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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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Welcome baby card

Some friends of mine were safely delivered of a baby boy last week and they have said that now the Grandparents and Aunties have met him, their friends can go over to meet him this afternoon, so I’m going to meet him for the first time today!

To celebrate his birth I have made his Mum and Dad a card. As he is a boy I decided to go with the traditional blue colour sceme with a baby blue and a darker blue. Blue works really well with Kraft, so I wanted to use that too for an extra masculine colour, my Neenah Desert Storm was just right for my base layer.

I don’t have much money at the moment, but I thought it was important to get a die especially (I don’t have any baby specific stash) so I bought this ‘Baby text and pin‘ die by Marianne Creatables. I wanted to have the sentiment ‘welcome baby’ so I die cut the welcome with my 1″ Contemporary Alphabet dies by Crafters Companion. I also wanted to use my Sizzix stackable stars dies too.

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I die cut enough of the stars to have one at the top of the card and one at the bottom and the sentiment between them, but the card base didn’t have enough space for both stars! So after a quick re-think I adhered the second stack of stars to the inside of the card to bright the card front through to the inside.

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The last step was adding some crystal drops in ‘Duck Egg Blue’ and leaving them to dry overnight.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring. Do you know anyone having a baby soon? Or maybe someone has just had one – was it a boy or a girl?

Enjoy the last remnents of your weekend and have a good week!

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On Sunday it will be my Granny’s 95th birthday, the card is in the post, so I thought I would share it with you. I’m afraid this post is a bit picture heavy due to all the different flowers I made for the card – sorry!

I really wanted to try out a cascade card because they look so amazing, I also wanted it to have a woodgrain base and I had some Kraft coloured Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock that I had bought ages ago, but just admired it and not used it, so I decided to use it for this project.

Note to self: when using someone else’s instructions for the first time, keep them right next to you instead of attempting to remember what they said or you WILL cut a slit in the wrong place and have to start all over again… AHEM!

So… with my kraft woodgrain base all slotted into place I started work on the front panel. I used Whisper White card stock and die cut the floral frame from the Samantha Walker Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Botanical Swirls and Accents’ set and used Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush stampin’ write markers to colour the embossed design. I also die cut the leaves/branch from the same set in Pistachio Pudding card. I used the Memory Box Parker Numbers dies to cut 9 and 5 from Pistachio Pudding card. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the branches behind the frame and Quicky Glue Pen to attach the numbers to the cut out. I wanted to be able to open and close the card easily so I didn’t want to attach the frame to both front sections of the cascade base, so the frame was attached with Hi-Tack glue to the left half of the card, and the cut out was attached to the right half, so the two halves could still move independantly.

For the back of the card I cut a piece of white card to fit on the right hand panel and stamped the ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set and used roll-on glue to attach it to the back panel before too many flowers were added to the front panels and it would have been difficult to write on.

I used the four small flower shapes from the Crative Expressions ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ dies to cut lots of flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to make them more dimentional, then added some nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Buttermilk’ to the centres and left them to dry overnight. I also used the ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ smaller leaves dies to cut some leaves from Pistachio Pudding card stock and attached these and the flowers to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

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When I saw the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy Petals’ stamp with matching die I couldn’t resist, so I wanted to use them on this card. I stamped the image on parchment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my heat tool to dry the ink, then cut out the shapes with the die in my Grand Calibur. I coloured the petals with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir PP4 pen, which didn’t dry very nicely – a bit blotchy, but I figured it was just the joy of homemade… Again I used the HC Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add dimention to the petals, then used Hi-Tack to hold the petals together (so glad I did – parchment is not keen on sticking!!!) When the glue had dried I added a generous blob of nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled on a few black Rocailles, then left this to set overnight. I punched some leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the leaf punch in Ruth Hamilton’s Pick of the Bunch punch and stamp set ‘ Rose – Pansy – Camellia – Gardenia’, shaped them, glued a few toghether, then attached them with the parchment poppies to the bigger panels towards the back of the card.

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Having taken the leaf punch from the Pick of the Bunch set out, I figured I’d keep going so I created two pansies coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in OR2 and FL3.

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I had wanted to have a butterfly on the card somewhere because the Red Admirals and Peacocks are out in force in my Mother’s garden. I used a Martha Stewart punch to get a black outline, then stuck it to some parchment with Hi-Tack glue and when the glue had dried I coloured in the sections with DR4, then cut the parchment around the edges of the butterfly and stuck it to the card base.

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As per usual I had been taking my time, doing a bit here, a bit there, and suddenly I needed to post the card this week and the left side of the card was finished, the right… not so much – eek!! So, my lastminute.com nature kicked in and I decided to make some really quick and simple bits to stick on the panels – I had been planning to make roses, but that would have taken too long!

I used the Wplus9 ‘Fesh Picked’ stamps and matching dies to make some strawberries and leaves for the back panel. The flowers on the middle panel are the sepal punch from the Pick of the Bunch set punched in white with a dot of nail varnish in the middle, the leaves are Sizzix Susan’s Garden (658413) cut from Lucky Limeade.

