Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Ms. Eula!!

Hello and welcome.  Today I am sharing with you a card I made for this week's teapot tuesday challenge.  This week, our cards are going to Ms. Eula who is celebrating her 110th birthday and all 42,000 teapotters are going to celebrate it with her.  As an "extra challenge" within the challenge, we were to be inspired by our most memorable birthday, create a card, and write a note to Eula about it.  Well, I chose to be inspired by the last birthday my mom celebrated with us before her passing from breast cancer.  Here's the story behind my card I wrote in my letter to Eula.

This year for your birthday, I was inspired by my most memorable birthday - my mom's last one.  She was losing her battle with recurrent breast cancer, and all she really wanted was to spend time on the beach with her two brothers who lived in different parts of the United States.

My grandfather wanted to give mom her dream birthday, so he secretly flew her brothers into Fresno, CA where we lived so they could surprise mom at the house, pick her up and drive her , and all of her medical equipment, the 2 1/2hrs to Carmel where he lived for the weekend.  While driving to Carmel, you have to drive by this awesome "rest stop"/tourist trap called Casa de Fruita.  It's the largest fruit stand, wine tasting, coffee shop, camping in California - hence the fruit on the chef's plate.

Once they arrived in Carmel, grandpa vacated his house for them, totally stocked so they could have time together, just the three of them.  Mom said she & her brothers just sat on the beach, talking, laughing & relaxing like they never did growing up and that it meant so much to her to be able to do that.  When their weekend was over, her brothers drove her back home, and then flew back home to their own families after having given my mom the best birthday ever!  Mom passed away several months later, but she always talked about that weekend until the cancer took her memory away at the end.
 All of the images used are from Mark's Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company's chef set called Celebrate Big.  The designer paper used is from Die Cuts With A View Sweet Shoppe and card stock from Stampin Up!.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: MFP Celebrate Big
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Only Orange
Card Stock: DCWV Designer Paper, MFP Snow Storm, Stampin Up! Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Yoyo Yello
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Brads, Dimensionals


  1. What a wonderful birthday gift for your mom & what a special time for her. Your card is wonderful & commemorates it well!

  2. What a beautiful memory. And your card for Eula is beautiful.

  3. Thank you for sharing your special birthday memory. How happy your mother must have been that day. Your card is beautiful and surely will be appreciated by Miss Eula.

  4. What a sweet story about your mom, Bonnie. I'm sure that Miss Eula appreciated the beautiful card, too.

  5. Lovely card and great that your Mum had such a wonderful last birthday.