Here’s a birthday card I made for sister’s November birthday. I used the Sizzix Thinlits Rain boot planter 663322 die set and the Sizzix impresslits window box set 663585 to create this. The view inside the window was stamped and then coloured to match my Sister’s front room curtains. The sentiment to finish off the front was cut using a Paper Boutique sentiment die. I just love how cute the wellies are.
I find that people generally commission as card to made when it’s an extra special celebration. None more special than a Ruby Wedding Anniversary. My friend wanted a large extra special card with lots of photographs included and this is what I came up with. The double waterfall meant there was room for 10 photographs. There are challenges when upsizing cards, as the base card needs to be made of heavy enough weight card to stand up. In the case of this waterfall stepper card there was the extra weight of 2 waterfall mechanisms on the front too. I Used 300 gsm card and glued strengthening pieces also 300gsm to the inside. I also attach a hidden ribbon to cards with a tent fold like this to stop them opening too wide and ending up lying flat.
My Son In Law Celebrated his 30th Birthday recently so our card to him had to be something special. I made him a tankard from silver mirror card and decorated with items representing his two great passions after my daughter, i.e. Manchester united and Golf. 3D construction with mirror card is not without it’s challenges, namely ensuring that no glue residue shows on the right side and avoiding damaging/marking the surface of the card while putting the vaarious elements together. I used a template from a CDRom I bought a few years back to make the tankard and then, because it doesn’t fold flat I constructed a presentation box. For details of CD Rom and dies used just click on any of the pictures.
I also did a bit of sewing to create a surprise extra present for him. I have, in the past made my hubby a customised waistcoat and two bow ties with Manchester City logos, and my son in law said he wanted a united bow tie. There was nothing suitable available to but and no suitable fabric to make one. I managed to buy a silk tie on ebay that had united logos all over it. I pulled it apart and made him a bow tie from it.
I’ve made quite a few Pop up box cards. Subscribers will have seen the tutorial for making a pop up box card. I thought I’d share some step by step pictures of how my most recent one was put together. The recipient owned a horse, and her husband wanted it featured on the card.
The card base from an 8″ square card blank. Card base trimmed and internal panels cut to fit.
Embossing, colour and gilding polish applied to card for matting and layering, then cut to size and glued onto card base.
Flower petals die cut then inked and shaped, flower centres die cut and shaped
Flowers assembled with matching brads. Small flowers die cut and embossed
Die cut horse colour to match photograph of horse and assemble.
Die cut branches, sentiments and Numbers and assemble. Glue internal panels in place on right side only.
glue embellishments to internal panels starting with the back of the card.
Glue embellishments to outside panels of the card. Apply glue to all internal flaps and base flap, fold card over and press in place. hold until glue grabs.
Men’s cards are notoriously difficult when it comes to cardmaking for Special Birthdays. Here are some cards made for a favourite Uncle on his 90th birthday, one from his wife and one sent from us. Then there’s an extra large 12″ square spinner card I made for My Husband’s 60th. The extra large one needed reinforcing to make sure it didn’t flop over when stood up. For details of dies used just click on the individual pictures. For more cards for men click:- Men and follow the links.
This is a very special card made for a very special lady, namely my sister. She celebrated her 65th birthday this year and she is also a crafter like me. We always try to go that extra mile when making cards for each other. I bought the main dies – Simply Made Crafts Die Set Medium Exploding Gift Box die set – from Craftstash some months ago and found this the perfect occasion to use them. I used pretty double sided papers from my stash as both sides would be visible in the finished card. I came up with the idea of including 65 reasons why she is so special, I printed these onto card and die cut/hand cut to fit on all sides lids etc of all of the boxes. I used Card the Altenew 3D Die Set Garden Picks for the floral embellishments, I just love their latering flower dies. I made an additional tall thin box to fit in the centre to contain her gift (money to spend on crafting supplies) there are no dies included in the set for this but it was quite easy to create by measuring and cutting with a trimmer. Finally to top the whole thing off I used the Card Making Magic Die Sets Solid & Overlay Number & Suffix by Christina Griffiths (also from Craftstash) I stacked 3 of the number and overlay die cuts together and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to create a more substantial enamelled look. Don’t forget to scroll down for more images of the insides and for full sized images click on the individual pictures.
This year has been a big year for weddings in our family, calling for special cards. Here are two of them. One is a shadow box card made using the Tonic shadow box creation set of dies and the other is an extra large double shutter card made from 2 8″ x 8″ card blanks which opens up to 32″. I used the Altenew Garden picks die set for the shutter card. For both cards I used 300 gsm double sided pearlescent card throughout for a luxurious finish. For further information on other dies used just click on the individual images.
From the moment she became engaged, it was clear that my daughter wanted to enlist some help with the wedding preparations. Like most crafters I have amassed a wealth of all things crafting and tried my hand at numerous different crafts. I thought it would be nice to share this very personal journey of applying my stash and various skills to helping make my daughter’s day as special as it could be. I’ve done everything from Computer designing, Printing, Die cutting, Painting, Colouring, Shrink art, Pyrography to Hand and Machine sewing. My daughter had very clear ideas about what she wanted and we made an awesome team. Here are the finished results of our labours. To see full sized images just click on the image you want, it will also then give more details.
