Mojo Motivation – Magazines

I love looking through craft magazines for inspiration. My daughter bought me a subscription for Christmas and I just love it it’s like have a crafty present drop through my letter box every month. I also buy additional magazines from the supermarket, especially when I like the free gift. Here are some of my recent makes.

 Issue 159 of Simply Cards & Papercraft

– the first two cards were my interpretation of some great ideas featured in the magazine. I used different stamps and dies but kept to a similar colour palate and used the same distress inks and gilding waxes.

Male card made using inspiration from ideas featured in Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 159 using X Cut Chronology cogs die set and Marianne Creatables clock and hands die with gilding wax applied. Silhouette stamped using Personal Impressions Mens Silhouette stamps and enhanced with Anita's 3D gloss. Backgound inked with disress inks and stamped with old map stamps. Sentiment stamped using Fuzzy Lemon 'Star Studded Birthday' sentiment stamps set and die cut with nesting stitched rectangle die (from The Works). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukMale card made using inspiration from ideas featured in Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 159 using X Cut Chronology cogs die set and Marianne Creatables clock and hands die with gilding wax applied. Silhouette stamped using Personal Impressions Mens Silhouette stamps and enhanced with Anita’s 3D gloss. Backgound inked with disress inks and stamped with old map stamps. Sentiment stamped using Fuzzy Lemon ‘Star Studded Birthday’ sentiment stamps set and die cut with nesting stitched rectangle die (from The Works).

 

Male card made using inspiration from ideas featured in Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 159 using X Cut Chronology Pocket watch and cogs die sets (with gilding wax applied) and Memory Box Gear works border die. Silhouette stamped using Personal Impressions Mens Silhouette stamps and enhanced with Anita's 3D gloss. Backgound inked with disress inks and stamped with old map stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukMale card made using inspiration from ideas featured in Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 159 using X Cut Chronology Pocket watch and cogs die sets (with gilding wax applied) and Memory Box Gear works border die. Silhouette stamped using Personal Impressions Mens Silhouette stamps and enhanced with Anita’s 3D gloss. Backgound inked with disress inks and stamped with old map stamps.

 

 

This trio of cards were made using the free gift die and stamps that came with the  magazine, together with Quickutz nesting tags dies and Apple Blossom ‘Life’s Journey’ sentiment stamps.Three of a kind cards made using the free gift die and stamps from issue 159 of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine together with Quickutz nesting tags dies and Apple Blossom 'Life's Journey' sentiment stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukAll of the tea cups were die cut from white card stock and then coloured with distress inks in 3 shades. I cut a backing for each of the cups and glued into place. The flowers and leaves were coloured with promarkers  and then glued back into place. Sentiments were stamped and heat embossed onto die cut tags and linked with embroidery thread. Cups and tags attached to card with foam pads for added dimension.

I have a huge pile of magazines that I’ve not gotten round to exploring and may do a few more posts like this one, sharing my makes.

 

Inky Butterflies – Similar but different

Hello again crafters. Don’t you just love the world of paper crafting. We are blessed to have so many talented and professional craft experts out there to inspire us. There’s never a dull moment in a crafter’s life. I’m constantly adding new materials to my stash having seen them in use on the various craft channels, at craft shows and on the internet. During  lull in my card orders I set about having a play with some of my stash. I had no agenda but wanted to play with some pearl spritzing inks and also the latest of my many butterfly die acquisitions, namely the Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed butterfly dies.

I started with an A4 sheet of white card/ I applied various colours of distress inks in shade of blue. Next I had a good old spritz with Docrafts Artiste spritzing inks in white, haematite, electric blue and black night. Then, I ran the whole sheet of card through my Xcut A4 Delicate flourishes embossing folder and applied some Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink over the embossing. Then I dripped some of the spritzing inks over the top (I unscrewed the spray and just let it drip onto my card). I also added some splats of ink from a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen for extra sparkle.

