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Cousin’s Christmas card

My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.

Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.

Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.

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I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.

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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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Cousin’s Birthday card

Today is my cousin’s birthday, so I’d like to share the card I’ve made for her with you this afternoon.

I’ve been pinning LOADS of cards recently, and was so taken with them all that I lost my mojo. Do you get that some times? I’m so excited by new ideas that I don’t sit down and make anything, I just end up pinning and pinning and not DOING. This card is a bit of a mashup of several cards that have inspired me recently.

I saw an amazing less is more card with a bit of watercolour with just a few pastel colours and a focal image and silver embossed sentiment and I wanted to re-create it so I cut some watercolour card and stuck it to my die cutting pad, wet it generously and smooshed some Spun Sugar Distress ink on my craft mat and picked it up with a wet paintbrush and dabbed it over the wet card. I dried it with my heat gun because I was impatient! I used my embossing buddy to try to reduce the amount of powder sticking where I didn’t want it, but as the watercolour card is very textured there were still a few bits of powder that were sticking around the sentiment. I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ sentiment with VersaMark ink and used Pewter embossing powder.

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I also saw a card that had a ciricle cut out of a panel to reveal a flower stamped on the card base beneath, so I wanted this element in my card too. I used my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to die cut a circle off to the right hand side of the card. I wanted the Waltzingmouse ‘Old Country Roses’ to peek out through the hole, but didn’t line up the stamps and the hole quite right so one of the leaves is behind the top panel. The inks I used for the roses were Stampin’UP! ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Melon Mambo’ and ‘Primrose Petals’ and for the leaves I used ‘Gumball Green’, ‘Garden Green’ and ‘Mossy Meadow’.

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I stamped the sentiment from ‘Old Country Roses’ inside the card with Gumball Green ink.

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I used foam pads to attach the watercolour panel to the card base and last but not least I added some clear sequins with some Glossy Accents for a little bling.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you found this inspiring – are you enjoying #STAMPtember2016 ? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Suicide Squad inspired birthday card

Have you seen Suicide Squad at the cinema? I went to see it at the weekend with a friend and we enjoyed it but felt that the costumes were very tailored to a male audience. I loved all the promotional artwork though – a mix of Neon and classic comic book style. Today is my friend’s birthday and she is a huge gaming fan and likes to go to gaming/anime/comic book conventions and makes her own costumes – she’s so creative, so I always want to make a special effort with her card. I thought creating a Suicide Squad inspired card would appeal to her comic book leanings and be really relevant to what is in the cinema on her birthday.

I wanted to add so many elements to this card that I knew it would have to be a big one so I started with an 8×8 card base. I had some metallic yellow A4 paper in my stash from Uni that was just the right colour, so I used my acrylic paints to create some splashes and paint some areas too. I used roll-on glue to attach the paper to the card base (because it was so thin I didn’t want to leave it lying around in case is tore or got creased, so adding it to the card base gave it some support).

To get some more neon in I die cut some neon pink and green card using Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ and Tattered Lace ‘Pentagons’. I stamped the Waltzingmouse BAM from the’Kaboom’ stamp set in VersaMark ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. I also die cut the Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom’ die from red and black card stock to create the dropped shadow and I used red double sided tape to hold the whole thing together on the back, then to attach it to the green pentagon.

I didn’t want the neon shapes to be complete, I wanted them hanging off the edge so I cut them with my paper trimmer, then attached them with HI-Tack glue so I had a bit of wriggle time before it grabbed so I could line them up perfectly.

To get the skull in I used my embossing pen to draw some crosses and the triangles for the nose and used black embossing powder, Heat It Up! ‘Cranberry’ powder and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Powder.

For the sentiment I used my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporary Alphabet’ die cut from purple card and I inked the letters randomly with ‘Chipped Sapphire’ Distress Ink. The Suicide Squad posters have cracks in the letters, so I wanted to put cracks in mine too so I randomly chopped in with my scissors. The card was looking a bit tame still, so I added more acrylic paint spashes with the neon panels in place.