Save The Date
As soon as the venue were able to confirm the date, our first task was to organise some form of save the date invitations. The wedding was going to be in Italy and guests would need ample notice to make arrangements and plan ahead. My daughter had the idea of a luggage tag and boarding pass. We looked at my die collection and realised that though I had lots of tag dies, none of them were really what she was looking for so we looked around and found the perfect solution in the form of the X cut 9 pc large die set LUGGAGE TAGS. We decided it would look more professional if the centre section of the tags was printed but added small monogram silver die cuts. As the tags were to be double sided this meant doing 2 insert sections which were glued back to back (sizing was crucial to fit into the tag aperture). The main tags were cut from brown leather effect card which was then inked with distress ink. The inserts were glued in between two tag die cuts which I then stitched together using both pink and blue embroidery thread (the trickiest part of this was making sure the ends of the threads were hidden in between the layers). I cut the buckles from silver mirror card using 2 die cuts glued back to back as they would be seen from both sides. Once assembled, I attached a piece of magnetic tape to the back of the tag strap so it could be used as a fridge magnet. The ‘Boarding Pass’ was used to include the extra information guests would need. These were printed and then cut to size on the guillotine, a perforating blade was used on the end sections to create an authentic looking boarding pass and a corner rounder punch was used to complete the look. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)
Hen Party Fun
Much of my crafty input for the hen party was kept secret from my ‘Bride To Be’ daughter whilst I worked with my ‘Matron Of Honour’ daughter to devise some fun goodies to contribute to the Hen Party. A friend of the bride designed a logo which we used on many of the hen party trimmings. Another friend used it to make vinyl cuts to trim and personalise cups and champagne glasses for all the hens. I used the logo to print iron-on transfers for the goody bags which I made from cotton curtain lining. I bought wooden heart keyrings which I wood-burned with a hen party joke and then varnished. I also wood-burned smaller hearts to make name tags for the goody bags. I made wine glass charms from shrink plastic using Sizzix bird and heart die cutters. I had asked the hens for various facts about their relationship with the ‘bride to be’ and a photograph of them with her. I used this to make a hen party keepsake album with the team logo on the front. This included the weekend’s events, pictures of the places and a page for each hen. I left lots of empty pages for photographs and mementoes to be added later. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)
Itinerary, Welcome & Special Thank You’s
All of the wedding guests were staying at the wedding venue and my daughter and her partner wanted to make each guest feel welcome and invloved. They provided a welcome pack for each guest and wanted to include an itinerary so everyone would know what to expect and when. We designed and printed welcome name tags to go on each guest’s bedroom door and an itinerary of the week’s events. We also needed name cards for the wedding breakfast and came up with the idea of attaching named tags to the wedding favours as this would save room on the tables. As the wedding favours were to be bottles of Olive oil (the venue was an olive estate) we came up with the idea of a leaf shaped tag. The most difficult part of this was sizing and arranging the printing so that we included the timeline that they wanted and that the printed names would fit inside the dies we’d chosen to cut the tags (Tattered Lace Die Kaleidoscope Leaves and Sizzix Plus-size Framelits Banners #2 ). The itinerary cards were easy to cut and score. The leaf and door tags were die cut and then inked with distress oxide inks then hole punched to allow the addition of ribbon and twine. My daughter had seen some personalised tags that could be added to ties and wanted to do this for the special men in the wedding party. To save costs, I was able to print the messages she wanted onto Tshirt transfer paper then iron them onto fabric. I then made small square patches from these which I hand stitched into each tie. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)
Table Decor, Dad Decor and Extra Special Keepsake Home Decor
My daughter bought some large letters spelling the word LOVE and MR & Mrs which she wanted to use as table decor. These came in basic brown. We had a fun afternoon painting them all white and then decorated them with Silver mirror card die cuts (using the Spellbinders Romantic Vines dies) and various sizes of flat backed pearls. These were used at the venue in Italy on the top table and the guests signing in table and also used again at the reception party back home 2 weeks later. I also had a request from my husband to decorate his waistcoat for the wedding. My husband and 2 daughters are all fanatical Manchester City Fans, my daughter’s husband happens to be a Manchester United Fan. My husband used to have a favourite MCFC Tshirt bearing the slogan ‘Never Red’ (long since worn out), and wondered if I could put that on his waistcoat to be revealed when he got up to do his ‘Father Of The Bride’ Speech. I bought an embroidered MCFC badge from Ebay and then die cut letters from 2 layers of felt (fused together) using the Cardmaking Magic Die Solid Alphabet Die set. I then machine stitched these to the back of his waistcoat. He was delighted with the results and it went down a storm at the wedding. Half of the guests wanted to destroy it whilst the other half wanted to buy it off him. My final make was to be a wedding card. I have made hundreds of special cards for all kinds of people over the years. My dilemma was how to make the most special card of all for my beautiful daughter on her very special day. As you can imagine, we were very busy leading up to the wedding. My daughter suggested I give her my card at her ‘after wedding’ reception back in England 2 weeks later to allow more time. I chose one of my favourite pictures from the wedding as my inspiration to recreate the flowers from her bouquet. Because of the heat (40C) though we saved some blooms to press, it was impossible to keep the bouquet so I thought it would be a nice keepsake. I used tons of different dies to recreate the flowers and leaves used, I had to think outside the box mixing various bits from different brands (click on the pictures to see which ones I used and see tha last picture below). I started with a shadow box but it soon became clear that it would not be practical to make into a card so I framed it using a box frame to create a lasting keepsake which would be protected by the frame. My Daughter and new Son in law were delighted with the end result. (To see full size images, just click on the pictures)
A 90th Birthday is certainly reason to celebrate and what better way to mark the occasion by sending a specially designed hand made card. Men’s cards can sometimes be tricky but in this case the recipient is a fan of Sudoku puzzles which is reflected in the design. I used my new ‘Cardmaking Magic’ alphabet and numbers dies and Tattered Lace sentiment dies to create triple embossed embellishments to add that extra wow factor. For details of all dies used, just click on one of the mages as usual.