I then cut my finished background into 4 A6 pieces. I used the outline dies from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed butterfly die set to cut 2 butterflies out (I’ve kept these to use on other cards. I then matted the card onto plain black card stock and dry embossed through the details part of the detailed butterfly die. I used usArtQuest pearlescent and metallic watercolour paints in shades of blue to paint the embossed wing detail onto the black card. I then die cut the detailed butterflies in plain black card stock and added extra highlights with the same watercolour paints and glued them in place in the previously cut spaces. I used small black foam squares to eleveate the wings slightly to add more dimension.

Having now made 4 toppers, I needed to make them into cards. I found a pack of Forever friends special finish card blanks, some of which were letter-pressed in black and looked perfect, apart from the fact that they were cream & black. So I got out the same distress inks I’d used for the background and coloured them to match.

And here they are, they all look the same but look closer and you’ll see each one is different. There were two butterflies in the die set, two cards have one of each butterfly on them and the other two have two identical ones on them. Hope you like them. I Had a fab time creating them and as a by-product now have 8 lovely butterflies left use on other cards.

Inky Butterfly cards made using Xcut A4 delicate flourishes embossing folder and Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies thinlits dies. Card bases are pre printed forever friends card blanks that have been inked to co-ordinate. Background distress inked, sprayed and splattered with various pearlescent inks and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen (clear). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.ukInky Butterfly cards made using Xcut A4 delicate flourishes embossing folder and Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies thinlits dies. Card bases are pre printed forever friends card blanks that have been inked to co-ordinate. Background distress inked, sprayed and splattered with various pearlescent inks and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen (clear). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

Vellum Window Cards

Today I thought I’d share an idea I had to use up some items in my crafty stash. I often buy things at craft fares that get put away in my craft room and forgotten about. I found one such purchase a while ago, a set of small square aperture card blanks in lovely pastel shades. After playing around for a while I decided to put vellum behind the apertures and then add die cut embellishments. The vellum, like the card blanks, has also been in my stash for a year or two.Vellum Window Baby Girl Card made using Blank aperture card, gingham vellum and various dies including Tattered Lace congratulations die, Marianne Creatables Baby Feet die, Memory Box Plush Bow die and Cuttlebug A2 Cut & emboss Welcome baby set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

This pink card blank lent itself perfectly to a new baby girl card. I used pink gingham vellum and various dies including a Tattered Lace congratulations die and it’s a girl sentiment from the Cuttlebug A2 Cut & emboss Welcome baby set for the greeting and the largest dies from the Marianne Creatables Baby Feet die set. A small bow cut with the Memory Box Plush Bow die gave me the finishing touch.

Vellum Window Baby Boy Card made using Blank aperture card, gingham vellum and various dies including Tattered Lace congratulations die, Marianne Creatables Baby Feet die, Memory Box Plush Bow die and Cuttlebug A2 Cut & emboss Welcome baby set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

The baby girl card turned out so cute that I replicated it in blue for a boy using the same dies.

Vellum Window Happy Daisies Card made using Blank aperture card, daisy print vellum, Woodware daisy and circle punches and Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Celebration Words - Script. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

The daisy print vellum I used for this card has been in  my stash for ages. It’s so pretty that I was always hard pressed to use it. I echoed the design of the vellum with white daisies, punched using my Woodware punches and finished off with a ‘Happy’ sentiment cut with  a die from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Celebration Words – Script die set.

Vellum Window Men's Card made using aperture card, printed vellum and various dies including MFT Die-namics Tool charms dies, Memory Box Gear works border die, Tattered Lace essentials nesting hexagon die (smallest one with hole punched in for 'Nuts') and Tattered lace Sentiments dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

And, not forgetting the boys, using the same principles as the other cards, here’s my male version. Again using vellum I’ve had for ages and not known what to do with it. I used various dies to embellish the card including MFT Die-namics Tool charms dies, the Memory Box Gear works border die, Tattered Lace essentials nesting hexagon die (smallest one with hole punched in for ‘Nuts’) and Tattered lace Sentiments dies. I made the scree heads using a tiny circle die which I then pressed the head of a real screw driver into to create the slot.

4 super cute cards which made use of items in my stash I’d forgotten I had. Hope you like them.

