Get Well Card

My sister-in-law is seriously ill with kidney failure which went undiagnosed for years, doctors thinking her symptoms were due to diabetes.  As she lives quite a distance from us, it’s not very easy to visit, so I wanted to send a card to let her know we were thinking of her.  Thankfully, she’s still with us!  I made this card in 2011 – quite a simple one, but leaves enough space to write a personal note.

 

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How I created the card:

  • As you can see, I created the card from white 300gsm A4 card folded in half.
  • The design I used for the card front is from a digital kit by Brine Design called “Wish Your Heart Makes” which the designer generously offered free via the Quality DigiScrap Freebies in 2011.  I’m not sure if it’s still available, but this is one of a few good sites to download free digital scrapbooking kits.  I printed this on to photographic paper as I wanted a gloss finish.  I now use a gloss coated card “Trucard”.
  • To make the dandelion on the topper, I just cut 3 circles of vellum and glittererd them with glitter glue.  When they were dry I cut into the centre of each layer then glued them on top of each other.  I glued a strip of green paper (for the stem) onto some white card, then glued the circles into place.  At this point, I “tickled” the edges of the paper circles to make the edges stand proud.
  • In the “Wish Your Heart Makes” kit, there are some elements which I used on the outside of the insert to carry the theme through.
  • I made the wordart using font “Mr & Mrs Popsicle”.

Christmas Card Ideas

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I’d share with you some of the cards I’ve made in the past.  I love using kraft card as a base and I’m thinking of creating this year’s cards with kraft card too.

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These three square cards were made using papers and elements from “Christmas Gift” by Digital Anemona; I made the Santa card topper on the central card from a kit “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by Let Me Scrapbook

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The card above (which I made for my parents) was made using “A Homespun Christmas” by Starynight Graphics. 

The xmas tree topper was made using a digital stamp by Pink Petticoat called “Flirty Christmas Tree”

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All the scalloped tags/toppers were made using my Nestabilities dies and my trusty Cuttlebug.

The red twill/ribbon was something I salvaged from a purchase of tea towels which were tied together with this… I’m always on the lookout for “freebies” or think laterally as to how things can be used in my crafting! :-)

As always, I look forward to your comments and am only too pleased to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

“Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh”

In case you didn’t know, this is my favourite Kaiser Chiefs song.  Takes me back to the time when I took my eldest daughter to the “alternative” clubs with her friends…. lovely memories!

Anyway, the reason I thought of this title is because my cousin Lynne and her husband Chris celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last Sunday, their Ruby Wedding Anniversary!  Here is the card I made for them…

  • I added a square of white pearlescent card (just smaller than the white card base) which I’d placed inside an embossing folder and run through my X-Cut Xpress.
  • I then took a length of red satin edged organza ribbon and threaded it through a diamante heart slider.  Tucked the edges behind the pearlescent card and glued into place, then attached to the front of the card base with self adhesive foam squares so it stood just proud of the base.

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I created the insert with greeting “Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!” with Clicker Script in MS Publisher and added a scattering of digital rubies from my digital stash .  I added spots of glitter to make them sparkle.

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I always like to add something to the front of the insert and just created a dot trail and swirls with my Quickie glue pen then sprinkled a pinky-red glitter.

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I’m very pleased with the result – a beautiful, elegant anniversary card!

An Abundance of Birthdays!

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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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How Quickly Time Flies

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:

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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!

Variation On A Theme – Another Pop-Up Box Card

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:

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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:

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A VERY proud Mother (and Father)!

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.

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Materials Used:

  • 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
    • the purple/white Pretty Doodles design in violet from Pink Petticoat
    • all the wordArt (designed by myself) and elements
  • acetate
  • 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.

18th Birthday card for a girl who isn’t girlie!

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:

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I just had to add the purple gems to add some sparkle!

Products used:

  • 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 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!