Higher….Higher!!

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


 

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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Up, Up and Away!

I’m back with another box card for you today!  I have had a minor hot air balloon obsession recently, but I struggle to colour them well.  So, when it dawned on me that I could “make” my hot air balloon instead, I had to give it a go!

hot air balloon box card

This box card is based on my original template from the Silhouette store, but as always, I have snipped bits here and there, and added on some extras!  I am delighted with the hot air balloons – they were a file from the Silhouette store; the way the balloon shape is built up in layers really allows curve of the balloon to show!

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Paper Flowers!

I recently made card for my mother-in-law, to celebrate her birthday.

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These little flowers are so versatile and they’re so easy to make too.  I simply punch two flowers using the Petal Pairs punch by Tonic – I have several but this is definitely my favourite petal shape.  After lightly scoring a line down the centre of each petal, I fold the petal in half, using my nail to fold around.  Once both layers have folded petals, I glue them together, pushing the petals in towards the centre and add little pearls or gems to the centre to finish off.

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The branches were cut using a file from the Silhouette Store, one set of dark sage green and another set in a lighter metallic leaf green.  The sentiment was printed directly to the shaped label, and popped on top of a slightly larger layer, which had a light layer of Scattered Straw Distress Ink applied to it.  Finally, I popped it all together on a layer of sage green cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card!

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Make A Wish….

Today I have a little cutie by Art By Miran to share with you.  Over at Crafting From The Heart, we were very lucky to be sponsored by both Art By Miran and SNS for this challenge.  As I’ve had this little fairy hiding on my desk, I thought it would be the perfect time to pop her on a card!

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I’ve kept the card nice and simple, using AC coloured cardstock to create depth.  I printed the stars and sparkles directly to the top layer, and then added two layers of Star Dust Stickles once it was in place on the card.  The sentiment is part of a Samantha Walker file from the Silhouette store, cut from matching cardstock and coated with a touch of Stickles (must remember to order a Wink Of Stella pen….!).

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The image was printed and cut using the Silhouette, then popped up on 3D pads.  She was coloured with Pro-Markers (the magenta blend pack accidentally found its way into my basket on a trip to TK Maxx last week….oops!) and finished with a little Stickles sparkle too.

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Make sure you stop by Crafting From The Heart – it’s Anything Goes as always, so I’m sure you’ll have something to share!

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Art By Miran – Anything Goes

Red, White and Blue!

Over at Sentimental Sundays this week, we’re looking for lots of red, white and blue in your projects!!

We are sponsored by The Doodle Garden; they have such cute images, and this Little Sailor Boy is no exception!  I coloured him with ProMarkers, and then used some blue cardstock as a mat.  The other papers all come from the DoCrafts Ahoy There stack (which has proven to be a great bargain buy recently!).

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For the sentiment, I cut the letters three times on the Silhouette; once from blue cardstock and twice from a heavier cardstock, then simply glued the layers altogether to create some lovely, chunky letters!

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Make sure you pop over to Sentimental Sundays and show us how you’ve used red, white and blue this week!

I‘d like to enter this into the following challenges:

A Creative Romance – Colours of National Flag (UK: Red/White/Blue)

Bloggers – Red, White and Blue

Jellypark – Red, White and Blue

Polkadoodles – Red, White and Blue

That’s Crafty – All At Sea

Crazy 4 Challenges – Red, White and Blue