Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Flowers in Her Hair

We are very blessed to have had several Ukrainian women join our choir over the last few months.  We are particularly blessed to have been joined by one of their finest sopranos and yesterday it was her birthday!  She is so far from home right now and I wanted to make her a special card!  She sang a solo at a concert in March and cut such a brave figure wearing a traditional Ukrainian dress.  Looking for inspiration, I googled 'national dress of Ukraine' and found this inspiration photo.  

I knew I wanted to use this large treble clef die (my go-to die lately for anything musically related), but the headdress in the above photo inspired me to create a "headdress" of flowers for it.   

The headdress was easier than I anticipated thanks to a new die set I found a few weeks ago which included a base die (I cut four in green) and another die for the flowers to lay on top (I cut one each from snippets of red, yellow, cornflower and orange). I also cut loads of coloured crotchets, quavers and semi-quavers using an old Memorybox Musical Motif set.   

I printed "Happy Birthday" in Ukrainian (thank you Google translate) on an A4 sheet of paper, folded it and cut it with a stitched square die, laying the edge of the die just beyond the folded edge so I'd have a double insert and enough space for all the choir to sign!


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  1. A lovely apt birthday card in tribute to your new Ukrainian friend.
    Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground. Too hot to play hopscotch, might have to get the paddling pool out! Xxx

  2. This is such a thoughtful card, Kate! Love the musical clef and the pretty flowers! Thanks for sharing with NBUS.

  3. This is so pretty, thank you for entering our challenge at Allsorts this week.

  4. How very pretty and so coloring, a perfect card for your Ukrainian friend and love that you printed the sentiment in her native language!
    Thank you so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge this week!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  5. Oh my word, your Ukranian lady will have been totally THRILLED with this gorgeous card. Perfect in every way!


    Di xx

  6. Fabulous card. Thank you for sharing at Allsorts.

  7. Oh my! Those flowers took some time! This card turned out so well. Thanks for joining us at UYS and hope you will play along in our next challenge! Tammy DT co-ordinator

  8. I think this is the most personalized design I've ever seen, Kate! It is extraordinary and it could not be a more perfect representation of everything that means the world to the birthday girl! What a wonderful gift for her. Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell


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