Three very different cards for three very different ladies celebrating special milestone birthdays. One incorporating photographs of the birthday girl, one reflecting the birthday girl’s skills of sewing and one reflecting the birthday girl’s love of bowling. For details of dies and resources used, just click on the actual pictures and all will be revealed.
Here are thumbnails of the 3 cards
I was asked to make cards for 2 year old twins, a boy and a girl who were having a Pirate themed birthday party. Hope you like the end results. I chose my new favourite style of card the double ‘Z’ fold. I used a variety of dies to make these including Xcut build a scene dies and Go Kreate Boo Bear dies. For full details of all dies used just click on the individual pictures.
We’ve all heard the saying; ‘Less is more’. I was asked to make an 18th birthday card incorporating 2 photographs and using white and silver as the colour scheme. I had some new stamps and dies I wanted to use and launched into action. The end result was very ornate and quite nice but….. and there is a big BUT! it wasn’t really appropriate for the age of the recipient. My customer agreed so I went back to the drawing board. Here are the 2 versions, see what you think and drop me a line to let me know. For details of dies etc used just click on the pictures.
Over Egged Pudding Version One
Less Is More Version Two
Have you ever forgotten a significant person’s birthday? I did, I managed to miss my daughter’s boyfriend’s birthday recently. What to do? dash out and buy one? no, no, no. Just had to make an extra special card to say how sorry I was. This gave me a chance to try out one of the 3Die-mensions Tattered Lace dies I bought on special offer, the racing car. My primary reason to buy was for the great sentiment dies that were included, which I have used a lot. But, the actual 3D dies had, till now, not been used. I made the car first of all. This is not for the feint hearted, the whole of the car is cut in one peculiar shaped piece. The instructions are not the clearest or most comprehensive. Assembly took lots of careful thought, gently teasing the curved areas into shape without creasing, and not to mention, avoiding tearing 2 ridiculously fragile thin sections which take some stress during construction (I managed to guess this would be a problem and reinforced them before getting too far on in the construction).My next problem, once I’d completed the car, was how to make it into a card so it would display nicely. I modified the principles used in an easel card in the end. Finally. obviously, it was not going to fit into any envelope without being squashed so I used a box instead. And here’s the finished result. Let me know what you think.
Long time, no see, fellow crafters. Have been having a busy time of things with holiday and family commitments taking up lots of my time. Together with the fact that I am still a relative novice at all the web site stuff so it takes me ages to do all the back ground stuff that results in my pictures appearing here on the site. Thank you for bearing with me.
This is the first of a number of posts that will be following in relative quick succession so I thought I’d start with something I’m really pleased with. My daughter’s best friend got married recently and I’ve been involved from the start. The bride to be then, was very clear on her theme and wanted to make her own invitations. She’d never crafted before and had little or no tools or equipment. We had a lovely day crafting coming up with some simple designs that she could easily recreate with minimal equipment. She made the most amazing save the date cards and followed these up with wonderful invitations.
When the hen party came around, my daughter asked me to help her put together a survival kit for the hens to take with them. She organised the contents and the graphics used and I made the boxes, tags and labels.
My daughter then asked me make a card for the wedding, so it was natural to use the same theme. Take a look below to see what I came up with. Hope you like it.
Summer is always a popular choice for weddings, not mention engagements. The beauty of a handmade card means that you can reflect the happy couple by matching wedding colour schemes and personalising with names, dates and venues. The Engagement card here reflects where the happy were and will be a lovely reminder in years to come.
This was a detailed labour of love, but so much fun. Another increasingly popular pop up box card but made to try and achieve the effect of a 3d scene. This was made to reflect the recipients’ hobbies and interests as a specially personalised way to celebrate his Milestone Birthday. I have included pictures of the separate elements and layers that went into the making of this card to give you an idea of how it all went together. I added the speech bubbles with printed sentiment to add another element of fun relating his age to the sports.
A baby’s 1st birthday is a very special day, and what better way to celebrate than by sending a hand made personalised card. These two were both for the same little boy. It can be a bit tricky making more than one card for the same recipient, to get 2 different looks. Let me know what you think of these 2. I took inspiration from Angela Dodson, (pollypurplehorse crafts) and Michelle of The Card Grotto, both of which I spotted on pinterest. I just love pinterest, such an amazing resource for ideas and inspiration. I post many of my own photographs on there as well as collecting ideas from other talented crafters, why not follow the link on this page and take a look.
Two special ladies celebrating their birthdays, calls for 2 special cards. Both Pop up cards but both quite different. The first, to celebrate a 21st Birthday, is a shoe and handbag themed in a pop up box, which is proving a very popular (no pun intended) style of card. The second has a Pop up greeting inside made for a Special mum. I adapted this from an idea I saw on pinterest by Sandra Ronald Stampin’ Up Demonstrator on Youtube . I made the insert mechanism smaller in order to fit into an A5 card with the pop up vertically rather than landscape as shown in video tutorial. As always, for details of dies etc used to make these two cards just click on the individual pictures.
My latest project, a different take on a New Home Card. I replicated the ‘Home’ in question using a variety of die cutters, coloured card stock, promarkers, gel pen and glossy accents. This was a labour of love, in particular the brick work. I used the ‘Marianne Design folders extra’ bricks die. To start with, I made repeat cuts into cream card stock and discarded the bricks. I glued the remaining grid (mortar) to another piece of cream card stock. Next I cut the bricks from various shades of brown and terracotta card stock and glued the bricks randomly into the cream grid. To recreate the door, I started with the Xcut Georgian door die set, but the door was not suitable, I did use some of the dies to create the stone section over the top of the door and the door step. I made the door from a plain rectangle die and used my score board to score from the front and back to create the effect of the door panels. To make the windows in the doors, I coloured the two top squares in black marker pen. I then used a silver gel pen to recreate the leaded effect and glossy accents over the top. The House name plaque was made using a plain oval die from a spellbinders nesting set, gold gel pen and glossy accents. To create the hanging baskets, I used a bird cage die cutter and trimmed the die cuts down. To make the box frame, I made a template by copying (& resizing) an old box that had contained Christmas cards, I cut it from 12″ square brown card and used a wood grain stencil and distress inks to simulate the wood effect. The door furniture involved some inventive snipping from various die cuts to achieve the finished results. I completed this project by adding an easel stand to the reverse using the Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz small easel die and attached the printed greeting sentiments to one side.