29 May 2024

On time birthday card

 Hi Everyone, if you've visited my blog in May, you would have seen this card I sent a month early. Well, I had to make it up to her and made sure I sent a birthday card on time.

I'd had this gorgeous digital image of a Gnome, that I decided to use. I took him into Silhouette, (you know I hate fussy cutting!) and cut the whole layer out, then cut him out with the foreground flowers. Next, he was printed out to fit a 5x7inch card, I had also added the greeting below him. The layer was then placed onto green card and attached to the base card. The other cut layers were then attached. 

I also cut the sentiment from Silhouette, I coloured it to match with DI ink and placed it onto the white shadow layer and attached it onto the card. I thought it needed more, but didn't want to detract from the lovely image, so die cut 3 butterflies and placed them to the side of the Gnome. Shame the layers don't show up in the photo.

Gnome -  Create with TLC
smile font - Ayanalove
ink - Tattered Rose Distress Ink
butterflies - Tattered Lace Die

The insert done in Photoshop. My own verse!

23 May 2024

2 year old birthday card

 Hi Everyone, my card today was for my Niece's granddaughter.

I had seen a card with a scalloped edge, but didn't have a die to make it, so into Silhouette. I printed out the main images, as I had arranged them onto the background, also more images to do layers and cut them. Next I cut the 2 with a patterned font, also a bottom layer for it. The purple card was then cut larger to outline the image layer. 

I attached the main image to the purple card, then 3D'd the bears and stars onto it, I glued the 2 together, then added sparkle pen and added to the main card. I thought it portrayed fun and love for the little one.

background and bears - Creative Fabrika, Bears and Unicorns Clip Art 
font - Happy Party 
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

I then put together the insert in Photoshop, with the same font, but the regular font version. The verse is a mixture of a few I have in my files. I used the same background of hearts and stars and different bears. The blurred bit is my writing, I forgot to take a photo before writing it.

this is the cutie whose birthday it was

18 May 2024

Vintage Mid month WLSC

   Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month, we would love to see your cards with the theme, chosen by Lynn -

As I said at the beginning of the month, this theme threw me, but, I found a die cut strip of card in my bits box, so decided to see if I could make it vintage. I blended DO's, mustard seed, vintage photo and antique linen ink, all over the strip, then used a text stamp and DO vintage photo to add texture. 
The flowers were stamped with mustard seed and coloured with fired brick, the leaves were stamped with Stazon black, and coloured with DO's forest moss, mowed lawn. The sentiment die cut, was shaded the same colours as the main piece and the sentiment stamped with DO vintage photo.  
inks - Distress Oxide colours as above
flowers, text & sentiment stamps - Magazine freebies SC&P #239

Don't forget, we now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.

The wonderful Prizes are from Lisa Horton Crafts, coordinating embossing folder, die and stencils and two dies from Highlight Crafts

Our Sister Challenge "Allsorts" is celebrating 15 fabulous years, today. Congratulations to you all. 
They have a Fun Fold Challenge until the end of the month, I'm sure they would love you to join in and share the badge.

14 May 2024

Yellow flowers birthday card

 Hi Everyone, my card today was for a girlfriend of one of the Nephews in the family. I had had the stamp in my magazine subscription and wanted to use it right away. I thought of a design of adding the image as a centrepiece of the card. The flowers were stamped twice and coloured. Next I stencilled a flower stencil avoiding the stamped flower, I also only went to the bottom of the stems to help "ground" the flower, although it doesn't seem it has in the photo. 

The stamped flowers were added to yellow card and attached onto the base card. I stamped the sentiment. Next, the flower heads were fussy cut and placed onto the flower image. 3 yellow gems were then added.

I forgot to take a photo of the insert, as it was a bit of a rush to send it. I stamped a flower head and added more stencilling and a verse.

stamp set - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
Magazine freebies SC&P #254
stencil set -  Amazon
inks - Distress Inks, squeezed lemonade, fossilised amber, mowed lawn, rustic wilderness, tumbled glass
yellow card - Lidl
gems - stash

EDIT! I was in so much of a rush I sent it a month early DUH!


A Celebration too, at the

Allsorts Challenge

09 May 2024

Light Bulb birthday card.

 Hi Everyone, I have been lax in posting and comments, I'm apologising again, in between other things, I have also been ill with some sort of virus, don't know if it was Covid, but I felt quite ill. OH! Well, hopefully the year will improve from now on. As I sit here typing, the sun is out and making everything seem wonderful. At last!

My card today was for my Hubby's birthday in April, yep! I'm that far behind. Be warned, this post is picture heavy.

Anyhow, there are a few images to show you. I started off, by choosing a light bulb stamp, which was then followed by light bulb digital paper, which I changed the background colour from white to blue. I designed the card in Photoshop, I did the sentiment on the front, a little joke? In blue to match the paper. It was printed and sized for the 7inch x 10 inch card, larger than I usually make, but he is pretty special. I then printed out the light bulb paper and cut it to size. 

