Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Elegance for a 70th

Brrrrr, it's been a bit of a brisk day today and our house is a cold hole in the winter.  Mind you I could put on the air-con, but I just can't justify it for one person, so I guess I'll just have to put up with being cold (silly me). 

Anyhow before I realised how cold (hungry too, 'cause it was lunchtime) I was, I was busy making a 70th birthday card for a friend's mum.   She said her mum likes 'autumn' colours and although this isn't strictly autumn, I hope she'll like the elegance of this card.

If you're a Graphic 45 fan, you'll recognise this paper from "A Ladies Diary", one of my favourites although the paper is getting much harder to find now. 

The card itself is made using 'A Ladies Diary' cut down to approximately A5 size (folded) (ie flat, it's A4).  The lady is then fussy cut twice and layered.  The flowers are also fussy cut and layered with some ivory ribbon added.

The inside has a piece of ivory cardstock on both sides, partly for stability but mostly for decoration and somewhere to write a message.

Since this card is an unusual size, a matching envelope had to be created too, from a full sheet cut down by an inch for the flap.  Hopefully this card will be hand delivered otherwise a large envelope will need to be purchased.

Purely by chance, last week I put together a little brag book using the same collection of papers and so I thought I would ask my friend if she would like to give this to her mum as well.  There's sure to be photos for a 70th birthday which could be added to the book, along with anecdotes from the day.

I'll be handing this over to my friend in the next day or two, fingers crossed she approves (otherwise I could be starting all over again, sigh).  Happy 70th Birthday!

Anyhow, I must away as the sun has gone down for the day, the furry feline is meowing for her dinner and I'd better do something about our dinner as well.  Home made vegetable soup with crusty bread, I think - mmmm yum!

Until next time, happy crafting!


  1. Wow Helen this is AMAZING!! Vintage is not my style but you have done a FABULOUS job. Your fussy cutting is perfect and I love the way you have done the ribbon trim and the special envelope. And if she does not like that little brag book then there is something wrong with her!...would love to know how you made the book...could you do a tutorial sometime?

    1. Hi Robyn, Thanks very much for your lovely comments which are much appreciated. I've emailed you regarding the book, hope it all makes sense! Helen

  2. I nearly fell over when I saw this gorgeous project Helen! What a lucky, lucky lady to receive such a special gift. I know just what you mean about coming up for air when crafting and realising that you are starving and that it's the middle of the night as well! Vicky x

  3. The card and matching envelope are absolutely lovely Helen, and the brag book is such a wonderful idea and beautifully made, I know your friend's mother will love everything. Dallas:>

  4. A wonderful job Helen. Great use of papers and love the envelope

  5. Oh and the book is superb


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