Rugby Player Birthday Card

Today’s card features a cute rugby player digital stamp from Polkadoodles!  Nikky’s Work and Play collection features many little characters dressed for work or play including nursing, racing driver and footballer.

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This card was made specially for a little boy who plays rugby in his spare time – and I have to admit, I haven’t seen many other rugby player images on my travels!  These images are available for instant download in the Polkadoodles store, or you can buy the whole collection on a CD (the rugby player is on Work and Play 6).

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I’ve coloured the image with ProMarkers as usual (see below for a full list).  The image was printed and cut on the Silhouette, allowing me to pop him up on 3D pads, amongst the layers of grass.  The background was created with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a cloud shaped mask.  The rugby posts in the background were just cut on the Silhouette to help add depth to the image.

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Pop over to the Polkadoodle Digiworld Store now to grab yourself a little rugby player, or a checkout girl, or ballerina or doctor….the list is endless (…well, nearly endless, anyway!).

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Whizz!! Pop!! Bang!!

I have a science themed box card to share with you today!!  I have to admit, I had a LOT of fun making this card up 🙂

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The flask, beaker, test tubes and bubbles are all from the Miss Kate Cuttables Mad Scientist set – using the Silhouette, I simply cut the shapes from coloured cardstock, popped them together and coated them in Glossy Accents.

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The fun part really started when I made the slime….!  I was lucky enough to get one of the Ranger Melt Pots for my birthday recently, but a it was the summer holidays, I haven’t had time to play yet!  Well, with my eldest back at school yesterday and my youngest happily cutting and sticking, it was my time to experiment!  The slime shape is part of a dripping blood (!) shape I found lurking in the Hallowe’en section of the Silhouette Store.  I simply cut it from a bright lime green cardstock, rather than blood red!!  I attached a little handle made from scrap card to the back of the shape and then dunked it in the melted UTEE!!  I had to melt and re-dip a couple of times to get the UTEE where I wanted it and to get rid of a couple of bubbles that had crept in, but other than that, it was very quick and easy to do!  Best of all, it looks so glossy and slimy!!

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Think I’ll be melting again very soon…..!!
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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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Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

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Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes

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Gable End Boxes

In all the excitement at the end of the school year, I totally forgot to share these gorgeous boxes!  Created using a cut file by Jamie Cripps, I quickly made cute little thank you gifts for my children’s teachers!

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The papers are from The Barn Swallow Design Back To School digi collection – I loved the little pencils on this particular paper!  All in all, these were simple, quick and fuss-free to make, but they were very well received!!  I popped a handful of mini Toblerone into each box, and personalised each of the tags across the front.

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Apple For The Teacher!

I was recently delighted to be asked to make the end of school year thank you cards for my son’s class teacher and teaching assistant.  In the back of my mind I remembered (before I had a Silhouette) having seen a really cute design with cut out apples by Melinda Spinks at The Scrap Farm, which I fancied having a go at.

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mrs smith thank you fullI found an apple shape that I liked in the Silhouette Online store, then cut it from a rectangle of paper, keeping the negative side for the top half of the card.  The apples were mounted on 3D pads so that they pop off the page a little, while the negative cuts are counted flat.  I added a personalised sentiment to each of the cards, along with some green and white twine for the spring coloured card and red polka ribbon for the red and white card.  Both cards were mounted on co-ordinating mats.

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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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It looks like it’s a week of firsts for me….my first Chi Chi Memories image and now, my first entry into the Muse Challenge.  Marion Vagg’s adorable owl makes good use of his branch (see below), as does the little girl in my image!  My white layer creates a frame around the image, and I have also echoed the blue frame in Marion’s card by bringing my background through to to edges of my card.

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

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 Silhouette Challenges – Print and Cut

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Love To Create – Bright and Sunny

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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!

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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

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Crazy 4 Challenges – Red, White and Blue

Thumbs Up!

Happy 4th July!!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday – we’re very fortunate to be sponsored by Kenny K this fortnight, and our theme is, of course, Stars and/or Stripes!

I chose to use “Thumbs Up Kid” for my DT project this month – I won this image a few months back, but just haven’t had a chance to out it to use yet, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

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I’ve coloured the image with Pro-Markers – I love the clear, easy lines of this cartoon style image, it really was a pleasure to colour!  Using the Silhouette, I’ve cut the image out, leaving a narrow border all the way around.  The background is a starburst paper by Megan Turnidge – for the moment, it’s my go-to background paper for boys’ cards!  I’m hoping you can make out the stripes in the background, unfortunately they haven’t photographed too well.

The sentiment and age were both printed directly onto yellow cardstock, then cut and layered, using the Silhouette.

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Head over to Kitty Bee’s Aloha Friday challenge now to have a look at the other DT makes – you won’t be disappointed!

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Seize The Birthday – Stars and Stripes

Addicted To Stamps – Make Your Mark

C rafty Catz – Stars or Stripes (or Both)

Kenny K’s Krafty Krew – Stripes/Spots

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I know I haven’t posted quite as regularly recently,but I can guarantee you you that I have been busy working away!  Today I’d like to share one of the bigger projects that I have been occupied with!  A month or so ago, a friend asked me to help with her wedding invitations.  I was her Plan B as she had hoped to make them herself, but things changed and I’m glad I got the chance to help out!

The bride-to-be needed to include lots of information for her guests, so it soon became clear that a chequebook style invitation would be the best layout.  The colour scheme for the wedding is fuchsia and silver; I love the bright, summery combination!  Now I hope you’ll understand when I say that I can’t share the inside of the booklets, but I can let you have a peek at the front cover….

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The front and back of the invitation are cut by the Silhouette from a fairly heavyweight linen marked card.  The border on the cover (by Jamie Koay via Silhouette Online store) was also cut on the Silhouette.  Then, I popped a layer of fuchsia cardstock behind the cover to show through the border, without overpowering it.  The words were cut from Bazzill Basics Mercury cardstock and glued by hand.  A fuchsia satin blow was the final touch!  Inside, the pages are printed on 300gsm smooth white card, with the edges of each section staggered.