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Cats in a box card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend? I’ve had a nice gentle weekend in preparation for my next big experiment that starts on Monday, so I won’t be cardmaking as much as I would like over the next two months, so I apologise for less frequent posts!

Today is my ‘Fairy Godmother’s birthday and I’d like to share the card I made for her with you this morning. She has two adorable cats, so I wanted to make a cat-themed card for her. My kittens just LOVE cardboard boxes (what cat doesn’t??) so I wanted to start with a ‘cardboard box’ for my card and have cats playing in it and around it. I created a card in a box using Neenah Desert Storm card.

I just bought the Clearly Besotted ‘You’re Purrfect‘ stamp set and coordinating dies – they are just adorable!!! So I stamped several of the cats with Memento London Fog ink on Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock and die cut them out. I coloured them using my Spectrum Noir pens.

I die cut several baloons using the Lawn Fawn baloons and streamers from the X cut Build a Scene ‘Garden Party’ from Stampin’UP! card in Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo.

I attached the cats and baloons to the central strips either directly or with acetate strips. I also used enamel drops to add some dimention.

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For the sentiment panel at the back I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento London Fog ink and attached som bits of streamers to it to tie it in with the rest of the card.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring!

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Cousin’s Birthday card

Today is my cousin’s birthday, so I’d like to share the card I’ve made for her with you this afternoon.

I’ve been pinning LOADS of cards recently, and was so taken with them all that I lost my mojo. Do you get that some times? I’m so excited by new ideas that I don’t sit down and make anything, I just end up pinning and pinning and not DOING. This card is a bit of a mashup of several cards that have inspired me recently.

I saw an amazing less is more card with a bit of watercolour with just a few pastel colours and a focal image and silver embossed sentiment and I wanted to re-create it so I cut some watercolour card and stuck it to my die cutting pad, wet it generously and smooshed some Spun Sugar Distress ink on my craft mat and picked it up with a wet paintbrush and dabbed it over the wet card. I dried it with my heat gun because I was impatient! I used my embossing buddy to try to reduce the amount of powder sticking where I didn’t want it, but as the watercolour card is very textured there were still a few bits of powder that were sticking around the sentiment. I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ sentiment with VersaMark ink and used Pewter embossing powder.

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I also saw a card that had a ciricle cut out of a panel to reveal a flower stamped on the card base beneath, so I wanted this element in my card too. I used my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to die cut a circle off to the right hand side of the card. I wanted the Waltzingmouse ‘Old Country Roses’ to peek out through the hole, but didn’t line up the stamps and the hole quite right so one of the leaves is behind the top panel. The inks I used for the roses were Stampin’UP! ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Melon Mambo’ and ‘Primrose Petals’ and for the leaves I used ‘Gumball Green’, ‘Garden Green’ and ‘Mossy Meadow’.

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I stamped the sentiment from ‘Old Country Roses’ inside the card with Gumball Green ink.

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I used foam pads to attach the watercolour panel to the card base and last but not least I added some clear sequins with some Glossy Accents for a little bling.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you found this inspiring – are you enjoying #STAMPtember2016 ? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Have you seen Suicide Squad at the cinema? I went to see it at the weekend with a friend and we enjoyed it but felt that the costumes were very tailored to a male audience. I loved all the promotional artwork though – a mix of Neon and classic comic book style. Today is my friend’s birthday and she is a huge gaming fan and likes to go to gaming/anime/comic book conventions and makes her own costumes – she’s so creative, so I always want to make a special effort with her card. I thought creating a Suicide Squad inspired card would appeal to her comic book leanings and be really relevant to what is in the cinema on her birthday.

I wanted to add so many elements to this card that I knew it would have to be a big one so I started with an 8×8 card base. I had some metallic yellow A4 paper in my stash from Uni that was just the right colour, so I used my acrylic paints to create some splashes and paint some areas too. I used roll-on glue to attach the paper to the card base (because it was so thin I didn’t want to leave it lying around in case is tore or got creased, so adding it to the card base gave it some support).

To get some more neon in I die cut some neon pink and green card using Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ and Tattered Lace ‘Pentagons’. I stamped the Waltzingmouse BAM from the’Kaboom’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. I also die cut the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom’ die from red and black card stock to create the dropped shadow and I used red double sided tape to hold the whole thing together on the back, then to attach it to the green pentagon.

I didn’t want the neon shapes to be complete, I wanted them hanging off the edge so I cut them with my paper trimmer, then attached them with HI-Tack glue so I had a bit of wriggle time before it grabbed so I could line them up perfectly.

