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Stylish Birthday Card

Today is my friend’s birthday & I’ve popped his card and present through his door so I can share this with you now. He’s always been very image conscious; well groomed and well dressed with shiny shoes. So I felt wishing him a stylish birthday would be a nice twist on the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment.

The sentiment is from an Acid Drops and Whatnots toppers set (ADTOP 04 Marla) and whilst the images are femenine, the sentiments are very plain so could be used for a masculine card too, so they are super useful.

The card base is a cream C5 card and the papers are from the docrafts Papermania ‘Heritage Press’ A5 paper pack. I stuck the papers on with roll-on glue, then attached the buttons with Glossy Accents and the sentiment with 3mm foam pads.

I made a Steampunk themed birthday card earlier this month for another friend of mine, so I still had the folder with stamps etc out and I came across the Kanban set ‘Jasper’ that I haven’t used for AGES. It features a rather dapper outfit on a manequin and I thought this would tie in really well with the overall theme of the card. I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest card in VersaFine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink and left it to dry overnight. The next day I coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens; EB1, IG1, IG2, GB3, GB4, TB4, TB5, TB8, DR4 and DR5. I fussy cut the image out, then went around the edges with DR7 so the edges weren’t white. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the image to the card front.

DSC01461Inside the card I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set in Midnight Muse ink.

DSC01459When I had finished I still felt the card looked really bare, but I didn’t know what other embellishments to add, so I just left it. I hope he likes it!

Will you be watching the Rugby World Cup England vs Wales match later? I have mixed loyalties because I support both teams… I think it will be a very close match – probably only 3 points will separate the two teams on the final whistle, so I think it’s going to be a very exciting match!!

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Masculine birthday card

It will be my Godmother’s husband’s birthday this week, so I’m making him this card before they fly to the Scilly Isles for a birthday treat.

You’re probably already aware I like Acid Drops and Whatnots. I got some toppers from them & I think this set is rather good – it’s called ‘Martini Man’. My Godmother and her husband went sailing around the world & would have a drink at about 5pm, wherever they were in the world, so I thought they might like this!

The base card for this is black because of the black borders and lettering, I wanted the base to be very bold.

I cut the picture I was after from the page, then layered it onto Real Red card stock and used my Perfect Layers tool to make a 1/16″ border. Then, I layered it onto an orange card (I can’t tell if it’s Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango, but it came from the SU! Brights set) I think this was a 1/4″ border, but I’ve forgotten!

I used a little Wink of Stella GL.LT.GREEN041 on the potions and GL.ORANGE070 on the bunsen flame to add some birthday sparkle (I don’t know if you can tell in the picture though!). The sentiment is from the same AD&W topper page, attached with roll-on glue.

The Martini glasses are a Memory Box die ‘Party Glasses’, I adhered them to the bottom left corner with Quicky Glue.

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For the inside of the card I cut a white insert, stamped the sentiment from the Stampin’UP! ‘Happy Hour’ stamp set in black ink, then the Martini glass in Smokey Slate and the olive in Gumball Green.

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Happy 40th (male)

OMG! My friend that I went to the Ludlow Food Festival with will be 40 next week!! He gets on really well with my Mum & he wears lovely aftershave, so my Mum will regularly go in for a deep sniff whenever she sees him!

I saw this set by Acid Drops & Whatnots and I knew I had to use it to make a card for my friend, from my Mum!

First, I stamped the largest of the ‘Ornamental Frames‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, then masked it and stamped ‘Sexy Beast‘ over the right corner. I stamped the sentiment in the frame, then cut it out with my paper trimmer so there was a 1 cm border around the frame.

I coloured Gilbert with Promarkers; Blush, Oatmeal, Poppy, Moss, Umber, Chestnut, Satin, Cool Grey 4 & 5.

After colouring the image, I glued the panel to some black card stock & used my Perfect Layers tool (do you have one? I think it’s the best thing since sliced bread!!) and made a 1/16″ mat, then stuck this on some red card stock that matched the Poppy Promarker & cut a 1/8″ mat from that. I attached the mats to the front of a textured white A5 card base.

I stuck the white glitter chipboard numbers from American Crafts ‘sprinkles’ on the front, and last, but not least I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say It With Style‘ set inside the card.

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Now I should probably get on with making him a card from me!!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Sometimes Series…

I’m sure regular visitors to my blog will have worked out that I love IndigoBlu stamps, but I have recently discovered Acid Drops & Whatnots too, and they make a great team!!!

Sometimes series

I love this smooth chap from ‘Dressed to Kill‘ & the sentiment is from the IndigoBlu set ‘More Than Words‘. The Acid Drops & Whatnots ‘Ornamental Frames‘ will become a set I reach for all the time, I’m sure!

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Am I the only person who finds as I get older, so I start to say more & more things my Mum would say? This fab gal is from the ‘Setting a Good Example‘ set.

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Have a lovely weekend!!!

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Father’s Day 2014

Good morning! The weather may not be amazing, but I hope you enjoy the last day of the weekend before another week begins.

In case you have been living under a rock, today is Father’s Day. My biological father died in 2007, so he’s no longer with me, but my parents divorced when I was 6 and my mum met someone new & althought they aren’t married he’s been there for me through all the trials and tribulations as I grew up – so this card is for him.

I was thinking about what to make for a Father’s Day card one weekend when I was watching Create and Craft TV (a very dangerous passtime of mine that I try to avoid becuase I end up buying things!!) and they introduced a company that I had never heard of before called Acid Drops & Whatnots. They team 1920’s-1930’s images with witty sentiments & make clear stamps and toppers. I fell in love – I had to have the stamps and toppers.

For this card I used a topper from the ADTOP10 ‘My Best Shot’ toppers set and I wanted to mirror the colour sceme in the topper in the colours of the rest of the card.

I started with a cream C5 card base. I used my guillotine to cut a 19 cm x 13 cm panel from Stampin’ UP! Gumball Green cardstock. I attached some yellow ribbon from my stash with double sided tape to the green panel and attached it to the front of the card base. I cut the topper from the rest of the A4 sheet with my guillotine and attached it to the green panel with roll-on glue.

I love my Lili of the Valley clear ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ & I stamped the Happy Father’s day on white card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut it out using my Big Shot and the 3rd smallest Spellbinders Classic Circles Small die. To match the topper I used my Promarkers; ‘Poppy’, ‘Gold’, ‘Marsh Green’ and ‘Olive Green’. I attached it over the ribbon with roll-on glue.

As the image is a golfer I wanted some grass somewhere on the card so I used my Memory Box ‘Grassland Border’ (#825) die to cut some grass from the DCWV ‘matchmakers’ textured adhesive border punch strips Neutrals – there are 2 greens in this set, I used the brighter green as opposed to the ‘sludgy’ green. The wonderful thing about these adhesive borders is you can die cut them and then peel off the backing – no fiddling with Quicky glue!!

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The finishing touch was to stamp the sentiment inside the card. I think my IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic‘ is my most used sentiment set by far! I inked up the Father’s Day in Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped it inside the card, then inked just the Happy from the Happy Birthday sentiment & stamped it above.

Father's Day 2014 inside