Tuesday, October 7, 2008

3 Challenges and celebrating Daniel's Birthday

While having dinner around 7:15 last night, my daughter told me that she's done with homework, has taken a shower, and asked if she can go to bed early. I asked why and she said that she was too tired that morning and she wants a lot of sleep tonight. That means after I prepare for her school clothes and mine, our lunches the next day, feed the dogs, and wash the dishes, I'll be able to stamp and stamp I did :)

When I saw Jen Del Muro of I{heart}2Stamp sketch challenge over the weekend, right away I knew that I wanted to play along with everyone else and I knew right away the perfect stamp to use for this sketch.

Main image is Ike and Mike Go Fishin' from Whipper Snapper Design and stamped on Whisper White card stock with VersaFine Onyx Black and colored the image with Copics markers. I love the way it came out (I have issues with Copics..that's why! I just love every one's image when they use Copics markers but never like when I do it). The snow and snowflake are covered with Crystal Stickles.

And I have to peak at SplitCoast Stampers and see what's the color combination for the following day and I'm so glad that Emily posted it early. And this week's color challenge is Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss. After seeing Ashley's card here, when she used the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping, I just had to use it the same sketch.

I ran to a friend of mine while at the store yesterday and she said "Oh! perfect... I have something for you!" and she gave me this stamp from Inkadinkado for my birthday... how sweet is that? So, I made a card using the same stamp she gave me.

This is what the inside card looks like.

And lastly, yesterday would have been my son's Daniel's 14th birthday, he's been in heaven for the last 13 years and 10 months and I've always celebrated his life on my own little way. When I used to do this when my daughter was little, she had a hard time understanding it. Well... more like not liking when I tell her that we're celebrating my angel's birthday. She always tell me that she's my baby angel. So I have to call my Daniel, my heaven angel and my Toni, my earth angel.

Anyway, yesterday morning she reminded me to get a cake for her Kuya (big brother) Daniel. After dinner, we lit a candle and sang Happy Birthday to him and enjoyed a chocolate cake.... YUM! Here's Toni blowing her BIG brothers candle :)

Stamp: 1st card: Ike and Mike Go Fishin' from Whipper Snapper Design 2nd card: Kathy Davis clear stamps fom Inkadinkado


Paper: 1st card: Whisper White, Going Grey, Bashful Blue and Brushed Silver card stock from Stampin' Up and Patterned Paper/The Christmas Pack from DCWV 2nd card: Whisper White

Ink: 1st card: VersaFine Onyx Black and Copic Markers 2nd card: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango

Accessories: 1st card:Cuttle Bug, Snow Dots
Cuttlebug Folder, Bashful Blue gross grain ribbon, MS snowflake punch, Stampin' Dimensional and Crystal Stickles 2nd card: Satin Chocolate Chip ribbon, Stampin' Dimensional and Green Rhinestones

66 comments:

Ashley said...

Hi Catherine! Love your interpretation of the circle sketch! It's great!

~amy~ said...

Great cards...love the circle one!

Eve said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the name of your blog!
Wonderful cards.
Kindly,
~Eve

mueppi said...

Wonderful cards!
Hugs Gisela

Kathryn said...

Wonderful cards -- Love the polar bear & penguin image -- just adorable! You did a great job on Jen's challenge!

Janine said...

Beautiful cards Catherine!!

Emma said...

Your cards are all soooo lovely.
Emma x

Kristine B. said...

Awww...CUTE CUTE card--love those images so much. Great job with the cuttlebugging too. And what a sweet story about your angels. It's very touching that you are able to honor him this way each year. Blessings to you and your family ♥♥♥ =)

Julie Masse said...

Oh your cards are so adorable!! That first sketch card is perfect!!! And I the round one is fresh and pretty! :)

Manna said...

*Thunk* More WOW cards today! Love the circle card's clean & simple design! Just beautiful!

Holly said...

