I'm back!!  Actually I'm supposed to be at work today but little Jess coughed and cried all night long, so I thought it best to keep her home.  With a bit of a temperature and her sore throat, I'm sure she would rather be warm at home.  I've just  put her down for a nap.  Fingers crossed for me, we'll see how that goes (maybe the coughing might slow down to let her sleep).

Anyway, the house is quiet.  Our guests from Melbourne left this morning and I've caught up on chores.  Now I can catch up on me time!!

So I promised it was going to be a week about birthdays, so here goes the next one!!  Just over a week ago, it was my son's 9th birthday.  I had to make him a card that wasn't cute and had to be cool.  So I came up with this one after doing a google image surf:

You can't get cooler than that!!  I actually dug out my old punch to do the tab line along the top of the red strip.  I can't even remember how long it was since I used that punch, or maybe, if ever!!

Ta Dah!!  The whole card.  I dug into my old stash of papers, some of which may have retired.  I needed bright, cheerful and 'cool' colours of course!  I hand cut my 'flags' and sentiment banner, thank goodness for good scissors.  I do not cut straight!!

Here's what I used:

Papers: Green Galore (ret.), Ballet Blue (ret.), Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black & DSP
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Basic Grey
Other: Riding Hood Red Bakers Twine, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies, punch & dimensionals.

Now I should qualify my statement of using old papers.  I still have many of the retired collection and not so much of the new Brights Collection, so if you need bright coloured cardstock for kids, I recommend that collection.  Thoroughly.

So when looking for inspiration to make cards, especially for boys and kids, try a google image search using 'Stampin Up birthday cards, kids, boys'.  You'll find so many cards on blog-land.  Just like this one that I was inspired by.

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