Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spencer's Waterfall Birthday Card

My nephew, Spencer, is a genius. Certifiable. One day he will win the Nobel, the Pulitzer, and a Grammy, all in the same year. So, when it comes to designing a birthday card for him, man, do I feel the pressure! Last year I made him a never-ending card because he loves all things mechanical, and he loved it. That was a HUGE compliment to me because, the truth is, Spence and I have never really been close. That's mostly because we don't see each other often, but also, because I'm an old lady, and not a genius. :) So, when he CHOSE to display last year's card on his bedroom wall, that was huge to me. But . . . now ..  . . it also means even MORE pressure this year to top last year's card!

In keeping with the "mechanical" theme, I chose to do a waterfall card this year, and I think he'll get a kick out of it. Basic Grey's Oxford collection was perfect for this, especially the mathy papers. I love how they look on the "waterfall" part of the card. It took me a long time to figure out what else to do on each panel, and my inspiration came from a Stampin' Up's Alphabet Soup stamp. Once it occurred to me to play with the placement of the letters, the card came together quickly.

I was also pleased when I came up with an idea for the inside of the card. I was sweatin' it at first because I had had to make the card fairly large to accommodate the waterfall. I can only write "I love you and have a wonderful birthday" so many different ways on the inside of the card! But when it hit me that banners would be a perfect, once again, it came together very quickly. 


Basic Grey Oxford papers
C'ordinations light blue sparkly paper
C'ordinations gold sparkly paper
Martha Stewart border punch
Various Cuttlebug alphabet dies


Southern Girls--Happy Birthday
Crafty Creations--Boyz to Men
Ruby's Rainbow--Happy Birthday


  1. This is so sweet! I am sure he will love it. I have never seen a waterfall card is fabulous. :)

  2. Stunning card! I love all the details.

  3. Wow that is amazing. I love it
    Thanks for sharing at Crafty Creations

  4. What a great idea and those pps look perfect for the job!! Loved hearing your description of how things started coming together. It's amazing how just one little thing can inspire!! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls. Karenxx

  5. A great card, love the design and colours. Thanks for taking part in my challenge at Crafty Creations this week. Good Luck! Hugs Christine x

  6. Awesome, I love waterfall cards. It's such a long time ago that i made one. thanks for reminding me about them.:))
    Thanks for joining DC.

    Hugs, Rosalien

  7. So creative. Great job! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Challenge

  8. Great card! Thanks for taking part in Ruby's Rainbow Challenge this week xx

  9. Oh this is so perfect. I'm pretty sure Spencer will love this one too :o)
    Thanks for taking part in my candy, and good luck.
    Hugs Laila

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  11. you are right... you can also find latest placement papers online.