Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baja Birthdays

Hi there,

The birthday bonanza continues. I will be so glad to see October, I think it's pretty birthday free. I still have one to go for September after the three cards I made today.

My friend Lou, whose daughter's Christening I attended last week, had her birthday on Sunday. We're meeting for coffee tomorrow to celebrate. I saw this card (the first one) ages ago on Splitcoast and fell in love with it and had to CASE it. I love the 'Friends Never Fade' set and am really growing to love the 'Greenhouse gala' DSP so it was a given I suppose. I only changed one DSP pattern & the ribbon, plus I didn't own the stamp set she used for the leaves, so substituted a stamp from the 'Cottage Garden' set. I used my markers to ink the flower stamp, am so happy to have a Baja Breeze marker at last (doing happy dance). I left off a sentiment as I think it would've been too busy. Am wondering if I should have stuck with the wider 'Certainly Celery' ribbon though....

My good work friend, Eileen, also had her birthday on Sunday. She loves her coffee, I think that is what she exists on during our busy shifts. I had to use the new 'Morning Cup' set, of course. It is one of my favs, being a great tea drinker myself and loving all things tea related. I was browsing the web trying to come up with a layout, when I came across the latest Mojo Monday sketch. I haven't done one of their challenges for ages & I really liked the sketch.

I used the new 'Elegant Soiree' DSP as I thought Eileen would like those colours. I inked the images using Stazon on watercolour paper (I stamped it rather crookedly, oops) and then used my aquapainter with my markers & inks. I chose the Scallop Trim border as I felt the little holes echoed the DSP pattern. The sentiment is from the retired set 'Think Happy Thoughts', with a piece of DSP cut out using the small heart punch (to echo the heart on the mug image) and the buttons from the retired 'Latte' collection. I think the part that took the longest was 'threading' the buttons with the little strips of Baja Breeze CS, fiddly! I don't think it is as crooked as it looks in the pic LOL.

I will save my other card for a new day, need to spin this out a bit LOL.

Have a great day,

Love Fi xox


Lee said...

Oh WoW!!!!! Both of these cards are stunners Fi!! And they both happen to use my two favourite sets from the new catty :) The flowers on your 1st one are so realistic they just about pop off the page, and of course being a fellow tea lover, I ADORE your cuppa card :) Your friends are SOOOOO LUCKY!

Lee xx

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Both are super ... but I really love the coffee one! Love the watercolouring ... and the gorgeous DSP! Those buttons are a super funky finish! Hugs xax

Ashley Lydia said...

both of your cards are awesome, I especially love the first one with the soft stamped flowers =) GORGEOUS!!!!

I would love if you checked out my blog I have a blog candy prize going on.

Lee-Anne said...

WOW!! These are gorgeous. I love the first one, those flowers look amazing, so soft and pretty. And that paper is just stunning. And who doesn't love a perfect cup of coffee and your second card is just that, perfect. Gorgeous watercolouring and gorgeous colours. Again, gotta love that paper, can never have enough DSP :) Oh and don't get me started on the punch, another new favourite of mine. All your work has been so lovely Fi, thanks so much for finding the time to share it.

Thanks also for your lovely comments on my blog. I'm really going to miss my sister, we chatted for ages on facebook tonight. But you're so right...technology is great, we were remembering the times when you could only call on a Sunday night when it was cheap and now we have so many alternatives. I guess you understand given your brother is in Russia, which is even further away. At least my sister is still in the same country.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love Lee-Anne

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