Friday, 16 June 2017

Birthday Blossoms Larkspur and Waterlily to Celebrate July Birthdays

Hi Everyone,
The two birth flowers for July are both relatively unusual, certainly in crafting terms, meaning that there is not an abundance of larkspur and waterlily craft supplies available, however,  I found a lovely waterlily die cutting set from Heartfelt Creations which I used for the first card and a larkspur stamp and die set which I used for the other two cards.

I have been meaning to have a go at making an easel card for a while and this card seemed like the perfect opportunity, using the die cut waterlily as the 'prop' for the upright part of the card.

Hand made easel birthday card with die cut waterlilies and dragonflies

There are three main elements to this card so I have split them up so you don't have to read the whole thing if you are only interested in part of it.


Card Base
I cut two pieces of blue card for the base, one measuring 12 x 24cm and another 12 x 12cm. I scored the longer piece at 12 and 18cm and folded the card on both these score lines to form the base.  I forgot to photograph the base at this stage to show you how it is folded, so I have borrowed this photo from Pinterest. This shows the base with the smaller piece of card attached, but I didn't attach mine straight away as it was easier to make most of it first. You can make the card any size you want the main principle is that the longer piece of card is scored at the half way and three quarters marks and folded to make the support for the upright part of the card.

How to make and easel card

I cut two pieces of white card 11.5 x 11.5cm sq and used Broken China and Old Paper distress ink pads to color them. I wanted the card to look like a lily pond with sky above so I used Broken China all over the card and added Old Paper to the area that would be the pond to give it a greenish hue.

Waterlily Flowers and Lily Pads
The gorgeous lilies and lily pads are all die cut using the Heartfelt Creations Waterlily and Frog die cutting set. Waterlilies can be both white and pink so I chose pink card for mine. Once cut, I inked the edges of the petals with pink ink, then pinched them to almost fold them in half and curled the ends over. There are two sizes of flowers in the die set so I cut one of the bigger ones and a few of the smaller ones, each one has self adhesive pearls on the center for the stamen. The lily pads (or leaves) are cut from green card and the edges inked with a slightly darker shade of green.
The dies cut a range of sizes of petals which you can combine in any way you like.

Dragonflies
I have been wanting to use this lovely dragonfly die cutter for a while, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

Die cut dragonfly close up


The die set cuts a whole dragonfly as well as a separate set of wings and a separate body. I wanted to make the dragonflies look as realistic as possible so I cut a whole body from green mirror card, and two further sets of wings one from blue card and one from acetate. I covered the acetate ones with clear Wink of Stella to give them a bit of sparkle. I glued the blue wings underneath the green body so that they show through the green wings and the acetate wings over the green body to give the iridescent shimmer. I bent the green and acetate wings up slightly so that they were raised from the background. I am very pleased with the way they worked out.

The final step was to make the greeting and assemble the card. For the greeting, I inked a small piece of card to match the colors of the pond area of the background, stamped the message in Stormy Sky distress ink and also used that to ink the edges. 

hand made waterlily and dragonfly gift tag


I had a couple of lilies left over so I used them to make a matching gift tag. I thought the die cut dragonfly would be a bit big for the tag so I stamped one using the dragonfly stamp from the Cardio Dragonfly Garden stamp set. I stamped it in Broken China distress ink and heat embossed it with clear crystal powder so that it had a little bit of sparkle. 

I'm pleased with the results! The easel part was very easy and the card looks just the way I wanted it to. 

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Hand made birthday card with stamped and die cut larkspur flower

For my second card I used the Larkspur stamp and die cut set. I stamped the flower in black ink, colored it using marker pens, die cut it and mounted it on a die cut oval of white card and then on an oval of purple card to match the color of the flowers. 

I used a 12.5cm square white card blank, layered that with more of the purple card and then cut a piece of white card to make the stamped background layer. I used the Scratches background stamp stamping first with Tea Dye distress ink, then rotating the card 90 degrees and stamping again with Tea Dye, then rotating again and stamping a third time but this time with Old Paper. Once all the stamped layers were dry I inked over everything with Bundled Sage. I attached the purple and stamped layers to the card front using our new Glue Dots Tape Runner which made it very quick and easy. The Oval was attached with adhesive foam pads to raise it a little.

