Around this time of year, our families have an abundance of birthdays and anniversaries. I have made a pretty birthday card today and felt is was apt for both my Aunt in Australia and my friend, Jan.
I used the following materials:
- A4 white Trucard 300gsm (coated on 1 side)
- A4 white paper 120gsm (by Navigator & available at Costco in the UK – not sure about USA)
- Digital Scrapbooking kit “Indian Summer” by Gennifer Bursett. This kit contains beautiful painted flower designs.
- Digital label by Ellie Lash from her kit “My Favorite Things”
- “Happy Birthday” sentiment wordart by SasDesigns from her kit “Perfect Party”
- My trusty Epson R1900 printer
Before I started making the card, I had to re-colour the wordart so the colours complimented the roses in the digital paper and as the “T” in Birthday was exactly the same colour as the label it didn’t show. I did this using Photoshop Elements. I also added a pink shadow to the wordart which helped the “T” stand out more. I also added a shadow to some lace trim in the “Indian Summer” kit to make it look more realistic when added to the front of the card.
With all the re-colouring and shadowing done, I assembled the card (a 14.85mm square) in MS Publisher by dragging the paper onto the white canvas and aligning it to the top corner. This has to be resized by clicking and dragging on the bottom left corner and if you do this at 100% zoom it makes it easy to size to 14.85mm. It’s also useful to have it set up to “Snap to Guides” in the Arrange section.
At this stage I cut out the card along the edge of the design, which then leaves the greeting on a seperate piece of card. This is handy if you want to add glitter glue or Glossy Accents, etc. Wait for any of these products to dry before trimming the greeting. It’s then a case of just cutting it out and adhering to the base with dimensional foam squares.
The inside of a card is just as important and I always use a thick (at least 100gsm) paper to print my greeting. I use the line tool to indicate where the fold of the card and the bottom cut-line will be, which makes the placement of the greeting easy. Here’s another screenshot:
The line tool where the fold will be is shown above, but I also add another at 14.85 horizontally if making a square card just to make sure the greeting is placed correctly.
I am really pleased with the end result… quite a quick card for me!
Please contact me if you would like any tips/help in making a similar card. I’ll be only too pleased to help.
Yep… August again; where did the last year go???
My mother is a fabulous needlewoman – both machine stitching and hand embroidery. I’ve tried my hand at both but they just weren’t for me, anyway, I could never create anything as beautiful as her creations. She has even made a wonderful Christening gown and bonnet (which has been worn by all the babies in our family since made in 1989) ALL by hand – yes, including seams… she’s very talented!
Here’s the card I made for my Mummy this year:
I used cream pearlescent card and paper. The overall size of the card is just under 6″ square (actually 14.85mm sq).
- Printed a design from Pink Petticoat from their “Perfect Papers” set (the rosebuds – I love these) onto the paper.
- Printed Pink Petticoat’s sewing machine digital stamp from their “Material Girl” set and the greeting (using fonts Courier and Clicker Script) onto pearlescent paper. Coloured these rosebuds with pearlescent chalks. Also printed the cotton reels onto the pearlescent card and wound pink and green embroidery thread around them.
- Made a scalloped square matte using my Pazzles Inspiration Electronic Die Cutting Machine. I stuck down the sewing machine to the scalloped square then machine stitched a border in pink.
- I then assembled the card using double sided sticky tape, foam squares and attached two buttons with superglue.
A special personalised card for a special Mummy!
I was recently commissioned by a man to make a 27th Wedding Anniversary card for his wife and thought you might like to see what I made:
They are both crazy about cats, so chose to work with a digital scrapbooking kit called “Cute Cats” by designer So Digitally Me.
The idea came to me as the man’s wife loves to receive Tiffany boxes (I wonder why???), so thought I’d work with the box theme and the colour. The original colour of the background paper was a pastel green, so I had a little help from Photoshop Elements to recolour this to the blue.
The thing is, I’m not perfect and made a huge mistake. I thought it was their 26th Wedding Anniversary and it was only when I sent pictures to him that he reminded me it was their 27th! We did joke about adding “+1″ as they both have a fantastic sense of humour, but it was easier to rectify than I expected. As I’d used silver glitter number peel-offs on white pearlescent card, the 6 came off really easily and I replaced it quickly with a number 7!
Here’s the original with 26 years on the heart:
Our youngest daughter, Alyssia, graduated recently from Loughborough University with a First Class BSc Honours Degree in Computer Science and I just can’t tell you just how very proud we are. She achieved so much whilst at Loughborough, including Events Coordinator for the Belly Dancing Society and Programming Student Representative despite having arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. She also had 100% attendance.
I just had to mark this special occasion with a special card. I had seen the “pop-up boxes” on many blogs and decided to give it a try and was delighted at the outcome.
The card folded
- Tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers
- Black card from We R Memory Keepers Textured Cardstock Pad
- White 300 gsm card from The Range store on which I printed
- all the wordArt (designed by myself) and elements
- Purple thread from Making Memories Scrapbook Details stitches (Watercolor Brite) to make the tassle
- Cuttlebug & Nestabilities die to create the tag – “The tassle was worth the hassle”.
