Happy Days!

I grew up watching the Fonz and Happy Days, so it was no surprise that I couldn’t resist the Papermania Happy Days Collection…especially as it was reduced!!

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The papers on this card are all from the stack, with a little added Kraft for contrast.  I printed the sentiment banner directly onto the Kraft and skewed the banner slightly to avoid looking like I’d tried to cross out the cars behind it!

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And that was pretty much that!!  As you can see, this card is headed to France for a birthday, so I’d better hop off down to the Post Office pronto!!

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Jolly Snowfolk

A new challenge is starting today over at Crafting From The Heart.  As always, our theme is Anything Goes and our sponsors are Dilly Beans and Angie’s Digi Images.

As I’m sure you know, I’m a huge Dilly Beans fan, so I jumped at the chance to use one her her great stamps.  As Christmas is also rapidly approaching, I decided it was time to break out the Snowman Border!

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Why is it that the simplest things sometimes end up taking much longer than they really should.  My card isn’t complicated, there aren’t many detailed layers, just some cute snowmen, who had a little Tea Green ProMarker and blender added to their edges and a paper pieced hearts and scarves.

Well, technology has failed me today!  My Silhouette firstly decided not to cut Kraft, then decided not to cut anything at all.  So I dug out a trusty craft knife and cut my frames by hand (a little wonkily, I’m afraid!).

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The embossing was easy – my Cuttlebug obliged happily!  But then came the button decision….  I settled for my 5th choice – it’ lucky I had a deadline to meet or I’d still be puzzling over it now, I reckon!

So, long story short – Dilly Beans have some great, versatile images that are a pleasure to use – and I’m going to avoid technology, decisions and buttons for the rest of the day!

Make time this week to share your projects over at Crafting From The Heart!

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

Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

Christmas Card Challenges – Embossing

Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes

Avenue 613 Create – Anything Goes w/ no twist

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!

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Final Chance To Play At Unstampabelles

Today I’m sharing the last card I made for my Guest Designer spot over at Unstampabelles.  We’re nearing the end of the this month’s challenge, so there’s still time to enter if you hurry! In case you need a reminder, this month’s challenge is to incorporate an animal or bird into your project and the twist is to use pastel colours.  Don’t forget that fabulous prize too – a $15 voucher is being offered to the winner by Regal Press.

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This card has been made for my little niece, who will be two in early May.  I loved this file as soon as I saw it, and thought it would make a very cute birthday card, but would also easily fit a new baby theme.  The file is available from Miss Kate Cuttables direct or through the Silhouette Online store – they also list a free cutting file every day, so it’s well worth a visit!!

I used my Silhouette to cut all the pieces and then popped the bear back together with the help of some Mod Podge (perfect as it didn’t warp the card).  I created a mask to add the details to the hearts, and used a sponge dauber to add the Starlite Silver Brilliance pigment ink. I then cut a frame from Kraft card, ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Darice chevron folder and mounted it onto the white cardbase.  I popped the bear inside the frame, adding 3D pads to the back of the balloons.  Finally, I cut a 2 from pink card, then a slightly larger copy in yellow, glued them together and mounted them on the strip of vellum in the top corner, secured with a yellow brad.

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Why not pop over to Unstampabelles now for a look at the final inspiration pieces from the Design Team?

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

Eclectic Ellapu – Birthdays

2 Sisters – Teddy Bears

A Gem Of A Challenge – Cute and Cuddly

Paper Crafting Magic – No Patterned Paper

A Creative Romance – Scrappy Cards (balloons, tab and number 2 all made from scraps)

4 Crafty Chicks – Embossing

 Fairytale Challenge  – Cute

Kitty Bee Spotlight

It’s that time again!!  This month’s spotlight card for Kitty Bee features an adorable little Hanging Around Bear.  I cut the image using the Silhouette and coloured him using Pro-Markers.

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The background was made with the latest addition to my rapidly expanding  embossing folder collection!  I inked one side of the Darice Clouds folder with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, then ran it through the Cuttlebug to create a sky backdrop for the little bear, so that he looked like he was a long way above the ground!  The image was popped on 3D foam pads to add a little depth.

I chose a Kraft background layer to tie in with the colour of the bear and embossed it with the Darice honeycomb folder to tie in with the bees and hive.

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Finally, I attached a sentiment after inking the edges with a little Vintage Paper Distress Ink, and mounted the whole panel on a white card base.

This little guy is just one of many cute images over at Kitty Bee – hurry over there now to see the others!

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

Digi Sketch Challenge – Bears

Just Inspirational – Embossing

Passion For Pro-Markers – Add A Sentiment

Tip Top Tuesday – Cute

Flat Friends – Include A Sentiment

Natalie and Amy – Embossing

The East Wind – Use a Sentiment

Come And Get It – Bears In Mind

The Squirrel and the Fox – All Creatures Great And Small

Happy birthday Little Brother!!

Today I’m sharing the card I made for my brother’s birthday recently.  As I’ve mentioned before, he’s not a big fan of coloured images and likes his cards fairly simple.  So, this is how it turned out:

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I based the design on an old sketch from the Deconstructed Sketch archives.  I have been wanting to play with one of the layout for a while – it’s just a shame this isn’t the current sketch so I can’t enter the challenge!

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For the circles, I cut three identical circles from Kraft card, then embossed with different embossing circles to add some texture.  The dark blue mat was cut from a piece of corrugated card that I forgot was lurking in my stash and the piece of blue spotted ribbon was also an offcut found in the depths of my ribbon box.  The sentiment was printed directly onto a piece of felt-marked card that was an offcut from some Order of Service booklets I made a while back.  For the little dots, I simply cut three different sized circles from blue cardstock and added a little Glossy Accents to the top to make them shiny!

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Hey presto! One birthday card for my little brother 🙂

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

Crafty Ribbons – Ribbons and Bows

Cardz 4 Guyz – Typography

Die Cut Divas – Embossing

Flat Friends – Cards for Men/Boys




Eureka!!

It’s time for another new challenge at Crafty Girls, and our sponsors are Eureka Stamps this fortnight.

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I chose to use this adorable Baby Animals stamp for my card.  They animals reminded me of some stuffed toys my children had as babies.  I’m a little bit hooked on faux paper piecing at the moment, so I headed off to my Silhouette to start my card.  I was thinking of colouring the animals in pastel colours, maybe with a new baby theme, but at the last minute I used the solid colours from the Sweater Weather digital paper collection by Harper Finch.  I was a bit disappointed that the lovely texture in the papers didn’t show up as well as I’d hoped, but I think that may have been because I was using the papers in a relatively small area.

I popped a circular frame cut from chevron embossed Kraft card over the coloured image using 3D pads, then finished the card off with a little twine and a natural coloured button.  I’ve left the sentiment off for now as I’m not sure whether it will be a new baby card or perhaps a birthday card for a young boy….

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Make sure you head over the see what the other Crafty Girls have been up to!  I look forward to seeing your lovely entries 🙂

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

Through The Purple Haze – Use a Digi

Eureka Stamps – Anything Goes

The Corrosive Challenges – Animals

The Crafty Calendar Challenge – Animal Antics

The Crafting Cafe – CAS