1 Paperstack – 5 Ideas

Like most paper crafters out there, I have amassed a vast collection of patterned papers in all sizes, and, like many crafters, I often take them out, stroke, sniff and touch them but put them back unused. I have had some particularly inexpensive ones from The Works in recent months (around £3 per pad) and thought I’d share with you my makes from one of these pads.

I was drawn to this particular 12″ x 12″ pad by the colour palate of pinks and greens and the range of styles and designs in the pad. I noticed that a number of the pages had 4 designs on them so I set to work to see what I could come up with. I decided to use 2 of the smaller square panels for each 6″ x 6″card.

One Paperstack (bought from The Works), 5 ideas using various dies to embellish including Crealies Nesting double stitched circle No33, Tonic Studios Just Because sentiment dies, Nellie Snellen nesting straight dotted square dies, Create and Craft Couture Flower Burst Reflections dies, Memory Box Leavenworth butterfly trio dies, Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio die, Tattered Lace small vines dies, Memory Box Botanical Frame die set and Quickutz Limited edition Wild Flower set (for bird). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

I used my Crealies Double stitched circular nesting dies (no33) on many of them which allowed me gut the lower layers leaving a nice stitched edging and use the die cuts on the upper layers of the cards.

 

Embossed rose card made from half a sheet of 12x12 paper. Circular layers cut using Crealies Nesting Double stitched circles No33. Rose embossed from behind and painted with Windsor & Newton Irridescent Medium. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

This first example was simply made layering up the nesting circles. To highlight the rose design, I dry embossed the petals with a large ball tool on the reverse and then with a small ball tool on the outlines on the right side. I then painted to rose with Windsor & Newton Iridescent Medium (it’s similar to what’s inside various sparkle/glitter pens on the market). To add interst and dimensionI inkd the edges with distress inks and use foam pads to layer up.

Butterflies & Roses card made using half a sheet of 12 x 12 paper. Circular layers cut using Crealies Nesting Double stitched circles No33, other dies used include Memory Box Leavenworth butterfly trio dies, Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio die and Tattered Lace small vines dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

In this example, I used the same circle dies to cut out the printed circle motive from the paper and again inked and layered up the pieces with foam pads to create dimension. I then added die cut butterflies and vines cut from coordinating pearlescent card stock to embellish the card.

Layered card made from 2 1/4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, top layer partially die cut using Nellie Snellen nesting Straight dotted square dies, sentiment cut using Nellie Snellen nesting straight dotted rectangle dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

I wasn’t sure what to for this card initially. The rose printed design filled most of the square and I didn’t want to lose any of the detail. I decided to have my first try at partial die cutting. I chose the Nellie Snellen nesting Straight Dotted Square die as this seemed to work best on this particular paper square. I marked my die position in pencil first and then hand cut around the roses, fially slotting the die in place to give me the aperture. I stamped the sentiment onto the paper removed and cut a coordinating mat for it (with Nellie’s straight dotted rectangles) from the matting layer below (in an area that would be hidden by the top layer). A little inking round the edges and hey presto, a very effective card that was quick and easy to make.

Layered card made from 2 1/4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, top layer partially die cut using Nellie Snellen nesting Straight dotted square dies, other dies used include Memory Box Botanical Frame die set and Quickutz Limited edition Wild Flower set (for bird). - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Have found out that partial die-cutting was easier than I expected, I did the same thing on this version which, again, allowed me to use the design elements on the printed paper to it’s best advantage. Some inking and die cut embellishments helped me to achieve the finished look.

Layered Just Because card made from 2 1/4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper, using the following dies, Crealies Nesting double stitched circle No33, Tonic Studios Just Because sentiment dies and Create and Craft Couture Flower Burst Reflections dies. Centre circle embossed to form a dimensional dome. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

This last design had me stumped for a while. I couldn’t decide what to do with the mandala style design. Again, I used the double stitched circles to create layers and dimension. I used the Couture flower burst reflection die to create the centre piece and double cut in pink to create to flower embellishments. I dry embossed the underneath layer of the centre circle to create a dome which i supported with foam pads when adhering it to the card. I left all of the cards fairly blank so that I could add relevant greetings when I came to use them. In this case, I sent the card to a special friend and used the Tonic ‘Just Because’ sentiment dies to add the greeting.

