Saturday, 31 October 2015

Blue hearts birthday card

Hello,
another card made using dies from the Tonic Affections die sets mixed and matched together. This die set is useful for so many occasions, I've used them for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and engagements. I used an 8 x 8 card blank matted and layered with silver mirror card, blue card and a pearl card layer embossed with the Tonic Rosalyn folder. I cut the Affections hearts in blue and white pearl card and layered them up then mounted them on the card base. I personalised it with the letter E cut using the Tonic Pretoria letter dies, and finished it with a white organza bow and a stamped sentiment coloured in blue and mounted on blue card.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you'd like to.


Friday, 30 October 2015

Gate fold birthday card

Hello,
this is a gate fold birthday card made using the Spellbinders Ornamental Iron M-Bossability folder Fleur de Lis design on cream card, matted and layered on to dark green card and pale green satin board. I cut the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accent corner dies and medallion die from dark green card, and added a Craftwork Cards happy birthday circle sentiment in the middle of the medallion. I personalised it using the Tonic Pretoria letters to spell Dad.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you'd like to.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thank you card in autumnal colours

Hello,
this is a thank you card made in autumnal colours on a 7 x 7 cream card blank. The leaf design backing paper is Tilly Daydream by docrafts, matted and layered on to gold card and then copper card. I used the Tonic Square Sentiment Thank You die, such a flexible collection of dies, to cut the design from the copper card and mounted it on to a base cut from the gold card. I used the Tonic Bellus Buttercup flower die to cut a flower for the middle of the card, with a copper brad in the centre, I used the same brads in the corners of the card. I punched a Tonic butterfly from the leaf paper which I highlighted with gold gilding wax and added it to the bottom corner to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Golden bells Christmas card

Hello,
I'm slowly but surely pressing on with my Christmas cards. This is a 7 x 7 card blank matted and layered with paper from Bo Bunny Silver and |Gold Collection and gold pearlescent card. I then used the Tattered Lace Florentine Bells die also cut in the gold card and mounted on to a cream mount cut using the Tonic Floral die set.I finished it off with a Tattered Lace sentiment and some gold pearls. I hope the person I send it to likes it!

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Lantern box - with love

Hello there,
this is a tea light lantern box which I've made as one of the items for the 3D unit of the Certificate in Paper Crafting which I'm doing. For the main box I used the Tonic 5 sided Lantern Box die cut from Cracked Ice Embossed card. I cut decorative panels out of the sides using the insert dies from the Tonic Indulgence With love and Butterflies Keepsake dies. I lined the panels with yellow vellum and added gold pearls to the corners, to finish it off I tied it with a gold organza ribbon bow.

Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Sewing themed birthday card

Hello,
I made this card for my Mum for her birthday. I chose the sewing theme as she'd taught me to sew when I was a child. I used various elements from the Aspire Sew Pretty kit and cut the main topper into a shape using the Spellbinder's Labels 31 die. I finished it off with a bow made from tape measure ribbon and a button. My Mum was surprised when she opened it as it's not my usual style but was very pleased with the sewing theme.

Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.


Monday, 26 October 2015

21st birthday shutter card

Hello,
this is a special card made for my niece's 21st birthday. It's a shutter card made using the Tonic Liberty die cut from cream card, which I'd embossed using the Tonic Amelia folder. I used the Tonic Liberty die set to cut decorative panels from cream and gold card. The numbers were cut from cream using the Tonic Baldur die set and mounted on gold ovals cut using the Tonic Art Nouveau layering die set. I cut two sets of letters from cream and gold card using the Tonic Pretoria set so I could inset the cream into the gold letter frame. The Happy Birthday sentiment is a Tattered Lace one.

I also made a box from cream and gold card and used the remaining letters on the box lid.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pink floral birthday card

Hello,
it's been a long time since I last posted as although I've made a few cards I've been visiting family and also been on holiday. So now it's time to play catch up!

This is a birthday card I made for my mother-in-law using elements from the Hunkydory Floral Enchantment paper collection. I matted and layered pink polka dot paper which matched the elements used from the kit on to silver mirror board, and then the floral and butterfly die cut elements using foam pads to give some dimension. I finished it off with a matching tag, pink organza bow and paper rose. She was very pleased with the card.

Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Happy birthday!

Hello,
This is a quick and simple birthday card I made using an embossing folder which came free with a magazine. As it was quite a fancy folder I decided to keep the decoration simple so I just highlighted the embossed detail with gilding wax, matted and layered it on to some gold mirror board and then on to a cream card blank. The sentiment is a Craftwork Cards one and the cream mat is from a Tonic decorative wreath die set.

I'm entering this for the following challenge:

Seize the Birthday: Embossing

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Christmas Candle

Hello,
This was a quite quick and easy Christmas card to make. It's Tattered Lace music backing paper matted and layered on gold paper and then on to a Kraft Card base. The candle is cut using the Tonic Rococo candle die cut in kraft card and the same gold paper then layered drop shadowed. The base is a Tonic Swirly Frame die cut in gold and cream card. The Merry Christmas Washi tape has been in my stash for ages, I put it on cream card and then layered on to gold card. I finished it off with some gold glitter on the candle flame.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
The Glory of Christmas Challenge #64: add washi or ribbon
CNHC Challenge Extra August 2015

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment if you'd like to.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Gingerbread cookies

Hello,
Another Christmas card done! This one is on Kraft card, which I wasn't sure about to start with but now I really like using for certain things. I used Tattered Lace gingham backing paper and also for the "Nordic style" trim, with white and dark red mats. The letters and numbers are all from a Tattered Lace die. The Gingerbread men are cut using a Tonic die, as are the small circles, I think he's such a happy looking gingerbread man!

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge Blog #76: Numbers
Jingle Belles: Cookies for Santa

Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

You are in my thoughts

Hello,
I've had this paper for ages, it came free with a magazine, it's cream background with flowers and butterflies in pale grey and silver, it's so nice I've not wanted to use it! As there were 3 sheets I finally decide to bite the bullet and use one of them. I took the cream and grey colours as inspiration and layered it onto a silver grey card and then cream card blank. The sentiment is a Tonic one cut down to a square, coloured with Antique Linen distress ink then layered on to the same grey card. I cut two butterflies using a Marianne butterfly which I layered on to of each other by the sentiment. I wanted to keep it simple so that the paper took centre stage.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Pile it on #79: Thinking of you
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge August
Fussy and Fancy: Things with wings

Friday, 31 July 2015

Ho Ho Ho Santa!

Hello,
I'm pressing on with the Christmas cards and getting inspiration from challenges. I matted and layered some white embossed Kanban Christmasy card onto red card then on to an A5 card blank. I found Kanban Santa and Rudolph toppers which I've had for ages, and die cut 2 red Hs and Os and 1 green H and O using a Tonic die which a glued onto white card. Then I punched some red and some green   scalloped  circles to mount them on to. I arranged them on the card and finished it off with a red ribbon bow which was decorated with white Christmas trees.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
CHNC Challenge 239 Ho! Ho! Ho!

If you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Let it snow on vellum

Hello,
I don't usually use vellum or acetate much but I was inspired to give it a go when I saw the 52 Christmas Card Countdown challenge. So I embossed some white vellum using a Crafter's Companion snowflake embossing folder and secured it to silver pearl card using some American Crafts glitter brads. I layered some Tatter Lace snow snowflake paper on to blue mirror card, and them both onto a white card base. I cut the Tonic Let it snow sentiment and the Rocco snowflake out of blue mirror card and silver holographic card and layered the blue on to the white ones. I then glued them to the vellum panel and secured that on to the card with foam pads.

I'm entering this into the 52 Christmas Card Countdown challenge: Embossing on Vellum.

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Anniversary card

Hello there,
it was some good friend's anniversary and this is the card I made, it was based on the Butterfly tied Z-fold card I made in April. I used a cream card blank and folded the front back in half. I cut gold paper to fit the front fold back and the inside of the card, then I embossed ivory card using the Tonic Amelia folder cut to fit the gold panels, layered them up and stuck them on the card. I used the Tonic Affections Square Base and Mrs & Mrs insert cut from the ivory and gold card and matted and layered them up. I used super sticky tape to glue the ribbon where the topper would cover it, then used foam pads to stick them to the left side of the card. I cut 3 corner flourishes using the Art Nouveau die and glued them to the corners of the card, and created a sentiment for the other corner.

