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Masculine Birthday Card

Happy Friday Crafting Friends.

Colin’s Birthday was a great excuse to do a masculine card design, which I’ve said before is always a challenge.
The project was from a magazine supplement which I will add if I can find it lol.

These are most of the supplies I used to create my version of the card.

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3 x Whisper assorted green inks
1 x Versa colour ink in mint
1 x Create and Craft Glue roller
1 x See D’s rubber stamp (unfortunately I don’t have the name or number of this set)
1 x Crafters Companion folding board
1 x A4 pearlescent white card and matching envelope (DL size card and front panel of card all from one sheet)
1 x Patterned paper – choose which ever colour scheme you like
1 x Assorted sequins and buttons similar colours to your coloured inks
1 x Stayzon Black ink
1 x Dovecraft Christmas stamp set
1 x American Crafts butchers twine in co-ordinations colour

To start measure your envelope and make your card blank using the pearlescent A4 card mine was 300gsm and I measured marked scored and trimmed, then because I like to have all my pieces cut out. I did the same with the patterned paper and the rest of the card, ready and prepared to stamp but don’t stick the white down until the end as you need to wrap the twine around the bottom section.

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The pattern on the stamp you use could be anything really but I just thought it would be nice to use a stamp from one of my Christmas stamp sets because they are obviously at the top of your stash at this time of year and they don’t always have to be used only at Christmas. I put it on my rocker block because the stamp was a border stamp and was very long even though I was only using the end.

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I used a random distance and length with the different coloured ink, I did only stamp once but then decided to double the stamp up to gain width.

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Let that dry and then stamp your chosen sentiment across the bottom third of your card to stick to this important rule (the rule of thirds). Black ink stood out so well and I really like using the mixed text sentiment that can cover the whole width.

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Add the twine and accents I used a cute lime green button and little green sequins, only a couple set my version of this card off nicely. Adhere to the card base and done and dusted masculine birthday card complete!!

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Mother In Law’s Butterfly Card

Hello!

Hopefully I will be posting every Friday for the foreseeable future which I am really looking forward too 🙂

This tutorial was excellent for a Butterfly Card, I don’t have any stamping up gear but I really enjoyed adapting the card. Click on the word tutorial to go straight too it.

This is virtually a straight copy of Tami’s card but I just loved it and knew Katrina would too with the pastel colours I used.

I kept the the sizes from the original tutorial but just double checked them against my manilla card blank that they wouldn’t be too big. I didn’t have a large butterfly punch so I just made a blank and a checked the angle and the size first. It seemed fine so I just carried on punching the rest and used the blank as a guide. I ended up using a much larger birthday stamp with pearlescent ink as the white space at the bottom seemed very empty, on reflection I may have used a little bakers twine on the very bottom before sticking down the white card stock.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this card and want to have a go, please link yours below or post a picture I’d love to see them x X Thanks for reading see you next Friday 🙂 x X

Crafty Aunt Showcase

Good Morning lovely craft friends!

Today I wanted to reflect not on my projects but on just some of the lovely cards I’ve received this year from my crafty Aunty Heather. She makes all these wonderful projects and because I’ve had very little time for crafting this year I wanted to show a little of her impressive work as a little December treat.

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This one is our wedding card and I love the detail so much and our theme was purple and all our related cards from Aunty Heather we’re coordinating with our theme 🙂

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This was another wedding card she had made for my cousin to give us and I just loved displaying them in my living room, sad to see them taken down.

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A surprise welcome home card was a wonderful gift and has been displayed all through the Christmas festivities.

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Last but not least, Christmas luxury with super cute polar bears and a hint of glitter. The bow border might have to be my favourite part though.

I can’t thank her enough for all her lovely inspiration 🙂

Thanks for reading and look forward to posting lots more in January 2014 x x x

Late Mothers Day Stepper Card

Good Friday Morning to everyone 🙂
This is the last late Mother’s Day card I will be sharing, I had been wanting and trying to make a stepper can for ages with no luck. I could never get it to fold quite right an so they would fall over or not be scored equally and all sorts lol. So many youtube videos later my mum spotted a template while out and about and so I thought I’d give it a go.
I’d already decided which stamp I wanted to use for this card and started to colour with my pro markers. Love the cute scene and mouse with tiny chefs hat.
With the new template all the folding and cutting was perfect, well nearly I could still make a few adjustments but I was happy with the finished article.
I cut the tag by hand and used my little flower punch and embosser set to add the little flowers.
Hope you enjoy the last card and really hope the Easter weekend brings sunshine and all things nice including a huge chocolate egg! Thanks for reading and all the best.

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Update + Photo

Good evening all, I have been beavering away tonight trying to get my Dad’s birthday card done for tomorrow. Unfortunately I can’t share the whole card tonight just incase but I thought I’d let you have a little glimpse of my favourite part.

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This little corner was such a fun idea the Kraft date paper was from a larger collage type paper and so I just cropped this bit out and highlighted the month and date of his birthday with my white gel pen but you could use tipp-ex. I just thought it was a really nice idea I’ve probably seen it on scrapbooking pages before but on the smaller scale I think it works perfectly for cards.
Let me know if you’ve done this before and hope you can join me tomorrow for the reveal of this card! X x thanks so much for reading, night night x X

Top 10 Craft Items I’d Rather Not Live Without!

Happy 28th of January everyone 🙂

This is not a particularly special day but it is the start of my last week in post a day January, which is a little sad 😦 But exciting because the results of posting everyday have been well worth it. I would recommend an experiment like this to anyone.
Today I bring you my Top 10 of craft items I’d really rather not live without some I would say are essential but some are indulgences so not a definitive list but a very personal one instead. Lots of pics coming up in no particular order.

No. 1
20130128-213057.jpg I have no idea what they call this tool but I couldn’t craft without mine it’s a hole maker and a gem placer and has so many other use’s in between. Great tool!

No. 2
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Speaking of gems these are a little bit of sparkle I’d rather not have to live without they can transform almost any card and can even be used effectively on men’s card.

No. 3
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Location, location, location. Storage is so important I know I keep saying it but all these small items get so forgotten if not stored properly.

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Terrible picture I know but this type of box in my craft room holds everything from push pins to beads and it does the best job because you can see all the compartments easily.

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This is not an indulgence everyone needs to tidy those edges up once in a while or cut down some custom cards. Required Daily!

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This is the start of the indulgence, Martha Stewart Punches. I have punch envy on most people’s blogs when they have more of these than I do. Love!

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Colouring chalks are not an everyday used item in my craft stash but I do like them for their pretty colour palette and just having them on my desk makes me want to be more brave with colour.

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Embossing folders and a machine to run them through is so enjoyable I wouldn’t hesitate investing in one, however mine is on long term loan from crafty Aunty so I enjoy mine even more.

No. 9

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This double sided tape roller and tape are my always products they never get further away than arms length and if they did I’d be lost. My most used tools!

No .10

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This is the big one! My most prized crafting tool and the most elegant object in my stash. This was a present, my very own Cricut Imagine – the printing, cutting wonder of a machine I really don’t use it enough though as I need more cartridges but I will invest in more of these and build my card creations using it.

Thanks for reading tonight and hope the last few post of my post a day don’t disappear too quickly and hope this is as useful as you’d like it to be. Night Night x

Cupcake Card

Happy Saturday!!!
I have had a wonderful day of not very much except for a brief walk to shops in snow and a few enjoyable films this afternoon, this was much needed I can tell you.
My cupcake card did however get finished off. I cut the card with the stamped image into a square then mat and layered onto some patterned paper I found. I only had one sheet so had to be really sure of my design before I started cutting. Once this was done I chose a suitable size square card to make my easel I think it was about 15cm square. I wanted the background colour to be white and match the base card so I just cut another card from same pack in half, job done.
I used a 1inch strip to run across the bottom third behind the image and then some silky pink ribbon to add a bit more detail. Which I made sure ran all the way around neatly as with this sideways type of easel card it can be seen at one side.
Once everything was adhered to the square, the base square card front needed to be scored from the bottom left to the top right. Then this triangle that folds down to make the easel can have the front panel glued to it. I stuck down my patterned paper to the inside (base) making sure the paper flower was in the right place to hold the front up sufficiently to display. Remember to put your push pin or brad through the paper, flatten and then glue down or else you will have to go through the whole card and this may look a bit untidy on the reverse.
For a finishing touch I added a little matching pink bow using a small glue dot, I have yet to decide if I should apply bling lol. It may need a few small gems before it gets to the envelope!
Hope you like the finished card and if you need any more instructions please let me know and I can go through it in a bit more detail. Thanks again and good night x
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