Sunday 10 February 2013

SURPRISE Party! (and guest cards)

Today I awoke with a slight sugar hangover after all the festivities last night. Today is my nameday, and my lord husband and I had originally decided to not partake in elaborate celebrations. Little did I know that he and my sister, the Lady Commander of Copics, were using their stealth skills to sneakily plan a surprise party for me. After a hard day of working in the village, I returned to the Guild Hall only to be greeted by shouts and hoots and hollers - SURPRISE!!!!! All the Guild members were there: the Lady Commander of Copics, the Guardian of Glitter, Guild Apprentice Lindsay and even Guild Mercenary Kimmy with her little aspiring guildy. Numerous people from the village had come as well and my lady mother and lord father had made the journey to partake in the party. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the entertainment my lord husband had hired for the evening. A musical group known as the Jitterbugs...only it turns out they are actually bugs!

This card is more of a diorama than a traditional card per say. I had seen a tutorial on this awhile ago, but I honestly can’t remember where. It was one of those things that I just jotted down the measurements and didn’t get around to trying it for a long while. So I cut the “love bug” out using the Simply Charmed cartridge and embossed his body using the Cuttlebug. I added some glitter to his cheeks to make him sparkly. That is the first glitter I ever bought and it really sucks because I purchased it from the Everything-For-One-Brass-Coin stand in the market square (not known for high quality products). 
I glued him to the back portion then cut the grass from the Create-A-Critter cartridge and adhered it to the front piece, creating a 3D effect. On the front I cut the heart shaped flower using the Give a Hoot cartridge. I freehand cut the banner shape and stamped the sentiment using the We R Memory Keepers “Cupid” stamp set.
This Valentine’s bug will crawl into the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #147: Queen of Hearts
MFP Friends of SpeedyTV Challenge #58: Valentine’s Day
My Craft Spot Challenge #85: Valentines for Kids
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #88: Use Your Oldest Bling
MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations Challenge #31: Valentine’s Day Card
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Have a Heart
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #255: Love Struck
Little Scrap Pieces Fun Friday Love is in the Air Challenge
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge #146: Love
A Gem of a Challenge #66: Hearts/Valentines
The Corrosive Challenge #167: Hearts and Flowers
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #6: Anything Goes
Desert Island Crafter’s Challenge #47 - Used: #1 (Love/Romance), #2 (Hearts), #6 (Sentiment), #9 (String/Raffia)

Those little bugs sure knew how to put on a show and all of the party guests were thoroughly entertained! After watching the singing bug band we all settled around the large oak table for some board games. My lord husband and sister could not have planned a better evening to celebrate my nameday!
Lady Commander of Copics (left) and Guardian of Glitter (right)
Here are some cards I received for my birthday:

Made by Angela - the Lady Commander of Copics

She used this super cute vintage October Afternoon paper, because she knew I had the same paper and would never want to cut it because it’s too cute (and she’s right...I haven’t been able to bring myself to cut up that paper yet :D) On the inside she stamped a sentiment using the My Pink Stamper "Birthday Crazy" set.

Made by Nikki - the Guardian of Glitter

She used an ultra kawaii image by Kraftin’ Kimmie and made an awesome spritzy background for this card! It wouldn't be a card from the Guardian of Glitter without something sparkly, and she didn't disappoint; it's hard to tell in the picture, but those brads are spppppppparkly. I love how decorated the inside is! Cupcakes and washi tape and another inky spritzed up background!

Made by Travis - my Lord Husband (with assistance from the Lady Commander)
These two snuck into my crafting chambers and used my supplies to make a card. My lord husband chose everything to use and made the card while my sister guided him, as he is a complete crafting noob. He chose the monkey paper because his nickname for me is “monkey” which is the same reason I chose that paper for his birthday card a couple months ago. Super cute how he didn’t press evenly enough on the stamp to get it all ;) On the inside he stamped The Greeting Farm’s “Birthday Anya” because I had just used her on a card and he thought she was cute with a little cake on her head. {lol} This is seriously the cutest thing ever. I truly have the best husband in the world!

~ Guild Master Crystal ~


Tammy Schmitt said...

I simply LOVE that cute little bug. What a fab 3D card! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week:-)

~Tammy S

Nikkers5 said...

Ooooooo my card is famous!!!! <3 happy birthday guild master!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Adorable project! Sounds like your b-day was wonderful! Thanks for joining us over at Little Scrap Pieces! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Lin said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

DIANA L. said...

This is such a cute diarama, I love how you used brads on the side and what great colors
Thank you for joining us at Little Scrap pieces.
LSP--DT member

Ravengirl said...

Your love bug card is darling! Hope you had a happy day! Thanks for playing along with the Friends of Speedy TV!

Sherrie K. said...

WOW...sounds like an amazing day! How sweet of your hubby to put something together for you without your knowing..super sweet!!

Your card is AMAZING!!! I love the darling little bug and what a unique fun!!! TFS!!
Thanks for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
Sherrie K

Gwen said...

Love the little love bug card! I love the style of card you used! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot.

Deb said...

Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

Kate said...

Happy (belated) birthday!

Your window card is adorable! The little bug is so sweet and the embossing is a fabulous touch!

Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

Small Bits of Paper

Karen said...

sweetest little bug! what a wonderful surprize. Love when life sneaks up on you and brings you such joy. Thanks so much for joining the lsp challenge this week. Karen

Ang said...

Happy Birthday Guild Master! :)

Winnie and Patty said...

Another very cute card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

Jenn Borjeson said...

Super cute!!!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the 3D style to your Valentine. Thank you for entering MFP Simple Saliutations challenge.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP SS Hostess

Kelly Lloyd said...

Fab card thanks for joining us at a gem of a challenge
Hgs Kelly

Pat said...

Cute card. Thanks for joining Sppeedy Fox and Friends.

Shelly said...

Wow, such a gorgeous card! Sounds like you had a great day!

Thank you for joining us this week at Little Scrap Pieces!

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