Friday 9 May 2014

Wreath of Flowers for a 60th

Continuing with the blue theme this is the card I made for Alan's sister Vicky who celebrated a special "0" birthday this year.  With the arrival of a grandson and grandaughter and celebrating her special birthday it's been quite an eventful start to the year for her.  There's more to come at the end of the year as her youngest son is getting married and she's planning a trip to Australia afterwards with one of their brothers to visit another brother and his family.

For Vicky's card I cased the one I'd make for Mother's Day and added the age to the centre of the wreath.  One of my favourite sets of dies is the Marianne English Rose one but at the beginning of this year I came across her stitching ones and have been stitching lots of these flowers and leaves ever since.  This design was inspired by the floral wreaths I've seen made using kits from Craftworks Cards.

Along with the Marianne dies an X-cut small flower punch and one inch circles punched, cut and rolled like the roses were used to make up the flower embellishments  The paler blue rolled roses were sponged with Encore blue metallic ink to create shading and on top of this a Sakura clear glitter gel pen was used to leave a dew effect.  The wreath was built on to circle layers using card in the same colours as used for the flowers and then attached to the front of the card using 3D foam.  The number in the middle was printed from the computer.

 The patterned papers used on this card were from Papermania's Parisienne Collection which is a lovely set of papers.  They were layered on to coloured card matching those used for the flowers.  A stitched border was added around the patterned papers to add an extra frame and to link with the stitching on the flowers.

A ribbon wrap and bow, silver brads, peel-offs and self adhesive pearls were the added embellishments for this card.
Vicky had a gathering at her son's house to celebrate her birthday and Alan travelled north to attend it.  This is Vicky cutting her cake and in the background their youngest sister is in the middle of the photo and their eldest brother is at the back to her right.

I chickened out of travelling to Orkney that weekend as the weather forecast was predicting strong winds and I'm not a fan of sailing at the best of times.  Below is a link to a video clip of the ferry leaving Stromness on it's way to Scrabster on the Sunday morning.  Fortunately by the time Alan travelled back the following Tuesday the sea had calmed enough that he even had his breakfast during the trip.  I dread to think where all the breakfasts landed on this trip.

Thanks for reading today


  1. A truly beautiful card, love the colour scheme, thank you for playing at Creative Moments, hope to see you again soon
    {Creative Moments Owner}
    Alex x

  2. Wow the blue colour scheme looks amazing and I love all the flowers going around the 60 - absolutely gorgeous card - thank you for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty - Michelle x

  3. Just stunning, i bet she loved the card, thank you for joining us at crafting from the heart, good luck
    Caroline gdt

  4. Wow, so elegant, love those flowers great job, I have to learn how to make them. Very nicely laid out on your card. Thanks for playing our Flowers Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT@4CC

  5. Gorgeous. Love the colors and all the flowers.
    Thanks for joining our challenge at Love to Create.

    LTC DT

  6. Beautiful card - thanks for joining us this week at crafting from the heart. good luck! hugs Angelie

  7. A beautiful card that anyone would be thrilled to receive. Love the flowers and all the stitching detail. Fabulous colours too. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  8. Gorgeous card.

    Thanks for sharing at Love to Create this week.


  9. Really pretty card, I love the blue and white theme, I bet it was a big hit . Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  10. Gorgeous blues and such beautiful flowers that make up your wreath. Thank you for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday Challenges. Good luck, Hugs Samantha K x

  11. Beautiful card and worthy of framing!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door, hope to see you again in our next challenge! - XX Cara

  12. Beautiful card LOVE the colours too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

  13. So beautiful and a great cause for the card as well! Thanks so much for playing with us at Creative Moments! Hope to see you again soon!

    --Lisa - CM DT

  14. Hi Liz

    Congratulations on being placed in the Crafty Boots Big Birthday Challenge.

    Don't forget to collect your badge.