Thursday, 6 May 2021

Happy Birthday ....

..... Morning! Surprise, another post from me this week. I've got a birthday card to share. I made this for my brother-in-law:


Stamps: Visible Image - Ahead of our Time, Happy Birthday
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; Visible Image Stencil - Ripples; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#26 - the stencil and birthday stamps are new, and the Ahead of our Time image is old and not used before!! I'm also submitting to Seize the Birthday - STB#213, I'm skipping the Toppings option and just making a birthday card. I'm also playing along with The Paper Players - PP#539 where they want Cards for Boys.



My BIL likes the artist René Magritte. Many of Magritte's paintings feature a man wearing a bowler hat, and this image from Ahead of our Time is just perfect for Tim's card. I used my MISTI to stamp the image in black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I repeated this twice to make the image as black as possible and to get as much shine as possible. Once cooled, I placed the stencil over the image and inked the design with three shades of teal ink. I finished the front by stamping a simple birthday greeting. On the inside, I cut a piece of white slightly smaller than the note card which is 6¼" x 4½". I stamped the spiral clock face in the centre of the panel using teal inks. I then added the verse from the Happy Birthday stamp set. I like this verse and can see it being used often! I edged the panel with a marker pen and adhered it to the card.


It's okay to share the card today as it was Tim's birthday yesterday!

That's all from me today. See you soon.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

SHC - Define Good! ...

.... Morning! It's time for my weekly Seven Hills Craft Blog post. I love making Christmas cards and do them all year round so that I don't have a rush in November and December. So, as it was raining on Bank Holiday Monday (what a surprise!!), I made this card:


Stamps: Stamping Bella - Christmas Tree Oddball
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers; Glitter; Sakura Stardust Pens; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#93 where it's Anything Christmas Goes. You might know that I'm on the design team for the Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#33 and our current challenge is to use Glitter - I did, lots!!


I started by stamping this super image. I used my MISTI, stamped in grey, removed the image and coloured it with Copic markers. I returned the image to the MISTI and stamped again with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then fussy cut the image. Next, I used my Sakura Stardust glitter pens to colour the baubles on her dress and in her hair. I used a clear aqua shimmer brush to add shimmer to her parcel shoes and the star on her head. I adhered three thin stripes of sticky tape to the bottom of the card and poured iridescent glitter over them. I burnished the glitter in place and finished the front by stamping the sentiment that comes with the image. It's fun. I used dimensional pads to adhered the image. I love the simplicity of the card and all the lovely sparkle. On the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the A2 card. I stamped a merry Christmas message in black ink and edged the panel with a green marker, and called it done!


That's all from me today. See you soon.

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

C24C - Add Some Glitter ....

.... Morning! It's 1 May today and that means, as well as the year flying by, it's time for our new challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#33. For the next couple of weeks we want to see you add some glitter to your Christmas cards. I have to admit that I don't often use glitter, but I do love the effect. This is my card - ultra clean, simple and sparkly!!


Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said II
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Memory Box - Sparkling Tree Tile
Accessories: White Card; Green Glitter Paper; Stick It Adhesive

I'm submitting this card to The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#93 where it's always Anything Christmas Goes, and also to Merry Little Christmas Challenge - MLCCB#34 also Anything Christmas Goes.



This card is so clean and simple. I've had the die for a long time and don't often use it - I don't know why, it's so pretty! I found some green glitter paper in my stash. I applied some Stick It adhesive to the back of the glitter paper, ran the die and paper through my machine and that's it. However, this die is a tile - it does not cut out the tree, so while the die was attached to the glitter paper I used my scissors to cut out the tree. I simply added a tiny border all the way round the tree. I peeled off the adhesive backing paper, placed the cut out tree on the front of an A2 card and rubbed it into place. I finished the front of stamping a simple greeting in black ink. I've not done the inside of the card yet.


I am very pleased how this turned out. It is simple, but the sparkle makes it so festive. That's all from me today. Don't forget to visit our Christmas 24 Challenge blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the team.

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

SHC - Happy Birthdays .....

.... Good morning! I'm here with my regular weekly post for Seven Hills Crafts. Today I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards that I've made. My husband, Jonathan, and his sister, Charlotte, share the same birth date - 30 April, just seven years apart! I'll start off with the card I made for Charlotte:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - Let's Party Turnabout, Tiny Tagalongs, Yay for Birthdays; Altenew - Hello Hydrangea
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Wild Dandelion; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer; Memento - Gray Flannel; Versamark; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Altenew - Hello Hydrangea
Accessories: White Card; Copic Markers; Lawn Fawn - Silver Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Color Hues - CH#16 where the colours are yellow and grey - the Pantone colours of 2021. 


