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Niece’s 13th Birthday card

Where does the time go???!!! I cannot believe my eldest Niece is in here teens!! (she was born when I was at University so that makes me feel REALLY OLD!) As it’s her ‘coming of age’ card, I wanted to make it feminine but not girly and I wanted to make it a bit interactive so I wanted to make another rocker card.

When the Tonic Studios Fairy collection was released Jodie was on Create and Craft TV demonstrating how versatile the fairies could be if you cut off their wings and when she showed a card made with Breena without here wings I HAD to make it for my eldest niece (so the idea for this card has been about 2 years in the making!!)

I die cut Breena from some 300gsm black card stock and embossed it so all the details were clear, then I carefully cut off her wings. To give her a dress I stuck some Centura Pearl in Teal behind the die cut and trimmed off any bits that peaked out from behind it. I wanted to just highlight her necklace and belt so I used a silver gel pen to colour in the cut outs for a little extra detail.

Having gone to all the effort of stamping 13s all over the card base I was loath to cover them all back up again with die cuts, so for the sentiment banner I die cut a stitched banner from vellum and adhered the Tonic die cut on top with Quicky Glue pen. Once I was sure the glue pen had dried I put glue pen on the reverse of the vellum banner over the back of the die cut so the glue wouldn’t show when it was stuck to the card base.

I had made some flowers that were all different colours and made the centres from nuvo Crystal Drops, left them to dry overnight and the Crystal drops had all cracked!!! 😦 I was so sad – they would have been so cute! But I didn’t want them on the card in the state they were in, so plan B kicked in… I die cut several ‘Camellia complete petals’ flowers from black card stock and the co-ordinating ‘Camellia open petals’ from Teal Centura Pearl and the leaves are from the ‘Camellia open petals’ in black card and the ‘Camellia complete petals’ from vellum (to tie in with the banner). The black stars are waste from another Tonic Fairy die set.

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Just as a finishing touch I wanted to add some matching bits to the inside of the card too, so I added the same sentiment with the frame and a flower and leaf.

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I hope you like this card? Crafty hugs everyone and come back soon for more inspiration!

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Punny birthday card

I fully appreciate that this card may not be to everybody’s taste, so excuse me if you don’t like the pun. I have made this card for a lovely, funny woman who did her PhD where I’m studying and has gone on to pastures new, but is still in touch with lots of us at the Institute. I will be seeing her on Wednesday for her birthday meal at Wagamamas, so I thought she would appreciate the mushroom based pun…

I have a confession – I bought the dies used for this card for my niece’s fairy birthday card and was going to make toadstools, they got buried under some cardstock and I totally forgot I had them (how embarrassing!) So I didn’t put any toadstools for the faries on her card… So rather sheepishly, I’m glad I can use them for this card instead… The dies are by Leane Creatief called ‘Mushrooms‘.

I wanted the card to be really plain so that the punny sentiment could hold its own, so I cut a Neenah Desert Storm mat and some green cardstock as a larger mat. The mushroom dies I cut from cream card and inked through the dies with my finger dabbers with Iced Spruce and Old Paper Distress Inks. I cut the grass from the same green card as the mat so as not to introduce too many colours to the card.

The sentiment is die cut from some chocolate card using my Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet Uppercase’ dies.

I used Hi-Tack glue to adhere all the die cuts, bending the mushrooms and grass a bit for dimention. To add even more dimention I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut to the corners.

When the Crystal Drops had been left to completely dry I stamped the sentiment inside the card with VersaFine Sepia ink.

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I think this could work as a masculine card too, the colour sceme is very unisex.

Do you like punny sentiments on birthday cards? I hope this card inspired you and you come back soon to see what else I create!

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Best friend’s birthday card

My best friend is having an afternoon tea for her birthday celebrations this year (so many friends are scattered about and some have small children so an afternoon thing means she can see as many friends as possible and they can all get wee people home in time for bed and no need for baby sitters), as she is having an afternoon tea party, I wanted to make her a tea themed card!

