Monday, May 16, 2011

Penny Black: For you - a birthday celebration

Hello blogging friends!  Free Smiley Courtesy of At last, I have been able to get into some cardmaking after what seems an eternity!!  Funny how when you haven't made a card for ages, it takes a while to get back into the groove and get the old mojo happening.  

It has been difficult to blog anything with Mr Blogger having some issues which I read about in Blogger Buzz and Known Issue for Blogger which I subscribe to.  If you don't subscribe to either, I would heartily recommend that you do so you know if there are any issues going on with Blogger.   Or check out the forum via the Help button at the top RHS of your Blog.  They have had to "roll-back" to an earlier version at their end and are now gradually restoring posts done since that roll-back.  I have noticed that some Bloggers have done their latest posts a couple of times probably not knowing what was going on and now their blogs have the same post several times over as Blogger is restoring them.  Anyway, I don't envy the Blogger Admin trying to fix what has obviously been a major problem - I imagine they would be very stressed and I'm grateful for all the work that they do behind the scenes.

As usual, I am digressing........back to my card.......

I started with a very simple masculine card for my nephew - which actually took me a silly amount of hours to do!  I just couldn't make up my mind about the sentiment panel and the ribbon.  Sometimes it takes longer for me to do a CAS (Clean and Simple) card than do a card with layers - it seems easier to "balance" the different elements on a layered card.  Rather ironic really when CAS cards are supposed to be quicker....... Free Smiley Courtesy of    But it's a style that I enjoy when it flows - plus it's a style I would like to master!   My blogging friend Robyn from Rainbows by Robyn is fantastic at CAS cards - check out Robyn's Blog here Free Smiley Courtesy of - you won't be disappointed.

I daresay you can see how I made my card, but I'll explain it in case you are new to cardmaking.  The kraft cardstock was run through my Cuttlebug using the Happy Birthday embossing folder and I rounded the corners with my corner punch.  I stamped the dog using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, heat-set it then coloured it with pencils + OMS, added some blue glitter to the present, cut the image out and popped it up on foam pads.  The sentiment panel was diecut using one of the Spellbinder Tags Trio dies and I inked around the edges with Sky blue pigment ink, heat-set it so it wouldn't smear, added the brads then popped this panel up on foam pads as well.  The sentiment actually says 'Celebrate All Day' but I masked off the words to just leave the word 'Celebrate'.  Lastly, I tied the ribbon on the card, slipped it off again and sewed the button to the centre, then slipped the ribbon back on - much easier than trying to sew the button on when the ribbon is already on the card.

Here is a little close-up peek of that cute little dog that I love so much:

This card fits the following Challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Week 151Clean and Simple

Moving along with the times - Challenge 98:  2 B's - at least 2 items on your project beginning with B, but you can have more.  My 'B' items are brads, blue, button and birthday.  And unfortunately belated as I got my weeks mixed up and I thought my nephew's birthday was THIS coming week, not last week!  Oops....

So that's about it.  Don't forget that you can email if you have any questions - my address is on the LHS of my Blog - just scroll down a little till you find it.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.  Hey - I just learned how to add smileys to my Blog (bet you can't tell LOL!) Free Smiley Courtesy of


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'For you' 3446E, Sentiment from Hero Arts - HA-CL292 Celebrate All Day clear stamp set

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia, Versafine Onyx Black, Versacolor Sky blue pigment

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder, Spellbinder Tags Trio S3-147, doublesided foam pads, blue brads, gingham ribbon, blue button + sewing thread, blue glitter - Art Institute (from Shabby Chic set), Designer Dries clear adhesive (for glitter), heat-gun, Prismacolor and Derwent Coloursoft pencils, OMS (Odourless Mineral Spirits), paper stumps, Cardstock:  American Crafts Kraft, KW Doggett "Knight" white

Punches:  Stampin' up corner punch


Merry said...

Wonderful card...that little dog is so perfect in the corner.

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Thanks for tips Jobear and have subscribed to one of them could not find the spot for the second one.. but will bookmark it thanks for being back too missed you! Shaz in oz.x

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Oh, Jobear, I looked on those helps you gave as I am having trouble logging in to do anything is that what you could not do Jobear? so cant change settings or anything on my blog, I can post as have two email accounts for posting but it wont allow me to use my hotmail account which is the administrator's log-in. Painful maybe it it part of this problem...will wait and see, may get corrected, hopefully. Shaz.x

MARY B said...

Super male card, that dog is so cute. Mary x

Kathie said...

Love this card. And welcome back!

Helen said...

Awww...cute card - love that wee pup!
Thanks for joining us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

kath said...

just adorable..your nephew is going to love his birthday card...thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday... hugs kath xxx

Lisa Jane said...

oh i love the embossing and that cute doggy
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for our 2B's challenge
Lisa x

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous card Jocelyn, the embossing gives it real effect.
Thanks for joining in our 2B's challenge at MAWTT we are so pleased you have shared this with us.
If you pop over to my own blog you could stand a chance of winning more prizes
Click the give-away picture in the sidebar.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Hazel (Didos) said...

Lovely Card, thanks for joining in on MAWTT with our B's Challenge this week Hazelxoxo

Amanda said...

Cute Card! I have lots of dog lover friends. May be CASE'ing this card.
Thanks for the inspiration.

debby4000 said...

Oh gorgeous, cute card.

Anonymous said...

Love the embossing and the cute little dog! Great masculine card.

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