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Niece’s Birthday card

I thought I would try to share where my inspiration came from in this post, because I haven’t shared a sketch or ‘inspiration’ picture in a while. I had this pin on Pinterest for its positive message and I thought it was gorgeous, then I got to thinking “Come on, you must be able to re-create it with the supplies that you have…?”

Having recently purchased my Nuvo Aqual Flow pens they were my first thought and there is the Spring Meadow set that has the ‘Soft Rose’ and ‘Lilac Blossom’ pens in, so I grabbed them. However, when I tried them out on some watercolour card they were the wrong colours for what I wanted to achieve (if you look at the ‘colour swatch’ I created in the photos they are the bottom two colours – the rose is too rosey [d’oh] and the lilac wasn’t vibrant enough). So I had to re-think my options. I love purples, so I have lots of purple Distress Inks, but did I have the right pink?

I smooshed several Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat and used my Aqua Flow water brush (not to be confused with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens) filled with clear water to paint them on my colour swatch. Instantly I knew that Picked Rasperry was the right vibrant pink for my project and Shaded Lilac was a good purple to blend with it, so that was what i started with on my first layer of colour on my watercolour card. Once it had dried it was quite pale, so I went in with more Picked Rasperry and I contemplated adding the Nuvo ‘Lilac Blossom’ to darken the purple – this was a bit too dark and harsh (it’s the fairly straight line of purple on the right of the card) so I quickly smooshed several purple Distress Inks and used lots of water to spread it around and attempt to tone it down. I think I ended up using load of colours – Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet – I was using so much water they all mixed together on the craft sheet in the end.

I was really happy with it after the multiple layers and loads of colours had been mixed together.

Next came the sentiment – I didn’t want to re-create the image exactly, I wanted this to be similar but not the same. I love the sentiment ‘she believed she could so she did’ – I am a feminist, and I would like my nieces to grow up believing that whatever they want to be when they grow up, they can achieve it, so I chose this sentiment to go on the card so I could give it to one of my nieces. I gave the watercolour cardstock a generous dusting of my embossing buddy because it’s so textured I knew the embossing powder would want to stick in all the texture. I love the My Favourite Things ‘Well Connected Alphabet’ that came out earlier this year – it’s just perfect to make this card, and I’m sure I will be reaching for it over and over again. I used VersaMark ink and Stampin’UP! Gold embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out (OK so my alignment is a bit off, but I think it adds to the whimsy of it)!!

Having not given my nuvo Aqua Flow pens a proper outing I really wanted to use my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I tried them out on the colour swatch too. Again I thought the ‘Rose Water’ was too rosey so I stuck with the ‘Pale Periwinkle’ and added drops here and there, then left them to dry for 24 hours in a cupboard (so the cats can’t tread in them!!)

To attach the watercolour panel to the front of a 6 x 6 inch (rosey!! ha ha!) pink card base I used foam tape. I really love it – it’s one of the few cases where something on Pinterest actually lead to a project rather than just endless hours of pinning and no crafting time left!!

I had real problems photographing this card – the shiny bits were ‘too shiny’ or ‘not shiny enough’ and I tried all sorts of lighting and angles, so excuse my dreadful pictures!! I hope you get an idea of the card anyway!

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Let me know if you would like me to share more inspiration posts showing the thought process behind my crafting projects in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend and come back on Sunday when I will share the card I made for my Mum.

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Niece’s birthday card

I love Gorguss by Santoro because it reminds me of my youngest niece, so this year I made her a card using the ‘The Runaway’ stamp set by docrafts.

The main image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured it with my Specturm Noir pens. The horse’s body: EB1, TN1, hooves and tail: BG3, BG4 and BGR5. Saddle and saddle cloth: GB6 and GB7, bridle: DR4 and DR5. Her skin: FS2, FS3, FS7 and CR3, her hair: EB3, EB4 and EB6. Her dress: BT5, BT6 and BT8.

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To create a ‘grungy’ background I stamped the IndigoBlu stamp in Ranger Archival Ink ‘coffee’ onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. I didn’t want it to be perfectly square so I offset the panel, cut off the corners that were over-hanging the edges of the card so it would still fit in an envelope. I used HI-tack glue to attach the panel to the cream card base, but didn’t add glue right up to the edges so I could do some distressing with my scissors and nail file.

I thought the hearts that came in the ‘The Runaway’ stamp set were adorable so I stamped them on some ‘More Mustard’ card with Ranger Archival Ink in ‘coffee’. I cut the card into a square and inked it a bit with Distress Ink in ‘Vintage photo’ and used a nail file to distress the edges.

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I had some white paper flowers and coloured them with Spectrum Noir BT8 to tie them in with her dress. The tickets are Tim Holtz ‘Adage Tickets’ #TH92716 and I distressed them a bit to add some texture. They were glued in the bottom right corner wiht Hi-Tack glue to balance the yellow panel.

