Birthday Giveaway + Nora’s Card

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Today is somewhat special. It’s my birthday … there, I said it. And although I don’t like celebrating it (it’s not an age thing, I just don’t like it), I did want to let you share with me. I have collected some fun goodies for this occasion. Some things I’m really loving these days.

Birthday giveaway 2013

The stickers, sticky bookmarks, and masking tape are from a local brand. I’m personally kind of in love with these items. I’ll share a layout with some of it really soon. And I added a few Maya Road items, and some WOW! glitter. I hope you like all of this just as much as I do.

Birthday giveaway 2013 detail1

Birthday giveaway 2013 detail 2

To be eligible for this fabulousness, just leave a comment here at the bottom of this post, telling me what your favorite birthday was and why. Give me something good to read – lol. Comments will be open until next Sunday, midnight CET. My international friends are also welcome to participate. Good luck!


I didn’t want to leave you without a card today. Earlier this month I came across the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog and saw this post about a Kids Summer Vacation Challenge. Nora immediately loved the idea, and wanted to play along. My sister celebrated her birthday yesterday (yes, she’s exactly 3 years and 1 day older). So she made a card for aunt Karien.


I gave her my Life of the Party paper pad by BasicGrey, and she was pretty excited about that ice cream felt shape. She got to work. Boy, that girl had a clear vision about what that card was going to look like. She made this one all by herself. The only thing I did was tracing her a pencil line where she wanted to cut the pieces of paper. It was awesome to see her work.

Gefeliciteerd detailI’m pretty proud of my girl. Call me biased, but I think this looks good. You wouldn’t have guessed this was made by a 5-year-old. She might have some good genes – lol.

Thanks for stopping by!


0 Responses

  1. Marie-Anne Raeman
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    Gefeliciteerd Els, wat een mooie kaart heeft jouw dochter gemaakt.
    Mijn leukste verjaardag was nu volgende winter 10 jaar geleden, we hadden onze zoon nog net niet en daarom kreeg ik van mijn man een citytrip naar venetie kado, om klokslag 12u ‘s nachts stonden we op het san marco plein op mijn verjaardag…cool he
    Dus deze staat in mijn geheugen gegrift….

  2. Angie Ashuk
    | Beantwoorden

    Awe, Happy birthday. Mine is in a week exactly, but much like you, I’m not a huge birthday person. Hope you have a great day.

  3. Irene Talaasen
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    Hi Els,
    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! 🙂 Loved Nora’s card, she is following in her Mom’s footsteps and eye for style in cards!! Would be fun to win your sweet giveaway!
    Hugs, Irene

  4. Peggy
    | Beantwoorden

    Allee allee, niet vraag je verjaardag vieren !!! Nu ik er zo over nadenk, ik vier ook liever feest voor iemand anders, heeft ook niks met leeftijd te maken,maar meer het feit dat iemand anders in de watten leggen en verrassen altijd plezant is.
    Toch ne hele gelukkige verjaardag !!!!
    Die kaart van je dochter is super, veel succes voor haar met de challenge !!

  5. Irene Talaasen
    | Beantwoorden

    Hi again,
    Don’t want to be counted twice but forgot to tell about my favorite birthday! It was my 70th with a big surprise party but the best was my daughter alerted everyone I ever knew (even many former kindergarteners!) and I received 200+ cards. Loved that response 🙂

    • Scrapsels
      | Beantwoorden

      Eerst en vooral een dikke proficiat! Een leuke start van mijn verjaardag 10 jaar geleden: terwijl ik was gaan douchen had manlief mijn verzameling schapen op bed geplaatst ( en dat zijn er heel veel ). Ze zaten klaar met een kaartje en kadootje voor me!

  6. Tricia
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    A very Happy Birthday, Els! I love Nora’s card – how nice you are to let her “play” with your things and yes, she definitely has your good genes! One of my favorite birthdays was a surprise party in my honor!

