Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday!

My grandpa turns 80 on Saturday.  Gosh, it's so hard to believe he's 80 already...in my mind he's still as young as he was when I was just a tiny tot.  My family is very close, and he has been a large part of my life.  I have tons of memories with him...going to the summer carnival his work threw when I was little...going to visit him in Anaheim when I was 7... (we went to Disneyland every day for a month...he was the best tea-cup ride spinner I've ever seen.)...being forced to sit in the living room and watch operas with him (and finding out that I actually enjoyed them).  I'm very lucky to have had this much time with him, and hope to have many more years.




When he was younger, his friend's brother had a taxi service, and a plane out at our local tiny airport.  Grandpa used to drive a taxi for his friend's brother in exchange for flying lessons.  When I saw this Stampers Anonymous set, I knew it would be perfect for this special birthday. (The compass and map stamps came from the set.) I then found a fabulous biplane image at My Grafico.  Of course, I just had to make it vintage.  The arrow and metal embellishments are from Tim Holtz.  It's kind of hard to see, but the charm with the "L" carved out says "lifetime"  and the other tag says "journey".  Lifetime journey...I thought that was a pretty perfect sentiment.

Well, anyway, I really hope he likes this.  I feel pretty safe posting it....I don't think he even knows I have a blog, let alone checks it! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We'll see you soon.

10 comments:

Sara I. said...

Your grandpa sounds extraordinary - and its awesome to have all that time with them isn't it? I'm sure that he'll absolutely love this when he gets it -its quite the vintage beauty and those Tim Holtz embellies are perfect!! Love the sentiment on the inside. Happy Warly Birthday to him!!!

Cely said...

Aw, happy birthday grandpa! :) Wish I had grandparents to call my own, you are very blessed! And the card is uber cute... I mean... very MANLY! :)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAMPY! grandparents make up such a large part of a child's life - the memories are priceless! this card is gorgeous! very masculine yet elegant. you will make poor gramps cry - but tears of joy for sure!

hugs :)

Lynn Weber said...

Oooh, I love hearing about you & Grandpa!!! I was like that w/my grandma & your blog today has reminded me of many special memories I had w/her & how lucky I was to have her- thank you : ) Your Grandpa is go to flip over this card, it is totally AWESOME!!!!! The plane w/the banner is sooo cool & the map paper & compass are the perfect vintage touches. I love how you use the metal charms...i need to get mine out : ) You rocked grandpa's card!!!!

Jenn Borjeson said...

Happy Birthday to your grandpa, Star! This card totally rocks. :)

Kim Kelley said...

Happy B-day to your grandpa Starla! Hope he has a great one. Love this card. It is a beautiful card!

Lau W said...

Happy birthday to your grandpa my friend !
Your card is beautiful as always !
xxx

Vicki said...

Hon, Grandpa is going to LOVE this card! I can't wait to see his face when he opens it.

Cely said...

I got your back if you ever have a party, girlie! I've sent many a invitation, favor boxes, treat tags, and decor to my pals on the mainland. :) I love parties!

Brenda said...

You know you can feel the love of your Grampa in this fabulous card. I love the planes, the charms, that fabulous paper. I know he will love it as well! It is nice that you have so many memories. You are truly blessed and I can tell that you know that!!!
Hugs~Bren