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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Laurie Blog Hop

Today is a special day!  It is Laurie's birthday and we are having a mini-blog hop in her honor! 

What can I say about Laurie?  I am so lucky because we only live about 5 minutes from each other.  We met when I was selling Usborne books and she was a customer and then when I started demoing for a stamping company she hosted a party for me.  The rest is history!

Laurie is a super-talented stamper!  I'm sure you've all seen her work!  She also takes amazing photos too (and not just of her cards).  Honestly, I don't know how the girl does it because she is busy, busy, busy!  She is very involved in her daughter's school (always amazing them with her wonderful talents), she is on the women's ministry team at her church (also amazing them with her talents) and also works a part time job (and that is just the tip of the iceberg).  She is a great friend and it feels weird if we go a few days without talking, texting or chatting on MSN.  She makes me laugh a lot too...she has sent me some pretty funny emails through the years! 

So, enough talk, let's get to the card!

I just couldn't resist pulling out that vine from the "With Sympathy" set.  No, we are NOT mourning that Laurie is another year older, LOL!! I just think that vine is so beautiful and it felt like it should be used to celebrate something.

Honestly, I probably should have used silver pearls on this card somewhere because Laurie is the Queen of Silver Pearls!  She does beautiful things with them.  But, instead I placed clear rhinestones on the purple flowers and colored them purple with my copics.

Laurie, I hope you have a fantastic birthday!  I am so thankful that our paths connected all those years ago and then connected again!  I know that God was right in the middle of that and I am so thankful for our friendship!  Happy birthday!

Be sure to visit these other amazing stampers who are also celebrating Laurie's birthday:

Jen (That's Me!)
Sue Ann 

Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: With Sympathy, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Paper: Royal Velvet, Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Studio G (Green), French Lilac Palette, Tea Dye Duo
Other: Rhinestones, Corner Rounder, Linen Impression Plate, pop dots, copics, button


  1. Jen I love your use of the vine and your color choices. Very cool. I'm also jealous that you only live 5 minutes from Laurie!

  2. I LOVE THE COLORS ...... and the canvas IP really just brings that extra something to the party!!! Beautiful as always!!!

  3. This is a great card Jen...has some softness and a little funkiness as well (good funkiness)...the purple is an eye grabber!!

  4. Great card and FUN idea for your blog hop!! She will love it :)

  5. Jen! Thank you so much for this blog hop! So fun to come in this afternoon and find it! Your card is gorgeous!! I love the colors and that leaf branch! And the addition of the pearls! FAB!! I am so lucky to have you 5 minutes down the road! And really in my computer everyday! I do miss you though! It has been a day or so! LOL! Thank you so much!!

  6. This is so lovely Jen! I love the color combo and choice of stamps!

  7. Count one more person who is jealous of you living 5 min from Laurie. I would so love to live near you both. How fun would that be? You made such a cute card for Laurie, that sympathy vine is really so versatile. I am sure she appreciated your blog hop for her birthday.

  8. You all are the sweetest friends to be holding this birthday blog hop. Laurie and you are so lucky to be not only friends, but stamping friends, just down the street.
    This card is both whimsical and elegant, quite a combination to pull off. Wonderful choice of colors. And the sentiment strip is fabulous.

  9. Beautiful!
    Love the colors...
    and Happy Birthday Laurie!! :)

  10. Gawjus! LOL I hope Laurie isn't mourning her year older either. Too fab! I adore that vine and the prple swirly blooms. so pretty. Love the texture the IP added too. The gems are also pretty fab and totally gorgeous placed just so. Awesome card Jen! Love it!

  11. Gorgeous! I really need that impression plate.

  12. WOW!!! Where do I start here? I OF COURSE LOVE THE COLORS!!! Then, I have to say STOP using this set (it's growing on me now thanks to you). I also like the sentiment panel a bit offset from the base and that you left justified the vine so eye catching!

  13. So beautiful - I absolutely adore the colors you chose in combination with the impression plates. Clean. Chic. Lovely.

  14. This is a very pretty card, Jen! Love the blue!! I was curious about the button rings as well ;-) They are just lovely!!! Can't wait to see what you'll make for A Passion for Papertrey!
    Hugs, Wendy

  15. This is SO pretty, Jen! Love the kraft against that eye-popping purple, and all of those little gems... fabulous :)

  16. Love the bright colors on this card, and I agree, the vine is beautiful!

  17. Love that linen embossed background and the POPS of blue!!! So pretty!

  18. Jen, you are making me want the "With Sympathy" set. This card is beautiful!

  19. Jen, you are making me want the "With Sympathy" set. This card is beautiful!


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