Thursday, 24 April 2014

One Daisy Die - Two Cards

The very pretty Poppystamps 'Bubble Daisy Border' die was one of my crafty birthday gifts.  Whenever I have new goodies I'm itching to have a play with them and I had so much fun I ended up making two cards!  I saw two cards on Pinterest (HERE and HERE) made with the die that I loved.  The first card I made combined elements from both cards so it was kind of a mash up! 

My sweet friend Lesley gave me the die so I wanted to use it to make a thank you card for her.  I made an A6 card base from Centura Pearl CS, cut the daisy border on the edge of the card and adhered Night of Navy CS behind.  I cut out the border a few more times in different colours and pieced the daisy border together.  I added a sentiment oval, punched butterflies and some aqua gems. 

Here's the inside.

Here's the envelope.

I enjoyed working with the variety of bright colours but then I wanted to make a card with a simpler colour scheme - and what better than yellow and white if you're using a daisy die?  I made a 5 1/4" square card from Centura Pearl CS but cut some off from the bottom.  That's because I wanted the 'happy' portion of the 'happy birthday' die cut to extend above the top of the card but I still wanted the card to fit inside a 5 1/2" square envelope.  I die cut the wording from the pearl CS, glued Daffodil Delight CS to the card front and then glued on the happy birthday die cut piece.  I wrapped Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon around the card and added a bow.  I die cut the daisy border from pearl CS, glued that down and then added yellow pearls to the daisy centres and added one as the dot over the i. 

Here's the inside.  I had quite a job getting a photo of the inside as I couldn't fold the card over because of the die cut extending above the top of the card.  So I turned the card on it's side to take the photo and then rotated the photo!

Here's the envelope.  This border die is so pretty and I love the different looks you can get with it by using tone on tone CS or contrasting colours of CS, by nestling a positive shape inside a negative shape or just using a positive shape and also you can leave the petals in or take them out - endless fun!

Supplies for thank you card:
Stamps: sentiment from SU! 'Best Blossoms' set
CS: Centura Pearl white with a hint of silver, SU! Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay
Tools: Poppystamps 'Bubble Daisy Border' die, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, Martha Stewart multi butterfly punch

Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania aqua gems

Supplies for birthday card:
Stamps: sentiment from SU! 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' set
CS: Centura Pearl white with a hint of silver, SU! Daffodil Delight
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight
Tools: Poppystamps 'Bubble Daisy Border' die, Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Daffodil Delight stitched grosgrain ribbon, yellow pearls 

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Dangly Birdhouse Tent Card

I have a new "thing" - I can't seem to resist birdhouse dies!  My friend Lesley and I were in our local craft shop together and both of us had already put a Memory Box birdhouse die in our baskets.  Later on Lesley showed me a Marianne Collectables birdhouse die and stamp combo set before placing it in her basket.  I saw the hole at the top of the birdhouse and I immediately thought it would be fab to use to make a dangly tent card.  So that meant the item had to be placed in my basket too!

One of my favourite new craft stash items is the SU! Hardwood stamp, it is just wonderful!  I decided to make my birdhouse look like it was made of wood so I inked the Hardwood stamp with Soft Suede ink, stamped it onto Crumb Cake CS and die cut the birdhouse.  I cut a small strip from the stamped piece of CS, added that to the bottom of the birdhouse, die cut the bird and popped him up on thin foam pads.  Then I added linen thread to the birdhouse hole.  I made a 5 1/4" square Crumb Cake card base, stamped the Hardwood stamp on the front, stamped the sentiment and die cut a circle aperture and a frame.  I embossed Soft Sky CS with the SU! Cloudy Day folder, brayered Soft Sky ink over the top and glued the panel inside the card.  I taped the linen thread behind the aperture so the birdhouse freely dangles.  I die cut Old Olive leafy stems, glued them in place and punched Raspberry Ripple and Soft Sky flowers.  I shaped the flowers, glued them and added crystals to the flower centres.      

