Saturday, 29 August 2015

Elephant Birthday Card

Today I would like to show you a birthday card which, I think, would be suitable for almost anyone - young or old.

The card base is 6 inches square, so I cut four pieces of striped card (Anne Marie Designs) each measuring 2 and 3/4 inches square, and attached them as shown using double sided tape.

The image is a Little Claire mini stamp which I coloured with Promarkers, then cut out with my Crealies stitched rectangles die.  I also used the Crealies dies to cut the rectangle with the sentiment.

A fun card - do you think?

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Male Birthday card

Our eldest grandson was 25 recently - we do wonder where all the years have gone!
This is the card I made for his birthday :

I covered the card base with craft card and some chevron paper from my stash.

The watch was made by running a spellbinders clock face die (retro mod clocks) through the big shot, then embossing it and inking the raised areas - I sat this on a gold circle and covered it with resin.

I placed this on a brown paper strip which I had run through a sizzix embossing folder to look like  a leather strap.

The cars were cut from art board with a movers and shapers die then rubbed back to show the copper core.

I finished with an Avery Elle 'happy' die and a sizzix striplet for the 'birthday'.

The finished card is 7 x 5 inches.

Hope you like this

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bright Thank You Card

When I was looking through Pinterest recently (I am addicted to Pinterest) I found several posts showing how to make your own enamel dots by simply baking beads in the oven.   It is worth giving this a go - the results are very good.

Well....I made a large batch of colourful beads then I made this card to show you how I used some of them.

Firstly I used a sizzix chevron die to cut strips in four bright colours then arranged them as above.
I  cut the word 'thanks' in matching colours and off set these slightly before gluing them together then onto the card.

I used Sue Wilson's cornflower die to make the flower and leaves embellishments then finished off with some colourful beads.  This was very different for me - but we all need a change now and then don't you think?

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Pretty Pink Happy Birthday

Today I would like to show you a pretty little birthday card - which is very girly and pink.

I started by running some pink pearlised paper through a floral embossing folder, then glued this to the front of my card blank.

I stamped and heat embossed the happy birthday onto a piece of velum, then glued this to the front
of the card and tucked a decorative circle behind it - which I cut using Sue Wilson's Italian Frames dies.

I finished with a cornflower and ivy, both of which were cut using Sue Wilson dies

I hope you like this, I would be pleased to hear any comments you may have

All for now


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Now for something completely different - an art deco sun-screen

Sometimes I craft in the conservatory, but when the sun shines it can be hot and uncomfortable so my husband made a wooden frame for me to use as a sun screen.

I love sewing, and these days don't do enough of it, so I decided to make some art deco inspired panels to decorate the screen.  This certainly does the job of shading my work area, and makes it a more comfortable and light area to craft in.

I made the panels in calico and lined them to make them more effective. The patterns on the panels were appliqued onto the calico using heat and bond, then I used a satin stitch to give a 'leaded' appearance.

We can fold up the screen when we don't need it - and we are very pleased with the result

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Thank you card

I don't know about you, but I often need a card to say thank you, so I tend to make a few and keep them handy for when an occasion arises.

I have just purchased several Lawn Fawn dies and this is the first card I made using their 'thanks' die.

I cut a five and a half inch square of craft card, rounded the corners then cut the 'thanks' die out four times as you can see.

Then I randomly stamped in white to give a muted effect, and distressed the edges with vintage photo distress ink, then glued this to the front of a six inch square card blank.

I finished the card with a flower which I cut using Sue Wilson's open petal die, and distressing the edges, then used some natural string along the edge with a little wooden embellishment from my stash.

I was very pleased with the finished result, and I now have four 'thanks' already cut out to use on something else.

I hope you like it  

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Thinking of you card

Today I have a colourful card to show you

I created this card by masking off the edges of a white sheet of cardstock with low tack masking tape.

Using distress inks I added three colours to the masked off area, blending them together where they met.

I removed the masking tape and stamped an image with black archival ink making sure the stamp size was slightly larger than the inked panel so that it overlapped in a few places.

I drew around the outer inked area with a fine black pen then stamped a sentiment and added black beads.

Having mounted this onto a black, and turquoise border I glued it onto a white 7 by 5 inch card blank.

I may try this using shades of grey ink for a sympathy card, hope you like it

All for now