Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Trip to the Cinema

A Gift Card Holder today for a 50th Wedding Anniversary present to give to a couple who enjoy going to the cinema.  As well as a voucher for the cinema, I wrapped up a bag of gourmet popcorn!
The patterned paper is from a Docrafts paper pad and the 'ticket' is a SB 'That's the Ticket' die cut.

This shows the gift card holder open.  I made a tutorial last year as I couldn't find the measurements to make this style anywhere online.  You can see it HERE

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

40th Birthday - How did that happen???

Welcome to my new follower, Sharon Gibb.  If you have a blog, please leave me a comment and I'll add a link to it in my next post.

It's my daughter's 40th Birthday today, how did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that I was a young mum looking down at her newborn daughter!  This is the card I made for her.  She has a beautiful cat called Pudding, so I wanted to include a cat.
The image and bottom sentiment are digi stamps from a set from Beccy's Place called 'Catitude'.  The top sentiment is computer generated to personalise the card.  The image is pre-coloured and I picked out the brown and white for the rest of the card.  The frame is made with Sue Wilson 'Ornate Pierced Rectangle' dies and the largest pierced die cut was layered on a 7" white linen card blank, trimming off the excess to match the die, leaving a small border.  For the flowers and leaves I used Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches - Faux Quilled Blooms' dies.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Noteworthy Neutrals

The Memory Box challenge this month is 'Noteworthy Neutrals' (cream, white, black, brown, grey), so I decided to use just brown and cream on my card.

I started with a square, cream card blank and die cut a brown and a cream Memory Box 'Fairytale Flower Border', adding the brown die cut to the right hand side.  The e/f I used is Couture Creations 'Chain Link'. I snipped off the top half of the cream die cut and attached it over the embossing.   A strip of striped ribbon, in shades of brown and cream, was attached between the embossed side and the plain side.  The computer generated sentiment was die cut using  a Memory Box 'Stitched Rectangle' die.  

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Gone Fishing

A masculine card today with a summery feel as it's for a summer birthday.
The Little Claire 'Silhouette Boat' and sentiment stamps were stamped in Versafine 'Onyx Black' and the image was die cut with a Sizzix 'Stitched Rectangle'. (I think this particular stamp is only available as a digi now.)  I rarely use yellow on masculine card, but pale yellow kept the card looking light and summery.  For the background I used a Creative Expression Mask 'Wavy',  applying Adirondack 'Stream' and 'Sailboat Blue' ink with an Ink Duster.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

One turned into three!

The Less is More Challenge is joining forces this time with  the AAA CAS Cards Challenge, which is a 'One Layer -  Coloured Cardbase' challenge.  I had in idea in my head to used a green card blank with a black MB 'Chloe Stem' die cut inlaid (keeping the one layer) and a black stamped  sentiment.  However, the finished card didn't look quite right, as the die cut in the green card was too low, leaving too much space above.  So I chopped off the front of the card, trimmed it down to make it look more balanced and attached it to a black card blank.
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 As my green card was no longer a One Layer, I started again with a bright pink card blank, inlaying the black die cut.  
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These two cards left me with green and pink MB 'Chloe Stem' die cuts.  Rather than put them in my box of unused shapes, where they would probably get unused and forgotten for quite a long time, I made them into a third CAS card.  

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Inlaid Butterfly

A month or so ago, I saw a card on Carol of Our Little Inspirations blog HERE where Carol had inlaid one of the Memory Box intricate butterflies.  I loved the effect, so I played around with a butterfly and tag die cut and some coloured snippets of card and the result has been sat on my craft table for about six weeks, waiting for some inspiration of what to do with it!  So today, after seeing that the current Color Throwdown Challenge is red, yellow, blue and white, I decided to turn it into a card.

The Memory Box butterfly is called 'Vivienne', which I die cut in black and attached to a white Poppystamps 'Stitched Main Street Tag', matted on a slightly larger black tag. I used the butterfly die again with snippets of red, yellow and blue, inlaying the pieces into the black butterfly.  I put small red and black circles at the top of the tag and five clear gems to add a bit of bling. 

