Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy 21st Birthday - Brendan

Hi everyone, thanks for all your lovely comments on my previous posts.  Our daughter is now settled in Brisbane and had orientation week at university last week, lectures start this week.  So fingers crossed it is everything she has thought it would be.  So life is now settling into a new routine for my husband and I.....we have gone complete circle and it's back to the two of us which at this stage we are enjoying. :-)

It is our son, Brendan's 21st birthday today.....a wonderful, caring man he has become.
I have taken a liking to the step card style as of late and thought this would be perfect for Brendan's card.  I recently bought (or was hostess gift) the SU Big Day stamp set so decided to put the wording into use.  I then found a cupcake stamp and added 21 candles, coloured with my copics.  The paper I stamped the images onto was white and too stark next to the Stampin Up design papers I later decided to use.  So used one of my earth tone copics to change the background colour of my paper on the cake image.  I have added some black glitter card stock (Blue Edge Crafts) as 21 deserves some bling.  I used my Impression Obession letter die for the Twenty One along the bottom of the card.

To finish it all off, I created a matching envelope with my envelope punch board.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Swap Card - Craftmad

Our swap over at Craftmad this month was a fun one.  We each received 10 or more embellishments from our January swap partner and now we had to put them to use.  One card to return to the originator of the embellishments and the other to another partner.  This step card has been sent back to Mrs A who kindly sent me such lovely embellishments to work with.  On her blog Mrs A is currently working her way through different fold cards so this inspired me to try a step card again.  I so love the butterfly she sent and the lovely sequins.  Mrs A sent everything other than the card stock and papers.  You can see more swap creations here in the Craftmad gallery.

Have a great day.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad

Wishing my Dad a fantastic birthday and hope his day is filled with wonderful surprises.

I found a wonderful tutorial for this card on Kim's blog.  It was so much fun inking up all the edges and seeing the toolbox emerge.  I googled 'tool clipart' printed and coloured them with my copics.  I am really happy with the end result.

This is a scheduled post because I am down in Brisbane enjoying the last minutes with our daughter before I jet set back home and she starts on a new journey in her life at Uni. 

Thanks for passing by.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Friends 50th Birthday

Happy Birthday good of you to get the ball rolling on all the 50th birthday's this year.  :-)

Back in January I had a morning tea with friends and one was Stampin Up Demonstrator Ruth who let us play with some of the new stamps.  This was a spare card front left after our morning of fun (much to Ruth's horror I am sure) I have added a 50th sticker and some lovely gold metallic butterflies to add some dimension.  I then layered the card front up on to a plain white card pre scored card.

Hope your Thursday's go well.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Special Address Book and Index Book

We had a couple of close family friends over last night for a farewell pizza night for our daughter.  I just had to share this beautiful gift from our bookbinder friends.  It is an address book and index book (for passwords possibly) made just for our daughter who loves purple.   The photos are our dog Scruff on the front.  I think these books will be used well. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just Because

Another of my cards to our son.  As the title says "Just Because" or it's a "hello".  More stash I have held onto for way too long.  The papers I have not been in love with or found a project to use on before so this card put them to good use.  I pin pricked the edge of the layered card front on which I have added a collection of bubble stickers I have had forever.  To me they are more suited to scrap booking which I never do.  I constantly look at them but the sentiments never fit a card I have worked on.  I have covered some of the really soppy sentiments with little paper punched dinosaurs I have also had for a very long time.  Actually, the dinosaurs were collected one day when the kids were still at primary school (they are now 19 and 20).  We visited my Mum's one school holidays and she dug out all her paper punches and let the kids punch all the shapes to their hearts content.  So its nice to put their fun in to use at long last.

Thanks for your comments and visiting, I really appreciate it. :-)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hello card

This is the sketch challenge over at Craftmad for February.

At the beginning of 2014 I decided I would do up some fun cards and send to our son on a regular basis thinking it is always nice to receive snail mail that isn't a bill.  Well, I think I made three. :-)  So am attempting again this year.  Thought it would be a good way to put the sketches to use from over at Craftmad and also use items in my stash that I have had forever but are just too good to toss or pass on.   So this is my version of the sketch above.  I started with some orange gloss card is really not my thing thats why it has sat for so long.  Then some black glitter card stock from Blue Edge Crafts.  A scrap of the orange gloss card stock which I have used some left over rub-on letters.  Another scrap of card stock on which I have written in gold pen different ways to say hello.  A pre cut  black circle and the cork lettering stickers for the word Hi!.  Across the top of the card I placed a little washi tape border.

It's a wet old day here today, so hoping to catch up on some blogging and some crafting. 

Have a fun weekend everyone.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Craftmad Quilt Block - Lovers Knot

Once again, I am taking part in the Craftmad Quilt Block Swap.  This year, each month we have a new partner and we are swapping a block in the partners chosen colours and the sewer chooses the block pattern.  I have asked for purples and whites and hope to put together a quilt for my daughter at the end of the year.

My partner for January asked for Burgundy, Pink and Cream.  These are the fabrics I had in my stash that I think fit the criteria.  I have gone with a Lovers Knot design and followed the tutorial over at Quilters Cache website.  Interestingly,  when my partner received this block she referred to it as a Double Wrench pattern when I googled I saw more images of it as a Double Wrench.  Now that I look at the photo here I am very happy with how neat this block has turned out.  

