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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happy birthday to my beautiful twins...

Today is the birthday of my beautiful twin daughters. They will spend it together for the first time in many years, as they live 1,000 miles apart. I'm excited for them to have this chance to be together again. They are identical twins and very much alike in so many ways.

When their older sister got married in Vermont, they lived in different parts of the country and traveled separately to the wedding. They had not discussed what they were going to wear, but when they arrived in Vermont, they discovered that they had both purchased the SAME DRESS, just in different colors.

When they were small, they often got into trouble together. We were lucky to live on a circular street with all the homes on the outside and a huge area in the center where all the neighborhood kids played together. The kids were in and out of our home and the neighbors' homes and everyone watched everyone else's kids. Well. My twins went into a neighbor's home one day when this particular neighbor was sleeping. They were quite small - between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2. They climbed onto her countertop, found her sugar, dumped it out onto the countertop and were eating it by licking their fingers and dipping them into the sugar. What a mess! My wonderful neighbor was SO very understanding and didn't even scold them when she walked in on them.  I certainly did, though, when I found out about it!!

Here are the cards I made for my fabulous twins who are now beautiful women with children of their own (Watch out girls, what goes around comes around!):

I used the "Love you a latte" cartridge to cut out this pretty cupcake. The doily and the sentiment label are Lifestyle Crafts dies.

 I saw this fun sentiment somewhere online and thought it would be perfect. I wish I could remember where I found it so I could give proper credit.

The red stitched ribbon behind it is from my messy stash of ribbons.

I actually didn't use one of the layers for this cupcake. The image came with two sections of the cupcake wrapper that could be cut from different cardstock. I wanted to use just this glittery dotted CS, so didn't bother with that final layer. I did ink around the edges a bit, though, as well as in the vertical cuts between the scallops.

Oh, yes, the teal CS behind my image has been embossed with a folder called Kassie's Brocade by Cuttlebug.

On the inside of my card I stamped a little cupcake and added a computer-generated sentiment.

This is the card for my younger (by 11 minutes) twin daughter. She lives in Portland, Oregon, a city that KNOWS its coffee!! I probably should have thought of a cooler theme for her card, since they've been having a mahoosive heat wave there, but I love this cup from the "Love you a latte" cartridge and had to use it.

Do you see the sparkle on the steam rising out of the coffee cup?  After cutting the pieces, I "winked" them with my Wink of Stella glitter brush. LOVE that thing! I'm wishing I had more colors of those glitter brushes now.

I have a Fiskars stamp set of coffee-themed images, so I just had to stamp a similar cup onto the envelope, too. I thought it turned out so cute. I "winked" that steam, as well!

On the inside of this card, I stamped a row of coffee  beans in dark brown ink and then colored them with a medium brown ProMarker.

Since I had a little piece of orange and white twine left after trimming back what I used on the front, I tied a little bow and added it here.

I really love the details I was able to add to the inside of this card.

My sentiment on this card was also computer-generated.


Well, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Georgiana said...

Both look awesome but I am definitely a cupcake person!

Lynne in NI said...

Great cards for your girls, they'll love them!
And loved the story about the sugar, my sister used to suck her finger when she was little and was forever dipping it in the sugar bowl! Me? I used to scoop butter! Mum had to hide the butter dish from me ;)

Shanna said...

I love my card, my beautiful mama!!! Love YOU to the moon and back!

debby4000 said...

Two fabulous cards.

Glittered Paws said...

Aww....how awesome - love both of the cards and looks like the girls do to. I too had twins - (one has passed away) but life way fun way back when.

designbydonna said...

Both are pretty cards. I know your daughters will love them. Great story about the sugar. I'm sure they will have lots of fun stories to remember when they get together.

Diane said...

Just the perfect combination a delicious cupcake and coffee. Great job Cheryl.

Hugs Diane

Taunya Butler said...

Love, love, LOVE the way you make cards specific to the receiver!! So awesome and I am sure your beautiful twin daughters LOVED these!! You are such a whiz at making super fantabulous cards with amazing insides and making the total package!! One of these days I am going to CASE you and try adding something to the inside of my card!! But for now - I will just admire Your incredible creations!! Happy Birthday to your daughters!!!

Sue said...

Two beautiful cards, love the colors on both, and I especially loved you telling about your twins. What a darling reminder that once a Mom always a Mom, no matter how old our babies get!!! I am positive they loved their cards from their loving Mom and Dad.


Mona Pendleton said...

Hope your daughters had a great birthday Cheryl! Both cards are fabulous! Love the coffee cup and yummy cupcake! Obviously made with so much love!