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My local grocer foibled me for Dave’s Halloween birthday PIE.  As you know, the Anti-Martha (that’s ME!), does not do anything from scratch if she can possibly avoid it!  They were OUT of Marie Callander pumpkin pies.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?????  I had no cake on order at the bakery 20 min. away, and even if I made the trip in, it is HIGHLY unlikely at this point, they’d have a suitable cake for a last-minute Lucy like m’self.

I had to think fast; this was a birthday emergency of gargantuan proportions.  Methinks Pixie would be proud at this flash of Einstein:  a cupcake cake!  Good thing my friend Betty Crocker and I are tight!  Whew!

And, the man’s birthday gift?  Well, criminy, I think I scored BIG TIME with this bit of brilliance:  ESPN Full Court on the tele!

Yeeeeaaaaaaaaahhh, baby!!!!

(rubbing hands together gleefully at my birthday surprise genius!)

But, how do you present such a gift?  Well, I had no TV stamps–criminy, I have GOT to get me a cute swanky retro one . . . but, once again: 


Bwah ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!  Take a look-see, below, for the love of the game . . .

(my hubby was a h.s. girls basketball coach for quite a few years–his teams trophied a number of times at the State Basketball Tournament, including his last team, which placed 2nd twice, prior to his leaving coaching and teaching to become an administrator–I’m a rather proud wife, and can’t help but glow over his accomplishments and the impact he has had on so many, many kids throughout his career, no matter what capacity he has served in!).

No stamp images whatsoever used.  Sizzlit Window Die Set, Funky Box #1 (black card stock); Black Card Stock Brushed Silver Metallic Card stock; 3/4" Circle Punch; Silver Mini Brads; Basketball Confetti from party store; Black Fine tip Marker; 3M Foam Mounting Tape

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I used the die to create a funky TV outline in black card stock–and, I did indeed have to trim around the perimeter to remove the cursed and unwanted outline impression of the outer edges of the die itself.  To compensate for the loss of effect, I layered it onto silver card stock, and trimmed out again, to make a TV console.  A circle punch and hand drawn embellishments finished it off quickly.

I’ve had this basketball confetti for years, so I fished it outta’ the shoebox, and mounted them in graduatingly higher positions, with foam mounting tape, on the card front, so the basketballs appear to be bouncin’ right outta’ the tele and into the livin’ room!

Needless to say, he was rather surprised . . .  (very big grin!)

  1. I love the basketball card and how the basketball is bouncing out of the tv. Love it, love it, love it!!!

  2. I’m sorry, Julie. . .but I could not get past the cupcake cake to view the card. Ya see, when I saw that you had, indeed, baked, I fell right off my chair in suprise! ROFL!!!! (seriously though, cute card and yummy cake!) I’m sure Dave’s lovin’ the basketball package. I know my husband was glued to the TV last night and will be again tonight. I love basketball and football seasons. More ME time!

  3. Love the card, Julie. It’s adorable.

  4. I would call that a SLAM DUNK BAYBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

  5. Ingenious!! And pretty dang cute, too!

  6. Way to go Julie! LOVE your ESPN Birthday ‘gift’ card! CUTE idea with the ‘Birthday’ cake too! Do you now have a HOT LINE for when the rest of us are stuck in crisis mode?! *winks*

  7. fabulous cake! the card is awesome! very retro and very creative… it (talent) oozes from your pores doesn’t it?LOL i am sure hubby was thrilled!very nice.

  8. I … I don’t know what to say. How the heck you do it is beyond me!!! That is pretty darn cool!

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