Saturday, 25 October 2014


Evening, all! if you're looking for my post for 'My Time to Craft' please scroll down to the previous post.

I had 2 cards to make today - one for my Dad's 95th birthday on Thursday; and one for my Flower Arranging mentor, who is in hospital - hopefully not for long. I chose an image of a Bonsai from the Woodware Oriental Elements clear Stamp Set for both cards because both recipients will appreciate it. My Dad learned Japanese after he was invalided out of the Army in 1943 and became a translator at the end of the War in the Far East. My mentor and I went to a wonderful demonstration of Japanese Flower Arranging last year. So you can see that both have an interest in Bonsai!!

For my Mentor:

The image is coloured with Promarkers. The leaves are stickled, and the pot is covered with Glossy Accents. The 'love' symbol is from another Woodware set, Oriental Ladies. I used a Woodware reverse rounder punch on the corners, and pearls from Hobbycraft for some bling. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley.

For my Dad:

The image is the same, but I wanted the background to stand out more, as his eyesight is not so good. I added green gems from Hobbycraft instead of pearls to be more visible. I used papers from the 'Eastern Promise' 12x12 pad by Papermania for both cards.

I enjoyed making these so much - all I used were stamps, markers, Glitter, Glossy Accents, and paper cut to size with my faithful Woodware Trimmer. Simples!!

all the papers are snippets, so I'm hopping over to The Playground

Thanks for looking!

love mags B x


Sharon said...

They are both beautiful Mags. Love the Bonsai tree and the papers are gorgeous. Love how you have used the four different designs in the second.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Hugs Sharon. x

scrappymo! said...

Two great cards. Just goes to show how the sentiment can change the look or intent of a card. Your two themes...birthday and get well work great with this image!

aussie aNNie said...

Awesome creations Mags and loving the cute images used along with lovely colours...
aNNie xx
The Journey is the Start

Lynne in NI said...

Great cards Mags, and perfect image for both your friend and your Dad! Hope he has a great birthday and that your friend is home from hospital soon.

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mags these are two wonderful Oriental themed cards loving that image also those lush papers both your mentor and Dad will surely love these they are superb.
Lorraine x

Daffodil Cards said...

Beautiful cards, couldn't pick a favourite, love the bonsai theme carried through with the papers.

Mrs A. said...

They are both beautiful Oriental style cards. I love them both. My Dad will be 90yrs old on Tuesday.
Hug Mrs A.

Di said...

Wonderful cards Mags - I do love the bonsai images you used.

Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Thank you for playing in the Snippets Playground with us :)


Di xx

MaryH said...

Two very beautiful oriental cards. Thanks for sharing the back story of your Dad's experiences....he will feel this is a very special to his life card. So very pretty. I love bonsai and your papers are so perfect with the image. Each card is lovely, and Happy Birthday to your Dad on such a milestone day! Big Hugs & TFS

mags said...

Two beautiful cards Mags. Lovely image and the papers are lovely.

Jules said...

Hi Mags

I hope all is good at your end.

Two great cards. My Son would love that image!

Happy birthday for your Dad on Thursday. 95!! What a fabulous age.

Many thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Very much appreciated.

Happy Tuesday!

Love Jules xx

coops said...

these are gorgeous mags.the bonsai tree is fab and i love your oriental papers :D

xx coops xx

Elizabeth said...

Two beautiful snippet cards - a great image and I do like the mix of patterned papers used. Elizabeth xx