Just a very short post today as am I absolutely pooped - having spent the morning in Basildon touring the charity shops and checking out the church 'bargain box' sale which, I have just discovered, is held every Friday morning. The church sale was very good and I think there will be a lot more trips to Basildon on Fridays in the future. I carried a HUGE bag of books back with me only to find that most of them were of no use whatsoever for resale! B*gger!! And now my arm is hurting where the bag was so flippin' heavy. I should really have taken my shopping trolley but they are a bit of a pain on the bus. Anyway, I'll know better next time.
On to what the topic of the post is really about - cards. Sunday is P's birthday and I've made his card using die-cut pieces which I bought cheaply on ebay. I've never used these sort of things before and wasn't sure how I was going to attach them to the card when I suddenly remembered a 'make your own card' kit I bought cheap last year in the sales had those tiny stick-on bits with it that gives things a bit of a 3-D effect. They worked a treat and I'm quite pleased with how the card turned out.
P is always very appreciative of my home-made card efforts, and as he is uber-keen on chess I thought these were just the thing for his birthday card. I'm not sure I attached the horse-shaped piece (is it the knight?) the right way round, but I'm sure P will soon tell me if I've committed some cardinal chess sin. The little gift tag is to go on one of his presents which is a set of new cufflinks (shaped like chess pieces naturellement). It was just as well I'd decided on getting him another set of cufflinks as we've had a really good run of finding lovely M&S shirts for him in charity shops lately, but every single shirt required cufflinks. At the moment P only has two pairs of cufflinks so I'm sure the chess-shaped ones will be a welcome change for him.
I've also been having a bit of a try-out with an embroidered Easter egg card. The egg shape was a bit tricky and I'm not sure I've got it exactly right yet, but all in all it's turned out quite well.
I'd also made a Mother's Day card for my Mum but posted it off without taking a picture - idiot!! - so can't show you that one. Although I'm not a Mum myself I did have a lovely Mother's Day / Auntie card from DN which he'd signed himself. I was very impressed as he is still only four and the writing was excellent!
Message for DN: Thank you for the card sweetheart, I'm very much looking forward to seeing you next weekend, and I'm blowing you a big raspberry to be going on with!!