I bought the Sizzix ‘Tea Time‘ Bigz die and was going to use it for scrapbooking/art journalling, but it was so perfect for this project I just HAD to use it!! I was in need of a change from square and rectangular cards and wanted to create a rocker card for my base. I used the largest die from the Tonic studios ‘Celtic Dream‘ die set and cut some white Centura Pearl hint of silver card – because it is 300gsm it’s nice and sturdy to use as a base.

I cut the Tea Time from some patterened paper in my stash that had little coloured polka dots on it that made me think of Emma Bridgewater pottery, when I was working out the layout I wanted I realised that I would need two saucers, so I cut a second set of cups (I’m sure I’ll find another project to use them on!!) and used my bone folder to give the cups some gentle rounding and dimention. To add some extra shading to give even more feeling of dimention I added some shading with a Spectrum Noir pen where ther would be shadows. I decided to use the tags that had been cut out of the spotty paper and just use the reverse (unpatterned) side and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pierced a hole with my pokey tool to get some white string through the top.

To continue with the afternoon tea theme I thought about cake, but I don’t have a die that makes a cake the right proportions for the card, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to fussy cut something (I would spend FOREVER snipping and not being happy, then realising I’d ruined it and starting again and after about 5 trys get moody and not want to finish the card, so that was best avoided!!) so instead I decided on a doily. As luck would have it I fell in love with the Marianne Creatables ‘Doily Star‘cut out of vellum on a card I saw on Pinterest (which I now can’t find on my pin boards!! D’oh!) but I thought doilies are also synonymous with tea and cake, so I grabbed my doily star die and cut out some vellum to get a really dainty, different feel to the card base.

I originally wanted a little banner with ‘happy birthday’ stamped on it to be peeking out from behind one of the cups, but it drew too much emphasis to the cups and I wanted something to draw the eye from the doily towards the cups and saucers. I die cut my banner from cream card using the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions ‘Stitched flags‘ and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn ‘Hats Off to You’ using Archival Ink in coffee.

As I was looking at what I had for the card so far it was all very monotone and pale and really needed a pop of colour, I thought about some flowers over the doily but as this is a rocker card I couldn’t put too much weight on that side or it wouldn’t stand correctly. I um’d and ah’d about what to do and eventually decided that as my Christmas dies were still out on my desk that I could just cut some holly leaves for a little colour, but not much weight.

I don’t know why, but after looking at the layout again I still wasn’t happy with it and still wanted to have something more. I was wandering about personalisation and remembered my Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell it Out’ stamps and matching die. I had seen some adhesive stickers that were wood effect Scrabble tiles and I wanted to create my own version of these, so I first stamped my woodgrain in Sahara Sand ink on cream card, then stamped the letters with coffee Archival Ink and used the matching die to cut them out.

I assembled my card using Hi-Tack glue and foam tape for the cups to maintain their dimention. It was only AFTER I had assembled the card that I thought ‘it would be really good if the cups and saucers were glossy…’ so I painstakingly added glossy accents to the cups and saucers when they were attached to the card base and left it to dry overnight.

The last thing left to do was to attach the tea tags to the cups, which was fiddly!

So… here is the finished card, which rocks very nicely, I’m quite proud of the engineering feat!!

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I hope you aren’t working over the festive period (or too ill) and are finding the time to get crafty! Let me know what projects you are working on!

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Niece’s 10th Birthday card

OMG!! I just can’t believe my middle niece is 10!!! Where does the time go???

I wanted to make a fairy/magical/mythical card for her (because she won’t believe in the magic for much longer… [cue ‘Age of Not Believing’ from Bedknobs and Broomsticks running through my head]) so I got out my Tonic Studios fairy collection. I’ll be damned if this was the first die set the TODO really struggled with, I just could not get the dies to cut properly, I won’t lie I was in dispair!! Then I thought ‘I’ll just try a metal shim’ and thank the Gods, it worked!!