I also decorated the inside of the card and found a suitable verse to use.


My friends loved the card, I hope you do too, please leave a comment if you'd like to.


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Thank you card with a cat

Hello,
this is a quick thank you card that I made for an auntie who loves cats! I found a cat image for the centre of the card and then chose blue card to co-ordinate with it. I used the Tonic Thank You Sentiment die set, it's part of a general set which I have used a lot as it's really flexible as you can layer it up with foam pads or keep it fairly flat by just using glue which is good for posting. I started with a 14 cm x 14 cm blue and white dotty card blank. I cut the large and medium layers from pale blue card which I left plain, and also white card which I cut the pattern into, and just layered them up together. Then to finish I cut the cat image using the small die so it matched the edges of the other layers. Auntie was really pleased with it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Merry Christmas - with a gold bow!

Hello,
For this card I used a cream 5 x 7 landscape card, the cream backing card is from Kanban, again bits left over from other cards, and the holly paper from a Bo Bunny magazine freebie. All were matted and layered on to green mirror card, I created the Merry Christmas sentiment from Washi tape, then finished it off with a gold organza bow and ribbon to match the gold in the sentiment. This was quick and easy so I may well make more of this style but using papers and ribbon in other colours.

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
My Time to Craft Challenge Blog: Christmas in July
Pile it on: Christmas/Winter in July

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Deck the halls Christmas card

Hello,
getting into the swing of Christmas cards so thought I'd make a couple more. I found the Deck the Halls dies cut in my bits and bobs box so decided to start with that, it's a Tonic Sentiments die I've had for a couple of years. I also used the Tonic layering squares to cut the mats for the sentiment, really handy to have the basics like this rather then relying on cutting with a trimmer or guillotine! The cream backing card is Kanban, again bits left over from other cards, and the paper from a Bo Bunny magazine freebie. All were matted and layered on to green mirror card, then onto a cream A5 card blank using the Die Cuttin' Divas sketch, then finished off with a poinsettia and red pearl.

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas: Christmas in July
My Time to Craft Challenge Blog: Christmas in July
Pile it on: Christmas/Winter in July
Tuesday Throwdown: Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

65th birthday card for a female friend

Hello,
this is the birthday card I made for a close friend, it was a special birthday so I wanted to make a special card. I embossed some white card using the Tonic Annabel embossing folder and matted and layered it on to gold mirror card and then on to an 8 x 8 gold card blank. I cut the Tonic Happy Birthday Pansy Topper die set from beige card and inserted a topper into it, added a discrete 6 and 5 to mark the birthday and added it to the centre of the card. Then I punched a butterfly from the same card as the topper and also from some cream and beige patterned paper, layered them up, stuck them on the card and added a gold pearl. I cut Fanciful Flourishes from the cream and beige patterned paper, glued them to the card then added a white and gold organza bow to finish it off. The Tonic Topper and Die sets are really useful for creating cards, I've used them quite a bit already.

I'm pleased with the card and hope you like it too. Please leave a comment if you'd like to.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Create a Card birthday cards

Hello there,
I had some birthday cards to make so thought I'd have a go at using the Crafter's Companion Create a Card dies to create a couple of easel cards and a basic card.

The first one was a 90th birthday card made from cream, pink and pale green card. I used embossed cream card for the card blank and cut the Enchanted Create a Card from cream card then used Spun Sugar distress ink to colour through to the embossed areas. I matted the die cut onto pink card then green card and created the easel. I added the name and age, cut using a Tattered Lace from pink card die, to the centre die cut. For the stopper I die cut a second centre die from the Create a Card die and matted and layered it onto a pink mat, then added a pink rose and sentiments cut from the Tattered Lace Cherished Circles dies.



The second card was for a friend's 40th birthday and was created in a similar way using the same Create a Card die. The colour theme for this was cream and dark teal.


The final card was a basic card made with cream and gold card and using the Decadence die with a Craftwork Cards sentiment in the middle.



