A catch up post

lesley birthday card

Last week it was Lesley’s birthday and I wanted to do something to make her birthday special.  I hope she will tell you about it on her own blog soon (thepaperengineer.blogspot.co.uk), but I know she thoroughly enjoyed not one, but two fantastic days.  Plus I got to try out some workshop ideas on her which was good for me too!

Above is the card I made for her.  It features an old Prima mask in the background (no longer available in our shop, but wait til you see the new ones …) and stamps from Woodland Dreams and Nature Swirls.  The trees are coloured very simply with Inktense pencils and I used Distress inks over the mask and Memento to over stamp the background.

A couple of months ago, I made a birthday card for our other ‘Team Chocolate’ member, Val.

This one uses Sunny Sunflowers and our wood mounted Happy Birthday stamp.  I stamped the background with Versamark and used PanPastels over the top.  I don’t have any of the tints (yet) so I used lots of white before rubbing some of the stronger colours over the top.  The large flower is made using the leaves from the stamp set.  They are stamped onto yellow card with a dye ink (can’t remember now what I used, probably Memento) and after cutting them out I sponged some ink around the edges.  The smooth shape means they’re nice and easy to cut out.  I curled them with my fingers and assembled the flower with foam pads to keep the shape.  I was going to put one of the small sunflowers in the middle, but the rose was lying around and just looked perfect, so on it went.

In other news, Adrian’s doing ok, but obviously he is still coming to terms with losing both parents and it’s a slow and painful process.  He’s quite restless, so we have been going out quite a lot and actually been to some lovely places.  We discovered Helmsley last weekend and I might just have to move there.  Not for the picturesque ruined castle or the proximity of the glorious Rievaulx Abbey.  No the thing that would tempt me to sell all my worldly possessions and live rough on the street …. the turkish delight ice cream!  Oh boy, now I understand Edmund’s reaction in Narnia, I’m with the white witch every time if I can just have a little more of that heavenly stuff …