Sunday, 5 January 2014

A pretty vintage birthday

With all the excitement of Christmas I did not get the chance to share with you a very special birthday party I held for my dear Mum. On 30 November it was her 80th birthday and I managed to pull off a surprise family birthday party. All 13 of our direct family was able to come together to celebrate. It really was a super evening and  my Mum still reminisces about the fun time we all had. We had a proper party tea with jelly and ice cream and even played party games.

I wanted to share with you the cake I made Mum and here it is.

I bought ivory flower paste (a special type of sugar paste which can be rolled very thin and dries very hard) and made the orchids with flower cutters as well as hand cut flowers and leaves.

 I then wired all the parts of the orchids together

I also used the colouring skills I have learnt with my card making to colour the flowers to make them much more realistic than I could in the past.

 I added a final depth of colour by using some gold petal dust. I had to wire all the leaves together together with some ribbons to make the posy.

Once I had finished the posy I made up a sugar paste plaque which I decorated quite simply. I made a hole for the flower pick which held the posy and also 3 candle holders.

and here is the completed plaque on the cake.

 I had also found a photo of my Mum as an 18 month old which I decided would be perfect for making  special wrapping paper for the pass the parcel, little prizes and for some unique party bags.

 Just look at my Mum at the seaside in 1934 with her little bucket for making her sandcastles.

I made up a bag template using A4 paper. I hand stamped the paper with stamps from my Lili of the Valley Pretty Vintage set of stamps I won last summer. These ones are from set 47 Background bits, Old Romance.

 I scored to make the folds
 I had a little production line going.....

I made sets of tags using my Mum's photo
 and this gorgeous set from Nicecrane which is in his store here

My Mum loves fairies and this set was just perfect for the job. I printed a large and a small image together with one of my Mum's photos

I cut the fairy tags with my Sizzix tags set and my Mum's photo with my Marianne tag die and threaded them with ivory and gold ribbon. This matched the ribbon in the cake.I punched a hole through the tops of the bags and threaded the ribbon through and tied them with a bow.

I decided to put some "vintage" things inside which have been around since the 1930s; Cadbury's dairy milk chocolate bars, Lindt chocolate, ice gems and a little personal gift for each person.

As Daisy was so tiny I decided that rather than a party bag she would have a little book.
which I made some wrapping paper for and added a tag and ribbon just like the party bags.
We had such a fun party, all the cake got eaten and everyone went home smiling with a party bag.

 Happy times.

I would like to enter my handmade floral cake decoration into the following challenges;

Allsorts Free and Easy
A little Bit Crafty celebrate
A heck of a challenge New my new is the Orchid cutters I bought to make the orchid flowers

I would  like to enter my party bags into these challenges.

Lili of the valley anything but a card
Emerald Faeries Things with wings the fairies on my tags are winged as are the butterflies on the papers
Natalie and Amy One for the Girls
Ali Craft Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays Party
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
A gem of a challenge New My new is the Sizzix scalloped tag die which I bought especially for making the party bag tags, it's brilliant as there are 3 different sizes on the single die.
Totally Gorjuss ribbon I used about 4 metres of ribbon making these bags!
Polkadoodles anything goes
Pile it on just because
Stamping sensations ribbons buttons or bows
Simon Says Stamp New my new is the sizzix tag's brilliant.
Loves rubberstamps new year resolution I would also like to try to make things other than cards!
Make it Monday Linky party #173

One very special photo taken at my Mum's party was of 4 generations of girls; My Mum, me, my daughter and my granddaughter Daisy. I think our faces show the delight of all sharing such a special time.

Daisy is growing fast and is 8 weeks old tomorrow . Here she is a few days ago..such a happy sweetheart.

