It was Mothering Sunday here in the UK yesterday and what a super day it was, despite still being in lockdown. I just have to share my weekend with you! Vicki, Jack and Molly did a doorstep visit on Saturday to drop off my card and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I put the card – unopened – on the side with the card I’d received during the week from my son, also unopened.
On Sunday, I turned Vicki’s card over to open the envelope and it read Moonpig! When I opened the envelope and saw the card I was blown away! I’ve posted a photograph above. Photographing a photograph and getting good results requires a photographer who knows what they are doing; not someone like me! Vicki had been through her photographs and picked out a selection of me with Molly, Jack, Leigh, Stephen, Othman and herself and had them made into a card. Inside it has been printed with very special words for me!
While she had been planning this, Vicki didn’t know Jack and Molly were planning a surprise for her because yesterday was also her birthday! Jack and Molly had asked me to sort out some photographs of “Mum” when she was young. Long story short, they added each photograph to an individual piece of gold or silver cardstock (leftovers from my pre-SU days). They then tied each one to a balloon they’d inflated with helium so the through-sitting room, dining room and kitchen had cards hanging from balloons all over the place! Leigh, Vicki’s husband took her out for a walk after their Zoom church service so Jack and Molly could get the balloons out of Jack’s bedroom and into the sitting room. They video’d Vicki walking into the room and it was fabulous! Oh, how I would have loved to have been there!
But I wasn’t neglected! For dinner, hubby cooked one of his fabulous chicken curries and he also made the most scrummy gluten-free cinnamon doughnuts!
Just to continue today’s blog being different from normal, I have two 3D projects to share with you! Have you bought any of our new Blending Brushes? They are fabulous, super soft and work much better for blending than daubers and sponges – these two are still needed for edges! I had a problem about how I was going to store them but solved it with one of the copper tins that Stampin’ Up! sold a couple of years ago. I think any tin that has straight sides and a flat bottom will work just as well. I measured the height of the tin and cut a piece of my chosen design from the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP).
The 12″ length was just right and allowed a small overlap at the back. I used red sticky strip to adhere the DSP in place allowing a bit of copper visible top and bottom. I found some retired Washi Tape and adhered it around the top and the bottom to more or less cover up the copper colour. I used Tombow to adhere the ends down. Inside the tin I have two toilet roll tubes and it is having these in place that keep the brushes from sliding all over the place. If you’re not happy using toilet rolls, you can use a kitchen roll tube cut in half. To make them look a little bit less like toilet roll tubes, I painted mine, inside and out, with the Dark Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities – yes, I still have all of mine!
Next I decided to decorate one of my notebooks using the same sheet of DSP. I measured what I needed and allowed a small margin of craft to be seen all around. I cut two pieces – one back, one front. I decorated the front using the Playful Alphabet Dies and a scrap of DSP from Hydrangea Hill. It looked a bit bare so I fussy cut three pink butterflies from a design from the Butterfly Bijou DSP. Look how well the colours go together! I added a 1/8″ strip of Basic Black Cardstock down the inside front and back to make it look finished off.
I have seen this kind of project done before where the crafter has tied short pieces of ribbons around the loops of the spiral spine but I have decided to leave mine clean! I finished off the front by painting the butterflies, the middle of the flowers and the letters using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I hope you’ve enjoyed a blog that’s different from normal. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another card I’ve made using the Suite Sampler Stamp Set.
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.