I saw the Tonic Studios YouTube ‘How to make a z-fold pop-up card tutorial‘ video and I though ‘I’ve just got to try that!!!!’ So I bought an A3 piece of Centura Pearl white hint of silver card and cut it as instructed to assemble the card base.

I then had to think about how I wanted to decorate the card… I knew I wanted a bit of a woodland scene with fairies in it, but wasn’t sure what the whole thing would be ‘about’ then I saw an inspirational quote online that said ‘write your own story’ and I thought ‘write your own fairytale’ could be the overall theme of my card. I wanted a brown/green colour scheme for the card to give the idea of the fairies in the forest, so where possible that’s what I tried to stick to.

If the theme of the card is writing then I needed a script stamp for the background. I stamped the script stamp repeatedly on Centura Pearl cardstock with Archival Ink in Coffee. Then I cut some dark brown card to mat and layer the scrip stamped sections to layer on to the Z-fold.

I die cut the second largest Presscut ‘Smaller Book‘ die from green card for my book cover, then cut 3 of the third largest die from cream card for the pages of the book. I stamped the sentiment on one of the pages using coffee Archival Ink and the Waltzingmouse Victorial Alphabet stamps. Lovely old story books have gold gilding on the pages and I wanted to re-create this so I used my Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish on the edges of the ‘pages’. I used my bone folder to get a natural bend in the pages, then adhered them together with HI-Tack glue at the ‘spine’ of the book and foam tape under the pages to maintain the curve of the pages.

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I’ve had the Tonic Studios ‘Fairy Door’ for AGES and not used it once, but now I wanted to use it for the big reveal. I die cut a full door and surround from green card, then I cut just the door from kraft woodgrain card (from Simon Says Stamp, but they only do the white one now) and stuck this over the top of the green card. I wanted to have the second half of my sentiment behind the door, but at the moment I only had the card base behind the door and I wanted it to be dark behind the door. I die cut the whole fairy door again from black card, stuck it behind the green die cut and used tape to hold all the little bits in the black cut-out. Because I was going to be sticking the door over the Z-fold I die cut a few more doors (just the top half) to build it up to the same height as the Z-fold so the door would be flush with the Z-fold and not bent by being stuck to multiple layers.

Most importantly – you can’t have a fairytale or a fairy door without a fairy, so I die cut Fae Ella from both black card and Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured her in using Spectrum Noir pens, then adhered the black die cut as a drop shadow.

I die cut several foliage and leaf dies from green card to adhere to the pop-up elements to give the feeling of the forest.

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Do you know anyone with a birthday around Christmas? What do you do to make their birthday cards extra special?

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Football birthday card

On Monday it will be my friend’s birthday, I finished off his card last night but let the Crystal Drops dry overnight. He is an avid supporter of Chelsea Ladies football club, so when Tattered Lace brought out the Footballers die set with the lady footballer I had to use it for his card. The captain of Chelsea Ladies is Katie Chapman and her number is 17.

I cut the Tattered Lace footballer, 1 and 7 and ball from some Neenah white cardstock and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens to resemble Katie Chapman, then set them aside whilst I worked on the rest of the card. I also cut the sentiment from black card using my Cheery Lynn designs sentiment dies.

I cut a panel of watercolour cardstock with my trimmer and attached it to a cutting pad, then wet it with clean water and smooshed my Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress inks on my craft mat and picked it up with a paintbrush and painted the watercolour panel, then let it dry.

When I attached the panel to the card fron and attached the footballer, ball and sentiment the card still seemed too bare (I know it’s a masculine card, but still I felt it needed something more). So I found some blue card that was close to the blue I had used to colour the football kit and cut some of my Spellbinders ‘Pennants’ dies from it and cut one shorter than the other for some interest. Last of all I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Midnight Blue’ and let them dry overnight.

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I hope this gives you some inspiration for a masculine card, or maybe for a football mad female friend. What have you been making during #STAMPtember2016? (maybe this card would have been more appropriate for #DIEcember!!) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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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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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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