Sunday, 15 April 2012

Time To Celebrate

Today is a special day for Tracey in my office, as it is her 50th birthday. I think she was rather overwhelmed when she came in to work on Friday and found her desk covered in balloons, cards and gifts not to mention daffy toddler photos plastered all over the doors and in the lifts!!  Little did she know though, when we waved her off in the afternoon staggering under the weight of her gift bags, that the biggest surprise was yet to come. Her daughter had arranged a surprise party for last night to which we were all invited :-) ... and bless her, she hadn't got a clue!!  Goodness only knows how we managed to keep it under wraps, but I think it's fair to say that EVERYONE knew apart from her lol!!

I'd never been to a surprise party before and it was really fun .... there was lots of nervous anticipation and muffled giggles as we waited for Tracey to arrive. There was also a brilliant turnout as she had lots of family and friends there as well as her workmates. Tracey's face was a picture when she walked in, and it all turned out brilliantly and we had a great night - I'm sure her family must be really chuffed that their great organisation turned out so well :-)

I didn't take my camera though I'm sure there will be plenty of photos plastered all over Facebook today -so by way of a change (I'm not a Facebook girl myself) here are pics of the card I made for her.

I was struggling a bit initially with my mojo on this one, until I decided to break out this adorable brand new LotV image which I think is just so party-ish ... and I managed to find a doily in the back of my stash to go with it - yummy!! A bit more rootling around soon unearthed a sparkly sugary confection of papers (which are actually baby papers but I thought they fitted this card!), and with some stickle-frosted flowers (the roses could almost be made of icing don't you think??) I was on my way! 

Just in case there was still any doubt about the theme I carried it on with the sentiment inside ....

Stamps: LotV "Lots of Cupcakes" and "Calendars"; Penny Black "Bubbly" transparent set sentiment inside;
Media: Promarkers and Flexmarkers; Stickles on cakes and flowers;
Papers: Papermania "Forever Friends - New Arrival";
Supplies: ribbon from Hobbycraft; lace from John Lewis; flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts;
Tools: large and lacy circle nestabilities; Leone Em "Ash Family" leaf punch; numbers die cut using Cuttlebug "Hippy Chick" dies.

My Mum's #52 - It's A Celebration!
Joanna Sheen - Someone Special
Shabby Tea Room #109 - Birthday Bash With A Cupcake + photo inspiration

OSCC #178 - Three Circles 
(image, doily and sentiment)
Totally Papercrafts #112 - Things With Wings
DYSU #67 - Glitter / Bling
Paper Pretties Wednesday - 2 or More Designer Papers
Stamptacular #159 - Freebie Week!

I'm going out this afternoon to see the special exhibition at Liverpool Maritime museum to mark the 100th anniversary today of the sinking of the Titanic. hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you're doing.


  1. What a lovely cupcake card. Fabulous colouring. Hugs Marja

  2. Beautiful card Pauline - love that cupcake image...and all the pastel colours!
    Helen x

  3. This is beautiful, your colleague must have been thrilled with this gorgeous card! What a lovely image of yummy cakes, and your colouring is fab!

  4. And thanks for joining us at DYSU this week! xx

  5. Soooo pretty!!!

    Thanks for Joining us at the Joanna Sheen challenge!!!

    Paula. :D x

  6. Fab card pauline - love the image and it looks great with those colours too.

    Be back to see you soon.

    Toodle pip.

    Hazel x

  7. So gorgeous card love the soft colors and glitter
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

  8. Hi Pauline, what a perfect and gorgeous card!! Love the cupcakes image.

    Sounds like Tracey had a wonderful 50th! My family were under strict instructions not to plan any surprises for mine, lol!!

  9. What a gorgeous cupcake image for a beautiful card! Very pretty glittered flowers, too!

  10. Yum! Beautiful card. I love the pastel colors :)

  11. Really pretty card hun - can't go wrong with cupcakes, so yummy. Hugs, Claire x

  12. What a beautiful card Pauline.

    Liefs Riet.xx

  13. absolutely gorgeous Pauline love the soft colours too thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

  14. I love your cupcakes! What a lovely, shabby card! The coloring is beautiful, what a treat it would be to receive this beauty!
    Thanks for playing along at TSTR!


  15. A yummy card and so artfully designed. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

  16. Hi Pauline, congrats on being in the top 3 at TSTR! I love your card. I left a comment earlier but it must not have posted, so I just wanted to thank you for playing along this week at TSTR!


  17. Oh Pauline this is so gorgeous, love it.

  18. So, so pretty, Pauline. I love every single thing about it. No doubt Tracey would have loved it!

    Jennifer. x

  19. This is so pretty!

    Thanks for joining us at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge.

    Sarah x

  20. Gorgeous card Pauline, very pretty.
    Gorgeous card Mona
    Thanks for visiting us over on TPC and good luck with the challenge
    Anne x

  21. Absolutely gorgeous Pauline! Thank you for joining us at OSCC this week, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT -xxx-
    p.s I have lovely candy on offer if you would like to enter-on my sidebar at

  22. Ohhh Pauline this card is AWESOME SOOOOOOoooo pretty and LOVE all the sparkly bling bling! Glad you could join us at Totally Gorjuss this week, see you soon! hugs Samantha :0)

  23. O wow Pauline, this is spectacular, I love the style, flowers and everything about your card is so pretty and soft. Love it xxx

  24. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Challenge.

    Wendy -x-


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Pauline x