And there you have it, 5 ideas from one paper stack that used less than 3 of the sheets from the stack so there’s plenty more left to explore with. Hope you liked them. Happy Crafting. Babs xx

A Special Card – Without A Shadow Of A Doubt – Tonic Shadow Box Creation Card

When Tonic launched their Shadow Box Creation Die Set I knew I just had to have it. There are so many possibilities available with this set of dies. I have previously made my own version of shadow box card but it took a great deal of figuring out and measuring. This card is my first creation made with the set and I can envisage making lots of different cards and home decor projects in the future. For details of all dies etc used and to see the full sized images just click on the individual picture. The photos featured in this post have been added to the Ladies Extra Special Gallery.

The shadow box is really easy to put together, I used 2 for this card and joined them together with an additional piece of card down the spine. The decorative layers I found to be a bit of a challenge to get symmetrical, even cuts and also to fit the frames onto the box, either my card stock stretched or the die is a smidge too big for the fit that I would prefer and I had to trim them. Having said that, the box was the main reason for me buying this and I’m not disappointed, I think I will use it more without the decorative layers.

  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Shadow Box framed Orchids Birthday card made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E and co-ordinating Tonic Family Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set to make base card from 2 shadow boxes. Orchids made using Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Die set and tinted with promarkers, fine liner pen and distress ink. Sentiments cut using Tattered Lace Sentiment dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

 

First Class Cards To Celebrate Degrees Of Success

It won’t be long before the graduation season begins and I will be joining millions of other parents in celebrating the achievements of their offspring. What better way to mark such a special occasion than by sending a hand made personal greeting card that will become a cherished memento of a a very special memory. Here are some of the cards I have made to celebrate various graduations of friends and relatives. Each as individual as the recipients. I’ve yet to decide on a design for my daughter, but then again, this will be her second degree and the card I made for her first degree (A word book) was a lengthy labour of love and will be hard to top. To see the cards in more detail and for details of dies etc used to create these, why not browse the galleries and click on the individual pictures for full sized images and details.

  • A4 Graduation Card with Pop up front, made using a variety of dies including Custom made wooden champagne bottle die, Go Kreate Boo Bear die, Custom made graduation die, Spellbinders labels 2 dies, Cuttlebug 'Congratulations embossing folder and sentiment die from Cuttlebug cut & emboss everyday greetings set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 Graduation Card with Pop up front, made using a variety of dies including Custom made wooden champagne bottle die, Go Kreate Boo Bear die, Custom made graduation die, Spellbinders labels 2 dies, Cuttlebug 'Congratulations embossing folder and sentiment die from Cuttlebug cut & emboss everyday greetings set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up Graduation word book card made using Clipart Fairy CDRom for backing paper, Cuttlebug congrats embossing folder, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace Script alphabet dies, Rub on sentiments. Word book made from template. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up Graduation word book card made using Clipart Fairy CDRom for backing paper, Cuttlebug congrats embossing folder, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace Script alphabet dies, Rub on sentiments. Word book made from template. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Graduation cards made using Xcut tri-boss embossing folder cogs & gears, Cogs & globe stamps from a free gift set with issue 37 of Creativity magazine, Custom made graduation teddy die for mortar board and scroll, Sizzix Originals Shadow Box alphabet dies and Britannia dies alphabet. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 Graduation Card made using The Clipart Fairy CD Rom and the following dies/punches; Memory Box Prim Poppy die, Cheery Lynn pair of ferns die and Woodware crafty edger ribbon border and corner punches. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up Graduation card made using Clipart Fairy CDRom for backing paper, Cuttlebug a2 cut and emboss everyday sentiments and birthday wishes sets for sentiments, congrats embossing folder, heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Martha Stewart edge punch zig zag used for insert. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up Graduation card made using Clipart Fairy CDRom for backing paper, Cuttlebug a2 cut and emboss everyday sentiments and birthday wishes sets for sentiments, congrats embossing folder, heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Martha Stewart edge punch zig zag used for insert. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Graduation wise owl card made using various dies including Little Claire owl die, Sizzix sizzlits bible die, cuttlebug 3x3 graduation die for sentiment, custom made graduation teddy die for mortar board and scroll die. Wax seal triple embossed with UTEE and stamped with monogram stamp, Background embossed stamped and gilded with gilding flaked then distressed. Martha Stewart edge punch zig zag used for insert. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Pop up Graduation card made using Cuttlebug congrats embossing folder, heat embossed with clear embossing powder - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Graduation Book Card made using a Clipart Fairy CDRom, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace Script alphabet dies and Britannia sentiment die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Look alike graduation card, Quickutz Revolution doll dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Craft Artict 2 Professional Digital photo montage - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Male good luck in your exams card - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
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Let’s Hear It For The Boys

