My sister Valerie is three years and a day younger than me. It was my birthday on 12th July and hers on 13th, and for her it was a big one! She had a surprise birthday party on the Saturday and flew out on holiday the day after. For her big birthday I made her a big card, an 8x8" square. The card base was cut from white cardstock - I cut two scalloped squares then adhered them together down one side- with a matted square of patterned paper adhered flat. I cut a smaller square of the same paper, matted again, and adhered it offset with foam pads. I embellished the top right hand corner with a satin bow, white and aqua blooms and leaves die-cut from glittercard. I also added a pin. 'Valerie' & '50' were cut from glittercard then 'Valerie' was adhered flat and the '50' was adhered with foam pads. The sentiment was computer generated onto white cardstock, trimmed and matted, then adhered beneath the offset square with foam pads. A smattering of gems completes the card.

Carts used:
Scalloped card base- Elegant Edges
Valerie- Hannah Montana
50- Sophisticated
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Heather xxx


Thank You Jan......

My eldest, Krishnan is in Boston, USA at the mo. He's at Harvard University Summer School studying Patency law. Before he went to Boston, he worked for the LLDC (London Legacy Development Company) who were responsible for selling off the Olympic Park, Stadium and Athlete's Village. His boss was a lady called Jan and before he left the company, he asked me to make her a thank you card, and this is what I came up with. I used a layout that I found on Silke Ledlow's blog 'My Life'. I used patterned paper that was a freebie, cut into two different sized panels matted onto a larger white panel. I wrapped the panel with sheer green ribbon before adhering it to a C5 card base with foam tape. I topped it with a scalloped oval topped with a standard, embossed oval. 'Thank You Jan' was cut from black pearlised cardstock and adhered flat to the embossed oval. A floral arrangement, bow with pin embellishment and a smattering of pearls completes the card.
Carts used:
Scalloped oval- Elegant Edges
Plain oval-Opposites Attract
Thank You- Paper Lace
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The same day that we went to Rhea & Phil's wedding, my great-niece Chelsea had her 8th birthday.
I made her a Super DL card, which is basically a piece of A4 cardstock folded down the centre of the card instead of across it. I cut 2cms off the bottom of the folded card so that it would fit into an envelope. As far as I know there are no commercially produced envelopes to fit this size of card, so I made one using the envelope (in blackout mode)on page 65 of the WILD CARD cartridge cut at 8". Even with the foam mounted letters, the card fit neatly into the envelope. I posted it with a 1st Class Large stamp (I send all my cards with large stamps then I know that they will be delivered)
For the card I cut a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than the card base and wrapped a piece of American Arts ribbon around the bottom, and added a bow. I then adhered it to the card with foam tape.
'CHELSEA' was cut twice, once in white cardstock then again in different patterned papers. The paper letters were adhered to the cardstock letters. This gives the letters stability. All of the letters were adhered with foam pads. I added 'Happy Birthday' cut from purple glittercard and a smattering of gems to complete the card.
Carts used:
CHELSEA- Base Camp (using shadow feature)
Happy Birthday- ZooBalloo
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Heather xxx


For our daughter and her husband.........

 Rhea's mum Mary asked me to make her a card for Rhea & Phil and I was only too happy to oblige. This card is slightly smaller than A4 because that's the size that the fancy frame came out. I just trimmed away the bottom of the card so that the cut fit. I used a Pink Petticoat paper for the background and topped it with a silver mirri frame, which I embellished with sequin flowers and pearls. The aperture in the centre was backed with Pink Petticoats French Script paper. The bride and groom were cut from black pearlised cardstock. I trimmed the full skirt from the bride to a more figure hugging style (uncannily similar to Rhea's dress in fact!) then drew around it twice onto white pearlised cardstock to create the dress and train, which I embossed. The train was adhered to the dress with foam pads. I created a veil from some shimmer 'fabric' paper from Papermania and adhered it to the bride's head (I cut a curly bun style by hand and adhered it to the bride's head first) and covered the join with small pearls. I added some 'buttons' to the back of the dress to finish. The frame was further embellished with WOC roses and lilies and a sheer bow. I also added a jumbo pearl and silver hatpin through the floral arrangement. The sentiment was computer generated onto white pearlised in 60% greyscale and Lavenderia (my favourite at the moment!) font, and matted onto silver mirri then adhered to the frame with foam pads.
Of course it needed a box!
Carts used:
Fancy frame- Ornamental Iron 2
Bride & Groom- Wedding Solutions
Tie The Knot (on front of box)- Tie The Knot
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Heather xxx


Rhea & Phil's Keepsake Card........