The greeting comes from a sheet of gold and white die cut greetings which I inked around the edges with a Violet pigment ink and attached with foam pads at one end and a dab of glue at the other. The last thing was to add some adhesive gold metal dots to the corner.

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Hand made birthday card with water color background and emboss resist larkspur

I wanted to do something different with the larkspur stamp this time so chose to emboss resist on a watercolour style background.

I stamped the larkspur flowers onto watercolor paper with watermark ink and heat embossed with opaque white embossing powder.

Working on a craft mat I spread some Dusty Concord distress ink and spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, using a 1.5cm wide paint brush I painted a strip of purple across the top of the stamped image. I then added a bit more water to the ink to lighten the color and painted a second strip and repeated this until the flowers part of the stamp was covered. I repeated the process with Old Paper distress ink over the leafy area at the bottom of the flower. Once the 'paint' was dry I wiped over the stamped image with a cloth to remove any ink from the embossed areas.

I trimmed the watercolor paper to 8.8cm and scruffed the edges, then mounted this on a 9.2cm square piece of lilac card and in turn mounted this in the centre of a 12.5cm sq white card blank.

The greeting is stamped in black at the bottom right corner of the card blank.

It was nice to do something different, I love the watercolor effect of the background.

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Thank you for visiting, I have thoroughly enjoyed making all these cards, I hope you like them too, please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or if you have a question to ask.
Debbie x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Embossed Wedding Card with a Pearl Cluster Border

Hi everyone, it's ages since I made a wedding card and when we got these new pearl clusters in stock recently I immediately thought wedding! I wanted to make the lovely pearls the main feature of the card so kept the rest of it very simple.



I chose a white square 6 x 6 card blank and cut a square of white card very slightly smaller than it. I cut the white card into roughly one third/two thirds. I dry embossed a design onto the two thirds piece and sprayed it with Pearl Glimmer Mist spray (which I don't think you can really see in the photo but it looked great).

I adhered the two pieces of card to the card front as shown and used the pearl clusters to cover the join. the pearl clusters come in packs of three strips with a large pearl at each end, I cut the large pearl off the end of one of the strips to join them together and have a large pearl at either end.

A gold Congratulations peel off finishes it off.

I love the simplicity of the card, I think it would look equally good in different color combinations too.
Thank you for looking in. I hope you like it and look forward to hearing your comments.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Anniversary Card with Die Cut Greeting

Hello There! It's been in the back of my mind for a while to use the negative area of a die cut make an aperture rather than a shape, finally got round to it with this anniversary card. I thought with the simplicity and the colors this would make a good card for a woman to give to her husband.

Hand made anniversary card with die cut aperture and greeting

I used a standard A6 white card blank for the base and cut a piece of white card about 4mm smaller all round, then die cut a heart shape from the white card.

I cut a piece of patterned paper bigger than the size of the cut out heart and attached that to the card blank where the heart shaped opening will be. The paper is lovely pearlised paper from one of our new paper pads you can't really see that in the photo. I attached the white card with foam pads so that it is raised up from the base.

The word 'happy' is die cut from black card and attached across the bottom of the heart shape and the word 'anniversary' is stamped in black ink.

I really like this card and the possibilities for switching up the patterned paper and the die cut word to cater for lots of different occasions.

Thank you for calling in I hope you like the card too, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Debbie x

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Diamond Wedding Anniversary Card

Hi Everyone, here I am with a card for a diamond wedding anniversary which could of course be adapted to suit any wedding anniversary by and changing the numbers and if necessary the color scheme.

Hand made diamond wedding anniversary card with crystal numbers

This is a tent fold card which I cut and scored from white card, I forgot to make a note of the exact dimensions but the white embossed area is A6 so the silver card is a couple of millimeters wider than that and the card is approx 1cm wider again. Sorry if that's all a bit vague!

The hearts are die cut from white and silver card, this silver one was attached to the embossed layer using foam pads and ribbon wrapped around all three layers and tied in a bow. The white heart was also attached with adhesive foam pads over the ribbon.