I hope everyone is faring OK in the awful weather we are experiencing both here and abroad, it really seems to be quite extreme this year. It is so difficult to even get out for a walk between the torrential rain showers. My walk to work has turned into a battle with the elements. The only good thing is that the days are certainly getting lighter now. Spring does seem a long way away still but we will get there. Today we took all our decorations down and the house looks so bare. Christmas really is over for another year but not to worry as there are only 354 days until the next ;0)

Have a great week ahead and take care,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a lovely surprise for your Mum, and everything you made for the day was as usual amazing !! The sugar paste flowers are gorgeous and I love the little gift tags. How sweet for little Daisy to have a keepsake of the day too and what a wonderful photo to treasure forever....4 generations ! :)
    It's wild and windy here again and I think there is a lot more rain to come tonight but the days are getting longer and that's good!!
    Keep cosy,
    V xxx

  2. Love what you've created for your mother, such beautiful and personal items!

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time, Jane! Your sugar paste flower cake topper is just beautiful (perhaps you should get yourself some Martha Stewart clay and get crafty?!) and the wonderful idea of creating the tags and wrapping paper using your Mum's photograph was such a lovely thought that I'm sure was well received by all! You really do seem to be the queen of celebrations and go to so much length with all your details to make the event special! Though I'm sure the most special thing was for you all to spend time together as a family and little Daisy is just blossoming!
    Here's hoping this wild weather calms down soon and I hope you don't get blown away on your walk to work! Hugs, Lisa x

  4. Glad your mum had a great time. I can tell you organised that party with love. The cake is beautiful and those party bags will be treasured I'm sure. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  5. Hello Jane! Thank you so much for inviting us to your mum's party! You really amaze Dayle and me with the things you make. You're a magician! What a wonderful 4 generation photo.. you'll have to frame that one. It's sunny and warm here, which is amazing.. I put some photos on my blog this morning. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. WOW!! Your Mums birthday cake looks stunning, so beautifully decorated.
    Thanks for joining this months challenge at ALBC.
    Lorraine x

  7. my word Jane - that sugarcraft is amazing - and those bags and tags are amazing! You are one clever lady xx

  8. What an amazing party you gave for your mum! I liked all the tags and bags you did for your guests. Interesting how you made the flowers as well. Talented! 4 generation photo is great! I need to get back to rubber stamping. It's been awhile and my stamps are saying they need out of the tins I've got them stored in! I live in Oregon, it's just cold here, had frost on the road this a.m. on way to church...pretty in the sun, looking at frost on the golf course as we went by. No time, nor camera, to take a shot. 28 degrees F. when we left home. Take care!

  9. Oh Jane, I've enjoyed your post so very much!
    I cannot believe you made the topper! Is there anything you don't do marvelously? What a sweet birthday the love really shines through. I think You Mom hasn't changed that much, her piercing blue eyes and adorable features...the idea of reproducing that picture is genius! Thank, Thank You so much for sharing!

  10. What a wonderful gift for your mom! All the gifts, tags, bags and the cake are absolutely awesome, so much thought and love put into all of them. Happy New Year to you! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  11. Such a lovely family gathering to celebrate your Mum's birthday and your posy cake is magnificent, what amazing skills you have. I just adore the little bags and tags, perfect for the occasion and a Daisy is growing fast isn't she? What a cutie she is.
    It's raining again!!
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Hi Jane! You have made most wonderful party for your mom! I can imagine how you all enjoyed being together! You did amazing job with the cake, gift bags and cards! We have had soft winter till now and I hope it continues like this. Yesterday I was sitting for a while outside with my crochet! And in Finland they don't have snow! Happy week to you! x Teje

  13. Dewar Jane,

    This was the most wonderful post, I LOVED seeing 4 generations of you - you all seem so happy! Please send my best belated birthday wishes to your mom, all the best for her for the new year! Your party planning was so so so wonderful again, the cake and the gift tags in those fantastic gift bags... Just perfect! Thank you for sharing these happy images - and with the cherry on top: The little princess Daisy!

    It's rainy&gray here too, I wish sun would start warming us both soon... Stay warm and cozy!


