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Friday, 12 April 2013

More Male cards

Hi again,

Well spring didn't last long from my last post did  Anyway as you may have read, about a week ago I posted some cards for my husband's birthday.  I showed you 2 one that was from me and one from little Leo, although he's not so little now... he's two in July where does the time go?

So back to birthday cards, I needed to make 2 for my daughters to give to dad.  Obviously I couldn't make two the same so needed to come up with two more ideas for male cards.  Whenever they are for the girls I always let the first one here chose.  Nicola was the first one to chose this time and chose one where I had used the New Sizzlits S die - pinwheel.- from the spring catalogue (pg 33).  I also, for the first time despite having it months, used the big square scallop die to create the wavy edge boarder and went around them with crumb cake ink.  The ribbon was initially whisper white but, having rubbed it along the Cajun Craze ink pad and leaving it to dry, it became the same colour as the card, just perfect.  The name "dad" was from the set For My Family

Next is the card that I gave to Kirsty for her dad.  Again it was difficult thinking up a front but I found the template for this card among several I have saved in the past.  I usually struggle with the layout of a card so templates are brilliant for me.  So here I used the stamp set The Open Sea.  The embellishment in the top left corner is one of the new bottle top embellishments we have in the Spring/Summer catty on pg 24.  I put it through my big shot to flatten it and then added the stamped image after.  The one inch circle punch is a perfect fit for the larger bottle top and the half inch circle for the smaller bottle top.

The ship images was stamped and then die cut using Floral Frames Framelits, which are another new product, but this time can be found in the main catty on pg 191.  The sentiment is again from For My Family as its hard to get individual "names" in sets don't you think?

Well I hope you have liked looking at my creations and all the mess in the  Sry but its been a bit of a hard week for me one way and another and I have only just realised I haven't cropped the photos....doh.

Til next time 

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Is Spring finally here ????


I can't believe it we actually have some sun and a bit of warmth, well it is when you are in the sun, bit chilly when you aren't.  But its just lovely to see a bright fresh day.  I think it cheers everyone up don't you?  Hubby is currently in his greenhouse pricking out over 300 plants and I'm about to do some crafting and it is so nice to have the conservatory door open to hear the birds.

Well I have that many cards to show you I really don't know where to start so I think I'll spoil you and combine a couple in the same post.   It was my hubby's  birthday last weekend and, as you can imagine, I had quite a few cards to make.  I generally find it difficult making cards for men  but for these I just found a couple of sketches that I had save and worked from there.

The first card I'm going to show you is the one from me.  Anyone who knows my hubby will know that he is a tea-a-holic.  So what better set to use then the Tea Shoppe stamp set.   Stampin' Up couldn't have made a more apt set for him.  You don't realise until you use this set just how detailed the large cup is.

Now a blokes card, to me,  means mens' colours so I used Pool Party and Island Indigo (both from the 2011-2013 in colours) along with Whisper White card and here is the end result:

I stamped the image onto Island Indigo card-stock with Whisper White ink and put it to one side to dry.  Whilst the image was drying I cut out one of the sizes from the Labels Collection Framelits and then embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Folder.  By now the image had dried so I used the next size down
(I had already measured it check the image fitted) and die cut the image.  The rest is pretty much straight forward.  The two sentiments were from both from the  Tea Shoppe stamp set.

Now for the second card.  This is one that Little Leo sent his grandad.  Boy is he getting big now and his speech is coming on in leaps and bounds.  It helps that his mum interacts a lot with him and doesn't just sit him in front of the TV, they are always doing something :)

Anyway, Leo wanted to do a quite simple but colourful card for his Grandad so chose to use the Pennant Parade stamp set to create a party hat card.  The colours were Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Pool Party and Calypso Coral, well in fact all the in-colours for 2011 to 2013

Its the first time I have put all 5 colours together and I think they look good.  The sentiment is from the stamp set For My Family a very useful set to have.  The punches used were Curly Label and Decorative Label.  Also used was the 1/2" punch to make the pom poms on the hats.

Well I hope you have liked my double post.  I'll be back soon to show you the cards I made for the girl to give to Dad.  Until then take care and look after yourself and your family.

Oh I forgot to show you that Leo even signed the card himself...... don't you just love those memories?

Take care

Tracy -x-

Monday, 1 April 2013

Something different

Hello everyone, 

I hope you have all had a nice Easter and you are ready to go back to work tomorrow?. 

Today I'm going to show you a card that I made for my mum to give to Kirsty when she turned 21 in February this year.  As it was a memorable birthday I wanted to make a special card that she could keep.  I'm not sure what the style is called, and I think I made my first on like this at one of Julie Kettlewells' training, but what I do know is that its very fiddly to make.

The main body of the card is made from one sheet of 12x12 card-stock and the DSP Patio Party (pg 165 main catty).  You will need an additional strip of 12 x 12 card-stock to make the band.  Using the cotton Ribbon (pg 35 summer catty) I stamped the Happy 21st Birthday message in Night of Navy with the stamp set Memorable Moments (pg 139 main catty).  I have also used one of the quaint little charms from, Tea Time Trinkets,  (pg 1 of the summer catty).

When you remove the band holding it all together it kinda spring open like an Explosion box.  As you can see I have decorated all of the inside edges too with matching DSP.  I have used the retired Just Perfect Alphabet stamp set to stamp out Kirsty's name and a stamp from the now retired, but wasn't when I made the card, Sale-a-bration set called Vintage Verses.  Both my mum and Kirtsy liked the finished product,

I hope to be back soon as I have lots of cards to show you and, maybe ,a sneak peek for the end of the months scrapbook pages.    If you would like to purchase any of the items I have used please do not hesitate to ask and I will gladly order them for you.  Likewise, if you would like to participate in one of my classes then please get in touch so that we can arrange somethings.

That's if from me so until next time take care and happy crafting,

Tracy -x-