Thursday, 18 December 2014

Gift Cards

These are a couple of quickies done to put gift cards in as the cards provided are pretty boring ...

 Take Care & Keep Smiling :)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Little Russian Girl Christmas card

Found this picture of a little Russian girl on Pintrest and fell in love with it ...

Branches  - Craft dies by Sue Wilson and Memory Box Woodland branch
Backing Paper - Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Victorian Christmas card for my Dad

Didn't quite turn out as I'd expected, but my Dad likes it and that's what counts :) ...
I made the window using Marianne Design Snowy Window die, but I didn't use it as a die just as a template as I wanted to make a bay window that was complete but just needed to be folded. The wood grain effect was coloured by me using Derwents coloursoft pencils and ultrafine felt tip pen.
The branches and pine bough in the rooftop embellishment and inside the card are Craft Dies by Sue Wilson. The scroll and sentiments are computer generated.
Take care & keep smiling :)

Monday, 27 October 2014

Birthday card for a friend - another up-cycled card.

Hello, five years ago I made a card for a challenge, and while I was happy with the stamping and colouring, I wasn't really happy with the card so it never got sent out. Well I dug it back out of my box of unsent cards, took off the Sarah Kay stamped image and lace and threw the rest away, and reused the image and lace to make a new card (this is the third card I've up-cycled). I think I did a better job this time, I hope you agree. PS. Boldog sz├╝linapot is Hungarian for happy birthday, as my friend is Hungarian ...

Original card
New card reusing stamped image and lace.

The flower stamp is by Inkadinkado.
Flowers made with Nellie Snellen flower punches and embossers and a French text page I found on the internet,  altered and re coloured with my graphics program.
The running stitch and cross stitches were all done by hand.
Here is a link to the French text page, which is on my Pintrest page. You'll find some other pages and other craft stuff on there you may like - French Text
Take care and keep smiling :)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Moomin Birthday card - for Phoebe

My son's girlfriend Phoebe is a bit of a Moomin fan, so I had to make a Moomin card. I always try to make a box for the cards I make but on this occasion I altered a Cadbury's chocolate biscuit tin and lined it, so now she can use it as a sewing box, trinket box etc. or she can just keep the card in it :) ...

 The Moomin or should I say Snork maiden I sourced from the internet, printed - traced - transferred and then went over with a waterproof ink pen and then coloured. Her arm was done separately and glued on after I  added the small tulips and handbag. The tulips both large and small are from Magnolia's Easter Collection, the small ones are taken from The Tilda with Tulips stamp. The handbag I made myself adding the Vivienne Westwood logo, as Phoebe has one of her handbags. The boutique window, topiary pots and canopy are all Magnolia stamps. The cobblestones is by Water colour cobblestones
The backing paper is from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection with Inkadinkado Gem stones flourishes clear stamps. Some of the "gems" were coloured in with felt tips pens and then gone over with a clear glaze gel pen.
The die cut is a Spellbinder die but I can't remember which one which I pierced.
Take care & keep smiling :)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Rupert the Bear 75th Birthday card for my Dad

Today my Dad is 75 years young and of course we had to celebrate it with Rupert, a childhood favourite (and still is) ...

 The background image is from the end papers of a Rupert annual, the one on the front was printed on Ilford Galerie smooth pearl photo paper and the one inside was faded down and printed on normal smooth white card.
The Rupert and name image was sourced from the web, printed off (in reverse) at the size required, traced, transferred to smooth white card and gone over with a waterproof black ink pen and then coloured in with Derwents Coloursoft pencils and Sansodor. The fence and his standing leg didn't exist in the original picture, those were made by me. The daisies and oak leaves were made with a punch, the acorns are Dress It Up buttons and the Bluebells were made with a Sakura flower punch and green wire.
The balloon image inside again was sourced from the web, as were the images of Bill Badger, Pong Ping, the birthday cake and the 75 but these again were traced, transferred, inked and colored by me. The box I bought from a card shop but I stripped the top and recovered it in yellow paper and drew on the checks.
Here are the images I used to make the card ...

 Take care & keep smiling

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Birthday card for my Son - Christian Dior - Birthday card for a man

My son collects Christian Dior ties and accessories, so this card was made with this passion of his in mind and it also reflects where he lives ...
BOX - The Dior name and bee are Dior logo's and were sourced from the internet, printed off, traced and then hand cut. The "Homme" backing paper was computer generated.

FRONT OF CARD - The London background was sourced from the internet and printed off. The Dior name was printed onto acetate and mounted on white card. The tie and tie pin are handmade. The man was a picture of a model that again was printed off, traced 'round and then coloured in using a black marker pen.

INSIDE CARD - Computer generated and the word style was gone over with an Atyou glitter pen and the gone over several times with a glaze pen.
Here are some of the pictures that inspired this card, I've also added the man silhouette as that was made by me and does not have a copyright.
 Take care and keep smiling