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Work is still incredibly busy so I probably won’t be making any cards for a while, hopefully I’ll find some time in about a month. Enjoy some crafting!!

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Natalie’s 30th Birthday card

So I know two people who’s birthdays happen to fall on Valentine’s Day, one of them was my flat mate at Uni. This year is the year of 30th birthdays, so I wanted to send her a card for the ‘big’ birthday. She’s an amazingly talented lady who makes clothes and fabric accessories, so I wanted to reflect this in her card.

I have a 12 x 12 paper pad ‘DIY Shop’ by American Crafts, that has a sewing pattern page, so I drew around the shaped card I would be using for the base on the back of the paper & fussy cut it out, then used roll-on glue to attach it to the card base.

To continue with the sewing theme I used the IndigoBlu ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ stamp set and stamped a thimble on white card and coloured it with DR3 Spectrum Noir pen and fussy cut it out to adhere to the front of the card. I also stamped the sewing machine on some white card and inked over it with ‘old paper’ Distress Ink, then coloured the reels of thread with the same alcohol pen and attached it to the front of the card with roll-on glue. Then, I stamped the sentiment straight onto the patterned paper.

I wanted to create some stitching on the ‘badge’ so I used the orange/lemon from the ‘Feeling Fruity’ Whimsy stamp set, but tried to mask off the internal circle (with limited success). I then die cut the circle with the Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die. I die cut this circle twice. Using the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ I cut a 3 and 0 from pearlescent red card and attached it inside the dotted circle with Quicky Glue.

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I wanted to add a pop of colour, as the sewing pattern is very beige, so I used some red ric-rac and red buttons from my stash. I attached the ric-rac with Glossy Accents to one of the die-cut circles, let it dry, then attached the other circle on top. I was then able to attach the badge to the front of the card using the circular card back.

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Have a nice weekend, if you get Valentine’s card(s), enjoy, if you don’t, don’t worry you aren’t alone – I won’t get one either!

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21st Birthday Card

A friend of mine has asked me to make a 21st birthday card for his niece! I won’t lie – when it’s a significant birthday card, it feels more stressful to make sure you get it right!!

I decided that I was going to go for bling, with a bit of black for sophistication…

I started with a fuscia 157mm x 157mm base card. I cut a 15cm x 15cm piece of gold mirror card (then gutted it!) and then I cut a 145mm x 145mm of pearlescent black/grey card.

Using the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Fine Feathers’ stamps I stamped on the pearlescent card with VersaMark ink and I embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Embossing powders (Ruby Blush Blaze, Navy Viola Blaze, Viola Lavender Blaze, Golden Meadow Blaze and Golden Mint Blaze).

I die cut two circles from my Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies, one from gold mirror card and the other from the pearlescent grey card. I used the numbers from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers’ dies on the smaller circle so you would see the gold through it.

Using roll-on glue I attached the pearlescent card to the mirror card and attached this to the fuscia card base, then I attached the gold circle with roll-on glue and the ’21’ circle with clear dimentional pads.

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Now for the bling! I used doodlebug designs sequins in ‘lilac’ and some gems.

Last but not least I cut a white square for the insert and stamped the sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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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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Plumeria birthday card

It will be a friend of the family’s birthday on Saturday, so I’ve made her a card to celebrate. She has lived abroad in some very exotic places & I made her an exploding box card with orchids for her 60th birthday. This birthday card wasn’t going to be any less exotic, so when I saw this GORGEOUS set by My Favorite Things, I had to use it on this project!

When I first got the set I just played around with stamping & embossing the plumeria to make sure I was able to get the yellow bit where I wanted it (harder than it sounds when you’ve embossed white embossing powder on white card!) but eventually I had enough flowers that I liked so I cut them out. The petals are ‘Seafoam White’ Papermania embossing powder and ‘Yellow Blush Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.

The leaves are clear embossed on Gumball Green card stock – I love the way they turned out!

I have seen lots of ways to make your own enamel dots & I think I will try the clear embossing of card stock some time, but for this project I used nail varnish. I dropped neon yellow nail varnish onto my silicon craft sheet & left the dots for a few days to harden & they just pop off the sheet, then they can be applied to a card with some Glossy Accents.

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When I bought this ‘black’ card in the craft shop, I was convinced it was black, but the second I put it next to black it was obviously a very dark navy…. Grrrrr…. But, hey we all make mistakes, don’t we?! So I cut out a square from the navy card & attached some yellow ribbon over it, then I stuck the panel on top of a white layer I had gutted earlier & attached this to the black 6×6 base card.

I arranged the flowers & leaves on the card, then when I had them where I wanted them I attached them with Glossy Accents, but they still had lots of dimention.

I stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Sensations on some white card, then used the Spellbinders labels die to cut it out. Because the flowers & leaves were so dimentional I attached the label with sticky foam pads. Last, but not least I attached my nail varnish dots to the navy panel. What do you think?

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Granny’s 94th Birthday!

I’m flabbergasted that it’s my Granny’s 94th birthday this week!

