Sunday, 20 March 2011

Birthday card (2)

Birthday card for one of my best friends who turned 30 last week (we're all getting old, uni - where we met - seems so long ago now!)...

Image - Papermania Retail Therapy stamp set coloured with Promarker Carmine and Copics Ciaos 100 (Black), C3, 5 and 7 (Cool Greys), E37 (Sepia) and E47 (Dark Brown).

Caption - DoCrafts Born2Shop Bubbles phrase (free on the cover of DC magazine last year) written over with Promarker Carmine.

White oval and DC Born2Shop Nostalgia pink paper cut with Nesties - Petite Ovals Large

PaperMania Classical Handmade flocked paper

30 -EK Success

Happy Birthday - Anita's Glitterations

Pink flower from DC Born2Shop Creative Papercraft Kit

Gem from stash

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Another birthday card

This birthday card is for my friend who is a Brown Owl at Brownies (although she doesn't use the title as she didn't want to feel that people were comparing her to the old Brown Owl who ran the Brownies for 30 odd years!). It was made using lots of stash from my black&white and blue bags of papers, flowers, etc. The stamped image is a Honey and Hugs image from Papermania coloured with Pro-markers Gold and Blue Pearl, the small flowers are punched from scraps of the backing paper and the middles are brads from my stash as well. Ovals are petite ovals large and petite scalloped ovals large Nesties and sentiment is a peel-off from Create and Craft (bought at Wilkinsons!)

Birthday Card

This is the birthday card I made for my cousin a few weeks ago. The backing paper is from a very old pack of papermania papers (one of the first cardmaking paper packs I bought, I've learnt my lesson since!) as I had decided

I had to use up my old stash before I am allowed to buy any more (that was the theory anyway!!)


* DL Card covered with Papermania spotty paper from stash

* White leaves cut from white card using Sizzix die 38-0227 Leaf, Stem

* Greeting Farm stamped image coloured using various shades of blue Pro-markers and brown Copics pens (I didn't think to write them down as this was only a month after I had Joseph and it took all my efforts just to get the card made!), edged with Azure Pro-marker and mounted using foam pads.

* Blue marbled card from a stack bought at also edged with Azure Pro-marker

* Peel off sentiment from stash

* Prima flowers from stash

* Brads from stash

Friday, 11 March 2011

30th Birthday card (1)

I had a few birthday cards to make this week (as well as the christening invitations!) and was bloghopping (or leapblogging) for some inspiration when I came across last week's LOTV Challenge which was using a layout. I wanted to use this Greetings Farm image as it reminds me of the friend the card is for so there was no rush to get it finished and on here by Wednesday night because it wasn't for the challenge!
* Black&white papers from stash
* prima flowers from stash with silver brads in the centres
* Cardinal Red promarker (and I can't remember which shades for the hair and skin, forgot to write them down!!)
* Black Copic Ciao
* Paper Mill Shop peel off sentiment
* Petite Oval Large nesties

Handbag card

Over on a group of us take part in a birthday card exchange. This was the first card I made since Joseph was born, which amazingly got to Linda (Tag) on time!
The card is one that was in a pack my brother gave me for Christmas (from Hobbycraft I think?!), the paper is from a stack which was free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine a couple of months ago.
Tilda arrived in a stamped image swap (I love this one so may have to purchase her at some point!) and was coloured with Copics - I didn't think to make a note of the colours at the time, was rather pre-occupied with a tiny baby!
The purple flowers are from my stash and the smaller ones were punched from the scraps of the paper used to cover the handbag shape, with gems added from my stash and a peel-off sentiment. I also made a matching ATC as we had been discussing them on the forum, but forgot to photograph it!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

60th Birthday / Retirement card

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a 60th birthday and retirement party. If you look in the shops you probably won't find one card that combines both sentiments, but when you make your own you can! So that's what I did...


* Ivory pearlescent card base from
* Green marbled card from a stack I bought in a sale at
* Black paper from my stash
* Die-cut glass from stash
* Silver 'congratulations' tab from stash (originally bought from a few years ago
* Peel-off sentiments from stash

Lots of matting and layering and 3D foam pads to add interest as I didn't have a lot of time to make this with an 8 week old baby!

Christening Invitations

Well, as promised, here is one of Joseph's christening invitations:


* Ivory pearlescent card blank
* Blue paper cut with petite scalloped ovals large nesties
* White card cut with petite ovals large nesties
* LOTV Christening baby stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloured with a layer of Ivory and a layer of Blush Pro-markers; edge of baby's pillow coloured with Pastel Blue Pro-marker; edge of christening gown - Baby Blue Stickles.
* 'Invitation' gold peel-off sticker
I have had to make a slightly different version as well, using a more turquoise-blue paper and Waterfall Stickles because I didn't have enough of either shade of blue paper to make all 50 invitations (thanks to the Paper Mill shops closing - I used to buy all my plain paper and card there as they had so many different shades of every colour!)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Christening Invitations

With a bit of help from my mum I made a start on the christening invitations yesterday! She cut out white ovals using my nesties and I stamped the LOTV baby in a christening gown onto them all. While I then used my nesties to cut out scalloped ovals from blue paper, Mum folded the card blanks (which I had already stuck the inserts into) and when she had gone home I stuck all the white ovals onto the blue scalloped ovals and started adding Stickles to the baby's gown - I need to keep working on that tonight!

Mum is coming back on Wednesday so we can hopefully finish them - colouring in the baby with Copics or Promarkers (any recommendations as to which colours are best would be gratefully received!!), sticking 'invitation' peel-offs on each card and then just writing names, addressing envelopes and typing & printing out directions!

Hopefully by the end of the week I will be able to put a photo of them on here, then it's back to the thank you cards for all the presents he received when he was born!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

New year, new design

Thanks to the very kind RedRottie from the Docrafts forum I have found out how to make my blog look much more interesting than just the plain pink background I had before! I am still experimenting to find which one I like best but as everyone who knows me 'in the real world' could tell you I am well known for being a chocoholic so when I saw the quote on this layout I decided this would be the one... for now at least!!