November 4, 2017


 I won't be teaching you any new technique in this post. But, I WILL tell you a little story. Here goes:

Once upon a time, a long time ago, Stampin' Up! released a stamp set that featured a cute little pirate called Ahoy Matey!

My youngest daughter, Sarah, completely fell in love with that set. She informed me that forever and ever, any time I made a card for her, I MUST use this set.

Well, the years rolled on, and I did use Ahoy Matey! in many of her cards. But, I, for one, like a bit of variety, so wasn't completely faithful about using the pirate in EVERY card I made for Sarah.

It became a little more fun to incorporate the pirate -- and sometimes other stamps from the set -- in cards as she became older.

Well, Sarah turned 34 this weekend. So, Mom HAD to use the little constant pirate in her card.

Since her last birthday, Sarah has gotten married and had a little boy, our grandson, Enzo. Sarah is very particular about how Enzo is dressed. I wouldn't dare buy clothing for him, since it would probably not meet with her approval. Suffice it to say, he always looks like a little doll. Sarah Style.

Enzo -- and Balti, her husband -- have become the center of Sarah's world. Because of these couple of mentions, I decided to incorporate a little sleeper -- in Enzo colors -- into the card by hanging it on her hook. And, this is what I came up with:

I used my beloved Prismacolor Pencils to add the color to the card. 
The dots were added with a white gel pen.

I stamped and colored the gift package (from the Birthday Delivery set on page 69), 
then fussy cut it to add to the tip of the pirate's sword. 

Seen from the side, it is obvious that the only dimensional part of this card 
is the gift package, which is popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional.

I know it's not obvious, but the sword is colored with a metallic silver pencil. 
I also added some Wink of Stella to it so it really glistens like metal. 
It actually does in real life.

 So, that is how my little story ends.

Happy Birthday, Sarah!



  1. Well, I bet Sarah totally loved the new version of the card! It is lovely and the 3-D gift effect is gorgeous!

  2. that card is so wonderful! I do love the stamp! xx

  3. Aw what a wonderful birthday tradition! Thanks so much for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  4. Too too cute! Great tradition!

  5. What a lovely idea, and what a beautiful card! Thank you so much for sharing it, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely week ahead!

  6. The little pirate is adorable, I can see why your Daughter fell in love with them!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

  7. what a creative idea, and that pirate is adorable! Congrats to your daughter. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. It's inspiring to witness the creativity and dedication put into making a child's special day truly unforgettable. May your future celebrations continue to be filled with joy, laughter, and memorable adventures!

  9. The attention to detail and creativity put into every aspect of the party was truly impressive, from the treasure hunt to the carefully crafted decorations.