  • A4 Men's DIY, Crossword & Football themed 40th Birthday card made using Jennigami CD rom, Crafter's companion wood grain embossing folder, Nesting circles dies, My Favourite things tool charm die-namics dies, Sizzix Originals Shadow Box numbers dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 sized 3 Dimensional Sports Shop Card made using the Katy Sue Designs Fabulous Fellas CD rom. Templates enlarged to create larger format card. Images inside decoupaged for dimension and acetate placed behind window frames. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Bowling themed accordian card in a box made using a number of dies including Nellie Snellen nesting revolving circle dies to make the card base, Crealies double stitched circle dies no33 to make bowls, Quickutz Mary Jane cookie cutter alphabet dies, Tattered lace essentials Happy Birthday Die, No1 sentiment from the Tattered Lace 'World's Best' set and sentiment dies from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, snipped to make the word 'Husband. Sentiments on the back stamped using various stamps sets. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 Men's DIY, Crossword & Football themed 40th Birthday card made using Jennigami CD rom, Crafter's companion wood grain embossing folder, Nesting circles dies, My Favourite things tool charm die-namics dies, Sizzix Originals Shadow Box numbers dies - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 sized 3 Dimensional Sports Shop Card made using the Katy Sue Designs Fabulous Fellas CD rom. Templates enlarged to create larger format card. Images inside decoupaged for dimension and acetate placed behind window frames. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Bowling themed accordian card in a box made using a number of dies including Nellie Snellen nesting revolving circle dies to make the card base, Crealies double stitched circle dies no33 to make bowls, Quickutz Mary Jane cookie cutter alphabet dies, Tattered lace essentials Happy Birthday Die, No1 sentiment from the Tattered Lace 'World's Best' set and sentiment dies from various Tattered Lace 3Die-mensions sets, snipped to make the word 'Husband. Sentiments on the back stamped using various stamps sets. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

My last 2 posts were cards for the girls, so, in an effort to redress the balance, here are some Extra Special (as in larger than normal size or more intricate/alternative card design) cards made for those special men in our lives or for special birthdays. Dies and materials used can be found by clicking on the individual pictures. I’ve included one or two in this preview that haven’t been previewed in a post but were added to the gallery. Most of my cards are very specific to the recipient, in terms of their hobbies, interests and preferences but most could be adapted to include your own preferences.

