "Kindred Spirits" line called, "Summer Fun". I LOVE this stamp. It reminds me so much of my kids when they were younger and NOTHING was more fun than running thru the water sprinkler. I think they even preferred it over the pool.. given that when they were small all they got was a plastic 1 footer that probably was about 6' in circumference. LOL Can't be to careful! But... in the sprinkler... you can run and jump and get wet and not really be to confined!

I did a small amount of sponging on the grass portion and for the "sky/clouds" I simply used the pointed end of my Momento's Bly Sky Dew Drop pad and swiped it across leaving some areas white.

On the inside, which I didn't photograph I simply lined it with bright colored striped DP and a Nestability tag shape in yellow so I could add the Happy Birthday. Then.... I went to Melanie Muenchinger's set, "Jumping for Joy" and grabbed those beach balls and used them as embellishments on a couple corners! You know I LOVE mixing up my sets!! I originally colored the balls with my Copics and covered them in Crystal Lacquer but later saw that the color was running and they just didn't look to "neat" so I redid them and just colored them with the Copics and popped them up off the page with some Pop Dots. Can't having my beach balls look like they came from the Dollar store now can I? Hee Hee

SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS.... MY birthday is a summer birthday!! THAT IS COOL FOR YOU!!! You want to know why????

I'm going to celebrate my birthday at Gina K Designs!!! Yep, that's right. I'm going to Wisconsin and on my way home... which IS my birthday date... I'm stopping at Gina K's.

NOW who wants to shop at Gina K's and have ME pay for it and send it to them FREE!???

I'm giving away some BLOG CANDY!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me what would be YOUR favorite Birthday Gift! I will go to Gina K's on my birthday (Aug. 17th) and get you whatever stamp set you desire from Gina K Designs ($24.95 or less) and have the gals at Gina's send it off to you! PLUS... when I get home... I will add even more goodies to the BLOG CANDY and send that along as well!! The entries will end on Friday, August 15th at 8:00 PM and I will randomly chose a winner on August 17th!! Good luck!!

I hope you had a nice cool, relaxing day and maybe even had a birthday to celebrate this summer.

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61 comments:

Cathryn said...

Happy Birthday Tina!!! Nice of you to offer such a generous blog candy on your last good year :)LOL Just kidding of course. Being first I won't be the winner but wanted to with you a Happy Birthday and have a safe trip to Gina Land. Say Hi to Sherri for me too :)

the comment will say Cathryn but that is my alter ego it just me Cathy E.

craftieodamae said...

Safe trip and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are so lucky to get to meet up with Gina K. That alone would be a gift and 1/2! Lucky girl. Just enter me in the contest. YOu know me, I love contest,

craftieodamae said...

Oh yeah, it's a gereat card! I got so excited I forgot totell you LOL.............

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Super cute card, Tina! Love how you mixed up the sets! Happy Birthday and have a great trip! At my age, just having family and good friends to celebrate with is the best gift! Well, and more stamping supplies, of course!! Thanks for the chance to win the awesome blog candy! Have fun visiting Gina K.!

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

Wow .... what a way to celebrate your birthday. My favourite birthday would be when my BFF and hubby put together a surprise birthday party for me and had my friends and family with me.
Love your card....the colours are so bright and cheery.

CraftieConnie said...

Hi Tina, well I hope you have a wonderful Birthday! Lots of fun shopping at GKD and meeting with Gina! My favorite gift, of course, is $$$ for stamping!LOL! Your cards are really cute, the B-day card is so nice and colorful with the ribbons!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

You are going to have a blast! I am very jealous of not only your trip, but that you are such a young chippy! Hope you have the best Birthday ever! In honor of your road trip, if I would win I would love the new stamp set "Are We There Yet" by Rupa! Your summer card makes me smile.

Terri E. said...

How wonderful of you to think of all of us on your birthday. I do love GKD as well! I have a Nov birthday as well and I would have to say I love the simple time at home. My Mom always let us pick our favorite dish and she made our Birthday dinner. It was some of my favorite times.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Jennie said...

