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Today is my husband's 50th birthday - a very special day. So I made him this special card.

He is very much into cars, posh ones and vintage ones alike. So I thought I'd wink at his age by adding the contrast between the two types of car. The top image is decoupage, and I used silicone glue so that I could shape the paper to mimic the car shape. That doesn't show up very well on the photograph. It says 'Abraham' on the car. Over here there is an expression used for men at the age of fifty. For some reason they get called Abraham and are assumed now to know where Abraham gets the mustard (don't ask, I don't know). Women at fifty are Sarah's - nothing to do with mustard in their case, that much I do know.

The little milestone in the decoupage picture says 50.

The man in the car happens to have an amazing likeness to the love of my life. I just had to use this image, it was perfect for him.

The ribbon is glued on the front, and then lifts to the inside to keep the tag there. On the tag it explains he has a surprise to come. It gives him the option either to keep the tag and be patient, or to hand back the tag and find out what the surprise will be.

Also the base card from Hunky Dory not only has the vintage car, which he thought may well be a Rolls Royce (much appreciated!), it also has a faint reproduction of a street map. He reckoned it was Paris, as it has the Seine on it, and wondered if this is a hint towards the surprise... It suits him, though, in any case, as he is a geographer. Through a turn of circumstances he had never been able to use his training in his work, and has turned to teaching in the last couple of years, which has taken him back to the subject he truely loves. It has brought him to life again. Well, they do say life begins at fifty! 

He is most definitely the special man in my life. So I'd like to enter the card in two challenges around this theme: Lexi's Creations and Love to Create Challenge. Here come the boys happen to have an anything goes challenge on, so that's a perfect one to enter as well.

Wish me luck!

I hope the teams like this card as much as my hubby did when I handed it to him just after midnight, as his birthday started. He had a great big smile from ear to ear for ages as he just kept looking at it.

Always love to read your comments!

 
 
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It is quite a few weeks ago now we received an invitation by a lovely young couple to their wedding. It came out of the blue, and we are so happy for them and chuffed to be invited. So I have been wanting to make a special card for them to congratulate them and to let them know we will most certainly be coming to celebrate them!

Because I've been in hospital, it has taken this long to get around to making it, so it needs to be sent off quickly, before they start to think we've forgotten all about them.

It just so happens Crafter's Companions (http://ccmonthlychallenge.blogspot.com/) have a challenge running called 'Love is in the Air'. When I came across it I immediately thought of entering this card. There's loads of people entering this challenge so I guess my chances are slim...

By the way: Proficiat means Congratulations, but you had probably gathered that.

 
 
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Yesterday I finally got around to making the wobbler card for our card swap. I say our, because I am involved in organising, from a facebook group called 'We like Card Swaps'. Come and have a look and join us if you like. There is no pressure or commitment, you join in when you want to. We have a monthly swap for adults, where we alternate styles and themes, and one for children with themes only. We are also very proud of the fact that we are an international group!

Then I thought, I wonder if I could meet the Crafty Bloggers Network (http://craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/) requirements for their challenge this month. Their theme is monochromatic, and I think I managed to stick to how they discribe what they meant by that. So this will be my first ever entry into a blog challenge! Fingers crossed.

As I was looking around I saw another challenge, which I thought I could aim for with the same card. The glitter geeks (http://glittergeeks.blogspot.com/) want to see cards with more than one image on. I think I fulfilled that too. They also had very few entries last month, so I felt it was important to make the effort and support what they are doing.

Hopefully this will be the start of a long run of different challenges to enter. We'll see if this is any good first... Please do leave me a comment, and let me know what you think.

Thanks

Anneke