Thursday, 17 January 2019

Pink Tulips

I just had one of those rare days when my idea for a card actually worked out... and I was pleased with the result.
A friend who has been requesting special cards for some time, asked me for a birthday card for his sister, for whom I have made many cards in the past. This always makes  thinking of something new rather tricky. In the end he requested some spring flowers. This time his sister will be 70 so he wanted that on there too, but somewhere unobtrusive!
This is what I came up with.
We have Memory Box tulips and bucket (minus the handle) with a new banner die which I bought recently, but have no idea of the make. I did have to shorten it slightly, by cutting from each end, moving the die in a little on the second cut, in order to  fit my computer generated sentiment.
The bucket was cut from silver mirri card and distressed with various dye inks rubbed on randomly!
I made a hinge in the front panel before embossing the  background. Don't remember the make of this folder either.
I cut out several of the tulip die and coloured them with alcohol pens. I stuck extra strong DST on the back of the bucket and arranged the flowers and leaves withing it. I then used another diecut to cover the back. The hole left when the hinge is open is covered by yet another bucket diecut and the number 70 placed behind the flowers.
As the pot tended to flop forwards a little when the card was standing upright I added a self adhesive Velcro patch in order for it to be either open or closed as preferred.
The Card Concept #106 Pink Party

#113 Something New (The Sentiment die)

2 Sisters on the Blog Numbers on the card!
Die Cut Divas Something New (The sentiment die)
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies
The Flower Challenge Pink & Grey

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Some years ago one of my cards found its way to a lady in Northern Ireland and since that time she has contacted me to make personalised cards for many occasions for many of her family and friends.
This week was one such occasion... it started as a request for four cards, which turned into an additional two before they were posted off to her this morning. This is for one of the requests. 
The way that I get the text onto the correct part of the card is all very technical... I have my Word program set to 105% zoom which makes it just about the same size as a sheet of A4, so using text boxes I put the words into the correct place by holding the front panel of the card with the aperture cut into it, over my screen and then move the text boxes around until the words fit behind the aperture! I'm sure there's a proper way of doing it, but it works for me.
CAS on Friday #149 Flowers
Embossing folder by Creative Embossing, leaf spray Marianne, flowers Memory Box

Twofer Birds

Here is a pair of cards for Darnell's Twofer Challenge which this time has to be birds!
Those who know me, know about my penchant for chickens... particularly the ones from Penny Black. Isn't this a fabulous image!
I stamped a couple of them and and coloured them, then promptly misplaced the white one, so having done a little tidy up looking for it, I gave in and stamped and coloured another! It may well turn up sometime when I least expect it! The Congrats is from Hero Arts and the 'Surprise' I believe is from Penny Black!
The black backdrop was embossed with a Sheena Douglass folder and the white card was partially embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

I recently discovered the fabulous voice of Josh Groban, so he is my crafting companion of choice at the moment... he's singing away on my phone... via my Bose speaker!

Get Well

Here is a simple get well card, using just three stamps. The paint splodges are from MFT and the sentiment from Avery Elle. My littlest granddaughter loves Mary Poppins, so the additional bit of the sentiment was an easy choice.
I used the sketch and Optional Twist  from AAA cards