09 March 2021


 Before I start, I am thrilled you liked the idea of the "leather" notebook, I hope to see you have made one. There are lots of different ways to do it, I just chose the easiest! Also the fact I had the "ingredients" in the house. 😉

It's my birthday today, hubby is not computer literate, he can play games on the smart TV, although only backgammon and a card game, he can't see the point? Oh! well I suppose you can't teach an old dog new tricks, at least not all of them hahaha. He wanted me to buy it, as only shops with necessities are open and he wouldn't be able to use the computer without me knowing and showing him how! Aw! Bless him.

Anyhow, he asked what I would really like for my birthday and I had seen something on Liz's Blog that I thought would make life a little easier. So I bought it! A lightbox! Hopefully from now on I can add my cards or whatever already with good lighting without playing around with them to get them with a good light. I ordered it and kept it in it's box until today, so as I hadn't seen it, it's still a surprise! (I hadn't opened it when this was posted!)

One of my old work colleagues has her 80th birthday today too and as she is an avid gardener, I picked out an old image and made this card for her. I added the image to my digital die cutting machine (Cameo) then print and cut, editing the image to make 3 layers, I layered it onto the card and added 3D glaze to her glasses and the age.

image - Seniors Laurie Furnell (Hugware)
sentiment - from web?

this is a closeup of the layers and the 80, showing the glaze

Insert verse - CraftsUPrint
this is the insert I haven't a clue where the flower border came,
 it's in my files and dated 2007!
I took the photo of the insert after I had written inside. so I've blurred it out.






  1. Morning Faith and Happy birthday, I hope its a good one..
    I am in love with this card, the image is a delight and coloured beautifully, perfect garden scene, I should think your friend will love it.xx

  2. LOL love love love your card and image!!!

  3. Happy birthday Faith :) my hubby is not computer literate or even mobile phone literate either bles em lolat least you got a present you wanted and can use.Fabulous fun image and sentiment-love it looks beautiful inside too
    Carol x

  4. This is gorgeous Faith! Love everything about it! That little old lady on her knees in the garden is just adorable and the sentiment is so fun. Love the glazing and the inside is just beautiful too! Your friend is going to love this!

  5. Happy Birthday to you Faith, I hope you have a lovely day. I'll be interested to know how you get on with the light box.
    I love your card, the image is fabulous and brilliant colouring too. The inside is just as beautiful, lovely verse too, I'm sure your friend will love it, Kate x

  6. Many Happy returns of the day and I hope you are enjoying your day Faith? x.
    Please let us know about your light box and what you think about it...Thanks x
    What a fabulous image on your fun card for your friend Faith and I love the sentiment too x.

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Are you saying you're EIGHTY today?? Good heavens, you have the energy and drive of a 20 year old with all you do! This card is hilarious and gorgeous with the beautiful gardens inside! My hubs refuses to touch the computer and neither of us have smart phones so we are living in a different world today LOL Here's hoping you have a fabulous birthday with lots of fun things to do.......and CAKE!!!

    1. No Carol hahaha only a few years younger, it's my friend who is 80, should have made it clearer methinks!

  8. Happy birthday - I hope you're having a fabulous day! Love your card and I'm sure your friend will, too! And congrats on the lightbox - it'll be a lifesaver for sure! I bought myself one about 4 years ago and I don't know how I lived without it! Now I have to upgrade my camera! Always something! Enjoy your new 'toy!'

  9. Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! The card for your friend is so cute and colorful! A wonderful card inside an out! I’m sure she will appreciate the lovely card!

  10. Happy Birthday Faith!!!! I really hope your day was sweet my friend, as sweet as it can be during these times anyway. This card is amazing! I love how you popped layers up on the images like that, looks like store bought embellishments! Your friend is a lucky lady to have you for a friend and your beautiful cards. I love this one and it seems to fit her perfectly. Even the inside is gorgeous! Hugs, Brenda

  11. Happy Birthday, Faith! I hope it was delicious and fun! Your card is adorable and will cause a chuckle for sure. Love all the details you added. I bought a light box gosh 5 years ago and have yet to use it! I use a preset filter on my photos instead, but one of these days I'll get it out to try it. My problem was, even though it's a portable one, I've really nowhere good enough for it to stay out permanently. I finally decided to set it up on the washing machine in the laundry room whenever I needed it. And that was the end of that, haha. Have fun getting yours set up. I know it should definitely make a difference for you where you live. Many in the UK complain about bad light, Canadians too. In Texas, we seldom have that problem. XOX

  12. Belated Happy Birthday Faith, I hope you had a lovely day. I hope you get on with your light box. I got one last year but still seem to get shadows so don’t know what I’m doing wrong, however my cats love to sit inside it !! Love the card , it’s great image and ideal for a gardener xx

  13. A super card Faith, a fun image and great sentiment.
    I hope you had a lovely Birthday.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  14. I had a computer-free day yesterday so I'm a bit late for the birthday celebrations Faith but I hope that just gives you a great excuse to carry on celebrating! Happy birthday! Why not crack open another bottle of bubbly and raise a glass lol! What a lovely and useful present the lightbox is - you'll have to let us all know how you get on with it. Love the gardening themed card for your friend too. Very clever to layer up the image and I love the shiny letters! Vicky x

  15. I hope you had the best birthday you could given the circumstances. This is such a wonderful card, love the verse too. L x

  16. Sorry I'm late to the party Faith. Sending you belated birthday wishes for yesterday.

    Lovely card you've posted here.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  17. Happy Birthday to you. What a fun card design and dimension.

    Hugs Diane

  18. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday, Faith! Fabulous card....... great image and a wonderful sentiment and verse. xx

  19. Happy Belated Birthday, Faith! Your card is fab-YOU-lous! This is so well done. Perfect colors and coloring, perfect composition and the perfect sentiment. This really is a spirit-lifting creation!

  20. Belated Happy Birthday Faith. I hope you had a wonderful day. Your card is fabulous. xx

  21. happy belated birthday, faith! sounds like you got the present you really wanted! the card you created for your friend is so fun!

  22. Love this delightful card; love the pops of dimension! Happy Birthday sweet Faith~

  23. Beautiful card for someone at 80th birthday. Thank you for playing along at The Unicorn Challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Greetings Marga dt

  24. Happy, happy birthday, Faith! Your card is absolutely fabulous--bet she loved it!

  25. Wonderful Card. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "Feminine" challenge.


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