This is for a friend’s 40th birthday.  The theme of the birthday party is actually the Roaring 40s, but as it is going to be a very civilised Sunday afternoon lunch I have gone with a vintage French design.  I guess it is more Fin de siècle than Roaring 40s, but hopefully she will like it.

Oh La La – Bonne Anniversaire

The papers, flower and butterfly are all from a Kaisercraft Parisienne set, and I have made the smaller images ‘pop’ by using mounting tape.  Although the printed papers are different colours and have different patterns, there are repeated images such as the hydrangeas and the Eiffle Tower and the butterflies.  I really like the effect, and I have tied the images together further by edging them all with sepia ink.

For the inside I have done something a bit different.  I have stamped the birthday greeting – from the same set as the ‘Oh La La’ stamp – onto a journaling card that is from the same set as the layers of paper.

Oh La La – Happy Birthday

With the envelope I wanted to try something a bit different to my usual efforts.  I edged the left side with sepia ink, stamped Oh La La a few time with the same.  I put a strip of the blue flower paper across the centre, same as the backing paper on the card.  I’ll write the birthday girl’s name above that.  The flower on the right side is actually two layered together after being edged with sepia ink.  A pink adhesive pearl has been placed in the centre, and smaller onces on each side of the floral paper strip.  I like the effect of the envelope and think it complements the whole set well.

Oh La La envelope

Author: Philippa

I make arty mixed-media things, & write fantastical things (with kissing), & do musical & dancing things, & play gaming things, & do weightlifting things, & organise fabulous event things. But mostly I wrangle cats. Renaissance woman.

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