Happy Birthday, Gramma!

Happy Birthday, Gramma!
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I am blessed with two amazing Grandmas and today is my dad’s mom’s birthday – happy birthday, Gramma Bee!  When my brother and I were growing up, my parents thought it would be easier for us to call our grandparents by the first letter of their last names.  I still call them Gramma Jay and Gramma Bee and what’s neat is I can illustrate their last names with a blue jay or bumble bee.  🙂

Gramma Bee is incredibly talented and creative – she crocheted me a tote bag from stripes of cut up plastic grocery bags (it’s SO COOL)!  She took the logo I made for my husband’s company (that my cousin turned into a digital file) and made several embroidered patches for his polo shirts.  Gramma crocheted me several flowers for card-making; made me a custom wall hanging to store all my craft tools in (rulers, brayers, scissors, hole punchers…); sewed curtains for me; made me seat cushions, pajamas and so, SO much more.  I am just one of her seven grand-children and if you count our spouses, she has more than seven, plus several great-grandchildren.  If you think she’s made a lot of things for me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Every family member gets custom, special gifts she created for us for our birthday and Christmas.  This is one extremely giving, creative and talented lady.  I believe I get a lot of my creative genes from her, but I think she is far more clever than I am.

Last year was Gramma’s 80th birthday and we held a party for her at my parents’ house.  This was the birthday party invitation I made for the family.  I nabbed her Facebook picture and printed it on glossy photo paper and tore the edges for fun.

Gramma Bee's 80th Birthday Party Invitation

Gramma Bee's 80th Birthday Party Invitation

I made the cards in an assembly line and liked the way this looked.  Here are my little soldiers, lined up and ready for the button embellishments:

Little Soldiers

Little Soldiers

This was the card I made for her last year.  The heart pops out when the card is opened.  I hand-wrote the sentiment with a sparkly Copic Spica marker:

Gramma's 80th Birthday Card

Gramma's 80th Birthday Card

Gramma Bee's 80th Birthday Card - closed

Gramma Bee's 80th Birthday Card - closed

I really hope she received her card in the mail yesterday.  She subscribes to my blog via email and is on Facebook.  This will spoil the surprise if it somehow did not arrive on time.  Gramma, look away until you get the mail!!  😉

"I Love You Sew Much" Birthday Card

"I Love You Sew Much" Birthday Card

I made the card with Cosmo Cricket paper and cut the two 12″ x 12″ sheets down into two diagonal pieces.  Using a zig-zag acrylic stamp from CTMH, I faux stitched the two pieces together like fabric and embellished the card with buttons, a sewing machine image, and my favorite new measuring tape ribbon!

“Have you hugged your grandma today?”   ~ Thanks for reading my blog.  🙂

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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  1. It’s always such a delight to see your cards. Each one is creative and a work of art. I really like the “we love you sew much” with a pic of a sewing machine. Your cards are truly one of a kind!

    • Aww, thank you so much!! I am really happy with how the “sew” pun card turned out. I have to give credit to the paper I buy from several different stores and vendors. Without such a great paper collection, my cards would be less interesting.

  2. How perfect, Steph! Love all your cards, but I’m really loving the ribbon you chose for Grandma’s card this year! Too cute! And adorable paper! You’re so creative! I like to think we get our creative genes from our grandparents too! 🙂 It’s just trickling all down the family line! 🙂 Love it! 🙂

    a.

    • Thank you! That ribbon seemed like the perfect fit for our grandma. It’s neat that all of us have some sort of artistic or creative talent. We’re blessed to have had such creative and incredible people for grandparents. 🙂

  3. Delightful cards Stephanie! I’m just now getting to this one. Mom showed it to me. We really love the measuring tape bow.

    Dad and mom

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