Monday, 8 October 2012

A special card for a special girl

I made this card for Simon's best friend Niamh - for those unfamiliar with Irish names that's pronounced Neev.  When I first arrived here I had had little exposure to Irish names - despite a fairly large Irish contingent in Australia (my sister even did Irish dancing for a while).  I was vaguely aware of the pronunciation of the name Siobhan being very different from what you would expect, but didn't know anyone by that name myself.
Here in Luxembourg I have friends with children named Saoirse, Caoimhe and Roisìn to name but a few and when Niamh was born 8 years ago she was the third Niamh I had met, so I never thought about the pronunciation of her name.
Anyway Niamh had her party on Saturday at a play centre in the city which caters for 10 or so parties concurrently.  The parties are assigned  party rooms but spend most of their time running around in a huge jungle climbing area and are paged at various points to return for food and cake.  Irish names tend to confuse even English speakers so you can imagine what a Germanic/French speaker would make of her name.   Needless to say when Niamh's friends were paged as Nee-am-ha's party - it fell on deaf ears even though it was announced in 3 languages.  To be fair there was so much noise with that many children I could never see a paging system being successful.
This is an easel card and opens to reveal the following scene - stamped with the Heroines - Fairy Princess set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
If you're wondering how the card stays open and the princess stays upright, have a look at this side view.  The grass which holds the card open was easy - I punched a strip of grass, used a bone folder to make a fold line and adhered below the fold line to the base of the inside of the card. I then covered the base of the grass with a patterned paper (printed with the sentiment).
The princess was a little more tricky.  I stamped her on strong white card and also pink vellum (for the dress) and some rose patterned paper for the bouquet.  After dressing her I fussy cut her out leaving enough room below her skirt to partially cut (cutting plates placed beyond her hemline) a spellbinders petite scalloped circle - I thought this would look better than a rectangular or square base.   I then made a fold line just below the hemline of the princess' dress so she could stand upright.  A half circle was then folded in half and one side was adhered to the back of the princess, leaving the other half free to fold out and prop her up.  Hopefully the pictures will explain better than I can.
Anyway she loved it and Simon and I had a great time at her party although somewhat deafened by the noise of a hundred or so children having a good time.

P.S. There is a little stamp which comes with the set which says "Kiss Me" but I thought that was going a bit too far after all they're only 8 years old even though they've been engaged for over 3 years now ;0).


  1. Such a pretty your ideas for the easel part.
    I laughed at the daughter is a Niamh too and has been called some very strange things!!

  2. Oh how sweet! I'm sure Nee-am-ha/Niamh will absolutely adore this. Funnily enough Australians never get my name right and constantly call me Cla - I always have to say it in an Aussie accent!


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