In The ‘Nick’ Of Time – Happy Birthday Brother In Law

My brother in law is a keen cyclist and so cycling has often featured on cards I’ve made him in the past. This year is no exception. I’ve made some ladies cards recently inspired by Jennifer McGuire using cut outs of the recipient’s name with floral elements showing behind the letters and thought I’d try a masculine twist on the same idea using various dies including; Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths various cogs and chain dies, Tattered lace sentiments 2014 dies, Card Making Magic relatives sentiment dies, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz. I’m really pleased with how this turned out and will definitely use this idea again in the future. To be effective, this works best with large sized letters which limits the amount you can fit on your card front. in this case my card base is A5 but for longer names I’ve folded the A4 card lengthways to allow more room.

Layered Male Birthday card inspired by Jennifer McGuire using various dies including; Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths various cogs and chain dies, Tattered lace sentiments 2014 dies, Card Making Magic relatives sentiment dies, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Layered Male Birthday card inspired by Jennifer McGuire using various dies including; Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths various cogs and chain dies, Tattered lace sentiments 2014 dies, Card Making Magic relatives sentiment dies, Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder 664760 Typewriter by Tim Holtz. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

For A Diamond Geezer On His Diamond Birthday

A good friend of ours celebrated his 60th birthday recently. My Hubby asked me to make him a special card. It can be tricky with cards for men, I chose to include embellishments that reflected his job and his hobbies. I love this style of card, it looks great on the mantlepiece and is always well received. I used a number of different dies to create this including; Sue Wilson essentials dies set Tool box by Creative Expressions, Unbranded beer bottle and crate die set, Tattered Lace George’s wardrobe football kit dies, Quickutz 2″x2″ football dies, Joanna Sheen bowler die, Crealies Cardzz Large number dies, unbranded layered alphabet dies, Apple blossom drinks trolley bottle opener die, and finally Paper Boutique ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment die. I highlighted some elements with glossy accents.

Block Easel 60th Birthday card made using various dies including; Sue Wilson essentials dies set Tool box by Creative Expressions, Unbranded beer bottle and crate die, Tattered lace George's wardrobe football kit dies, Quickutz 2"x2" football dies, Joanna Sheen bowler die, Crealies Cardzz Large number dies, unbranded layered alphabet dies, Apple blossom drinks trolley bottle opener die, Paper Boutique 'Happy Birthday' sentiment die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Block Easel 60th Birthday card made using various dies including; Sue Wilson essentials dies set Tool box by Creative Expressions, Unbranded beer bottle and crate die, Tattered lace George's wardrobe football kit dies, Quickutz 2"x2" football dies, Joanna Sheen bowler die, Crealies Cardzz Large number dies, unbranded layered alphabet dies, Apple blossom drinks trolley bottle opener die, Paper Boutique 'Happy Birthday' sentiment die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

A Special Floral Tribute For A Special Celebration

A special request from a friend for a Special Mum celebrating her 80th birthday. I love this style of card and it definitely steals centre stage on the mantlepiece. This huge Show Stopper double shutter 80th card (20cm x 80cm when fully opened out) was made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits – Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you, Memory box heart flourish die and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies.

Show stopper double shutter 80th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits - Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies, Memory box heart flourish die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Show stopper double shutter 80th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits - Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies, Memory box heart flourish die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Show stopper double shutter 80th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits - Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies, Memory box heart flourish die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Show stopper double shutter 80th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits - Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies, Memory box heart flourish die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Show stopper double shutter 80th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix layered rose die set, Sizzix Thinlits - Mixed Media #2 Die Set by Tim Holtz, Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies, Carnation Crafts Not Just a Number Die Set, Bright Rosa sentiment dies from various sets, Tonic Studios Entangled Strip Die & Stamp Set – Missing you and Hunkydory Moonstone sentiments dies, Memory box heart flourish die. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Coming Of Age? – It’s In The Bag

Girlie themed Pop up 18th Birthday card Inspired by Sam Calcott. Mechanism made using a paper trimmer and score board rather than dies. Made to surprise super sliders collection shoes and handbags and make up die and stamp sets used for the pop up elements coloured with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks which were also used for the background. Bright Rosa Happy birthday sentiment dies used for the sentiment, Sizzix Originals Shadow box number dies and Crealies number dies and finally, unbranded shadow alphabet dies used for the personalisation. Follow this link for more views of this card.

Girlie themed Pop up birthday card Inspired by Sam Calcott. Mechanism made using a paper trimmer and score board rather than dies, Made to surprise super sliders collection shoes and handbags and make up die and stamp sets, Bright Rosa Happy birthday sentiment dies, Sizzix Originals Shadow box number dies, Crealies number dies and unbranded shadow alphabet dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Three Times Thirty – Same Recipient

It’s always hard when asked to make more than one card for the same recipient to be sent from various family members. Here are three I made for just such an occasion. I tried to make them different in respect of card design and also colour themes. They were an extra large rectangular pop up box card, a box easel card and a tuxedo card. For more views of these cards and details of the dies used just click on this link then click on the thumbnail picture you’re interested in.

