Monday, 6 December 2010

Another variation on chrysanthemum card

I suddenly realised it is my cousin's birthday on the 11th of this month and quickly put together with this card which is fairly flat for posting. The butterfly wings and the chrysanthemum petals just lift up from the card to give them a bit of dimension. I have backed it with silver mirri paper and unfortunately the photo does not really do it justice
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Merry Little Christmas (1)

The first of the Merry Little Christmas "series"! Rectangular snowflake mats this time and central mat has green satin ribbon threaded through with the central poinsetta again. Again I am quite pleased with this one!
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Merry little Christmas (2)

This is the second of the Merry Little Christmas cards, the same snowflake mats and a scalloped central mat with satin silver ribbon threaded through and a central poinsetta. I am rather pleased with this one - a nice understated look I think!
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Merry little Christmas (3)

I was pleased with the snowflake mats that I've used for the other 2 Merry Little Christmas cards so I thought I would put a Noel bauble in the centre of this one. It's nice and warm and cheerful in the red and white - which is more than can be said for the weather at the moment. Really fed up with the thick ice on the pavements and on the estate roads - I think most of us will be really glad to see the back of it. Can't say I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!
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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Variation on the chrysanthemum and leaf card

This is a variation on the chrysanthemum and leaf card I posted earlier in the week. The central flower is layered onto silver mirri paper which shines through where the petals are bent upwards, which gives a nice effect. The base card is a pale pink backed with a blue/mauve insert and the flower is cut from the backing card. The text is backed with silver mirri paper to give a foiled appearance. I was pleased with the finished card, but on reflection it is a little understated and would have had more impact if the backing insert and flower had been cut in a stronger colour.
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Monday, 11 October 2010

A nice flat Christmas card for posting - I really don't want to be putting a large letter stamp on any of my Christmas cards so this is a "stencil" card with a backing sheet made up of blocks of colour, red, green and gold so that the colour shows through in the appropriate places.
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I can't believe the amount of time I have spent trying to get this card just right, it nearly drove me demented!! Now I've got it about right I am pleased with the end result. A dear friend has a birthday coming up in November and this will be just perfect for her.
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Sunday, 5 September 2010

I've just finished this for my niece's birthday which is not till November so I am getting ahead of myself on the birthday cards. This means I will now be able to start my Christmas cards (!) Something I have been putting off I'm afraid - well there's no excuse for delaying it any longer so I'll have to crack on with it. Only 2 more birthdays to make for before Christmas.

The design for this card was a very simple concept but it is quite pleasing to look at. I shall put the template on UKS once I get it tidied up.
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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

This is a sympathy card devised for the UKS challenge I have used elements from the roses dingbats to create a rose window - it makes a nice understated sympathy card or could be used for other purposes with the text removed
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I was asked for a Ruby Wedding card and this is what I came up with. It has a circular apperture, some simple ribbon slots surrounded by a circle of dots. The wineglasses mat is then layered on top with 3d foam. The wording is stencil cut and a piece of coloured card placed behind the design. A separate insert was made for the inside - I was pleased with the way it turned out.
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Thursday, 29 July 2010

This is a shadow box card with a fancy edge that I've just finished for my niece's dreaded 40th next month. I just don't know where the years have gone and I'm sure I'm not alone in that! One minute your kids are small and the next they've got kids of their own - ah well.

I have to say I am rather pleased with this particular labour of love it went together quite easily. The base card front and back was cut in a pale mauve 220 gsm and the base of the "box" is a purple 170 gsm concept card. I've threaded a narrow mauve satin ribbon through the ribbon slots and decorated the flowers with gutermann beads. I shall be putting the template for this on the UKS site once I've tidied it up a bit
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Saturday, 24 July 2010