I started by stamping the Let's Party turnabout background in two shades of grey, silver and silver embossing. Next, in my MISTI, I stamped the lovely hydrangea flower on white card. I removed it and coloured with Copic markers. I know that a totally yellow hydrangea like this doesn't exist in nature, but I wish it did!! I returned the coloured image to the MISTI and restamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. This is still one of my all-time favourite techniques. I used the co-ordinating die to cut out the completed flower along with two more plain white card die cuts. I layered the die cuts together to give some diemension and strength to the flower and adhered it to the front of the card. I finished the front by stamping a simple birthday greeting in black ink. On the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I stamped another birthday greeting, this time overlapping the words. I added some little flowers to decorate the inside, edged the card with a yellow marker and adhered it. All done!


While I had the Let's Party turnabout in the MISTI I made another background using shades of blue, green and teal for Jonathan's birthday card:



Stamps: Concord & 9th - Let's Party Turnabout, Oh Snap!, All the Birthdays; Altenew - Birthday Builder
Inks: Gina K - Key Lime, Powder Blue, Ocean Mist, Jelly Bean Green; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Memento - Grey Flannel
Dies: Concord & 9th - Oh Snap!
Accessories: White Card; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder

I'm submitting this card to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#25 - the Let's Party stamp is quite new, but I've had the Oh Snap! set for a while - it's the first time I've used them both!


After stamping the background, I turned to the focal image. Jonathan loves to take photos. While he doesn't use a Polaroid camera anymore, I'm sure he did once upon a time! I had to find some photos of these old polaroid cameras to work out how to colour it. I was very happy to see that they had a rainbow on them, so I added that to my completed camera. I used the matching die to cut out the camera and also the little slit where the photo comes out. I stamped the photo image on white card, used the die to cut it out and then added a birthday message in the centre along with a little 'pull here' message on the photo tab. Once assembled, I used dimensional tape to (a) hold the photo in place and (b) adhere it to the front of the card. Inside, I cut a piece of white card onto which I stamped a birthday greeting and decorated with photos stamped in various colours.


I think that they will both like their cards. Charlotte is celebrating her 50th, and Jonathan will be 57 years old (my toy boy!). I am going to make a special fruit birthday cake for Jonathan - his favourite.

That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

SHC - Anniversary - Love You ....

... Good morning! I'm here with my regular weekly post for Seven Hills Craft. Today's card is very special. Twenty years ago today I married the most wonderful man - Jonathan - the love of my life and my best friend. This card is for him:


Stamps: Concord & 9th - All the Love, Dahlia Turnabout, Petals and Pallets, Just Because, Lots to Say, Oh Snap!, Geode, Love & Hugs; MFT - Sweet Nothings
Inks: Gina K - Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, Blue Lagoon, Christmas Pine, Blue Raspberry, Blue Denim; Memento - Bamboo Leaves
Dies: C&9 - All the Love
Accessories: White Card; Gina K Card - Christmas Pine, Key Lime, Blue Lagoon; Nuvo Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush; Glossy Accents

I'm submitting this card to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#25 - All the Love is brand new and some of the older sets haven't been used before either 😁 I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stamper Anything Goes with Dies - HLSAGD#04.



I went through all my stash to find words to create a background for this anniversary card. I wanted words to express my feelings for Jonathan - my rock, BFF, you are gorgeous, all the feels, you matter to me, and my favourite - 'hi gorgeous' which is something I say to Jonathan all the time. I used my MISTI to check that all the stamps were straight and then used a variety of green, blue and teal inks to stamps the words. I filled the spaces with hearts from several of the stamp sets and did them free hand. Next, I used the large 'love' die from All the Love dies and cut four pieces in dark green, lime, turquoise and white. I layered them together and adhered the word to the centre of the card. I added some sparkle to the letters with a clear aqua shimmer brush and added shine with glossy accents. Once dry, I finished the front by adding the word 'you'. I cut the word from black card and only after gluing it on did I realise that I couldn't see it properly, so I cut another 'you' from white card and adhered that on top. Perfect!! On the inside of the card, I cut a mat layer of dark green card and on the white panel stamped a message - Jonathan is very much 'still the one'.


Normally, for a special anniversary we'd be going out to dinner, but as dining in at restaurants doesn't open up again until the middle of next month, we'll be dining at home! I can't believe how fast the last twenty years have gone by.

Anyway, that's all from me today. See you again soon.

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

C24C - Theme - Reindeer ...