Come on over to Craftmad as we are always looking for more members to join in our Quilt Block Swaps.

Edit: we are swapping 12" blocks.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Craftmad January Swap - Sticker Card

This is the second sticker card I created for our January Swap challenge over at Craftmad. I had decided to use some of my butterfly stickers as I knew the recipient loves butterflies.   I was then wondering where I would go with this card but thanks this post by Loz about her embroidery cards that gave me a starting point.   I then went through my stash and found this laser cut card front from Blue Edge Crafts.  I stitched the corner flower with colours that matched the butterfly stickers.  Finished with a birthday sticker that my daughter gave me for Christmas.

You can find other cards created for this challenge in the Craftmad Gallery here.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Craftmad Swap - Sticker Card

This month at Craftmad our challenge was to swap two cards using stickers.  This is the first card I made.  I have had these hat stickers (from Sticker Store) in my stash, I knew a day would come that I could use them.  I adhered them to some white card stock and coloured them with my Copic pens.  The bottom hat I added a couple of dots to team up with the background paper.  I then attached the hats with 3D foam tape.  Sentiment is computer generated.

You can see what other members of Craftmad came up with here in the Craftmad Gallery.

Thanks for dropping on by.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Craftmad January Christmas Sketch Challenge

I am really going to try and stick to doing these Christmas Sketch challenges over at Craftmad this year.  I managed to do four last year and it was so handy to dig out those cards before Christmas and send them on their way.  

So this is the first sketch for the year and the card above is what I came up with.

In the photo it looks a little busy but in real life I like it more. :-)

I started with some silver card stock then the beautiful blue christmas ornament paper.  I found a couple of die cut shapes in my stash and put them to use.  To create the tag, I thought this would be a good opportunity to use up some of my Christmas rub-ons that I have had a few years now and down to the last few on a sheet.  I next wrapped it with this wonderful fluffy ribbon from my stash which does have a bit of sparkle in it but doesn't show in the photo.

So one Christmas card done and many more to go.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Golfers Card

This is a birthday card I made for my friends husband guessed it.....loves golf.  The card that inspired me I found on Pinterest and made by Julia which I had to have go at.  So I started with a linen textured green card stock from Blue Edge Crafts.  Then three more shades of green which I cut into wavy shapes, next I used my scissors to cut all the pieces of grass.  The putter I hand cut from silver card stock using my sticker tape roll as a guide for the rounded ends.  Cut a circle of white and ran it through my Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I have attached the golf ball with the embossing facing down ....more like a golf ball.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Have a good one. :-)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy 19th Birthday Melissa

Happy Birthday to our wonderful daughter Melissa. 

This year is going to be full of exciting new experiences for her and us, I am sure.  Melissa heads off to Uni in Brisbane at the end of February to start a Diploma of Graphic Design course.  Who knows where this will lead.  Yep, we (husband and I) will be empty nesters....but both of us a looking forward to travel this will lead to.

Melissa's requests for her card were purple and glitter.  Do you think I covered it?

So colours sorted I then decided to use the Craftmad January Sketch :-

The papers are from a Creativ pack that Melissa gave me for christmas the beautiful purple glitter card is from Blue Edge Crafts.  The Happy Birthday sentiment I used some glitter washi tape I picked up over Christmas and stuck it to a piece of card stock before using my die cut.  I also bought a sheet of bling which you can cut into any shape you'd like.  I didn't think it possible but the bling are a soft plastic and I was able to cut the circle out for the centre of the white paper flowers.

Thanks for stopping on by, have a great day.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Engagement Card

Hi everyone, a friend asked me to make an engagement card for her son and soon to be daughter-in-law.   This card on Etsy inspired my card.  The card is a little larger than my regular size to allow for all the family members to sign and write a little something inside.  I started with some white Bazzill Card stock then a layer of pearlised white paper, followed by this pretty rose coloured glitter card stock from Blue Edge Crafts.  The sentiment is computer generated, the little love birds are from Cardmadfairy collection of digital stamps and the flourish is an old faithful Stampin up stamp.  I coloured the birds with my Copics. :-)

Thanks for passing on by.  

Friday, January 2, 2015

Heat Embossing and Die Cutting Question

Second day into the year and one birthday down. :-)  It was a good day and my husband enjoyed the indoor helicopter I bought him, the dog I don't think loved it so much.

I have a question to share from one of the ladies over in my Craftmad group.  Its concerning Heat Embossing which I just don't do but I am sure someone out there does and could help with an answer.
Thanks in advance.

"I know one of you will have an answer for, if I can only explain my problem.ive been trying to heat emboss images then die cut them, I get a beautiful crisp embossed image but when I put it through the big shot to die cut it I muck up the Image. I know I could be not lazy and do it by hand, but they make these sets for a reason lol. Card stock doesn't seem to mess up as bad as vellum, I totally lose the image on vellum. Looking forward to hearing from some clever people with answers"

I am thinking that the embossing on the image is flattened when it goes through the machine.

Thanks everyone for your help.  It has been interesting reading what you use and how you emboss and die cut.


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