Monday, May 16, 2011

its birthday time!

Honestly it feels like half the people in one of my churches have birthdays in May. And so do Phil, Emrys and my mum. And its our wedding anniversary month too. PHew! Which is a lot of cards to make. Fortunately I have the Daring Card prompts to help me out.

One of the most lovely ladies in the whole world is 80 this week. She doesn't have much family but a huge circle of friends who were organised into a surprise party for her on Sunday. About 60 people turned up and she was conpletely floored! I was tasked to make the card for Church friends to sign. In order to fit with this weeks theme of the Darlin' Bugs of May I decided to put a whole host of butterflies on the card.
It is an A5 sized card so there was plenty of room for names. I used my standby large number templates from Urban Lily, cut from white card, embossed and glittered. The papers are all either Pink Paislee Queen Bee (appropriate!) or Basic Grey Origins from the 6x6 pad. Some die cutting, punching and dotting with Rangers enamel accents and I was almost done. Added a sentiment from Waltzing Mouse and voila.
Gotta love Martha Stewart butterfly punches!

Here is the card I made for the birthday girl.
Details: MME Stella and Rose pads (from Imagine That); Nestabilities and Sizzix dies; Fiskars and Martha Stewart border punches; Imagine That stamps; Papermania brads; Flowers from Hobby horse and Wild Orchid

I haven't photographed the card for Phil yet. Nothing groundbreaking - my usual style only I have bought even more new MME pads from Imagine That - Lime Twist and they are just up my street (again). So expect to see more. Phil chose a trip to the big smoke for his birthday - to see the Cult of Beauty at the VandA - lots of lovely pre-Raphaelitey and beyond paintings and etchings and clothes and furniture and photographs. I was blown away by seeing a photograph of Jane Morris - one of the pre-R models - taken in the 1850's.

I was also blown away by lunch. Not so much the food although it was delish
(note we shared the salad that is just on my plate and I really wanted that meringue - or one like it. Look at the size! but I know I couldn't have managed it)
but by the place we ate it -the Morris, Gamble and Poynter rooms. Probably the most artistic place to have your lunch ever. I think that photo has been taken in a way to fit the whole room in.

We were down the end from the photo on the site. With a good view of those lvoely chandeliers and the stained glass
and right where Phil could enjoy himself and call it art appreciation!
Takeaway and movie on DVD tonight.
Thursday night it will be cinema and eat out but probably in a pop art style McDonalds which is not quite the same


Sandy O said...

Well, everything about these cards are perfect. What a wonderful suprise for a wonderful lady. God bless her...80 years old!

Thank you for sharing all the photos too.

artfulstampin said...

Love all those butterflies on your card Lythan. Not done a DCM in a long while! Nice to be "back".

Sue said...

Beautiful cards I must make some myself - all those butterflies have inspired me

Riet Harikini said...

Love your butterfly's.

Natty said...

Beautiful cards Lythan - and I am so jealous of your trip to the V&A - sounds like a wonderful exhibit, and I know what you mean about the surroundings for lunch. No matter how great the food is (and when I went it was very good!) the setting is even better!

Jo said...

Fantastic cards - although feeling slightly faint at the thought of making anything as big as an A5 one...

I did Lol at the piccie of Phil - he looks so happy to be there :D

jo x

SueH said...

Hi hum, I’m just catching up as I’ve been very bad at commenting of late.

Beautiful cards as always….
I love the butterfly one and I think I ‘need’ that punch Lol!

It looks like you had a very enjoyable visit to the V&A. I’ve not been there since I was at school but it made a lasting impression on me and I keep saying I’m going to go back (usually every time I pass the entrance on the way the Albert Hall) and will try my hardest to do it this year.

Lunch looked very tasty too!