Roll on winter…. Naaaaa, only joking! Waking up to a warm, sunny morning is much preferable to those cold, dark, horrid winter mornings; the only problem is, no matter how many blackout blinds and curtains I put up, the sun peeps round the gaps VERY early. Which of course gives the children the impression it is the perfect time to get up and do 0-60mph in precisely 17 seconds, even if it is only 5:45am. Bleuurgh. Being woken at all hours has to be the single most difficult thing about parenting in my opinion, from a lovely deep sleep mmmm. “Mummy! Hurry up and make my porridge!” (for the fifth time) “Alright, I’m up, I’m up!”.
There’s been lots of news about pregnancies, births and adoption at the moment within my various circles, very exciting times for lots of friends, although thankfully not me – my only contribution will be the crafting of special handmade cards! Perhaps a cuddle, and a little listen to those snuffly noises babies make, but then a swift handover back to mummy! There’s no room at this inn for any more additions of the human variety, and I won’t even agree to a pet at the moment, mean mummy. Not just yet!
Today I’m sharing a card that has been in my shop, although it didn’t get its own blog post, but now it has been exchanged for another donation to PANDAS, and given to the new parents, I can showcase the personalised version. Funnily enough, I took a photo of it originally with the name Oscar on it, purely because Oscar was the 5th most popular boy’s name for 2013, and it is a firm favourite of mine too. If my grandma and grandpa hadn’t had a cat called Oscar many moons ago, it would have been well in the running for one of our boys. However when I heard about little baby Oscar that had been born, it sprang to mind, and luckily for PANDAS, the new uncle agreed!
The image is one of the relatively new baby stamps from LOTV – Balloon Basket (there’s a gorgeous card idea on the linked page if you click, stunning, makes mine look boring!). I coloured it with Promarkers, and added Stickles as usual. I decided to add glossy accents to the balloon, which wasn’t too bad until I touched it by accident, made a mess, put more on, and ended up with loads of bubbles that I didn’t want, pricked some with a needle, made a bigger mess. Too late, the bubbles had to stay. Too large an area perhaps.
The stamped image is matted onto a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circle die, cut from some gorgeous textured and pearlised card that I got from a craft fair. The paper behind is Grace Taylor BabyBoo Boy scrapbook paper, love the clouds.
The embellishments are from variety of sources, including Hobbycraft for the metal baby feet. The lettering, the kites and the heart with bow are Memory Box die-cuts. I love the little duck, it’s a wooden blank embossed with Wow! pastel yellow embossing powder.
I am a huge fan of organza, especially laid over satin, and this baby blue printed and glittered organza is no exception. I’m not, however, a big fan of peel-offs but relented and used them for the baby’s date of birth as I ran out of room for die-cut numbers and thought I’m sure the parents would rather have the date on the card than not.
The LOTV sentiment is embossed in Wow! Pastel Blue.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Passion For Promarkers Challenge Blog – Use your die-cuts – Happy 5th Anniversary!
Enjoy the rest of the Bh weekend,