Opal the Optimist

Opal the Optimist

Half Full Stamping Bella

Don’t you just love Stamping Bella Uptown Girls. They are one of my most favourite stamps, fun, just perfect for any occasion easy to stamp with and so easy to colour.

This card was made using stash paper and flowers made using Tonic Dies and coloured to match the background of the card. Pearls and flower centres were so easy to make using the Tonic Pearls All ready to had to the birthday girl who loves “Fizzy Friday”

Forever My Always

Forever My Always

One of my favourite stamps at the moment is the Forever My Always made by Stamping Bella. As a couple of oldies dancing away together, I thought that these are the perfect couple to use for a retirement card that I wanted to make for a couple of friends who were retiring when they sold the business that they owned – The Station Hotel in Carnoustie.

This had been made using one of my favourite techniques, inking the background, but masking the area that the couple were going to be placed.  Stamping and colouring in the couple, they were cut out and stuck on to the card. The branches were Card-io stamps, with the little flowers stamped to fill in. I thought that it would look perfect that the couple having sold the business were dancing away in the sunset.

This is the result which I hope you like. Retirement

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl

Stamping Bella – Uptown Girl – Bentley

As with many of my cards they are made for a specific person in mind. This one was made as I had just received my new Sue Wilson Shadow Box Lattice Die set and was dying to try different way with it. To go with it I stamped and cut out the Stampin Up Bella Uptown Girl Bentley, coloured in with Promarkers and used Nitwits paper to make the skirt.

To make the lattice, I cut it out twice and layered it to create a shadow effect.

For the shadow lattice frame, cut out and layered I cut out white linen card.

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Couture Christmas

Couture Christmas Card

It may only be August, but the weather outside is cold and windy. Makes me think that I need to start my Christmas cards. This is the first of the year.

I bought this set of dies a number of years ago, and have never actually got around to using them. This has now been my first result and found that making one set of cuts, a number of different cards can be made with the waste.

For this particular card, I dug out some blue paper and white card, fitted all the cuts together to make this particular card. The sentiment was cut using the Sue Wilson die.

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Card-io Golfer Birthday card

Card-io Golfer Birthday card

Today was one of those days that started off full of promise. Sun was shining, it was warm and there was no wind. (Always a problem in Carnoustie). Now the clouds have come over and the wind has picked up. So what can I do? Well best thing was to make a birthday card for my husband who is golfing mad. Using some of the Card-io stamps bought at a craft fair, I thought I could try the technique I watched them demonstrating. And tada – the card was made. I hope you like it.Card-io -birthday_card

Sue Wilson Wedding Cards

Sue Wilson Wedding Cards

Today I have to show you two cards made using the same Sue Wilson New York background die, for two different friends. I just love using these dies.

Both times I used the bridesmaid colour theme as the background for their cards. Not sure about you, but I always try to personalise the cards as much as possible.

Used pearlised oyster card supplied by Soho Papers as the background for the first card, and foreground for the second card.

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Lili of the Valley

Lili of the Valley LOTV

I don’t know about you, but I always find male cards a bit of a challenge. Lili of the Valley have a number of excellent stamps which can be used for a variety of age groups. My husband had asked me to make one for a friend of his who was turning 60. As he regularly played golf I thought I would use the LOTV golfer stamp. The theme red was chosen as he was also a Liverpool Football Club supporter. I don’t know about you, but if I make asked to make a card for a specific person, I try to find out what they like and personalise it.
As Lili of the Valley regularly have monthly Facebook challenges, I decided to try my luck and submitted this one to the Sporty Challenge and lucky enough to be chosen as a winner.
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