Sunday 30 April 2023

Family Birthday Cards

...  Good morning! April is a busy month for birthdays in our family. And today is especially busy. My husband, Jonathan, and his sister, Charlotte, both have their birthdays on 30th April - only Charlotte's 7 years younger!! So, I've been busy making cards, and using some new stash. Here's the card I made for Charlotte:

Stamps: Gina K - Sweet Sentiments; MFT - Inside & Outside Birthday Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Med Lilac, Sea Glass, Sweetcorn, Key Lime, Bubblegum Pink, Light Orchid, Jelly Bean Green; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 2
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Stencil - Layered Peony 

I'm submitting this card to Addicted to Stamps and More - ATSM#444 where the theme is Any Occasion, and to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#49 - this is the first time I've used the stencils and stamps.

I thought Charlotte's birthday card would be the perfect time to use the layered peony stencils. I love rainbows and was totally inspired by Mindy Eggen's beautiful rainbow cards. I stencilled the peony onto a piece of white card and used a stitch-edge die to cut out the panel. I added a simple greeting to one side and then layered the piece onto black card and added the whole panel to the front of a white A2 note card. Inside, I cut a piece of black card for the mat layer. On the white panel I lightly stencilled the peony again - using only layer 1 of the stencils and using a very light hand. I finished by adding a simple birthday greeting.

Hopefully, Charlotte will have received this card by now - but I'm not sure I got it in the post on time!! Heyho!! The next card is the one I made for my mum to give to Jonathan:

Stamps: Altenew - Just a Number
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Key Lime, Turquoise Sea, Blue Raspberry, Sweet Mango, Lipstick
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 1; Altenew - Just a Number
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Stencil - Making Waves; Simon Hurley Stencil - Candles

I'm submitting this card to The Male Room - TMR#173 where the challenge is to use stencil and/or dies - done. I'm also playing along with Seize the Birthday - STB#260 - the Anything Goes part of the challenge.

I took part in Stenciled 2 - on the Online Card Classes  - recently, and this is the first time I've tried out any of the techniques. I first stencilled the candles from yellow to blue to create an ombre colour. Leaving the candle stencil in place, I added the Making Waves stencil on top and, using the same colours, I added more colour on top. I love the subtle pattern this creates in the candles. I used layer 2 of the candles stencil to add the candle flames blending orange and red ink. I die cut a section of the panel and adhered it to a black mat layer and then onto an A2 note card. On a scrap of white card, I blended the same colours and then used a 'happy birthday' die to cut out the words and layered them onto black shadow layers and glued to the card. Inside, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white card I added a fun sentiment and a few candles that I cut out from the piece of card left over from the front.

I think the candles stencil is just super - perfect for everyone! 

That's all from me for now. It's a dull, wet day here in North Wales, so I'm planning on spending the day in my craft room making cards and listening to my Audible book. See you soon.

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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Birthday Card for my Aunt

.... Good afternoon! I've been busy working on my monthly dyalogs and not making any cards. However, it's my aunt's birthday on Thursday and I had to make a card for her. In August 2020 I made a number of birthday cards using the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set - a good set for basic cards. I found one of the cards in my stash and dressed it up a bit. Here's the card:

Stamps: Dylusions - Eat Me; MFT - Spotlight Sentiments; Gina K - Hexagon Fun, On the Inside
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Desert Heat; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; Copic Markers; Nuvo - Midas Aquashimmer Brush

I'm submitting this to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#443 where the theme is birthdays, and to Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge - HLSBC#04 where it's anything goes.

This was so easy to make as the note card had already been stamped and I got the cupcake image from my stash of Dylusions images that I have already cut out for use. I coloured the cupcake with Copic markers to match the stamped background. I added some shimmer to the frosting with a gold tone aquashimmer brush. On the inside of the card I added a birthday greeting a row of tiny cupcakes.

That's all from me today - hopefully, I'll be posting again soon. 

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Sunday 2 April 2023

April Calendar Page

... Hello! It's been a while since I posted on my blog. I've been so busy working on my monthly dyalogs that card making has slipped by the wayside!! However, I have decorated my April calendar page:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Lil Buddies, Nestie Eggs, Spring Basket
Inks: Gina K - Obsidian, Key Lime, Sweet Mango, Bubblegum Pink, Turquoise Sea; Kaleidacolor - Luau
Accessories: Copics; A4 Wire Bound 2023 Blank Calendar

I'm submitting this calendar page to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#73 where it's always, Anything Goes.

It was easy to pick the theme for the month, as Easter is next weekend. I decided I wanted Easter eggs and spring flowers and I knew just the stamps sets to use. They are all by Claire Brennan, Waltzingmouse Stamps - now, sadly, the company is closed. But I have the stamps and I love getting them out to play. I stamped the eggs in colour, added the flowers, bees and butterflies and used Copic markers to colour them in. These are my favourite type of Easter eggs - pretty and calorie free!!!

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

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