Saturday, 25 October 2014

Someone Special Birthday upstand

A very dear friend of mine has her birthday in November and I think she will like this.  I have again used centura pearl 300 gsm card.  I cut it all in white and lightly chalked the overlay mat and the flowers on the upstand.  Some of my favourite beads just finish it off nicely.  The template is on UKS as usual.

Basic Christmas upstands

These are variations on a theme - basically snowflakes.  The top two were cut from centura pearl 300 gsm card and the blue one is adorable scorable.  It's quite surprising how well these cut, although I do use a double cut.  The files as always are freely shared on the UKS site

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Christmas Upstand

Following on from the birthday upstand, this is my Christmas one,  I have cut this in Centura Pearl 300gsm and it cut well (I used a double cut with the blade set on 5 and thickness 33) - my blade is probably not as sharp as it was as I have been using it a long time.  I've decorated the mat with beads, and also the upstand.  It will be quite flat for posting and you can get two base cards out of one sheet of A4 so it is quite economical!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Birthday upstand

This one is for my niece's birthday in November - I'm trying to get all my birthday cards finished so I can start on the Christmas cards!!  I fiddled about with this design for quite a time before I was satisfied with the way it looks.  I put a piece of Centura Pearl 300 gsm through my printer so it was a pale mauve colour.  It cut really well on the Cameo, although I did do a double cut.  I was quite pleased with the semi-circular border which is cut in the same card as the main card, the font is arial, made into a stencil by use of the knife tool on the Cameo.  A few beads as flower centres just finishes it off nicely.  The template is shared on uks as usual.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Game set and match birthday

My son has a birthday coming up next month and it is always difficult to come up with suitable ideas.  Being as how is a tennis fan and belongs to a local tennis club I thought perhaps he might appreciate a tennis related card and this is the result.  The base card is Centura Pearl 300 gsm and the raquets and ball are cut from plain white 250 gsm card and coloured with pro markers.  The font used is good old Times Roman which I have outlined slightly and then made into a stencil font with the aid of the knife tool.  The template is on the UKS site as usual.

Many Happy Returns Topper

Designed for my niece's birthday on 18th August.  A pale pink mat with half flower stencil cut edge, laid on a mat of silver mirri, a smaller scalloped mat  was then "cuttlebugged" and placed on top.  The circular lacy mat was cut in the pale pink and backed with a white mat.  The central text mat was backed with silver mirri.  The whole thing fitted onto a 5 inch square card and was reasonably flat for posting.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Get well soon

My DIL is going into hospital for an op soon and this is the card I shall be sending to her with my get well wishes.  It is the first card I have designed since I lost my files, but hopefully there will be more in due course.  The template is shared on the UKS site as always

White lace 50th

I designed this white lace card for my niece's 50th at the end of this month.  I had cut it all out and assembled it, but I had not yet posted the template on UKS when I lost all of my cutting files which I mistakenly thought I had backed up on an external drive.  To cut a long sad story short I had to download all the files I had shared on the UKS site in order to get at least some of my files back.  I had a large folder of "work in progress" which of course is lost so I am now gradually building up my files again.  I have no-one to blame but myself and I have learned my lesson - files are now backed up onto a flash drive and an external hard drive!!  I may re-create the file some day but not just yet.

Ballet diorama

My youngest granddaughter had her 10th birthday in July and I thought she would like this ballet diorama card.  The figures are produced using the font ballet and the blue sky is a background from the studio software, add a few leaves and branches and it makes quite a nice card.  The template is on the UKS site as usual.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Fancy edged lattice card

I designed this card for my lovely daughter's birthday this month.  I saw the basic idea on C & C a while back which was achieved by using a punch.  I thought it was rather different and a nice idea so decided to fashion my own take on it.  I have used the same foldover flower which I used on my sister's card.  I was very pleased with the way this card looks - hope my daughter likes it.  The template as ever is on UKS


This is the one I designed for my little grandson's birthday in April.  They have a lovely house with a big garden and wild rabbits at the bottom of the garden so this little card tells a story.  My grandson loves all things crafty, in particular he is fascinated by my Cameo, he can't take his eyes off it when it is cutting and also loves to use my Cuttlebug.  I cut some pieces of card the right size and he will happily emboss away.  I hope he never loses his love of craft.  The template as always is on the UKS site.