Hi Catherine! Cute cards! The circle one is very neat and I love that saying! The Ike and Mike one is just adorable! You did a great job coloring it. Loved seeing the picture of your little earth angel. I'm so sorry that your son isn't here with you; I just think it's beautiful the way you and your daughter keep him in your lives though. {{hugs}}

Rachel Hope said...

Awwww...look at that cute wittle Polar Bear!!! Such a cute card!!! Love the clamshell card too!

Cindy Haffner said...

Lovin all your cards, awesome job.

Dani said...

Seriously those cards are super cute! Great job!

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is so fantastic that you can celebrate and remember him. Hugs! :)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

First.......what an ADORABLE WS card!! Oh that image is beyond precious!!!! I lov eit!!! Second.......very cool Circle card...I love that sentiment! It reminds me of that song!!!

Then......HUGS!!!! What a sweet tradition!!!

Alina Brito said...

Hey, thanks for dropping by my place. Yes it is exciting, I guess I got lucky.
I have to say, you card is gorgeous, very elegant and clean, I honestly like it way better than mine :)
ciao!
Alina

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

I was so touched by your celebration and your daughters thoughtfulness of the rembrance of your son.

Gorgeous card for Jens sketch, and I love the new color combo..I hope I get in 1 card...I am off to a swim meet tonight..

Deb said...

Happy Birthday Daniel and what a cutie Kuya is!! I love, love, love that absolutely adorable Whipper Snapper card! ande the others are sooooo very pretty!!!

Alexandra said...

Your cards are beautiful Catherine, love Jen's sketch card, it turned out gorgeous!! Happy birthday to your sweet angel - how awesome that you still celebrate him! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Camilla said...

Oohh your cards are gorgeous!!
Good luck with my Candy;) Thanks for joining!
Hugs, Camilla.

Kristie said...

Gorgeous card Catherine...I love that first one & your colouring is awesome!!!
Your story about your son made me cry...but in a good way. That is soooo sweet. It must be hard for you, but I'm so glad that you shared that with us...big hugs xoxox

CraftyC said...

I love your 1st card, a fantastic stamp!
Clairex

Alyssa said...

Love your cards but I just adore the WS one...their images are so, so cute but expensive! You have a fantabulous interpretation of Jen's sketch too :o)

Carolyn Bounds said...

All of your cards are beautiful!!! Here is an earthly Happy Birthday to Daniel. Thank you for sharing this special day with the rest of us. You and Toni have defintiely touched my life. Such great love and tenderness is a lesson for us all:o) Big hugs, my friend!!! I know this day was a difficult one.

Love,
Carolyn

Beate said...

Gorgeous cards, Catherine!
The first one is soooo cute and the circle card looks amazing!
Hugs and smiles

Rita said...

Your cards are gorgeous! My favorite is the first one, I luv it!!!

Joy said...

love that stamp from whipper snapper! I was going to buy it but I ended up getting the other one...a hug for ike...I think that's what it's called. but I lov the card! totally cute!

Courtney said...

I forgot all about the cards when I read about the birthday party... *sniff* *sniff*

WhimsicalThoughts said...

Love the Whipper Snapper card so cute! Love all your card, your very talented! Thanks for sharing :)

Carmen O. said...

What fabulous cards! I love them both you can send them to my address... ;). Thanks for sharing your remembrance of your heavenly angel and your sweet earth angel. I think it's awesome you and your daughter celebrate Daniel's Birthday!

Sarah {SCS: Sairabee} said...

Your cards are awesome, as usual. And what a sweet way to celebrate the memory of your son. ((hugs))

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

The first is adorable, the second just blows me away! WOW what an awesome card!

Gayle said...

THEY ARE ALL SO "BEARY" CUTE! :) I love bears and your card just gives me the urges to buy that stamp! Such wonderful designs! Hoorah Catherine!

LINANNA DESIGNS said...

Catherine, these cards are all stunning! I was moved by your words regarding your son Daniel. I adore angels each and everyone is very special!!! Your daughter is beautiful, your own special earth angel!! Thinking of you at this special time. Hugs Linda x

Rach said...

