Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Firetruck cake

and here is my birthday boy!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Firetruck, firetruck

So my nephew just turned 4 last Friday.  It's been a whirlwind and not so much celebration yet.  He was very sick for his birthday, and the day before, and the day after and the day after that.  Baby brother has had a bad cold most of the week, but has two shiny little teeth to show for all his stuffiness.  His Daddy got sick over the weekend and is still recovering today.  So birthday festivities will happen this weekend, hopefully.  It did give me some extra time to work on a very special birthday card for my special birthday boy.  I'm his caregiver while mom and dad work and I have been since he was 3 months old.  It's an honor I am happy to have.  I have made all his birthday cakes so far so when I asked him what kind of birthday he was having this year, he asked me if I knew how to make a firetruck cake.  Of course I told him I could.  Well, I haven't gotten the cake made yet, that will be this weekend, but I did get the card made.  Austin loves to draw/color so I thought a coloring fire themed card would be ideal. I don't own any fire themed stamps, so I headed to the internet for coloring pages.  I came across Fireman Sam.  I thought he fit perfectly for my preschooler's card.  I'm not very computer savvy and my computer guru was at school (dd14) so I played around and ended up printing my coloring pages as 5x7 black and white prints.  So here is my card

I colored it in with my copics and add a SU Happy Birthday sign to the truck.  Then I made these coloring pages and made my card accordion style.

My little guy prefers markers to crayons and truthfully, they don't break nearly as easily and I picked these up at Kohl's during Christmas for a buck a pack.  So I added the pack of markers to the back page.

Now I'm just waiting for the weekend so I can make his cake, give him his card, and his new Thomas drawbridge and Salty train.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mystery Dino

I'm in a group of "mystery swappers".  Every other month the hostess for the round sends us an image to turn into a card.  This round was Kate's turn to host.  She sent this adorable little dinosaur.  I wasn't sure what to do with him so I hit the store for some designer paper.  I was thinking dinosaur tracks when I went but I could only find different styles of dinosaurs in the background.  When I got home I realized I have the Basic Grey dinosaurs, so I added the tracks and the words from that set.    I kept my card simple so the background paper could show.  I hated cutting up those cute little dinos and tried to make their faces show as much as I could.