Happy Birthday to… (and a giveaway!)

…one of my favorite people in this world.
…someone who can make me laugh with her many wonderful stories.
…one of the best moms in the world.
…my favorite stamper.
…one of my best friends.

Yes, it is Shari Carroll's birthday today.  She is the big 50 today!  (She is gonna kill me!)

And I am gonna ask you to do something for me.  (Pretty please?)  Can you please leave her a birthday message on the Hero Arts blog today HERE?  And, from the comments over on that blog, I will pick a winner of a $20 gift certificate to 2peas!  Please do so by 11:59pmEDT today.  Let's make her birthday the best. :)   Thanks!

And here is the card I created for her for her birthday…

053009 Shari Birthday

053009 Shari Birthday 1 Supplies: Quickutz Silhouette (online downloads – the butterfly and the loopy border), Hero Arts stamps (greeting and flower), Distress Inks, the greatest string ever, American Crafts gem brad, sewing machine, office tag

I love dotted paper… and love it even more when you add stamping to the pattern.  For the tag, I rubbed it with Broken China Distress Ink.  I then flicked water on it, creating the cool look.  Oh – and this card was inspired by one I saw by Mary Macaskill.  Love that girl.

Shari girl, I love ya.  Smooch. :)

Oh, and a little warning: I am going to be doing some serious enabling in the coming days.  I have a new best friend: The Silhouette.  I have had it for a long time, but I am really using it a lot now.  (Thanks to Nichol and Kerri!)  Don't you LOVE that loopy border??

Also… I picked a winner from the CFH prize: Melissa Elsner!  Thank you, everyone, for participating.  It was great.

Oh!  And please check out the blinkies you can add to your blog for the Cards for Hero Card Drive Hero Arts is doing.  Please help spread the word.  For information on adding the blinkie, click HERE.



Thanks for stopping by.  Big hugs to you all…

49 CommentsCards, Cool links, Giving Back

  1. You just totally made my day. Woohoo!
    And I love the idea of stamping onto the dotted paper. Beautiful card. :)

  2. Jo

    Great card, Shari will love it! Have a fun day, Jo x

  3. Linda B

    Beautiful card….she is sure to really love this card.

  4. A gorgeous card! I am sure she will love it!

  5. Yes I love the loopy border. Sadly I don’t have it though! I ♥ your card though! It’s gorgeous! And I posted a little greeting for Shari…she’s wonderful too! :)

  6. LOVE this card!! :)
    - April

  7. What a beautiful Card Jennifer! I will send a greeting to your friend Shari.


  8. Dolly/scrapthat

    Great card Jennifer! Love the combo of things you have used. :)

  9. charlene

    Love the colors in this card!

  10. Sarah M

    Stunning card, Jennifer!!!I’m sure Shari will LOVE it!

  11. Oh my gosh! I REALLY need to get better at using my Silhouette! I LOVE what you’ve done :) And I discovered last year that Shari and I share a birthday :) Happy birthday, Shari, if you’re reading this :)

  12. I love that card! I just ordered a Silhouette and can’t wait for it to get here so I can start playing!

  13. Mustangkayla

    That loopy border is WAY cool! LOVE IT!

  14. Tracey

    Love your B-Day card for Shari! SO PERFECT!!

  15. What a gorgeous card! I left Shari some love over on the Hero blog! What a nice compliment you have paid her today! I hope you get to spend some time with her soon!

  16. cindi

    Happy Birthday Shari!!!!!
    Beautiful card!

  17. Hey, you’re a wonderful friend. It’s been a pleasure helping you make a friend feel good on her birthday. PLZ don’t include me in your giveaway…

  18. Kerry

    Thanks for sharing about Shari’s birthday – what a beautiful card! Off to wish her VERY, VERY happy!

  19. Cynthia

    What a lovely card for your lovely friend! I hope she’s surprised by all the Bday wishes. :)

  20. I wished her a happy birthday on the HA blog this morning and hadn’t even read this yet!
    Beautiful card. So that border was made on the silhouette? It’s so pretty.

  21. What a wonderful friend you are to make such a lovely card for Shari. She will love it.
    I’ve been and wished her happy birthday.]

  22. Gorgeous card Jennifer, she is going to love it.

  23. JulieP

    Happy Birthday Shari!!! You are in GREAT company. I’m soon to be 48. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Love the card, Jennifer!!!

  24. Wonderful card…I am sure she will love it!

  25. Carole RB

    Really great card Jennifer

  26. I love that card! I, too, have been using my Silhouette more often these days. I think it’s because they’ve been releasing new images every couple weeks and they’re so trendy (in a good way). I love that a lot of their cuts are so much more delicate and intricate than the ones you get with the Cricut. (Have you seen the doily cut yet? See my post here for a card I made with it – http://notbusyenuf.blogspot.com/2009/05/obaachans-mothers-day-card-page-maps.html.

    I hadn’t seen that loopy border but can you guess what I’m going to go buy right now??!! Talk about enabling! :)

    Have a good weekend!!

  27. Jenink

    it is a gorgeous loopy border. And the stamping on the patterned paper is just right.

  28. I love the idea of stamping on the dots…hmmm…off to go try! :-)

  29. Wonderful Card Jennifer….Shari will LOVE it! Hope your having a relaxing fun time….

  30. love the loopy border – such a great touch! :)

  31. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have a friend I call Jemmifer! She’s my jem.
    smooch…….LOVE you girl!!!

  32. Beautiful card, as always.

  33. That is a beautiful card for Shari! She will love it! Love that crisp white butterfly…so pretty!

  34. So love your card, especially that cute, loppy border!

  35. Patty Y.

    What a gorgeous card! Love the stamping on the dots, zigzag stitch on the strip, and the jute! Shari will love this.

    And NOW I know how everyone knew she was turning 50!! hahaha! I replied on the blog, and was puzzled how everyone was commenting on her age… heehee.

  36. Love this card! What a good friend you are!

  37. Sandi N.


    I love, love, love this card. You are right these are really great cut files.

    I left a birthday wish for Shari. If I win pass it on. I think she is a great lady and wish her much happiness.

    I look forward to all the great things you post on your blog next week.

    Sandi N.

  38. isabel

    Beautiful card, and happy birthday to shari !!!

  39. alexandra

    I wish I had friend like you !!!

  40. zaza

    your card is amazing love the buttefly
    too cute

  41. vitoria

    love the color combo of your card
    thanks for the chance

  42. isabella+

    a happy birthday for your friend shari and congrats for this beautiful card
    thanks for the inspiration

  43. dona

    lucky shari to have a friend like you !!!

  44. the mustik

    Your card is so gorgeous, i’m sure that Shari will be happy to receive it

  45. Jennifer, I love your beautiful butterfly birthday card creation. :) Thanks for sharing it.

  46. Tinla

    Jennifer; it is a beautiful card….happy birthday to Shari! I am so glad that you will be showing your skillz with the Silhouette….I have one, and need to get more comfortable with it. But I really like it!! TFS!!

  47. SLam

    How do you make the stitches on the card?

  48. Taylee

    Stamping on the dotted paper makes it so cute and it really adds to it!! The butterfly just ties it all together, it perfect!!

  49. Nina W.

    Beautilicious! I love how you use butterflies often. She’ll love it!

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