Thursday, 3 August 2017

2 Ways to Make Cards with a Gifts Peel Off Stickers

Hi Everyone, here are two ways to use the Gifts peel off stickers to make eye catching cards. The first card couldn't be simpler and is a great way to whip up a card in a hurry. The design would work well for male birthday card or with a different color scheme and greeting would make a fab Christmas card.

Obviously the instructions for this card are brief! The white card blank is a tent fold A6 card, layered with black card with the peel offs applied directly to the black card. I have overlapped the parcel peel offs slightly to add a bit of interest but otherwise that's it 😊😊.

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My second card uses the same Gift peel off but in a different way to achieve a completely different effect. 

For this card I stuck the gifts peel offs onto colored card and fussy cut them to create the centre piece for the card. (Sorry about the photo quality, I can't find the original so this is all I have at the moment).
Again I have overlapped the two peel offs to add extra interest, they are mounted onto colored card. A strip of gold satin ribbon and a bow, coordinate with the gold peel off design and the greeting.

The greeting is also made using peel offs, this time the peel off Lower Case Alphabet to spell out happy birthday. Again with a different color scheme and message this would make a lovely Christmas card.

Hope this has given you some ideas for your own cards, please leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Tulip Vase Peel Off You're The Best Card

Hi Everyone, here's a lovely bright card using a peel off to create a unique card topper. The Tulip Vase peel off in silver was stuck to white card, colored using marker pens, and fussy cut leaving a tiny margin all round to create the card topper.

The cut out card topper was mounted on white and green card using foam pads. The card base is a white A6 card blank with a layer of red card on top. The red card has been dry embossed using a leafy embossing folder which is now discontinued, the Spellbinders Flowers and Leaves embossing folder would be a perfect replacement. 

The greeting is stamped in black on white card and heat embossed in silver to coordinate with the silver peel off. The white card has been edged with silver ink and mounted on green card to match the layers under the card topper.

This design could be used for all sorts of cards, it would be ideal for birthdays and Mothers Day.

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Birthday Blossoms Poppy Cards to Celebrate August Birthdays

Hi Everyone, the birth flowers for August are poppies, such a beautiful distinctive flower, it is easy to make colorful attractive cards with them. As a well known flower it is not too difficult to find poppy related supplies, giving you a wealth of options for your poppy cards.

The first card uses a poppy clear stamp and the traditional black and red poppy colors.

I used a 15 x 15cm white card blank, cut red and white card into layers, then die cut circular apertures in the centre of the red and white card.

I stamped the poppies in the centre of the die cut apertures directly onto the card blank using black ink and colored the poppies with a red marker pen.

Again using black ink, I stamped parts of the poppies around the bottom of the white layer of card.

The greeting is a small black peel off Happy Birthday inside the circular aperture.

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For the second card I used a die cut card topper from the Hunkydory Pretty Poppies set. I mounted the circular topper on two larger circles of gold mirror card then trimmed off one side to give a straight edge. 

I layered dark red textured card and gold card onto an A6 white card blank and positioned the card topper at the right hand edge of the card. 

The card topper sheet comes with another printed sheet which you can fold to use as a card blank, however I decided to cut a strip from this instead to make the greeting co-ordinate perfectly with the background of the poppies. The message itself is a black peel off.

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For my third card I used the same Swirly Poppies stamp as for the first card but chose a different color combination this time. 

I cut a strip of white card and blended distress inks to create the background using Fired Brick and Scattered Straw. Then I stamped the poppies repeatedly across the panel in black ink. The panel is mounted on black card and then on a white A6 card blank with a black peel off message below. A simple but striking card.

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I hope you like these three poppy cards, I certainly enjoyed making them and am pleased with the way they turned out.
Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hand Made Card with Distress Oxide Stenciled Background and Stamped Flowers

Hi Everyone, found another new technique for this card but still using the fab Distress Oxide ink pads, the background color has been applied using the same method as described here, I won't repeat all that here as I want to explain how the stenciling was done and don't want to bore you with a massive post. The distress oxide ink colors for the background are Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide stenciled background with stamped and heat embossed flowers

Having created the colored background I sprayed water all over a flourish stencil, then placed it wet side down on the inked background, I used a paper towel to quickly dry up excess water that was pushed out from under the stencil, then lifted the stencil off and used a paper towel to immediately dry off the stenciled area. The water from the stencil starts to lift the ink color from the background drying it prevents it from going too far and blurring the outline of the stenciled design.