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

A Magical Day

Another Joy Fold card today, using freebie stamps and freebie patterned paper.
The fairy and sentiment stamps and patterned paper all came as part of the free gift with this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine.  The silhouette fairy, stamped with Versafine 'Onyx Black', was holding a star, so I added a punched silver glitter star over the top to add a bit of sparkle.  I used a Creative Expressions 'Sparkle Squares' embossing folder for the background. A flower brad keeps the card closed. 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Two cards

The Allsorts Challenge this week is 'A Question of Sport'.  I make lots of football related cards,  so I thought I'd make something different this time.  My hubby went out running today, I know......who would choose to go out running in this heat!  However, it gave me the inspiration to dig out an old wood mounted stamp with a runner. 

The image is a Paper Nation stamp, 'Running Man', which I stamped with Memento 'Tuxedo Black' and coloured with Promarkers.  For the embossed background I used a Creative Expression 'Textured Linen' e/f.  I think black embossed card card be even more tricky to photograph sometime than metallic card!  I cut a scalloped strip across the middle so I could add the sentiment.  I was tempted to add a little embellishment in the top right-hand corner, but decided to leave it as it is so I can add an age if needed, or just send it as it is.

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Onto my second card for today, which I can post on my blog as I know it's been received.  I was lucky enough to win a voucher for the Happy Little Stampers shop and I used an image and a sentiment on my second card from one of the stamp sets I chose.
I started with a square, black card blank.  The Happy Little Stampers set of stamps I used is called 'Wish you were here'.  I stamped the London skyline image and sentiment with Versafine 'Black Onyx'.  I love all the detail in the image.  For the embossed background I used a Couture Creations folder, 'Jo Jo'.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New Home

A CAS card today with a few challenges in mind.  After making a several cards in red, white and blue this week, the colour of the UK flag, I thought I'd have a change and make a card in red and white, the colours of the English flag.

The Butterfly Challenge this fortnight is 'Butterflies + K is for Key and/or the colour Vermillion' (bright red or scarlet). I thought a key would be perfect for a New Home card.  The embossing folder is a Sizzix one which I've had for a long time, but I think it might be discontinued now.  I added a flat, punched flower to extend the pattern in the embossed design, added a little punched butterfly and corner rounded the corners of the embossed card.  I used a little white Nuvo Crystal Drops for the butterfly's body.  The key is a die cut from the set of Spellbinders 'Lace Heart' dies, cut in scarlet pearlised card. I used snippets of the same card for the butterfly and the centre of the flower.  The front of the card blank was covered in matching scarlet, pearlised paper.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Red, white and blue


Welcome to my two new followers, Loll of Stamping with Loll and Faith of Daffodil Cards.  Please pop over to their blogs to see their beautiful creations. 

Two red, white and blue CAS cards today.
The corner die cut was made with one of the MB 'Distressed Baptista Collage' dies in a piece of royal blue hammer card.  I backed the die cut with red card before attaching it to the card blank.  I used the die again with white card to make the card below and used the waste to inlay circles/part circles randomly in some of the apertures on this card.  I put a tiny dot of glue where I wanted the white pieces to go and then just popped them in.

This is my second card of a similar design. (Oops, just noticed the shadow of the camera on the bottom of the card!)

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Swans a-swimming

A birthday card today for a friend who loves anything swans related. It's her birthday tomorrow, but I know she won't see this card on my blog.

I used a Sizzix 'Triple Circle Flip-Its' die for the base card.  This set of dies includes 10 dies and all the dies I used for my card were from this set.  For the embossed background I used a Sheena Douglass 'Water Ripple' e/f.  The swans are punched and I added an eye to each one with a fineliner pen.

This photo shows the card turned round to reveal the back of the circles.  I embossed the die cut circles with the same embossing folder and added three smaller punched swans.  

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Stained Glass Hummingbird

Today's card is a birthday card for the lovely Darnell, known to many crafty bloggers, which managed to cross The Pond in time for her birthday today.  I was excited to see my first hummingbird in her garden when I visited her earlier this year, so this seemed an appropriate design. 
I used a Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson 'Hummingbird' die from the Stained Glass Collection.  I die cut the frame in black and  inlaid all the coloured pieces of card. This is the second stained glass card I've made and the instructions of how I made it can be found HERE on my previous post. 

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