Pop Up Box landscape 30th birthday card made using various dies including; custom made wooden champagne bottles die, Spellbinders nesting stars dies, XCut star flourish dies, Quickutz cookie cutter nesting balloons die set, Cuttlebug cut and emboss presents and Crealies Cardzz Numbers dies. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Box Easel card inspired by Sam Calcott, made using various dies including: Sizzix Sizzlits Graffiti alphabet dies, Sizzix thinlits Happy Birthday sentiment dies, Card Making Magic solid and overlay numbers dies, Tattered Lace Cocktail time die set, Custom made wooden Champagne bottle die and Tattered Lace Script embossing folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Tuxedo Pop up box 30th birthday card made using various dies including Sizzix Originals Shadow Box numbers dies, wine glass die from free gift in Simply Cards and Paper Craft magazine issue 161, Quickutz cookie cutters nesting balloons die set, Fuzzy Lemon bunch of balloons die, Celebration words script dies, Champagne bottle die from the Tattered Lace Championship die set, streamers die from The Tattered Lace Cocktail time die set and the Gemini Expressions Metal Die – Uppercase and lower case Alphabet Sets. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

What’s In A Name? – Inspired by Jennifer McGuire

I am often inspired by the wonderful Jennifer McGuire who comes up with the most beautiful creative ways to use dies, inks, stencils and other other goodies us crafters have in our stashes. I save ideas in Pinterest. I used one of my favourite ideas to make cards for my daughter and my crafty friend earlier this year. Follow this link for the youtube tutorial I used https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z288ItkNCOg although I feel I must add a warning, unless you’re very experienced this technique can be quite tricky. I was really pleased with my end results but found it much harder than it appears in the video despite having a good few years of crafting under my belt. The end result was definitely worth it. I used a number of dies including ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from Tattered Lace sentiments 2014 dies, ‘Daughter’ sentiment from 3 Die-mensions handbag die set, and layered flowers dies, Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths and ‘Friend’ sentiment from Creative expressions Sue Wilson Essentials – In the tool box die set.

Birthday card made using a number of dies including 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Tattered Lace sentiments 2014 dies, 'Daughter' sentiment from 3 Die-mensions handbag die set, and layered flowers dies and Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Birthday card made using a number of dies including 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Tattered Lace sentiments 2014 dies, 'Daughter' sentiment from 3 Die-mensions handbag die set, and layered flowers dies and Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Birthday card made using a number of dies including 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Tattered Lace sentiments 2014 dies, 'Friend' Sentiment from Creative expressions Sue Wilson Essentials - In the tool box die set and layered flowers dies and Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk
Birthday card made using a number of dies including 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from Tattered Lace sentiments 2014 dies, 'Friend' Sentiment from Creative expressions Sue Wilson Essentials - In the tool box die set and layered flowers dies and Card Making Magic Die Set Solid Alphabet Letter by Christina Griffiths - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

Knock Knock, “Who’s There?” Doctor, “Doctor Who?” Doctor Be Someone Special’s Birthday

It’s hard to make family cards, as I mentioned in my last post, the closer the relative, the harder it is to come up with something new. I made this for my daughter’s birthday in December of last year. I used some new dies that were bought specifically with her in mind as she’s a hospital doctor. It was kind of tricky to put them all together in a cohesive design but here it is, for better or worse, at least it’s original. The main die is a Tattered Lace die with a printed charisma image and the embellishments are an unbranded set of dies from ebay. I used one of my favourite card bases the block easel card (inspired by Sam Calcott) for this but in an 8″x8″ size to create a larger card. The card mat is cut using a gorgeous Paper Discovery die set – Card Builder Nested Squares. The blue background was embossed using a Tattered Lace Script embossing folder and inked with distress ink. I used Tattered Lace Hand Drawn Alphabet dies for the name and Paper Boutique sentiment dies.

Pop up Easel Block Birthday Card. Fold inspired by Sam Calcott of Mixed up craft.Made using various dies including:- PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET CARD BUILDER NESTED SQUARES | SET OF 10, unbranded 'Real Hero' medical items die set, Paper Boutique sentiment dies. Tattered Lace Hand Drawn alphabet dies and Tattered lace Script Embossing Folder. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk

All Parcelled Up For A Special Sister

I am one of four sisters, all of whom are crafters in one way or another. Three of us make cards and do various sewing, art and needle crafts whilst my youngest sister is an accomplished cake baker and decorator, furniture renovator, and makes various home decor/soft furnishing items ( there’s not a lot she can’t do). Their birthdays always need a little more thought when it comes to what card to make. They’ve all seen pretty much everything I’ve made so I often try out new ideas or new dies for their cards. In this instance it was neither a new idea or new dies, it was a new way of using an old idea. Regular visitors will recognise the base of this card as the baby keepsake parcel card only this time I created pockets and added tags and various stamped sentiments for a different take on a special birthday card hope you like it.

Keepsake Parcel style birthday card made using numerous dies including:- Spellbinders nestabilities elements Lacey circles dies, Sizzix Originals Tags, Scallop Combo Cutting Dies #654991, Tag, Scallop Pocket Sizzix Die 381132, and large scallop tag die, Nesting plain and stitched circle dies, layered flower dies, Tattered Lace Hardwick Scallop Circle die set and cuttlebug embossing folder for the outer cover. - craftybabscreativecrafts.co.uk