I hope you like the different cards made from these Create a Card dies.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Lilac birthday dress

Hello,
This is a card I made a while ago but had forgotten to post! I started with a cream 8 x 8 card blank, matted and layered some lilac card and then some backing card from a Kanban kit I've had for ages. I cut the Tonic Tres Belle square die from the same lilac card, then the Mannequin from a paler lilac card. I cut her dress from the darker lilac card, added some tulle and layered them up. I added 3 lilac roses and a sentiment, and a single rose with tulle plus some gems to finish it off. This was the first time I'd tried using fabric in this way and was quite pleased with the result.

I hope you like the card, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Christmas bears

Hello,
my second card, again using up my stash.

This is a stepper card from a Kanban kit from a couple of years ago which came preprinted with foiled snowflakes, plus I added on extra snowflakes and a sentiment from the kit. The bears topper is just something I had lying around in my stash, but looks quite cute and will be ideal for some friends who are bear mad. As a finishing touch I added some gems to the centres of the snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
The Glory of Christmas: Feature a Creature
My Time to Craft Challenge Blog: Christmas in July
Pile it On: Christmas/Winter in July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything goes

First Christmas card!

Hello there,
I thought I'd better make a start on my Christmas cards so I dug out my Christmas stash to have a rummage through, flicked through some magazines and checked out some challenge blogs for inspiration. I made this one with a topper I'd had lying around for ages, and used some cute patterned backing paper with reindeer and a sleigh from a Bo Bunny paper pad which came free with a magazine to layer it on to. I matted and layered them on to gold mirror card and then a red card blank. I finished it off with a few poinsettias - one of the most famous Christmas flowers. One down - only a few dozen more still to go!

Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Traditional Christmas Colours
My Time to Craft Challenge Blog: Christmas in July
Jingle Belles: Old-fashioned Christmas
Pile it on: Christmas/Winter in July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

Birthday wishes card

Hello,
I decided to look at my bit boxes and see what I could make with what was there left over from other cards when I'd embossed or die cut card that I'd not used in the end. I found some pale yellow card which was embossed with butterflies, a couple of butterflies punched using a Tonic punch, and the small centre die cut from the Tonic Decorative Wreath Rings die. I matted and layered the embossed card on to gold paper which matched the butterflies and wreath, then on to the same pale yellow card and finally on to a Kraft card blank. I added the wreath to the card with a Craftwork Cards sentiment in the middle then layered up the butterflies.

I'm quite pleased with the end result so I'm going to see what else I can make from my left over bits and bobs. If you'd like to leave a comment and let me know what you think that would be great.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Clean and simple
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes

Cricketing bear

Hello there,
Another male card to make but as this friend is cricket mad I decided to use that as the theme. I went to one of my "go to" birthday dies - the Tonic Happy Birthday Sentiment Die set for the happy birthday but combined it with the Thinking of You die set outer frame. I used a 6 x 6 kraft card base, cut the outer frame in cream card and the happy birthday frame in green card chosen the match the topper. This was a character from the Forever Friends Retro Collection Male CD.

The Tonic series of Sentiment Dies are so handy for making a quick card, I use them a lot. I hope you like the card, any comments are greatly received.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Someone special card

Hello there,
For this card I started with a cream A5 landscape card blank and decided to use a paper pad I bought a couple of years ago but hadn't used as I like it so much - as you do. I chose 2 co-coordinating sheets and cut 2 panels which I layered on to Kraft card, then layered the small panel on to the left side of the large one and put them on the card blank. I used the Tonic Swirly Frame die to cut a mat from Kraft card and then the detail of the same die from cream card and layered them up. I cut the Someone Special sentiment from Kraft card using the Tonic Art Nouveau die set and glued it to the middle of the frame, added gold pearls and put it in the middle of the card. To finish it off I punched a butterfly and a heart from the patterned paper, glued them to the card and added a gold pearl to both of them.

