Case Study 199: happy birthday

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…and I’m back with Week 2 Guesting over at CASE Study!

In case you missed it last week, I’m guesting along with Awesome Tenia Nelson!  This month’s muse is the FABulous  Shari Carroll!

Here’s this week’s inspiration:
I know, so much goodness, eh?

This is how I was inspired:
cardstock:  stampin’ up river rock, pti white  paper:  crate paper party day, dear lizzy 5th & frolic  stamps:  sweet stamp shop easily distracted  ink:  fresh ink red currant  other:  mft peek-a-boo trio, studio calico wood veneer stars

I could have easily CASEd the circle panel with my cameo, which is very dusty, but I reached for my trusty Cuttlebug.  I knew I wanted to start with the MFT Peek-a-boo Trio.  My base is a skinny card, Stampin’ Up River Rock.

I used various neutral papers from Crate’s Party Day and Dear Lizzy’s 5th & Frolic.

For a pop of color I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Sweet Stamp Shop’s Easily Distracted set.

The top circle paper was picked especially for my boy who will be celebrating his 17th birthday on Saturday:





















How can that be?  My baby is going to be 17?!!  

Time has definitely flown by.  He was my calm baby….who then turned into a spirited toddler and is currently still a young man with oodles of energy!

He’s always quick with a smile….quick to make his Momma laugh….hard…

THIS Momma will be so proud if he ends up going to one of his out of state colleges of choice.  We recently travelled to NY so he could check out 4 of them.  The pic above is him on the Brooklyn Bridge.  He knows what he wants to study and anyone that knows him will say that he will succeed in whatever he puts his mind to…THIS Momma will also be super sad to see her baby leave but my heart will always be filled with love and an enormous amount of pride for what I know he will accomplish.

Thanks for letting me go all teary eyed…



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30 thoughts on “Case Study 199: happy birthday”

  1. Beautiful card Amy! Your son is so handsome! Wishing him the best of luck and I hope he picks a college that isn't too far away from his mama.

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  2. First off, can I just say that there is NO WAY that you have a 17 year old! πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday & Good luck to him- hope he gets in where he wants to study!

    & your card is fabulous as always! Hugsxx

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  3. what a cool card, love the center alignment!! happy birthday to your son, how exciting for his new steps in life!!

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  4. Love what you did! You just look too young to have kids in college! Hugs to you and letting them go off and venture.

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  5. Oh happy, happy birthday to your son! Where in the world does the time go? I was wondering why you had gone back to NY again quickly. Now it makes sense. It is so amazing to watch them soar. You should be one proud mama! Love your card and lots of love to you Amy! xoxo

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  6. Beautiful card, Amy! I love the soft neutrals you used. Happy Birthday to your baby boy! I'm impressed and in awe of him knowing where he is heading – at 17 I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do, lol!

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  7. Beautiful card, Amy (but then again, I say that about all of your cards because it's true). πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to your sweet boy. I already cry about my DD going off to college and we have another five years to go. LOL!

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  8. Big hugs Mama!!!!! I love the photo of him on the Brooklyn bridge!!! And loveeeeeeeee the card!! I love love love the circles and the soft colors!!!!!

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  9. what a handsome young man! My brother lives in Brooklyn!! love your card. I esp like the different soft patterns inside the circles.

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  10. Very pretty card! That little gathering of wood veneer stars is a perfect touch. Happy Birthday to you son and good luck to him with the college apps. I know what an anxious process that can be.

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  11. Ooh…I really love the top panel idea, Amy, just fabulous. This card did not show up for me yesterday otherwise I would have already commented. What a wonderful birthday card for your son…handsome young man! Congrats to him and to you for being a wonderful teary eyed mom!

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  12. Amy perfect card, love the different papers behind the die cut. Happy Birthday to your handsome son! Yes time does fly, great photo!

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  13. Great card! Love the circles. Happy birthday to your son. It's hard to let them go, but so awesome to watch them succeed!

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  14. Awww, I feel for you, hun, my "little" boy is 17 and has one more year of high school before he will fly the nest. He's an AMAZING kid and I can't imagine our home without him (sniff sniff). I LOVE your card, and love that you went for a simple version of Shari's elaborate card, it's awesome!

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  15. Aww. Gorgeous about your son. Time sure flies doesn't it. I love your card- strikingly graphic and beautiful x

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  16. You know I love when you do tall and skinny!! Awesome card, and love all the neutral patterns you put in the three circles. Very classy, Amy! And, proud Mama, your son is very handsome on that bridge … you will have to help me when mine turn 17. I will be weepy too : )

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  17. Beautiful card, Amy! Love your take on that inspiration card. The trio of circles is so fun, and I adore all the neutrals. So love how you highlighted the number 17 for your boy's birthday. And I can sooo relate to how you are feeling. I get very teary eyed these days, too. πŸ™‚

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  18. Great card, Amy!! Love the dimension of the card and I just can't get enough of those wood veneer accents…they are some of my faves!!! Wishing your son all the best in his college search!

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  19. What a handsome young man your son is, Amy – and yes, I can see that he has 'resolve' written all over him! Your pride in him is certainly marvelous; and as for getting teary-eyed about him growing up…I can relate! My niece and nephew are doing so far tooooo quickly for Aunty C's liking! Your card: simple, eye-catching, guy-perfect! I know your son loved it, as do I!
    Hugs~c

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