Today my second son turned 13. I am amazed at how fast these kids are growing up! Some days...it takes forever. But looking back, it has flown by! I have loved every minute of it. What a great blessing it is to be a mother. There is nothing I would rather do!
We didn't do a big party for him, just gave him what he asked for, money, and drove him to the store. I was SO excited when he decided on a RipStik instead of something that needed electricity. He is in front of the tv or the computer WAY too much these days! Now, I just hope he doesn't hurt himself! He is a lot more coordinated than his mom, so there is hope! I made my first ever ice cream cake for him. He asked for one and we usually buy one if they ask, but....we are trying hard to stick to our budget and those things are crazily priced. I just made a regular 9x13 chocolate cake, cut it in half, layered some slices of chocolate ice cream (from the square container) in between the two halves of the cake, frosted it, and stuck it in the freezer. It was great! He said it was the best ever. You can't get much better praise than that!
Speaking of birthdays, here is a cute birthday card/envelope I made the other day for a friend. I used a piece of designer paper from Stampin' Up! that I cut to 5 x 12. I didn't measure it exactly to fold, but just did a tri fold that ended with the flap overlapping a bit. I punched half a circle from the longer flap with my new big 1-3/4 circle punch from SU. I used adhesive to glue the sides together about a half inch in from the edges. Then I used the scallop border punch all along the edges. I didn't think the punch would work on more than one layer, but it did! I cut a small slit in the crease of the shorter flap and fed my ribbon through there and around the back. This way, it can come out under the focal point. I layered a piece of red cardstock I had scalloped under the shorter flap and used a dimensional to stick my scallop circle element on the front. I really liked the color combination on this paper and was glad I could copy it in my focal point. I just love how SU colors work together!