Tag Archive: Cheery Lynn Designs


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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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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Step-Mother’s birthday card

Today is my Step-Mother’s birthday, I posted her card last week so I hope she gets it today (she lives in Thailand, so I always worry that it will get lost in the post or take ages to get there). She loves card making too and she loves to recieve handmade cards so I wanted to send her a lovely card that had ‘the wow factor’. I hope this card has it!

You must have guessed by now I love Heartfelt Creations flower stamp and die sets, so it won’t surprise you that I saw the ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ stamp and die set and HAD to get them! I stamped the largest and second largest of the ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ stamps onto Neenah card in VersaMark ink, then used Papermania clear embossing powder and my heat gun to create the designs on the petals. I used the corresponding ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ dies to cut out the petals and stamens.

Next I coloured the die-cuts on the reverse with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens (this meant that the clear embossing powder was able to resist the ink that bled through the card and became visible). Pens used: stamens – LY2 and BP6, bottom (smaller) petals – PL5, middle (largest) petals – LV3, top petals BP6.

Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to shape them, then I used Hi-Tack glue to stick them together (see this YouTube video from Heartfelt Creations on how to shape and build the flowers).

Now I had the flowers, they needed a card to go on! I bought the Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 8 magazine and it came with an exclusive die; the Edge’ables ‘Lattice Flourish’. I wanted to create a window with the die that the fuchsias could hang inside, so I cut the die from some A4 Centura Pearl Snow White card, then used my paper trimmer to cut down from both edges of the die, flipped the die and cut out the bottom of the window. Then I scored around the ‘window’ to create a frame that would stand proud of the card front. I used Hi-Tack glue to glue all the bits together, except one side. I cut a piece of light blue Centura Pearl card to go behind the fuchsias and slid this in the last open side, then glued it all in place.

DSC01474Once the frame was dry I positioned the fuchsias where I wanted them. I decided I didn’t want them floating in mid-air so I stamped and die cut the vines from the ‘Jars and Vines’ set in Lucky Limeade ink on Pistachio Pudding card. I shaped and trimmed some vines and adhered them to the top of some of the fuchsias. When I was happy with the composition I adhered the fuchsias with Hi-Tack glue.

DSC01475I stuck the window to the front of a 6″x6″ card and stamped inside the card with the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ Happy Birthday sentiment in Melon Mambo ink.

Last, but not least, I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ word dies from Neenah card, then coloured them with my BP6 Spectrum Noir pen. I adhered the words to the front of the card with Quicky Glue pen (I think the ink was still a bit wet because the glue seemed to turn pink & I had to manically rub at a pink glue smudge around the dot of the ‘i’ in birthday!!)

DSC01473I hope my step-Mother likes this cheery birthday card, and I hope this inspires you in your creativity. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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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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Steampunk Birthday card

I love Steampunk, so when I saw the Kanban ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Cameo Clock’ toppers I grabbed them up! But then I just kept them and got them out to look at them rather than use them. Until now…

My friend is an acomplished seamstress and loves gaming so she makes her own costumes for gaming and comic book conventions – they are amazing!!! Today is her birthday and I put the card in the post at the weekend so I’m sure it arrived on time, so I’ll share the card I made for her now.

I love this ‘Cameo Clock – Divas’ image and tried to pick up on the colours and theme of the image. I used some Early Espresso card and embossed it with the Crafts Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. Because the card was bigger than the embossing folder I embossed it twice and stuck some teal ribbon over the join using double sided tape and attached a peacock feather to the sticky tape under the ribbon. I attached the embossed panel to the front of a C5 cream card base, then I attached the image over the top of the embossed panel with clear foam pads.

Using my Bow Maker I made a little bow out of the teal ribbon and attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue and used clamping tweezers to hold it in place whilst the glue dried.

DSC01452I used the Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut a pocket watch from gold mirror board and Sahara Sand for the watch face and Early Espresso for the watch hands. To attach the watch hands to the face I used a Doodlebug mini brad in antique brass. To attach the pocket watch to the card I used 3mm foam pads.

Using my Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ word dies I cut the sentiment from teal card stock and attached them to the front of the card with Quicky Glue pen.

DSC01453Finally, to the inside of the card I attached the ‘Time Machine – Verses’ sentiment with roll-on glue.

DSC01454Here is the finished product.

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I hope you found this inspiring and your week is going well!

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I’m sure I’ve said it before, but my Step Dad has a Narrowboat so I regularly make him nautical-themed cards. Today is Father’s Day here in the UK, so this is the card and matching tags I made for my Step Dad.