I love the diamante numbers and they are perfect for this diamond wedding card and really add some glitter and dimension to the card. Some extra adhesive crystals  and a white and silver Congratulations message finish it all off.

I hope you like the card, the recipients did :) Please leave your comments to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Silver and White Hand Made Wedding Card with Flowers

Hi Everyone, here's another wedding card, I wanted something with flowers this time as they are such  an important feature at weddings. You could change the color scheme of the card to match that of the wedding or you could use it as an anniversary card in the appropriate colors.

Hand made wedding card in white and silver with hearts and flowers

I started with a 15 x 15cm square card blank and trimmed silver card to be slightly smaller and white card slightly smaller again. The white card is stamped in silver ink with a Damask design background stamp. I tied white organza ribbon around the stamped layer and tied a bow to the right side then glued these layers together.

I die cut three heart shapes from white and silver card and layered these up and positioned them in the centre of the card over the ribbon using adhesive foam pads.

The bigger flowers are ready made white Mulberry paper flowers and the smaller ones are die cut from white card using the smallest ones from the Heartfelt Creations waterlily die cutter. Both types of flowers have been sprayed with silver glimmer mist to give them a bit of glitz and adhesive pearls added for the centres. The leaves are die cut from silver card.

Finally the greeting is from a sheet of white and silver die cut greetings. I have used these a lot recently, I like the size and the different fonts and the fact that you can ink the white background to make them match your project.

Thanks for reading, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Birthday Blossoms Roses to Celebrate June Birthdays

Hello everyone and welcome to the June edition of our Birthday Blossoms series. The birth flowers for June are roses and honeysuckle. I opted to make rose cards as there are so many lovely rose stamps, dies, embossing folders etc. and they are such a popular flower.
As always we are offering a prize draw through this post, please see the bottom to find out how you can enter.

For the first card I went for a white on white background using a lovely rose embossing folder to add some dimension and less traditional lilac roses for a splash of colour.


hand made birthday card with embossed and die cut background and lilac paper roses

The card base is white 15 x 15cm which I trimmed down to about 13.8cm square to be slightly bigger than the size of the embossing folder. I embossed a piece of white card and attached that to the card base then cut a second piece of white card and die cut a curved edge with a cut out design and attached that to the top half of the card.

The flowers are ready made mulberry paper roses that come with wire stems which a wrapped round a bamboo bbq skewer to get the spiral effect and added three die cut leaf stems in dark green card.

I cut a small strip of white card, added a silver Happy Birthday peel off for the greeting and attached this with foam pads to lift it off the embossed background slightly.

I am pleased with this card, it didn't take long to make and the basic design could be adapted to make lovely wedding cards.

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Having just received stock of the new First Edition paper pad called Sweet Nothings, I was delighted to find that it was even nicer in the flesh than it looked online, I couldn't wait to use it. The rose on wood plank design was perfect for what I had in mind and the plain wood plank design was easy to stamp on.
Hand made birthday card with stamped rose on wood plank background paper

I used a white A6 card blank, layered pink and green card and the rose on wood plank paper onto it. I cut a rectangle of pink card 8 x 5cm and layered green card and the plain wood plank paper on top of that.

I stamped a rose in black ink onto the wood plank paper and colored it with marker pens. I wrapped a piece of pink grosgrain ribbon around the stamped rectangle and tied a knot in the front, then attached the whole thing to the card front using adhesive foam pads. 

The birthday greeting is a die cut gold on white greeting which I inked with Tattered Rose distress ink before attaching it to the card again using foam pads.

A pretty card that wasn't too time consuming to make. 

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Something else that I have recently added to our stock is a Rose Color Layering Stamp Set and some sets of ink pad cubes, I used the stamp set to make the roses for this card along with the pink ink cubes.


I started out with a white 12.5cm square white card blank and cut dark pink paper to be slightly smaller and attached that to the card front. 

I cut a piece of white card to 12.3 x 9cm and die cut the bottom edge using the Curved Borders 2 die set, I can't believe how much I have used this set! The dies are big enough to cut a 15cm wide piece of card so I positioned the die to one side of my piece of card so that I only used two thirds of the die, then attached the die cut piece on top of the pink card.

