Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Layered Letters - Perfect for Kids parties!!

Well those of you who popped in over the weekend, will know that my kids had become little socialista's and had been invited to two parties this weekend. Throw in that it was hubby's birthday and Mr.4's too and I was flat out whipping up cards.

Kids cards can be tricky, but this is where the brilliant Layered Letters stamp set comes in fantastically. I literally got this set thanks to all the beautiful bookmarks one of my super talented downline, Tracy Holmes at Made By Me 2444, had been creating.

When I was little, Chloe was a very unusual  name and I could never get anything personalized. Pretty funny considering it has been the most popular baby name for the last few years!! Anyway, what could be more awesome then a personalized Birthday card, which is exactly what I made for them!

I made the "Trent" card first which was pretty straight forward as "Trent" is a five letter word, but when I came to make "Kate's" card I was a bit stuck as she only had four letters and we all know that odd numbers are a crafters delight!

That's when I came up with the idea to stamp her letters in between the odd number of circles. Hooray, the world is right again!!

I just finished them off with some bakers twine and sequin trim and they were done.

I actually enjoyed making them so much, I think I'll be using the idea to make personalized customer Thank You cards this month, because who wouldn't love a card with their name on it!!

Happy Crafting,

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Awesomely Artistic - Swing-Out Card

I have seen lots of these Swing-out, Fold-out, Pop-out cards and decided that I wanted to give it ago for class last week. Well it was a big success and the girls loved making them. I think they even had plans to go home and make some of their own designs, which is exactly what I love to hear!!

I really hope you get the idea of  what the card looks like, because it was pretty tricky to photograph. I decorated the front using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, which I really enjoy stamping with.

I used some gold embossing powder to make my dragonfly standout and then added some of our gorgeous new gold thread. Man I'm going through a lot of that at the moment. It just seems to go with everything lol

I added two little "hinges" to the top and the bottom of my Very Vanilla insert to stop the card front from flapping around. Putting them in, also means the card front swings out every time you open it now too.

Hope you have as much fun making these as I did and if your looking for a great tutorial then pop over to Dawn's Stampin Thoughts as she has an awesome video.

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

No Bones About It

Well it has been the weekend for Birthday cards that for sure. And to make matter just a little bit more tricky, 4 of the 5 cards where for boys!

Now I don't know why but my mind goes completely blank when it comes to male themed cards. It can't be because we don't have a lot of male themed stamps, because Stampin' Up! actually have a lot that can be used for the guys. I think it's because I love to bling up my cards as a kind of finishing off, and with guy cards, you kind of have to leave the blink out, making them feel... unfinished I guess.

Anyway, this card was for a little boy turning 6 and with most boys his age, he's totally into Dinosaurs. Thankfully my 'No Bones About It' set arrived last week, so I got stuck in:

I was actually really pleased how quickly this came together. I designed the "patterned paper" using two of the stamps in the set (Leaves and Footprints) and then made the card around that. This set has lots of little stamps that can be used in all kinds of ways, as well as some really awesome sentiments.

I love how you can use the skeleton of the Dino's with their bodies or on their own. It did make me wish that I had some embossing powder that glowed in the dark, as that would have looked amazing on the bones.... though maybe a little scary, but I'm pretty sure my Mr.6 would have loved that!

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Watercolor Wings Notecards

Today's share are some little Thank You note cards that will be 'winging" their way to my customer who have placed order this month!! I always like to show off a new stamp set or technique that I've learnt or played around with recently.

I of course had to make them in a variety of shades and colours as I can never pick a favourite and when doing watercolouring, each one comes out differently every time.

I used black embossing powder to really make the butterflies pop and stand out against the vivid watercolour background. And aren't those little thinlit greetings just gorgeous!! I'm so in love with these little darlings that you will see me using them a heap more times, that's for sure. They are also such great value to money, which never hurts!!

Happy crafting,

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Just Add Ink #271

As you guys know, I love to take part in the Just Add Ink Challenges and this week is no different. I absolutely love the sketch that we were given this week:
And the card I made is one of the best ones I've done in a while. It's looks exactly like the idea in my head and I love everything about it.

Isn't it pretty!! Everything about this card is just perfect. I adore the papers from the Pretty Petals DSP stack and when I actually came to stick them down, I still couldn't decide which pattern to use.

I'm also completely in love with this new, gorgeous stamp set called Awesomely Artistic. The stamps are just beautiful and I adore the little Dragonfly.

How great does cutting and then raising the "Thanks" greeting look. Such a simple idea, but really gives it some WOW factor.

The "Thanks" is one of the little phrases from the Greetings Thinlits set. I just adore the font's of these sentiments and they cut perfectly every time.

If you would like to purchase any of these great products just click on the images below or pop over to my store.

Happy Crafting,

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Just Add Ink #270 - Christmas in July

So today I popped over to see what the JAI (Just Add Ink) girls had been up to and what this weeks inspiration was. Well I have to admit, when I realised it was Christmas in July I thought oh no!!

I'm so not ready for Christmas just yet, even if it is only Christmas in July. I also didn't think I had a Christmas stamp set to use. But after looking through my stash, I realised my favourite set from last years Holiday Catalogue had actually carried over to the new Annual Catty, Woo Hoo!!

I kept this card fairly simple but some how it came together beautifully and I don't think I would change anything. The two pieces of Glimmer paper came about because I didn't actually have one piece big enough (I told you I'm not ready yet!!) and I also couldn't decide which colour to use. I love it when two wrongs make a right!!

And out of all the images in this set, I couldn't go past adding the little snowman. He's super cute and with all this cold weather around, I thought he was rather appropriate!

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Closet Crafters Sketch Challenge: CCC001

I'm so excited, because today I get to share the very first Closet Crafters sketch challenge with you all!!

I came up with a sketch last week for my team to get all inspired about and I thought I would share my creation:

I used the new Everyday Chic DSP and coloured in some of the white parts of the paper with my Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Pink Pirouette makers. I just absolutely love colouring in the DSP, it means you can make you patterned paper match any colour scheme you want!

Oh and are you wondering which stamp set the sentiment comes from???

Well I can tell you that it isn't a stamp, but a card from one of our gorgeous Project Life kits "Moments Like These".

I just coloured in the middle word with my markers and then cut it out with the Deco Framelits. Cute hey!!

Happy Crafting,

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