Saturday, 18 July 2015

Happy Birthday, 'Lemon Drop', Female

Hi.  Meet Lemon Drop.  The cutest baby pony you ever did see...
You won't find her anywhere else.  Why?  Because my 13yr old daughter created her recently.

I know I'm biased, but isn't she so talented?

This is a 'one of a kind' card for a 'one of a kind' woman who will be turning 30 in the next few weeks.  Yes...  I did say 30!  She works with my husband and likes ThunderCats and My Little Pony among other things.

So...  as my daughter has recently given her a ThunderCat picture as a 'thank you', I opted for the My Little Pony option.  Hope she likes it!

My daughter draws using her finger and an iPad.  I simply printed onto glossy photo paper, backed onto card and mounted using foam pads.  Not completely sure off the top of my head but I think the stamps used are all by Inkadinkado...

I mentioned in a previous post my idea of using charity shop pins as part of a design.  I created a little acetate window for this one as I wanted the design to look 'complete' once the pin was removed.  It was a personal decision but I decided not to include the backing card that specifies the charity with this...  some people are more sensitive than others and I didn't want to upset the birthday girl! 

The 3D butterflies are a firm favourite of mine from my Martha Stewart's, Pop Up Butterfly Punch.  I punched these out of a remnant of the glossy photo paper so they tied in to the overall design.

Some of you will know that my daughter's Autistic.  
I've thought long and hard about whether to include anecdotes from time to time about her and her struggles and I still haven't reached a decision...  would people find it too bothersome to know what it can really be like when, for instance, she attempts to go to her maths class alone and gets lost because they've changed the doors whilst she's been off sick for a week? 

I don't know...  but would value some honest input.  I know that there are those of us who craft for 'therapeutic' reasons and want to 'get away from it all'...  yet I also know that Autism is not as understood as it should be.  If you ever have the time to read my 'About Me' section you will know that I write that statement from personal experience... 

I'm entering this card into the latest Seize the Birthday challenge - mainly because I want others to see just how talented my daughter really is :)

I keep trying to encourage her to start her own blog to showcase her work.  Maybe one day...

Hope you have a good weekend, everyone.



  1. YES your daughter is talented!! And YES, I would love to read stories about her and you and how you manage! I have a granddaughter who has ADHD and I think that is difficult, NOT compared to autism however! This little pony is so very cute and you made it into a wonderful card that your friend will LOVE! Thank you fo joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  2. Thank you, Colleen.
    I showed my daughter your comment and it made her very happy :)
    Glad you liked the card...

  3. Hi Donna, first of all she has certainly inherited her mum's artistic talent. What a fab drawing and so cute. I think you are right to share your day to day ups and downs - I know I like to get to know the person behind the cards. As you say, a lot of crafters have their own problems to deal with and I think therefore that makes them more sympathetic and I know sometimes putting a bad day into words is therapy in itself. xxx

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Ruth.
      I guess I just don't want to scare people off. I have an idea I think may work as a compromise though... tacking Autism issues right at the bottom with an asterisk break inbetween. Then people who don't want to read on don't have to feel obliged.

  4. As soon as I saw this card I thought where did she get that stamp from, I want it! Fantastic drawing and super card. I would love to read about you and your daughter, I think it's a great idea to add your comments at the bottom of your card so readers can make up their own mind about reading. I follow your blog because your cards are fantastic (and I aim be half as good as you) but also because I read your About Me. My son is 10 and has Aspergers. A few years ago he had a terrible day at school, why?, because the pictures in his class room had been taken down, the room felt different and it made him anxious! I'm still reading your blog whatever you decide to do :)

    1. Thank you for taking the time to get back to me and for leaving such a lovely comment about the pony. I always pass on any compliments paid to my daughter :)
      Hope you are enjoying the school holidays - and more importantly still getting some time for you...

  5. Beautiful card!!! Cone and join us in our "Quirky White" challenge.


    1. Thank you.
      Coming over to look right now :)
      Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Such an adorable card - your daughter is talented. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.