This card is so cute!, love the way you wrapped the ribbon around the focal image...I see you did a bit of the inside too. Cool looking card (pun intended!)

OK, I am green with envy that you get to actually SHOP at Gina K's store!!!! Aaahh, take me with you! :o) My perfect birthday gift would be flying to WI and shopping with LOTS of money at Gina K's!! I mean Copics, stamps, accessories, etc. Have a blast girl! Thanks for the chance at this super cool blog candy!

"Tillymint" said...

I hope your Birthday will be the best yet! Party hard Girl! Wish I was there with you!
I love to get dressed up and go for a nice meal out with 'Walshie' for my Birthday if he has a little pressie for me that's good too!!!
So many sets at Gina's place - think it would be 'Framed Friends' 1st pick or Nina's first set!!!
Anyway what do you want for your B'Day????

Payne Holler Cards said...

oh my!!! how much fun is that...would love to see her store! Have you ever been there? Your card is adorable - love the use of ribbon and bright colors...such a fun card!!!
I don't know what set I would chose..I seem to be buying them fast and furious LOL I havent bought Teresa's new stamp yet...but the week isnt over either :)
Linda

Kym Weber said...

Wow Tina, I hope you have a fabulous birthday. It's so wonderful that you're coming thru our state. Only if it's to go meet Gina and visit her store. LOL I'm a little more than an hour from Gina's store. If you have time and would like to meet, just let me know. Have a terrific time and safe journey. Your card is so pretty - love your idea of all the ribbons. What my favorite birthday gift would be to have my son, Travis home from California - he's a US Marine - that would be my wish. Happy Birthday, Tina! Have fun!!

Karen Knegten said...

Happy Birthday Tina! Have a fun trip, learn a lot in your class and give Gina a hug for me! Oh heck, hug them all for me-LOL.
Be safe and enjoy your day.
Thanks for the opprotunity to win a GKD set on your b-day!!!!! I have never won blog candy but I bets it de-lish!!!

Stampin' Pam said...

What a great idea for a card with so many ribbons! I save any ribbon scrap that is at least 4" long (LOL) and this would be perfect!

SO - I think you need to PICK ME for the BD blog candy - I think you and I must be VERY close birthday sisters - you didn't say which day is your BD but MY birthday is AUG 16 - so you can shop for me on the 15th then let me know I have a BD present coming LOL LOL. IF I am chosen as the lucky winner then I want Teresa's new set - I have not been able to purchase it yet. :-(

My favorite BD gift is gift certificates to my favorite stamping places - and my family knows it. For Christmas last year boht of my brothers sent me sets of NESTIES - I was in HEAVEN!!!

Thanks Tina for such great blog candy and for sharing your special day with all of us - have a SUPER happy BD girl!!!
Hugs from your fellow Leo. :-)

Selma said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA. Your card is very cute. What a great birthday you are going to have. My favorite birthday gift would also be to meet Gina and visit her store. There are so many things on my wish list. Have lots of fun and we will be waiting to hear all about it. Happy Birthday my friend.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for inviting me to your party. My birthday is August 21st 1948 I love the Gina K stamps but have not been able to purchase any yet. When my daughter asked me what I wanted for my birthday I told her I needed a thousand dollars for everything I want in stamps and ink. (kidding her of cource) What more could a stamper want then stamps?
Charlene (carlos_dacosta@comcast.net

Allison Cope said...

Happy Birthday Tina! I hope you have a wonderful day!
I think for my birthday, I'd ask my hubby to hand over some cash and let me shop for all the new releases at the GinaK store! I just love them!

Chrissy said...

What a generous blog candy you're offering Tina! I hope you have an awesome birthday and vacation. To be able to go to Gina's store would be the awesomest(is that even a word) birthday ever! My birthday is Aug 26th and my DH is going to pay for a nice li'l shopping cart I have picked out at Gina K...but one set that didn't make the cut is Retro Boutique. I just want them allllllll.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Donna Baker said...