The layout was from a Die Cuttin' Divas sketch challenge back in June which I'd planned to enter but ordinary life got in the way of my crafting so didn't get time to make a card! I normally do square cards so I collect A5 sketches for inspiration as I find them harder, and thought this would be really versatile for many occasions. Not sure yet who I'll send this card to but hopefully the person who receives the card will like it, I hope you do too. If you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Cut It Up Challenge Blog: Words
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge


65th birthday card for a man

Hello there,
men can be difficult to make cards for and this card was for a close friend's big birthday so I wanted something a bit special but not making a big deal of the 65th birthday. Fleur de lis are a bit more masculine so I decided to make that the theme. I started with an 8 x 8 x antique gold card blank and matted and layered it with red card and white card embossed with a fleur de lis design. I used the Tonic Florid circle cut from red card and backed with antique gold card, then cut the Tonic Happy birthday Pop-Up Sentiment die from red card, backed it with white card and popped it on top. I cut the middle of the Tonic Dotty Lace Circle die from red and put a gold edged, transparent 65 in the middle - subtle but still marking the big birthday.

Hope you like it - if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Black and white anniversary card

Hello,
been a while since I posted as we've had more work going on in the house so I've been a bit distracted. I had made a card for my hubby's anniversary based on a sketch in Quick Cards made easy which I had submitted and which was published in the May issue, but just not had chance to post it.  I used an 8 x 8 white card blank, silver mirri, some silver patterned backing paper and black card. I used the Tonic Delicate Lattice die and matching punch, a heart cut using the Tonic Affections First Crush die, the Affections All My Love die-cut as a sentiment and a flower using the Bellus Buttercup die and the small Delicate Daisy die in the centre.

My hubby liked it and I hope you do too, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Blue birthday card with a bow

Hello,
For this card I used the Tonic Happy Birthday Sentiment die set, it's one a have used a lot as it's really flexible as you can layer it up with foam pads or keep it fairly flat by just using glue which is good for posting. I started with a 14 cm x 14 cm white card blank. I cut the large and small layers from pale blue card, and the middle one from white card and just layered them up together. I popped a blue gingham bow on the corner and a white flower in the middle to finish it off.


Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Birthday card for Paul

Hello there,
another big gap between posts - been away on holiday. This is a card made for a close friend - bet you can't guess his name! I started with an 8 x 8 cream card blank and matted and layered it with brown card and beige script paper, which I'd also wrapped with cord before attaching them to the card blank. I used the Tonic Pretoria Alphabet dies and cut 2 set sets of letters one from brown and the other from cream, then inset the cream letters into the brown outer frame. I cut the Tonic Wild Brier Border Topper die set from brown card and inserted the matching sentiment.

I used the other sets of letter on a gift tag so nothing was wasted.



Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.


Monday, 11 May 2015

Pink butterfly

Hello,
it's been a few days since I posted a card as I've been busy with house chores and also been away. I was lucky enough to win a card from Create and Craft made by Jodie Johnson from Tonic, and this card is inspired by that card. I used a 7 x 7 cream card blank and found some double-sided papers which were in matching colours. I matted one layer on to pink card, and then cut the top layer across the middle to create curl backs before matting it on to the patterned paper. I used the Tonic acorn leaves to cut 2 in pink card and 2 in pale blue, used the Tonic Floral Frame to cut a background matt in pink and then the detail in blue card. I cut a pink butterfly using the Tonic Rococo Butterfly, glittered it up and used some liquid pearls on the body.


I'm quite pleased with the result, particularly as I found creating the curl backs a bit tricky.

I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: Anything goes with Pastel Colours
Craft for the Craic: Wings


Thanks for stopping by, if you'd like to leave a comment that would be great.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Red and black birthday card

Hello there,

this is a card I made for one of my nieces. I used the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Imperial folder design A for the white background, matted the two pieces onto red card with a row of black gems to hide the join. This was matted onto white, then black and then on a white 8 x 8 card blank. I used  dies from the Moroccan Accents and Moroccan Motifs die sets cut from red, white and black card stock, layered up with foam pads, put the corners in the top corners and black gems in the bottom corners. I finished it off with a Craftwork Cards sentiment, a red bow and a black dazzler.


Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Happy birthday corners

Hello there,
today I'm sharing a card that I made for a friend's birthday. I used the Spellbinders Gold Elements One dies  and cut two corners from antique gold card which I matted onto opposite corners of cream card. I then cut tow of each of the flourishes and one of the main motif and put them all along the diagonal. I matted this onto an antique gold mat and then onto an 8 x 8 white pearl card blank. I finished it off with some gold pearls and a Craftwork Cards sentiment in the middle.



