Saturday, 30 June 2012

Boys2Men golf card for 60th birthday

I was asked to make a card with a fun golf theme, and after cruising the Internet looking for inspiration, I found some fab cards made using the Boys2Men cd by Ella's Designs. As I have a few tricky male themed cards to make, I decided the investment was worth it and I'll share some more cards made with the cd in the coming months. In the meantime, take a look at her lovely blog for inspiration.


The puns continue on the inside of the card, where it says, ’ Sorry we can't be with you at your parTee'.

I used Serif Craft Artist to play with the images on the cd as some of the images handily also come as png and jpeg images for importing in to graphics programs. There are also backing papers, topper sheets etc available as PDFs to simply print out and create with. The flag was hand cut by tracing round an enlarged image of the flag included on the cd, stamped with a sentiment and attached to a coffee stirrer. I found that I got a loss of quality in the images I selectively cropped and pasted from the PDF documents in to Craft Artist, so if the images aren't on the cd as pngs, it is probably better to just print out the full PDF sheet of images and accept you may be wasting a bit of the sheet you don't need. I found printing on Tesco Quality Glossy Inkjet Photo Paper gave me really good quality printed results and I tend to use this for all my Craft Artist and craft cd printing now.


Saturday, 23 June 2012

A bicycle birthday card for my husband

I've made this card with a bike image cut from a K&Co stack. Edges have been distressed with scissors and Distress ink and I made a couple of wee flags to fill the space on the LHS that was crying out for something. The card base is Kraft from a Quirky Kits Lite kit which has been stamped round the edges with a HOTP flourish stamp. I managed to squeeze on a sweet little metal bike charm too.

I don't seem to have got the hang of scheduling posts on Blogsy yet as this post seems to be showing up on Friday, but is dated Saturday. Oh well...I'll keep practicing!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Hunkydory cricket card

I've made this stepper card for my FIL for Father's Day as he is a very big cricket fan. I used the Hunkydory For All card kit from Create and Craft.

I downloaded Blogsy to try and make blogging from my iPad a little easier, and this is my first post done entirely on my iPad. I took the photo using my iPhone, which by the magic of photostreaming appeared on my iPad. I then put a grungy frame round it, and brightened it with Snapseed, and added text with Phonto. I'm quite impressed with the photo editing as I think the photo looks better than it would do if I'd messed about with it on the pc.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Stitched engagement card

Having dusted off my sewing machine for my last card, I decided to use it to make this engagement card, which has quite a contemporary feel about it being very clean and simple. My new Canon printer has been a fantastic buy. I was able to print directly on to this very thick white card without any problem at all, and the ability to do this now opens up lots of card design possibilities. I can't believe I put up with my ancient rubbish one for so long when great new printers are out there for less than £30.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Stitched baby card

I was asked to make a baby card for a friend, and it was to be fairly unfussy. I came up with this card, which has ended up rather different from the one I had in my head when I started out, but that often seems to happen with me.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Hybrid birthday card with matching gift bag

I made this card and gift bag with Serif Craft Artist. The bag was very simple as CA comes with several bag templates which you just drag a background over, then cut and stick. I made the card using the same digikit, mounted it on a hand cut 14.5cm square card, then doodled or inked around the edges and added a few gems.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Bennachie layout

I had fun making this, working the way I like to, surrounded by lots of different bits and pieces, and not really having too much of a clue where its all going. I've used elements from several different Quirky Kits Lite, including the most recent one which provided the background card. I've also been doing a wee bit of recycling as the eagle-eyed may spot a Fat Face clothes tag on the layout, and I also used some of the kraft paper the Quirky Kits letter was printed on.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

21st birthday card for a snowboarder

Sharing yesterday's card reminded me that I made this one for a snowboarder some time ago now. I found the snowboarder image at, and cut it and the rest of the card with my Craft Robo. Like the frisbee card, I used the Basic Grey Cupcake collection.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

21st birthday card for a frisbee player

I am asked to make some unusual cards, but I must admit that this was a first for me. My friend's grandson is a frisbee player, and she wanted a card with his name on, so I came up with this using the Basic Grey Cupcake collection that despite its name, has quite a few papers and stickers that are perfect for men and boys.
I found an image online at that I printed on to the back of the BG paper and cut out. As the images are vectors, I should have been able to cut directly from my Craft Robo software but my computer was dying and I couldn't do anything with it, so it was easier to just hand cut it.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Embossed Silver wedding card

There is lots of dry embossing going on with this card, with three different Cuttlebug embossing folders being used. It is hard to remember what handmade cards were like before die cutting and embossing machines came on the go! The numbers were cut with my Craft Robo, the scallop circle is a nestie, and the layers were done with my Perfect Layers rulers.