I stamped the roses onto white card, I found that card with a smooth surface worked best for these dye inks and that the colors lighten and even out as the inks dry so don't worry if they don't look great at first. The dye inks dry quickly so it's easy to stamp one color on top of another without them blending into each other. Once stamped I cut them out and arranged them on the card as shown along with some die cut leaves and some self adhesive pearls, I used adhesive foam pads for the middle rose to lift it a little.

The greeting is from an A4 sheet of die cut messages in silver on white.

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I can't decide which of these three I like the best, I hope you can and that you will leave a comment to let me know. 
Everyone who comments will be entered into the draw to win a £15 voucher for our online store. 

Debbie x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Workshop Tools Fathers Day Card

Hi Everyone
Here's another Fathers Day card, one for the handymen this time! Of course you can easily change the greeting to turn it into a birthday card.

Hand made Fathers Day card with stamped background and workshop tools

I started with a cream A6 blank card. For the background I cut a piece of brown card slightly smaller than the card blank and stamped it with a wood panel background stamp.

I made the shelf from a strip of the same brown card and used a standard hole punch to punch out two circles of silver card for the screws, drawing a pencil line across each one for the groove.

The tools and toolbox are from a set of self adhesive embellishments which I stuck to the shelf and card as shown.

I cut a strip of beige card approximately 1.5cm wide, inked the edges with a light brown ink and added a black Fathers Day peel off greeting.

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Stamped Fathers Day Card with Beer Bottles

Hi Everyone
I'm back to my Card-io stamps for this Fathers Day card, I do enjoy stamping with these stamps, they offer so many possibilities, just pick your colors and away you go! This card will go to my husband so I went a step further and made a matching envelope.

Hand made Fathers Day card with stamped beer bottles and matching envelope

I used a white 12.5 x 12.5cm blank card and envelope and stamped directly on to the card. I stamped the leaves and hops first stamping two or three times without re-inking to give different depths of color. Then stamped the beer bottles re-inking each time so they are the same color.

The greeting is a gold peel off sticker on beige card, layered on to dark brown card.

For the envelope I repeated the stamping on the card on the envelope flap.

I'm pleased with it, I hope he likes it too.
Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Graduation Congratulations Card


Hi Everyone
Congratulations if you have someone who is graduating from university or college this summer, why not reward their hard work with a congratulatory card? 
This card is very simple and would work in plenty of other colour schemes, these colours might be nice for a male graduate.

Hand made graduation card with embossed background



I cut a white square card blank down to 11.5 x 15cm and the cut a slightly smaller piece of yellow card and black card smaller again. I embossed the black card with the graduation hats design and layered the card as seen above. 

I cut a scalloped circle and two plain circles in alternating colours of card for the centrepiece and stamped the top yellow circle in black with the Congratulations text box stamp. 

I hand cut black card to make the graduation cap and tied several strands of yellow embroidery silk together to make the tassel, which I glued to the top of the cap and then attached the whole thing to the edge of the centre piece.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you like it, please leave your comments to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Hunkydory Vintage Football Fathers Day Card

Hi Everyone
I know from your comments that everyone finds it more difficult to make cards for men. This Hunkydory card kit makes a quick and easy job of this Fathers Day card, with a couple of added extras. There is enough in the kit to make a second or even third card, which makes it excellent value.


Hand made Fathers Day card with vintage football decoupage


The kit contains one A4 card blank and and A4 topper sheet with football and rugby images. 


I folded the A4 card to make an A5 card and popped out the three oval football images, they come out pretty cleanly but if there are any notches of card you can smooth these out with a nail file or craft sanding block. I layered up the three ovals using adhesive foam pads and tucked a couple of loops of gold ribbon under one side before gluing it to the card front.

The kit contains two greetings but neither of them is for Fathers Day so I found some orange, purple and gold card that co-ordinated with the colors on the card blank cut them into rectangles and layered them up with a gold Fathers Day greeting on top.

Like I said - quick and easy!

Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Stitched Edge Graduation Card

Hi Everyone
Today's card is to congratulate a graduate. As far as I know each university has different colors for different degrees, when I checked on the course that my son took the color was described as 'middle green', I googled some pictures of graduates from the University of Leeds and found an example of the color. I also discovered that graduates of this university don't wear the mortar board hats, so it's worth checking on the university website for as much information as possible before designing your card.

handmade graduation card with faux stitched edging

As you can see the card is very straightforward, what you might not be able to see very well as I photographed it on a black background is that the card base is black. I used the appropriate color of green for a layer on top of the black, for the 'V' on the gown and the backing for the greeting. 

I wanted to add some extra interest as the card is quite plain so I used a stitch line die to create the stitched edge around the white layer. I hand cut the pieces of card for the gown and rolled up a tiny piece of paper for the scroll and tied a tiny piece of narrow gold ribbon around it. 

The gown is mounted on gold card to match the ribbon around the scroll, and the gold metal dots at either end of the greeting.

The greeting itself is a black peel off on white and green card and mounted on foam pads to give some extra dimension.

I was happy with the result and my son liked it too!

Thanks for visiting, I look forward to your comments.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Announcing the Winner of the May Birthday Blossoms Giveaway

Hi Everyone
Thank you for taking part in this month's giveaway for a Lily of the Valley stamp and die cutter set.

This month's winner is Linda W. Congratulations Linda, please email me at debbie.wild@wildwarehouse.com to let me know where to send your prize.

Here's the draw as it happened.




The card voted favorite from our Lily of the Valley post was this one, with the other two coming equal second.


Watch out for another giveaway next month.

Debbie x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Birthday Blossoms Lily of the Valley to Celebrate May Birthdays

Hi Everyone
The birthday flower for the month of May is Lily of the Valley, a delicate white flower with broad leaves and a very distinctive scent. Despite it's popularity in gardens and flower arrangements they are not very common in crafting, however, I did find a lovely stamp and die set which I have used for two of the cards.
We are giving away one of these stamp and die sets this week, to be in with a chance to win all you have to do is comment on this post telling me which of the three cards you like best and why. Good Luck!


Hand made stamped and die cut  lily of the valley birthday card

I used traditional colors for this first card, leaving the flowers white.  Stamping onto white card means you don't have to try and color the flowers just add a little shading.

I went for a tent fold base which is cut from white card measuring 14.5cm x 10.5cm, layered with green card and green paper from a marble effect paper pad. I die cut a tag shape from white card and stamped the flower in black ink then colored the leaves, stems, ground and the tiny little ladybird. I die cut a bigger tag shape from green card and then hand trimmed it to make a smaller border around the white tag.

The greeting is stamped in white on to the same green card and both the tag and the greeting are attached with foam pads to give a bit of dimension. Some white adhesive pearl swirls and an organza bow finish it off.

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The next card uses the same stamp but this time I cut the flowers out with the matching die. Although lily of the valley is mainly a white flower there are some pink varieties which made for a nice change to the color scheme. The rest of the card is very simple with the greeting stamped inside the card and visible through an acetate window.



I used a 6 x 6 inch white blank card for the base and die cut a square shape from the middle of it. I cut a piece of pink card slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a slightly bigger square from the center of that. I cut a piece of acetate a bit bigger than the aperture in the pink card and sandwiched this between the pink card and the base to create the window.

The flowers are stamped in black on white card, colored with marker pens, die cut with the matching die and attached to the card front as shown with adhesive foam pads.

The greeting is stamped inside the card in black ink and some green adhesive crystals finish it off.

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To add a bit of variety I wanted to make a card that didn't use the Lily of the Valley stamp and die set. Luckily my daughter was home from university for the Easter holidays so she put her quilling skills into action and made this beautiful flower for me. The rabbit dies were still on my desk from making an Easter card, they are so cute I couldn't resist including them again.

Hand made birthday card with quilled lily of the valley and die cut rabbits


I used a tent fold base again cut to 14.5cm x 10.5cm. I cut a slightly smaller piece of pale blue card and inked the top area with white ink to create some 'clouds' in the sky. I die cut two strips of grass from green card and attached this to the bottom of the blue card. I cut three bunny rabbits from white card, colored them with marker pens and positioned them in the grass. My daughter used green and white quilling strips to make the flower and a silver Happy Birthday peel off adds the greeting.

