I had to hurry and finish this B-day card for my son and get it in the mail before the weekend. It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped but I put a lot of thought into it so that it would suit and amuse him. Since he is no longer a teenager and definitely doesn't like sweet, cute stuff I had to keep the look simple and masculine. I decided to make an easel card so perhaps he might look at it for more than a few seconds. The birthday boy is a wild and amusing fellow with a variety of interests (raising a puffer fish was one of his more recent projects). When I saw the steampunk puffer fish stamp at Viva Las Vegastamps, I knew it would be the perfect one to go with the stamp, " I'm not INSANE..... I'm just crazy with a side of awesome." (also from the same internet site). I changed the 'I'm' to 'You're' by cleaning off the ink on I'm before stamping and then writing the 'you're' in blue ink. The fish and star paper is the same double-sided one from K and Co. The Wish Big words are from a small G studio set. The puffer fish was colored with Copic pens and the castle turrets were decorated with Stickles to look like lighted birthday candles. Stickles were also used to decorate the inside plaque which holds up the card. The plaque was cut out using a new, thin Sizzix scallop edge die with an interior rectangle. Inside the card I plan to write a message that says "Wish granted......" I think my son will get the humor and meaning of the card even though maybe no one else will. I guess we just have the same 'sick' sort of mind....LOL! Hope this long post won't discourage you from returning back to this blog to view the creative side of my life. See you soon!