Extra Special Cards For Extra Special Ladies

  • A4 Double Waterfall Easel House-Mouse card made using Joanna Sheen House-Mouse CD Roms and various dies including; Sizzix Originals Shadow Box Numbers dies, Quickutz nesting circles dies, Die-namics MFT Dainty Bows die, Marianne Creatables LR0223 happy birthday dies and Woodware Crafty Edger ribbon thread punch. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 Floral time themed 80th Birthday card made using a variety of dies including; Memory Box Gwyneth flourish die, Memory Box Kaleidoscope and Moonlight butterfly dies, Marianne Craftables Clock CR1234 dies, Cheery lynn Build a flower #1 set for stamens and Quickutz Wildflower die set for large flowers and floral sprays. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 House-Mouse Decoupage 80th Birthday card made using Joanna Sheen House-Mouse CD Roms and various dies including; Sizzix originals numbers dies, Britannia Happy Birthday sentiment dies, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace Script Alphabet dies, Buttons and knitting dies from X-Cut Haberdashery die set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • A4 Fashion themed leaving job card made using a variety of dies including, Sizzix originals handbags die, Shadow Box Alphabet dies for shrink plastic letters (linked with jump rings to form dangling charm), Quickutz 2x2 shoes dies and pop up flowers dies, Cuttlebug sentiments die from Friends forever cut and emboss set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 8"x8" House-Mouse Doctor themed Easel Card made using Joanna Sheen House-Mouse cd rom images, and Quickutz Revolution Cupcake die, Britannia Happy Birthday Sentiment die, Cheery Lynn Delicate Princess tree, tiny flower and Olive branch dies, Quickutz nesting scalloped and plain circle dies, Spellbinders scalloped and plain nesting ovals dies and Die-namics MFT Dainty bows dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • 8"x8" House-Mouse Cup Cake Easel Card made using Stamped and coloured House-Mouse images, and Quickutz Revolution Cupcake die, Britannia Happy Birthday Sentiment die, Cheery Lynn Delicate Lace Script Alphabet dies, Quickutz nesting scalloped square dies and Cuttlebug 2x2 embossing folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Vintage Style Floral large Easel card made using a variety of dies including Marianne Dies Anja's Large Ovals dies, Spellbinders Les Papillons dies, Kreaxions sunflower dies, Spellbinders shapeabilities Foliage dies, Memory Box Catalina border die and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities scalloped ovals dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Large Vintage Twisted Easel Birthday card made using various dies including; Cheery Lynn Heart lace doily dies, Spellbinders antiques frames and accents border die, Marianne dies Eline's baby silhouette and frame die set, Leanne Creatief curved square frame die set for flourishes and Leanne Creatief swirl circle and flowers die set for small flowers and leaves. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

It’s always worth re-visiting the galleries as they are often updated. I’ve just added lots to the Ladies Extra Special gallery. All the cards in this gallery are either larger than a standard card or a more intricate card design like and exploding box or parcel keepsake style. These are not all newly made cards but they are new to site. Over the years I’ve made one or two and thought they were all in the galleries but I’ve found some that got overlooked when I set things up at the start. As always, I go to great lengths to provide all the details about which dies I’ve used to make each card and you can access this information by clicking on to any of the individual pictures/thumbnails in the galleries. It’s worth noting that if you view the galleries just by the thumbnails you won’t be able to see the whole picture, clicking on the image will reveal the full picture as well as details of the dies used, just in case you fancy having a go at any of them.

Belated Happy Mother’s Day

  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Die-namics MFT Dainty Bows die and Tattered Lace Florentine Bow die. Sentiment stamped using Apple Blossom 'Life's Pleasures sentiment stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Die-namics MFT Dainty Bows die and Tattered Lace Florentine Bow die. Sentiment stamped using Apple Blossom 'Life's Pleasures sentiment stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Die-namics MFT Dainty Bows die and Tattered Lace Florentine Bow die. Sentiment stamped using Apple Blossom 'Life's Pleasures sentiment stamps. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Jus-Cutz nesting labels die, Quickutz nesting scalloped squares die and X-cut button dies from the Haberdashery dies set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Jus-Cutz nesting labels die, Quickutz nesting scalloped squares die and X-cut button dies from the Haberdashery dies set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • House Mouse Mother's day card made using Joanna Sheen Housemouse CD Rom and few dies including Jus-Cutz nesting labels die, Quickutz nesting scalloped squares die and X-cut button dies from the Haberdashery dies set. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

I know this is a little late but here are a couple of Mother’s Day Cards I made for Mine and my friend’s Mother-in-laws. I just love all things House-Mouse and so does my friend so they were the natural choice for our special ‘Mums’ as the images of sewing and knitting wool accurately reflect their interests in the cutest way.

I use Joanna Sheen’s CD roms all the time, I have all of the House-Mouse ones she’s produced and thought I’d share with you how I use them.