- tiny silver star confetti & Stickles “Star Dust” for the “Reach for the stars” wordArt
- the Loughborough University crest courtesy of their website.
The main, personal greeting from us to our daughter was on the back of the card.
The card folded down to fit inside a UK C5 (half A4 size) envelope with a little room.
If you would like to make one of this type of card (or any of the other cards featured on my blog) and would like any advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have just made this birthday card for a friend’s daughter, who happens to be like my daughters in the fact that they just don’t like pink! The funny thing is, they’re all “scientists”! My eldest daughter, in particular, went through a stage of she would wear anything so long as it was black! She got past 18 and then began to appreciate pretty things. Anyway, here’s the card:
I just had to add the purple gems to add some sparkle!
- Pink Petticoat’s “Pretty Doodles” pattern (unfortunately no longer available – so glad I managed to get this – it’s so pretty)
- Anita’s gems (Gem Wheels)
- Textured pearlescent purple card
- White 300gsm glossy card
- Tiny flower brads (purple)
- Sakura Ball Sign Tiara Glitter pen – purple
- Font: Janda Quirky Girl (18 today!)
- Printed on my Epson R1900 printer
It’s surprising how quickly Mother’s Day’s arrived again this year – mind you, where does the time go? We usually celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in March here in the UK. Here are some photographs of a different kind of card I made for my Mummy this year – a box of flowers!
The final photograph above was taken outside… it’s amazing how different the colours look!
To achieve the above, I actually cheated a little. I bought a digital kit from Crafts U Print and printed it out onto 300gsm glossy card. I decided the flowers that came with this didn’t really look fragile enough when cut out from this weight card, so decided to use vellum. I then went through my digital stash of papers and chose various complimentary coloured papers – some floral, some blended papers and printed these onto A4 vellum. I then had a look through my Pazzles Inspiration cutting files and found some “spiral” flowers i.e., a spiral is cut into a circle and after cutting it out, you roll it and this makes the rose-looking flowers. I then cut out lots of these, rolled them, glued them with a hot glue gun and then chose the ones I wanted to use. If you’d like to have a go at making these types of flowers but don’t have an electronic die cutting machine, take a look at this tutorial http://snapcreativity.com/easy-diy-paper-flowers/
The “flat”-looking flowers aren’t acutally flat, they’re layered vellum. I also added little gems to make it sparkle.
It is a lovely alternative to the “normal” type of card, although very labour intensive. Just shows the amount of love I put into it for my very special Mummy! :-)
Today I have two cards to share with you. One for my nephew’s 14th birthday (Ben) and the second for my cousin’s son’s 10th birthday (Ethan). So, here we go…
I love nothing better that to spend time with family and Ben’s 14th birthday was no exception. Ben is an avid footballer, an Arsenal supporter, hence the theme of my card.
I was actually brave in making this card… you might think why, but I’ve had my Pazzles machine since October 2012 and find it very complicated (unless that’s just me being a techno-phobe) and haven’t used it very much. I took a chance and joined 2 circles, welded them together which made the base for the card. Then my idea just followed through. I thought I was so clever!
- Using black card & Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine, cut out circle card base (6 inches)
- Cut 2 circles (5.25 inches) – one red, one green for mattes for under the football shape
- The football (black) is from the Pazzles library. Cut 2 – one for the front and one for the inside. Also cut out 2 white circles the same size.
- Using a scarf element from one of my digital scrapbooking kits, I manipulated it in Photoshop Elements8 to get the red and white stripes (Arsenal club colours), added “Happy Birthday Ben” using the Waltograph font (available free from dafont.com) and printed and cut it out by hand.
- The Arsenal shield is from google images which I printed and cut out, then highlighted all the gold bits with a gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
- I hand-wrote the greeting inside “It’s your Birthday,… have a ball!” with a black gel pen.
It was a glorious spring day here in the UK and my lovely sister and hubby cooked a lovely roast lunch too!
My second card was for my cousin’s son, Ethan, who has autism. He’s a lovely boy and collects anything of a technological nature from iPads to mobile phones. With the techno-theme in mind and his age (10), I thought a robot card would be just right for him.
Here’s how I made it.
- I chose to use the “Tinker” digital scrapbooking kit available free from Everyday Mom Ideas because I liked the cute robot.
- In MS Publisher I opened a new A4 29.7 x 21cm page with no margins (my printer has the facility to print without margins) and, as a guide, drew a line down the centre of the card at the fold line (14.85cm). This needs to be deleted before printing.
- I then dragged my chosen paper – white with multi-coloured cogs/gears – onto the page and resized and cropped it to fit in half of the right hand side of the section. I found a light blue-grey paper amongst my digital stash to match the same colour cog in the 1st paper and followed the same action, placing it under the cogs paper. The happy birthday greeting is the “automatika” font which I colourized using the colours in the cog paper so it matched. Once this background had been assembled, I then deleted the guide line I had previously drawn at the fold line, printed it off onto A4 glossy card and allowed it to dry – the pigment inks I use take a while to dry sufficiently.
