Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Julee!!

That's right. As you've probably guessed by now, it's our fearless leader's birthday today. And in case I wasn't loud enough with that graphic, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULEE!!! (hee hee). As you can see above, the Verve Divas and a few Verve fans got together to surprise Julee this morning with this special Blog Hop. If you just stumbled onto my blog, you may want to head over to the Verve Blog and start at the beginning - there's LOTS of fabulous inspiration you won't want to miss!! And then when you're done here, the next stop on the hop is my fellow Verve Diva Jackie Pedro!

When I started thinking about creating a special Birthday card for Julee, I naturally pulled out one of my all-time favorite Verve sets, Happy Days. I mean, if I'm sending Julee a card and little gifty from Maui - it might as well have a fun surfer girl flair, right?


I wanted to make the card at least a little bit girly since it's for Julee (which is always hard for me - I don't do girly well), so I decided to use some girly colors (translation: there's some pink in there). The papers are printed digi papers from the new Alphabet Soup for Girls kit by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe). I took my cardstock, ink & ribbons colors from those papers. I paper-pieced the hibiscus flowers, which was actually easier than I anticipated and used about a gazillion dimensionals on the card to give it lots and lots of depth. Oh, and the layout? I dug up an old Sweet Sunday Sketch by Karen Giron for that.

I do have a fun little gift package I'm mailing to Julee tomorrow. Yeah, yeah. I know that means she won't get it until about a week after her actual birthday - but see, that was all part of my genius plan. This way, her birthday just gets to last that much longer!! (or something like that...LOL). In reality, it took me awhile to build up my courage to set foot inside Maui's ginormous Sanrio store to pick out a little somethin' somethin' for the birthday girl (just act surprised when it looks like a certain little cartoon cat from Japan puked all over your little gift box Julee!!). Oh man, that place is SCARY. I've still got the heebie jeebies. {shiver}. Oh, and don't go getting your panties in a wad about this Julee and saying I shouldn't have done it - it's not THAT exciting of a gift!! ;-) But seriously, Happy Birthday girl. We love ya!!

And for everyone else, you might want to head on over to Jackie's Blog and see what amazing eye candy she has to share with us, she's the next stop on the hop. I'm sure we won't be disappointed!!

16 comments:

Wendy said...

Jen, this is spectacular! Love the girlyness of it!! And has a Hawaiian feeling, so perfect! Have a great day girlfriend!

Donna said...

Jen, amazing card, as always!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just beautiful Jen! LOVE the colors!

Amy Sheffer said...

Amazing, Jen! You pulled off the surfer girl look perfectly!

Patty said...

Awesome card, Jen. I can hear the waves along the shore! Sweet.

Marisa said...

Great Hawaiian themed card from the shores of Maui! Glad you survived your venture in to the store LOL!

Tanya said...

I love this set, your card is fabulous! So girlie, so sweet.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

very pretty Jen, great summer birthday card!

enjoy *~*

marilynwillauer said...

Great card, love the colors!! Nicely done.

Mercy said...

so bright and cheerful...awesome job, jen!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh my word, you totally crack me up, Jen! I've never imagined Hello Kitty puking before! LOL Thanks so much for the fabulous birthday wishes! Love your surfer girl flair and I'm so blessed to count you among my friends! Huge hugs!

Oh, and PS... love the little graphic, too! :)

Julia Bettencourt said...

Jen, What an amazing card. Love the brightness of the hibiscus!

Wanda Cullen said...

Love this summertime treat of a card!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Oh Jen!! This card is fantastic!! Love the colors and dp you used with the wave and hibiscus images!! Talk about gorgeous!!

Shannan Teubner said...

Totally adorable, Jen!! Love it!

Lynda Benden said...

This is AWESOME Jen! I LOVE that set and didn't even think to use it!! So glad you did!