Thank you for visiting, hope you like the cards, I look forward to your comments and to announcing the winner of our giveaway next week.
Debbie x

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Thank You Card with Inked and Embossed Background

Hi Everyone
I liked the last thank you card and the color scheme so decided to do another card using the Thanks die cutting stencil but this time with a stamped, embossed and inked background for a different look.



I started with a 12.5cm square white card blank and cut a piece of white card a few millimeters smaller. I stamped the Damask pattern onto the white card using a Watermark ink pad and then heat embossed it with gold.

I inked over the embossed pattern with Tattered Rose distress ink creating an ombre effect by leaving the centre lighter than the corners and edges.

I die cut the Thanks from gold card and the background from Coral colored card, the Thanks is glued to the background which in turn is attached to the card front with adhesive foam pads to give a bit of dimension.

I like the way the background to the die cut word helps it stand out against the busy patterned background. Hope you like it, leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks for calling in.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Thank You Card with Marbled Background

Hi Everyone
I love the marbled background on this card, I saw a similar technique used to make gift wrap and decided to adapt it to use on cards.


I started with a sheet of pink marbled paper from the Marble Effect Paper pad and using a Quickie Glue Pen I drew lines along the pattern of the marbling and then sprinkled gold gilding flake along the glue lines and brushed away the excess. One note of caution, I found that the glue from the pen is wetter than the Flitterglu that I usually use with the gilding flake so had to wait a couple of minutes for it to dry after I had added the flake before I brushed the excess away to stop it smudging.

To assemble the card I used a white A6 card blank and layered that with gold card and then cut a piece of the gilded, marble paper slightly smaller than the gold card and layered that on top. I die cut Thanks from gold card and attached that to the front of the card as shown using adhesive foam pads.

Once you have added the gilding to the marble paper the rest of the card is very quick and easy. The marble paper pad has lots of different colors which would combine with different colors of gilding flake.
I hope you like it and look forward to your comments, thanks for looking in.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Easter Blessings with Religious Cross Card

Hi Everyone, as Easter is one of the biggest celebrations in the Christian calendar I wanted to make a a more traditional card. I think this one fits the bill.


I started with a 12.5cm square cream card blank and layered that with a tan colored card and then a sheet from the Vintage Paper Bloc paper pad.

I wanted the cross to be gold but because of the vintage style background paper I didn't want a shiny bright gold. I didn't have anything that just fitted the bill so I decided to make my own. I took a piece of plain card, mine was white but it wouldn't matter what color you used. I used a plastic spatula to spread a very thin layer of Flitterglu across the whole piece of card and then covered that with Chariots of Fire gold gilding flake, used the scoochy foam to brush away the excess and smooth it out and voila a piece of gold card with a slightly distressed finish. I die cut the cross from this gold card and then used the cross die as a stencil to draw round and cut out a background shape for the cross from the same tan colored card as I had used in the first layer. I glued the cross to the cross shaped cut out and then fixed the whole thing to the card using adhesive foam pads.

I stamped the greeting words on to two pieces of cream colored card in gold ink and then heat embossed in gold, I inked around the edges of the two pieces of card and fixed them in place again with adhesive foam pads.

Apart from a few extra minutes to gild the card for the cross the whole thing was pretty quick and easy to put together. I am pleased with the results and hope you like it too.
Thanks for looking in.
Debbie x

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter Basket with Easter Eggs and Bunnies Card

Hi everyone
I just love these cute, bunny rabbit, die cutting stencils, at this time of year they are perfect for Easter cards but they are so sweet they can be used all year round. This is a fun Easter card with all the classic components, a basket, Easter eggs and Easter bunnies.  

Hand made Easter card with bunnies basket and eggs


I used a 12.5 cm square card blank and inked the edges with green, then I got going with the die cutting making three white rabbits, a brown basket, four green leaf fronds and a matching strip of grass border, I stuck a piece of lighter brown paper behind the basket so that you can't see through it and colored the rabbits noses and ears with pink. Next I stuck some gold and silver peel off Easter eggs onto paper, cut them out and coloured them in.