I hope you like it, and if you'd like to leave any comments I'd be really grateful.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Blue and white birthday card

Hello,

this is a birthday card made for a male friend, I didn't want anything too fussy so decided to use fleur de lis as the main design as it has a more masculine feel to it. I used the Spellbinders Ornamental Iron M-Bossability folder embossed on to white card for the background and hid the join with the Fleur De Lis Accents border cut from navy card, then put the Fleur De Lis Corner Accents cut from navy card in the top two corners. The white background was matted and layered on to navy card and then on to a white 8 x 8 card blank. I used the Labels Twenty die cut from navy card and a Spellbinder/JustRite stamp for the sentiment, stamped in Memento Marine Blue. It was finished off with navy Craftwork Cards Card Candi in the bottom corners and above the border.


I think it has a masculine feel about it and hope you think so too. Thanks for stopping by, as always any comments gratefully received.

Snowy rabbit

Hello there,
this is the first card I've made using acetate, it's the snowfall acetate from Hunkydory which I've seen demonstrated a few times, plus items from the Snowy Animals paper kit.

I started with an 8 x 8 card and then cut most of the front off just leaving a 1.5 inch strip on the left side. I took some snowflake backing card and layered it onto silver mirri to cover the inside of the card, Then I cut 2 panels 1.5 x 8 inches of mirri and layered panels of the snowflake card on to them. I cut an 8 x 8 piece of snowflake acetate and glued the 2 panels at each end then glued the left end to the flap on the front of the card, this covered the glue on the acetate, and then I glued a panel of white card on the inside of the other panel to cover the glue.

Inside the card a glued a large rabbit topper and a sentiment to the middle so that they showed through the acetate. I finished the front off with a snowflake punched from silver mirri and three silver Card Candis.


I think this card would work as a winter birthday card or a non-religious Christmas card. If you'd like to leave a comment I'd be glad to receive it.


Friday, 1 May 2015

Another Whirl About card

Hello there,

this is another card made from the Spellbinders Whirl About Cut, Fold and Tuck die for a friend. I cut the dies from two-tone, double-sided lilac card which I matted onto lilac mirri. I used a white 8 x 8 card blank and matted and layered it with lilac patterned paper and lilac mirri then placed the die cuts onto the card. I used Craftwork Cards Card Candi in the centres of the smaller die cuts and a sentiment in the middle of the large one. I finished it off with a lilac and silver ribbon bow in the final upper corner.


Thanks for stopping by, any comments gratefully received.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Butterfly tied Z-fold card

Hello,
this is the last of the three cards I made for one of the units in the Certificate in Paper Craft I'm studying. It was inspired by a feature in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine - and has even been featured in the letters page of issue 139!

I used a white 8 x 8 card blank scored down the middle and folded back. I matted the folded back front and the inside with silver mirri then cut some some lilac card with a subtle lilac floral pattern on it from a Kanban kit to matt on to the silver. The focal point on the front is an Imagination Crafts butterfly stamped in purple onto white, matted onto Hobbycraft periwinkle pearlescent card, then onto silver and finally onto white. Inside I stamped the same image in pale lilac and added a Tonic Birthday Wishes die cut sentiment on it, plus a Craftwork Cards sentiment in the bottom corner. I even found some lilac organza ribbon with butterflies embossed on it to tie the card to finish it off.




I'd not made anything like this before so was really pleased with the result, I hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by, as always any comments you might like to leave are gratefully received,


Monday, 27 April 2015

Apricot flowers

Hello,

this is the second of the three cards I made for my second Unit of the Certificate in Paper Craft.

I used a Kanban kit I've had for ages called Apricot Dreams. I started with an 8 x 8 pale gold card blank which I matted and layered with apricot floral backing card on gold mirri. I created a panel from floral patterned vellum fixed to the pale gold card with gold brads which I placed towards the left side of the card. I created 3 quilled apricot flowers, first time I'd done this and I was quite pleased with the result, and attached them to the bottom right with some Tattered Lace die cut flourishes. Top right I attached a Tonic Happy Birthday sentiment with a gold brad in the middle of the flower.