Pop out with folding flower detail

I designed this one for my dear sister's birthday in March this year.  I wanted to do something a little bit special for her.  Sadly I lost one of my sisters a couple of years ago so my remaining sister is very precious to me.  I put a lot of work and a lot of love into this card and it was very much appreciated by my sis.

Lattice butterfly easel card

Another easel for another granddaughter!  Decorated with a ribbon border and of course some beads! Not quite so sure of the colours on this one - I don't think they have come out too well on this photo.  The template is on the UKS site

Daisy Chain Easel

My oldest granddaughter was 22 in February - how time flies.  I wanted to do something a little bit special for her and I was pleased with the way this easel turned out, the colours were really nice, although I don't think the photo does it justice.  As always the template can be found on the UKS site.

New home door card with key

My lovely granddaughter moved into her first home, a small flat, in October last year, to take up a job as a paediatric nurse at Birmingham Childrens Hospital.  I stuck a picture of the interior of the flat inside the card so that it could be seen through the door which has an opening letterbox. The key is personalised with her name.  She loved it and I'm happy to say she loves her little home and her job too.

Someone Special ....

I designed this card for a very dear friend - someone special indeed.  I'm pleased to say she was delighted with it.  I do love my beads - they are such a useful way to accentuate a design.  Again the template is freely shared on the UKS site.

Easel card with filigree bow

This easel card was designed for one of my niece's birthdays in November last year - I am not sure that I like it as much as some of my designs, but she seemed to like it well enough.  The design is again freely shared on the UKS site.  I think I was probably pushed for time as it was nearing Christmas and I was very late with my cards - not very well organised!

Lacy mat with lilies

I am sorry it has been so long since I last posted on my blog - I will try to keep more up to date in future.  I really enjoyed creating these lilies, I cut them in plain white paper, coloured them with pro markers and then shaped them and glued them together.  I haven't yet used this topper as I am not sure what occasion it would be suitable for - I did enjoy doing it though!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Midwife Graduation

My daughter graduated as a midwife this September at the age of 41 (she is the mother of the granddaughter who graduated as a paediatric nurse).  We are proud beyond words that she has achieved her goal.  She is a single mother of two girls and her dedication to achieving her aim in life has been incredible.  There were inevitably setbacks along the way, but she got there in the end.  I designed this card for her, but I have to say thank you to Frogzone of the UKS site for the stork file which I have adapted for my purposes.  My daughter loved the card - it made her laugh.

R.N. Graduation

My lovely granddaughter graduated as a paedatric nurse in September last year.  We are all so proud of her.She has always wanted to be a nurse even from a little tot and has now achieved her dream.  She is currently working as a theatre nurse in the Birmingham Childrens Hospital which is a wonderful opportunity for her.  I designed this congratulations card for her.

My daughter in law had one of those "0" birthdays last year so I designed this daisy gatefold for her with the 40 well hidden inside as I didn't think she would want too much reminding! It was fun to make and I decorated the flower centres with purple seed beads.  I think she liked it! The studio cutting file is again freely shared on the UKS site.

6 inch square card with ribbon detail

Again I can't remember who I designed this for but I do remember being very pleased with the way it turned out - lacy just the way I like it! The white, cream and gold looks quite classy I think and the embossed mat sets if off.  It took a while to assemble it all to my liking, but I was pleased with the end result.

Lacy gatefold birthday

I enjoyed designing this lacy gatefold card - I can't remember who I designed it for, but I think it was for my sister.  It took me quite a while to get it as I wanted it but I did feel it was worthwhile in the end.  These lacy layers (which I love to do) are quite difficult to stick onto the backing and I usually use Herma repositionable as I find it easier to reposition if I don't just get it correctly placed.  I've tried a glue pen but by the time I've got to the end of the design it's drying too much at the start and won't stick properly, it also works out quite expensive to use a glue pen so I stick to the good old Herma!

Below is the inside of this card.

Someone Special

I can't believe it is almost a year since I uploaded anything into my blog! I think the last one was my granddaughter's 21st and now she is almost 22!

This is a card I designed for a very dear friend of mine last year - a nice lacy design mat laid over a scalloped base card.  I found this pleasing to do and my friend loved it.  The studio template for this card is shared on UKS as usual.