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Phew!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, I hope you have some sun to get out in and enjoy!

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First Birthday Card

So many of my friends had babies last year, and the first of them to be born will turn 1 next week. Time flies!!!

I have this 12×12 cardstock pad called ‘Hopscotch’ by K&Company which has lots of bold colours and patterns on it, and I thought this page would be perfect for a little boy’s birthday card.

I cut a 14cmx14cm square from the cardstock and adhered it to the white card base with roll-on glue. I went through my card stash & grabbed some card that co-ordinated with the patterned card (I think it was SU! Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi, not sure!) and using my Sizzix ‘Stars’ dies I die cut several stars of different sizes.

I also die cut the letters o, n and e from the Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ dies (unfortunately I seem to have lost my lowercase ‘s’ at some point – the last time I used it was 19th December & I’ve tidied and cleaned & done all sorts since then so I bet it’s gone for good, which is so frustrating!!!!) I adhered them to the large green star with Quicky Glue pen.

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I coloured a few of the small stars in with my TB1 Spectrum Noir pen. Then, I arranged the stars on the front of the card, when I had them where I was happy with them I attached all but the largest with roll-on glue, but the largest one was attached with 3mm foam squares for dimention.

Next, I wanted to decorate the inside of the card (I don’t normally do this, but I thought it would be nice as the front is quite plain. I inked up my ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment stamp from the IndigoBlu ‘Mr Fan-tash-tic’ set in Hello Honey SU! ink. I cut an 8.5cm x 1 inch section of the card I used on the front, then made a fishtail in it, and using roll-on glue I attached it to the inside of the card, then attached some stars over the top.

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Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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Uh-oh! Can you tell I’ve become OBSESSED with my new Curvy Keepsake Box die? It’s just got my creative juices going, every morning I come up with a new character to make with them!

So this week has mostly been about Sesame Street characters – I started out making Count Von Count because of the Halloween mood I’ve been in recently, then I thought about Cookie Monster & Oscar The Grouch & Elmo quickly followed!!!

The Count is made with Wisteria Wonder card stock. I coloured in one side of the box in black for his hair. I attached googly eyes & drew his triangular eyebrows over the top in black pen. To make his ears & nose I used the Sizzix Framelit largest Stars die. I cut three ‘points’ of the largest star from Wisteria Wonder card stock. Two points I cut off for the ears & the remaining point was for the nose. I scored down the centre of the point for the nose piece, then cut it to make a diamond shape. I folded the bottom bits of the diamond in & stuck them together with some Glossy Accents (Ranger) to form the point of his nose, then attached the bridge of his nose to the box, again with Glossy Accents. His mouth is a cut out piece from a black Curvy Keepsake Box handle, with a little red triangle & two white teeth drawn on with Inkssentials White Opaque pen. last, but not least I made his cape from some Basic Black card stock & attached it to the base of the box with double sided-tape.

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I won’t lie – the Count was a labour of love, he involved lots of cutting & sticking & colouring, so he isn’t really suitable for mass production, but the other 3 are much faster to make! Elmo was made from some red card stock, his nose is the smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ die cut from some Pumpkin Pie card stock. His mouth is a bit of a circle cut with the Spellbinders Standard Circles Small dies.

For Elmo, Oscar and Cookie I wanted to create some fur so I snipped along the edges of the sides of the boxes.

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Oscar is made from Old Olive card stock and Cookie Monster is made from Pacific Point card stock. Cookie Monster’s cookie is Crumb Cake card stock with some Henna Promarker on it for the chocolate chips.

Oscar has a bin lid made with two cicles of tin foil and a circle of card stock, stuck together & a slit cut in the middle to put the handles of the box through. His eyebrows are coloured with Henna Promarker pen.

Oscar The Grouch and Cookie Monster

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From this angle you can see Oscar's bin lid better

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I hope you could tell which character was which & you enjoyed my attempts at making Sesame Street characters from Curvy Keepsake Boxes. Feel free to try them yourselves, but please let people know where you got your inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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I’m sorry my photography skills are not up to the task – it looks quite good in real life!!!

One of the PhD students in my lab has her Viva Voce to defend her Thesis on Monday 27th – eeeek!!!!! So I wanted to make her a good luck card to wish her well…

I cut four of the smaller Sizzix ‘Hearts #11’ shapes out of green card with my Big Shot. I scored down the middle of the four hearts with my bone folder, then I cut a tiny strip of card to make the stem.

Using the Lili of the Valley ‘Statements Just to Say‘ good luck sentiment I inked it in Versa Mark Watermark ink at the top of a black card, then I heat embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer Persian Sea Aurora Embossing Powder.

When the embossing powder had cooled I wiped the card with a cloth to get rid of the lovely blue/green shimmer left on the card when the embossing powder just sits on it so the sentiment popped. Then I attached the ‘stem’ of the clover with Quickie Glue and the ‘leaves’ on one half only with roll-on glue to give the card some dimention.

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