Where Did November Go??!!

Today’s post is all about the new challenge over at Sentimental Sundays!  We have been sponsored by 2 Cute Ink and our new theme is “Heartfelt Thanks“.

Before I carry on though, I need to apologise for going AWOL – I really don’t know what happened to the last three weeks!  I haven’t had much time to craft or blog as we have been having the loft boarded and I’ve also been preparing my bedroom for replastering this week, and then there was my son’s birthday (although I do have some cute projects from his birthday to share with you later this week!)….

Anyway, back to today!  Here’s my card:

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I’ve decided to go back to my comfort zone with my projects for a while.  I love CAS – and while I’ve enjoyed developing other areas of my hobby, this is where I craft happiest!  With this in mind, this card is super simple – just the cutest image, coloured with ProMarkers, mounted on a co-ordinating mat….et voila!

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As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK – so my card is just a thank you card, I like to always keep a couple to hand!

Make sure you pop over to Sentimental Sundays and have a peek at the other DT makes – you won’t be disappointed!  And you could also pop over to 2 Cute Ink for a little retail therapy……..why not, eh?!

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

The Crafting Cafe – Feeling Fruity

Crazy Challenges – Die Cuts/Punches

Last Day Of School!

At last!  We’ve made it to the end of the Summer Term – it’s been a long one this year (and this last half a week has definitely felt like the longest!).  I have another thank you to show you today – not the last one, as I had hoped, as I realised we’d completely forgotten to count someone…..ooops!

butterfly thank you card

This card is very quick and simple to make, but I love the way it highlights the sentiment.  I have used my favourite Martha Stewart butterfly punch, resting the butterfly on a line of 3mm ribbon and dropping a few sequins around, randomly.  The panel was mounted onto a mat, and the whole thing was popped up on 3D pads to give some extra depth.

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Another quick post today – I’m making the most of the last day of term by getting some decorating done!

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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 🙂

kraft thank you

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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Tiddly Inks Challenge

This afternoon I had a bit of time to myself, so I decided to spend a little while getting used to the Portrait.  I had a certain card style in mind for the current Tiddly Inks Challenge, but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it!  Armed with the internet and the manual, I  to get got back to basics!  I’m not good at learning new skills; I wish I could just sit back and enjoy the steep learning curve, but I am not very patient and just want to race ahead and make my imaginings happen!  Thankfully, the card didn’t take too long to work out – I managed to weld and cut letters out of the card and then mount a glitter copy over the offset outline. 🙂2013-09-16 07.49.46

The stamp is called “Whatcha Doing” from Tiddly Inks.  There’s such a wide choice of cute characters that I had a tough time picking just one – but this was my final choice as I wanted to make the character look like she’s holding the word “thanks”.  I don’t think it’ll be long before I’m back to the store to add to my growing stash of digis!

I thought at this point that I was on the home stretch…I hadn’t figured that shading blond hair was not on of my strong points!!!  Still, the fifth(!) attempt wasn’t toooooo bad, if you bear in mind that I only discovered the markers a couple of weeks back!  I added a little red and white baker’s twine to the top half of the card and sat back to admire a whole afternoon’s work!  Hopefully, I’ll get quicker with the Silhouette and the shading as time goes on….

Thanks for reading x


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