A special birthday deserves a special card, so this is the card I made for my friend Lynda for her 50th!
The card was inspired by a wonderful day out that included a visit to Oxford Botanic garden to celebrate the birthday of both Lynda and Darryl who was also 50 last month!
I die cut lots of daffodils, muscari (grape hyacinths) and a small white flower to fill a pop up box.
Sentiments were die cut and shadowed or stencilled depending on the type of die I was using.
The layered daffodil die is by Altenew and came with issue 188 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. It cut beautifully and was simple to layer.
I have kept the backing card and added a small piece of self adhesive magnetic sheet for storage.
I tried out this Marianne pop up box die but to be truthful I find it easier to create a pop up box with my trimmer/scorer. The additional flowers were created using this spring flower set.
The Oxford Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit. The gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in the UK and run along side the river. A beautiful setting.
Even in early spring there was a lot to see:
I didn’t know the Screaming Mandrake in Harry Potter is based on a real plant!
Lewis Carol was a regular visitor to the garden. The sculptor of the Cheshire Cat placed in a tree was fun.
The birthday girl!
After our visit we walked along the river….
…then back through Oxford.
And ended up with a delicious afternoon tea and glass (or two) of Prosecco at Browns.
I’m pleased to say Lynda liked her card!