Tag Archive | Birthday

2 Cards – 2 cakes

My grandson and grand-daughter celebrated their 8th and 11th birthdays last week. I often make their birthday cakes (with varying degrees of success/failure) and I usually go along with whatever theme they choose, or match them with their presents and cards.

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Dreydon chose a nerf gun for his present so I thought a target would be a fitting idea for both the card and cake.

And yes, he did use them both for target practice, though he was limited to one shot only at the cake!

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Shanice wanted (and got) a jacket for her birthday – not really an inspiring theme for cards and cake!

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However, she is into unicorns (isn’t everyone) so that’s what I went with.

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Tiger Card

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One of my grandsons turned 14 this month and I find making cards for teenage boys quite difficult. Well, not actually making the card, but coming up with the idea.

After much searching and debating, I settled on this tiger, which I drew, then cut out of black paper with my scan ‘n’ cut (quicker than doing it by hand).
I stuck some white paper behind the eye cutouts and pink behind the nose, then stuck it on some orange paper and trimmed the edges. the whole thing was glued to some folded white card and a coloured happy birthday peel-off added, plus a couple of green jewels for the eyes.

Birthday Cards – Flowers & owls

Flower Card

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  • Cut, scored and folded the card.
  • Added backing paper and edging peel-offs.
  • Die cut flowers, leaves and swirls.
  • Stuck to card along with some pearls and a happy birthday peel off

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Owl Card

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  • Embossed card with bark embossing folder
  • Cut, scored and folded the card.
  • Added backing paper.
  • Cut out balloons, bow and owl pieces.
  • Assembled and embellished owls with gems & sequins.
  • Assembled bow.
  • Stuck everything to card
  • Added dark card behind the ‘hole’

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Two Easy Birthday Cards

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The Robot:

A few circles, squares and rectangles stuck onto layered card
with a ‘2’ and some googly eyes to finish it off.

 

Happy Birthday Jared

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Strips of coloured card with the letters cut out and the ends trimmed.
Add some ribbon and ‘jewels’, write Happy Birthday and that’s it.

Simples! 😉

 

Card Makes

Thanks to a snarky comment that dented, even further, my non-existent confidence a few months ago, I stopped posting my card & craft makes on my blog.
I have now got past that… it’s my blog and I’ll post what I want.

Don’t like my posts? Don’t look at them!!

These are cards I’ve made over the past few months.

 

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The one above was for my parents anniversary

and the one below was for my Dad, on Fathers Day.

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An anniversary card (above) for my hubby,

and a wedding card (below) for my brother-in-law & his new wife!

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A Push n Pull card for my daughter’s birthday.
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Next up are a few parchment cards…

 

 …and finally

a couple of random ones!

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Bound to Blackwood by Sharon Lipman


The award nominated paranormal romance, Bound to Blackwood is celebrating its first birthday!

What does this mean for you? Well author, Sharon Lipman is offering you the chance to win a signed copy of the book, as well as some amazing House Blackwood swag!

 

Think all vampires are the same? 
House Blackwood begs to differ!

 

Would you surrender your soul for the love of the King?
Lena, a vampire and a Guardian of the Order, has been honour-bound to protect human souls all her life. Acting first and thinking second is what’s saved her skin time and again in the war against the Fallen, but her disregard for orders soon catches up with her when her boss is seriously injured. Forced to take responsibility for her actions, Lena is thrust into the path of her very own kryptonite; Thorn. The raw power of his soul calls to her and his mere presence lights a fire within her that she cannot contain.

With Vampire magic waning and the race in crisis, can either of them afford to ignore Nature’s call? If they do, the future of the race is in jeopardy. If they don’t, they will both lose the most precious part of themselves. Their souls.

 

Want a copy right now? Bound to Blackwood is available free via Kindle Unlimited.

You might also like to read this blog post, explaining why the author chose to publish Bound to Blackwood on November 1st.

Want to learn more about the characters? Take the quiz and discover which Bound to Blackwood character you are!

 

Excerpt

Thorn stepped out from the shadow of the Huguenot Protestant Church in Soho Square. The stench of Fallen hung heavy in the air, making the bile rise in his throat. But what made him nauseous was the delicate scent of Lena’s blood that rode the air with that of the Fallen.
Flashing across the small park, he found her.
His first thought was to go to her, but as he rushed towards her, he realised she wasn’t alone. Lena cradled the human to her as the air around them hummed and crackled. Thorn’s jaw went slack as the realisation of what he was seeing hit him.
The faint green glow of the human’s soul shifted and shimmered as Lena’s power forced it back, moulding it, shaping it. Binding it. The pale green shone more brightly as Lena worked, the air becoming more dense as the spring greens turned into a deep emerald.
Lena’s raven hair whipped across her face and her eyes glowed a vibrant sea-green as she forced the woman’s soul back to her body. A great roar echoed around the park, and for a moment, the air stood still before a blinding light made Thorn shield his eyes. And then it was gone.
Thorn heard the woman’s heartbeat kick-start as her soul found home again.
Lena released her vice-like grip on the woman and fell backwards. Thorn caught her before her head could hit the ground. She was ghostly pale as Thorn cradled her against his chest, her breathing shallow. The exertion of holding the human soul showed in the sheen of sweat across her brow, and Thorn winced at the bruising on her cheek bone.
“For the love of all that is holy, Lena! What the hell were you thinking?”
Lena’s black eyes fluttered open and stared up at him in disgust. Even injured, with her powers severely depleted, Lena’s contempt for him was tangible. “No one should hold dominion over another’s soul,” she spat back at him.
Thorn closed his eyes. So she knew. In that moment, he realised he’d convinced himself that she hadn’t really seen through him that night in her bedroom. That she’d just rejected him because she didn’t want him, even told himself that it would all be fine. The look on Lena’s face told him otherwise.
As if on cue, the delicious scent of her blood became overwhelming. Thorn gritted his teeth as exotic spices assaulted him. It was almost overpowering.
“You need to get away from me.”
 


The Author:

A huge fan of the paranormal romance genre, Sharon Lipman started writing in her teens. It wasn’t until she was in her thirties that she found a story she was desperate to share. House Blackwood was born and Bound to Blackwood is her debut novel.

She was born in west London and grew up in leafy Surrey in south-east England. A lover of all things British, except the weather, she now lives in Almeria, southern Spain with her husband and an ever growing collection of dogs.

 

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The Giveaway:

Sharon Lipman is giving away a signed copy of Bound to Blackwood, as well as some exclusive House Blackwood swag. To be in with a chance of winning, enter the Rafflecopter.

The giveaway ends November 15th

 

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Portrait

A couple of months ago my youngest daughter asked me to paint a picture of her children for her. Yesterday was her birthday and I gave her the picture I had painted.
I was very nervous as she unwrapped it, but that soon turned to relief as she liked it!

It also means I can now post it on here 😀

From these…

 

…to this!

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