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Step-Sister’s birthday card

Today is my eldest step-sister’s birthday, I’ll be going to see her later today, but before I go I’ll post her card and present here.

I must admit I bought her present in May and started work on this project back in August, but with very little urgency. So it was only right at the end of October that I thought, “oh, wait, poppies in November – Remembrance.” so sometimes it doesn’t help to be ahead of the game!

I started with a box I had recieved a shower gel and moisturiser gift set in, which was just the perfect size to put my step-sister’s birthday present in (very breakable). The edges and ribbon were already red, which was where the poppy inspiration came from, but I needed to paint the front and back black to cover up all of the shower gel info! I painted it with acrylic and um-ed and ah-ed about whether or not to cover it with Decopatch to protect it, but for some reason thought better of it… (I wish I had, because it has litrally just now started to wear off on one corner!!)

I stamped the ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp eight times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (four on two A4 sheets of Neenah cardstock) and cut them out using the matching die.

I coloured the poppies with Spectrum Noir pens: CR9, DR3 and DR5. Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I shaped them using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glued two different sized petals together. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled some black rocailles in it, then left them to dry.

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The Spellbinders Labels were die cut from black and red card. The sentiment is Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp that I inked in VersaMark and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Golden Red Blaze’ embossing powder to make the sentiment pop on the black background.

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To create the card base I folded a piece of black A4 in half, then cut two layers (one red, one black) to give the background more impact.DSC01477

I adhered the poppies to the box and the card front, along with the layered labels.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Autumnal thank-you

I’m so blessed – I’ve been working really hard recently and I found it was affecting my mood – I went on Facebook and all my friends were sharing how wonderful their lives were and how they just couldn’t be happier. I had been working 11/12 and 13 hour days and been unable to fit in the usual cleaning and socialising and I would really have appreciated a text or an email from any of my friends to say they were thinking about me, but no one texted me, and they didn’t reply to any texts I sent them. With my mood the way it was it just felt like everyone else was living the perfect life and too busy being happy to spare a thought for me.

Whenever I tell people at work how my project is going they all say “Wow, that’s really bad luck, you poor thing. I hope things get better soon.” so I know things could be better at work, but to get home and see the pile of ironing, dishes to wash, food to cook, vaccuming to be done and no contact from my friends to say, “Hey, come round ours for dinner, just get out of the flat for a bit.” I was almost at rock bottom.

Then a bright orange parcel appeared and it lit up my life. My ‘Fairy’ Godmother (I was never Baptised, but my Mum chose Godparents just in case) had been told by my Mum how hard I was working and that I was struggling with keeping on top of chores. She decided that I would really benefit from a book she had found called ‘5 ingredients 10 minutes’ as I had so little time in the evenings to cook. It was so lovely to find that someone was thinking of me, and that they were thoughtful enough to think how they might improve my situation.

I wanted to make a thank you card to express my heartfelt thanks. I love all the Autumnal cards that are about at the moment, so I drew inspiration from a few on Pinterest and grabbed my Stampin’UP! ‘French Foliage’ stamp set.

I started with a white 6×6 card base and stamped leaves in the middle of the card using Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso and Hello Honey inks.

For the shaker element of the card I cut some kraft card to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, then I used my Spellbinders Circles dies to cut a circle out. I cut some acetate smaller than the kraft panel and adhered it behind the window with HI-Tack glue. Using the same die I had used for the kraft card I cut some white adhesive foam. I attempted to stick the foam to the acetate so the circle of the foam and kraft were overlapping. I added a few 3mm foam adhesive squares around the edges of the kraft card so it would be the same height as the shaker element (because I had made the foam shaker circle quite small it didn’t go to the edges of the kraft panel and the edges of the kraft would have been flapping about with no adhesive). I also stuck double sided red tape all around the edge of the foam circle to adhere it to the card front after all the shaker bits were in.

From white card stock I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ words and adhered them to the front of the kraft panel with Quicky Glue. I also stamped some of the French Foliage leaves onto some spare Kraft card and fussy cut them out.

Next came the good bit; I used a leaf punch I have and punched out loads of leaves in various colours and put them inside the foam circle on the back of the kraft card. I also poured in a few brown beads, bronze rocailles and gold sequins in to add some bling.

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The next step was rather tricky… I removed the backing from the double sided red tape, placed it on my self-healing mat that has lines and measurements on it, then lowered the card front onto the shaker element and pressed down. When I turned it the right way up I pressed around the edges of the window again just to make absolutely sure I had made the adhesive stick.

The last thing I wanted to do was attach the kraft leaves I had stamped earlier with a brown Hemptique twine bow with Hi-Tack glue.

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So here is the finished card:

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I just want to assure you all that I’m feeling much better now – I have some time off booked soon and several friends have arranged to go to the cinema with me or just meet up for a coffee. If you know someone who is feeling down – just text them, even if it’s just to say HI, sometimes that’s all they need to hear.

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I saw this card on the Heartfelt Creations site and I loved the colour scheme and how sparkly it was! I wanted to re-create it for my Mum’s birthday card because she loves purples and greens, and then I realised that it’s actually my step sister’s birthday before my Mums! (Yes, I am very scatty!)

I recently got the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp and die set and decided to use this for my card. I stamped the poppies onto Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink and cut them out. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the petals with Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord’, ‘Shaded Lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’. I shaped the petals using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, then attached petals on top of eachother with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I made a large drop of nuvo crystal drops ‘crushed grape’ and sprinkled Purple Seed Beads over it, then left them to dry overnight. I used wink of stella in ‘Violet’ around the edges of the smaller flowers.

DSC01439Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Delightful Daisy’ die to cut leaves from SU! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock. I inked the edges with a sponge dauber and ‘Peeled Paint’, then decided I needed to shape them again with my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.

DSC01441I stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Violoa Lavender Blaze’ embossing powder. I cut out the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels 2 die and cut one size bigger from pale blue card stock, then cut one size bigger from white card. I coloured the largest label with Dusty Concord ink. I layered the labels and glued them with roll-on glue.

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I used HI-Tack glue and attached the flowers and leaves and labels to an 8×8 inch white card base.

DSC01440As a sort of after-thought I used a corner rounder punch on two corners of the card.

DSC01438I hope your working week is going well. Do you have kids who are on their summer holidays?

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New Baby card

I’m so pleased that one of my former colleagues has been safely delivered a baby boy! He and his wife have been waiting for a baby for years, so this is such a wonderful moment for them.

I love water lillies and I think they are a sign of new life, so I wanted to use them on a card for a new baby. I used the ‘Classic Sunflower’ die to cut out white card. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the edges of the petals with Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Spun Sugar’. I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to create the petals of the lillies, then attached the layers of petals with Hi-Tack glue. To the centres of all of the lillies I added nuvo crystal drops in ‘Sugared Almond’ and sprinkled yellow Rocailles over, then left them overnight to dry.

I used the Waltzingmouse stamp set ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The set works well with the Spellbinders ‘Labels Four’ set so I cut it out with the die.

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When the water lillies were dry I added drops of Glossy Accents to look like water drops.DSC01436

For the lilly pads I cut Spellbinders Circles from ‘Lucky Limeade’ card stock, then cut a sliver out of the circle and used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to roll the edges and create veins on the pads. Lastly I added some drops of Glossy Accents for water drops.DSC01433Using a 8×8 inch card base and cutting a 7.5×7.5 inch mat from Pool Party card stock. I attached the water lillies and pads with Hi-tack glue. The sentiment was attached with foam pads.DSC01431

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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