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Monday, 28 November 2011

Big Five O!

I get lots of requests to make cards for special age birthdays and my favourite way of doing this is by focussing on the number itself. I make the numbers using Word Art, reverse the image then print them onto the back of the paper. It's easy to carefully cut round the printed lines - I tend to use a pair of fine embroidery scissors for this task.



The backing paper is by Nancy Watt for making Cards Magazine and the stars are made using Sissix die-cuts. I've entered this card into the 'Milestone Birthdays' challenge at
Crafty Emma's Store CES Challenge

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday Challenge

The Saturday Challenge theme over at Secret Crafter this week is Flowers and Borders - two things that are perfect for a birthday card for a 60 year old lady.


The rose image and paper came from an old issue of Making Cards. I'm going through piles and piles of card magazines at the moment and trying to use up some of the gorgeous papers that come with them. The die-cut border is from X-cut and I've added a silky burgundy ribbon and some diamantes to bling it up. The layout is my 'lazy layout' that I use when I'm in a rush and can't think of any other!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Teenage boys...

A difficult category at the best of times - you even have to be careful with the embellishments you use so it doesn't look 'lame'!



I focused on the age and used a bold, masculine paper and greeting that came with a Making Cards magazine a couple of years ago. The numbers were created with WordArt in Microsoft Publisher and highlighted with faux stitching.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Another Sketch...

I enjoyed the challenge of designing a card around a sketch so searching through The Daily Dare blog I found another that looked quite easy to follow...



This one is the current challenge over at The Digi Doodle Shop. I have loads of Christmas cards to make for various people so using this as the template (and turning the drawing upside down) I came up with the following:


The patterned paper is old Dovecraft and the image is saved on my computer with the tag Dove Art Snowman... I am unable to find the artist to give full credit so many apologies there. It took no time to make so I think I'll spend the afternoon making a batch of these.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Cute Baby Boy

Another request for a baby card - this time just for a singleton! In an attempt to use up some of my old stash, I've used an image from a sheet of cute baby images by Ruth Watkins for Craft Creations. I've seen her designs in a number of publications over the years and bought these some time ago but as we all do, put them in a file and forgot about them! The paper is very old Papermania.


The layout is based on a sketch challenge over at Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog.



I don't usually try sketch challenges so this is a bit out of my comfort zone but I found it quite easy to follow.

The same customer also wanted another baby boy card for her mum so as they were going to the same baby I tried to make it as different as possible:



The image is an old fave from The Digistamp Boutique and the paper came from a baby boy scrapbook kit.

I've also entered this into the following challenges:

One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Triple Trouble!

It's not very often you get asked to make a card for triplets! This gave me a great excuse to use a cute digi image I recently bought from the Digistamp Boutique. I kept the card simple - printed the image 3 times and the ribbon part 3 times aswell to add a touch of decoupage. The greeting printed in Candy Round BTN font and then I added some peel-off stars.



This card fits perfectly this week's challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge. The challenge this week is on the theme of 'Three' to celebrate their third anniversary.