Monday, April 9, 2012

He's Priceless

Hi ya friends,
Sunday was Easter Day, but it was also my oldest son's 18th birthday! There were times I was sure one of us wasn't going to make it to see that day, but fortunately we survived! This kid is a big reason for the gray hair I dye, & the many, many, many emergency room trips I made! I thought I would be getting a personal parking spot for a while :(  Did I mention that he was a 10 pound turkey at birth & I was in labor for 36 hours, & he didn't sleep through the night until he was 18 months old???!!! Ack! Well, that being said, he's also been my "Bones buddy" & my little basketball star. I will definitely miss watching him play (if he doesn't play in college) and our funny times when we get the giggles for no reason :) I guess I was right on the money when I named him Akoni~ which means "priceless" ;)

I was in Target & peeked at the birthday card section to check out the competition ;) wink & checked out the cards especially for 18 yr olds. It was so funny that they all mentioned the same thing ---> moving out! While I'm not quite ready for that, my son is definitely NOT ready for that! LOL!
Anyhoo, I didn't buy a card, I made one for him.
Here it is:
 I used MFT's At the Movies stamp & dienamics set. I stamped 18 on the dots of the pattern paper (which fit perfectly :) The film reel border is a Sizzix die.
 Here's a peek of the innies:
 It reads, "18 and the best is yet to come." The numbers & stamp are from PTI. I am very excited for the "next steps" my son will be taking in life. Graduation & college in the near future & whatever else he chooses. Hopefully they will be good ones that will lead him to a life of purpose.

I used this sketch from The Sweet Stop (who is also celebrating a birthday!):

I'll also be playing along in the following challenges:
Love to Create: Birthday
Stampalot Challenge: Birthday
Polka Doodles: Big Birthday
Just Keep on Creating: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Gotta Go!


  1. Great card. I love the stamp and the way you put the numbers on the patterned paper. Really clever.
    And Happy Birthday to your son. ;-)

    Big hugs,

    P.S. Thank you so much for always taking time to leave those sweet comments on my blog. I really appreciate that.

  2. Fantastic 18th birthday card, love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Polkadoodles.x

  3. your son will just love his 18th birthday card, even boys appreciate handmade cards as I found out the other day. I just love this bright and happy card with all the cool embellishments.

    Anyway, I hope your all enjoyed Akoni's birthday.

    Thanks so much for entering your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to share your lovely work

  4. What a fantastic card for an 18 year old boy/man!! Oh, doesn't time go too fast sometimes? My oldest daughter turned 18 last year... Just love the colors and the pretty inside too! have a wonderful day! Hugs and sunshine!

  5. Great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  6. Karli, your card is absolutely fabulous!! Love the bold bright colors!!, your fun flim strip and accents!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Love to Create!

  7. This is lovely Karli and such a bright happy colour palette.

    Thanks so much for joining our Birthday celebrations at Stampalot Challenge this month and hope you can join our blog hop as well as we have loads of prizes to be won.

    B x

  8. Really Cute Card!! I Just love your theme & the way you followed this sketch!! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge! Come Back and play with us again soon!

    Many Blessings,

  9. Love the bright happy feel to this card. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

  10. Happy 18th Birthday to your son!

    Your card is priceless!

  11. Loving this card- awesome stamp- love the theme. It is a bittersweet time- they are ready to 'spread their wings' yet they are still

  12. What a fabulous card! Thanks for joining in the Birthday celebrations at Stampalot and good luck!

  13. You must have had him when you were 10 as you still look so young! Hope that he had a wonderful 18th birthday! I understand your words about surviving the teen years perfectly!

  14. You don't look a day over 18 yourself Karli! Congrats and Happy Birthday to you son. He will love this handmade card. The 18s stamped in the dots is a great touch.

  15. Great card! Love the inside too. Thank you for sharing it with us for our Stampalot birthday challenge, and good luck!

    Lynne x

  16. This is such a pretty card! Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot blog hop, Ruth

  17. I love this card, its beautiful. Fab colour scheme too. Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles, love NJ X

  18. Fantastic card - I love it! Congrats to your son on his milestone birthday!

    Thanks for joining our Big Numbers Challenge over at Polka Doodles. Good luck.

    Claire x

  19. What a sweet card, I keep telling my girls I don't ever want them to move out (I am sure that will change in the future). I hope your son had a wonderful birthday and I know none of the cards you checked out could compete with yours, love the color combo

  20. Beautiful , Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month and good luck!



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