Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Little Brother

Hey There,

My card today is for my brother Ernest and will probably get to him late, again. I made this weeks ago but as usual I forgot to get it in the mail. Ernest thinks its funny that I still call him my little brother but no matter how old we get he will always be that to me. I was only four but I have a vivid picture of the day Mom and Dad brought him home.  In my minds eye I can see them getting out of Grandpa’s shinny new ‘51 Ford. Dad was beaming with pride, this was his name sake and Mom was tired but smiling from ear to ear.  The Ford was black and Ernest was bright pink, almost red. To this day his ears still turn bright pink when he is embarrassed and the sight of it always makes me laugh and takes me back to the first time I ever saw him.

I found the barbed wire on the web.  I printed it and my sentiment on a scrap of craft card stock. A book plate tied with a bit of raffia layered on a scrap of denim paper and bandanna ribbon. The stamp is from a retired Stampin’ Up set called Mini Horses. I’ve used Spellbinders Label Three again.

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  1. Hi Bernie, love this very masculine card - and the barbed wire is a genius touch. Growing up I kind of took barbed wire for granted and it was only when I did my degree in American Studies that I learned of it's significance to the pioneering sheep farmers. Love the bandana print too. Elizabeth x

  2. How wonderful. Your backing papers are just great. Love the image.

  3. Thanks for visiting me today, Bernie. You will be glad to know that the weather is not all bad around the country over here. In fact, most of the snow and ice melted over the day today. We will probably have to be careful taking the dogs out tonight as it will freeze overnight. Thank you for your lovely comments about my cards. The Elizabeth flowers will be famous throughout the world after all this. That card for your brother looks absolutely great. i would never have thought of looking for something like that barbed wire on the internet. what a good idea. see you in the playground for a game of hopscotch. xx Maggie #89

  4. Absolutely super card Bernie! Such lovely touches to make this a perfect card for a chap - love your tale of Ernest's homecoming too :) Hugs, Di xx

  5. This is so beautiful Bernie, :) Sandra H

  6. Oh Bernie... I just adore your card! It all goes so well together. Next time I need to make a 'guy' card, I'm gonna get in touch in you : ) BTW, where on the web did you find the barbed wire? It's very cool! P.S. Happy Birthday Ernest : )
    Love and hugs,

    1. Hi Lori
      Thanks for the sweet comments but OMGosh I'm the wrong person to go to for a guy card. I struggle with everyone I make. I usually pull out something I want to use, in this case the horse, then I pull out everything and anything that will go with it until I find things that go together. I Googled barbed wire clipart and picked one I liked at the time, not sure now which one I used. Sorry.
      Hugs & Blessings

  7. Hi Bernie

    This is a fantastic male card. I bet your "little" brother will love it. i think it's great!

    Thanks for popping over to my blog today and leaving me a sweet comment. You gotta get that SU Punch . . . it's fab! xxx

  8. What a fabulous card! I love the bandanna ribbon--I've never seen anything like that! What a sweet story about your brother--tfs!

  9. Bernie, you have the best stories to tell and I love reading them. This is a great card for your brother. I really like the barbed wired.

    So glad you didn't mind how I did the award...I was a little worried. :-)

    Have a good rest of the weekend.

  10. Hi Bernie

    A great card .. .. love those papers.

    Love your "baby brother" memories too.

    Hope you are having a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  11. this is a great masculine card Bernie-had to laugh at your little brother story

  12. Beautiful card x x I'm sure your brother will love it!! great memories you have of your first meeting together... Lovely, Hugs May x x x

  13. This is a great card Bernie, really love the colours, everything goes together so well. I was the baby in my family, so I suppose the others all gathered round me the day I came home from the hospital!



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