I used a white textured A5 card base and attached a Kraft card panel to the front. I stamped the ship’s wheel and oars from the WMS ‘Ocean Bound’ stamp set onto Whisper White card stock with Versa Fine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink to make a patterned paper. I die cut a Memory Box ‘Majestic Anchor’ from dark blue card and threaded three lengths of baker’s twin through the hole in the top. I attached the bakers twine to the back of the patterned paper with Glossy Accents, then added Glossy Accents to the rest of the back of the patterened paper and attached this over the Kraft card panel.

The pinstripe panel was stamped with the WMS ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ stamp in Midnight Muse and attached to the card base at an angle. Then the circle and post card panel were attached to the card with roll-on glue.

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I used the WMS ‘Pinstripe Backgrounder‘ to stamp another piece of Whisper White card and cut out a luggage tag from it using the largest WMS ‘Stitched Tags‘ die. The gromits were cut from dark blue card, as well as the Memory Box ‘Majestic Anchor’. I attached the gromits and anchor with Quickie Glue pen.

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For the bottle tag I cut a vertical strip of A4 piece of kraft card 3 inches wide, then used the third smallest Spellbinders Classic Circles Small die to cut the hole for the bottle top at one end. At the end with the hole in I scored at 2.5 inches and again 3.5 inches from the first score line. Using the smallest of the Classic Circles Small I partially ran it through my Big Shot so only a semi-circle was cut from the card.

I stamped the WMS ‘Pinstripe Mini‘ on Whisper White card with Midnight Muse ink and cut it to size using my Tonic Studios Super trimmer. The panel was attached over the front of the tag with roll-on glue. I also stamped the rope frame and ship from WMS ‘Ocean Bound‘ stamp set and cut it out using a Classic Circles Small die, then attached the circle to the tag with foam pads.

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Back view so you can see the cut out to tuck the bottom of the tag in

Back view so you can see the cut out to tuck the bottom of the tag in

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What are you doing for your Dad this Father’s Day?

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Best Friend’s 30th

Today is my best friend’s 30th birthday! I’ll be meeting with her later today in a pub near her house with other friends of hers where I can give her her card & presents.

I wanted to make her a card in a box, which I had never done before, so I started early (in August) watching YouTube tutorials, going on Pinterest to look at some inspiration etc. I decided I wanted to start with a black base, that way the colours would really pop with the dark background.

First I cut three green square panels to go on the bottom of the box. I stamped them with the leaves from the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Funky Flowers’ set in Lucky Limeade (SU!) ink. I adhered them to the sides & I had begun! For the fourth side I cut a full height white panel and stamped it with the sentiment from WMS ‘Say It With Style’ set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and adhered it to the ‘back’ of the box.

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Next I cut a white panel that would go on the inside of the box on the back panel. I stamped the flowers from the WMS ‘Two Step Floral Sprig’ with Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ UP! inks.

I cut three more green panels for the flaps of the box. To one of the green panels I attached a 3 and a 0 from the American Crafts Thickers glitter letter stickers in Lavender. I stamped some ‘Funky Flowers’ in VersaMark ink on the other two panels, I had been hoping for the flowers to be random, buth they ended up in a square pattern of nine flowers on each panel! I used Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders for the flowers.

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The only thing remaining was to fill in the inside of the box! I die cut the Cheery Lynn Designs ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ die sentiments from Centura Pearl cardstock and attached them to acetate strips with Glossy Accents. I stamped several of the WMS ‘Funky Flowers’ on different cardstock with VersaMark ink & embossed with lots of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powders and with Seafoam White embossing powder. Some of the flowers had nail varnish in their centers to be stamens. I used the co-ordinating dies to cut the flowers out.

Last but not least I used my butterfly punch to cut some butterflies from pearlescent teal cardstock.

I used Glossy Accents to attach the acetate strips, flowers and leaves to the ‘bridges’ inside the box to create several layers.

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I also made a card for her gift vouchers (due to the Christmas holidays the company I got the vouchers from had run out of envelopes to put the vouchers in!!) I used the WMS ‘Gift Card It’ die to cut semi-circles in the card at the right height for the vouchers by passing half the die through, measuring and then passing the other half through on the second run through my Big Shot.

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I really enjoyed making this card in a box and voucher card, I hope my friend has a lovely Birthday, enjoy your weekends!!

