There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend: making it home alive from vacation, the Fourth of July, oh and Ms. Toni’s BIRTHDAY!
So looooong before I ever met Toni, I discovered her website, Frankie Helps Craft, likely back in 2013 or early 2014 (I would have to look back at my comments). I really liked her work, and her love of cats (Frankie is her boy who looks much like my Atticus), and the fact she was living nearby. It would be another year or so until she joined our PNW crafting group, and I know we are all really happy she did! In addition to the aforementioned qualities, once I got to know Toni, there was even more to like–mutual love of X-Files, her sassiness and humor! She has brought some crazy crafting stations to our gatherings and taught us some mad techniques! And now, she is Tonya’s right hand woman, working hard to keep The Heart Desires blog rolling and all of us in line! She is a great leader for the team, and so I am sending a big thank you and even bigger birthday wishes to Toni today!
Super lucky–the world and us, Toni!! She really likes nautical and we just wrapped up our nautical month over at The Heart Desires, so I integrated that into the card with non-traditional colors inspired as well by our first challenge!
Tonya has the awesome Carta Bella World embossing folder for sale, and I received it with about 50 million other goodies she sent me last month! I was anticipating a bubble mailer; I received a box that was a workout for my pathetic arms! It will take me about 50 million years to discover all that is in that box! Definitely the gift that will keep on giving– and that is why crafty friends are the best!
I love how the embossing folder looks with the Tim Holtz watercolor paper (also available from THD). I thought about watercoloring it, but really just love it clean, especially with the bold black sentiment from Julie Ebersole’s Up the Happy Stamp set.
I adorned the top with some bits and bobs; flair I made from a digital print and epoxy sticker; Avery Elle flag cut from digital paper; an old Studio Calico vellum flag; and die cut anchor from MFT. Not complete without a sequin strand!
That’s it for me. I am heading to bed with visions of the sea floating in my mind; sand still stuck between my toes; and hopes that Toni has a fabulous day!