Janelle and I met in middle school, became good friends in high school and became great friends in college. I moved to Atlanta, and she is settled in Pittsburgh. Four years ago, Janelle and Jason (her amazing husband) welcomed twins – Jude and Jonas. When I call to chat with Janelle, the two boys always chime in to say “hi, BK!” and “I love you, BK!” I love it!
CUTE STORY ALERT: Jason is probably going to disown me for sharing this story because tens of followers will read it. But I can’t resist. When the boys were born four years ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were finishing the playoffs and were headed to the Superbowl (that’s a football game). A Pittsburgh news station popped into Janelle’s hospital room to interview the couple on the birth of their sons so close to the Superbowl (still not sure why that’s a news story, but…). After a long night of supporting his wife during her delivery, Jason was tired and emotional at the same time. The station crew filmed him saying, “I look forward to having the boys home so I can sit on their laps to watch the Superbowl.” That’s right. HE would sit on THEIR laps to watch football. The station either missed that during editing or caught it and loved it. Either way, it aired – and all their friends, family and coworkers were able to watch Jason in his moment of glory.
As I set out to design birthday cards for Jude and Jonas, I knew I wanted to make colorful cards that a four-year old would love, but I wanted to give each his own card. THEN, the thought crossed my mind to make the cards as mirror images of one another. What better way to honor twins?
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You’ve already read a lot, so I’m going to be quick about this.
- Layout. Each card base is 5″ x 5″ in Island Indigo, followed by a 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″ piece of Summer Starfruit, followed by a 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Sycamore Street. I then cut another piece of Sycamore Street at 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ and then cut it corner to corner. Here’s a quick look a the papers I used:
- Painting on the stamps. The sentiment on the face of the card is from Make a Wish, a wonderful set available in the Spring Catalog. I painted the candles with my Stampin’ Write Markers using three of the colors featured in the Designer Series Paper – Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit and Rich Razzleberry. I gave them a big “huff” and then stamped those on Whisper White and trimmed around them. I stamped the entire image in Island Indigo and then glued the trimmed, painted candles over top of the ones in the image.
- Add shape. After I had the pieces layered together (just the pieces shown above and the complete sentiment. Something was missing. I decided to repeat the circles from the patterned paper by punching some large circles in corresponding colors. The circles add a nice diversity of shape to these cards.
Stamp sets: Make a Wish Inks: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker, Summer Starfruit Stampin’ Write Marker, Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker Papers: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Accessories: 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Apothecardy Accents Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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