Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside…!

This week’s card for Sentimental Sundays had me running for my bucket and spade!  I used Three Little Summer Girls by All Dressed Up, coloured with ProMarkers and cut on the Silhouette, leaving an offset border.

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For the background, I used a stamp from the Beach Images Set by Handmade Harbour, which I won a while back but haven’t had a chance to use.  I kept the colouring on the background quite simple, as I wanted the focus of the card to be the little ADU cuties, so I used a dark shade at the point where the horizon meets the sea and again where the sea meets the sand and just blended the darker shade into the lighter area to soften the lines.

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The papers are all from the DoCrafts Ahoy There collection, with a little Bazzill cardstock for the frame and aqua mat.  Finally, a little birthday sentiment, printed directly onto vellum and held in place with a couple of co-ordinating brads.

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Our theme this week is “Summer” – and this card says it all for me! I’d love to see what summer means to you – come over to Sentimental Sundays and share it with us this week!

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

All Dressed Up – Anything Goes Birthday

Jellypark Friends – Seaside, Beach, Nautical

Allsorts – Summer Girls

 Crazy 4 Challenges – Summer/Winter

Sweet Stampin – Summer Fun

Doodle Garden – Summer Lovin’

Catered Crop – Summer Lovin’

Pile It On – Outdoor Fun

Craft-a-Scene – By The Sea

MAWTT – Birthdays, Buttons and Bunting


Inky Bee…

It’s spotlight time over at Kitty Bee!  For this month’s post, I’ve used Birthday Bee, one of three cute little bees included in the Bumble Bee Set #1.

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The background was created using a honeycomb stencil and some Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  I was careful to keep the shading varied so create depth to the background.  The little bee was coloured with Pro-Markers and then mounted on a hexagon of white cardstock which was also liberally doused in Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, then popped on some 3D pads.  Finally, the sentiment was printed directly onto vellum, then I smudged some more Distress Ink on the back of the vellum, to avoid smudging the sentiment too.  I attached it with a metal brad and a couple of tiny dots of Glossy Accents to stop it flapping too much – I left the end free to curl up though!

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Head over to Kitty Bee to add some honey loving bees to your image stash!  They’re so cute, you won’t be able to stop yourself 🙂

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

2Cute Ink – Birthdays

Loves Rubberstamps – CAS

Dragonfly Dreams – Thing With Wings

Scrap It Girl – Things With Wings

The Cupboard Trilogy – Use Yellow

Vellum Butterfly Wedding Card

Morning everyone!  Another non-DT card from me today….  You may remember that I showed you a thank you card made for my brother to take to South Africa with him next week?  Well, today I have the card I made for him to give to the happy couple whose wedding he is attending there.

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Steering well clear of digis, I thought it might be nice to create a memento card for them, with their names and the date of their special day.  I used my Silhouette to cut the names, date and frame from cardstock and a little sparkly vellum.  The names and date were glued directly to the card base, while the frame was popped up on 3D pads for a little extra depth.  The butterfly was created using my Martha Stewart punch – my favourite embellishment for wedding cards and invitations!

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The asymmetrical frame tricks the eye a little – I can assure you that the names and date are perfectly centred, but the unusual shape of the frame keeps making me check it…!  It’s been driving me a little bit potty, can you tell?

Best wishes to the happy couple!

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

Creative Card Crew – KISS

Lexi’s Creations – Monochromatic

ABC Challenge – F Is For Flowers

Crafting Musketeers – Butterflies

Thanks for reading x

A Birthday Card For A Special Lady…

Our challenge this week at Sentimental Sundays is “Birthday Cards For A Special Woman (using pastel colours)”.  We were really lucky to be sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps for this challenge; I had a tough time choosing, but finally decided on “Dottie Celebrate” as the card I had in mind needed a fabulous image!!
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I coloured Dottie using Pro-Markers in pastel lilac shades, keeping her hair blonde too.  The sentiment was printed at the same time as the image, with the exception of “fabulous” which I welded and cut from glittercard on the Silhouette, using the Grand Hotel font.  A few touches of Stickles and a few little gems for sparkle and the main panel of the card was complete.

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Next, I cut a border from a sheet of Sienna glittered vellum by Papermania, attached them to the top and bottom of the main panel and laid it over two strips of lilac cardstock, using 3D pads for a bit of height.

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I hope to see you over at Sentimental Sundays, you really wouldn’t want to miss the amazing projects my teamies have prepared for you.  Just one last thing…don’t forget to include a sentiment!!

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

Craftyhands – shades of a colour

Challenges for Everybody – Anything Goes

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

Catch the Bug – Bugaboo

ABC Challenges – Anything Goes With Colouring

Thanks for reading x

A(bi) for Ava

In amongst all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas every year, my friends from my NCT class back in 2006 are all celebrating their eldest children’s birthdays – and this weekend is no different as it’s Ava’s turn!

Today’s card features a little ballerina that I am very fond of…Abi!  Abi is one of the sweet collection of stamps available from All Dressed Up (and she’s a freebie at the moment too!).  I’m also playing along with the current sketch challenge over at From The Heart Stamps, where this week’s layout looks like this:


And here is my completed card:

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I have used a plain baby pink cardstock for the base of the frame, overlaying with a piece of Sienna glitter vellum by Docrafts.  Abi was coloured with Pro-Markers and a little sparkle, courtesy of a little Stickles.  The banner behind the framed image is cut from two layers of shimmery Centura Pearl cardstock (although it’s not easy to see in the photos), the bottom layer is a raspberry colour, and the top layer is an iced pink.  Final touches of a piece of ribbon and some little pink gems, both from my stash, and the card is ready to be written and posted off!

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

All Dressed Up – Ribbon and/or Lace

From The Heart Stamps – Sketch 44

Partytime Tuesdays – Anything Goes

Crafty Hands – Sparkle and Bling

Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

I Love Promarkers – Anything Goes

Happy Campers – Glitter It!

LEJ Designs – Buttons and Bows

Sprinkle n Sparkle  – Anything Goes

Paper Crafting Journey – Bling It Up!

Paper Nest Dolls – Bows

Sister Act – Anything Goes

TTCRD – Anything Goes

Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge – Frame A Female!

Crafter’s Cafe – Anything Goes

Thanks for reading x