Special Birthdays for those special ladies in your life demand a special card. I love making shadow box cards. They give you more scope to add dimension to your cards without the risk of the elements getting squashed. This version includes red roses, the favourite flower of the recipient. I used Tonic shadow box dies for the base card and Spellbinders rose creation dies for the internal flowers. I made a box envelope for this card from a standard C5 envelope as shown in tutorial 8 (you will need to be a subsciber to access this).
More cards added to the galleries for Extra Special Wedding Cards and General Wedding Cards. Three weddings and three very different cards, all made to meet specific requirements for the weddings concerned. One of them was my 2nd only Gay Wedding Card which was an 8″ x 8″ gate fold card mirroring the matching outfits worn by the happy couple. The next is a Pop Up Box Card which included coloured flowers to match the wedding theme and photos of the happy couple. The last one was made to match the wedding invitation in a boho style.
Is there a God in Heaven? and does he ever cry,
because of mankind’s suffering and innocents who die?
If there’s a God in Heaven, I wonder if he aches,
over all our imperfections and continual mistakes.
Is there a God in Heaven? and if so, what faith is he?
a Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, a Roman Catholic, C of E?
If there’s a God in Heaven? is he really a great King?
and does he really have control of every living thing?
Is there a God in Heaven? does he have a master plan,
for his wonderful creation? for the universe? for man?
If there’s a God in Heaven, is he wonderful and good?
Since the dawn of creation, has he done all that he could?
Is there a God in Heaven? and is he a pacifist?
or does watching loved ones suffer, mean that he’s a masochist?
If there’s a God in Heaven, does that mean he’s a dictator?
As people of the world must die to meet their great creator.
Is there a God in Heaven? some say “no” and some say “yes”.
If he put in an appearance then we wouldn’t have to guess.
If there’s a God in Heaven, it’s so hard to comprehend;
why he doesn’t intervene to bring all evil to an end.
Is there a God in Heaven? did he send his only Son?
If God can choose to parent, why did he choose only One?
If there’s a God in Heaven, why not send a whole committee,
to banish evil, put right wrong, in every town and city?
Is there a God in Heaven? is he just? and is he fair?
and does he really listen to the words we say in prayer?
If there’s a God in Heaven, hope I live to see the day;
when evil, illness, death and famine, all are swept away.
Is there a God in Heaven? I’d love to believe it’s true,
but the world in which we’re living makes it difficult to do.
Some of these pictures have been in the galleries for a while now but haven’t featured in a post so you may not have spotted them and some are new to the galleries. Interctive, Pop Up and Accordion cards are often a popular choice for people wanting something a bit different for a special birthday. These can be qite invloved to make and use lots of different dies. If you want to know which ones have been used for each card, just click on the individual images and all will be revealed. There are more photographs from different angles and close-ups in the Ladies ages and Ladies Extra Special galleries.
Fab fun cards for special ladies and men. The central element of these cards is suspended with nylon thread sandwiched between the mats and layers, allowing it to spin when the card is opened. The backgrounds for both of these cards was created by inking through stencils with distress inks, simple, quick and really effective. The cenrtal feature is stamped on one card and die cut on the other. For details of stamps, dies etc used to make these cards, just click on the individual pictures.
Scenic Christmas cards are always a popular choice and here is my version for this year. Because they were for special people, they are large cards made using 8″ x 8″ bracket card blanks. I used a variety of dies to create these, for more details, click on the actual images. I made 2 versions, one is flat so less likely to be damaged in the post and the other has a lovely 3D bow for those being hand delivered.
I never tire of Housemouse images. They are so cute and suitable for recipients of all ages. These are my versions for Christmas cards this year using my new favourite Double Z card design. The addition of glossy accents/Anita’s 3D gloss and some glitter really brings them to life.