Once the background piece was completely dry I trimmed it to size and  inked around the edges with Wilted Violet using a foam ink blending tool. I stamped the Agapanthus flowers in watermark ink and heat embossed with gold. I mounted the completed panel on gold card and then onto an A6 cream card blank using adhesive foam pads to lift it.

The greeting is also stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed with gold onto a piece of colored background that I had trimmed off the main panel. This in turn is mounted on gold card and attached with foam pads at one end and double sided tape at the other.

I really like the subtle stenciled image in the background and will be experimenting further with stencils and distress oxides. Hope you like it, would love to hear your thoughts.
Debbie x

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Hand Made Birthday Card with Blended Distress Oxide Ink and Emboss Resist Stamping

Hi Everyone, I used a different technique for this card, the distress oxide ink is blended with a foam ink blending tool directly from the ink pad without adding any water. Before I used the ink I stamped the flower with a watermark ink pad and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then used three colors of ink starting at the edge with Fired Brick, followed by Spiced Marmalade and finishing with Fossilized Amber to create an ombre effect. These inks blend beautifully together, they are creamier than the original distress inks which seems to make them softer and easier to blend. In fact if  you accidentally get a hard edge of color just keep blending away and it will smooth out and disappear. Using the undiluted ink makes the colors stronger too.

Hand made birthday card with blended ink background emboss resist flowers and die cut and stamped greeting

For the rest of the card I smeared a little bit of each color of ink on my craft mat and added a small amount of water then dipped a paintbrush into each color separately and flicked the ink over the card.

I die cut 'Happy' from black card, glued this in positions as shown then stamped 'birthday' in black pigment ink underneath. This was all then mounted on black card and then onto a white A6 card blank.

I'm really pleased with this card and with the way the distress inks blended so well. I hope you like it too, leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks Debbie x

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Hand MadeThinking of You Card with Distress Oxide Background

Hi Everyone, here's my second go with the Distress Oxide ink pads, after my first go I wanted to be a bit bolder, go for stronger colors and play with the inks a little bit more.

Four colors this time, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet, I did the same as last time, smeared some of each ink onto my craft mat but this time I put down more ink and added less water so the colors have come out much stronger. I followed the same process of dragging the card through the wet ink and dipping and 'paddling' it into the individual colors and drying between each application with a heat gun. Before I dried each layer I put some water in the palm of my hand and used my fingers to flick it onto the card, this creates the lighter 'spots', dabbing them with an absorbent cloth makes them appear lighter still.

Hand made thinking of you card with distress oxide ink background and stamped fairies and dragonflies

Once the final drying was finished I trimmed the background down to 11.5 cm square and stamped the grass border, fairies, dragonflies and greeting with black ink. The whole thing is mounted on a 12cm square piece of black card and then a 12.5cm square white card blank. 

These are almost the same color inks as the last card but adding the Wilted Violet and keeping them more concentrated has created a completely different look. I'm very happy with the results and looking forward to my next experiment :) Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it too feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think or ask any questions you might have.
Debbie x

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Distress Oxide Ink Pads First Try

Hi Everyone, Well after a long wait to get stock of these new Distress Oxide ink pads I couldn't wait to try them out and see what all the excitement is about. I decided to start with a simple blended/layered background. One of the main properties of these new stamp pads is the ability to blend or layer them without ending up with a muddy mess! Basically if your colors are wet they will blend together just like the original distress inks, but if you add wet ink to dry ink it will create layers  instead.

Hand made friendship card with distress oxide inked background, stamped grass stem and greeting.

A bit of a timid start I just used three colors, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I smeared some of each onto the craft mat and sprayed a little water on to them, when you first put the ink down on the mat the colors look quite dull but when you add the water they become much more vibrant. I had pre-cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than an A6 white card blank and dragged this through all three colors of wet ink, then dried it with a heat gun and repeated the process two or three more times. By drying the ink in between it makes the colors form layers rather than just continually mixing, you can carry on doing this until you are happy with your background. Before the final drying I, again rather timidly, dripped some water onto part of it (above and to the left of the flower head) you can see some marks where the water has oxidized the color out of the ink, if you dab with an absorbent cloth it will exaggerate this effect.

Once the whole background was dry I used a foam ink blending tool to add extra color here and there using the ink directly from the ink pad this time and went around the edges of the piece of card with Broken China to finish it off.

The background has a lovely creamy, matt finish that looks as though it would rub off if you touched it doesn't. :)

I stamped the leaf stem and greeting directly onto the background in black pigment ink.

I was very happy with the way the inks performed and reacted with the water to create the lovely effects. I will be a bit bolder next time!

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

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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.

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 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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