I stamped, coloured and die cut the bulb, placed it onto the paper and worked out where I wanted it. I then stamped the rays, the bulb paper was attached, and the bulb was 3D'd onto the main front piece under the rays, next the bottom sentiment was also 3D'd onto the lightbulb paper.  They were added to blue card and then attached to the base card, I had cut to make the card.
light bulb and rays stamps and die - "Sheena"  Simply Cards & Papercraft #244. Magazine freebies
light bulb dp - Digi Dewi
birthday font - School
blue card - Lidl

I didn't know what to  do with the insert, so, went searching for verses for hubby. I found one, that I liked and went about designing the pages in Photoshop, I used Photoshop shapes for hearts and coloured them. I wrote the verses on each page, changing the position of the hearts. They were printed out and added to the centre of the card. I'm glad to say he liked his card.

05 May 2024

Vintage WLSC

  Hi Everyone, my DT card today is for We Love Stamping. This month, we would love to see your cards with the theme, chosen by Lynn - Vintage

I'm afraid the theme Vintage, threw me out of my comfort zone. I had nothing in my mind that I could do, even looking on the web, didn't help, the only thing I saw I liked, was with a blue theme, so here is my version of a "Blue? Vintage".

I found this lady and a paper I thought would match her, in my files. I printed them out, then looked through my stamps to see what could be vintage, I found these cherry blossom stamps and thought I could use them.

I stamped two in Distress Ink stormy sky and die cut them, then brushed over them with an DI antique linen, that's vintage? I did the same with the sentiments. Next, I felt it needed something else and haven't used ribbon for ages, I found a grey ribbon, that I also wiped with DI antique linen. 

For some reason, I decided to use a deckle edge for the lady image, I had to go searching for the deckle scissors, I found them, and a die, that shouldn't be where it was! Decided that had to be used too, and so, after antique linen was wiped around the image after cutting, 2 corner die cuts were added to the image. I also cut the sentiments with the deckle edge scissors.

The leaf paper was added to the same grey paper as the corner die, the ribbon placed onto them, and both attached to the base card. I then 3D'd the cherry blossom stamps, which were placed around the image. The stamped sentiments were glued to the ribbon and the image. After they were all attached to the base card, I wiped around the card, again with antique linen.

After choosing a blue theme, the blue wasn't very blue, but I liked the card in the end. I hope this card is vintage enough, as to my thought process with this card, goodness knows where it came from.

inks - Distress Ink
all stamps - Mag freebies Simply Cards & Papercraft #215
image - Create With TLC
paper - CreativeFabrica
corner die - QuickKutz
ribbon - stash


Don't forget, we now require At least one stamped element on entries. Those of you like us, who love to stamp, we would still love you to enter your fully stamped entry.

The wonderful Prizes are from Lisa Horton Crafts, coordinating embossing folder, die and stencils and two dies from Highlight Crafts

01 May 2024

Trains, Planes & Automobiles TMR

 Hi Everyone, one of 2 DT posts today this is for 

What a great selection to choose from ay? I went from one to another, then decided to get my car die out and go for it. 

I tried to get the embossed lines to be gold embossed, but it wouldn't have it, and embossed all over instead. Not a good one, but I quite liked the look of it. I wondered if I could use an all over gold embossed car. I went looking for a gold birthday quote and came across this, which was computer generated and die cut. Next, I die cut another car and embossed it all, as you see it, I went over the embossed lines with a black fine liner pen, to accentuate them. 

I looked for gold paper and found this, which was die cut, and a plain card die cut to layer over it. The car was 3D'd onto the plain card with the sentiment, which was layered twice and attached directly onto the card. 

car die - Sweet Dixie
gold embossing powder - Altenew Antique Gold
gold paper - Papermania, Modern Lustic
sentiment die - Julie Hicky layers, frames and banners + squares
font used - Bigger Lemons
square dies - Sue Wilson Noble square dies.
I wanted something for the insert and adapted something I saw on the web to suit my card. I also made the fuel pump in Photoshop, by added rectangles and colouring them, then a Photoshop brush to make the nozzle and pipe, dragging it to shape it. Adding a shadow to make it come to life - hopefully.

Go see what fabulous cards the DT have produced. Great inspiration for those pesky masculine cards.

Panda CCC

     Hi Everyone, one of my 2 DT cards today is for -

Critter Crazy

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, 
Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter.
 This panda came to light when I was looking for something else in files, do you find that? I do a search and the strangest things come to light. This was a cut file, so I took it into my Silhouette and cut it out with the negative frame, at the same time. The panda was a "hollow" shape, with just the black, but I made a white layer for the black to sit on. I sized them all to fit a 5x7 inch card. The eyes were so tiny, I'm surprised I could even pick them up. 

As for the sentiment, I also found it in my files, something I had saved for future use. I generated it in Photoshop, and print & cut it out layering it onto black card which, with the negative shape was laid onto the base card. Next the panda was 3D'd and laid inside the negative shape.  

I decided to make the insert full colour, so again, in my files, I found the "paint strips", and added a few words I thought would be suitable for the insert. 
panda - So Fontsy, Silhouette School
negative shape - Carin Grove
font - Bigger Lemons 
paint strips - Marisa Lerin