It’s Mother’s Day!

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!

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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.

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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!

  1. Using black card & Pazzles Inspiration die cutting machine, cut out circle card base (6 inches)
  2. Cut 2 circles (5.25 inches) – one red, one green for mattes for under the football shape
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Ethan's 10th Bday card - robotHere’s how I made it.

  1. I chose to use the “Tinker” digital scrapbooking kit available free from Everyday Mom Ideas because I liked the cute robot.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

Fabulous 50!

My sister’s 50 today and here’s the card I made for her:

Scalloped Circle Easel Card

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!

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50 is an age to embrace rather than to fear!

My eldest daughter’s {Jessica} 25!

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.

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isn’t he adorable!!!  Needless to say, she agreed!

The card was made digitally (how I usually make all my cards nowadays) using MSPublisher.

Materials used:

  • 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
  • String

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!

My parents’ 56th Wedding Anniversary!

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!

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Materials used:

  • 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”

My first attempt at “Scrapbooking” a WordAlbum

I thought I’d share my first attempt at scrapbooking a wordalbum with you.  I made this in 2009 for my Aunt’s 80th birthday and although I was pleased at the time with the outcome – I had all the right elements etc – I would do it differently today.  But like everything, you have to start somewhere!

My Aunt Mary (sister to Auntie Ber – see Ber’s Belief Box below) also lives in Australia, so is a long way from us here in the UK.

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I can’t remember how long it took to compile all the information and elements – I know it was a while, but how else can you express your love and affection on paper… the time is immaterial.

I also made the box which was decorated with silver peel-offs.

So, come on, give it a go!

Father’s Day Easel Card

I am blessed to have lovely, supportive parents who have always surrounded me with love, affection and encouragement.    They just love to receive cards I make… you can really see the anticipation in their faces as they open the envelopes.

The card I made for my mummy for Mother’s Day this year can be seen in an earlier post.  I made the following card for my Pop for Father’s Day which was on 16 June this year in the UK.

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Using my Pazzles Inspiration Electronic Die Cutter, I cut 2 scallop-edged 19cm squares from 300gsm white card and inked edges with Brilliance Ink Pad “Peacock”. I then attached these to another piece of card which I had folded so that when the card is closed, the scalloped squares match perfectly.

Digital Elements:

  • Diamonds paper from the “SK8R” kit by Amanda Carlson
  • Image of snoozing man from internet (sorry don’t know designer)

Fonts used:

  • Happy – “Algerian”
  • Father’s Day – “Cast Iron”
  • Pop – “”
  • Relax & enjoy your day! “”

I also used some silver glitter card from my stash to matte the paper and images and star shaped brads which I coated with Ice Stickles glitter glue.

Birth Congratulations

We had some lovely news on Saturday; my cousin’s son and daughter-in-law‘s son had arrived.  It was a real surprise to us as we didn’t even know she was pregnant!  The creative juices started flowing and again using Pink Petticoat‘s designs, I made this card…

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The insert…

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Materials used:

  • 300gsm white card
  • Daisy Bouquet paper (white background “Ocean” flowers) by Pink Petticoat
  • Matching “Ocean” coloured paper
  • Digital stamp “Baby Buggy” by Pink Petticoat
  • Blue vellum
  • Baby boy face digital stamp on front of insert (sorry to designer – I have no record of name)

If you would like to know how I coloured the baby buggy on the digital stamp, please contact me.

Quick Birthday Card

I needed to make a quick card for my Aunt’s birthday, so as I love Pink Petticoat‘s designs (so clean, simple, elegant), I came up with this…

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From Pink Petticoat’s “Marshmallow” pattern pack printed on 300gsm white card and trimmed to a square 14.85cm.  I added the “Happy Birthday” greeting using sticky foam squares for dimension (I believe the word art designer was TLC – sorry if it was someone else).  Because of the flash you can’t see that I have put foam squares behind it, although you can see it in the side-on view.

I created the insert by cropping the Marshmallow design to form top and bottom borders and then added a simple wish “…enjoy your day” (again, sorry I don’t know who the designer is).

My eldest nephew turned 17!

Well, talk about make you feel old!  My eldest nephew, Nathan, turned 17 yesterday.  At about 5ft 11ins, he dwarves his Dad and as his Mum (my sister Sally) is only 5ft 2ins in her heels, he uses her shoulder to rest his elbow!

This is the card front I made digitally, added shadows and highlights using Photoshop CS4, then printed off on my Epson R1900 onto photographic paper:

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Products used:

  • “Rock Out” digital scrapbooking kit by Sweet Digi Scraps by Liz
  • Happy Birthday wordart (sorry don’t know designer)

He absolutely loved it!  Lovely lad!