Thursday 22 February 2024

Floral Birthday Postage Card

... Hello! I've got a birthday card to share with you this morning. This was inspired by Gina K's recent video, although the only Gina K products on the card are the inks!! Here's the card:

Stamps: Altenew - Enjoy Life, Just a Number; Waffle Flower - Postage Collage Fall, Postage Collage; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Lemon Drop, Light Lilac, Medium Lilac, Dark Lilac, Applemint, Lucky Clover; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Waffle Flower - A2 Postage Collage Die 
Accessories: White Card; Stencils - Waffle Flower Postage Collage Colouring Stencil, Altenew Enjoy Life; Copic Markers

I'm submitting this to Color Hues - CH#81 to use Lilac and Mint, to The Flower Challenge - TFC#88 - to add a heart, and to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#59 - the Postage Collage stencil and stamps have not been used before.

I have the Waffle Flowers postage collage collection and not really used it much. I was watching Gina K's release video where she made a postage stamp card with one of her flower stencils - I loved it. So I decided to use that as the inspiration and mix and match my existing stamps, dies, stencils, etc. I started by cutting the A2 postage collage die in white card. I added masking magic tape to cover the dots and stitched lines and using the first part of the collage colouring stencil, I lightly inked in pale yellow around the edges to define the 'stamps'. I then stamped the floral image onto the panel and used the matching stencils to add colour. I removed the masking magic and using a variety of stamps added words, images and prices to the 'stamps'. I created the border on the A2 note card by using Waffle Flower's Postage Collage Colouring stencil - first in green, then in lilac. I adhered the postage stamp panel to the front of the card.

For the inside, I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the note card. I lightly inked the edges of the panel with lilac ink. I stamped a fun greeting in the middle of the panel, and stamped the floral image again and coloured it with Copic markers.

This card is for my aunty Sue. She has her birthday on Saturday - and I'm safe to share it here now as Sue doesn't look at my blog! To be honest, not sure any of my family look at my blog. That's all for today - I'm off to the post office now. See you all soon.

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Monday 19 February 2024

Great-Nephew's Birthday

..... Good morning!! It's been a while - February is flying by. I'm here today to share the card that I've made for my great-nephew, he'll be 5 years old tomorrow.

Stamps: My Mind's Eye - Boy Crazy; Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy; Mama Elephant - Mixed Wishes Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Red Hot, Blue Raspberry, Wild Dandelion; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Accessories: White Card; The Greetery - Pinwheel Party Stencils; Copics; Clear Embossing Powder; Lakeland - Foil Number

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges: CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#530, Time Out Challenge - TOC#257, and CAS on Friday - CASOF#277 where the theme is male/boy.

I had such fun making this card. I started by stencilling the red and blue pinwheels directly onto the A2 note card. I used my MISTI to stamp the robot onto white card. I removed the image, coloured it with Copic markers, returned it to the MISTI and stamped with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I then carefully fussy cut out the robot and edged the image with a black marker. I added a simple birthday greeting and a large bright yellow '5' at the top of the card.

I cut a piece of white card for the inside - I lightly brushed on red ink around the edge. I stamped the robot at the bottom left and added a simple birthday verse along with some yellow elements.

I'm heading to the local post box shortly to get this card in the post - I had thought that Elijah's birthday was next Tuesday, but in fact it's tomorrow!!! I hope he likes the cute robot - it's a favourite of mine for kids cards. That's all for now - see you soon. 

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Friday 2 February 2024

February Florals

... Morning! I'm here today to share a birthday card I've made for a friend of ours, she has her 60th birthday this weekend:

Stamps: Gina K - Birthday Cheer Mini, Filled with Sunshine
Inks: Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango, Red Hot, Key Lime, Lucky Clover, Soft Stone; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Dies: Gina K - Master Layout 1, Sentiment Strips, Fancy Florals
Accessories: White & Black Card; Gina K Stencils - Fancy Florals Layering Stencils, Masks & Fillers; Taylored Expressions Stencils - Bokeh, Masking Ovals; Gina K - Pre-printed Sentiments; Gems; Waffle Flower - Grip Mat

I'm submitting this card to several challenges. First challenge is Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#460 to use Die cuts and Stencils, next to Time Out Challenge - TOC#256 - to CASE Sarah Grey, to Seize the Birthday - STB#276 - Birthday Anything Goes, and finally to Never-Before-Used-Schtuff - NBUS#59. In CASEing Sarah's card - I used a stencil to make a diagonal background, placed the focal image in the bottom right corner and a greeting in the top left - to echo Sarah's layout.

Inspiration for this card came from the Tag Team Techniques video with Gina K and Jennifer McGuire that I watched yesterday. I started by die cutting the Fancy Floral die - I cut several. Using my Waffle Flower grip mat, I one of the white die cut floral clusters in the centre of the mat. I used the matching layering stencils to add colour. They are very easy to use. Using the first stencil I inked yellow petals, I inked the next stencil with pale orange ink and leaving it in place, I put over the top a stencil with tiny holes and I added red ink to the petals - resulting in dotty petals on the flowers. I then used the leaf stencils with green and yellow inks. I made the top leaves into flower buds by inking the last bit of the leaf yellow instead of green. I layered together the three die cut floral clusters with the inked one on top. Next, I put a piece of white card on the grip mat and, using the Bokeh stencil diagonally across the panel, added soft grey to make a background. I cut the panel with MLO1 and layered it onto a black mat and added to the front of an A2 white note card. I adhered the floral cluster towards the bottom right of the panel and added a die cut birthday greeting in the top left corner. Finally, I added a few clear gems.

Inside the card, I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel, I stamped a simple birthday greeting. I used an oval mask and the left-over yellow ink on the brush to add a subtle oval around the verse. I finished with a simple leaf silhouette.

That's all for today. See you again soon.

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Thursday 1 February 2024

February Hearts

....   Good afternoon! It's been a few days since I posted, I'm here to share my decorated calendar page for February:

Stamps: Dina Wakley Stamps - Hearts; Dylusions - Star Struck, Xmas Stamps 
Inks: Gina K - Obsidian Amalgam
Accessories: A4 Wirebound 2024 Calendar; Tombow & Sakura Pens

I'm submitting this to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#78 where it's always, anything goes.

I used some old stamps that I got in the States - they were made specially for Joanne's (a craft shop) and I'm so glad I've got them. I stamped various hearts in black ink, added some words and then coloured the hearts with Tombow markers. I added sparkle to some hearts with Sakura Stardust pens.

That's all for today - bye for now.

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