To get the skull in I used my embossing pen to draw some crosses and the triangles for the nose and used black embossing powder, Heat It Up! ‘Cranberry’ powder and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Powder.

For the sentiment I used my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporary Alphabet’ die cut from purple card and I inked the letters randomly with ‘Chipped Sapphire’ Distress Ink. The Suicide Squad posters have cracks in the letters, so I wanted to put cracks in mine too so I randomly chopped in with my scissors. The card was looking a bit tame still, so I added more acrylic paint spashes with the neon panels in place.

Lastly, I wanted to re-create the choker Harly Quinn wears in the movie that says ‘PUDDIN’ so I used the same alphabet dies to create the letters from gold mirri card and cut a strip to adhere them to. I really worked the strip of card as I wanted it to be the choker, so I wanted it to be pliable. I attached the letters to the strip with Hi-Tack glue. To get the end I used my Spellbinders Pennants dies and I also added some holes using my Crop-A-Dile. To the other end I wanted to add a buckle so I used the layering dies included in the ‘Pentagon Box’ die set to cut a square and then cut out the centre, then I cut a rectangle of mirri card to be the pin in the buckle. I wrapped the strip around the square and then used Hi-Tack glue to attach the buckle end and pointed end to the card base with the middle raised up off the card for dimention. Whilst the glue was still wet I inserted the pin under the buckle.

I hope my friend likes her card and can tell it was inspired by Suicide Squad artwork.

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I found a website where you can ‘Squad Yourself’ so I’ve been able to create my own Sucide Squad avatar.

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Do you like comic books? Do you like the style? I hope this card will have inspired you for some weekend crafting! Have you seen the exclusive Simon Says Stamp #STAMPtember2016 releases? I think I might need to do some buying!!!

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SSS STAMPtember

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think the whole of my blog post will be in capital letters!! I’ve just seen the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember dream craft room giveaway and I was SOOOOO excited – it’s an AMAZING prize, but as I’m not a resident in the United States I can’t enter… sad times!😦

Oh well, I can still enjoy #STAMPtember2016 with lots of stamping and cardmaking throughout the month, and who knows, maybe a purchase or two on the SSS website!! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #STAMPtember during September when sharing your cards online to be part of the fun!

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Umbrella card

My Step Mother lives in Hua Hin in Thailand, and so when I heard about the bombings on Friday I was fearful that she might have been injured or killed. Thankfully she was at home because the bombings were early in the morning so she wasn’t out and about at the time.

I wanted to make a card for my Step Mum as I haven’t made her one in ages and the fear of losing her made me realise that staying in touch is a good thing. It’s monsoon season in Thailand so it’s raining a lot at the moment so I thought my brand new My Favourite Things ‘Layered Umbrella’ die and Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies would be very fitting.

First, I used the 12×12 raindrops stencil and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Ink and ink bblender to make a raining background, but I left a section where I didn’t ink through the stencil that will be where the umbrella will eventually go.

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I die cut the largest umbrella die from matt silver cardstock, then the layering part from white, red, yellow and orange cardstock in my stash (I wanted the umbrella to be a pop of colour in the otherwise sombre card) and the handle from my SSS Kraft woodgrain embossed card [this is no longer available, but they do still sell it in white]. I then used my Quicky Glue pen to stick all the bits together, and when it was dry stuck it to the card front.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Puffy clouds dies from Stampin’UP! Whisper White and Smokey Slate cardstock and vellum, trimmed them to the card width, then used foam pads to attach them to the card base.

I bought the Stampin’UP! Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack last year for scrapbooking, but haven’t used any of the alphabet stickers. The black block stickers were just what I wanted for the sentiment for this card, so I adhered the stickers to the card front (I had to trim a few letters in ‘umbrella’ or it was going to go off the side of the card, but hopefully it isn’t that noticable).

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Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope you found this card inspiring, and I hope you visit again soon!

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Granny’s Birthday card

Today is my Granny’s 96th birthday, so I wanted to share the card I made for her with you this evening. I’ve been loving all the white with a splash of colour cards I’ve seen on Pinterest, so this is my take on the look.

I started out with the Creative Expressions ‘Striplet – Floral Meadow’ die and I wanted to have it repeated 3 times, so it was going to have to be an 8×8 card to fit them in. I used Whisper White card that I cut down to fit on an 8×8 card and had to measure it all out to get even spacing of the striplet sections.

I wanted the pop of colour to come from sequins peeping through the floral meadow design, so I cut some acetate to the same size as the card and attached to the back with red double sided tape. I wanted to have double height foam pads and I used the Sellotape foam tape roll cut in half as it was too wide to go around the windows and doubled it up.

