He knew he was having a little family party at ours, what he didn't know was that my brother and his family would join us. My brother is a busy university professor and spends a lot of time out of the country. M and I decided on this date for the party a long time ago. We had thought about going out for a meal but then I decided that what could be real fun would be to have an old fashioned party like the ones my M and I had as kids and that I gave to my own children when they were young. My Dad's face was a picture when my brother, sister in law and 2 grown up nieces appeared at the party.
Obviously for a birthday I needed to make one of my cakes. Some weeks ago I got busy designing the plaque. I decided to make one of my popular "exploding" plaques.
I got busy cutting out lots of stars from fondant icing using my star plunger cutter. I also made some candle holders with the icing. I made a champagne bottle and cork out of the icing.
I wired up some of the stars and pushed them into the neck of the "bottle". I added an 80 to the "label".
I cut out a plaque, piped the words "Congratulations Dad" using royal icing and then added lots of the stars. I really like the bright bold colours.
This was my finished design which I was able to get made a few weeks ahead. This meant that all I had to do was to stand it on the cake (which I made it on Friday afternoon after work).
Personally I prefer lemon cake but most of my family love my traditional Victoria Sponge with butter cream filling and raspberry conserve. Here is the cake sliced and spread all ready to put together on Saturday morning.
So unbelievably my Dad is now 80 years young.......! Happy Birthday dear Dad ;0)
My challenge card today is the card I made for him
I used one of my favourite Ladybug Crafts Ink stamps from the Gardener's Delight range. I coloured it using my Promarker pens and highlighted using my Prismacolor pencils. I distressed the edges of the focal and the backing cards...I really like the effect. I added some mulberry paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and the tags are from Lili of the Valley. The 80 is also from LCI, I added some Dimensional Magic to make it stand out.
I would like to mention that The Ribbon Girls are having a super twine and charms give away. Do check them out.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Joanna Sheen Down in the garden
Papertake weekly anything goes - Happy 5th Birthday Blog hop
Forever Friends anything goes #46
Emerald Faeries Flowers #33
Make It Monday Linky Party #109
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
Whimsy stamp Challenge anything goes #51
My final photo just made me smile.... a certain cat decided to check out the seating before the guests arrived.....
After a decent sunny few days the rain has now returned and the wind has really picked up. A real autumn day. Happy Tuesday everyone,
Bye for now,