Christmas In July!

I know, I know, it’s been at least 28c in the South East of England recently!  But to celebrate our return after our summer break, the theme for the new challenge at Sentimental Sundays is ” Christmas in July!”

Our sponsor this week is Zlatoena Designs – and I have to admit that I have never used one of their stamps before….but I reckon I’ll be having a little shopping trip very soon, as I found the images really cute, easy to colour and even easy to paper piece!

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For this challenge, I used Bunny Snowball Winter – simply coloured with Pro-Markers and a hint of sparkle!  The striped paper is from an old Forever Friends stack that I have in my stash.  The white mat was an offcut of white card, dry embossed with the Darice snowflakes folder.  The sentiment was printed directly onto a piece of card, and edged in blue chalk and silver Brilliance ink to blend with the overall colour scheme.  I cut the snowflakes on the Silhouette, from some glittercard and popped a little gem into the centre .  I am a little obsessed with delicate, yet oversized snowflakes at the moment, so it was lovely to finally make a card I could add one to!

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You know it makes good sense to get a head start on your Christmas cards – so you’ve got no good reason not to join our challenge this week!!  Just don’t forget to add a sentiment :) 

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments – Christmas in July

Jellypark Friends – Christmas in July

Southern Girls – Christmas is Coming

Corrosive Challenge – Christmas is July

Storyteller – Christmas

 Lil Red Wagin – Christmas in July

Apple For The Teacher!

I was recently delighted to be asked to make the end of school year thank you cards for my son’s class teacher and teaching assistant.  In the back of my mind I remembered (before I had a Silhouette) having seen a really cute design with cut out apples by Melinda Spinks at The Scrap Farm, which I fancied having a go at.

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mrs smith thank you fullI found an apple shape that I liked in the Silhouette Online store, then cut it from a rectangle of paper, keeping the negative side for the top half of the card.  The apples were mounted on 3D pads so that they pop off the page a little, while the negative cuts are counted flat.  I added a personalised sentiment to each of the cards, along with some green and white twine for the spring coloured card and red polka ribbon for the red and white card.  Both cards were mounted on co-ordinating mats.

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‘d like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

The Crafting Cafe – Feeling Fruity

Crazy Challenges – Die Cuts/Punches

Last Day Of School!

At last!  We’ve made it to the end of the Summer Term – it’s been a long one this year (and this last half a week has definitely felt like the longest!).  I have another thank you to show you today – not the last one, as I had hoped, as I realised we’d completely forgotten to count someone…..ooops!

butterfly thank you card

This card is very quick and simple to make, but I love the way it highlights the sentiment.  I have used my favourite Martha Stewart butterfly punch, resting the butterfly on a line of 3mm ribbon and dropping a few sequins around, randomly.  The panel was mounted onto a mat, and the whole thing was popped up on 3D pads to give some extra depth.

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Another quick post today – I’m making the most of the last day of term by getting some decorating done!


Glittery Thanks

Today I have the penultimate thank you card for this year’s end of term!  Feels like I have been making thank you cards and gifts for weeks….

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As my regular readers may have worked out by now, I love my glitter card!  The Silhouette has only made me love it more – offsetting a word cut from a gorgeous glitter cardstock is such a simple but effective way of highlighting the sentiment on the card.  For this card, I have used a purple cardstock and glitter card, mounted over a circle aperture, with dry embossed vellum mounted behind it.  I added a couple of sequins with gems to catch the light and draw the eye…

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That’s it for today, short and sweet so I can get on with my final thank you card – deadline is Wednesday!


It’s time for a new Anything Goes challenge at Crafting From The Heart.  As usual, we’ve been lucky to have some great sponsors – Lacy Sunshine, Chi Chi Memories and The Stamping Chef!

I’ve don’t think I’ve ever used a Chi Chi Memories image before; difficult to believe as they are sooo cute!  I have used Summer Fun Girl for my DT make, pairing it with a branch from Tiddly Inks For The Birds.  With a little playing around, I was able to merge the two images in the Silhouette software, then cut the shape out as a whole.  I used ProMarkers to colour the image, with a Sakura Jelly Roll for the polka dots.

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For the background, I just added some clouds that I had left over from my hot air balloon box card, to a piece of sky blue AC cardstock (which has a lovely texture to it).  I added a little shape to the clouds by popping some shadow to the edges and blending out; they are cut from a lovely piece of hammer embossed cardstock, so they have some good cloud texture too.  I attached the sky behind another piece of the hammer embossed card using 3D pads to give some depth and then added my image to the front of the circle aperture.  A little pink and white twine, with a pink and white polka button and pink seed beads finished it off!

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It looks like it’s a week of firsts for me….my first Chi Chi Memories image and now, my first entry into the Muse Challenge.  Marion Vagg’s adorable owl makes good use of his branch (see below), as does the little girl in my image!  My white layer creates a frame around the image, and I have also echoed the blue frame in Marion’s card by bringing my background through to to edges of my card.

Head over to Crafting From The Heart to see what the rest of the DT have made to inspire you this week!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

 Silhouette Challenges – Print and Cut

2 Cute Ink – Anything Goes

Love To Create – Bright and Sunny

Muse Card Club – see pic above

It’s Been A While…!

Wow! Where did that week go?  Well, I suppose if I think back, it’s been a bit of a hectic one – there was Erin’s pre-school graduation (what’s that all about?  She’s only 4…..!), then Jack’s Infant School Leaver’s Assembly, an end of term party, a birthday party and all the usual after school stuff like Beavers, dancing, grabbing a little shopping, decorating….you get the idea, I’m sure!

Anyway, I have managed to squeeze in a little time to get inky!  I’m still trying to get all the thank you cards finished for school;  today’s card is a hand-stamped card – my first in years!  I bought some gorgeous coloured Memento inks a while back and hadn’t been brave enough to put ink to paper; my track record with actual stamps is not all that successful :)

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I kept it simple – a pretty dahlia stamp from Hobbycraft, stamped along the edge of the Kraft card in Lilac Posie and Grape Jelly.  I cut the sentiment from the centre of the panel using a template for the Silhouette and popped a piece of fuchsia cardstock behind, leaving the edges visible.  Mounted on a white cardbase for a crisp finishing layer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my regular Crafting From The Heart post, see you then!


40th Birthday Shaker Card

I have a confession….I was getting sequin withdrawal!  I needed some sparkle and twinkle to brighter up the grey days we’re having in Essex at the moment!  So a request for a pretty 40th birthday card seemed like the perfect excuse to bring out the sequins :)

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The papers are all from the Sweet Spring Patterns digital paper collection by Harper Finch.  The vintage label shape is from the Silhouette store (such a versatile label shape, it’s indispensable!).  The banner was created in the Silhouette software, with faux stitching added before cutting, and it is held in place by two little brads.  Lastly, the sequins!  They were from my stash – pretty little flowers, with a generous handful of cup sequins :)

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges: