Manly 21st Birthday Card!

Our new challenge starts today over at Crafting At The Weekend!  As usual, our theme is Anything Goes, and we’re lucky to be sponsored by Faery Ink and Crafty Sentiments.

My card for this challenge focussed once more on clearing our my stash!!   21st spots and stripes

The striped and spotty papers are from a pack of origami paper that I couldn’t resist buying from Tiger (I may have also “accidentally” bought a couple of other colour ways too….!).  I like the combination of kraft and navy for a male card – as it felt a little too dark, I added a coupe of touches of cream to break it up.  The 21 was cut on the Silhouette, using a store file, and the sentiment was printed directly onto the cream card stock.

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Why don’t you head over to Crafting At The Weekend now to see what else the DT have to share with you today?
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New Challenge At Crafting At The Weekend

Well, that month flew by!!  Hard to believe that we were getting ready for a bank holiday weekend last time I posted for Crafting At The Weekend!  Today, the summer is definitely fading fast, the mornings are crisper and the evenings are starting to get dark much earlier.  And, as of this week, I’m home alone all day, now that my youngest is in school full time!  Why is it then, that I have less time to get inky, rather than more?!!

Anyway, on to this month’s card, which I only just about finished in time!!

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I forced myself to raid my stash for this card!  And then I went a step further and made myself open the gorgeous set of Tiddly Inks stamps that came free with Quick Cards magazine during the summer 🙂

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This is just one of the adorable little images; I have coloured Wryn with ProMarkers and some Stickles for the fluffy edging of her hat and dress.  All the papers are from my stash, the spotty one is from the Papermania Spots and Stripes collection, but I’m not sure about the others!

The sentiment is a clear stamp I picked up from one of the bargain bins in Hobbycraft!  I think I’ve had it lurking, unopened, for around 18 months……shame on me!!  It’s held in place by a plait of jute threads – I had great ideas for this piece of jute, but now I finally have a piece, I’m struggling to use it on my cards!!  So I figured that introducing it a little at a time might help me overcome my block 🙂

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Right, all that’s left for me to do is remind you that the Crafting At The Weekend challenge will be running for a month, the theme is Anything Goes and we have some great prizes from Ditzie Crafts and Aurella 27 up for grabs!!

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

Fancy A Swift Half?

It’s time for our new challenge over at Crafting At The Weekend!  As usual our theme is Anything Goes and our sponsors, Crafty Ribbons and All Dressed Up, are offering you some great prizes!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with a box card…  I was recently challenged to make a bar themed box card for a lady who loves pubs in general and brandy in particular!  I’m the first to admit I didn’t think I’d pull it off, but I’m proud to share the end result with you today 🙂

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I hunted high and low for a digital stamp of a barman, but came up with nothing.  Finally I stumbled across this great barman image at CanStockPhoto – and it’s available pre-coloured, so no agonising over the perfect colour uniform for a barman!

I used the Silhouette software to weld him onto the interior panel of the box card, then created his bar counter on another panel in front of him.  The shelves behind him have all his bottles of spirits, within easy reach – and the back is even mirrored, just as it is in most pubs!

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I wanted to find a damask wallpaper to use on the panels, as the decor in most English pubs is quite dark and traditional.  The paper I’ve used on this card was a freebie from the Star Sunflower Studio and it was perfect!  Although it came in several colourways, the brown and cream combo was just the ticket.

My favourite part of the whole card has to be the beer mats on the side flaps!  I made each one from scratch, using some felt-marked paper as it had the right feel to it.  I created two beer mats that are personalised to the lady who will be receiving the card – her name is Barbara, hence “Barb’s Brew” and she was born in 1952!  To create some depth to the beer mats on the flaps I have actually mounted all the layers individually, and then popped the beer mats up on staggered 3D pads so they sit on the flap at an angle.

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What have you made recently?  Pop over to Crafting At The Weekend and show us!

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

Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes

My Time To Craft – Food and Drink

Cute Purse Giftcard Holders

For this month’s Crafting At The Weekend DT post, I have some cute little giftcard holders to share with you.  I’m not a big fan of giving money or giftcards for birthdays and Christmas as I don’t feel like I’ve put enough effort into the gift, even when that’s what the recipient has especially asked for!  So I’ve decided to make the most of the wrapping instead! CATW 26 june fullCATW 26 june full 2 These giftcard holders were so quick and easy to make, thanks to a great file from Samantha Walker (available in the Silhouette store).  I just had to pick some cute paper and pop it all together once it was cut.  Best of all, they’ve been really well received by adults and children alike – and I feel like I’ve put a little more thought into the gift than just handing over the cash! CATW 26 june flat CATW 26 june full 2 flatHead over to Crafting At The Weekend to see all the other lovely makes we have to share with you!

I’d like to enter these gift card holders into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar Challenge – Petals and Pearls

Paper Creators Craft – Anything Goes

Crafty Girls – Anything Goes

Crafty Catz – Anything Goes

 

Footie Themed Box Card

For today’s new challenge over at Crafting At The Weekend, I’ve made a footie themed box card.  This particular card is destined to arrive on a Spurs fan’s doormat, but it would be very simple to adapt this to most football teams (I imagine anyway – not a big fan myself!).

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I started out with the Lori Whitlock box card template which I found on the Silhouette Online Store – and that’s pretty much the last time I saw the template in its original form!  I decided to make the card a little bigger, so increased the size by 10% so that it would still fit into the envelope.  Then I adapted the internal pieces – removing numbers and stars and adding in a football, a Tottenham Hotspurs team logo and yellow and red cards! I simply added these to the panel from the template and welded them together….simple!  I also added a panel to the reverse of the card, watermarked with scattered footballs, for a message to be written – better than trying to write on black card!

The yellow and red cards, the football and the papers are all from the K Aagard Sporty Soccer collection – I’ve used them over and over, they come in so handy for sports cards!

Anyway, enough about my project!  Make sure you pop over to Crafting At The Weekend and look at what the rest of the DT have made for our second challenge!

 

Crafting At The Weekend Launch Day

At last!!  Crafting At The Weekend launches today!!

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My first project for this new challenge blog is a project that I have had in mind since buying my Silhouette last summer!  We moved house in March last year and have been (very slowly) decorating and modernising the house.  The living room was the first room to have paint inflicted on it, as it was a gaudy yellow (as is most of the downstairs!) , and just wasn’t a room you could relax in!  So, I attacked it with several layers of Dulux Buttercream to keep it light and fresh, but without the need for sunglasses.  Finally, a year on, the room has a lovely bespoke cast iron curtain pole, curtains, sofas that fit and some furniture and I’m down to the little touches to finish it off!  Which is where my project comes in….

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I recently received a freebie butterfly cut file from the Silhouette Online store, which I have adapted slightly.  Now, instead of cutting the butterflies out completely, the middles are uncut which allowed me to pop the wings forward and give the butterflies more depth.  I chose to cut the butterflies from a piece of aqua Bazzill cardstock that was leftover after a wedding commission last year – it has a lovely, but subtle texture to it and cuts easily.  Finally, I popped it in a Ribba box frame from Ikea, and hung it on the wall!

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I hope to see your papercraft creations over at Crafting At The Weekend – it’s a month long challenge, so you’ve got plenty of time to get crafting and using up your stash!

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

CRAFT Challenge – Anything But A Card