One of my neighbours has some gorgeous flowers outside their front door, so I used this as my inspiration for her card:

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I started off with an A6 textured white card base & some Stampin’ UP! ‘Pool Party’ card stock, that I stamped with the woodgrain stamp from ‘Way Out West‘ in ‘Smoky Slate’ ink.

I die cut the medium of the ‘Stitched Tags‘ die set from white card stock and stamped the sentiment from ‘Folk Art Label 25‘ on it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I stamped the ‘Simple Sprig‘ in Lucky Limeade on Pistachio Pudding card stock and die cut it with the matching die set. The largest flower from ‘Two Step Floral Sprig‘ was Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral ink, the smaller flower was either Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Strawberry Slush inks or Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder. I fussy cut the flowers, then arranged them on the card before attaching everything with roll-on glue.

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I hope my Granny likes this card & I hope you like it too!

A close up of the tag.

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I will be entering this card in the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge #21 – Anything Goes.

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60th Birthday Tag

I won’t lie – it was my Step Aunt’s 60th about the same time it was my Niece’s 10th Birthday, but I was so ill I’ve only just finished the tag for her present! I was going to make her a card, but as it’s now past her birthday, I’ll just attach a tag to her gift & give it to my Step Dad, because I’m sure he will see her soon!

My Aunt is also an avid cardmaker so I got her lots of Lili of the Valley stamps to add to her crafty collection, I hope she likes them!!

The luggage tag is Kraft. I inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in ‘Tattered Rose’, ‘Spun Sugar’ and ‘Victorian Velvet’. I stamped the Kaiser Craft ‘Script’ in VersaMark ink and covered the tag in Cosmic Shimmer ‘Arctic Plum Aurora’ embossing powder.

The ribbon is some faux silk I got in an IndigoBlu Vintage Button and Ribbon Kit that I inked in Promarkers & tied in a double bow. The twine is from the Dovecraft ‘Tea Party’ bakers twine set. I used the Spellbinders Banners and Pennants dies to cut out bunting from some ‘Floral Fantasy’ 6×6 paper that was a free gift with Cardmaking and Papercraft. I pierced holes in the corners of the flags & threaded the baker’s twin through the holes.

I used my Memory Box Parker numbers and alphabet dies to create the 60th and attached them to the flags with Quicky Pen Glue. Then I attached the flags to the tag with sticky foam pads.

Last but not least to emphasise the pale blue in the designer paper I attached a blue paper rose with Glossy Accents & curled its stem around a pencil.

Barbara's 60th Tag

10th Birthday Card

Today is my eldest Niece’s birthday, but because I’ve been ill for the last few days I didn’t get her card completed until today!

I used a white 6×6 tent-fold card for the base. I cut the green square from some patterned paper I got as a freebee with Cardmaking and Papercraft and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped the Carousel horse from the ‘Summer Garden and Sentiments‘ Whimsy Stamps set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I fussy cut all around the horse and used my craft knife to cut out the bits between the tail, legs & ribbons. I coloured it in using my Promarkers:

The pole & saddle were ‘Summer sun’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Gold’. The Leaves were ‘Apple Cider’ and ‘Pear Green’. The flowers were ‘Tropical Orchid’, ‘Orchid’, ‘Blossom’ and ‘Rose Pink’. The ribbons were ‘Powder Blue’ and ‘Sky Blue’. The hooves, mane and tail were ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5’. The body had some shading with ‘Cool Grey 1’ and Blender.

Next I used my Martha Stewart ‘Double Scallop‘ edger punch to create a carousel top & bottom section using Centura Pearl card. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die with pale blue card and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies with the same card. I found some pink card and die cut out the 1 and 0 from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers‘ dies.

I attached the carousel horse with very shallow foam sticky fixers, then I wrapped the Habico Paper Roses’ stems together and used Glossy Accents to attach them to the card. Once the roses were dry I used thick foam sticky fixer pads to attach the top and bottom border over the top of the horse and roses.

I used Quicky Glue pen to attach the Happy Birthday and 10 in place and roll-on glue to attach the scalloped circle.

10th Birthday Card

30th Birthday Card

Today is a fellow PhD student’s 30th birthday!!!!!!! She is having a party tomorrow, but here is the card I’ve made for her…

I used a grey 6×6 card for the card base. I’ve had the Dovecraft ‘Tea Party’ paper packs and die-cut glitter decoupage pad for ages – what better excuse for cupcakes than a birthday?!

I trimmed the 6×6 paper and attached it to the base card with roll-on glue, then assembled the cupcake with sticky foam pads. I found a piece of purple paper that seemed to fit with the colour scheme and using the Memory Box Parker alphabet and numbers dies created the sentiment. I stuck the sentiment on one of the doiles from the Tea Party Glitter Decoupage Pad and attached a spare cherry too.

Finally I used roll-on glue to attach the sentiment to the card, and then the cupcake over the edge of the sentiment.

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