Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday card for my Mum

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

Thanks for your 'Get Well' wishes from my last post - I really appreciated them and they certainly cheered me up no end!
Today I am sharing a card I made for my Mum's birthday.  This is also my entry for the following challenges:  

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - September Challenge - where the challenge is to encourage you to use up your stash of patterned paper.  The challenge is also open worldwide which is really cool!

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it WT533 - Favourite Tools - mine are my Big Shot, Dies, Perfect Layers Tools, Lace Doily edge punch and embossing folders.

This was one of those times where everything for my card came together very quickly and easily: just love it when that happens :-)

Every layer on the card is patterned paper - no cardstock other than once I had finished the card front, I attached it to a white cardstock base - and all the papers are by Basic Grey - Kissing Booth - which I bought back in 2011.  The image is a 3D sticker by K and Co. which I have had for quite a few years and had completely forgotten about it till I was rummaging around in my stash looking for something floral.  I diecut a circle from cream designer paper and ran it through my Big Shot using my Jamara embossing folder then popped the sticker on the paper but added a bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue to the back of the sticker to make sure that it would stick really well to the embossed paper.

The pale pink paper on the bottom panel was also embossed with the Jamara folder and the dark pink paper was punched using a Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch.

The pale pink seam binding was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Impression Obsession - Sentiments 1 - and was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some of the pink designer paper.  I diecut the sentiment using a Spellbinder Labels Trio die and added some Couture Creations pink gemstones to each end.

All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools

The K and Co. sticker came with tiny pink gemstones already added to the flowers plus both the butterfly and flowers were already glittered (not that you can see the glitter in my photo but it is there!).  Here is a close-up so you can see the dimension on the image:

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Sentiments 1 WP16 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Basic Grey Kissing Booth (2011) 12" x 12"

Dies:  Spellbinder Labels Trio Shapeabilities S3-147, Lifestyle Nesting Circles L-CC-001, Lifestyle Nesting Scallop Circles L-CC-005

Accessories:  Pale pink seam binding, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Cuttlebug Jamara 5" x 7" embossing folder, Big Shot, Couture Creations self-adhesive pink gemstones, K and Co. Tim Coffey Foliage Grand Adhesions dimensional stickers, Perfect Layers Tools, dimensionals, doublesided tape, Tombow Mono Multi glue, white card base

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily Edge

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wellington Bear Father's Day card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net

I am still not very well and suffering alot of pain which is quite debilitating (hence my lack of blogging) but I did manage to make a Father's Day card for my husband who is an awesome Dad to our daughter.  We celebrate Father's Day on the 1st Sunday in September here in Australia.

This is also my entry for the Papertake Weekly Challenge of Anything Goes. The Challenge also has the optional extra of recycle/upcycle (which I didn't do).

I love Wellington Bear for making masculine cards - and although this range by Docrafts has been out for quite some time, it is still readily available if you do a search online.  I bought numerous Wellington Bear Decoupage Packs at the (Australian) Picture to Page Scrapbook Show late last year so I have a nice little stash ready for all the masculine cards that I need to make.

Please note that I can longer recommend suppliers other than Australian ones.  I often get emails asking where to buy a particular product in the USA but as I rarely buy from the USA, I cannot be sure of a company's customer service, communication or reliability.  The same goes for UK companies.  Near the top of my blog, I have added a page:  Where I buy my Craft Supplies which lists Australian Stores that I use frequently and love - and can therefore recommend based on personal experience.

Anyway, onto my card:

The Wellington Bear image already came diecut so it was super-easy to pop out the pieces and layer the pieces together using dimensionals.  The designer paper is an old one by Kaisercraft - Reminiscing - which I picked up at my local Kaisercraft Clearance store.  I used both sides of the paper.

The side panel was punched using an EK Success Open Scallop border punch and popped up on dimensionals to accommodate the Jute Ribbon which is quite thick.  I bought the ribbon from KMart in their scrapbooking section and added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

I added Glossy Accents to Wellington's glasses which looks really cool in real life - but it is hard to see in the photo:

I added 3 x brown brads from my stash to the bottom right-hand side.  The sentiment is also from the same decoupage pack and was popped up on dimensionals.

The chocolate brown and dark teal cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools; the kraft cardstock layer was trimmed to 1/16".   The corners were rounded using my Stampin' Up corner punch.

Here is a photo so you can see a bit more of the dimension:

As well as the Papertake Weekly Challenge, I am entering my card into the Splitcoaststampers Free for All Friday Challenge F4A275 of Honor Thy Father from the 29th May which was for cards for Father's Day due to the USA celebrating Father's Day in June.  Thankfully, there are no time limits to play SCS Challenges.

I think you could use this Wellington Bear image for many occasions for a guy - not just Father's Day.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Hopefully, I will post again soon!  I know I am uber-keen to get back into my Craft Room on a regular basis as I am really missing it.  


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Reminiscing P203 - Hold Dear (both sides) - retired

Dies:  None

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Decoupage pack, dimensionals, Jute Ribbon - Franceville (KMart), Fray Stop, Perfect Layers Tools, brown brads (stash), Glossy Accents, doublesided tape, cardstock - kraft, dark teal, chocolate brown

Punches:  Stampin' Up corner, EK Success Open Scallop border

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