Forty and Fabulous

Today is my beautiful pal Nikki's birthday. I'm so gutted not to be celebrating this special day with her, so of course I wanted to make a handmade card for her. If you knew my pal, you'd see why this particular image is SO perfect for her. This beautiful image is very like my stunning pal right down to the tied-waist coat! The image is called Jordanna, drawn by the talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary and it's so perfect for my stylish and gorgeous pal. 

It's a very special birthday, and I'm a bit heartbroken not to be there for this one. The year before we left the UK, we were all together celebrating a couple of our other pals 40th birthdays and had such a special time doing so, it feels awful not to share this day with my pal. So I wanted to make this card a bit special and for me, that means using my all time favourite papers, Maja Design. They're a bit spesh and so is she, so I found a gorgeous page in the Vintage Summer Basics paper pad called 1924, which has a paisley pattern in pinks and beiges and then coloured the image to tone in with the papers. I've gone for that 'close tone' colouring again that I favour, which to some may seem a bit 'meh', but I love it. So fingers crossed so does my pal.


I have a fabulous set of 'postmark' stamps from Papermania, which is from their Portobello Road collection. Meaningful for me, as I used to work on Elgin Crescent as an Aromatherapist, which is just off Portobello Road. So I loved that about this set. But what makes it perfect for this card, is the little greetings down the sides of the stamps, 'Thinking of You', 'Happy Birthday', 'With Love', and of course 'London, with Love', because that's where my pal is. My heart will be there on her birthday, but I however am in New Zealand. So these little greetings conveyed well what I wanted to say.


I've used some divine lace which I picked up from Wild Orchid Crafts quite a while back and the heart clip I found in a cute papercraft store here in New Zealand. I've threaded a sweet little heart onto the paper clip which says 'made with love'. I think I picked this up in a pack from MeiFlower before leaving the UK. The decorative corners I've cut from Kraft card bought at Dies To Die For. The large square doily I've had for yonks in my stash, I couldn't tell you now where that's from, but I love these doilies for large cards, they're a full 8x8 size, so make a great base layer. I've used it before like this on a sweet Sugar Nellie card I made, which you can see here

PicMonkey Collage Nikki

Here's a wee montage of some of the details on the card. I really love that vine corner and the heart pins. Yeah I know, you've seen them lots in my creations, so you're probably a little over them, but I love that little sweet finish they give to the flowers. These flowers are gorgeous and are from Flourish with a Bling in Australia. I have used these in a couple of makes now and I'm going back for more, I just love them! I added some Marianne Design leaves from the Chinese Roses die, cut from Kraft card, just to finish the blooms and of course, what's a 40th birthday card without the gentle reminder that you've 'come of age'! So I cut the numbers using my favourite set of number dies from Marianne Design.


Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my lil' creation for my gorgeous pal Nikki's 40th birthday. Let's hope it wings its way to England at lightning speed! I never am fab at getting my creations ready well ahead of time. Thank goodness it's the thought that counts right?! See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #86 ~ Vintage
A Creative Romance: A Touch of Kraft
Allsorts Challenge: #275 ~ Pretty in Pink
Brown Sugar Challenge: # 110 ~ Use Lace
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Leaves & Lace
Crafty Girls Challenges: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies: #34 ~ Girly & Lacy
Crafting From The Heart: #35 ~ Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenges: Use a Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create: #88 ~ Anything Goes with a Colour Challenge Twist


coops said…
so stunning wendy.fabulous design and details and i love your colours and gorgeous sc image :D

xx coops xx
Chris said…
A beautiful card for your beautiful friend....she'll be delighted!
mixamatoasties said…
Gorgeous card Wends. Xx
Pat said…
Absolutely stunning card Wends, I love everything about it, and I am sure your pal will be delighted with it, beautiful image, col ours and super flowers.

Pat xx
Elise said…
HI Wendy! Oh how special! I know your friend will absolutely LOVE this GORGEOUS card from you .. especially because it's so meaningful too! And I love these tones you've coloured this darling in!

Big Hugs,
debby4000 said…
Love your gorgeous card and the image is so sweet.
Dawn T said…
super cute card Wendy. Just a perfect card for your friend.
SoniaW said…
Wow those flowers are to die for, they are so lush. Love the card! Thanks for joining us at crafting from the heart - Sonia DT
Susan Hogan said…
Great card, wonderful embellies, and sweet image. Thanks for sharing this with us at Crafting with Dragonflies.
Barb said…
This is gorgeous and I'm sure Nikki will treasure it early or late arrival. Thanks for sharing with us at the Brown Sugar Challenge. Barb
susiestacey said…
Lovely card, sweet image and beautiful details.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Pretty in Pink' challenge and good luck x Susan x
Chana Malkah said…
Love the fabulous tone on tone coloring of the image....very powerful! Thanks for dropping this off by our house here at 613 Avenue Create.
Chana, Owner
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
Sarah said…
Beautiful card Wendy and I love how you've used the postmark stamps. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our Pretty in Pink challenge this week x
What a lovely 40th birthday card. Great color choices and use of the optional twist, too! Thanks for dropping this cutie on our porch at 613 Avenue Create.
lynne said…
What a lovely card! I love the pink and brown colour combo!! Thanks so much for joining in with us at Crafty Calendar Challenge this month for our Lace & Leaves Challenge!
Lynne x

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