Lastly, I wanted to re-create the choker Harly Quinn wears in the movie that says ‘PUDDIN’ so I used the same alphabet dies to create the letters from gold mirri card and cut a strip to adhere them to. I really worked the strip of card as I wanted it to be the choker, so I wanted it to be pliable. I attached the letters to the strip with Hi-Tack glue. To get the end I used my Spellbinders Pennants dies and I also added some holes using my Crop-A-Dile. To the other end I wanted to add a buckle so I used the layering dies included in the ‘Pentagon Box’ die set to cut a square and then cut out the centre, then I cut a rectangle of mirri card to be the pin in the buckle. I wrapped the strip around the square and then used Hi-Tack glue to attach the buckle end and pointed end to the card base with the middle raised up off the card for dimention. Whilst the glue was still wet I inserted the pin under the buckle.

I hope my friend likes her card and can tell it was inspired by Suicide Squad artwork.

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I found a website where you can ‘Squad Yourself’ so I’ve been able to create my own Sucide Squad avatar.

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Do you like comic books? Do you like the style? I hope this card will have inspired you for some weekend crafting! Have you seen the exclusive Simon Says Stamp #STAMPtember2016 releases? I think I might need to do some buying!!!

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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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Follow your hearts desire

Today is my friend’s birthday and he is training to be a doctor, he has his finals very soon. I still want to keep going with the positive statements on birthday cards, and I thought I would go with a punny one today – he will be a doctor, so why not have some anatomically correct hearts?

I started this card by stamping the ‘Hot Doctor’ from Kenny K in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (I got this from Whimsy Stamps, but Kenny K designs are no longer available as rubber stamps and can be purchased as digi stamps here). I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pens: clothes – DR5, DR6, IG1, IG2, BG2, TB8 and TB9. Skin – FS2, FS3, FS5, CR2 and PP2. Hair and shoes – GB8, TN7, EB4 and EB6. I used my silver pentel pen to add a few touches like her clipboard and necklace.

I cut the image out, then went around the edges with black pen so there weren’t white bits around the edge. I wanted the image to be prominant on the finished card, so I put some Sellotape Sticky Fixer Strip on the back of the image and set it aside whilst I got on with the rest of the card.

Next, I started on the base of the card. I knew I wanted to stick with the red and blue, so as not to have too many colours. I cut a blue panel to 5.5 in x 5.5 in, then a white panel to 5.1 in x 5.1 in. I adhered them to a white card blank with roll-on glue. I cut another blue panel to 4.9 in x 4.9 in which I was going to cut the apeture into for the shaker element, when I placed the ‘Hot Doctor’ cut-out on top I realised I would have to offest it to fit everything on!! I used the largest of my Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’ dies to cut the appeture. Then I lined up the apeture over the white panel and drew around the die in the right place on the white panel. I used Sellotape ‘Sticky Fixer Strip’ to go around the circle outline and create the window in which all the shaker elements would sit. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach some acetate behind the blue card with the apeture, then set this aside to dry.

I found an image of an anatomically correct heart online, and when I went to print it out I found I had no ink in my printer, so instead I went the long-winded way about it and got some paper, traced around the desing on my computer screen in pencil, stuck these outlines onto white card, coloured them in with DR5 pen, went over the outlines again with PITT artists pens, cut them out and went over the cut edges with black pen.

I added the hearts and some red Rocailles to the apeture, then removed the backing from the Sticky Fixer strips and stuck the blue panel over the top.

All I needed now was the sentiment, and it’s always a bit of a joke about Doctor’s handwriting so I wanted to use a ‘handwritten’ looking sentiment. As I said my printer has no ink, so I went to my stamps and pulled out my ‘Frumptious’ clear alphabet stamps (part of the Roald Dahl collection). Unfortunately I don’t think they liked my Stampin’UP! ‘Midnight Muse’ ink pad much because they came out a bit blotchy, but I’ll just gloss over that and say “It was the look I was aiming for!”

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I die cut the word ‘hearts’ from Cherry Cobbler card using my Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Lowercase alphabet’ dies. The letters were attached to the card base with Hi-Tack glue so they would stick to the acetate.

Last, but not least I peeled off the backing from the pads on the back of the ‘hot doctor’ and adhered her to the card front.

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I hope you liked this card, and found some inspiration! Enjoy your weekend!

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Step-Sister’s birthday card

Today is my eldest step-sister’s birthday, I’ll be going to see her later today, but before I go I’ll post her card and present here.

I must admit I bought her present in May and started work on this project back in August, but with very little urgency. So it was only right at the end of October that I thought, “oh, wait, poppies in November – Remembrance.” so sometimes it doesn’t help to be ahead of the game!

