Birthdays And Thanks

Will I ever catch up with the birthdays? I really don't think so! I have a lot to make, particularly in April and May.
Here are a couple from April which were made for friends.

 The same technique, of which I am rather fond, was used on both. Highlighting areas of stamping and/or embossing with white. Sometimes I use a pencil, here I've used a gel pen.

The front of this card has been cut into an aperture and the stamped, embossed panel attached to the inside of the card as shown here.

Wasn't too happy with this one - started off as a great idea but the black didn't seem black enough to me...

We recently made a card at our Coffee & Card session which, though simple, I really liked. As I had so many thank you cards to make this month I used the design to make those too.

The stamp set is Beautiful Day. Coloured with our Stampin' Blends, there is fine thread behind the rose and butterfly. Gold on the rose, silver on the butterfly. I'll be sorry to see those tiny epoxy stickers retire, love the dew drop effect they give on the rose petal.

I'm pleased to say that these thank you's all finally went into the mail! Not before time!
I hope you're better at keeping up than I am. Either way, it's good to craft!
Have a great weekend,
Lesley x