Monday, 23 February 2009

Matthew's 18th birthday card....argh I must be getting old!!!

Hello everyone!!!!!
I have had a very busy february so far!!!! lots of birthdays to make cards for!!!
This one is for Matthew, who i used to nanny for. For anyone who follows my blog you will see that I have made 4 cards for children I used to nanny for in my posts!!! they are Elliott (football/soccer ball shaped card), Natasha ( shopoholic teen card!), Tiffany ( the girly football/soccer card) and last but not least Matthew, whose card this is, who is 18 tomorrow.
They are all brothers and sisters and they were my first nannying job. I love them dearly even though it has been a good 10 years since I stopped being their nanny and they are very special to me. I cannot explain the bond I have with the children I have nannied for, I have 2 others, Hugo and Claudia, from another family and I feel the same way about them. I try to get to see them all or email them to keep in contact but wish I could see them all a little more often than I do, I have all these plans and then life happens!!!!! lol !!!!!
Anyway, for matthews card I used this tutorial from splitcoast stampers
I rounded the edges of my mat and tag and inked them then I popped the tag bit through my cuttlenug to get the happy birthday embossed on it. Then more ink (lou is beginning to think she may have an inking addicition.........!!)
The little wooden square stickers are from my stash and I love them, I got them so long ago I dread to think what I will do when they run out!! I inked them a little too to distress them a little. I mounted them on a bit of black cardstock I had left over from cutting the card base and mats and adhered it to the card so that when the card is open it is just standing up from the edge of the card.
I used my doodletype cart to make the 18 in shadow then in normal function. I inked the edges of the numbers ( ...see I do ink everything.....arggghhhh......!!) and glued them together, then using a bit of tacky glue ( my tape and other glues refuse to adhere to my chalk inks so anita's acky glue is the answer!!!) I adhered them to the bottom piece of my tag so they pop out when it is fully open.
I used a little bit of my leathery lace string to tie around the front and through the eyelet to pull the tag up, I decided this is more manly!!!!!
I always find mens cards a bit tricky and now Matthew is 18 it had to be a man card!!!!!
I am just fininshing off my happy mail for my lovely friend Michelle, the a cup of tea before I head of on my EYFS course for the day.
Thankyou so much for popping in, hope you have a lovely monday xxxxxx


  1. OOh Lucy what a fab card! Love the inking! Great card for A young man turning 18! How lovely that you are still close with them and I think they must have been very lucky to have you as their nanny!



  2. Really like how you ink this card! It looks amazing, perfect for a masculine 18th bday card! very nice job!

  3. this is a perfect card for an 18 yr old love it great job


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