Sunday, 14 August 2011

Momentous Occasions

I felt very honoured last week as I was asked to make a card for the Oldest Woman in Scotland - she was 110 yesterday!!!!

The card has to be floral and pinks and lilacs, and have a matching gift card for a bouquet of flowers.  Panic!!!!   At 110 years young she's had her fair share of birthday cards in her life, mine had to be just right....................

Having had a browse through my stamps I decided I needed something new........... any excuse lol.  I went off to my local craft shop, sought some advice and in the end I bought this Creative Expression Sweet Pea Set.

This is the card in it's box.

......... and out of it's box.

The sentiment was computer generated, the corner punch is a Fiskars 3-in-1.  The DP is Hot of the Press, from a very long time ago.  Everything else is from my stash.

I coloured the flowers with my Promarkers and used the blender pen quite a lot to get the graduated colour.  I stamped the image a second time and layered up some of the flowers.

This is the matching gift card for the flower bouquet.  I left this image flat.  Believe it or not this card took the longest as I was trying to use up scraps of white card - big mistake.  The white card was not suitable for the Promarkers and it kept bleeding out across the image........ I must have stamped it about 4 times before I got an image that was acceptable.

The next card was a commission also for a momentous birthday - an 80th.  It turned out it was for my old headmaster - more stress!!!!!

The brief was masculine and he likes hill walking, even at 80!!!  The DP is from K & Co (bought in US), ribbon from and the sentiment was computer generated.  The metal corners have been in my stash for years - I've been waiting for the right project to come along...... no idea where they came from, like a lot of things in my stash!!

The decorative metal strip is another one of those pieces that have been in the drawer for years - so long in fact that it is supposed to be self adhesive but the adhesive disintigrated when I took it out of the package.  The strip was a very bright silver to begin with and I coloured it with Umber and Black Promarkers to try and match the metal corners (I coated the strip with pen ink and then wiped it off with a barely damp babywipe).  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Maybe I should add that add I decorate all my cards inside.  Some more than others - some have a small stamped impression, flowers, decorative corners and others a sentiment and all the cards have an insert.

Well, until next time folkies, Nicola xxx


  1. Lovely cards..I always fall for the floral ones! And the box is fab!

  2. Fabulous cards,love the sweetpea one its so beautiful.
    Wendy xx

  3. Beautiful cards Nicola, youve been a busy wee bee. I love the male card the colours are fantastic. Lee xx

  4. couple of lovely cards.
    kathleen mc x

  5. Hi Nicola, and it is just right wow 110! Its so beautifu and I love your soft coluring, just perfect for the image. I love the male card too, fabulous colours and great image, Karenxx

  6. Hi Nicola, I love both your cards, such great images. have now become a follower. Alison xxx

  7. Oh these are gorgeous especially love the sweet peas card with matching tag.

  8. Ooh lovely sweet peas card :-) I love the male one too :-) Late leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  9. Two lovely cards and I think the one for the 110th Birthday is stunning, well done and congratulations to the person receiving it.

  10. Soft coluring, just perfect for the image. And those border stand which you attached in top and bottom side, really it is eye catching work. Font style you select those are spectacular.
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