Friday, June 5, 2015

FNW9: A Very Special Birthday Celebration

Hi, everyone! Happy Weekend! In tonight's edition of Friday Night Writes, I have a card for a most special birthday to share. But first, a little bit more about Mask-erade and gifts for some fellow book lovers.


Since our kitchen pantry had every type of food wrapping paper except for freezer paper, my Day 4 Mask-erade Online Class homework had to wait until we visited the grocery store. As it turns out, purchasing the paper was the easiest part of the assignment.  :(

Step 1: Using an Iron to Transfer the W&W Cutaway to the Card Base
This step actually took longer, at a hotter iron setting, than expected.
Step 2: Applying Distress Ink
I attempted the "smoosh" technique a couple of times, but was never happy with the result.
 Step 3: Removing the Freezer Paper
For this attempt, I went back to brushing on my inks.
But, if you look closely at the loop in the first "l", you'll see a little ink bled through the freezer paper.
And, unfortunately, my white pen is out of ink and this remains as shown in the pic.
So,  truth be told, I still haven't completed a card using the freezer-paper masking technique. The Mask-erade Classes were fabulous, and I learned lots and lots. One of the things I learned is that not all of the techniques are meant for me. I think I'll be using masking in future card-making adventures. But, I'll be choosing my technique pretty carefully.   :)

Stash Cardstock, Really Reasonable Ribbon lace,
and a bit of word processing
When I was at McGraw Hill, several of us formed a lunch bunch book club. It was so much fun discussing books with fellow book-loving colleagues. Our selections ranged from thrillers to historical fiction to nonfiction. There were even a few times that we had conference calls with the authors of chosen books!

One would think it would be reasonably easy to schedule an hour meeting every six or eight weeks. But, the publishing world can be unpredictable.... and unrelenting. Recent attendance has been waning.

So, a couple of us are making concerted efforts to rekindle book club interest -- especially among original club members. I have decided to surprise club members with bookmarks that include upcoming meeting dates and the next couple of selections.

But, now that I see these bookmarks in this pic, they kind of look like carrots! Think I need to stamp a little pattern on them in Versamark or a lightly-colored ink before I drop them in the mail.  :)

A Special Card for a Very Special Man

Today's card is a birthday card for a World War II veteran who will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 15.

Distress Ink core (??? blue, antique linen); Core-dinations white; Stampin' Up! cherry cobbler
Winnie & Walter big, bold, happy cutaways and stamp set
SU star punch; ??? corner rounder (for tiniest stars)
inside sentiment stamped in DI chipped sapphire

If you are interested in making a birthday card for this special gentleman, cards can be sent to: James Ralph Kuntz c/o Salena Catron at 3310 Orleans Dr., Kokomo, IN 46902. Again, Mr. Kuntz turns 100 on June 15, and Ms. Catron would love to surprise him with lots and lots of birthday wishes. 

Parting Thoughts

Looking forward to tomorrow's OWH Our Daily Bread Design challenge. Not too many of those left. Hope we have lots of players as OWH continues to finish strong.

There is a Girls, Girls, Girls Challenge going on Cards in Envy. This week and next, we are looking for cards for the ladies and, as always, cards should be mailable in standard A2 envelopes and have a thickness of 1/4" or less.

And, there is a new challenge at Words 2 Scrap By. This month, we are looking for cards for the men in our lives using "It's a Man's World" as our inspiration words. As an added bonus, there is a $20 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate up for grabs at W2SB! You have until June 26 to link up a card/project for a chance to win. 

Think that's it for tonight. Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. How thoughtful of you to make a card for a WWII veteran celebrating 100 years! I love the patriotic colors and those giant candles too!

  2. Goodness, you have been busy Sybrina! People used to (maybe still do) make t-shirts with the freezer paper technique. I've never tried doing it though, but it is on the same concepts as with the masking. They would cut their design out with an electronic die cutter and then iron it down to the t-shirt and use fabric paint and paint the design on. Some had the same issues as you had with leakage and some did not. But to tell you the truth, I didn't notice the leakage on your "L" until you told me. lol But I will agree with you in that not all techniques are for everyone. I think your smooshing looks great and I think you should make a card with you above piece! I love your bookmarks and think that is a fabulous idea to give everyone. It's really nice that you have the dates and such on them. And how wonderful is your card for a very special WWII veteran celebrating his 100th birthday soon?!! I love how patriotic it is and I'm sure he will too! I will get a card out to him too. Thanks for letting us know about him Sybrina! Hugs, Brenda