Sylvia likes her cups of tea. She is a music teacher, likes the British daily tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail, which she often gets sent out from UK, and loves the colour purple - purple pens especially! Her daughter, who ordered her birthday card, says that she is very sociable, and especially likes chatting on the phone to her friends here in Israel, and back home in London and Manchester.I managed to cover all of these things on her card. I added her age in big red numbers, a treble clef and some music notes, a Daily Mail newspaper, a cup of tea, and a purple pen. The little road sign signifies her life both in Israel and England. Sylvia is originally from London but lived in Manchester for about 40 yrs and moved to Israel a few years ago, to the city of Ra'anana, in central Israel. Most importantly I have shown Sylvia holding a telephone to her ear, happily chatting with her friends. Apparently her favourite phrase is "Put the kettle on", so "Put the kettle on Sylvia - it's your birthday!" was chosen as the perfect greeting for her card.
Her daughter wrote to me after Mum's birthday. "Thank you so much again for the wonderful card, Lisa - my mum loved it!."
My friend Mandy recently celebrated her birthday. This year I decided to make her a papercut card. She and I were at art school together, ahem, quite a few years ago, so I added a little pencil next to her name. Granted these days she is using a computer more than a pencil for her wonderful design work, but a pencil seemed fitting!
Of course not all cards are for birthdays or other happy occasions. A new customer in the United States asked me for some "Jewish condolence cards." Together we decided to add a Magen David (Star of David) and a Dove of Peace to the cards, along with a few pretty flowers. My customer chose the greeting "May their memory be a blessing", or in Hebrew, "יהי זכרו ברוך", a honorific in Judaism used when naming and speaking of the deceased. Once they had arrived in the United States, she kindly emailed to say she thought the cards were beautiful.