  14. How beautiful! What a lovely idea.

  15. Another lovely post Jane and what a beautiful photo of the four generations which is very special.

    B x

  16. Those bags are fabulous Jane - what a great idea.
    It's so hard to get everyone together in these busy times, I imagine your Mum was delighted with her lovely family party - what a special day.

    Thanks for entering our 'anything but a card' challenge - good luck!

    Anne x
    Lili of the Valley

  17. This is a lovely story. Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday.

  18. Wow. One thing's for sure, I'll never live up to your party standards! Your mum should be happy with you. Everything looks so beautiful. Happy belated birthday to her!

  19. Hello. Your photos and gifts for your mother are amazing. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  20. Wowwww, wowwww,.wowwww HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR MUM,,,,,,,,,such a lot of rich details on your creations,,,,,I love these fairy Tags,,,,,over the vintage bags,,,,,,,waht creative idea,,,and all over the adorable pict from your Mum when she was a child,,,,,,,soo adorable so adorable,,,,I am sure you Mum enjoyed a lot,,,,OMG I miss mine every Day,,,,,,,,Jane,,,,,,,Thanks for sharing these moments...

  21. you all look like you had lots of fun
    the party bags are great
    Thanks for joining us at stamping sensations

    Francesca x

  22. Wow, wow, wow Jane, what a stunning cake and gorgeous party bags too, looks like you planned the perfect party for your mum. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week x

  23. Absolutely beautiful projects the party looked fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Choosday, good luck! Jo x

  24. Sweet Jane, What a lovely surprise for your mum and so many wonderful surprises and prizes!! The photo of your Mum is just precious and you made the labels and bags and paper......they were stunning. You are a terrific daughter. You certainly made a memorable birthday for your mum. Daisy is growing so beautifully and I love the 4 generation photo. What a sweet day for your mum to hold her great granddaughter!
    Happy New Year Jane, xoRobin

  25. wow so much to look at gorgeous cake, stunning topper on it, super photo's and clear memories
    Hugs Kate xx

  26. What amazing creations, love that cake its so beautiful.

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.



  27. Gorgeous project, I love the bags, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. You gave such a special party for your mum, Jane, and made such lovely things for it too. The sugar paste flowers decorating her cake are amazing. Best of all I loved the tags made from the photo of your Mum as a little girl, I think they are delightful!
    Lovely that you were able to get a picture of the four generations together, that really is one to treasure.
    Enjoy your week and keep cosy!
    Helen x

  29. I saw your journal at MIM and came to take a look. It is simply gorgeous! The paper and images that you've used are gorgeous!
    The flowers for the cake are AMAZING! What talent!

  30. What a wonderful tribute, the cake topper is gorgeous and the tags so pretty, Saw this on MIM and had to take a closer look, just lovely
    Hugs Julie P

  31. Hi Jane---What a tribute to your Mother. Thanks for sharing the happy day and the special cake and bags. So great to see all the family together.
    Congratulations again for her 80th birthday.
    Stay warm…..
    Anne D.T.
    PlumCreek Studio

  32. Oh wow Jane what a wonderful way to celebrate your Mum's birthday! Those party bags are stunning and they cake is a real work of art. Thanks for sharing such a special event with us at Premium Craft Brands PanPastel Challenge this week
    Claire xx

  33. Everything is beautiful dear Jane and such a very special photo to treasure of 4 generations of ladies in your family... ♥
    Susan x

  34. Terrific story and everything looks great. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Make it Monday.

    Rocio -DT

  35. What a lovely post - your flowers are amazing, I can imagine that the card colouring helps but there is still so much obvious skill involved, my cousin is the 'cake flower' maker of our family and the whole thing always amazes me. Looks like a super party and such a sweet photo of the 'generations' together. Bethx

  36. What beautiful party bags, the cake is amazing too! Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge xx

  37. Wow Jane what a lucky Mum you have. The party sounds amazing and all those items you made are truly amazing. A lovely idea and a real treasured memory for your dear Mum. Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations.

  38. great bags. Awesome photos, what cuties.Thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries. Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Hugs Tracey


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