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

A friend of mine that I went to school with had a baby this year – it makes me feel very old to know that other people my age are breeding! So this Christmas will be his son’s first Christmas, I made him a ‘first Halloween’ card, so I’m making him a ‘first Christmas’ card too!

I wanted this to be fairly simple card a) because the postage deadline is tomorrow and b) because Josh is only little & therefore doesn’t need loads of bling or ribbons etc.

I started with a white 6×6 card base. I cut a panel of Stampin’ UP! Mossy Meadow card for the sentiment, then using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched some branches from the same card so the bottom edge would be softened by some foliage.

I die cut two ‘Globe Ornaments’ from pearlescent red card and two ‘caps’ from gold mirror card. I adhered the caps to the ornaments with Quicky Glue and put them to one side to dry.

From Centura Pearl card stock I cut the sentiment using Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ and Cheery Lynn just the Christmas bit of the ‘Happy Christmas’ die set and some snowflakes, again a Cheery Lynn die. These were all attached to the mossy Meadow panel with Glossy Accents.

Using Glossy Accents again I worked out where the panel would be on the front of the card, then attached the branch punch outs underneath this. When the branch pieces were in place I attached the sentiment panel, then the globe ornaments. I drew some ‘string’ from the ornaments to the branches, and that was it!

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I hope his Mummy & Daddy like the card! Wishing you all a happy weekend, I will be busy seeing family, so I’ll see you in the New Year!

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Granny’s Christmas Card

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it hundreds of times, but my Grandmother is 94 and lives alone, so I like to make her a card for Christmas because she doesn’t get very many. Unfortunately her sight and hearing are both very bad, which adds to her isolation – she has a carer who comes in daily to help her with chores and keep her company. We are so grateful to Granny’s carer, she is a wonderful woman.

I wanted to keep this card simple as Granny’s eyesight is so poor, anything too intricate would be very difficult for her to make out. I started with a white A6 card base. I cut a piece of Stampin’UP! Whisper White card stock to fit on the front. I then stamped this panel with the IndigoBlu ‘Snowflakes’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed Seafoam White embossing powder.

I used my Tim Holtz ‘Festive Berries’ Distress Ink foam pad to add colour to the panel to show the snowflakes up on the panel.

Next I cut a strip of Centura Pearl card stock to fit across the background panel, and a smaller strip of Whisper White card, which I again inked in ‘Festive Berries’.

Using the Cheery Lynn dies I cut some Snowflakes and the sentiment from Centura Pearl card and attached them to the red strip. Then, using roll-on glue I assembled the card layers and attached the layers to the card base.

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I’ll be going to see my Granny the 22nd-23rd December so I will hand deliver this card to her then.

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Christmas Card Swap Card #5

So I know what you’re thinking – what happened to card #4? Well I thought it was better to post 4 cards on time and one late than 3 cards on time and two late, so I used the card I made for World Card Making Day 2014 as card #4…

I apologise WHOLEHEARTEDLY to the recipient of this card, it will arrive later than planned… 😦 Sorry!!

I love my IndigoBlu stamps and I feel like I haven’t used any of them in forever, so I fished them out & the ‘Snowflakes‘ caught my eye. I used this stamp to make Christmas tags last year, it was quick and easy and as I needed a card in a hurry I decided to repeat the same technique with different colours and some embelishments.

I stamped the ‘Snowflakes’ in VersaMark ink on a piece of 14 x 9.5 cm white card twice and heat embossed it with Seafoam White embossing powder. Using ‘shaded lilac’ Distress Ink I added colour to the card & it made the white embossing really stand out. Then I attached this to the front of a A6 card base.

A few weekends ago I went shopping for Christmas dies & got really excited about my Feliz Navidad die, but I also got two Cheery Lynn Dies saying ‘Happy Christmas‘ (B214) and ‘Merry Christmas’, so I used the former for this card. I used Centura Pearl cardstock, which always makes me think of picture perfect snow.

I cut a piece of 6 x 9.5 cm Centura Pearl card, then a piece of 5 x 9.5 cm white card. I inked the white card with ‘tumbled glass’ Distress Ink, then adhered it on top of the Centura Pearl card, then positioned this on the card front where I wanted the sentiment panel to be and stuck it down.

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The largest snowflake is a punch, the other snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflakes’ die by Cheery Lynn Designs (C146). The sentiment and snowflakes were stuck on the blue sentiment panel with Quicky Glue.

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Phew! Now I can get on with making cards for my friends and family and buy some Christmas presents – last minute, moi? 😉

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