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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.


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’.


Big crafty hugs for stopping by my blog, I hope your week goes well!

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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.


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.


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.



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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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.

Jenny's vouchers

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.

nail varnish dots

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?

varnish dots on pbc

plumeria birthday card

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Thinking of you

Years ago I saw a beautiful coat at Badminton Horse Trials – I was enchanted, so I ended up parting with quite a lot of money for a coat that I often get out of the wardrobe just to stare at… I’m sure you will agree the material is gorgeous, teal is my favourite colour. I felt so inspired by my gorgeous coat that I just had to make a card with the same colour scheme.

The fabric of the coat that inspired me to choose this colour scheme for my card - similar available from www.shibumistyle.com

The fabric of the coat that inspired me to choose this colour scheme for my card – similar available from http://www.shibumistyle.com


I’ve been waiting for the ‘Funky Flowers‘ Die Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps to come back in to stock, so when it arrived in the post in time for the Bank Holiday weekend, I felt like it was Christmas!

I had some dark teal card from my local craft shop & because the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge this fortnight is ‘TEXTURE’ I grabbed my Tim Holtz ‘Woodgrain’ embossing folder. (You can probably see that the card didn’t take well to the embossing folder because there are several ‘fault lines’ in the embossing, but hopefully they just add to the textured effect!).

I die cut the ‘Simple Sprig‘ from Pistachio Pudding card stock (Stampin’ UP!), then used the stamps from the ‘Two Step Floral Sprig‘ to stamp the veins on the leaves in Lucky Limeade. On white card stock I stamped the smallest flower from ‘Funky Flowers‘ in ‘Pretty in Pink’ ink by Stampin’ UP! and the stamens in ‘Tattered Rose’ ink by Tim Holtz, then I die cut them using my new dies.

Next I attached the sprig to the embossed background with Glossy Accents, then the flowers on top of the sprig. I cut a length of ribbon to go around the teal card & attached it to the bottom of the card with double sided tape, then I attached the teal card to a white card base with double sided tape.

I used the ‘thinking of you’ sentiment from the ‘Asian Gardens’ stamp set from Waltzingmouse stamps with VersaMark ink & used Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder ‘Blue Watercress Blaze’. Lastly I added some pink gems to add a bit of bling.

bling - Shibumi thinking of you

embossing - Shibumi thinking of you

I hope you like it! I will be entering this card into the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge – Textures.wmfansflagbanner

Shibumi Thinking of you

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.

LS's 30th birthday

Flowers Birthday Card

Tomorrow is one of my Fairy Godmother’s birthdays! (I was never Baptised, but my Mother chose two Godmothers, so they are affectionately referred to as my ‘Fairy’ Godmothers!)

This Fairy Godmother lives in a lovely appartment with her two cats and she loves flowers and has an allotment. I wanted to create a card for her that had lots of flowers on it, but that wasn’t too fussy. As a result I went for a simple colour scheme and a few layers for interest.

I started out with a white 6 x 6 card for the base. I took a piece of extra smooth A4 stamping card grabbed my Hero Arts ‘Etched Daisy‘ wood mounted stamp and the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from IndigoBlu’s ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ set and inked them up with Stampin’ UP! Wisteria Wonder ink. I lined up the sentiment along the bottom of the page, then stamped the daisy randomly until I had covered an area about the same size of the card. I drew in stems for the daisies with my Lucky Limeade Stampin’ Write Marker. Then I cut the stamped card to fit over the front of the card, but with a 0.5 cm border around the edge.

Next I inked up a sentiment I was given as a free gift from Whimsy Stamps with Archival Ink (I was sent it with an order I placed a while ago, but I couldn’t tell you what set it was part of!). I lined up my Spellbinders labels 2 die over the top of the sentiment and ran it through my Big Shot.

I cut a piece of Stampin’ UP! Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon and attached it to the front panel to the left hand side, then I stuck the front panel to the base card. I used foam pads to mount the sentiment over the top of the ribbon. Finally I stamped one last daisy in Wisteria Wonder and fussy cut it out to attach over the top of one stamped on the front panel to add extra depth to the card.

Flowers Birthday Card 1

A side view to see the layers better

A side view to see the layers better

… but once you have said it, you feel so much better!

Tying the knot card 1

My good friends C & L were married on 6th July, but I only got their invite in June and unfortunately it was just before my Step Brother’s body was found so my mind was elsewhere. His funeral was on 2nd July so it was only a few days before their big day. Unfortunately I had not prepared for the happy event at all – I ended up buying the dress I was going to wear the day of the wedding & it was only then that I realised my invite hadn’t had any Wedding List information! Well I felt truely aweful turning up to a wedding essentially unprepared and empty handed…

However, I had a lovely evening & all my friends were so supportive.

The week after the wedding the happy couple went on Honeymoon and I went to Festival Internacional de Benicassim and travelled around Spain for almost 2 weeks. When I got home the feelings of guilt started to build – what do you get a couple who have been living together for many years and moved into their own home a year before they got engaged? How do you ask? Who do you ask? I got myself into a bit of a guilt spiral – I daren’t ask to expose my failing, but the longer I left it the ruder I felt…

In the end Waltzingmouse Stamps saved me – their August stamp release included the wonderful ‘Tying the knot‘ set – perfect for the sentiment on the card. I decided that I would get the couple something useful so I bought Amazon Vouchers (they may not be exciting, but they will come in useful for any Amazon purchases or for Christmas shopping online).

The next step was to decide how to decorate the card & I took inspiration from the Bride’s beautiful dress and elegant, simple bouquet – white roses. Her dress was white, but had a cream/ivory gathered sash at the waist and she looked radiant.

The base card was a textured white square card. I got the paper roses from Hobbycraft and arranged them how I wanted them then used the wire stems to attach them all to each other. Next I cut a metallic cream strip of paper and attached it across the centre of the card. Using Glossy Accents I attached the bouquet to the front of the card and let it set. I stamped the sentiment on white card and I ran the Spellbinders Labels 4 die through my Big Shot and attached the sentiment over the wire stems of the roses.

I measured the vouchers and cut a piece of card 1 cm larger than the vouchers and used my bone folder to score folds in it and attached it to the inside of the front of the card so it would create a pocket for the vouchers.

Last, but most importantly I wrote in the card and apologised for my tardiness, there are no excuses for being THIS late, I hope they accept my apology.

Tying the knot card 2

The second I put the card in the post a huge weight lifted from me & I didn’t feel guilty any more – so speaking from experience, if you need to apologise, do it because you will feel so much better when it is done!

Tying the knot card internal pocket for vouchers

Tying the knot card internal pocket for vouchers