Thursday, 24 October 2013

Lily Birthday Card

Hi Friends, sorry for the lack of posting this week and deviation from the schedule, but I've been helping Mum out with doing a big Spring Clean about the house.

 The major item that took the longest, and was the dirtiest, was the Air Conditioners... We often clean and vacuum the filters and vent screens in them. However, in turning them on for the first time since last year when we had the first of our hot days, bits of black fluff was coming out of one! When we shone a torch up into the part where the air blows we noticed LOTS of dirt and muck up there. We were shocked!
 So a day was spent carefully taking the front off the Air-Cons and removing the louvers, so we could get up in there to clean them out. We got stuck in with a bottlebrush, an old toothbrush some rags, etc, and even the vacuum cleaner to get all the yucky muck out from up in there! It was really disgusting! and quite embarrassing, too! We just never thought that section of the air-con could or would get so filthy!!! Figured that is what all those filters and lint traps were for, but apparently not. Had anyone else noticed this? But now we know about it, we can keep on top of it, so it will never get that bad again! There would have been 5+ years of muck up there, and I must say the Air-Cons sure did run a lot better after the big cleanouts!!! LOL!!!

Anyway, a Birthday week in our house, with my Mothers  sixty *cough cough cough* birthday! lol... She keeps saying she wants to forget them and stop counting, and maybe make them reverse... I told her that is not how it works! hehee

Of Course I made her a card for the occasion, she loves Flowers, and I had this lily image already coloured up in my coloured up image tray and made a simple card, semi inspired by the floral fantasies of my blog pal Brenda...

I decided to keep it reasonably simple, and just use layers of coloured paper to make the flower the focal point, and so the papers just resembled the colours in the flower. The paper is from a couple of My Minds Eye paper pads.

The flower would have been coloured with Spectrum Noir Markers, and all edges and layers were inked with some distress ink to help them shadow and stand out, etc.

I hope you liked seeing this card, and hope to have some more to share soon!

Thanks for stopping by, My Friends!  


Shirley-Anne Barber said...

Hi Annmaree
Beautiful coloured flower . it is just popping off the card front .
hugs Shirley-Anne

May said...

Stunning card, Love the beautiful colours & fantastic flower..your colouring is fabulous. Hugs May x x x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Annmaree your card is incredibly beautiful, you have chosen the colours so well, that background paper compliments that awesome flower perfectly I bet your mum loved it.
lorraine x

Merry said...

Oh wow, this card is just stunning Annmaree. A very happy birthday to your Mum.

MagsB said...

Go, you, for cleaning out those pipes, it sounds like a horrendous job!

Congratulations to your Mum on her 60th birthday (I'll be 60 next July, I'm sure that like me your Mum doesn't know where the time has gone! Never mind, what's important is to be young at heart lol!!!)

Your card is just beautiful, so simple and elegant! I bet your Mum loves it!!

love Mags B x

michelle hodges said...

Gorgeous card!! Yes we had cleaned our out before we moved and they do get yucky after awhile and yes its a messy job. We didnt take a brush to it just use the hose a lot.
The Ac guy said it didnt need a brush since our was mainly dirty just on only the vents but that alone was so yucky & dirty! Yes our ran better too! Hope your family havea wonderful time celebrating your moms bday! xo

Jules said...

Hi Annmaree

A fabulous card. Love the colours very much.

Sounds like you have had a big job on your hands with the air conditioning!!

Hope your Mum had a good birthday.

Love Jules xx