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Follow His Star

I had an absolutely awesome weekend.  It was my birthday on Friday and my parents came down from Ottawa to spend the weekend with us, and then on Saturday, my grandparents came from Toronto to spend a few hours with us as well.  Today, after my parents left, we went over to my in-laws and they had a birthday party for me.  It was really cute because my oldest son (9 years olds) collaborated with my mother-in-law to plan the menu.  He wanted primarily all finger foods: chicken fingers, chicken wings, nachos.  But then he insisted on quiche as well as it is one of his favorite foods.  My mother-in-law, wonderful person that she is, went along with his plans, so he was tickled pink!  As I mentioned, it really was a wonderful weekend, however, by the time we got home (around 8:30 pm) I was feeling stamping withdrawal.  Once the kids were in bed, I had to rush to my stamp room to stamp something!  I had seen this layout used by Valerie Stangle (you can see it HERE) and thought it would be perfect to use with the Holy Triptych set.  I also added another layer because I found it tied together all the colors I used in the main image a bit better.  The card base is Chocolate Chip, and on it, are River Rock & the Bayou Blue Prints Designer Series Paper.  The main image was stamped onto Shimmer White cardstock, and colored in using an Aquapainter and the following classic inks:  Mellow Moss, Bayou Blue, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, coloring is not my strength (although I’m trying to practice!) so I realize that the main image is not as beautiful as it could be.  Hopefully one day I’ll get there! The greeting is from the Star-Studded Season stamp set – I used my chocolate chip marker and a stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp only a portion of the greeting (the whole greeting says “Near & Far, Follow His Star”).  As a finishing touch I added a couple of brads from the Vintage collection and some double stitched Blue Bayou Ribbon.  The ovals were cut using my Nestabilities. All supplies are Stampin’ Up!