Monday, 11 June 2012

18th birthday card for a girl

I've made this card for my friend's daughter. This is the first time I've used the wonderful Tim Holtz Sizzix Word Play 657837  die I finally received after a long, long wait. The papers are from the g.c.d Studios Love Tokens pad,  which was an absolute bargain at £1 from the craft show at the SECC in March. They have a lovely linen type texture, cut brilliantly on the Craft Robo, and are double sided with textured plains on the reverse of the patterns. There isn't a dud sheet in the 24 sheet pack, and being pink and purple, are the perfect colours for Claire. It was looking a little plain, until I struck upon the idea of adding some bunting.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Hunkydory Father's day racing car card

I've made this card with the Race Day card and topper set from the Hunkydory For All card kit I bought from Create and Craft a few weeks ago. The background is embossed with a Sizzix embossing plate and the lettering and zig zag strip are both Sizzix decorative strip dies.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Me to you birthday card

Here's a quick Me to You card to share with you today, made entirely with Docraft Digital Designer, with a couple of extra images duplicated so that I could decoupage the bear and balloon.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Craftwork Cards Anglomania

Cards don't come much easier than these. I received a free pack of Anglomania papers with an order I made with Craftwork Cards ages ago and finally got round to using them. One of the 8x8 papers has four 4" patterns, so I quartered the sheet and used two of the 4" squares mounted on to navy card, to make these cards. Each pattern had a perfect place for stamping a thank you sentiment (Purple Onion and Hero Arts).

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

New York layouts part 4

All the layouts are made with Quirky Kits Lite.
The first of today's layouts shows photos of a great afternoon we spent at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. 
The second shows us at Planet Hollywood. What a fantastic, fun place to eat! One of the papers in the kit was perfect for cutting up in to individual journalling cards,  and ticket and receipt embellishments. I loved the little camera and badge embellishments that came in this kit too.
The third layout shows us packing and on our journey to the airport. The New York themed embellishments are by Paper House.

Monday, 4 June 2012

New York layouts part 3

Another couple of layouts to share with you today.
They both are made mostly with Quirly Kits Lite, with additional embellishments on the first LO coming from a fabulous and enormous Cosmo Cricket QVC kit from years ago. The colours and style of the CC kit worked really well with the papers.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

New York layouts part 2

There is lots of Quirky Kits Lite loveliness going on in the rest of the New York layouts I'll be sharing over the next few days.
The first shows some photos from Wall Street where we window shopped at Tiffany's (a girl can dream). The layout includes a few bits and pieces from K and Co embellishment packs, and some machine stitching which I go through phases of doing.
The second layout includes a composite photo, and tells a funny story. If you are interested, take a closer look at the journalling by clicking on the photo.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

New York layouts part 1

As there is actually some sunshine to be had in the north east of Scotland this morning, I have photographed a few of the layouts I made of our New York holiday.
The first shows the Postcards memorial on Staten Island. If you have time to click on the photo to read the journalling, please do, as it tells the story behind this amazing memorial to the 9/11 victims from Staten Island. I used Serif Craft Artist to create background paper on to which I typed the journalling, by enlarging a photo of some of the granite plaques depicting the profiles of each victim.
The next two layouts are more traditional tourist shots. As I had so many New York photos, I scrapped a lot by using divided page protectors and loved how much I could get done in a short amount of time. The last photo on the right of the last layout shows the Postcards memorial from another angle.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Pedal car race champions

I don't often share scrapbook layouts on my blog, mainly because they are such a pain to photograph. However, I managed to complete and photograph these three pages, telling  the story of the first pedal car race to take place in our town, which had my DH in the winning team. The day also included a closed road cycle race which was a great success.
I have been subscribing to Quirky Kits Lite since the latter part of last year, and I am absolutely loving them. They aren't very big,  but still contain enough papers to make several LOs, they have a small amount of several different embellishments, and always contain an alphabet. The best bit is they only cost £10 and they only come every two months, so I don't find them overwhelming. I've used a few scraps and the yellow alphabet from some of the kits on these LOs with everything else coming from a massive K and CO stack and some Papermania craft cardstock. I also used up a few Basic Grey chipboard letters I've had for ages.