I used the same green ink to stamp the greeting and then assembled all the pieces on the card, I used a combination of glue and adhesive foam pads to attach the elements and lift some of them off the card slightly.

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Hope you like it, thanks for dropping in.

Debbie

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Banksy Style Silhouette Stamped Birthday Card

Hi Everyone
I have titled this card as a birthday card as I made it for my daughters birthday but you could add any message and change the color scheme to suit your recipient.
I like the fact that the girl and the balloon are separate stamps so you can position the balloon as near or far from the little girl as you want.

Hand stamped and inked Banksy style birthday card

I started with a 6 x 6 inch white blank card and envelope and trimmed it to 14 x 14cm, then cut a square of red card slightly smaller and adhered that to the card blank.

The main image is a piece of black card 10 x 11.5cm and white card slightly smaller. I inked the white card with Bundled Sage distress ink across the bottom third, Topaz pigment ink across the middle third and scattered straw distress ink across the top third. I cut a circle from a post it note and used that as a mask in the top right area before inking there. I stamped the little girl with black pigment ink and the balloon in red with it's string in black.

The greeting is stamped in black on white card that has been inked with Topaz and Scattered Straw, mounted on black card 4.75cm square and positioned across the edge of the image area.

The modern look of this Banksy style stamp is perfect for a card for a young person, I was happy with the results and look forward to hearing your comments. Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Announcing the Winner of the Birthday Blossoms Daisy Stamp Giveaway.

Hi Everyone
Thank you for joining in our Birthday Blossoms giveaway this month, I have enjoyed reading everyones comments on the four cards. The first card, the yellow one with the white embossing is the clear favorite with the bright green fourth card coming second.
Here are the names of the entrants ready to go into the draw.



The winner of the lovely Daisy Thanks clear stamp set is Craftyme, you can watch the video of the draw below.
Craftyme will you email me at debbie.wild@wildwarehouse.com to claim your prize and tell me the address that you would like it to be sent to.
Don't forget to watch out for our next Birthday Blossoms post in 3 weeks time.
Debbie x




Monday, 20 March 2017

Birthday Blossoms Daisies to Celebrate April Birthdays Part 2

In part 1 of this months Birthday Blossoms post I used the Stampendous Daisy Thanks clear stamp set to make one of the cards and announced that we will be giving one away this week to a lucky winner. Scroll down to find out how you can have the chance to win.

In the meantime here is another card made with that stamp, I went for a different style of card and this time used all of the main stamp and made a decorative strip with the butterfly stamp that is also part of the set.

Hand made stamped and inked daisy birthday card.


I started with a 14.75 x 14.75cm square blank card and envelope, layered that with dark green card and on top of that a layer of paper from a Vintage paper pad. I cut a strip of card 14 x 3.5cm inked it all over with Tea Dye distress ink and randomly stamped the butterfly in Vintage Sepia all over it.

I cut a piece of white card 9.75 x 13.25cm and stamped the group of daisies in black ink. I colored the flower centers with a dark mustard marker pen and the stems with dark green, I left the petals white. I inked around the edges of the card and the stamped image, mounted it on dark green card and wrapped dark green sheer ribbon around it and tied a bow. The whole thing was adhered to the left side of the card as shown in the photo.

I stamped the greeting in black on a strip of white card, trimmed the ends to points, inked all around attached this across the flower stems using foam mounting pads. A few adhesive gold metals finished it off.

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For the fourth and last card in the daisy series I wanted something brighter and more springlike, and something that will appeal to those of you who are not fond of a lot of stamping and inking 😉. 
I think these paper daisies on the bright green background do the job perfectly.

handmade birthday card with paper daisies and embossed background


I used a white A6, tent fold, blank card for the base, cut the bright green card slightly smaller embossed it with the daisy and swirl pattern and adhered it to the card. I cut a strip of hessian ribbon and adhered it across the centre of the card.

