As readers of my Facebook page may have noticed, I got more than a little Mumsie on Monday as I announced to the World that it was my youngest two’s 22nd birthday that day. The thought that my youngest ‘children’ are 22 years old makes me feel very old indeed!
All you Mums out there will recognise the feeling when I say that I just don’t know where the time has gone. It seems like only yesterday that I was changing their nappies… and going back even further, I remember sitting in the car in the hospital car park after I’d had a scan and we’d just been given the bombshell news that we were having twins. I was convinced we’d never be able to afford them and I got very emotional, crying my eyes out. Hubby was sitting next to me, beaming with pride from ear to ear. In despair I said to him, “Oh, what are we going to do?”
“I don’t know about you love”, he grinned, “but I’m off to the pub!”
I went with him and hit the orange juice! Looking back we were right to celebrate instead of worrying about money; like most parents, we muddled through somehow. And so all these years on it was time to make their birthday cards, so I thought I’d share them with you, starting with Jessamy’s card – Kern’s card will follow in a later blog issue. Ladies first!
Jessamy plays flute and piccolo and is studying music at a Conservatoire in London. That’s the reason that I wanted some sort of musical theme in the card somewhere. As you can see, the floral backing paper has a faint musical score on it. After I chose the two backing papers that I liked, I cut them to the same size so that they would fit on top of each other exactly. I then tore the top paper diagonally down the front, tearing from the top so that the white ‘raw’ edge was visible.
After I’d stuck the papers together I used a fine liner pen to hand draw a double border all the way around.
Next I cut a Tattered Lace Oval doily out of white card together with a decorative edge circle. Using a smaller circle I dusted the edge of the decorative circle in pink ink. (When she was very young Jessamy liked the colour pink so much that ‘Pink’ became her nickname, and we still call her that to this day… that was many years before the pop star of the same name ever saw the light of day of course!)
Using the ‘Celebrate’ die from Florartistry I cut this out four times in a pearlescent pink card stock and stuck them together. After I had layered all these components together I hot-glued some pink sissal fibre on to the card front and attached some mulberry flowers.
The finishing touch was to add a few ‘girlie’ embellishments – a wooden flower, some heart sequins and some pink pearl drops.
I think it’s a pretty card, and it seemed to go down well with the Birthday Girl!