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Cold Sunshine

Published March 3, 2010 by isisimaginings

Yes, the sun continues to shine on my corner of Kent, but my goodness, it is COLD!! I think even the birds are feeling the strain. They are flocking to the feeders in my garden & despite the efforts of a large blackbird, who seems to have decided that all the food is for his personal use, they are eating fat balls, sunflower hearts & robin food as fast as I can fill the containers. It’s a very nice ritual for me now, to have my breakfast standing at the kitchen window, while watching the birds.

Today is my friend, Jen’s, birthday. She is celebrating it with friends in Los Angeles. She’s been to DisneyLand, but even better than that, in my opinion anyway, she met the gorgeous Mark Harmon, of NCIS fame, amongst many other tv shows. As someone who watches repeats of NCIS over & over, I’m quite jealous of Jen, but she has promised to show me the autograph he gave her. 🙂 🙂

So, in honour of her birthday, this is the card I made for Jen. Or rather, this is the card that became a plaque. 🙂 I had originally planned this layout on a small card, but while trying to sleep one night, I suddenly thought; why not go bigger? The next morning, with perfect synchronicity, Jen sent me the verse in an email. Someone had sent it to her & she loved it. We don’t know the origin of it, so if anyone recognises it, please let me know, so I can acknowledge the writer.

The base card is a piece of a cereal box, with a piece of distressed style DCWV paper on top. On top of that is a piece of blue HOTP paper & the verse is printed onto plain printing paper, which I coloured with distress inks, stamped with flourish stamps, which were then heat embossed with TH embossing powder in Tea Dye.


The bird is a self adhesive sticker by Christine Adolph for Creative Imaginations. I stuck onto heavy cardstock & mounted it on the card with 3D foam squares. The flowers, copper brads & the gold leaf are from my stash. I put another piece of heavy DCWV paper on the back to create a frame.

I cut the label out of heavy watercolour paper & coloured it with the same TH distress inks. The Letters are from HOTP, I inked them with Brilliance ink in Sky Blue & when the ink was dry, I covered that with Glossy Accents. The flourishes are Anna Griffin – the same set was on QVC’s Craft Day last week. The back of the label is also decorated & that’s where I wrote my birthday wishes to Jen.

The TH inks I used are:

Tattered Rose
Tea Dye
Antique Linen
Frayed Burlap
vintage Photo

As I finished, I wondered what on earth Jen was going to do with this thing, so, two tiny blue brads & a piece of blue ribbon later, voila! She can hang it up. Alternatively, of course, she can throw it in the trash. 🙂

Today’s inspirational artist & blogger is Melissa at Yummy Goods . At the moment, Melissa has a huge crush on the story of ‘Jane Eyre’ & her art is reflecting that. Take a little time to visit her site & make sure you read her older blog posts, she has quite a story.

Thank you to all my blog visitors & to those who take the time to leave a comment. You have no idea how much your encouragement & kindness means to me. Until next time,

Love & light.


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