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Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with theĀ  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

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Christmas tags 2017

This is just a very quick post to share with you the AMAZING new dies I got from Leane Creatief ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ and ‘Pine cones 3D‘ that I’ve used to make my Christmas tags this year.

I die cut the smaller of the two pine cones from brown card and inked through the die using Gathered Twigs Distress ink. You can build up the layers and tweak out all the bits of the pine cones to make them really 3D, they look amazing!

I used my Waltzingmouse tags dies to cut out craft tags and stamped the ‘be merry’ from a Waltzingmouse stamps sentiment set using Archival Ink in coffee (as you can probably tell I didn’t stamp the sentiment on the bottom tag well so I tried to line it up again and failed – I really need a MISTI or something similar!!). Then I adhered the pine branches and pine cone with HI-Tack glue to make sure they didn’t fall off under the tree.

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Will you be working next week or do you have the week off? I will be in Shropshire to see my Granny.

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Niece’s 10th Birthday card

OMG!! I just can’t believe my middle niece is 10!!! Where does the time go???

I wanted to make a fairy/magical/mythical card for her (because she won’t believe in the magic for much longer… [cue ‘Age of Not Believing’ from Bedknobs and Broomsticks running through my head]) so I got out my Tonic Studios fairy collection. I’ll be damned if this was the first die set the TODO really struggled with, I just could not get the dies to cut properly, I won’t lie I was in dispair!! Then I thought ‘I’ll just try a metal shim’ and thank the Gods, it worked!!

I saw the Tonic Studios YouTube ‘How to make a z-fold pop-up card tutorial‘ video and I though ‘I’ve just got to try that!!!!’ So I bought an A3 piece of Centura Pearl white hint of silver card and cut it as instructed to assemble the card base.

I then had to think about how I wanted to decorate the card… I knew I wanted a bit of a woodland scene with fairies in it, but wasn’t sure what the whole thing would be ‘about’ then I saw an inspirational quote online that said ‘write your own story’ and I thought ‘write your own fairytale’ could be the overall theme of my card. I wanted a brown/green colour scheme for the card to give the idea of the fairies in the forest, so where possible that’s what I tried to stick to.

If the theme of the card is writing then I needed a script stamp for the background. I stamped the script stamp repeatedly on Centura Pearl cardstock with Archival Ink in Coffee. Then I cut some dark brown card to mat and layer the scrip stamped sections to layer on to the Z-fold.

I die cut the second largest Presscut ‘Smaller Book‘ die from green card for my book cover, then cut 3 of the third largest die from cream card for the pages of the book. I stamped the sentiment on one of the pages using coffee Archival Ink and the Waltzingmouse Victorial Alphabet stamps. Lovely old story books have gold gilding on the pages and I wanted to re-create this so I used my Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish on the edges of the ‘pages’. I used my bone folder to get a natural bend in the pages, then adhered them together with HI-Tack glue at the ‘spine’ of the book and foam tape under the pages to maintain the curve of the pages.

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I’ve had the Tonic Studios ‘Fairy Door’ for AGES and not used it once, but now I wanted to use it for the big reveal. I die cut a full door and surround from green card, then I cut just the door from kraft woodgrain card (from Simon Says Stamp, but they only do the white one now) and stuck this over the top of the green card. I wanted to have the second half of my sentiment behind the door, but at the moment I only had the card base behind the door and I wanted it to be dark behind the door. I die cut the whole fairy door again from black card, stuck it behind the green die cut and used tape to hold all the little bits in the black cut-out. Because I was going to be sticking the door over the Z-fold I die cut a few more doors (just the top half) to build it up to the same height as the Z-fold so the door would be flush with the Z-fold and not bent by being stuck to multiple layers.

Most importantly – you can’t have a fairytale or a fairy door without a fairy, so I die cut Fae Ella from both black card and Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured her in using Spectrum Noir pens, then adhered the black die cut as a drop shadow.

I die cut several foliage and leaf dies from green card to adhere to the pop-up elements to give the feeling of the forest.

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Do you know anyone with a birthday around Christmas? What do you do to make their birthday cards extra special?

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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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Cats in a box card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend? I’ve had a nice gentle weekend in preparation for my next big experiment that starts on Monday, so I won’t be cardmaking as much as I would like over the next two months, so I apologise for less frequent posts!

Today is my ‘Fairy Godmother’s birthday and I’d like to share the card I made for her with you this morning. She has two adorable cats, so I wanted to make a cat-themed card for her. My kittens just LOVE cardboard boxes (what cat doesn’t??) so I wanted to start with a ‘cardboard box’ for my card and have cats playing in it and around it. I created a card in a box using Neenah Desert Storm card.

I just bought the Clearly Besotted ‘You’re Purrfect‘ stamp set and coordinating dies – they are just adorable!!! So I stamped several of the cats with Memento London Fog ink on Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock and die cut them out. I coloured them using my Spectrum Noir pens.

I die cut several baloons using the Lawn Fawn baloons and streamers from the X cut Build a Scene ‘Garden Party’ from Stampin’UP! card in Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo.