I started with a box I had recieved a shower gel and moisturiser gift set in, which was just the perfect size to put my step-sister’s birthday present in (very breakable). The edges and ribbon were already red, which was where the poppy inspiration came from, but I needed to paint the front and back black to cover up all of the shower gel info! I painted it with acrylic and um-ed and ah-ed about whether or not to cover it with Decopatch to protect it, but for some reason thought better of it… (I wish I had, because it has litrally just now started to wear off on one corner!!)

I stamped the ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp eight times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (four on two A4 sheets of Neenah cardstock) and cut them out using the matching die.

I coloured the poppies with Spectrum Noir pens: CR9, DR3 and DR5. Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I shaped them using the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glued two different sized petals together. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled some black rocailles in it, then left them to dry.

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The Spellbinders Labels were die cut from black and red card. The sentiment is Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp that I inked in VersaMark and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Golden Red Blaze’ embossing powder to make the sentiment pop on the black background.

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To create the card base I folded a piece of black A4 in half, then cut two layers (one red, one black) to give the background more impact.DSC01477

I adhered the poppies to the box and the card front, along with the layered labels.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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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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Friday will be my mother’s birthday and she isn’t very ‘computer savvy’ so I feel safe posting this before her birthday.

I stamped the IndigoBlu ‘Sunflower’ stamp on Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Vintage Sepia’ ink. I coloured it in with Spectrum Noir GB1, GB3, Ct1, CT4, TN8, EB4, EB6, JG1 and JG5.

Using my Perfect layers tool to cut layers from More Mustard and Chocolate Chip card for the stamped panel. I cut a 7 inch square of white card and placed the layers on this. I attached the layers onto the white card, then attached this white layer on the 8×8 inch white card blank with 2mm foam pads.

Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Classic Sunflower’ stamp and Memento ‘Tuxedo Black’ ink on Neenah card three times. Then I used the ‘Classic Sunflower’ die to cut them all out. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens and shaped them using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. I layered the different sized petals on top of each other and attached them with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I used Nuvo Crystal Drops in Copper Penny and added Bronze Rocailles and left them to dry overnight. I attached one sunflower to the card, along with a leaf cut from green card using X-cut die.

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My Mum grew up in Shropshire and heard a lot of Welsh on Market Day and she also supports the Welsh Rugby team, so she knows a little Welsh. As a result I wanted to get the Tattered Lace ‘Welsh Sentiments’ dies and use them on this card. I cut ‘Penblwydd Hapus’ from Chocolate Chip card and attached it to the stamped panel and on the More Mustard panel.

I made a triple bow from Hempatique brown hemp cord using the Bow Maker and attached it to the card with HI-Tack glue and attached a wooden button on top.

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I wanted to present my Mum’s present in a brown paper bag in a ‘rustic’ look, but wanted to add sunflowers and twine etc. so it would match the card.

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I saw this card on the Heartfelt Creations site and I loved the colour scheme and how sparkly it was! I wanted to re-create it for my Mum’s birthday card because she loves purples and greens, and then I realised that it’s actually my step sister’s birthday before my Mums! (Yes, I am very scatty!)

I recently got the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy’ stamp and die set and decided to use this for my card. I stamped the poppies onto Neenah card with VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink and cut them out. I used Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to colour the petals with Tim Holtz Distress inks ‘Dusty Concord’, ‘Shaded Lilac’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’. I shaped the petals using my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit, then attached petals on top of eachother with Hi-Tack glue. For the flower centres I made a large drop of nuvo crystal drops ‘crushed grape’ and sprinkled Purple Seed Beads over it, then left them to dry overnight. I used wink of stella in ‘Violet’ around the edges of the smaller flowers.

DSC01439Using the Heartfelt Creations ‘Delightful Daisy’ die to cut leaves from SU! ‘Pistachio Pudding’ card stock. I inked the edges with a sponge dauber and ‘Peeled Paint’, then decided I needed to shape them again with my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.

DSC01441I stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps ‘Say It With Style’ sentiment in VersaMark watermark ink and used Cosmic Shimmer ‘Violoa Lavender Blaze’ embossing powder. I cut out the sentiment with Spellbinders Labels 2 die and cut one size bigger from pale blue card stock, then cut one size bigger from white card. I coloured the largest label with Dusty Concord ink. I layered the labels and glued them with roll-on glue.

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I used HI-Tack glue and attached the flowers and leaves and labels to an 8×8 inch white card base.

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DSC01438I hope your working week is going well. Do you have kids who are on their summer holidays?

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