Friday 13 October 2023

Halloween Birthday

... Good morning!! I'm on a bit of a roll! I'm here to share a birthday card with you. Ben, my son, asked me to make a birthday card for a friend of his - the fun it is that her birthday is on 31 October - a genuine Halloween birthday. Ben wanted a cute Halloween card, and this is what I made:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo Sentiments; Lawn Fawn - Simply Celebrate Fall; Avery Elle - Inside Birthday Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, In the Navy, Blue Denim, Dark Orchid, Passionate Pink, Tangerine Twist; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Versmark
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 8; WMS - Witch; Lawn Fawn - Simply Celebrate Fall
Accessories: White Card; SU Card - Tangelo Twist; Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Frost; Copics; White & Clear Embossing Powder; Gansai Tambi Opal Paints - #634 Pink, #695 - Gold, #663 - Blue; Nuvo - Clear Aquashimmer Brush

I'm submitting this card to Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge - HLSBC#10 where it's always anything goes.

I decided to make a 5" x 7" card to give the cute witch ghost plenty of room to fly!! I made the cardbase from orange cardstock. I created the night sky by blending Gina K inks - they blend beautifully and dry to a lovely smooth finish. I used a stitch edge die to cut out the panel and added some 'stars' by splattering shimmer paints onto the background. Once dry, I added a bit more shimmer with a frosty shimmer spray all over. Sadly, Waltzingmouse Stamps closed up shop some years ago, but they are still among my most favourite stamps sets. I love this cute witch ghost. I used my Misti to stamp her on white card, removed the image and coloured with Copic markers. I returned the image to the MISTI, restamped and heat embossed with clear powder. I used the matching die to cut out the image. As you can never have too much shimmer on a card, I added some clear shimmer to the ghost with a clear aquashimmer brush. I also stamped a row of cute pumpkins, coloured with Copics and cut out with the matching die. I adhered the images to the panel and finished by stamping a fun, pun sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white powder. I adhered the whole panel to the front of the 5" x 7" notecard. Inside I kept things simple. I edged the white panel with a dark grey marker, stamped a birthday greeting in bright orange ink and added a fun greeting below. I finished by adding some small stars.

You can't see the shimmer in the photo above, so I took a close-up to try and show it - not entirely successful, but you can see the blue and pink 'stars'.

That's all from me today. I'm so pleased to be back making cards. Which is fortunate, as I've got lots of Christmas cards to make, so I'd better get started on them soon. See you soon.

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Monday 9 October 2023

Belated Birthday Card

... Good morning!! It's been a while - my creative mojo has been AWOL!! However, it finally came back last weekend and I made Kat's birthday card. This card is very late - Kat was 22 years old in September, but I was away at a creative weekend at Art from the Heart in Harrogate, so I sent a - shock horror - shop bought card. It wasn't good enough and Kat insisted I make her a card - so it's taken a while, but here it it at last:

Stamps: Waffle Flower - Postage Collage, Postage Collage Fall; Mama Elephant - Inside Birthday Wishes; Avery Elle - Handwritten Notes
Inks: Gina K - Lipstick; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Waffle Flower - Postage Collage Die
Accessories: White & Red Card; Various Images from Internet; Gina K Stencil - Fizzy

I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB#270 where they use one die cut and use it multiple times, and to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#55 - the Waffle Flower postage die and associated stamps.

This is a large card - 8" square. I used the postage collage die to cut out three sets of 'stamps'. Instead of using the matching stencils (I'll be using them soon) I found images of various pop stars and groups  that Kat enjoys. I sized the images to fit the 'stamps', cut them out and adhered them to the 'stamps'. There two 'stamps' on the card that feature Kat with the group New Year's Day - one of her favourite bands. Kat is a huge Taylor Swift fan now, so most of the images on the front feature Taylor. I added some postage details with the matching stamps. I used a stencil to add some interest to the front of the card. I opted for the colour red - a title of one of Taylor's albums, and featured the number 22 - a title of one of Taylor's songs. Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of red card and on the white panel I stamped a birthday greeting, added a verse and a couple more 'stamps'.

I had so much fun making this card. I love the postage collage die and will be using it to make some Christmas and Halloween cards soon - the co-ordinating stencils are adorable. Before I go, here's a picture of our beautiful daughter - Kat:

That's all for today. See you soon. Bye for now.

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