I attached the cats and baloons to the central strips either directly or with acetate strips. I also used enamel drops to add some dimention.

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For the sentiment panel at the back I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento London Fog ink and attached som bits of streamers to it to tie it in with the rest of the card.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring!

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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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Happy Chinese New Year

Next week it will be Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey. Outside China the next largest celebration of Chinese New Year is in London – so if you ever get the chance go to China town in London to enjoy the festivities.

I’ve made a Chinese New Year card for my step mother using Waltzingmouse Stamps. I started with a A6 black card base. I cut a red mat and a black layer to go on the card front.

On the black layer I stamped the lanterns from the ‘Asian Gardens Additons‘ set in VersaMark ink. I heat embossed them with ‘Golden Red Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder. I then stamped the tops and bottoms of the lanterns in VersaMark (and you can tell the tassels on the lantern on the left didn’t end up where I had wanted them to be!) and embossed them in ‘Enchanted Gold’ embossing powder by Ranger. Then I used my Emboss Writer pen by Zig to draw a string through the lantern tops so the lanterns were hanging from something.

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I embossed the sentiment on some red card with the Ranger Enchanted Gold and then cut them up to individual pieces and stuck them on the black layer with Nuvo Glue Pen.

I stuck the black layer on top of the red layer with roll-on tape. I tried to stick the red layer on to the black card base, but it didn’t stick straight first time, I tried to stick it down again properly, but the corner of the red layer had torn a bit, so I had to use wet glue to force it to stay down! That corner looks rather tatty, but other than that, I think the card was ok.

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I hope you like this card, and that it might have inspired you. Enjoy any Chinese New Years celebrations you may be having!

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Best Friend’s birthday card

Hi all! I just wanted to share the CAS birthday card I made for my best friend.

Having a December birthday sucks – everyone always gives her birthday/Christmas combined presents, so I wanted to make her a lovely birthday card to go with her birthday presents to make sure she feels special.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn balloon dies from Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana card. The sentiments are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink. You can probably tell I just LOVE this colour combo – it’s my favourite of all the Stampin’UP! ‘in colors’ sets!

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I hope you are enjoying the festive period?

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Step-Mother’s birthday card

Today is my Step-Mother’s birthday, I posted her card last week so I hope she gets it today (she lives in Thailand, so I always worry that it will get lost in the post or take ages to get there). She loves card making too and she loves to recieve handmade cards so I wanted to send her a lovely card that had ‘the wow factor’. I hope this card has it!

You must have guessed by now I love Heartfelt Creations flower stamp and die sets, so it won’t surprise you that I saw the ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ stamp and die set and HAD to get them! I stamped the largest and second largest of the ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ stamps onto Neenah card in VersaMark ink, then used Papermania clear embossing powder and my heat gun to create the designs on the petals. I used the corresponding ‘Cascading Fuchsia’ dies to cut out the petals and stamens.

Next I coloured the die-cuts on the reverse with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens (this meant that the clear embossing powder was able to resist the ink that bled through the card and became visible). Pens used: stamens – LY2 and BP6, bottom (smaller) petals – PL5, middle (largest) petals – LV3, top petals BP6.

Whilst the petals were still wet with ink I used my Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to shape them, then I used Hi-Tack glue to stick them together (see this YouTube video from Heartfelt Creations on how to shape and build the flowers).

Now I had the flowers, they needed a card to go on! I bought the Crafter’s Inspiration Issue 8 magazine and it came with an exclusive die; the Edge’ables ‘Lattice Flourish’. I wanted to create a window with the die that the fuchsias could hang inside, so I cut the die from some A4 Centura Pearl Snow White card, then used my paper trimmer to cut down from both edges of the die, flipped the die and cut out the bottom of the window. Then I scored around the ‘window’ to create a frame that would stand proud of the card front. I used Hi-Tack glue to glue all the bits together, except one side. I cut a piece of light blue Centura Pearl card to go behind the fuchsias and slid this in the last open side, then glued it all in place.

DSC01474Once the frame was dry I positioned the fuchsias where I wanted them. I decided I didn’t want them floating in mid-air so I stamped and die cut the vines from the ‘Jars and Vines’ set in Lucky Limeade ink on Pistachio Pudding card. I shaped and trimmed some vines and adhered them to the top of some of the fuchsias. When I was happy with the composition I adhered the fuchsias with Hi-Tack glue.

DSC01475I stuck the window to the front of a 6″x6″ card and stamped inside the card with the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ Happy Birthday sentiment in Melon Mambo ink.

Last, but not least, I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ word dies from Neenah card, then coloured them with my BP6 Spectrum Noir pen. I adhered the words to the front of the card with Quicky Glue pen (I think the ink was still a bit wet because the glue seemed to turn pink & I had to manically rub at a pink glue smudge around the dot of the ‘i’ in birthday!!)

DSC01473I hope my step-Mother likes this cheery birthday card, and I hope this inspires you in your creativity. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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