Well, after a few years of good intentions ending up going to wall because of other committments, I actually managed to make all my Christmas cards for this year. So, I thought I’d share my makes with you and the materials I used to make them. The secret, I quickly realised, is to keep things simple. I also discovered how fab and quick stencils and stamps can be, especially if you have a stamp press ( I used the Tim Holtz one, though not perfect when combining different brands of stamps, it was accurate and fast). I made the mistake of die cutting sentiments on some of them, but next year, I have resolved to use just stamps, stencils and punches. It becomes a bit brain numbing cutting the same sentiment/card front out 50 plus times. It’s worth considering whether or not you will be posting or hand delivering your cards when choosing your design elements if you want to avoid the extra cost of large letter postage. I enjoyed getting the chance to use previously unused items from my stash and gained the knowledge and experience to do some savvy shopping for next years batches. An added bonus to hand made cards meant that my inserts were all printed and so saved me handwriting over a hundred cards, Happy Christmas.
6 x 6 cards made using ‘That Special Touch’ snowflake mask, Various shades of blue distress inks, Xcut snow flake punch, Silver stars table confetti and sentiments cut using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 16PK – Holiday Words 2: Script by Tim Holtz 660977
6×6 cards made using Stamps Away Patchwork Template set One, Memory Box – A6 Stencil – Script Merry and various dies to embellish including Tattered Lace Let It Snow (D447), Tattered Lace Leaping Reindeer die, Ultimate Carfts Snowball die, and snow flakes from Hunkydory Christmas boxed kit (for cards going in the post). I embellished some cards with Christmas tree ornaments (for hand delivering). All cards coloured by inking through the two stencils at the same time with various shades of blue distress inks.
Designs 3 & 4
6 x 6 cards made using ‘John Next Door’ Round media plate, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Various shades of Blue distress inks, a variety of christmas stamps, most were free gifts with craft magazines and the addition of silver stars table confetti and snowflakes cut using Hunkydory snowflake dies from the Hunkydory Christmas boxed kit (Note: I did find it more successful to stamp the snowflakes onto the card rather than the media plate).
A6 cards made using Sizzix Thinlits 9 Die Set – Christmas Phrase Cards 659973. for the accent words, I used flat self adhesive foils for the cards I intended to post and glittered self adhesive foam for those I was hand delivering.
This, like so many of my creations, was a commission to create an extra special card to mark the opening of a new nails and beauty salon. I always love a challenge, and, after much experimenting, I came up with the idea of a 3D replica of a scene from the salon. Armed with photos from the salon taken by the recipient’s mum, I set about creating the various elements of the scene. I love the finish achieved by die cutting as opposed to hand cutting and used lots of different dies in unusual ways to create the various elements. For the more difficult items, I used print outs of the photos (for the wall art, scene into nail room and items on the mantlepiece), everything else was die cut from card including picture rails, fireplace, skirting board etc. The base card was made Shadow made using the Tonic shadow Box Creations Die set 1635E cut twice for the fronts and carefully partially cut twice to create the double width centre section. I used plain brown card which I inked with distress inks in various shades of brown. The Brick effect was achieved using the Marianne Design Bricks Embossing Folder & Die set. I inked the embossing folder to achieve the darker colour for the mortar and die cut and inked individual die cut bricks to add realism and extra dimension. This was definitely a labour of love and took hours of experimentation to achieve the final result. I have added lots of full sized pictures so you can get the full effect and the first 4 pictures show the card alongside photographs from the actual salon. This was great fun to make, hope you enjoy the pictures.
This card was made as the recipients ‘gift’ which was to tell him he’d been booked on to the Orient Express bound for Venice. I have seen these double slider cards on Pinterest and Youtube but not made one until now. I figured the shape of the card lent itself perfectly to creating a replica of the Orient Express train, complete with pictures of the recipient and his wife in the windows of the train. A novel way of celebrating a special birthday that could easily be adapted for all kinds of card giving occasions. I have posted a video of the card in action on my Facebook page (click here to view). For full sized pictures and detail of dies used (although not needed for the base card), just click on the pictures below.