  7. katharina
    | Beantwoorden

    hope you had a great day! (;

    Actually the not-birthdayishst-birthday was last year,
    when I had to climb “Preikestolen” on my Birthday…8-/
    ok i felt that i had really achieved something that day
    and on a parking spot somewhere on the road in the afternoon
    röstis bernois – cooked on our camping grill – with ketchup!!! (((((((;

  8. Gerdine
    | Beantwoorden

    Van harte, Els! Mijn leukste verjaardag? Toen ik 18 was. Eerste jaar op kamers en toegezongen worden door studiegenoten om 12 uur (terwijl het eigenlijk om half 11 al stil moest zijn…)
    Kaartje van Nora is echt heel gaaf. Nee, je zou niet zeggen dat dit een creatie van een vijfjarige is. Daar mag je trots op zijn. En het belooft nog wat voor de toekomst!

  9. Sabrina
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    Happy Birthday Els! I just discovered your blog recently and wanted to say I love your cards!! And your daughter definitely has some of your talent, I can’t believe a 5-year old made that! I don’t have any fun birthday stories, some of my birthdays are definitely more fun than others (though I never make a big deal of it), but none so far have stood out as the best… Thanks for the giveaway, those local items look intriguing! : )

  10. Linda Trace
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    Wow happy birthday!! What a fab giveaway, you’re so generous!!

  11. Heather
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    What a wonderful card Nora, such fabulous colours and so many beautiful details – I love that ice cream!!!

    Thanks so much for joining at Simon Says Stamp Children’s Challenge
    Heather xx

  12. ScrapsEls
    | Beantwoorden

    Zie nu dat ik gepost had als een reply, dus bij deze opnieuw:

    Eerst en vooral een dikke proficiat! Een leuke start van mijn verjaardag 10 jaar geleden: terwijl ik was gaan douchen had manlief mijn verzameling schapen op bed geplaatst ( en dat zijn er heel veel ). Ze zaten klaar met een kaartje en kadootje voor me!

  13. Lizzy Hill
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    If you LIKED birthdays, I’d wish you a happy one…but since you DON’T like them I shall ignore it pretty much…but that lovely RAK is sooo worth commenting on….so I’m commenting….this should make you laugh…..I turned 50 & I HATE fuss, parties etc but have a mother who LOOOOVES Them [reverse roles, I know:/:/]….sooo she was planning a surprise [which I found out about, of course!] & I made my hubby drive me 1,000kms north, to QLD so that I could escape…….ostensibly to visit other rellies for the holidays. Worked for me! Phew! No party. YAY!!!!! Anyway, I think your girl is VERY clever, too. Definitely in the genes:):)

  14. Lenny
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    Hi Els,
    First of all: Happy Birthday!!
    I love celebrating birthdays!! (I’m not a big-party person, but I love small birthday parties
    or surprise parties)
    My fav birthday was when I turned 30 … I got a surprise party.
    First, I just had dinner here, with my closest friends but suddenly the blindfolded me
    and I had to go outside…I couldn’t follow… and then…there were a lot of friends
    and colleagues outside… they all were holding mini fireworks-sticks (or how do you call that)
    It was really beautiful!! I had tears in my eyes…so catching!
    Great party afterwards!! 😉 😉

    Like mother, like daughter!! Beautiful card!!
    Awesome job, Nora!! wow!!
    Can’t wait to see your HEMA-products layout! They have fun new stuff!!! 🙂
    Just bought some of those things yesterday (little birthday gift for a friend who’s
    living far away) 🙂


  15. Ellen Haxelmans
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    Gelukkige verjaardag!! Hopelijk ben je thuis lekker verwent geweest :).
    Ik vind het alvast een leuk ideetje dat je dit ook met ons wil vieren.

    Dikke verjaardagszoentjes
    Ps. Mooi kaartje van de dochter; de nieuwe desinger is geboren 🙂

  16. Barbara Staradumsky
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    Happy Birthday to you! What a sweet thing to do! I just love the color combo of your give away. Just looking at the items make me want to scrap this instant! My favorite Birthday was last year because my husband suprised me with the Silhouette Cameo. We normally do not spent that much money on Birthdays so to say I was shocked is an under statement. He knew how badly I wanted it for Christmas and told me that he didn’t have the heart to make me wait that long. What a sweetie he is!
    I hope you have one fantastic Birthday and can’t wait to read all about it!

  17. laura mm
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    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! 🙂
    Thanks so much for the sweet giveaway! Lovely collection & adorable card!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

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