... Good morning! We've had some lovely bright sunny days here in North Wales, but even though it's been bright, we've still had cold, frosty mornings. I spent yesterday afternoon working in my craft room on my card for our new challenge at Christmas 24 Challenge - C24C#32 where we have a theme of Reindeer. I've made a simple and elegant card:


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Yonder Star Background, Rustic Christmas, Ornate Ornaments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Fruitcake; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Spellbinders - Deckled Mega Rectangles Lg (S5-015) #4; Kaisercraft - Deer Head
Accessories: White Card; Gold Linen Effect Mirri Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Green Card

I'm submitting this to Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - HLSXMAS#04 where it's Anything Goes (I'm not doing the option). I'm also playing along with The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - H&ICC#92 where it's Anything Christmas goes.



I've used one of my all time favourite background stamps on this card - Yonder Star by Waltzingmouse Stamps (sadly Claire shut up shop a while ago). I inked it with a Kaleidacolor pad - these colours are just perfect for Christmas - and stamped it on the front of an A2 card. On some white card I stamped the lovely stag's head with sentiment in Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I then carefully fussy cut it out. I used a fancy edge die to cut the gold panel and adhered it to the centre of the card. I used dimensional pads to adhered the stag's head. On the inside, I cut a piece of white card onto which I stamped a simple Christmas greeting and added a green die cut stag's head.


Please don't forget to visit our Christmas 24 Challenge blog to see more inspiration cards from the rest of the team. You have until 30 April to join the fun. Bye for now!

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

SHC - Happy Birthdays ....

.... Hello! It's time for my regular weekly post for Seven Hills Craft Blog. I have a couple of birthday cards to share today and they are quite different. I'll start with clean and elegant birthday card:


Stamps: MFT - Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings, Whimsical Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Innocent Pink; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: MFT - Happy Birthday Block
Accessories: White Card; Gold Pattern Design Paper; Gina K Card - Innocent Pink; SU Card - Smoky Slate; Nuvo - Clear Aqua Shimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to Less is More - LIM#440 where they have a colour challenge to use Pink, Grey and Gold. It's been a while since I joined in with their challenges, so I'm pleased to finally get there!


I started by cutting a piece of white card 5" square, placed the die in the centre and cut out the greeting 'Happy Birthday'. I layered the cut piece onto some gold patterned design paper that I found in my stash. I edged the whole piece with a pink marker pen and adhered it to the front of a 5¼" white square card. Next I used the die to cut out the letter from pink and grey card. I used the inlay die technique to replace some of the letter on the front of the card. I left some of the letter empty to show the gold paper. I added shimmer to the pink and grey letters with a clear aqua shimmer brush. I'm pleased to say that you can see the shimmer in the photo above - it is so pretty in real-life! On the inside, I cut a 5" square of the gold paper and adhered it inside the card. I cut a piece of white card 4½" square and stamped a fun greeting in the centre. I added some decoration around the edges in pink and grey ink. I adhered the panel inside the card. I do like the bold gold border.


Next, I have a shaped birthday card to share. I don't usually make shaped cards, but this was fun.


Stamps: MFT - Happy Birthday Background Stamp, Playful Peacock
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Innocent Pink; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: MFT - Playful Peacock; We are Memory Keepers - Nesting Hexagons #13, #11, #10, #9
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Bermuda Bay; Copic Markers; Clear Embossing Powder; Sakura Stardust Pens

I'm submitting this card to AAA Birthdays - AAAB#24 where they want to see a shaped card (not a square or rectangle), and to Time Out Challenges - TOC#185 where they have an inspiration photo. I took the colours from the photo as my inspiration.


I started by using a large hexagon die to cut a hexagon shaped card from a standard A2 card. I was careful to make sure that the top cutting edge was just off the card, so that the card could open. I then used the same die to cut a full size hexagon (marginally bigger than the shaped notecard) onto which I stamped the happy birthday text background in soft pink. I adhered the stamped piece to the notecard. On some scrap card I used my MISTI to stamp the front-facing peacock, removed it from the MISTI, coloured with Copic markers, returned it and stamped with Versafine black ink and then heat embossed with clear powder. I used the matching die to cut out the peacock. I used a couple of smaller hexagon dies to cut a mat layer in turquoise and a white layer. I positioned the peacock on the white card, stamped a pun greeting in black and then adhered the whole panel to the centre of the card. I used some Sakura stardust pens to add coloured glitter to the spots on the feathers. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer in turquoise and on the white card I stamped another of the peacocks, coloured it with Copic markers and adhered it to the mat layer. 


Both these cards are for my stash - I have a few birthdays coming up this month, so it's good to have some ready to go. That's all from me today. See you again soon.

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