Wednesday 1 October 2014

All You Need is Love!

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.


  1. This is beautiful Julie Anne and created with your usual love and attention to the details that will matter to Matilda! I have no doubt she is going to cherish this piece! My very best wishes to her for her 21st Birthday and may she always have sunshine in her life!

    Lesley Xx

  2. gorgeous indeed Julie Ann! I love the plaque instead of a card~Sending birthday wishes to Matilda-hoping it is wonderful! xoxo

  3. Great sentiment! And a lovely heart - I'm sure your daughter will love it. Good luck in the All You Need is Love challenge draw,

  4. I'm sure she'll love it Julie Ann, a perfect keep sake xxx

  5. She will love this, Julie Ann - I know you will feel strange not being with her on this special day, but she will be fine!!

  6. A beautiful heartfelt post sharing your unconditional love for your dear daughter.
    This is so special especially with the inclusions of her favourite butterflies and the sentiment which reminds you of your daughter.
    I hope she has a very special birthday week brimming with good times.

  7. This is so beautiful, julie Ann. I love the background and the colours and all the little details,

    Lucy x

  8. Hello my Lovely kindred spirit, Matilda is going to receive this and feel such a hug heart in her heart, then every time she looks at it. It's so perfect, beautiful paper, Lacey leaves, oh my, they are so gorgeous, and a lacey butterfly it gorgeoussss, I do loooooooooove that sentiment, it's oozing love, thanks for sharing this gift from the heart, Matilda is my kind of girl, laughter is a necessity... Please wish her a wonderful Birthday from me, ((( BIG HUGS )))...Have a wonderful week..

  9. Wow such a stunning heart, I bet Matilda loved it, but I am also sure she knows how much you love her. Most of your art is dedicated to your children and what they imagined years ago. Hope the day wasn't too weird without her. Kezzy :-) xxx


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