This was very quickly designed in response to a request from my granddaughter who wanted a card (must be blue) for a friend's 18th birthday. I used the daisy design from the broderie anglais card for quickness and although it is a simple concept it turned out rather well I thought. I made the little chain which attaches the tag from a length of peeloff chain doubled over and stuck to form a chain - bit of a fiddle that! I think she was pleased with it!
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This was a card I designed for my daughter on law's birthday in July. I was aiming for the broderie anglais look and I have to say I was pleased with the way it turned out. All the components are quite simple but the way it has come together is pleasing. I used 220 gsm card for the base and the top layers are concept 170 gsm card which has a lovely lustrous sheen to it. I shall find out tomorrow whether she was pleased with it!
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Broderie Anglais step card

I've just finished this broderie anglais step card for my daughter in law's birthday at the beginning of next month. Unfortunately the photo is not as clear as I would have liked, probably due to the colours I've used which are a very pale pink for the top mat, blue underneath that and then pale mauve on the base card. However if you zoom right in you can see the effect a bit better. The result is quite nice to look at, but when the card is closed it does not lie as flat as I would have hoped. It was quite a fiddle to get the mats anywhere near the right size to sit on the steps so I'm not altogether happy with it. Oh well maybe the stepcard is not for me!
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Sunday, 6 June 2010

Easel Card

This was something of a labour of love and took me a long time to design, cut and piece together. I made it for my daughter's birthday back in May (happy to say she was suitably delighted with it!)

This was my first attempt at an easel card and I was reasonably pleased with it, although it was a bit of a faff (that's probably my fault though, the design just kept on getting more complicated)
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Monday, 24 May 2010

This is the card I designed for my middle sister's birthday next month. Gold and white are the colours this time, to tone in with the sepia photograph. It amazes me that a photo taken 70 odd years ago can still be so sharp and fresh and clear. They obviously knew a thing or two in those days!
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I designed this card for my elder sister's birthday, white and pale mauve are the colours, decorated with ribbon and beads. The photo is one of our dear late mother, taken in the 1930s when she was a young Mum. My sister loved it so much, she keeps it standing on her sideboard - I think I'll have to buy her a frame to put it in! She insisted that I make a similar card for my middle sister's birthday in June so I have blogged that one sparately
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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

This is a card I have just finished making for my granddaughter's birthday. It was very much a labour of love and I spent many hours re-jigging the design of both the dress and the base card. I knew how I wanted it to look but it took me a long time to get it anywhere near, but I am now reasonably satisfied with it (just as well really because her birthday is on Mar 11th). My working template needs a lot of tidying up but I shall put it on UKS as soon as I've done it.

Hope the granddaughter likes it after all this - I think she will as she was admiring the pink holographic paper the other day!
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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Just thought I'd like to design a little card for Valentine's Day, although I suppose it could be used for other occasions as the wording is not specific. I enjoyed designing and making this card although I have no-one to send it to (aaaah!) My other half certainly would not appreciate it - he doesn't hold with such romantic nonsense!

I shall put the template on the UKS site shortly.
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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Rectangular scalloped topper

This is a slight variation on my previous scalloped topper. I have added ribbon, beads and the good old mulberry flowers and am quite pleased with the end result. Designed by me and cut on my trusty craft robo (what would I do without it!)

I shall put the template on the UKS site once I've tidied it up a bit.
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Friday, 22 January 2010

Scalloped card

Just finished this card for a friend's birthday next month. It was a simple idea, but quite effective. Finished with seed beads and mulberry flowers - I was quite pleased with the finished item. I will put the template on the UKS site when I have tidied it up.
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Monday, 4 January 2010

Just finished this card for my granddaughter in the hope that she will pass her driving test which she is to take shortly (she hasn't said exactly when!)

I spent a long time on this card, trying to get the outline of the car just right (it's supposed to be a Vauxhall Corsa). I wanted to make it girly so I cut the car in pink holographic sticky backed paper. The windows are sparkly wrapping paper which I can just about cut on the craft robo. The tyres are sticky backed velvet paper and the wheels are the sparkly wrapping paper. To make it more girly I put borders of the pink and silver on a 6 inch square card and then I designed a simple mat to put it all on. The text is done on an arc and cut in the pink and silver, the font being Hey Gorgeous. All in all I am quite pleased with the end result, although the photo doesn't really do it justice. Just hope she will pass after all this!! She will eventually and I shall have her card ready.
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