Saturday, 20 October 2012

Hunkydory For All Time for Tea birthday card to a friend

I've made this birthday card for my great pal, who whenever I text or phone her to see if she's free, will invariably answer back straight away, ”Kettle's on".

I've used the Hunkydory For All Time for Tea kit, with an 8x8 card blank as the base, with the front half cut away and lace edged with a border punch. Most of the edges have been heat embossed with gold.

I carefully cut round the edge left on the sheet when I'd popped out the die cut topper, and this gave me a narrow frame for my computer generated message inside.

I bought lots of beautiful paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts some time ago now, and found some that were a perfect match for the flowers on the card, so I made a 3d bouquet with them.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Dr Seuss birthday card

I made this card for a huge Dr Seuss fan. The main image is a free printable from The Dr Seuss website, Seussville. The quote on the card front is taken from the Dr Seuss poem Happy Birthday to You!

I found quite a few Dr Seuss digital kits on line, but thought I'd save myself a few dollars by having a go and making my own.

In Serif Craft Artist, I was able to find a stripey paper in one of my existing kits that just needed to be recoloured to suit this project. However, any spotty papers I had just wouldn't recolour to the bright red of the cat's hat no matter what settings I tried so I needed to start from scratch. I first drew a square and filled it with red, the exact colour of the hat, chosen with the colour picker tool. I then drew a small white circle and used the replicate tool to make a row of them. I duplicated the whole row, offset it below the first row, then grouped the two rows and replicated them again to fill the whole of the red square. I digitally assembled the card then printed it out on to my favourite Tesco photo paper, mounted it on to black card and then on to a 8x8 card blank.

The font is Grinched, downloaded from

The final touch was some Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Decoart, painted on to the bow tie and the 3.


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Pink Petticoat birthday card.

I've revisited a Mojo Monday sketch I used a few days ago, for this birthday card made with a Pink Petticoat digi image and papers.

I added touches of glitter, and did a little doodling around the edge of the card and the Tattered Garland flower and leaves. The flower centre is a gorgeous Papermania sticky blingy bit which looks like a drop of water with a petrol sheen.

I love doodling on the card insert. Here, I've made use of a tiny Hero Arts stamp that comes on a sheet of sentiments.



Monday, 8 October 2012

Quick and easy pop up card tutorial

I spent a little time yesterday trying to find a way of making a really simple pop up for the inside of a card, on to which embellishments - die cuts etc - can be adhered, and came up with this. I was going to design it on my Craft Robo, but it is really so simple to do, it wouldn't be worth the effort of switching the pc on.

I've used the largest scallop circle die in a standard set of Nestabilities to form the pop up and the pop up sits 3cm out from the card. This size works well inside a 15cm square card. I used quite a thick card, but it would be better made with thin card or even acetate to reduce the bulk. It can be used in a tent fold or side opening card.

The tutorial shows the basic method I came up with to make the pop up, but it can be tweaked as needed, eg, using a fancy bracketed square instead of a scalloped circle, increasing the size of the base shape, altering the depth of the pop up shelf etc.

I hope you find the tutorial useful, and easy to's my first!



Sunday, 7 October 2012

Stampendous ranunculus stamped 80th birthday card

I made this card for the same lady who will be receiving yesterday's card. I used the beautiful Stampendous Clings CRR112 - Ranunculus Field stamp, which I water coloured using Whispers pens, then added a little DecoArt Glamour Dust to. I think this glitter is the best I've ever used. It is so fine and pretty. The background is coloured with Distress Dusty Concord.

The embossed background of this 8x8” card has been done with my new Spellbinder M-Bossabilities 8 x 12 Dainty Dots folder, the main reason I succumbed and purchased a Grand Calibur. I just love embossing folders and really liked the idea of being able to do a whole sheet of A4. This background has cost me a fortune! Hopefully, I'll find plenty more uses for my GC, besides this folder.





Saturday, 6 October 2012

Flowery 80th birthday card

I've made this card for my friend to give to her mum. She likes flowers so I made lots of 3d flowers using my Sizzix Tattered Florals die.

I wouldn't have chosen to do the sentiment in black normally, but the lady has a thing about the colour green (natural things being green is fine, so I was able to make the leaves from green paper), otherwise I probably would have made the writing a very dark green. With hindsight, dark brown may have looked better than black.