Well Happy Birthday!! That is SO awesome you'll visit the store (so envious) - you are SO generous with this candy, but you don't have to include me in the drawing, I just wanted to wish you a HB. LOVE your card with all the bright ribbon, I used to LOVE going through the sprinkler too (but we didn't have a pool so it was the ONLY refreshing option!)

Lueyes said...

Happy birthday! How fun to shop at Gina K's. My favorite set is Framed Friends.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to you!!Woohoo!! Nice way to spend your birthday also.I just discovered Stamp TV and the stamp sets. All I can say is wow!!
Loving your blog and your cards.

Annabelle said...

Happy Birthday Tina!!!!!!! May god bless you and I Have fun with gina... It´s very generous of you to give us candy for your birthday. So, Enjoy and have lots of fun.

horsebroad said...

Hey Tina, have a FABULOUS birthday! I also have not one, but TWO summer birthday! My birth day is 7/6, but my re-birth day (when I received a double lung transplant) is TODAY, Aug. 5! So you can pretty much guess what my favorite birthday gift was!

Tami said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday gift would be to be able to just spend time with my family. They all live 6 hours away from me.

Sunshine said...

Happy Birthday again Tina! I wish you another year of creativity and good health for you and those you love!! If I had to choose a GK set right now that I couldn't live without it would be Timeless Treasures! What a versatile set that is! Have a wonderful vacation and visit to Gina K's. Hugz from Winnipeg and fellow Summer Birthday Girl!!

Sunshine:) aka Christina B :)

Kathy H said...

Hello...Happy Birthday! If it was my Birthday, I would pick out a new computer and then some Gina K stamps!!!! I have one lonely set and would love more. I think I'll be ordering some when the kids head back to school. Thanks for the chance!!! Kathy

lisa808 said...

Tina, happy early birthday!

I'm an August baby too--the 8th. And, my niece shares your birthday.

Wow, going to GinaK's for your birthday, how exciting!

Perfectly Polished or Retro Boutique would be on my birthday wish list, wink wink!!!

Have a great trip and thanks for the chance at your fun birthday blog candy.

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday early! I love the ribbons on the card - so bright and cheery! Your blog candy is fantastic! I can't get my hopes up for winning so I won't decide on a set yet. This is really a cool idea for your birthday. Not sure what would be the best birthday present - world peace - no, that is for a beauty pagent. I did love all my St. Paddy's Day birthday parties though. The one where my dad picked out this lttle bracelet with shamrocks on it and green stones is priceless though and I still wear it. My dad was not a big shopper so I wonder where he picked it up so long ago. Whatever....I am starting to blab on... Can't wait to see your new cards and stuff. You will have to tell us all about her store etc. Have a great vacation!

Chris R. from Iowa

Heather said...

Happy upcoming Birthday! Mine is in the heart of winter when everyone is broke from Christmas- boohoo!- but I'm planning to spend the best birthday ever in my fave place of all, Austin Texas.
Enjoy your envious visit with Gina K and, most of all, enjoy your birthday!

redwasher1 said...

Tina, happy birthday all month long!!!! Hear me singing it? Love your card it's gorgeous! You know I love Gina K stamps and would love to win one! Thanks for your generous candy.

Darla said...

you are sooo lucky to have a summer birthday!! My birthday is the beginning of March... and living in Atlantic Canada that means it is definately snowing AND it is usually the week of or weekend surrounding march break (this is a week holiday from schools here) so even if it wasn't a total snowstorm cancelling any party that might be planned but none of my friends could ever make it anyways since parents often take this week off and go away for vacation with their kids.

My son's birthday (he is 7 months now) is January 4 so not sure what we'll do for him since not only is it dead winter but sooo close to Christmas. UUGH

Anyways... enough rambling!!
I love Gina's stamp sets and already own quite a few but would love to get my hands on the new set by Melanie Inspiration Mosaic. Have fun on your shopping trip!!! Good luck NOT buying everything in the store!! ;)

beebeestamps said...