I don’t often print the sheets straight from the CD. I like to enlarge the images where possible especially if it’s going on a bigger card. I open the pdf and select just the complete image (not the decoupage pieces), then copy and paste it into a ‘Word’ document where I can resize it to suit my needs.

Once resized, I copy and paste the image as many times as I need for the number of layers I’m going to decoupage. Some layers only need small elements of the picture so I crop these and arrange on my page to save paper & printing. I print onto 250gsm and sometimes 300 gsm card which makes for a much sturdier finished project although it can be a challenge to cut some of the smaller features out, especially the tails.

After I’ve carefully cut all the layers out, I lightly ink around the edges of all pieces with Tim Holtz Pumice stone distress ink (I think it’s the perfect colour to tone in with all of the House-Mouse images) this neatens them,  disguises any rough edges and helps the raised layers blend seamlessly with the base image.

Like many, I shape the pieces of each layer with a bone folder or sometimes just in my hand. I like Pinflair glue gel for assembling the layers as it’s clear and is less noticeable than foam pads, but I still use foam pads in the centre of the larger pieces where they won’t be visible.

I often use small die cut accents on the finished card, especially if I have dies that relate to the images, like the buttons added to one card and the die cut bow added to the other.

As a final touch, I love to add shiny eyes and noses to the mice and also to any items in the image that would be shiny e.g. water, glass, metal objects in the image. I used Anita’s 3D gloss, much the same as Glossy Accents, and carefully apply to the topmost layers.

There are lots of House-Mouse cards in the galleries especially the ladies and in Christmas gallery they have their own section. Why not have a browse, a smile is guaranteed.

 

Two Star Cards For My Star Of A Daughter

We had 2 special reasons to celebrate with our daughter recently, both of which called for special cards. The first was her engagement on New Years Eve. The card I came up with was a bit different than many engagement cards so I thought I’d share the logic behind my design with you. My starting point was her beautifully stunning Trillion Cut engagement ring. I searched for inspiration and found the star fold card that many of you will have seen, when opened it is triangular in shape. I’ve seen this card fold many times before but not made one. I always wondered how the recipients would display them as they don’t stand up like a traditional card, so I decided to attach mine to an 8″ x 8″ card blank. The card fold allows for both sides of any card stock used to be visible so my next task was to search through my 12″ x 12″ double sided card stash.I couldn’t believe my luck when I found the perfect one, red and white on one side and blue and white on the other. My daughter is a passionate Manchester City fan and her partner is an avid Manchester United Fan. We had talked about the shape of My daughter’s diamond being significant, in much the same way as a trilogy ring signifying the past, present and future which is why I added these sentiments to the card. I really enjoyed this project, especially as it was for my own daughter and I have a new interactive card design which I will no doubt use again in the future.

The second reason to celebrate was the same daughter’s birthday. As I said previously, she is a Manchester City fan, so I used this as my theme. She’s had lots of Manchester City themed cards over the years, so my challenge is always to come up with something different. For this one, I used a new die set; the MFT All Star High tops set. This is such a cute die, I just love how they turned out. The detail you can achieve is amazing although they do need a certain degree of patience, especially with the eyelets. But I hope you’ll agree that the end result was worth the effort. I cannibalised an old shop bought MCFC birthday card of my hubby’s for the embellishments and couldn’t resist using the pun for the printed sentiment.

I really love how, when you make cards yourself, or commission a specially made card, you can be as unique and individual as the occasion and recipient and create a lasting memory to treasure.

  • Star Fold Engagement Card, Spellbinders Shapeabilities etched alphabet die, Tattered Lace Sentiment borders - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Star Fold Engagement Card, Spellbinders Shapeabilities etched alphabet die, Tattered Lace Sentiment borders - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • Star Fold Engagement Card, Spellbinders Shapeabilities etched alphabet die, Tattered Lace Sentiment borders - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • MFT All Star High Top dies, Manchester City Fan, Birthday Card - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • MFT All Star High Top dies, Manchester City Fan, Birthday Card - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
  • MFT All Star High Top dies, Manchester City Fan, Birthday Card - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk