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I remember when I was about 13, I calculated how old I would be when the year 2000 got here.  I would be 37 and holy cow did I think that was OLD!  When I was 18 and in high school I got a part time job at a bank.  One of the tellers turned 30 that year.  I made the mistake of commenting on how old she was.  I was stunned that she was 30!  She has never let me forget that!  Ironically I ended up working with her at the job I am at now.  She told me that she never forgot what I said to her and she always liked to tell that story.  I am glad she was understanding!  Whether you are 13 or 18 – anyone over the age of 20 is ancient.  Funny now that I have passed 30 and 40, I don’t think of those ages as old.  Somewhere along the line I went from – how cow is she/he old – to – they are only (fill in the number) – boy is that young.  It is all relative!

This very long winded story about age leads to today’s card.  There is a very dear lady named Bessie Mae in my hometown.  I have known her my entire life and would see her at church or around the town when I was growing up.  But as most of us do, we leave our hometowns and venture out into the world.  When I moved back home a few years ago I ran into her again.  We got to talking about age and she told me that she was going to turn 95.  I could not believe it.  She absolutely did not look 95.  I guessed a good 15 years younger than that.  Well this year, she turned 98!  Think about that – 98.  And she still looks at least 15 years younger than that.  Seriously, she looks 80. 

98.  Almost a century.  Think of the changes she has seen in her life.  From the beginning of the automobile, two World Wars, the Great Depression, a man on the moon, a brutal death of a President, computers, the right for women to vote…the list could go on and on.  She has lived thru events and inventions that children today will never understand or most likely, appreciate.  98.  My mind boggles.

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The more I thought about it, the more I thought I needed to make a card and send to Bessie Mae.  How often do you ever get to make a card for a 98th birthday.  Try never for most all of us who craft.  I chose some wonderfully soft colors that I thought would combine to make an elegant card for an elegant lady.  I started off with white, added a layer of lost lagoon and topped it off with soft stone that I ran through a linen impression plate.  I used washi tape and nestabilities to set the stage for the numbers which I die cut six times and layered.  I love this look – it just makes the numbers pop.  A birthday sentiment and rhinestones completed the card. 

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A beautiful card for a beautiful lady!  Happy 98th birthday Bessie Mae!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white and soft stone.  SU! lost lagoon.  Dies/IP:  nesties, SU! typeset die, PTI suffix style die and linen impression plate.  Stamps:  PTI keep it simple birthday.  Other:  SU! all is calm washi and rhinestones.  Memento black ink.


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Oh Jane I love this card!! I know two sisters who live in my town - one is 98 the other is about to turn 95. The 95 year old still lives on her own! : ) Two amazing ladies!!

My step Mom will be 90 this year WOW!!

Your card is pretty and I am sure Bessie Mae is going to feel completely blessed!!


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