- It was now time to “assemble” the robot. I did this in Photoshop Elements8 using the robot from the “Tinker” kit, a party hat and balloon from my digital stash. I recoloured the party hat and balloon using colours to co-ordinate with the gears/cogs on the paper and also recoloured the white parts of the robot to grey. I popped the party hat onto the robot’s head and placed the balloon to make it seem as if the robot was holding it and saved it as a .png element with a transparent background. I then went back to MS Publisher to gather together the elements for the card front.
- I inserted another page – Insert>Page>1>After current page OK – placed my robot, a photocorner from my digital stash, a strip of colour to match the darker blue 15cm wide, a grey strip with 0s and 1s binary and arranged them all so I’d have plenty of white around the robot so as to be able to cut out the correct size, printed it out on A4 glossy card.
- I then cut out all my elements, punched round corners (using my X-Cut corner punch) to the robot card, ran the blue strip through my Cuttlebug inside a polka dot embossing folder to add texture, and assembled the card using self-adhesive craft foam squares.
- As always with my cards, I created an insert from A4 120gsm paper and adhered it with double-sided self-adhesive tape.
Hope you enjoy my cards!
My sister’s 50 today and here’s the card I made for her:
I decided a pretty scalloped circle easel card would suit the occasion.
The base is purple card from my stash and I cut the scallops using my Pazzles Inspiration Die Cutting Machine.
The paper mattes are from the K&Company “Life’s Tapestry” paper block. The paper used for the front is glittered and the paper for the base is foiled.
I cut the numbers 5 and 0 from glittered paper and “Fabulous” is cut from purple shimmer vellum using my Pazzles (thank goodness I’m lucky enought to have this!).
I used the same foiled paper for the circle on the back of the card, and created a ring of butterflies using Photoshop Elements 8 and a digital butterfly image from designer Aimee Harrison from the kit “Japan Kites”. I always make a wreath/ring of flowers or butterflies, etc to add my own “made by” stamp. Font used in this instance is “Piranesi It BT”. I cut the circle using a Pyrex bowl and this covered the prongs of the gold brad which I glittered using Ranger Ice Stickles glitter glue!
50 is an age to embrace rather than to fear!
We celebrated our eldest daughter, Jessica’s 25th birthday a week ago (time flies). She’s very much a country girl, loves all animals but especially sheep and pigs, so I knew I wanted to make her a card with a pig on it. Then started the search on the internet for the suitable piggy. I just fell in love with Doodle Pantry’s “Mud Piggy” and had to buy the digital stamp… You’ll see why below by the card I made for her.
isn’t he adorable!!! Needless to say, she agreed!
The card was made digitally (how I usually make all my cards nowadays) using MSPublisher.
- 300gsm white card
- Digital paper patterns from my stash (floral, stripes, gingham)
- “Mud Piggy” digital stamp from Doodle Pantry http://www.doodlepantry.com
- Digital stamp from my stash “Happy Birthday” (tag on front of card)
- I created my own digital stamp greeting “Have a pig-in-mud birthday” for inside the insert
- Used my Pazzles Inspiration to cut the circles and scalloped circle
1. I printed 3 of the piggies and cut them to make him appear 3-D when layered (I call this tole work, others call it decoupage), using 3-D foam squares.
2. I printed the floral pattern and stripe pattern onto half of the white A4 300gsm card.
3. Cut a circle from brown card in my stash and a scalloped circle (using a yellow gingham digital patterned paper) on my Pazzles Inspiration Digital Die Cutting Machine
4. Cut a bracket border from a patterned stripey digital paper on the Pazzles
5. Assembled the card
6. To cover the bare string on the back of the front of the card, I printed the same stripe as the front onto 160gsm and adhered it with double sided sticky tape
I always like to make the insert a little special too and so I printed the digital image of “Mud Piggy” on the front….
And there you are, one completed Mud Piggy card and one delighted daughter!
Well, it’s something to be celebrated… 56 years of marriage! Some would say “I’d have been released from serving a life sentence in jail before now!” :-) . Of course, I had to make a card. Happy Wedding Anniversary Mummy and Pop, the most wonderful parents & grandparents xxxxxx!
- 300gsm white A4 card folded in half to make C5 size card
- Patterned paper (rosebuds) from Pink Petticoat‘s “Perfect Papers” printed on 200gsm white card
- Sage green background paper printed on 200gsm white card from Pink Petticoat
- Circle & scallop cut using Cuttlebug & Nestabilities cutting dies
- “Happy Anniversary” = “Cookie” font
- Rosebuds frame graphic – I’ve had this for some time – before I made a note of designer…. apologies to designer
- Pink sheer ribbon
- Card edges inked with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad – Olive Pastel, using a make-up sponge
- Insert created using 120gsm white paper, rosebud frame graphic & font “Cookie”