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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Birthday Boy

Today is a rather special day...why?..because it is my darling John's birthday!
(Actually, two friends also celebrate their birthdays today).

I made John's card using this Lili of the Valley image, not only because it is so
cute, but for two other reasons...recently John bought himself a beautiful 
classical guitar, and also because many years ago we were owned by 
the most lovable dog, Hector, who would sit beside us when we 
were rehearsing and join in singing with great enthusiasm! 
(See photo at the end of this post)

A closer look at the adorable duo.

Inside the card matches the front.

I had forgotten I had this die which I bought last year, but discovered it
when I catalogued my dies recently. It cut and embossed like a dream.

John and Hector, in the mid 1980s. I wish we had owned a video camera then,
so we could have recorded the full 'performance'. Dear Hector had his own
chair beside the piano, and would watch John closely while he played the
introduction, then as we began to sing, he would join in. Rehearsals were
often longer than planned, because we would be doubled over with
laughter at the amount of 'drama' and 'expression' that Hector
 would put into his 'Oscar-winning performance'.

Animal Friends #16 - 'Dog or Cat'
Crafter's Cafe #72 - 'Birthday'
Lili of the Valley - 'Take Two' (use at least 2 LOTV products)
Penny's Paper Crafty #186 - 'Anything Goes'

Image - Lili of the Valley Playing Guitar
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Hideaway, and Spring Feast
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Rectangle;  Joy! Crafts
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards

It is after 11.30pm, so I am off to bed...I have to be up very early tomorrow morning, as I am on duty at the Fort all day. We are apparently in for a VERY cold day, with gale force, westerly winds. I don't mind the cold, but the winds make life rather miserble.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time, "happy crafting".

Jennifer. x


  1. A belated Happy Birthday to John! Super cute card hun, and I bet the reminder of Hector really made him smile. Hope the Fort isn't too cold - we've just hit full on summer mode and this little squirrel is wilting! Hugs xx

  2. What a wonderful card and story Jennifer. We had a springer spaniel that would join in when I was singing to my boys when they were little, we have a lovely photo somewhere so thank you for reminding me!! xx

  3. A brilliant boys card Jennifer. Love the image and fab layout.
    Lorraine x

  4. Happy Birthday wishes to your hubby. I hope he had a lovely day.
    The card you have made for him is so special, the prefect choice of image and wonderful colours.
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo and for making me smile!
    Big hugs Sue xx

  5. What a fabulous post Jennifer! - I just love your card the muted colours are just perfect - but that photograph is really priceless!! and the story and memories that go with it - just lovely, it really made me smile - hope you had a good day hugs Judith x

  6. Another stunner for your lucky OH, after the fab anniversary card the other day! You've hit on another gorgeous image here and the design is lovely - what great DP!

    Big hugs, Kat xx

  7. Eine tolle Karte. Danke daß du bei den Animal Friends mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  8. Beautiful card and a sweet image.
    Thanks for joining us at the Animal Friends challenge.

  9. Fabulous card Jennifer - I love this image and that guitar die is perfect. Beautiful muted colours give it a lovely vintage feel. Sending hugs, Jayne x

  10. This is a wonderful cards

    thank you that you at the Animal Friends with doing


  11. A fabulous male card, Jennifer! Love that photo and story of Hector...
    It's good to see you again as I totally love your cards.
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge & good luck in the draw…
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

  12. Really sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.
    Mandy x (PPCC DT)

  13. This is so lovely...Thank you for joining us at Penny,s and good luck.

    Caz x PPCC DT

  14. Eine wundervolle Gestaltung und Umsetzung. Mir gefällt Dein Werk sehr gut
    Hab lieben Dank fürs mitmachen bei Animal Friends
    Grüße Vanessa


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