Happy Birthday, Tina!! It's been a joy to get to know you and it's fun to see your name pop up on stampTV and to get your blog each day (cause I know I'm going to smile!) Be sure to take your camera so we can see all the folks you meet at Gina's store! Does Gina know that her store is a "tourist attraction"???? One of my birthday gifts this year will be Melanie's Inspiration Mosaic but I'll have to wait till October (sad face). Hope your day has been filled with beauty and happiness!

Sue D said...

Happy Birthday! That is so cool that you get to go to Gina K's and what awesome blog candy! I would love to be able to pick out a Gina K set for my birthday. If I won I would pick Melanie's The Best Things in Life because you can never have too many words.

jean w. said...

Wow you are very generous with your blog candy! I've been trying to win a GKD set for a long time...but haven't yet. So here goes another try!:) Have a great birthday and enjoy meeting Gina! It is hard to find stores like that in our area. I think the inspiration mosaic would be the one I'd like. Enjoy your trip and visit to GKD!

mcgeechs said...

Happy birthday to you Tina. What a nice way to celebrate with us. Hope you enjoy meeting Gina. One of my favs from the new release is Timeless Treasures. I love the vintage look to it. Thanks for a chance to win and enjoy your trip.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Tina!!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip and your birthday is filled with your every wish!

What a great card and I love the ribbon background, so cool.

I think that right now I would love to be able to go to Gina's store for a present, how fun that would be!! Yes I am getting just a little green of you getting to go. Thank you for offering such fabulous blog candy in honor of your birthday.

Corrine Ann said...

Happy Birthday! I would love to win a Gina K. stamp set for my birthday which is December 27, as I do not have any at this time. I have been to her store once and it is a neat little place. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy...hope I am lucky for a change.

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday! I love the ribbon background on your card. How cute!! My favorite birthday gift would be for my DH to plan a date for us without me having to do any of the work (i.e. calling my friends to get them to babysit). It wouldn't matter what we did just the jester would be nice. Oh well I still love him. ;) Have a great time at Gina's store! I wish I could go but it's a little far of a drive for me!

Anonymous said...

My wish would be to spend my birthday in Florida and be able to celebrate with my sister who I don't get to see often enough. Happy Birthday to you and thanks for a chance to win. Love the Inspiration Mosaic set.

Marsha said...

Early Happy Birthday to you. Mine is the 16th - so pick my name for my birthday ! The set I want you to send me is Hip Hop . LOL

Sharri Seffens said...

Tina, you are so generous to be giving away blog candy on your birthday!
So what kind of Birthday cake do you want when you come to visit?

Anonymous said...

I'm wishing you a happy birhday and a fun time at GinaK's.....you lucky thing! I would absolutely love to get timeless treasures. I think that is an amazing set. What are you getting for your birthday?

Linda S. said...

Thanks, Tina, for shopping for us!! I also have a summer birthday (June) and I celebrated by going to a workshop conducted by Michelle Zindorf. We learned how to do her beautiful brayered backgrounds. It was a thrill for me! Hope your birthday is as much fun as mine was.

Anita said...

Happy Birthday! What a great way to spend a day! I would love to own Inspiration Mosaic!

Cheri Howard said...

Happy Birthday! Only in blogland do I see people giving AWAY gifts for their birthday, but that is SO COOL! Thank you!

My favorite birthday gift right now would be to get a bunch of Spellbinders dies that I don't have. If a millionaire wants to buy all of them for me, that would be drop-dead fantastic, but there's just a few I want really bad! ;D

Cheryl said...

What a fantastic way to spend your birthday. I would adore to visit Gina's store. Happy Birthday. I had a had time choosing a set that I would like because I love so many of them. I think I will have to go with " Are we There yet" but I almost said "the Journey".
Have a fun time and report back all about it. Happy Birthday.
Cheryl Sims

StampinCathy said...

Happy Birthday Tina!
Your card is so cute. WOW you know how to celebrate with this sweet candy. I would love to be the lucky stamper to win this fabulous and yummy candy. Thanks for a chance.

Karen Knegten said...

