Battles and Birthdays

We seem to have double trouble in our house at the moment – a fiercely independent two year old who insists on doing everything himself (which is usually the hard and very very slow way) and a fiercely defiant four year old who just refuses to do anything asked or expected of him, preferring to do the absolute opposite instead. Or another alternative of our eldest is just to repeat everything I say, in the way that the really annoying kids at school used to do, to amuse themselves. I don’t seem to know what the heck I’m supposed to be doing, parenting-wise. Everything seems to be a battle, but I don’t know where my armour is, never mind the ammunition. I could do with a little help from some sort of pre-school whisperer I think. Plus we’re in the danger zone, hormonally speaking, although it doesn’t seem as bad this month. If it isn’t as bad, it’s not because of me heeding the advice given, because the incessant rain and the children chasing me into the utility for my chocolate crutch really has been the straw that’s broke the camel’s back these last few days. Anyway enough of that, it’s all peaceful now, so I better enjoy it whilst it lasts…

In-between battles of wills, I have of course tried to utilise my card therapy to give me a positive focus. I had a card to make for my sister-in-law’s birthday (Happy Birthday Mandy!), and decided to use the same image as I did for the card in my last post, but to try a different set of colours. Little brown mice instead of grey, and blueberry jam filling instead of strawberry, among others!

Birthday card

The stamp is from LOTV ‘Sprinkled with Sugar‘, coloured with my Promarkers, with a final touch from Stickles Stardust.

Sprinkled with sugar image

 I love blues and yellows together so that’s why I picked the papers. I inked up a Craftwork Cards sentiment to match the yellow, and picked three yellow roses, die cut some leaves and tried a bit of flower arranging!

Bunch of roses

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley Monthly Challenge – Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Lisa.B.Designs Monthly Challenge – Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Emma x

4 thoughts on “Battles and Birthdays

  1. Gorgeous card & the little mice are very cute. Good luck with your little ones, I don’t envy you in the slightest. 🙂 Thanks for joining the Lisa B Designs challenge.

  2. you’ve made a really beautiful card again! you do elegant so nicely! blue and yellow are one of my favourite colour combos. and I LOVE your flower arrangement! same stamp but totally different cards… nice! I wish too I could have a pre-school whisperer….. I just go with the flow! although I’m only dealing with one! by the way, how can I track your posts? did you publish this in google +? I didn’t see it until right now! hugs
    Mirella xx

  3. Such an adorbale card, Emma. I love the colours and the spray of flowers is so cute!

    Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!

    Good Luck!


    Erica x

  4. Such an adorable card, Emma. I love the colours and the spray of flowers is so cute!

    Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!

    Good Luck!


    Erica x

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