I Just Want To Dance!

I’m back with another challenge for Sentimental Sundays!  This week, we are sponsored by Calypso’s Crafty Things – and there’s a fabulous prize for the lucky winner!  The theme for this challenge is “Inside and Out”, another first for me!  I always pay a lot of attention to the front of my cards, but I can’t remember ever continuing the theme inside! FTH Sketch060

I based my card around sketch 60 at From The Heart Sketches.  I love to flick through the old sketches when I’m struggling to pin down a design, it’s just packed full with inspiration! sentimental sundays 10 aug14 full So, the details for my card….  The image I have used is a MilkCoffee freebie from a while back – not sure how I have overlooked her for so long!!  I coloured her using Pro-Markers as usual.  I’ve tried a new hair combo – Ivory, Satin and Tan – and I’m really pleased with the way it’s turned out.  The image on the inside of the card is by Patties Creations.  I’ve coloured the ballet slipper with ProMarkers, then mounted on a lilac mat before popping it inside the card.

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To create the frame on the front of the card, I designed a “ring doughnut” shape in the Silhouette software by laying a smaller circle over the larger circle and the subtracting the top shape.  I then welded the letters of my daughter’s name to the outside edge of the doughnut.  The banner pieces were also cut from glitter card on the Silhouette, before being hand stitched to the corrugated card with some matching ribbon.

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The papers on the front of the card are from the Papermania Spots and Stripes collection; all the other papers are from my stash.

Make sure you pop over to Sentimental Sundays to see what the rest of the DT have been up to this week!
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  Don’t know about you, but late nights are hard work now!!  Never would have thought twice about staying up into the wee hours a few years back, but the guarantee of an early morning wake-up courtesy of the children usually convinces me to get to bed in time for a full 8 hours!!  Still, once in a while, it does you good (as my mum would have told me!!) – I will be tucked up soon enough 🙂

Today’s card was actually made a couple of weeks ago, but put to one side and overlooked in the pre-Christmas rush.  I like the simplicity of the card – I cut the snowflake and sentiment from some linen textured card, using the Silhouette, and the popped some lovely silvery glitter card behind it, added a little grey and white baker’s twine, et voila!

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Sorry to be short and sweet tonight, but my eyes are drooping already!

Thanks for reading x 

Star Card

I wasn’t sure whether I should share today’s card, if I’m honest…  It looked soooo much better in my head, and I’m quite disappointed with the way it turned out, but I thought it might be a good way to get some feedback on how I could have done it differently.  So here goes…

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I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug (the embossing is only just about visible on the photo!), using the new star folder that I recently treated myself to and have been dying to use!.  I then pieced together some contrasting colour stars, which I cut on the Silhouette, using this amazing free scrapbooking layout from Creating Keepsakes and added them to the left hand side of the background with 3D dots for a bit of height.  I then set about highlighting some stars on the background, either with small red glitter die cut stars, or just by outlining with an ultra fine nib glue applicator and then sprinkling glitter all over.

I’m not sure what it is that I’m not keen on; maybe I picked the wrong colours, maybe I should have left the embossed stars well alone?  Still, I’d be grateful for any feedback and ideas for improvement – I’ll be trying it again in the next few weeks and any advice would be welcome!!

Thanks for reading x

Halloween Goody Bags

Every year I make a little treat bag for my two children for Halloween.  This year was no different, except that I had help…from the Silhouette!  No more hunching over a sheet of card with a steel ruler and a craft knife – today I simply loaded in a free template I found at www.practicallyfunctional.com, adjusted the size slightly as I have the smaller Portrait rather than the Cameo and pressed cut!  While the Silhouette worked away, I tried (and failed) to tame my ribbon stash….  Moments later, I was folding and sticking the giftboxes together and filling them with treats!  Here they are:

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I added a piece of acetate to the window for the Smarties Jacko’Lantern to peek through, nestling on some purple tissue paper to hide the other sweets.  A little piece of purple ribbon to close the box and a cute tag created using the Stitched Happy Halloween stamp from MelJen, coloured with ProMarkers and plenty of glitter were the finishing touches.

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

MelJen – Fa-BOO-lous: Halloween, anything but a card

Sparkles Monthly Challenge – Halloween

Thanks for reading x

Deck The Halls

Another Christmas card to share with you today!  This card was inspired by the current sketch challenge over at CAS(E) This Sketch:

CAS(E) This Sketch

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The holly was cut from green cardstock on my Silhouette, with the berries cut from red glitter cardstock for a little sparkle!  The background is kraft card embossed with Swiss Dots embossing folder for the Cuttlebug.  For the sentiment, I used a lovely scallop frame which is part of an amazing font called 09KutUps from CleverSomeday.  The letters were cut by the Silhouette and backed with kraft.  I popped the card together using 3D foam pads to create some depth beneath the sentiment and the holly.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketch – Challenge 51

Aud Sentiments – #92: Christmas Sentiments

Christmas Cards All Year Round – October Challenge


Sparkly Noel

Well, we survived the storm that has been blasting its way across southern England and Wales since yesterday!  A lack of trains into London forced Hubby to work from home, but otherwise, we’ve been very lucky and emerged unaffected.  Add the return of daylight saving time yesterday, and it feels like time to snuggle down and prepare for winter!

This evening’s card is a very sparkly affair!  My obsession with glittery cardstock and my Silhouette seems to be back….

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I deliberately kept this card very simple, as there was already a risk of sensory overload caused by overexposure to glitter!  The letters were cut from red glitter cardstock, using my Silhouette.  I replaced the “O” with a bauble found on Birds Cards and cut it in a contrasting colour, and raised it with 3D foam pads.  I also used the gold glitter card as mount, before popping the whole card together with 3D foam pads.

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

Partytime Tuesdays – Challenge PTT143: Glitter

Thanks for reading x