What a fabulous birthday MONTH for you-making it to the Center Stage! I am so happy for you. I am so glad you'll be at Gina's on the big day too. Hee hee- I don't have birthdays anymore, since we got married on my birthday, I only have anniversaries. So now we don't add candles to the cake-LOL

Anonymous said...

Have a great birthday Tina. Thanks for sharing all your great cards with us.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!!!!

Jan Eamer

Melanie said...

wowee!! what GREAT way to spend your birthday!lucky, I still haven' been to "THE STORE", take lots of pics!
very generous blog candy hope you get lots of takers, and thanks for giving us all aheads up of your bday!!
great card, love those ribbons!!!

jonim52 said...

Happy Birthday. Mine is on August 24th and of course, the best gift is spending time with my family, but as far as a gift gift I would like a day at the spa: massage, facial, manicure and pedicure! Thanks for the generous blog candy.

Mindy Andreyo said...

You are gonna have a great birthday! I can't wait to hear about your trip and time!

As for sets I would love - I have two and can't decide - Are we There yet & the Journey.

Happy Birthday and thanks again for the great giveaway!

Candy Gardner said...

Great Card Tina, and Happy Birthday! I love the way you used the ribbon. I spent my summer days(in Florida)just like the kids on the front of your card. Hope your visit to Gina K is wonderful. My birthday is in December and I would love to have any of the new stamp sets from Gina K. I really like Inspiration Mosaic, and Timeless Treasures. Elegant Post, and Are we There Yet are wonderful as well. I just finished my 18 year job; homeschooling my son, who is now in college (Praise the Lord), and now my new job is to put all those pictures into scrapbooks. Fun, and daunting at the same time. Thank you so much for a chance to win some blog candy.

Annelies said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you'll have a wonderfull day! My birthday is only in December and I hope to get some Copics. I'm hesitating to buy them, so I would love to get a few to try them. My favorite Gina K stamp set is 'Take Flight'. Thanks for a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Giovana said...

Happy Birthday Tina!! I think going to visit Gina K. would be a great present for me too!!! Maybe one day I will, my MIL is from Wisconsin and she always wants to take me over there, LOL.
I really really want to re-organized my Craft Room, I gave my husband some ideas and he always says, Oh, Ok, that looks cool! LOL.
Aren't men just men? They don't get it. LOL

Hope you have a great birthday and thanks for the chance to win.
God bless
Giovana

Diane said...

Happy Birthday, Tina. A trip to Gina K's would be an incredible birthday gift. That would top the birthday gift of all birthdays! What a great way to celebrate. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for the chance to win a great gift on YOUR birthday! =)

Corrine Ann said...

My favorite birthday gift goes back a few years...when I was 13 and my grandfather gave me a beautiful blue Schwinn bike! How nice to give a birthday gift to someone else on your birthday! My daughter's birthday is August l. Happy Birthday Tina!

Rusha said...

What a fun way to celebrate a birthday! Wow!! I think a trip to Gina K's would be the best birthday gift!! Have fun!!!

StampinDi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wow! How lucky are you to be going to Gina's store for your birthday. Hope you have a great time there and get everything you wish for. For my birthday in October my DH always takes me to Door County in WI. It's always so beautiful and relaxing there at that time of the year. Maybe I can talk him into taking a detour to Gina's store this year. Thanks for the very generous blog candy. If I were to win I'd have to pick Melanie's "A Year of Flowers." Keeping my fingers crossed!

Betty Benton said...

CHANGE TO MY ORIGINAL POST

Tina, As I am writing I am turning greener and greener. Oh, to be able to shop in Gina's store IN REAL LIFE! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip. Since I was lucky enough to win the color challenge and get Inspiration Mosaic as my free set, if somehow, I am lucky enough AGAIN, I would love to have Say It With Flowers, to coordinate with my "go to" set, A Year of Flowers! Happy Birthday and Happy Shopping!

Linda said...

BLOG CANDY I LOVE IT! I want everything there its so hard to pick... ugh what a choice. I will probably pick Ins.Mosaic, I am eyeing that up often. Such a nice set. I am getting in under the wire here.. hoping I win, that would be ironic.LOL

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