Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mom's Birthday Roundup & Explosion Card

So before getting sidelined with the flu, we celebrated my mom's 70th birthday a few days early last Wednesday.
She'd been wanting to go see Anything Goes on Broadway - so I thought it would be a great way to celebrate her day!  She and I took the train in to NYC and ate lunch at a very nice restaurant next to the theater.

We made our way to the theater and waited in line:

 And then got to our seats!

It was a really fun show!  I don't know why we don't go down to Broadway more often because it's so close for us!

After the show we walked back to the station and got on the train to go home.  We had planned to surprise her at a restaurant with a few friends and family, but we ended up getting there an hour early - so we had to do some trickery to get her guests upstairs to dining room without her seeing them while we were waiting in the bar.

But...it worked out, she was very surprised and here's a quick shot of everyone at the table

After cake, I was FINALLY able to give her the explosion box card I made for her about two months ago! I was so excited!

Here's the outside:

And here are some shots of the inside:

It was difficult for me to get really great shots of the card, but I had so much fun making it! For the box, I used a tutorial by Lisa Cook, and I found a lot of inspiration from the SCS Explosion Box Gallery.   I made the flowers following THIS video. 

For the butterflies, I embossed 6 Studio G butterflies and colored them in with Distress Inks.  Then used flower wire for their antennas.  I sandwiched the butterflies between a small stripe of acetate which I then adhered to the bottom of the box, so they would float above when the box opened. 

I used Verve stamps for the sentiment and Sizzix dies for the "70" and created a glittery candle.  I also punched small flowers to cover up the acetate on the bottom.

This looks really great in person. I hope you can get the gist of the card.  We'll bring it to our craft fair and take orders to make more of these if anyone is interested.

Thanks for your visit!


Kathy and Lucky said...

You card looks gorgeous in the picture, so I can just imagine how it looked in person. Sounds like you your mom had an awesome birthday and then to end with that amazing card, what a great memory.

Audrey Pettit said...

Sounds like such a great day for your mom! Love that you saw a show and then surprised her at dinner. What a fun explosion box card you made, too. I bet she really enjoyed the surprise of opening it up. Just beautiful, Maria!

Monica said...

How sweet are those pictures, Maria, thanks for sharing. I like the shade of pink your mum is wearing. So glad that it went well.

Your box card explodes with love - all those elements are so pretty. But I like the butterflies the best.
xxx Monica

jimlynn said...

Oh, such fun times! I know you mom really enjoyed her fabulous birthday! In fact, it looks like everyone was enjoying a good time.
Your explosion box just blows me away!! Talk about a gorgeous creation - this is one. So very pretty Marie and it was a labor of love for your mom. Just wonderful.

Cindy said...

WOW!! Broadway!! I have never yet been to New York. Well, I guess I was there when I was about 5 on our way to Spain. How lucky your Mom is to have a wonderful daughter like you! That is an awesome card!! I;m sure she loved it!!!

Meg said...

WOW! That explosion card is just AWESOME. Love the papers you used and those butterflies are just gorgeous!

Glad to hear your mom had such a great birthday!

Cheryl said...

I don't even have the words! Your explosion box is absolutely gorgeous. I bet she loves it. The flowers are beautiful.

I am so happy you had such a great day. It sounds so fun.

Harriet Skelly said...

Woah that explosion card is gorgeous - I'd love to see this in person!! I am getting caught up reading your blog and am glad I didn't miss this one!!

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