Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Year, New Look + Birthday Girl card

Afternoon Everyone,

What a day it's been - the gales have been atrocious all night and most of the day but things do seem to be calming down a bit now.  Tuesday is our rubbish collection day so the bins were out overnight ... well, the courtyard out front was a picture of devastation this morning ... bins overturned and rubbish blowing around all over the place ... what a mess! Once again the garden has been hit and we've lost a couple of garden ornaments ... those that had escaped the gales of 8th December.  However, it could have been worse judging by the news reports ... apparently the wind was at it's worst on the east coast, reaching speeds of 102 mph!! The EM, taking advantage of the lull, is about to go out with his litter-picker ... it's a horrible job but someone has to do it!!

On to better things ... here's the card I made for my little granddaughter's first birthday. Very girly and, and as you can see, in the ubiquitous pink!!! I've been waiting for an excuse to use this cute LOTV image - bought last last spring at the craft show!  It's not obvious in the photograph but I've gone round the edge of the image with glitter glue. Because the card is intended for a baby, and remembering that babies put just about everything in their mouths, I've steered clear of embellishments that could be injurious, e.g. brads, stickpins, gems.

The insert was created digitally, printed out and then stamped with this fab Penny Black stamp sourced from Handy Hippo which reads:
a teeny, tiny wish ...
         for a great big,
               wonderful birthday!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Papermania Textured Card, Deep Pink
DP & Greeting: Quite Contrary Summer Papers Pack
Digital Paper: Bearly Mine Designs, Simply Dots
Topper: LOTV Cute Squares, Babies
Stamp: Penny Black, Birthday Wishes
Ink pads: Memento, London Fog & Angel Pink
Tools: Border Punch, scalloped edge; 3/4" tiny flower
Embellishments: Organza ribbon, pink; Craft Creative glitter number; crystal glitter glue; pale green card candi; Poppy's Cabin heart-shaped doily

Breaking the habit of a lifetime, the decorations are down, packed away and back up in the attic already. Sad isn't it? But, we really didn't have many out anyway. Because the EM, still in pain and discomfort from his accident, wasn't able to reach up and hang the decs there wasn't all that much to miss ... although it was sad to see the tree stripped of it's finery. Never mind, it's only 357 days till next Christmas :))

And in keeping with the new year, new look, the blog has had a makeover. What do you think? The autumnal shades of brown, orange and olive green are my favourites and because I'm into family history and heritage scrapbooking I thought the family motif quite appropriate ... it might remind me to spend more time scrapbooking the family photographs :) Hmm, yes, I live in hope!

I'll be back later with the canvas I altered to be hung in Rhian's bedroom ... pink, of course!

Okay, time for tea ... when is it not for me :)


  1. Hi there Elizabeth. The winds sound like some we had here over the holiday break also.

    I wanted to thank you for your lovely comment on the post about my mother. I have some wonderful old photos and really need to scan them all so I can preserve them. Maybe I'll make a scrapbook after I get that task done.

    The card for your granddaughter is so adorable!!

    I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2012!

  2. Elizabeth happy new year ! Wishing you and your family the very best of everything. Your card is so beautiful and indeed very girly, the glitter is perfectly visible and a lovely touch. Once again a gorgeous card both inside and out.


  3. Beautiful card as always Elizabeth. I adore those LOTV images :) Hope the EM keeps improving - he took quite a tumble it seems. Big New Year hugs - and our roof is still on down here! Oh, and I love the new look to your blog. Di xx

  4. beautiful card elizabeth.the image is gorgeous and i love your pretty colours ;D
    great new look blog too, the autumnal colours are stunning ;D

    xx coops xx


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