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Sympathy Card

Sympathy Card

This is the worst kind of card to make. I have had the unfortunate task to make a card for my Sister-in-Law who lost her husband after being diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks before he passed away.

I am not good at doing this sort of thing, but looked out the Stampin Up Thoughtful Brances set of stamps, and Perfect Plum ink, masked off a square and brayered with Perfect Plum. I know next time I will use my Misti and stamp with the black ink a number of times as I would have preferred to have the ink looking darker. Stampin_Up_Sympathy

Cupcake Thank You

Guilty as charged. I have not written for a while, but have been busy making cards. On this dull dreich day, I thought I would share this thank you card made for a friend. I thought that I would also enter it in to the Lili of the Valley March Challenge on Facebook.

Using the Cupcake stamp, I coloured in with Promarker pens, Nitwits paper background paper, spellbinders were used to cut the layers and paper flowers added to finish it off.

Hope you are having a sunnier warmer day than us. I promise that I will share more designs with you soon.LOTV_Cupcake

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

I want to share a card with you that I had made for my husbands birthday today. The technique had been inspired by some Christmas Cards I had found on Pinterest made using watercolour painting.

Having never really done any painting (except at school) I looked on YouTube and found that I was fascinated by some of the videos showing how it was done. It was amazing to see pictures emerging by just using different brushes and paints.

Not really being an artist I made a few splodges on ARCHES  Cold Pressed watercolour paper using my Stampin’ Up Inkpads.  When the paper was dry, I cut into a square, made an outline frame using Spellbinder square dies with cream card, then used some Card-io stamps to stamp some branches and leaves to frame the picture. The Golfer was then cut out using Joanna Sheene golfer die, coloured in and glued on the front.

Hope you like it.golfer-card

Sistahood Uptown Girl

Sistahood Uptown Girl

Slight change for this time of year, but people still have birthdays so cards still have to be made. This card was made for my Sister who has a birthday 3 days before Christmas. With most of the cards away in the shops, I find it is better to make my own.

I just love Opal the Optimist. What are you – glass half empty or glass half full? This is the resulting card – black and pink which make a great combination. Flowers made with Dovecraft punch and the backing of the sentiment from Lili of the Valey, made with a Stamping Up Punch. All coloured with Promarker Pens and stash backing paper.

Frugal Card Maker

Frugal Card Maker

As a card maker I am always on the lookout to try new ways at making cards and finding material that can be recycled to be used in cards. This one has turned out to be one of my favourites.

Although the silver mirror card was cut using the Penny Black die, layered on to silver background and pale blue card, the tree background was made using the cellophane wrapping florists use to wrap bouquets. I bought some from our local florists and used it as as a background for this card. One of my favourites Christmas Cards made this year. Hope you like it too.
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December Winter Challenge

Lili of the Valley December Winter Challenge

I cannot believe that we are now in December. Where did the past year go? Christmas cards are being made as we speak, so I thought I would use the opportunity to use one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps, the cute Penguin which is no longer available to buy, to enter the December Challenge on Facebook. I was lucky enough to win back in June, which has encouraged me to challenge my imagination. Hope you like the result and fingers crossed.

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Purple and Silver Christmas Card

On a roll with a second commissioned card made today – another Christmas Card, this time made using Sue Wilson Snowflake dies, silver mirror card and pearl deep purple card from Soho Paper Suppliers. It was just a matter of cutting all the corners to make the snowflakes, cutting out the tag and cutting of the snowflakes to put behind the big tag, all stuck down and there the card is. Hope the Sister In-Laws like it.

Sue Wilson Poinsettia Christmas Card

Sue Wilson Poinsettia Christmas Card

Today has been one of those days when it is day – but it has remained dull the whole time as if someone had forgotten to put on the lights. So what do you do when that happens? Yes, you make cards. I still haven’t made all my Christmas Cards, but not panicking. There are always bought cards if I have not made enough.

This one was made for my Sisters Nanny-in-Law as a special request. I always find it a lot of pressure when you are asked to specifically make a card for someone. So today I got out the Sue Wilson Poinsettia Dies and co-ordinating stamps, cut out and put Tonic glitter in the centre. Frames were cut in mirror gold using Sue Wilson dies again. All glued together and stuck down ready for Nanny.

 

Out of my comfort zone

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As you may be aware I have entered a number of  monthly challenges – successfully on one occasion. I stumbled across the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which for this month was the colours of autumn. As I have recently bought the Leaping Deer die, I thought this would be a good opportunity to use the die, make a christmas card and enter the challenge all at the same time.

Using different ways of colouring the deer (spreading copper paste and waiting until it dried, spreading Tonic yellow Nuvo drops and also waiting until it dries) before cutting out, and spreading glue on to a plain deer and covering with glitter, then sticking them all on to a faint tree background to give the feeling that they were running through the forest.

I hope that you like my entry for the October Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

LOTV James the Christmas Bear

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Still cannot quite get in to the groove to make Christmas cards. Made one before, but saw the competition on Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge which this time is Christmas. So I decided to enter (again)

I just love James the Bear – whether it is for a Birthday, Christmas or just a Get Well card. He is so cute. This one was made using Chilli Red ProMarker a tough of glitter and layered on to NitWit Polar Pals paper.