A happy new home

A dear friend and fellow stamper moved away from me a couple of years ago and shifted to Melbourne with her family. Something about a great new opportunity for her husband's career outweighed the ongoing opportunities for us to stamp and drink tea together, so I grudgingly allowed the move.

They moved again recently, sadly no closer to me, but into a lovely new family home, the second big move in as many years. This occasion most definitely called for a card (and likely a large glass of wine and a little lie down...)

I provided the card, hopefully she took care of the wine and the lie down...

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The Flying Home stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue was perfect for the job - the little birdhouse image in particular. I stamped it on Watercolor Paper and coloured it in with Watercolor Pencils and an Aquapainter. The perfect greeting and co-ordinating banner came from the Sweet Home stamp set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits.

Some added texture in the form of some Wood Textures DSP and some Linen Thread, and the little birdies (and my dear friends!) have a new place to call home.

Thanks for flying by today!

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Blogging Bonanza Day Six - Party with Cake

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Anyone who knows my stampin' journey would know that I have shared much of it with a fellow Sarah. In fact a fellow Sarah Jane. Make that a fellow Sarah Jane K...

At any number of events over the past nine or so years, we've been a Sarah double act, and it's just another example of how I will be forever grateful to this company for the myriad non-stampin' things it has brought to my life.

Like this girl...

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 ...and her handsome man, who is great mates with my own, and her two sweet girls, who get along like a house on fire with my two.

The only fly in the stampin' ointment of this particular story is that early last year, her handsome man was presented a career opportunity too good to pass up, which involved the family uprooting and moving across the country with barely a few months notice. And if you live in the same country as I do, or know anything at all about it, you'll know that there's a good many miles between Perth and Melbourne, and that lazy day-long tea and stampin' dates were to become a thing of our collective past.

So our new normal is messaging on various mediums (whilst being mindful of the time difference!) and picking up right where we left off whenever we do get a chance to see each other in living colour.

And sending cards like this one!

It was SJ's birthday last month, and given that I am terrible at punctual provision of birthday cards at the best of times, the newly introduced geographical challenges mean that birthday (and other greetings!) provide additional surprise value by arriving at seemingly random and entirely irrelevant times.

Like today!

According to the occasionally trusty source that is Australia Post tracking, I believe that the eagle has landed as of a few hours ago, but depending on the movements of a busy Melbourne mum, it may or not have actually been seen yet, in which case, SJ, if you're reading this before seeing the card in real life, sorry, and SURPRISE!

Anyone that knows SJ would also know that pink is her thing, so pink stamping, watercolour washing and DSP patterns are the order of the day

...and pink card stock, and hearts...

...and a touch of sparkle. SJ also loves her bling!

Party with Cake is such a gorgeous stamp set, with loads of great greetings to celebrate the one occasion that we all have in common at some point in the year. And it's around for only another day and half (discounted and all!) as it retiring with the current Annual Catalogue tomorrow evening.

The blogging bonanza continues tomorrow (or later today if I can gather myself in time!) with a couple more posts featuring more much loved retiring stuff.... Hope to see you back here then!

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