Back story: In 1986 our family hosted Isabelle, a student from Rouen France, for a month during the summer. We had a fabulous time! In 1990, after my son graduated from high school, he traveled to Germany with our German ‘son’, another exchange student, who was with us for a full year. Our daughter went to France on a two-week trip with her high school French class. We arranged for her to be picked up, in France, by Isabelle, our student from 1986 who was herself now a high school French Literature teacher.
Fast forward: hubby and I went to pick up our daughter and, as a bonus, we were hosted by the family of Isabelle for dinner in their home, above the post office (he was the town postmaster) in Deauville.
Bottom line: we’ve all corresponded ever since. Plus we’ve had a few ‘in person visits’. I always send birthday cards to the parents, who are now retired and living in the Bordeaux area, and anyone else I remember during the year! This is the card I’m sending to Micheline, grandmom, tomorrow for her April 15th birthday:
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One of the reasons I chose this card to send to France is the weight–it’s quite light and will not incur extra postage. And it also reminds me of Micheline.
If you have any questions about making this card, please ask! It really quite straightforward, but then…..as you saw yesterday, I have been stamping for a long time so you could have valid questions.
I did use one technique called either “stamping off” or “second generation stamping”. That means to ink up your stamp, stamp it once on scrap or grid paper and then apply the stamp to your card layer. It will be a lighter tone than full strength ink to paper. For the center of the flower on the envelope, I inked up the spiral-y image and stamped it directly over the solid color stamped off image. Quick and easy two tones.
This Swirly Bird Bundle is quite versatile since you’re able to make flowers to bird’s nests as well as sail boats and a few things in between. Check it out in my stampin’ store here. Try it, you’ll like it.