Something Worth Celebrating

There’s something really worth celebrating today…Sonny Peterson’s birthday. I am not always good at remembering birthdays – this is terrible for an avid card maker. A couple of months ago, I bragged that I wrote a bunch of birthdays in my calendar (“Yay, Brian!”).  But I have yet to flip the calendar page over to change the month (“Boo, Brian!”).  No matter because Sonny has ways of reminding me that her birthday is coming…:)  Here’s Sonny’s birthday card: 

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Deciding Between White and Vanilla.  When selecting Designer Series Paper for the background of a card, it’s important to check the colors.  It’s super-important to define whether Very Vanilla or Whisper White are the base of the DSP – is there anything more embarrassing than a white panel on a vanilla background?  Well, this DSP gives me an option.  Even though Birthday Basics features Very Vanilla, the background of this page is Bermuda Bay.  Woo hoo!  A choice.  I chose Whisper White.
  • Y-O-U.  It can be difficult to line up tiny letters on the face of a card.  They’re just so tiny!  Here’s an easier way to do it – stamp the letters and then punch them out.  I punched each of the letters with the large shape of the Ticket Duo punch.  I then fed the punched image back through the punch, creating a square for each.
  • Balance.  After the sentiment and the three letters were placed, I needed an embellishment in the top, left corner of the card.  I tried several different options before deciding a couple of punches from Boho Blossoms add the right balance of weight and femininity.  I think Sonny will like the flowers.

Stamp sets:  Remembering Your Birthday, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet & Numbers  Papers:  Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper  Accessories:  3/16″ Corner punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Basic Jewel Pearls, Ticket Duo punch

Happy birthday, Sonny!

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  1. Such a bright and happy birthday card for Sonny … Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Sonny!

  2. Oh my dear friend, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, what a treat to receive a Brian King original birthday card, that is a gift in itself. I love the cheery, bright and happy colors and the sentiment is right on the money. Celebrate YOU today, my friend.
    Love you lots!!!!!

  3. Happy Birthday Sonny! Enjoy your Special Day… and the card that hits the ‘spot’ from Brian. .

  4. Love the rounded corners and the punched out YOU! Colors are terrific too, very nice. 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday Sonny! What a super fun card to receive in the mail! Love the fun polka dot paper and the “sketched” font of these letters cropped from a ticket punch! Now make a wish Sonny!

  6. I opened up your blog today and was wished Happy Birthday as it is my birthday today as well! While I know it was for Sonny I am going to enjoy my e-card from Brian. = ). Another great card as you inspire me to mix and match stamp sets. You never disappoint.

  7. Birthday wishes to you Sonny! The sentiment says it all. Note to self… Ticket Duo Punch trick in my ‘Brian’s little black book of tricks’. Another great one. Enjoy your day Sonny!

  8. Happy birthday, Sonny! And what a cute card, Brian.

  9. Happy Birthday Sonny! How lucky you are to receive a Brian King original. Hope your day is as beautiful as your Brian card.

  10. Thank you ! Thank You ! Thank You ! What a super special birthday surprise ! I love it …the card is the cutest and yes ,I like those cutie flowers . I have been without a computer since 6pm last night because of a virus alert . So I have just gotten on line …and feel like I am like the celebrities that always arrive two hours late ….and it`s my Birthday celebration . Okay lean over close to the screen Brian so I can give you a bear hug ! Your are the sweetest Rising Star in the Kingdom !!!! Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes ! It makes my day special . ….

  11. Happy birthday to you , Michelle ! It`s nice to meet another November baby …Have a great day !
    Hope this coming year is the best yet !

    Hugs, Sonny

  12. Birthday blessings to you, Sonny! and many more!

  13. So pretty Brian and so Sonny!!!

  14. Really liking the Crisp Cantaloupe with the Raspberry Ripple. It’s visually happy without being treacly sweet. Hm. Cantaloupe and Raspberry. Wonder if the flavors would complement each other as well as the colors.

  15. Brian, I am the same way with birthdays! They are all in my calendar… I just have to remember to look at it! Perhaps we need a deliberate reminder on the last Saturday of each month to check the next month’s birthdays… maybe we can make a new years resolution and stay on top of it next year 🙂

  16. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Great card, great color combo, & hope you are having a great birthday Sonny!!! 🙂

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