This is a card I made for Andy's birthday which was on Saturday. Andy is our daughter's boyfriend and he is very conscious of making life choices which are beneficial to nature. Rather than choosing flowers for their display he's chosen plants for his garden which are popular with bees and insects. He's also constructed a hedgehog hibernation shelter and set up bird feeders. Recently Andy has been delighted as they've been hearing the hoots of an owl nearby and I took this as the theme for his birthday.
The owl characters were made using Quickutz dies and they are perched on a branch punched from the Stampin' up build a bird punch. The backing layers for the owls were cut using plain and scalloped square nestabilities. The plain squares were embossed using the Crafts Concepts woodgrain embossing folder and thread was wrapped around two of the owl panels. The same colour of thread was used to stitch a border around the spotted backing card from Kanban.
The twit twoo sentiment is from the Dawn Bibby stamp set Twit Twoo and is stamped using Stampin up Chocolate Chip ink. The same colour of ink was sponged around the edges of the base card, the sentiment and the owl front. A smaller plain square nestabilitie die was used to cut the layers for the sentiment.
I'd decided to get Andy some vouchers from Dobbies for his birthday and at the last Crafting Bee Carol helped me make a gift card wallet to put them in. It had been a design she'd used for a swap at the previous Stampin' up Tartan Stampers meeting. The outside of the gift card was also decorated with an owl topper and a poem I'd written made up the insert. The vouchers were folded and placed in the holder before Andy received them.
The picture above shows what the gift card holder looks like on the inside. This is cleverly constructed using the Stampin' up Top Note Sizzix die. Below is the poem from the inside.
Enjoy using these
for whatever you need,
plants for the garden
or bags of bird seed,
bulbs for the spring
a shovel for the snow,
tree lights for Christmas
for that festive glow.
There's lots to choose from
to add to your home,
a garden gnome.
Andy has recently had knee surgery and so has been stuck at home finding time passing quite slowly. As a novelty gift I added a wooden owl construction kit to keep him out of mischief. However, he treated himself to an ipad for his birthday so I don't think he'll be at a loss to amuse himself until he's fit to go back to work.
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