We have a new nephew! He made his entrance into the world yesterday, surprising his mom with a (very) early morning entrance after just 6 hours of labour. He’s a gorgeous boy, i can’t put his name or a photo here, but he does weigh just over 7 pounds, which is a good weight. He’s a nephew on Michiel’s side of the family, so everyone is really pleased and happy to welcome him to the family!

Card and envelope, with matching designs

Card and envelope, with matching designs

Of course i had to do a card to mark the occasion, so this is going in the post tomorrow to the baby’s Mum and Dad. Its quite funny, because i went to the card and crafts shop in Ashton Under Lyne yesterday, and picked up not only a stack of blank cards, but also a lovely teddybear stencil that i used to make this card (and had a long chat with the proprietor of the store about parchment craft – he’s a minefield of knowledge on the subject, and runs classes, which I’m hoping to get to go to at some point. If you fancy a visit, the shop is called “Rooky Crafts” and its  on Stamford Street Central in the centre of Ashton Under Lyne). There’s a closeup of the central design behind the cut.

The parchment was laid over some lovely blue organza that shows up the pinholes nicely, and you can see the outline of the teddybear. This works suprisingly well and its a technique i’ll repeat again, i think, although its not strictly “parchment craft”.

Closeup of the central teddybear design outlined with pinpricks

Closeup of the central teddybear design outlined with pinpricks

Can’t wait to see our new nephew, although it’ll have to wait a while, as he’s in the Netherlands…

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