As I promised yesterday, I'm back with Keepsake Card that I made for Rhea & Phil. At Northbrook Park, there are peacocks that roam the lawns and make a nuisance of themselves in the car park- they are very vain birds and love to admire themselves in the paintwork of the cars, one even went into one of the chalets and admired itself in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs! So it seemed fitting to use peacocks on the card. I used two 8" square cards adhered together to create a gatefold card base. I printed some Pink Petticoat papers onto white paper. The papers are actually lavender but don't look it in the pictures. I added a punched border across the card front , embellished with die-cut leaves and sequin flowers. A shaped panel cut from white cardstock and PP papers was adhered to the left front and a large scalloped heart cut from white cardstock, and topped with a smaller heart embossed with a swirl embossing folder was adhered to it with foam pads.
The peacocks (one of them flipped) were cut from white cardstock and then adhered to the base of the heart with foam pads. I added an 'R' & 'P' cut from lavender paper shadowed with white card, a small embossed heart, organza bow and floral arrangement and pearls around the heart to finish.

This is the inside left panel bearing a 'True Love' cut and heart corners....

.....the inside right panel with the 'Forever' cut and more heart corners....
 .....the outside right panel with die cut leaves and sequin flowers. This is partially covered when the card is closed.....
........the centre back, with a mini fold out book, 'Just Married' cut and heart corners, and the details of the wedding......

....and a beautiful wedding quote printed onto Safmat. The book closes with sheer ribbon ties...

...and finally. a box to put it in with another scalloped heart, 'Mr & Mrs' icon and sheer bow.
Phew!!!! So many pics!
Carts used:
Scalloped heart/plain heart- Life's A Party
Peacocks- French Manor
R & P- Sophisticated
Shaped panel- Elegant Edges
True Love/Forever/Just Married/Mr & Mrs/Heart corners- Tie The Knot
All of the Pink Petticoat papers were printed onto white pearlised paper, and the white cardstock is white centura pearl.
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Heather xxx


Such a beautiful day.......

We've been to a wedding this weekend! Our very good friends Mary & Imroz's beautiful youngest daughter Rhea married her lovely fiancé Phil at the splendid Northbrook Park in Surrey. We have been praying for months for good weather, and boy did we have it in spades! It was GLORIOUS!! We sweltered all day and well into the evening and a great time was had by all! Here are the proud parents of the bride, Mary & Imroz.......

...and here is the inside of the Wedding Venue waiting for the arrival of the Bride and her attendants. The ceremony was a Humanist celebration (Rhea and Phil had had a legal marriage in the local Registry Office the day before)....

....and here she is! Isn't she stunning? I love this girl so much. She's bright (she must be 'cos she's a doc, as is her new hubby) funny, compassionate, loyal...I could go on ad infinitum. Rhea managed to keep it together but Phil couldn't and he was crying at this moment!.......

.....Music was provided by a fab duo from Australia called April Daze. Rhea and Phil met them in Melbourne when they were working there over the last 18 months. They were fab!....

 .....And here are the new Mr & Mrs D'Arcy....
....a united family photo with Rubin (Rhea and Menai's younger brother) on the right, and Phil's mum & dad Gina and Paul and his SIL Jess and his brother John who was his Best Man..........

 ...and Menai, Rhea's equally beautiful elder sister and chief bridesmaid....
......and all the bridesmaids plus Hannah one of Rhea's oldest friends...

....and finally, The First Dance by the new Mr & Mrs D'Arcy
What a fabulous day!!!
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I'll show you the keepsake card that I made for them tomorrow
See you then
Heather xxx



My nephew Dan's wife (of almost one year!)Sarah, had a birthday last month and this is the card that I made for her. The card base is the same as Lauren's in the previous post. For this one I used a fab decoupaged image from an old Papermania collection. I mounted it onto a scalloped rectangular panel which I embellished with pink gems. I added a sheer bow and bloom to one corner, and 'Happy Birthday' cut from pink glittercard below the panel. 'SARAH' was cut from aqua glittercard and adhered vertically with foam pads to the narrower  section. A smattering of gems completes the card.
Scalloped panel- Elegant Edges
Happy Birthday- Paper Lace 2
SARAH-Hannah Montana 
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