Today is my Jonathan’s 29th birthday. I know you’re shocked that I have a 29 year-old, and if you did the math correctly, you know that I was 11 when he was born.
Now that you’ve stopped laughing, you’re right. I was much older than 11 (like two decades older!). But the past 29 years have flown, and I’m so proud of my Jonny. In his spare time, he does electrical work for our company, and he’s seriously the best around. All our clients love him. His full time job is head trainer at a local gym, and all his clients love him there as well. His is kind, smart, talented, very handsome (he looks like his dad), and so much more.
I made a birthday card for him several weeks ago. The sentiment – from the Let it Ride Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog – fit him perfectly. But then I created this, and the images were more his style.
Fortunately, I will see him for a few minutes tomorrow, so I can give him this card. We’re having “family birthday dinner” on Tuesday, so I can give him the original card then.
This card was so much fun! I die-cut the set of three and the big set of gears in the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies from Gold Foil Sheets. Then I set them aside while I decided how I wanted to use them. (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I rarely have a plan when I start creating. I get an idea, and then it kind of evolves. Unless it doesn’t. Fortunately, this time, it did!)
It seemed like the best background for the gears would be the Timeless Textures and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets. The Garage Gears dies coordinate with the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog (and you can bundle them and save 10%), but Jon’s not into cars except for using them to get him back and forth. I could have used the tool box, though! He’s always been a tool guy. Even as a little boy, he wanted tools for his birthdays and for Christmas. Not toy tools; he wanted real tools. By the time he was five, he had a real tool belt filled with the basics – screw drivers, hammer, tape measure, a wrench or two, and more.
To create the background for this card, I stamped the smudgey stamp from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Classic Ink on a 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. Next, I used Soft Suede for the floral image in the Timeless Textures set. Finally, I added the circles (which remind me of coffee rings, and Jon loves coffee!) in Early Espresso. It was a little “clean,” so I sponged the edges with more Crumb Cake ink.
All that was left was to add the gears and a sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Early Espresso Classic Ink, then punched with the Story Label Punch that will be available during March. I trimmed the top and bottom to make it a “squared off oval,” sponged with more Crumb Cake Ink, then added it to the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I die-cut a few more gears than just the two sets, so I added the extras to the inside of the Very Vanilla card.
The Geared Up Garage Bundle is very versatile. It’s great for cards for guys, but there are lots of other ways to use it. I can’t wait to try some “Steampunk” projects! I love the gears.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!