Happy 18th Birthday – with Selfies

Happy 18th Birthday – with Selfies
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This week, my step-son turns 18! He lives at home with us full-time and he’ll often pick up his dad’s cell phone and take selfies (self portraits) with his iPhone while his dad isn’t looking. With Apple iPhones and iPads, you don’t have to unlock the device to use the camera, so he just grabs the phone or iPad, opens the camera and snaps a few selfies, thinking his dad may be annoyed or may not notice them. Well, unlike some folks who delete those, we keep them all. We thought it would be funny to use his self portraits in something for his birthday, so my husband gave me 178 of his son’s photos and I made a collage of them. I printed them out to about 3″ x 4″ on glossy photo paper and made it the focal point of the Seahawks (of course) colored card.

18th birthday guy card
I used navy blue linen cardstock leftover from working at Kinko’s in the 1990s, as well as bright green cardstock, a silver pen, some washi tape and some foil number stickers. Although he seemed embarrassed and annoyed by it, I think he secretly enjoyed getting a card made up of pictures of himself. 😉
18 year old card
blog - 18Here’s how the card started – as a sketch I drew in PenUltimate on my iPad… then I turned it into a real card yesterday.
My Card Sketch
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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. Dawn – I am new to visiting your website, but it won’t be my last visit. On your video page I just left a comment about how much I enjoyed your excellent videos. Now, after looking at your cards, I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed these posts as well. Your comments & descriptions of how you made the cards and the well done photos are much appreciated. Thanks!

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