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Friday, 22 April 2011

Cards for Men...



With father's day looming I thought I'd better get in the mindset for making men's cards so I started off with something that needs no thinking about - a big number card.


Plain and simple but very effective. The striped paper is from an old set by Papermania called 'For Him' and I love the colours in it.

I've entered this card in the following challenges ...

Bunny Zoe's Crafts
- One for the boys
The Paper Variety - Use a number

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Name Cards

After the success of the Mother's Day cards, a few friends at work have asked for similar cards for little girls with their names on them...

This first one is for a child with a very unusual name - I've never come across this one before. The striped paper is an old one from Doodlebug and the big butterfly is made with my new favourite die from Marianne designs. I've also added some punched butterflies and flowers and a few diamante trails coming from the butterflies. I've entered this card in the following challenge:

Flutterby Wednesdays - OPEN (include butterfly, fairy or angel)



I'm not as pleased with this second card. I don't know whether I have made the letters too big or used the wrong patterned paper but I don't feel it is as pleasing on the eye as the first one is.

Still I now have orders for loads of name cards so I'm off to the shops this weekend to treat myself to some new scissors with very fine points!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Anniversary Quilling

I got a quilling set for Christmas a couple of years ago and as part of my quest to start using some of the stash packed into my spare bedroom, I decided I would have a go at using it. This coincided with a request from David, a work colleague, for a 'very special' card for his wife on their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. I trawled the internet for inspiration found some great ideas so this is my first attempt.


The greeting is made from large peel-off letters and the flowers are a mixture of punched, quilled and silk flowers. The leaves are also punched and I finished off with some random bling and peel-off hearts. The card itself is A5 size.

I am so pleased with this card and now Mother's day is out the way I'm going to have a bit more play with different quilled shapes.

And more importantly, David and his wife loved it!

I've entered this into the following challenge:

Charisma Cardz - Weddings and Anniversaries

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mother's Day #2

Wow - two posts in one day! Here's another card for Mother's Day. The image is a from the Digi Stamp Boutique, where I get most of my digi stamps. The image is coloured with promarkers and matted using scallopped nesties. The paper came with a scrapbooking set from Pound World!


I'm loving this butterfly punch from X-Cut - I've used it on loads of my Mother's Day cards and everybody thinks it's very cute.

I've entered this into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad - For the Mums
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Flowers for Mum

Mother's Day





I'm back after a lovely break in Tenerife - a week of sun, gorgeous food and relaxing by the pool has done me the world of good!

Here's a couple of the Mother's Day cards I made before I went...


This first card is something I often do when I'm struggling for inspiration - take a word or number and enlarge it in WordArt or a similar programme then print it on patterned paper. I've found that striped paper usually produces the best results. Then I mount the letters on plain paper and carefully cut around, leaving a rim of colour around each letter. I've finished this card off with a punched butterfly (X-Cut) and some bling.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Less Is More - A Touch of Red
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Butterflies


This next card is also of the clean and simple variety. The gorgeous 3D flower sticker is from Anita's Dimensions range -they are so pretty and have a lovely sheen to them. The spotted paper is a from a pad that came free with a card mag.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Bloomin' Blossoms
One Stop Craft Challenge - Spots and Dots