Happy Birthday Wishes!

Just a short and sweet post for you today, my brother is staying with us after having a foot operation on Saturday so I’m a little rushed!

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Today’s card was made for my son’s friend, who turned 7 yesterday.  One of my favourite digi image cards for boys featured Rusty the Robot from Pollycraft, so I dusted the file off and printed him out once more!!

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I coloured the image with Pro-Markers and used backing papers from American Crafts and Megan Turnidge.  The layout was based on the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday:


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

Sketch Saturday – see sketch above

Pile It On – For A Guy


One Image, Two Cards

I’ve been busy making two very similar, but obviously different, cards today.  Both feature Abi Ballerina from All Dressed Up; Abi is an old favourite of mine – my daughter even had a top with her picture on when she smaller!  I also based both cards around the same sketch from the current challenge over at Sketch Saturday:


For the first card, I coloured Abi in shades of lilac and purple, and gave her brown hair.  There are little touches of sparkly Stickles on tutu and hairband.

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I used a patterned cream and lilac paper from the Dovecraft Back to Basics III paper stack, added a little Bazill card circle with daughter welded to the edge and popped it on a final layer of cream card, embossed with the X-Cut quilting folder.  I cut the wording out twice and added the second layer on top, just to create a little more depth.

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The final touch was the band of lace across the centre – I have been dying to use some lace on a card, but haven’t yet been brave enough….hope it looks OK!

The second card features little Abi again, this time coloured in light greens, with touches of Stickles on the tutu and hairband.

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This is for a little blonde girl, so I changed Abi’s hair to reflect the intended recipient!  The layout is the same as the first card, but as I kept the colours much simpler, choosing to add texture to white cardstock instead, I feel there is a much cleaner look about the card.  Unfortunately, the coloured mat hasn’t come out too well in the photo – in reality, it is Celtic Green by Bazzill, and is a much springier green, which is similar to the colour of the tutu.  The band of ribbon across the centre should look a few shades darker….but again, hasn’t been treated well by the photo, despite my best efforts to digitally redress the colour balance!abi for mazie close

Which do you prefer?  For me, it has to be the first one – I prefer Abi with darker hair and I’m so pleased that I finally managed to use some lace 🙂

I’d like to enter these cards into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday – Challenge 291: see sketch above

Thanks for reading x

Happy Christmas Little Star

As promised, I have the second of my three special family cards for you today.  This card was made for my 4 year old daughter, who loves everything sparkly and is very attached to her bear, Poppy.  This adorable image from All Dressed Up was a perfect fit!

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I had a background paper in mind, so steered away from too much pink, opting instead to colour the image with a range of turquoise Pro-Markers.  I used the print and cut option on the Silhouette to print the image in this lovely oval frame, then added a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to soften the edges.  After hunting through my ribbon collection, I came across some leftover 3mm satin ribbon that I used for some wedding invitations last year – it threaded through the frame so easily and, for once, the bow landed well too!  I added a little Glossy Accent to the big star sentiment and also to the stars clips in her hair, then a little Stickles magic along the edge of the tutu and on some of the gifts.

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The paper is from a First Edition Christmas Joy paper stack – not sure if you can make it out from the photos, but there is a striped snowflake pattern running through it.  The snowflake border is from Hobbycraft – I’m not sure what to call it, as it’s not ribbon or paper or card, but is stiff and almost crunchy feeling…if you know what I mean!

I based the layout around Sketch 276 from Sketch Saturday, just flipped it over to suit my card.


Id like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday -Challenge 289: Anything Goes (Any Sketch After #215)

Tuesday Throwdown – What Christmas Means To Me

LEJ Designs  – Anything Goes

Inky Chicks – Christmas

The Crafty Blogger’s Network – Girly

C…Is For Challenge – Modern Christmas

Scribble and Scrap – Anything Goes

Glitter ‘n’ Sparkle – Non-traditional Christmas Colours

Thanks for reading x


Rusty the Robot

Today’s card was made for another one of the children from my NCT group, Jacob, and features Rusty by Pollycraft.

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I coloured the image with the Cool Grey Pro-Markers, mainly the lightest three, with the 2 darkest tones for accenting.

Sketch Saturday 288


Then, using the current sketch from the Sketch Saturday challenge rotated anti-clockwise, I popped Rusty on a background of grey chevrons from Mel Stampz and celebration slogans from the Snippets Collection by Studio Calico.

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 Finally a banner, also from the Snippets Collection, with a 7 to show Jacob’s age and a little button from an American Crafts set I found in the clearance section at Homesense (I love a bargain!!).

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

Sketch Saturday – Challenge 288 (see sketch above)

Rory and Sketch Saturday

I fancied a break from Christmas cards this morning!!  It is my 2nd cousin’s 5th birthday on Wednesday, so I figured that would be an ideal direction for my crafting to take!

I decided to base the card around the current sketch layout over at Sketch Saturday – Sketch 286 is a very clean and simple layout, which I hope I can do justice to!

Sketch Saturday 286

Here’s my finished card:

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I used a square card blank, adding a yellow chevron embossed circle, with Rory (by Pollycraft) in the centre.  I coloured Rory with Pro-Markers, keeping things simple.  I popped a little green and white baker’s twine under the circle, which was raised with 3D pads.   The little dinosaur footprints were cut by the Silhouette – I found a set of three types of footprint in the Silhouette store and mix them up a bit, so that I have feet that resemble Rory’s dinosaur feet from the image.  I welded the toes on the the foot too, to make it a little easier when it came to popping it all together, and once mounted on the card, I coated them with Glossy Accents  The sentiment banner was also cut by my Silhouette, taking a crest and banner file from the library and getting rid of the excess pieces before I pressed cut.  I chose the free Jurassic Park font, just for a final dinosaur related touch!  Just in case you were wondering, the sentiment is in French – one of the benefits of making my own cards has always been the flexibility to personalise and tailor-make cards to their intended recipients, especially when most of the family (on my side, anyway) is across the Channel!

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

Sketch Saturday – Challenge 286 (see sketch above)

Cards For Men – Challenge 24

Crafty Cardmakers – CAS

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge – For the Men In Your Life

Love To Scrap – Boyz Rule

Addicted to Stamps – Embossing

Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes

The Male Room – Little Boy and Babies

Thanks for reading x