A catch up post

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 …




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7 thoughts on “A catch up post

  1. Hi Glenda it’s good to hear Adrian is doing ok but yes it will be a slow process it’s a lot to come to terms with for both of you. You sound as if you are managing to spend some time together though which is good and you are visiting some lovely places. Helmsley is beautiful and the addition of delicious ice cream makes it extra special lol. I love Helmsley we used to live not far from there when we were first married Stephen taught at Ampleforth College back then.
    Your cards are fab too btw
    Take care
    Jackie x

  2. These cards are beautiful, Glenda – I love the Woodland Dreams trees & what you’ve done with the mask. Coincidentally, I used my WD trees stamp for the first time on a card for my cousin, Neil, last week – always a challenge for me as I HATE doing mens’ cards! But it came out really well – I stamped & coloured the image either side of a landscape card, over brayered hills, sky & moon. Stamped the image again in the middle, then again & cut out to decoupage the image; glazed the 3D image to make it stand out from the others, stamped the “two roads” verse above the central trees & across the moon & voila! A lovely, but equally, masculine card. Neil loved it & is going to frame it! That’s the best compliment I could have.

    Glad you’re getting out & about together – it’s a time of real adjustment for Adrian, the end of an era, really. But I’m sure with your support he’ll get through – it just takes time.

    All the best to you both & thanks for all your inspiration!

    take care, Liz M x

  3. I have various elements of Woodland dreams on my work bench so had to smile – I adore that Inktense colouring & I have to admit that your rose with the leaves looks absolutely delicious. Losing both parents so close together is quite a shock & it will take time – good you can have time together & talk things through as well as do some visiting & planning for moving. It sounds as if you& Lesley had a wonderful time.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Hi Glenda,

    I’m with you. Turkish Delight is my favourite and I didn’t know that Turkish delight ice cream existed. I might just have to persuade hubby to take me out for the day to Helmsley. I lived in York when I was at school and there were occasional trips to Rievaulx and Helmsley and Fountains Abbey.

    Both cards are gorgeous.

    Take care

  5. What lovely cards Glenda not too o.t.t. I love the colours you have used. Thanks
    for all your inspiration.

    I feel for you both but know at times like this it is friends and our love of all things in
    life that can get us through.


  6. Hi Glenda-fabulous cards.Haven’t really cracked using masks yet even though I have quite a few.Just need some practice.
    I too love Helmsley.We used to camp at The Golden Square caravan site when the kids were small and that is very close to Helmsley.Its a beautiful spot.
    The most awesome shop of all there has to be the Moorhouse Pottery shop.Storey upon storey of the most amazing Moorhouse pots, vases, plates etc.Its all to die for.Last time there ,we bought a couple of postcards!!!!!!!!All the wares were an amazing price I’m afraid.
    So 2 jolly good reasons to revisit Helmsley[ice cream and Moorhouse]
    Glad you are both having some quality time to yourselves.xx Joyce

  7. OOps Glenda Super Senior moment!!!!!!! I meant Moorcroft gallery not Moorhouse[obviously thinking of Adrian Moorhouse an old athelete!!!!!!!!] Brain gone.xx Joyce

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