Thursday, 20 July 2017

You Move Me





I bought this stamp and die set several weeks ago and have only just got round to playing with it. I didn't look at it properly before I dived in and so after I'd finished the card I realised I'd made a couple of mistakes!




The set is from Stampin' Up! and what you can't tell from the photographs is that the birds appear to be flying when you pull the tag up. It's a very cool effect and really simple to do.

So my mistakes were not to cut a semi-circle from the top of the turquoise panel  - I hadn't even noticed the semi-circle die which is included in the set  -  and the flowers I'm not entirely sure are the correct way up (or maybe the flowers are correct and their centres are upside down? or the centres would maybe look better using the appropriate die?)




All products are SU. Card is 7 X 5

Monday, 17 July 2017

Golden Wedding



One of my lovely club ladies is celebrating her Golden Wedding and this is the card I made for her.

I've used Tree Rings by Stampin' Up! background stamp and heat embossed in gold.
The sentiment stamp is by Woodware - it's a single stamp that I've just repeated, masking off the card-stock first so I'd have a plain space for the '50' to sit.

The 50 is Block Party alpha dies by Sizzix. I cut and layered four times and then used Glossy Accents on the top layer.
Textured cream card is from Papermill.





Sunday, 9 July 2017

Notebook



I wanted to give my friend a notebook to help with her wedding planning, this was an inexpensive one from Wilko. It already had a kraft cover but apart from being very plain when you pull the 'Wilko' label off it tears the cover slightly so definitely needed covering up.




I used a Sizzix alpha to cut her name and the panel is by Pebbles - cut from a sheet of 12 x 12

The inside cover I've decorated with a panel by Webster's Pages and I added the date myself.







Just to add a bit of interest I've decorated random pages throughout, not going to show all of them here but you get the idea.



Friday, 7 July 2017

Best Decision




My lovely friend Dawn, the one who recently got engaged, has asked me to be her Matron of Honour. The only time she has been a bridesmaid was actually for me but that was nearly twenty years ago.
I was pleased to be asked but wondered if I was too old...she has assured me I'm not!

I made her this little card to go with a gift, the sentiment jar has been made with SU stamps and dies, I think the patterned paper is Papermania.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Congrats



My lovely friend got engaged recently and this is the card I made for her and her new fiance.
I based the colour scheme on Tiffany's the jewellers because that's what springs to mind when I think of engagement rings (not that mine came from there!)





I used the Tree Rings stamp from Stampin' Up! which I just love. It's a large background stamp (11.4 x 14.6cm) and I've heat-embossed it here with white powder.
I can see me using this stamp a lot for male cards but also for the rustic look that's in fashion at the moment  -  maybe I'll be making some wedding stationery in the next year?




The 'Congrats' die is by Cuttlebug and the hearts are an old Sizzix die. I used textured card and added just a dusting of ink round the edges (Pool Party by SU to match the card-stock)

Monday, 3 July 2017

Fabulous



Stamp is by Woodware

Background created with Pixie Powders and a sprinkle of gold embossing powder (not set with ink, just thrown on while the card-stock was still wet)

Butterfly punch by SU. If I'd found the matching stamp set in time it would have been stamped too! Tidied my pit of a craft room eventually and discovered it hiding under a storage trolley...




Friday, 30 June 2017

Bookcase Builder




Another recent SU purchase and, again, one I need a bit more time with.
I used whatever inks I had to hand plus some stamp-friendly pens (old ones by Docrafts)

I like the way you can really change the mood of the card by using the same stamps but in different colours and combinations. Some great ideas on Pinterest, as usual.






Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Lift Me Up


This is the tool (wallpaper seam roller) I was blethering about on my previous post, it's fab for getting a really definite crease when making your own card blanks.


This card made using Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up stamp set and matching dies. I've bought a lot of new SU stuff lately and haven't had time to have a really good play...






Friday, 23 June 2017

Best Wishes



Stamp set and dies by Stampin' Up! (Jar of Love)
Sentiment stamp is by Papermania

Card is 7 x 7 inches



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Acetate



Bit hard to photograph this one.

It's a sheet of printed acetate that I folded to make the card blank, then it just needed a topper.
Behind the topper, on the inside, is a piece of white card for the message - this means that the adhesive is sandwiched between the two and therefore not visible.

Because of the thickness of the acetate it was impossible to score so I just folded it over and then used a plastic roller to enforce the fold. I bought the roller in a DIY shop and I *think* they're sold to go over wallpaper seams, it's been so handy over the years when making my own card blanks.

Topper and acetate are both Papermania




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I'm Back



Apologies for the long absence of posts, we've been away on a cruise and then away again at a music festival (Download) plus the puppy is still wanting a lot of attention...so card making has taken a back seat for the last few weeks.





I'll post a card later but in the mean time I found these lovely paint chips recently in B&Q. The colours are gorgeous and on quite a matt finish so they'll be great for small dies/ punches.
I might even just use a single one as it is on a 'welcome to your new home' card.




Friday, 26 May 2017

Wishes




Butterfly paper by Papermania, other paper is by Magnolia
Sentiment die is by Tonic
Card is 8 x 8"




Wednesday, 24 May 2017

More of my cards





Yet more of the lovely cards I received for my birthday.
These two have the same die

(puppy destroyed one of the flowers from the peach card)




Monday, 22 May 2017

More birthday cards...



More of the beautiful birthday cards I received last month.

Jan very cleverly got the name of my blog on her card :)






Saturday, 20 May 2017

Birthday cards






More of my birthday cards



Thursday, 18 May 2017

Enjoy



Another beautiful card I received for my birthday recently.
Think I need this edge die!



Love the way Margaret has decorated the inside of the card (puts me to shame as I never seem to get round to doing proper inserts)



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My cards



Some cards I received for my birthday last month









Sunday, 14 May 2017

High Tide



I really like this stamp set, High Tide, by Stampin' Up!
I need to have a proper play with it, this was my first effort, there's some beautiful cards on Pinterest.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stash Bags



These are thank you gifts for a couple of my club ladies who placed orders with me recently.

I bought the plain tote bags from Papermill, unfortunately they're not on their website. I usually visit the shop when we're in the Lakes and these bags were tucked away on a bottom shelf.

The front of the bag has a plastic sleeve so you can decorate a piece of A4 card and slide it in to make the cover personal.




I used some papers from TKMaxx, stamps by Autumn Leaves and Banana Frog.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wiper Card



Excuse the horrendous pics, as usual as I was in a rush for card club!

This is a wiper card, lots of tutorials on YouTube/ Pinterest. I couldn't find one with the measurements I wanted so I made them up myself to suit a 5 x 7" envelope. If you watch a tutorial video and get the gist of the basic card here are my measurements:

two pieces of grey card 10.5 x 5" and scored at 2" and 4"
'wiper' is 4" x 2", marked at 2" and a diagonal score from here.

When things have calmed down I might actually have a go at some videos as I have to make card projects anyway, just that I don't like my speaking voice...





Border punch is by Martha Stewart
Sentiment die by Tonic
Butterfly is K&Co




Called a wiper card because it folds flat into an envelope and then when you open the card (by pulling each end) the butterfly slides up like a windscreen wiper!