Two cards – one birthday!

It’s coming up to my mum’s 90th birthday! Hard to believe – here are pictures of her when she and my sister visited us in September. We went for several walks of 5 km or more, and mum was fitter than I was!! (Though to be fair, it was only three months after my chemo had finished!!)

I’m going over on Wednesday, and we have a big family lunch on 11th at a restaurant. It’s her birthday on 12th May. I have a picture that I bought in Strasbourg for her present: it was going to be her Christmas present, but sending it became so complicated I decided to keep it for her birthday. It means I can buy a frame too. I’m there for almost a week, which will be lovely – I hope to maybe catch up with an old friend from school while I’m there too.

So today I sat down to make a card. The first one I made was this:

 

I used papers from a papercrafting magazine plus various Noz embellishments. I quite like it, but it’s a bit boring for a 90th birthday card. So I went a bit more OTT and created this one:

It’s a three-fold card (which is a bit difficult to photograph) so it’s already a bit more “special” than the first one. Here it is, standing upright:

and in the second fold there’s another butterfly hidden away:

I think this one is a bit more joyous, and appropriate for such a landmark birthday. What do you think?

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Celtic Initials

One day in December, in that time which seems to be becoming named “Twixmas” (yuck!), between ChristmasDay and New Year, I was feeling rather down so I thought that a bit of concentration on some artwork would help take me out of myself.

As later in the week I was going to see a friend whose name begins with “J” I thought I would create a Celtic knotwork J for him as a gift. I used a book called “Celtic Alphabets” as a guide, and copied the Lion’s Head design – but as J loves cats, I altered it slightly to a cat’s head. It took me a fair amount of time to get right, but in the end I was quite pleased with it.

And, yes, by the time I’d finished I had been taken out of myself! I should remember this for future times…

 

Cat zentangles are like buses…

None for ages and then two come along together!

This one is also for the cat charity, although I think it looks slightly more vulpine than feline. (I had to look up the word “vulpine” – it means fox-like) I like this one as it gives a bit of a sense of fluffiness. In case you’re interested, it took me about 4 hours to do this one – an ideal way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon. Although I probably need to have a bit of a stretch now!

Cross my heart…

…they’re all my own work!

Here’s the fourth cross. I think this one is my favourite, if I’m honest.

You can biggify by clicking on the picture, should you wish to. This one uses the zentangle patterns Celtic (centre of the cross bars), a version of Chainlink (around the outside of the cross, Half Onions (in the circle) and an ad-hoc design in the centre (loosely based on “Holly”)

As I said, I think this one is my favourite. What about you? Which one do you prefer?

Don’t get cross…

…but I’m being a little lazy with the next few posts.

You see, as you may know, the Convocation of the Episcopal Churches in Europe is in the process of electing a new Bishop. The Search committee has done its job, and has selected four candidates for the post. Should you be interested, you can read their profiles here.

Now the candidates have a rather gruelling time ahead of them, as they travel to Europe (they’re all based in the USA) to take part in a week’s “interview” process – with what we’re calling Walkabouts in Paris, Munich & Rome. At each place they will be subjected to a Q&A session, which will be videoed and made available for all congregations across Europe to watch. I am on the Transition committee, which is in charge of organising the Walkabouts, the Election process (to take place at Convention in October), and the Consecration of the new Bishop. It’s an exciting time, but it involves a lot of hard work. As a voting Parish delegate, I’ll be going to Paris on 27th September to take part in the Q&A session, but I won’t necessarily be voting for the candidate that I like best, but taking into account the views of the rest of the congregation at Clermont.

I thought it would be nice to give each candidate a small gift of a zentangled cross, with a Bible verse. So I’ve spent several hours working on these, and they’re now finished. I’m going to show you all four, but spread over four days-worth of blogging. A bit lazy, I’m afraid! Sorry!

Here’s number 1 (click on picture to biggify):

This one incorporates some Celtic knotwork, and the zentangle patterns Half-onions (inner circle), Chordin (outer circle) and a version of Twistle (cross bars)