Case Study #137 - Wonderful Birthday

Technically, my son's wedding is today as it's 1 a.m. and I am wide awake, unable to sleep.  Too many thoughts and memories running through my head, most of them remembering the little boy who wouldn't leave my side for the first few years of his life.  It is hard to imagine that he is getting married today...a grown man who now will have a family of his own.  Rather than tossing and turning, I decided to get up and try to make a card for a challenge that I have really been enjoying, CASE Study.  Each week you have an inspiration photo by a talented designer "Muse" and you can make any kind of card you want depending upon how you are inspired.  Lots of fun, lots of ways to interpret each sketch.  This week's sketch (#137)  is again by JJ Bolton.  I have really enjoyed her CAS style and use of great techniques with die cuts.

Here is this week's inspiration photo:

I was inspired by JJ's use of white cardbase, color, and her stamping through a die cut.  It is hard to see in my little picture, but if you check out JJ's original post of this card, there is a little clear tab next to the word "you" that you pull and the globe fills in with colorful beads.  The colors are so pretty, so Spring-like, I decided to color up a really pretty label stamped though a Spellbinder Labels #25 die.  Waltzingmouse Stamps Folk Art Labels #25 is such a pretty stamp set, requires little shading (my kind of coloring) and also has some places to put a little bling.

                 Here is my card:
The patterned papers are by Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep) collection and I cut the edges of the green pattern with pinking shears.  I added lots of little rhinestones to the label and used some Gina K 110 lb white paper for the card base.  Copic markers do not bleed though that paper so you don't have to worry about it coming through onto the other side of the card.  The little blue tab is my take on the clear plastic tab JJ used on her card.  It is now 2:15 a.m., my post is written and I think I might just be able to fall asleep.  I am looking forward to sharing some photos of my sons wedding with you as soon as I get the chance to go through them.  Wish me luck!


Rhonda said...

I hope the wedding event goes smoothly. Enjoy the time.

Marybeth said...

I'm sorry you can't sleep ...I so understand why you cant. I bet it's feels like its was yesterday that he was the boy by your side.
Love the way you framed this card! Beautiful coloring and love the cut out.
Hope you tried that tea!

Joyce said...

For some reason, I thought the big day was tomorrow! I hope you ended up getting some sleep--your card is wonderful, a great way to use that beautiful WM set.

Pauline said...

Absolutely gorgeous card!
Wow, your little boy is getting married, no wonder you can't sleep! Congratulations, and have a fantastic day xx

Hopefully this beautiful card helped you get some sleep. The inverse die cut is fabulous. He will always be your little man. Congratulations to your son and his wife to be. Enjoy every minute of this day.

Jeanne J said...

I'm dreading the day my kids leave me too - a big step for both you and your son. Take pride in the great job you did raising him to be who he is today - big Congratulations! Your card is beautiful - I really like how you colored in the frame and the die cut window - oh and that satin tab at the top!

Renee said...

Love the little peek of blue tab...
and the gorgeous coloring!
I can't even think about my babies being grown enough to marry...
weren't they just born? :)
Time goes so quick...
but I know you had a wonderful day and am just happy that he's happy.
You did good mama! :)

Cathy...I have been thinking about you all day! I hope you and your family are enjoying the wedding of your son, so exciting. I see why you were not able to sleep! Your card is just beautiful and you would never know it was created in the middle of the night. I love your coloring too, so perfect...can't wait to see photos and hear all about the wedding.

Debby said...

Hope the wedding went well! I love the negative die cut with lovely colouring. Thanks for joining us at CASE Study this week :)

Vickie Z said...

'Kay I'm a little late...hope the wedding went well...well... There're always little mishaps but, I hope it was a joyous day!! It goes so fast... My oldest got married in November 2011 and I can remember being so worn out up!!

Fab card BTW!! Sorry, I was so focused on the wedding thing and being a mother!!

I'm just seeing this Cathy. Your insomniac card is brilliant! I hope everything went smoothly for the huge event! I remember feeling the same way (it seeming like a minute ago that my DS was a child, how could he be all grown up and getting married?!) and that was over 11 years ago! Can't wait to see the photos!!

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