Okay . . . you have to allow me a little sappy moment . . . my baby turned 21 years old today. While she’s basking in her day, I remember the day of her birth. Back then I didn’t want to tell anyone how very badly I wanted a little girl because they might think I was a terrible, disappointed mother if it was a boy. So . . . when she was born I just kept saying through my tears of joy . . . it’s a girl . . . it’s a girl . . . . Oh, and she was such a beautiful girl with her little wisps of red hair. And, now, she’s even more beautiful, and so much more talented and smart and fun to be with than I ever thought any of my children could be. She brightens a room when she walks in it with her joy and enthusiasm for life. I am so very proud of the adult she has become.
But, then, there’s this 21st birthday. Even though I’m as old as the hills, I still remember what it felt like to turn 21 and finally arrive to adulthood. I don’t worry about Caitlin, but it’s a little hard to see her step just a little farther away from being my little girl. So, on this special birthday, I wanted to make a card just for her that said, even though you’re 21, you will always be my very special girl.
The second I saw the Always stamp in the new catalog, I knew I had to have it. There went my strategy of trying to use some un-inked stamp sets before buying new ones. So, I searched Splitcoast Stampers for more inspiration to use this beautiful set – I really wanted this card to be special – and here’s what I put together for my girl.
This card is not just inspired, but almost a direct copy from this card by Laura at Scrapnextras. Laura used the baby-wipes technique to ink up the heart and the bird. I’ve never done that technique before, but she put together an excellent tutorial for it here. With her tutorial the technique is easy as pie and really gives you a chance to be an artist – creating your own paint pallet with the way you mix the inks on the baby wipes. (I had to laugh about how appropriate it was to use a baby-wipes technique for my baby’s card.)
The rest of the recipe is just Real Red and Blue Bayou cardstock; Sky Blue Designer Series paper; Real Red, Sky Blue and Blue Bayou ink and re-inker; hodge podge hardware; red small grosgrain ribbon; and non-Stampin’ Up! rhinestones.
So . . . to my baby Caitlin . . . from Mom . . . Always my girl!