Monday 18 November 2013

Wishing you a sassy 18th Birthday

Well it's all over! My daughter's 18th birthday has been celebrated with laughter and tears (only a few I promise!), feasting and champagne, special gifts and cards. I made her a card which started off in my head as dramatic black and gold and involving photographs, so how this comedy card happened is anyone's guess! Come and see:

The fact is, I can never resist making my daughter laugh! It started when she was a baby: She was in her little rocking chair thing on the floor while I was changing the sheets on our bed and when I swooshed the sheet over the bed a noise happened. It took me a moment or two to realise that it was the sound of my baby daughter giggling and that it was the best noise in the world! I must have swooshed that sheet five or six hundred times to hear the wonderful sound over and over again (and we probably needed a nap after that!)

I added bunting to the card because, oddly, it was one of her first words.  I knew the 'you' in the sentiment and the words in the speech bubble would tickle her funny bone...

... and the piles of presents from the Wishing You stamp set were so that I could write 'much presents, many bunting!' to make her laugh too!

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Wishing You, Sassy Salutations, Timeless Talk, Storybook Friends
Ink: Smoky Slate classic ink plus Brights markers
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Gingham Garden and Season of Style washi tape, paper snips, stamp-a-majig

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We do like to do a bit of feasting on special days in our family and on this occasion we celebrated at the beautiful Orchid Lounge in Milton Keynes.

We ladies dressed up in frocks and heels while the males brought out their suits - the staff at the Orchid Lounge always make you feel like some kind of VIP! While we were enjoying our meal I looked up and saw this:

Which made me giggle as it reminded me of this:

You'll be glad to know that nothing came crashing down on our heads while we dined though!

The food was gorgeous as always and beautifully decorated:

This dish, with it's fabulous carved flower embellishment, was chicken wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. "It's the best chicken I've ever tasted," my eldest son whispered reverently - thinking with his stomach again!

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent best wishes to my lovely daughter. I'll be back tomorrow with more photos - see you then.


  1. Absolutely love this card - so bright and cheerful. Glad you all had a great time for your daughter's birthday. Time really does go by so quickly - the venue looks fab, and I do remember that scene - I laughed so much!!! Take care xx

  2. Hi Vicky sounds like your daughter had a perfect birthday! I obviously share her love of Bunting, her card is such a happy, colourful piece of gorgeousness! I love it! Xxx

  3. This is completely fantastic Vicky! I love the combination of sentiments and all the colourful presents and bunting! Just, wow xx

  4. Fabulous vivacious card. Goodness only knows how black and gold turned into vibrant and colourful but it's wonderful regardless.

    Looks like a posh and elegant place to dine out. Glad you all had enormous fun and probably laughed like plastic bags all night!

    Sarn xxx

  5. Vicky, what a wonderful card for your daughter's birthday! I find it difficult to make special family cards, because I make cards all the time I feel I should go "all out" when it's close family and end up going round in circles with lots of ideas! Her birthday sounds like it was perfect, a daughter's 18th is very special. Hope to catch up with you at convention. Sharon x

  6. A delightful personal card Vicky. Your evening celebrations sound fantastic a lovely story.
    Suzi B xx

  7. Gorgeous card Vicky and a belated happy birthday to your daughter.

  8. What a fabulous card and so colourful and happy too.

    Your celebration sounds wonderful, and that chicken dish looks like it's to die for. So glad all went all.

  9. Vicky - so sorry not to have wished her many happy returns on 'The Day'! but glad you all celebrated in style and hope she has many memories of what was obviously a real joyous occasion for all.. and just really love the card... great fun colours and especially the bunting.. Jan x

  10. I love the fun bright pile of pressies, they would make anyone's eyes light up :0) your choice of dining place looks amazing.... Chicken wrapped in banana leaves sounds truly exotic!!!
    As for the Del Boy sketch, I was just reading about that in David Jason's autobiography the other day....... A classic piece of TV comedy :0)
    Jenny x


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