It has been the most amazing weekend. I didn't have anything exciting planned, but my sister turned up at my doorstep on Saturday morning, complete surprise. Apparently she had been plotting with the Culinary Consultant to surprise me and have a pre-birthday celebration (my birthday is on the upcoming Wednesday). And she did not turn up empty handed, but with a huge chocolate cake. And I dare say the day got even better from there as my birthday surprise was a visit to Hamerton Zoo Park, a huge zoo park less than half an hours drive from our home. I had no idea the place even existed, and we had a great day seeing all the animals, from birds and primates to the big cats and everything in between. And my special birthday treat didn't end there, my dear Culinary Consultant really did spoil me with a special experience where I got to go into one of the enclosures and meet the lemurs and feed them their dinner. I had lemurs crawling up in my lap and on my shoulders, and they let me stroke them. It was such a memorable experience and I am over the moon about it all.
Due to all the animal antics, there wasn't any room for crafty time yesterday. Today after a full day of shopping I did mange to put together a very animal inspired card (wonder where I got that idea from...). Apart from the animal inspiration, I was also inspired by the awesome sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch and ColourQ. I am also linking up with Lawnscaping challenge where the theme is "Try a new technique". For this card, my new technique was to try the new vellum adhesive I ordered the other day. I am always trying to find good ways of adhering vellum, as the ones I have tried so far have not been as invisible as I have wanted them to be. After trawling the interwebs for hints, I came across a crafting forum where I found a recommendation for Vellum glue dots, and ordered a pack. Looking at this card, they seemed to do the trick and I'm quite pleased with them as you really can't see where the adhesive is on the vellum (I put some in all corners of the vellum, and it does indeed seem to be invisible). So this was a great new technique to try!
Card: 300 gsm white card, Dovecraft 110 gsm premium vellum, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, coloured 240 gsm kraft card pink
Paper: Lawn Fawn Let's Polka Mon Amie
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Joy To The Woods and matching dies
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Colouring: Copics C1, C3, R43, RV19, YR04, Y23, Y15, Y19
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and Hello dies