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Saturday, 23 April 2011

A Very Special Birthday Card

Hello, and Happy Easter!
Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine, I love it! Yesterday we went with my mum and dad to Sandringham, had a picnic and chilled out, it was brilliant! Got to make the most of the good weather while it's here, you never know when you might see it again with the typical British summer! Tonight I'm showing you the card I've been very busy with for the last week. I do love my big projects but it means the blog does go quiet if I haven't got several things on the go simultaeneously! This card is for my mum's seventy-fifth birthday which is tomorrow - a very special day! Can't wait to see her face when I give her it :0)
The first challenge I had in mind while creating was Sir Stamp-a-lot - Ladies and Fashion. I thought LOTV 'Coffee break' summed up a well earned rest after a shopping spree.
I created my card out of two Go Kreate card dies stuck together and covered in Basic Grey Origins papers. On the front I stamped Magnolia's romantic window and cut an aperture following the window line, then decoupaged the shutters and added plenty of stardust stickles.
You can just catch a glimpse of the girls having their cuppa in the 'coffee shop' through the window!
Here's the card opened out.
First two sides inside. I 'window dressed' the inside of the window to complete the illusion of inside a cafe. The tiny gold blob is a little heat embossed leafy sprig as I found myself with a bare corner and couldn't leave it without something!
The image was coloured using SU inks and TH Distress inks. I ruffled the ribbon that I threaded through the SU buttons.
I used Nestie Lacey Squares here, threaded ribbon through the holes around the edge and tied in a bow at one side. Used a smaller lacey square without the lacey edge for the middle to write a message on.

The last side has diagonally contrasting papers, a tag and pocket with a little flower arrangement and more ruffled ribbon ( love the effect this has and really easy to achieve too). The picture on the tag is of mum with my three children, I took it yesterday on our day trip.

Other materials used: Nesties Labels 2
SU- scallop punch, stem/leaf punch, designer buttons, butterfly stamp, embossed flower stem, mini tags
LOTV Sentiment
Jewelled Gold embossing powder
Flowers, pearls and ribbon from stash

A couple more lovely challenges: Spoonful of Sugar - Let's Celebrate
Flutterby Wednesdays - #151 Open challenge, include a butterfly, fairy or angel
Cupcake craft Challenge - Layers(beneath the LOTV image)

Thanks for taking the time to look, please leave me a comment to let me know you passed by this way, you're my inspiration and reason for doing this after all! Until the next post......
Love Nicola xxx


chris said...

Hi Nicola wow your mum is going to be so thrilled, she will adore it, will you wish her a happy birthday from me.
I would love to see this in the real world will you get her to bring it on a pode hole day.
hugs chris xx

Fleur said...

Hi Nicola, It's stunning. Betty will love & cherish it so much. You can see the amount of love you have put into it. Tell Betty "Happy Birthday" from all of us!
Catch up soon
Hugz Fleur xXx

Lolis said...

Hi Nicola! Your card is amazing! I'm so glad I found your blog! I love your work! I'm sharing with you a blog award, please go by my blog to pick it up.

chris said...

Hi again Nicola, should have said thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge. hugs chris xx

brenda said...

Morning Nicola

What a wonderful piece of artwork, ti certainly will be se special to receive.

Yor are right abot our weather, you have to make the most of it when it's there because you never know if winter will return.

You day at Sandringham sounded fun, we sometimes go down to Holkham beach with the horses, wonderful to ride along the beach, althouhg I'm a wacther nowadays, but still fun.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at Stampalot and look forward to seeing you again.

B x

coops said...

wow, this is absolutely fantastic nicola.beautiful images and your attention to detail is so gorgeous :D
happy easter.

xx coops xx

Liza said...

Gorgeous work, I love all the layers. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

Liza x

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week with such a beautiful card ! Good luck !

Sally H said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Nicola! Thanks for sharing with us at Sir stampalot and good luck!

angelwhispers said...

Nicola your blog is amazing such fabulous work!!! Just love this Easter creation you must have spent hours making it but soooooooo worth it!!! Chanelle xxx

pinky said...

Wow thats amazing Nicola, a real piece or art! Thanks for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot this month.

Francesca said...

What an amazing creation

Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!


Kim Piggott said...

Nicola this is such an amazingly stunning creation I love it!
kim x

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