Because of the quilled flowers I needed a box for this card too and created it from the pale gold card and the same kit but used the left over backing card from the card as the panel, and card which matched the vellum as the main backing card. I finished it with a Hunkydory sentiment which matched the colours.


Thanks for stopping by, any comments are gratefully received.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

60th birthday card

Hello,

I'm currently studying for the Certificate in Paper Craft and have just passed Unit 3 - with Credit! Soooo pleased :-) I am going to post the three cards I made for this Unit and this is the first one.

It's a 60th birthday card made for a friend I've known since junior school, but she's a year younger than me. I found the ribbon and used that as a starting point - plus she supports Liverpool so I wanted to include red in the card. I matted some rose embossed card on to gold paper and then matted this on to an 8 x 8 white card blank. I cut the Tonic Happy Birthday Pansy Topper die set from red card and inserted a topper into it, then created flowers from the Bellus Buttercup in red and the Delicate Daisy flower in gold with gold Craftwork Cards Card Candi in the middle of the flowers. I cut gold Fanciful Flourishes to go with the flowers and put gold Card Candi in the corners then added the bow to finish it off.




As there was depth to the card and it had to go through the post I also made a box for the card. I used the same rose embossed card matted onto gold paper, a red and gold flower and gold Card Candi. The sentiment is also Tonic from the Topper die set with a Tonic butterfly to finish it off. I'm pleased to say that my friend was delighted with the card.


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Thinking of you sympathy card

Hello,

I needed to make a sympathy card in a hurry, so the Tonic Thinking of You Sentiment Die Set was ideal. I cut the dies from black and white card, then layered them up on a black card base to create a simple sympathy card quickly.


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Monday, 20 April 2015

Fairy and flowers

Hello there,
this is a card which is out of my comfort zone as I usually do "less is more" type of cards and this one has quite a bit going on. I'd got some Lili of the Valley papers free with Quick Cards Made Easy which I liked but didn't really know what to do with. So I looked around and found a sketch and a couple of challenges which I thought I'd have a go at and this is the end result. I used a Kraft card base and some pink and green card which matched the papers. I used the Tonic Fae Trellis die and cut the fairy out and matted it onto green card then Kraft card, punched some small flowers, die cut a sentiment, added pearls here and there, a couple of small butterflies and some faux stitching.

I'm quite pleased with the end result so will perhaps play around with patterns more. What do you think?


I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: ATG with pearls
4 Crafty Chicks: Fairies

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunny birthday card

Hello there.

I wanted to make a bright sunny birthday card for a friend that would be easy to post and this is what I came up with.

I used the Tonic Happy Birthday Sentiment die set, it's really flexible as you can layer it up with foam pads or keep it fairly flat by just using glue which is good for posting. I did the latter with this one and started with a 14 cm x 14 cm cream card blank. I cut the large and small layers from yellow card, and the middle one from cream card and just layered them up together. I popped a pale yellow flower in the middle and job done!



I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Clear it Out: Colour Yellow
Papertake Weekly: Words, Words, Words
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes Birthday

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Wedding card

Hello there, thanks for visiting.

This is a wedding day card I've made. I used the Tonic Affections die set cut from blue and white pearlescent card layered with foam pads. I embossed white pearlescent card with the Amelia embossing board and dusted it with silver ink. Then cut flowers from blue card and mirri using the Plush Peony die set and added a silver Fanciful Flourish. All was matted and layered on to silver and blue mats, then on to an 8 x 8 card blank.



I'm entering this for the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Words, Words, Words
Try it on Tuesday: New Beginnings

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Black and white butterflies and birds

Hello there, for this card I used a Kanban topper I've had lying around for ages, created a mat from silver mirri and white card embossed with a Cuttlebug All in One folder. I put it on an 8 x 8 card, added black and white die cut butterflies and finished it off with a bow and some silver gems on the butterflies. I'm quite pleased with how it's come out and hope it's not too stark!


I'm entering this for the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesday: They who have wings
Crafty Cardmakers and More: Wings
Papertake Weekly Challenge: ATG
Clear It Out: ATG
Scribble and Scrap: ATG