Saturday 29 December 2018

Birthday Card

The Christmas crafty stuff is mostly packed away now until next year and this time it is more organized than in the past in that it has been kept together.  This is something I mean to do every year and this year I actually achieved it, putting seasonal dies in one box and stamps in another (both boxes fairly large I have to confess) and this saves so much time looking through everything to find something specific.  I still have some paper and card to sort out but that ought not to take too long. 

Anyway I've now got myself back into making some cards for general occasions and here is a birthday card starting with a piece of watercolour card which was stamped using three shades of Distress Oxide ink and a dictionary page stamp.  The next move was to add some shabby borders, marching up the colours.  Another piece of the card was sponged with the same three colours and used to die cut a flower and also one layer of the sentiment plaque.  Found three matching gems and that's it - back into the card making swing again.

Dictionary Page - stamp from Stampin' Up
Edges - Inkspirational Borders stamp set Phill Martin
Flower - from Tim Holtz wildflower set
Sentiment Plaque - Sue Wilson Rhodes from Greek Island Collection
Distress Oxide - Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany

Sunday 23 December 2018


I'd like to wish all my followers and anyone else who spots this post a very Happy Christmas and very good wishes for the New Year.  Thanks you for all your visits and comments, all much appreciated and hopefully I can keep up to date with visiting and commenting in the months to come.

As this card is made entirely from snippets I'm going along to the Playground with it for the latest challenge and this is the bumper Christmas one with several opportunities to enter into the draw for a selection of seasonal prizes.  The lovely and generous Di has written a clear description of how to set about taking part in this event and if you are lucky enough to be chosen by 'Mr Random' you should have something to start you off on making cards for next Christmas.  Well worth popping along to see what is on offer starting with a very pretty card showcasing prize A.

As I said this card is made of snippets of mostly white card apart from the trees and the little deer.  I started with a snippet of white card which I coloured using two shades of blue Distress Oxide; next step was to find a larger snippet of white pearl card from which I cut an oval aperture before embossing with a snowy embossing folder.  The snow slopes were cut from more snippets of white pearl and the deer from a small piece of kraft card.  Most of the trees and the white snowflakes were left from other cards and I managed to use them up here; found a narrow strip of matching green to die cut the words.  I thought it just needed something else and the snippet of baker's twine just did the trick - everything was then assembled and glued together before putting it onto a white 6 x 6 card.