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Bastille Birthday

Bastille Birthday

I, like one of my friends has a birthday on the 14th July – so I should have no excuse and not forget her birthday. However, on many an occasion I have been making a card which is drying the night before a birthday. This time I have planned well ahead and tied it in with the Lili of the Valley Facebook July Challenge – Feature a Creature and entered it in to a new challenge I have never entered before – Paper Creators – Anything Goes.

I used the Balloon Bunny, coloured in using my faithful Promarkers Pens and made the layers using different shades of purple card in my stash. Circle was cut using the Spellbinders Grand, and the layering background was made using the cellophane from flower bouquet which I thought was a good way to add a bit of interest to the card along with a bit of ribbon.

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Baby Hammock for Mia

Baby Hammock for Mia

This was a card that I made a number of years ago when I had just taken up card making and using all different techniques I could find. I was like a kid in a sweet shop buying this and that, looking on line for inspiration and buying again, until I finally started making cards.  My Sister asked me to make one for her friends who had just become Grandparents. I made the background paper using a Gelli Printing Plate and acrylic paints. I then stamped using the Penny Black Baby Hammock onto a square cut using Tonic Dies any layered on to purple card. The Hedgehog was coloured in using water colour crayons, extra flowers, bows and teddy were coloured, cut out and layerd to give a send of height.

The sentiment was printed and layered on to card and handed over.

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Happy Anniversary

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I regularly post cards that I make for friends and family. As this is my 35 Wedding Anniversary – who would believe it I wanted to make a quick card for my husband who loves all cards I make for him.

This one was made using another Lili of the Valley stamps, James the Bear, which this time I bought the digital download to use. Coloured him in using grey Promarkers and layered onto Nitwits backing paper.

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CAS Stamping Bella

CAS Stamping Bella

It has been a while since I have submitted anything and apologise. I have been away on holiday, but admit that I did miss my card making.

Since I came back I have been making a few which I will share with you all shortly. However I am quite pleased with this Clean and Simple card made for a work colleagues birthday.

The stamp was a recent purchase – Stampin Bella Uptown Girl Lucille and coloured in using many purple Promarker pens. The background was just a piece I had lying in the drawer, kept from previous projects “just in case”.

Hope you like the end result as I know I had fun making it.Stampin_Bella_Lucille

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.

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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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