Here's a side view showing the W shaped CS piece I glued inside.  I always add these to the dangly tent cards I make so that the card stands up properly.  It really vexes me when top fold cards collapse!  To make a W shaped piece I cut a piece of CS to the width of the card x 3 1/2" and score at 1/2", 1 3/4" and 3". 

Here's the back of the card.

Here's the envelope flap.

I was really pleased how this card turned out and I really enjoyed putting it together!  I wanted to make a special thank you card for our very special friends Debbie and Mike.  They took us out to dinner on my birthday and bought me lovely gifts too.  They are true treasures indeed!  We went to their house on Easter Sunday for a scrummy roast dinner and I handed this card over then.  Happily, they loved it!

Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood', Hero Arts 'Friends are Treasures' cling set, Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' clear set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Soft Suede, Soft Sky & Early Espresso
Tools: Circle Nestabilities dies, die from Marianne Design Collectables 'Birdhouse Flowers' die & stamp combo set, Memory Box 'Gold Finch' die,  Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 'Branch Leaves' die, Woodware multi flower punch, Hero Arts 'Small Tag Frame' Framelits die SU! 'Cloudy Day' embossing folder, brayer, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: clear and iridescent Swarovski crystals, SU! Soft Sky Candy Dots, SU! Linen Thread, thin 3D foam pads 

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Butterflies Good Luck Card - HOC April Sketch Challenge - Classic & Elegant

At House of Cards this month we have a sketch challenge for you.  During the next two weeks we're wanting to see either CAS or Classic and Elegant cards made using this great layout.  You can rotate the sketch and change shapes - as long as the layout still comes through on your completed card it's all good!


 I stayed faithful to the layout - and I was even literal enough to use a butterfly as the main image! - but I opted to make a square card.  I layered dotty patterned paper onto an Island Indigo mat, added the lace trim and adhered the panel to the front of the Pool Party 5 3/4" square card base.   I then got busy with my butterfly die, I cut it out, dry embossed it - and keeping the shape in place inside the die - I applied Pool Party ink using a sponge dauber.  I removed the shape from the die, masked the string and bow and stamped a woven pattern over the top in Island Indigo ink. The Pool Party square and the sentiment are popped up and to complete the card front I added more butterflies and sprinkled on some rhinestone jewels. 

Here's a closer look at the butterfly.  Because I kept the die in place before adding the Pool Party ink the debossed areas remained white.  I tried stamping the woven background over the top whilst the die was still in place but that wasn't successful.  So I removed the shape from the die and stamped again - perfect - only the raised embossed areas got stamped so my debossed areas stayed white.  I inked the edges of the butterfly with Island Indigo ink using a sponge dauber just to give a little more definition.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  For these butterflies I die cut using Pool Party CS and applied Island Indigo ink with a sponge dauber and didn't stamp a design over the top.  The Memory Box Precious Butterflies die comes with both large and small butterfly shapes, both suspended from a string and bow.  I snipped the bow off the smaller one, glued it to the white panel and lined the larger butterfly up above it before gluing it into place.  I just used a small butterfly shape for the envelope flap.  

That Good Luck sentiment stamp has been in my stash for many, many years, it's one of the first stamps I ever bought, I fell in love with that gorgeous font - and I still love it now!  I rarely make Good Luck cards so it doesn't get an outing very often.  I was very happy to ink it up again to make a card for Hollie, a sweet girl who worked at our local craft shop.  Hollie starts a new job soon and I wanted to wish her the best of luck and good wishes for her future.    

So now it's over to you, please link up your creations made using the sketch, we'd love you to play along with us at HOC!