Then, I filled the apetures with my doodlebug design sequins in ‘limeade’, ‘lilac’ and ‘swimming pool’. removing the backing on the foam tape was fiddly, but I attached some acetate to the foam pads and was able to give it a shake to check the sequins all stayed in. Once I was sure the sequins wouldn’t escape I used red double sided tape to attach the acetate to the white 8×8 card blank. (I know this may seem like a waste of acetate, but it is worth it if you need to fill in a hole that beads or sequins are coming out of and it’s easier to do this whilst the shaker section isn’t attached to the card front yet)

To mirror the colours in the sequins I used watercolour card and my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and blending tools in ‘Peeled Paint’, ‘Shaded lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’, then die cut the sentiment using the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ sentiment dies.

I felt the front of the card was still too white, so I attached sequins to the flower centres.

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To continue the colour scheme inside the card too I inked up the IndigoBlu stamp from ‘Mr Fan-tach-tic’ set in Stampin’UP! inks ‘Lucky Limeade’, ‘Wisteria Wonder’ and ‘Pool Party’.

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Big crafty hugs for stopping by my blog, I hope your week goes well!

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I’m going to my friends birthday party today, so I’ll share the card I made for him now before I leave. As the Wimbledon tennis Championships is on at the moment I wanted to make a Wimbledon-themed card.

I found this Tennis Racket die by Leane Creatief, which is just perfect for this card! I cut the tennis ball from Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured the internal parts with my Spectrum Noir pen. I die cut the tennis racket twice – once from gold and once from white so I could have the strings and racket and also I die cut the handle from purple. I used my Crafter’s Companion 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies (again, I know, but I REALLY like this alphabet!) to cut purple and gold letters to shadow.

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I hope you like this card and that maybe it inspires you this weekend! Have you been watching the tennis?

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Crafty kittens!

Hmmm… The kittens are adorable, but they are annoying too!! I had made a 50th birthday card using loads of die cut letters and managed to keep them out of the paws (and mouths!) of the kittens, stuck the card together and just had to add the nuvo Crystal Drops to leave them to dry overnight and suddenly Inara jumped up on my craft table and trod on the three top drops and trailed her little tail through the bottom drops!!!!!!!!!

Inara is fine – as I was there when she did it I was able to wipe as much of the crystal drops off her paw as possible immediately with a wet wipe.

So here is what I managed to salvage of the card! (I tried to colour in the top drops with alcohol markers in an effort to get them to look better, but it just didn’t work!!)

And here are the kittens helping me with photography…

Note to self – if anything needs to dry or set I need to put it in a cupboard in future! I still love them both to bits, despite their naughty ways!!!

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Welcome baby card

Some friends of mine were safely delivered of a baby boy last week and they have said that now the Grandparents and Aunties have met him, their friends can go over to meet him this afternoon, so I’m going to meet him for the first time today!

To celebrate his birth I have made his Mum and Dad a card. As he is a boy I decided to go with the traditional blue colour sceme with a baby blue and a darker blue. Blue works really well with Kraft, so I wanted to use that too for an extra masculine colour, my Neenah Desert Storm was just right for my base layer.

I don’t have much money at the moment, but I thought it was important to get a die especially (I don’t have any baby specific stash) so I bought this ‘Baby text and pin‘ die by Marianne Creatables. I wanted to have the sentiment ‘welcome baby’ so I die cut the welcome with my 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies by Crafters Companion. I also wanted to use my Sizzix stackable stars dies too.

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I die cut enough of the stars to have one at the top of the card and one at the bottom and the sentiment between them, but the card base didn’t have enough space for both stars! So after a quick re-think I adhered the second stack of stars to the inside of the card to bright the card front through to the inside.

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The last step was adding some crystal drops in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and leaving them to dry overnight.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring. Do you know anyone having a baby soon? Or maybe someone has just had one – was it a boy or a girl?

Enjoy the last remnents of your weekend and have a good week!

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New fur babies!

I’m a bit exhausted, but also so happy! I’m still in the throws of a really busy experiment at work, but today I drove 1 1/2 hours to pick up my kittens from their breeder and brought them home (they cried the whole 1 1/2 hours back!!). I’ve called them Mal and Inara after the characters from the TV show Firefly.

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I hope they settle in and aren’t too homesick for their mothers (they are from two different litters, born just 2 weeks apart). They are just too adorable, I’m really pleased that they get on so well considering they aren’t littermates. So far only the little snow has left her carrier to rush straight into his carrier so she had a companion, but this is all so new and scary I won’t be surprised if they take a while to lose their fears and come out and explore.

My experiment will be over soon and then I can give them all the hugs and cuddles they need when I have some time off.

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