Monday, 17 September 2012

Circle swing card

This was my first attempt at a swing card, took me ages to work it out, but was reasonably happy with it in the end.  I think it needs to be made with quite a substantial card - I used 250 gsm for this and 160 gsm for the lacy overlay but I did feel it was just a little unstable.  As it was for a little girl's birthday I put the rose fairy in the centre.  The template for the card and overlay are on the UKS site.

Oval swing card

This was a bit of a labour of love!  I was quite pleased with it in the end though!  It was my second attempt at a swing card - I shall post the first attempt which was a circular swing which I did for my great niece's birthday.  I think this oval one will be for my niece who has a birthday coming up in November.  Designed in silhouette studio and cut on the cameo, the cutting file is on the UKS site as usual.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

"For You"

This is the other card that I entered into Graphtec's competition as it just happened to be one that I hadn't designed with anyone in particular in mind.  The photo is not particularly clear and does not do it justice unfortunately.

Pop up Butterfly mark 2

This was my second attempt at the pop up butterfly and this time I have managed to get the butterfly to pop out by means of a V shaped piece of acetate.  It was such a  fiddle I don't think I'll be doing too many of these in future!  I just didn't want to be beaten by it.  The card itself is quite pretty though.

Pop up Butterfly card

This was my attempt at a pop up butterfly card!  I can't tell you how long I fiddled about with this and I still wasn't really that happy with the result. The butterfly just wouldn't quite do what I wanted it to!  however I did enter it into Graphtec's competition and was pleased to receive an email from them to say how much they liked it and that they would try to use it in the next Create and Craft cameo show.  I did eventually manage to get my butterfly to pop up properly (I don't like to be beaten) by means of using a V shaped piece of acetate - this is on my next post.

Birthday Wishes

I designed this card for one of my sisters whose birthday was in June.  I've decorated the lattice work with beads - took me quite a while to do it, but I do find it very therapeutic!  She loved it!

Lattice birthday

I designed this card for my daughter in law's birthday at the beginning of July - I've deliberately not added much dimension to it to keep it fairly flat for posting!  A simply made card, but quite effective.  The font is Fontleroy Brown which is one of my favourites.  It sometimes requires a bit of reshaping in parts so that it will cut well on the cameo.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Special birthday

My daughter has one of those "special" birthdays coming up next month. She doesn't want a lot of attention drawn to her age so I have just popped a discreet "40" in the centre! It would be quite easy to adapt this template to any age or even add text instead of an age. Again the template is on the UKS site.

On your Wedding Day

My daughter asked me to design a card for a work colleague who was getting married at Easter. It took me quite a while to get this one just right and I'm afraid the photo doesn't do it justice because the colours are quite pale. I was pleased with the way it looked in the end and so was my daughter.
This is one I designed to say thank you to all the staff at the hospital where my husband had his heart bypass surgery in February. They do a wonderful job and we were so grateful to them. Again the template is on the UKS site

Broderie Birthday

I made this one for a dear friend whose birthday was in February. Decorated with ribbon and beads - I was quite pleased with the way it looked. The template is on the UKS site.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

This has to be one of my favourites - it took me quite a long time to get it lined up properly and I had a lot of fun composing the floral text. I was pleased with the end result, I may give this to my middle granddaughter who has a birthday in March, or my sister who also has a birthday at the end of March. I'm working on another of these gatefold designs which I shall post when it's finally finished.
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Tiime for another

I designed this one for my nephew's birthday on the 21st of this month to remind him how time is flying! I find men a bit difficult to design for, especially if they don't have any particular hobbies. I think he will like this one!
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This is a little heart easel I designed with Valentines Day in mind! I glued a bit of lace behind the lattice heart mat and decorated with some mulberry flowers - it looks quite sweet!
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Crossover card with butterfly

This is something a little bit different which I have designed for my eldest granddaughter's birthday next month. The two sides have little tabs which fit into slots so that it has a rounded effect. It was a bit fiddly to get the slots in the right place, but I got there in the end and I am quite pleased with the end result.
This is the card I made for my middle granddaughter - the borders are the same but I have used a different central mat. Once the borders are lined up it was quite a simple card to do.
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

I designed this card for one of my granddaughters - the front of the card is cut away and has a snowflake edge. The top part of the inside of the card has a star edge so that when the card is closed the snowflakes and stars line up nicely. I did a smilar design for my other granddaughter . I was quite pleased with these two. The snowflake was very simply designed in studio.
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