One of my sons just turned 29.  It was his first time to arrive at this age.  I suspect he may have a few more as I know I certainly did.  heheh

Since he has been helping me with some house plans that we are having done, the image used and patterned paper from Basic Grey’s “Basics White” Designer Paper Collection with their architectural/mathematical feel seemed like a good choice.

When I think of this type of architecture a colorless concrete material comes to mind.  But, I had to have some color!

The arch was stamped twice with a water based ink.  One of the images was colored with Copics over the water base ink which then ran into the Copic ink.  (I was actually trying for this effect.  lol)  The image was then cutout and mounted over the other to give it some dimension.  This was then mounted on a Twinchie whose edges and borders had been colored with the water based ink as well.

When I was young I had ‘designs’ of becoming an architect but decided to be a stay-at-home mom instead.  I feel very blessed to have been in a position to be able to make such a choice.   Four grown boys later there are no regrets.

Hope you had a great birthday, Jeff!


Stamps: Stampers Anonymous “Creative Block #12”; SU “Older and Wiser”

Papers: Papertrey Ink “Select White”(inside) and “Vintage Cream; SU “Night of Navy”; Basic Grey “Basics White” Designer Paper; Pink Paisley “360° Degrees” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU “Night of Navy”; White Gel Pen; Copics:

Accessories: Inchie Arts “Twinchie”; Papertrey Ink “Enchanted Evening” Twill Ribbon; SU “Kraft” Taffeta Ribbon, “Real Red” Brad and Paper Piercer and Template

19 Responses to “Turning 29.. for the First Time”

  1. Hmmm…so this explains why you have such a “good eye” for stamping ! Happy Birthday to your son…I am sure he will love this card Mama!

  2. Love the layout of the card and what a wonderful twist with the architecture. I’m sure he will love it 🙂

    Now I know why your cards are always so wonderfully laid out!! Congrats on your son’s birthday – they grow up sooo quickly. My son in nowhere near 29 but I am still blown away about how old he is already. Four boys….yowzers!! I bow in your general direction LOL! I’m sure they love their mama dearly 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh, this is totally amazing Susan! Your son is really going to love this card! From one stay-at-home mom to another, I’m so glad you decided to be a stay-at-home-work-your-butt-off-like-never-before MOM! I worked 12 years before I had my guys and being a stay-at-home-mom was much more challenging and fulfilling. Like you, I have no regrets . . . I was very, very blessed as well! Big Hugs!!!!

  4. This is a great card. You have such an eye for the right image and clever ideas for pulling the whole card together. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do such great “male cards”.

  5. Ha!, I thought it was the arc de triomphe!

    Edited to add Mom’s response.
    Mom says: “Well that would have made sense, too, since you were just in Paris! I didn’t even think of that! D’oh.”

  6. I’m sure your son will love this fabulous masculine card!! Love the image and the layout!!

  7. Wow! Rainy. First off, I can’t believe you have a 29 year old son! No way!
    Your card looks gorgeous! I love everything about it.
    Hugs ands miles

  8. very cool, great guy card, hope he enjoys his first 29th birthday 😉

  9. hehe! You are too funny, Susan. Of all the birthdays I have celebrated 29 was the last one I didn’t dread! Turning thirty was a bummer — it sounded so old! Now I only wish…

    Susan, your card is phenomenal. It is such a fresh design and gorgeous. The coloring rocks. Have a great weekend! Sending birthday wishes to your son.

  10. What a great card, love the red, popping … just perfect for a 29th male birthday …- wow Susann, you have 4 grown boys, what a task in life!

  11. What a heartfelt card! Beautifully done with the images and papers and such a classy design! Happy Birthday to him!

  12. Susan, this is a brilliant idea for a card and the perfect choice of DP too! I absolutely love the look of this card, and I hope your son enjoyed this card as much as I do!! Happy Birthday Jeff!

  13. I have a tough time believing that YOU have a 29 yr old. You look so young!! Your boys must have been easy on you 🙂 Love this card.. such a handsome and unique image. The colors are so warm, too. Love it :). Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I have been swamped with deadlines, so I don’t get around to the blogs that I love *like this one*, but when you stopped it gave me the push to get over here and I’m glad I did! HUGS!!

  14. Happy Birthday to you son, Susan!
    Gorgeous card! I really love the arch stamp! Love the dimension you gave to it!
    I know your son will really love this card!

  15. Oh to turn 29, the first time! Great card. Love the colors and the layered arch.

  16. Love the architecture theme and style here Susan…fantastic! I loved the grey tones…but the color is just so fun!

    Now you have the beautiful privilege to see these four sons grown up and the fruits of all your love and effort! Awesome job on all counts Susan!

  17. I love this, Susan! Totally reminds me of Paris and the Arc de Triomphe!

  18. Cool coloring! I’m sure he loved it. 🙂

  19. Happy birthday to your son! Great card!!!

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