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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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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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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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Masculine birthday card

Today is my oldest Step Sister’s boyfriend’s birthday. He loves history, so I know that ‘vintage’ stuff would suit him.

I ran some black card through the Crafts-Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. I stamped the image from the IndigoBlu ‘Little Voice‘ stamp set onto Whisper White card stock and inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I used my Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut some cogs from gold mirror board.

DSC01384I used a cream A5 card base then attached a piece of patterned paper from the Marianne Design ‘Vintage Men’ paper pad. I arranged the gold cogs over the stamped image and black embossed panel until I was happy with the arrangement and used my pokey tool to make a hole for the brass brads to go through to fix the cogs to the embossed panel. The stamped image was placed under the gold cogs, then the embossed panel and stamped panel were attached to the patterned paper with HI-Tack glue.

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I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White card in Versa Fine ‘Onyx Black’, I cut it into a fishtail and then inked it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I used my bonefolder to shape the banner, then attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue.

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I hope this gives you some inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Josh’s 1st Birthday card

I can’t believe today is the First Birthday of one of my school friends’ son! It seems like only yesterday that he was only a few weeks old when I first met him!

Being a little boy I had to use the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set I got with my Birthday money (in case you were ever in any doubt – all the best people were born in April! 😉 ) When I first saw this stamp set I got so excited – I think quite a lot of my friends (and me) loved comics when we were kids & the love of the style has stayed with me (I still have some graphic novels stashed away somewhere at my parent’s house…).

The co-ordinating die for the ‘Kaboom’ stamp is amazing – you can cut out the inner and outer sections from different card stock and nest them all back together. If you have the time, check out Claire Brennan’s blog or the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog to see how effective the die is.

I stamped the ‘explosion’ using Versa Fine Onyx Black ink onto some Daffodil Delight card stock and fussy cut it with a slight border around the ink. The ‘one’ is spelled out using the Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ dies. I cut four squares from blue card, attached them to black card and used my Perfect Layers tool to create a 1/16 border, so the blue really popped.

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I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

I think you get a better idea of the colours from this picture rather than the ones taken on the grey background

Well I have a long week ahead (I was working on Sunday & now I think I need to work this Saturday so I’ll have worked 7 days in a row, and tomorrow promises to be ~12 hour working day) so I hope I get through my working week, and I hope you all have a good week too!

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Charlie’s 30th Birthday card

Next week another of my friends will be turning 30, but I’m travelling to a two-day veterinary conference later today so I need to make the card now because I won’t have time whilst I’m away.

My friend is a sound engeneer so music was an obvious choice of theme for his card. I’ve seen lots of dies recently that look like headphones or like iPhones or MP3 players, but I can’t afford anything like that at the moment, so I’ll have to try going ‘Old School’.

I started with a textured white card for the base. Using images of the iPod Classic for inspiration, I cut a piece of pearlescent grey/black card, then used a corner rounding punch to create the unit. Using two of the circle dies from Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ set I cut a larger circle from black card and a smaller one from pearlescent black.

Using roll-on glue I attached the smaller circle on the larger one, then I used the arrow from Stampin’UP! ‘Show & Tell 1’ clear photopolymer stamp set to create the buttons, and an Inkssentials white pen for the lines.

For the screen I cut a rectangle from Smoky Slate Stampin’UP! card stock and again used the courner rounding punch. The numbers were die-cut using Memory Box ‘Parker numbers’. I used roll-on glue to attach the screen & wheel to the unit, then attached the ‘iPod’ to my card base. I wish I had stamped the background with some musical notes now, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend & wish you an enjoyable week ahead!

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POST SCRIPT: Errr… so this is awkward!! It WAS one of my friends called Charlie’s birthday on 17th February, the only problem is, it wasn’t sound engeneer Charlie!!! Being Dyslexic means I can sometimes get mixed up or get things wrong, and I think what happened was I was posting out invites to my birthday party & trying to make cards at the same time; I checked my birthday book & saw ‘Charlie’, then wrote the invite for Charlie (sound engeneer) and my brain must have gone “it’s Charlie’s birthday, better make a card.” and I put the invite and birthday card in the same envelope… D’oh!

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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40th Birthday card

Eeeek!!! It’s my friend’s birthday on Friday, so I’m cutting it very fine for finishing his card (thankfully I’ve had his present wrapped for ages, so I know that will arrive on time!)

I scored the front of an A6 cream base card to make an easel card, then attached a navy rectangle to the inside for the ‘stop’.

I’ve spent several nights covering some wooden numbers in Liquid Pearls (Ranger) in ‘Royal Blue’ & using an old loyalty card to make it smooth (ish), so now they are dry I’ve attached them with Glossy Accents to provide the ‘stop’ against which the easel will rest. I thought the panel looked a bit stark & overly blue, so I added some clear gems to soften the harsh blue (and add some birthday sparkle!)

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Using the Happy Birthday sentiment from the IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fantashtic‘ set and the straight Brogue detail from the Waltzingmouse ‘My Kind of Guy‘ set, both stamped in SU! ‘Real Red’ ink I created the background on white card. I layered this on a piece of navy card & attached this to the easel base card.

I love the Brogue circle & I saw a card on Pinterest with the bowler hat/monocle/tache inside it & so I wanted to encorporate this on my card, I staped 3 Brogue ciricles in ‘Midnight Muse’, then stamped the sentiments & face inside them. I realised that the Happy Birthday sentiment didn’t fit inside the circle, so I created a quick mask by stamping on a Post-It Note, you can probably tell I masked the bowler hat too as a bit is missing at the top! I used the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small die to cut all three out.

Finally I attached the circles with sticky foam pads – et voila!

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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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