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

If there’s anything you’d like to ask me about creating a card digitally, please contact me.

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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!

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).