Shake It, Shake It!!

I’ve had a lot of sticky fun preparing my projects for this weeks’ challenge over at Sentimental Sundays!!  We are sponsored by The Cutting Cafe for this challenge and our theme (if you haven’t guessed already!) is Shaker Cards!!

I have two cards to share with you today – here’s the first one:

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I used the butterfly topper cut file for this card.  Although I have made shakers before, I had a quick peek at the handy tutorial video that is available on The Cutting Cafe website and found out it is loads easier (and cheaper) to use foam sheet to raise the panel, rather than double sided foam tape which gets stuck to everything!

I couldn’t bring myself to leave off the cut out butterflies, so I folded them in half to add dimension, and stuck them to the vellum with a little Glossy Accents.  I also like the way I hid the shaker area of the cards a little by doing this!

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on a scrap of fuchsia card, popped it up on 3D pads and added a silver brad.

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My second card is one for my (tiny) Christmas card pile!  Using the star shaker topper this time, I cut the star from Kraft card and added a little vellum for the panel, instead of acetate, giving a frosted look to the panel.  Inside, I used up some left over sequins and seed beads in shades of gold and yellow.  As the shaker panel is 3D by design, I simply stuck the panel to a slightly larger gold glittercard star and popped it on the card, leaving a couple of points hanging over the edge of the cardbase.

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The sentiment was printed directly onto a scrap of Kraft card (I love the way this font looks hand stamped!), and a star punched out of the banner.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love a shaker card!!  Take a little time to make one this week, and come over to Sentimental Sundays to share it with us!

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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!

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Vellum Butterfly Wedding Card

Morning everyone!  Another non-DT card from me today….  You may remember that I showed you a thank you card made for my brother to take to South Africa with him next week?  Well, today I have the card I made for him to give to the happy couple whose wedding he is attending there.

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Steering well clear of digis, I thought it might be nice to create a memento card for them, with their names and the date of their special day.  I used my Silhouette to cut the names, date and frame from cardstock and a little sparkly vellum.  The names and date were glued directly to the card base, while the frame was popped up on 3D pads for a little extra depth.  The butterfly was created using my Martha Stewart punch – my favourite embellishment for wedding cards and invitations!

lorraine wedding card flat

The asymmetrical frame tricks the eye a little – I can assure you that the names and date are perfectly centred, but the unusual shape of the frame keeps making me check it…!  It’s been driving me a little bit potty, can you tell?

Best wishes to the happy couple!

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

Creative Card Crew – KISS

Lexi’s Creations – Monochromatic

ABC Challenge – F Is For Flowers

Crafting Musketeers – Butterflies

Thanks for reading x

Abi Ballerina

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a gorgeous ballerina….meet Abi!  Abi is just one of a collection of adorable stamps by All Dressed Up.  I just couldn’t resist her cute little face, as she reminds me so much of my daughter, Erin.  With Erin in mind, I coloured Abi using my Pro-Markers.  I am still at the “must practice and concentrate” point with colouring, but this time I tried colouring from light to dark as I find it easier to remember to shade this way, adding depth and darker shades, rather than trying to take the darker colours away to create light.  I added a line of crystal Stickles at the edge of her tutu and on her headband to add a little sparkle and contrasting colour.2013-09-13 10.31.55

I couldn’t shake the idea that she looked like she was pointing to something as she danced, so I made a 3D butterfly using a Martha Stewart punch.  I chose a sparkly vellum for the top layer of the butterfly, to tie in with the Stickles on Abi’s skirt.2013-09-13

I chose to make the card as an S-fold card so that I could add a pop of extra colour without having to mount Abi directly to it.  The spotty paper I used is Easter Dots by SandyLion – I must confess to having it in my stash for around 4 years!  I originally bought it to use on a scrapbook page for my daughter’s baby scrapbook, and then put it in a safe place, never to be seen again…!

Well, here she is….2013-09-13 10.31.262013-09-13 09.43.32

Thanks for reading x


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