World's Best Brother

I am the youngest child in my family and the only girl.  I have two older brothers who both live far away.  My brother Gordon lives in Michigan and my brother Glen lives in New York City.   If you ask my Mom who is her favorite of the three of us she will probably say she loves us all the same.   However, we all know that Mom has a favorite!  It is the "golden" middle child, Gordon.  

This past weekend it was my brother Glen's birthday.   Since Glen lives in New York City, I rarely get to spend time with him.  

Cindy and Glen in NYC - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Cindy and Glen in NYC - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Whenever I do I can count on one thing.....I will laugh until I cry.

Fun with Glen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Fun with Glen - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Glen is hysterical, the life of the party and so much fun to be around.   Glen has an infectious laugh.  Even though the photo about is blurry it is one of my favorites!  It just shows that the person taking the picture was probably laughing too because of something Glen said.

So my goal for his birthday card was to send him something that would make him laugh!  I thought about our "Mom's Favorite" sibling situation and decided to make him a card using the World's Best Trophy stamp set.

This stamp set is great because you can combine many different stamps to create personalized trophies to celebrate the ones you love.  Here is the personalized creation I made for Glen.

World's Best Brother Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

World's Best Brother Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card uses Designer Paper from our True Gentleman Suite.  I personalized this card by stamping the word "brother" under the stamp that said, "World's Greatest".  I added a gold foil paper border to give this card a shiny look that would resemble a golden trophy.

If you look closely at the background design on the top it was made by stamping Night of Navy ink on Night of Navy card stock.  Here is a close up of the stamps I used.

Over and over again, I stamped the words, "you're number one".  

Well, I can just see it now.  My brother Glen, holding this card, seeing the trophy and reading the words "world's greatest brother".  I bet he smiled and said out loud, "Awwwwwwwww".

Then when he opened up the card, this is what he saw......

Gordon, the Golden Child - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Gordon, the Golden Child - www.stampedwithaloha.com

A picture of Gordon, the Golden Child, with a "popped up" sentiment that declares something we all are well aware of.  He is the favorite child.

I signed Glen's' card, "Happy Birthday, from someone who knows what it is like to not be Mom's favorite!!!"

Glen contacted me after he received this card and told me how funny he thought it was.  I know when Gordon see's it he will say that this is the most accurate card I have ever created.  He will probably request I make this same card for him when its his birthday!

Favorite or not, I am blessed to come from such a loving family and I am thankful we can have fun with each other like this!!  I am also thankful to to have such wonderful Stampin' Up! products to work with that allow me to make personalized creations to bless the lives of those I love.

Papa Bear

Yesterday my "In-Law's" arrived in Honolulu.  It has been 2 years since their last visit and it is so nice to have them here.  Since we live so many miles apart we don't often get to celebrate Holidays and Birthdays together so we took advantage of it being just a few days past Father's Day and told Papa we'd celebrate with him on the day he arrived.  

We took him to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special occasions, Roy's, Kapolei.  

Belated Father's Day at Roy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Belated Father's Day at Roy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I make cards for people I like to think about them and customize them as much as possible.  So in creating this card for Papa, I started to think about him.  

 First, he is a loving husband and Father of 3 boys, all whose names begin with the letter D.  He is a Pastor and mighty man of God who loves on people like a gentle giant always making them feel special.  He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing and if he's not out doing that he's sitting in his favorite lounge chair reading magazines about those same activities.  He drives a REALLY Big truck that Grandma Baughman almost needs a step stool to get into!  He loves John Wayne movies and did I mention he actually enjoys going shopping?

Here is the card I created with him in mind.

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card represents the good ole days when Papa would go fishing with his three boys.  I also made the boat shiny by using silver foil paper and textured it using our simply score board.  Our new Seaside embossing folder was perfect for adding wave like texture for the fish to swim in.

I went a little "overboard" (a term I probably shouldn't have used while writing about fishing) with the framelits but there were so many cute ones to choose from in this bundle!  Besides, I was only making ONE of these cards so, why not?

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The inside of the card has an adorable sentiment that reads, "wishing you a day full of sunshine and a lake full of fish".  And of course I used a glue dot to attach this Cabela's gift card so Papa could SHOP to his hearts content.

Papa and Grandma Baughman - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Papa and Grandma Baughman - www.stampedwithaloha.com

All in all we had a wonderful first night together and belated Father's Day celebration.  It was such a great night and its only day one of their visit.   I know we will have a lot of fun adventures and make new memories while they are both here.

Happy Belated Father's Day to my wonderful Dad in law!  Thank you for being such a wonderful example of someone who loves and serves others with a great heart and sense of humor.  I'm glad you're here in Hawaii and glad that tomorrow we are going fish.... oops I meant going SHOPPING!!!!  Yay!!!

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