Hello and welcome to Magpieheaven. It's been unusually quiet in the Magpies' Nest recently! Our daughter, Matilda has flown off to share a house with her university friends and this weekend, the weekend of her twenty-first birthday, she will be away. This is the first time we will not be together for Matilda's birthday so the whole magpie family feel a little strange. Instead of a card I have made her a heart plaque to let her know how much she is loved by us all!
Matilda loves anything with butterflies, so I covered an MDF heart in this beautiful paper from 'House of Zandra' with a butterfly design. I used a little brayer to eliminate any air bubbles and sanded the edges before accenting them in Sapphire Treasure Gold.
As soon as the paper was smooth I stamped the flower sentiment from PaperArtsy's stamp plate E Lin Brown 06 'Live every moment, laugh every day' in Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival. This sentiment really sums up our daughter. She lives life with enthusiasm and she is one of the funniest people I know! I die-cut some leaves from Shrink Plastic, using Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die, having first painted the leaves with a diluted coat of PaperArtsy Fresco in Guacamole. Before melting the leaves with my heat tool, I stamped them with one of the lace backgrounds from Crafty Individuals plate of different lace designs. Both the little wooden butterfly and the lock are Prima creations. I painted the lock first with Little Black Dress Fresco and then applied Sapphire Treasure Gold, ageing it by scraping it away in places. You might just be able to see that I stamped the butterfly with one of the lace stamps too.
The message is from Artistic Outpost and it has a special significance to Matilda. Not only is she a sunny personality, but she just loves to live in the sunshine. I've always imagined that she might one day live in a country a lot warmer than this one, under cloudless blue skies for most of the year! The sentiment was stamped in Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Archival and the embellishment at the bottom of the heart is a Prima Junkyard Finding accented in Sapphire Treasure Gold.
I should like to link this make to the 'That's Crafty' Challenge this time, which is 'All You Need is Love'. May Matilda know genuine love and friendship wherever she goes and whatever she does. And Thank You for dropping by today. May your week be filled with love, friendship and creativity.