For the daisies I used two sizes of Petaloo Paintable flowers, leaving them white but adding yellow self adhesive candies to the centers, you probably can't see in the photo but the candies have a subtle sparkly effect which looks gorgeous when they catch the light. The leaves are die cut from the same bright green card as the background and the greeting is stamped onto a small strip of white card and adhered onto the hessian as shown. Quick and easy to put together but a pretty card all the same.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about these cards, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

GIVEAWAY TIME!
This month we are giving away to one lucky person one of the Stampendous Daisy Thanks Clear Stamp Sets pictured at the top of this post.

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on either this post or the Part 1 post saying which of the four daisy cards you like best and why. Everyone who leaves a comment on either of these two posts before the end of the day March 27th 2017, will be entered into our draw. Good Luck



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Birthday Blossoms Daisies to Celebrate April Birthdays Part 1

Hi Everyone
Welcome to another issue of our Birthday Blossoms series, the birth flowers for April birthdays are Daisy and Sweet Pea. I have concentrated on daisies as they are such a recognizable flower, plus it gave me chance to play with our new Stampendous Daisy Thanks clear stamp set, which is such a useful and versatile stamp set.




We are giving you the chance to win one of these sets this week, scroll down to find out how you can enter our giveaway competition.

I was on a bit of a roll and made four cards this time so I have split the post into two parts so that you don't get daisy fatigue!

I have used the Daisy Thanks stamp for the first card in the series taking the main stamp but only using part of the image.


I cut and scored yellow card to make an A6 tent fold, card base. I cut a piece of vellum to the same height as the card but 11.5cm wide leaving a margin of card down either side.

I positioned the stamp so that only the flower heads are used, I stamped with white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder to make sure that the white image was strong enough to show up against the vellum. The flower centers are colored with a yellow marker pen. The greeting is stamped and embossed the same way.

I fixed the vellum panel to the card using Invisi Dots that are specially made for working with vellum so that they don't show through, I have to admit that I also added a tiny dab of glue at each corner just to be on the safe side!

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The idea for the second card came when I spotted some pretty napkins with a daisy design on and decided to make a decoupage card topper.



I started with a 12.5cm square cream blank card, then cut a smaller piece of white card and inked the edges with Old Paper distress ink and layered this onto the base. I made the layer with the script on the computer and printed it onto parchment vellum paper, if you want to make it yourself the font I used was Snell Roundhand size 12 there are lots of other similar fonts if you don't have this one. I have added the file for this to the Free Downloads area so if you prefer you can just download and print it. Once printed I inked the edges with Tea Dye distress ink and darkened the corners with some Vintage Sepia pigment ink.

To make the daisy topper I cut a piece of the paper napkin bigger than the size I wanted to end up with and cut a piece of white card the same size, I peeled the back two layers of the napkin off leaving me with a very thin piece of tissue with the picture on. I covered the card with a layer of PVA glue, laid the napkin on it and brushed more of the PVA over the top of it. I brushed away the worst of the air bubbles taking care not to tear the napkin but leaving some of the imperfections to give it an aged look. When the glue was dry I added a layer of varnish, with hindsight I think this could have been left off as it made the topper look a bit glossier than I wanted. Once the varnish was dry I die cut   the shape.

I die cut a larger shape out of paper from a Christmas pad, inked the edges with gold (which doesn't really show up in the photo), wrapped gold satin ribbon round and tied a bow. I stuck this down onto the card and added some adhesive pearl flourishes and the card topper which I attached with foam mounting pads to lift it a little.

The greeting is stamped in Vintage Sepia onto a die cut tag that has been inked with Tea Dye. I punched a hole at the end and threaded more of the gold ribbon through, this is also attached with foam mounting pads.

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Thank you for looking in, I hope you like the cards and look forward to reading your comments.
Debbie x

GIVEAWAY TIME!
This month we are giving away to one lucky person one of the Stampendous Daisy Thanks Clear Stamp Sets pictured at the top of this post.

All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on either this post or the Part 2 post saying which of the four daisy cards you like best and why. Everyone who leaves a comment on either of these two posts before the end of the day March 27th 2017, will be entered into our draw. Good Luck