Catherine your cards are stunning, just like your gorgeous daughter.
i was so moved by what you have written about both your angels..
it is so lovely the way that you both remember and celebrate Daniels Birthday...so special...big hugs to you both.
Rachxxx

lauman said...

Ike & Mike are too cute!!!

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

Lana said...

Catherine I love both of these cards. The whipper snapper image is so cute and you did a great job with it. The second card is so elegant and stylish and the colour combo is lush!
The story of your son Daniel really touched me and the fact you celebrate his short time on earth is so beautiful.
hugs
Lana x

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Laurel said...

Love the cards! I love the Whipper Snapper one, great job with the sketch.

Love the story of your angels, and your daughter is beautiful!

Ami said...

Love the cards. The circle is very simple yet elegant and thanks for sharing the birthday with us.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just beautiful, Catherine! I LOVE them both!

Nancy said...

Both these cards are great! I love the chubby polar bear in the first one. I haven't been impressed with my attempts at circular cards, but I really like yours!

Deanna said...

Your CAS card is stunning!

I think it amazing that you still celebrate your son's birthday, I will be sending your blog link to my best friends who celebrates her sons every year too! :)

Julie Koerber said...

Catherine, that circle card is absolutely fabulous! I love how crisp, clean and pretty it is!!! FAB!

Rose Ann said...

Both of these are fabulous, Catherine!! I love them!!

What a special way to celebrate Daniel's birthday. Hugs!!

Donna said...

how great are these cards?! love the mike & ike fishing *adorable* and the circle card so special. HB to Daniel!!

Anthonette said...

Hi Catherine,
I'm sending you a virtual tight hug. I had no idea you had lost a son. Thanks for sharing how you celebrate his life.

That circle card is amazing! Hugs!

Heather said...

You know I love the cards!!!

What a touching post. My heart goes out to you for your strenght and love ... It is a wonderful way to celebrate his life and to share it with your daughter. Thank you for sharing this. God bless

Jen-Jen said...

OMG!!! Catherine, Bisaya Diay Ka? Your lil' Earth Angel is such a sweetie. That is so good that you keep her Kuya's memories alive, a very heart warming post.

Hugs,
Jen

Kristy said...

Im so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you can celebrate his birthday I think that is fantastic. Love your all your cards, soo amazing!

Tiff said...

I think it's so sweet of you and your family to mourn the loss of your son in a positive way... Your cards are beautiful too!

Theresa said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate your son's life and birthday. Your cards are fantastic!

Shelly said...

Hi Catherine! What a nice way to celebrate your son's birthday, it must be both a sad and happy time all in one. The story about your children being earth and heaven angels is lovely!

Your card, by the way, looks fab! I love the layout and the image is great! The colouring looks perfect too! ;o)

jen del muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

Great cards and cute pic of the lil' one! Thanks for playing along and good luck!! Hugs-Jd

Vicki said...

What a REALLY sweet card!! :) LOVE that Whipper Snapper stuff!! CUTE!!

Sandy said...

I think the way you pay tribute to your son is very touching. Your cards are all so beautiful!! Love that Ike & Mike image.

Bev said...

The little polar bear is just too precious Catherine, and your colouring is fabulous. Love the round card too - perfect!

hugs Bev x

Mary said...

Bless your heart, Catherine. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to lose a child. My heart aches thinking about it. Thank you for sharing your story and the picture. Your daughter is gorgeous.

Kristin Bueter said...

Catherine~

Wow...how did I miss this post? I need to get better about looking at the words people write and not just the pictures of their wonderful creations.

I'm sorry to hear that you lost your son at such a young age. Trust me when I tell you I can relate and my heart goes out to you. I'm happy to hear that you celebrate him every year, I think that's important ♥ Blessing to you and both of your angels ♥

~Denise Lynn~ said...

What a lovely way to remember your baby's birthday. It's sad to hear that you lost your son, but it's wonderful that you've chosen to celebrate his life.

Love your cards, the first one is just adorable. :)