Stamps: Rubber Stampede 'Good Luck', Hero Arts 'Large Woven Background', Hobby Art 'Sentiments' clear set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White

Patterned paper: Lasting Impressions 'Seaside' dotty paper
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Island Indigo
Tools: Memory Box 'Precious Butterflies' die, SU! 'Beautiful Wings' Embosslits die, Spellbinder's Grommet Tags die set, SU! Ticket Corner punch, small circle punches, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware self adhesive white lace ribbon, SU! Island Indigo Candy Dots & Brad Bases, SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

12 Days Of Christmas Tags In A Bag - 52 {C}CT April Theme Challenge

Deborah has chosen a fabulous theme for this week's 52 {C}CT challenge - the 12 Days of Christmas.

I've opted to make a set of 12 tags and a gift bag to put them in using SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White as my colour combo.  I spotted a set of 12 Days of Christmas stamps in a sale a few months ago, they were very reduced in price so I snapped them up as I knew they'd be perfect for this challenge.  From the packaging the stamps looked like they were solid images so I was surprised to find they were outline images, hey ho, never mind!   

I stamped all the images first, punched them out plus the circle mat layers, glued them together and wrote the day number on each image circle.  I die cut 12 rounded tags, stamped the sentiment on each tag, glued on the images, punched the holes, added CS washers around the holes and the last step was to add the ribbon.  Doing the steps in stages meant that the tags came together really quickly.  I then used my Gift Bag Punch Board to make a gift bag from Crumb Cake CS.  For the bag closure I die cut 2 Top Note shapes, one from Cherry Cobbler CS and another from patterned paper and glued them together.  I scored the Top Note shape in half, glued the back half to the back of the bag and used magnetic snaps to keep the bag closed at the front.  Die cut Cherry Cobbler CS ribbon and a bow came next and I completed the gift bag with a punched snowflake and a rhinestone.

Here's the gift bag on its own.

 Here are tags 1 to 4.

Here are tags 5 to 8.

Here are tags 9 to 12.

So that's what I made, now it's over to you!  I hope you'll join in with our 12 Days of Christmas theme challenge at 52 {C}CT this week, the DT have come up with fab projects so do check them out before heading off to make your own creations!

Stamps: PaperMania Urban Stamps '12 Days of Christmas Icons' set, SU! 'Four the Holidays' set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Snow Festival'  DSP pack
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Sizzix Rounded Tags Framelits die, 1/4", 1/2", 1 1/2", 1 3/4" & 2" circle punches, We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board, SU! Top Note Bigz die, Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Classic 3D Bow die set, Woodware snowflake punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Whisper White 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps, SU! rhinestone jewel 

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Chicks Card In A Box & A Gift Bag

Yuck, I've been poorly the last few days with a tummy upset.  Despite not feeling 100% I was back in my craft room today making a gift bag to accompany an Easter card in a box.  I made the card a few days ago - it evolved as it went along and ended up being quite time consuming but it was a lot of fun to create!  This card is for our friends Jan and Alan.

I absolutely adore the chick from the SU! 'A Good Egg' stamp set, it really is so cute!  The chicks were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with inks and a water brush.  I paper pieced the eggshells and fussy cut the trio of chicks.  I die cut leafy borders, clouds, butterflies, a banner and then punched grass and flowers and assembled.  The chick at the back and a couple of the clouds are popped up.

Some pics from different angles plus a close up of the box part.


Here's the back where I wrote my message.

Here's the envelope flap - yeah, I went a bit mad LOL!

This morning I used my Gift Bag Punch Board to make this gift bag to go with the card.  It's filled with Lindor chocolates - yum!  Because my tummy is still not right I didn't even sneak a chocolate for myself!

Stamps: SU! 'A Good Egg' & 'Wacky Wishes' sets

CS: SU! Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! In Color DSP, My Mind's Eye Collectable Journey Adventure
Ink: SU! Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Tools:  SU! Score Board & Trimmer, Poppystamps Fancy Clouds die, Crafts Too Leafy Border 2 die, SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die, X Cut Bloom nesting die, Martha Stewart grass border punch, Woodware multi flower punch, We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board, 1 3/4" & 2" circle punches, Crop-A-Dile, water brush, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Pool Party ruffled ribbon, white baker's twine, rhinestone jewels & Dimensionals

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