Friday, August 5, 2022

Stamperia Cosmos Moon Birthday Card

 
Hi everyone 😀

I am sharing another masculine birthday card that I made using the gorgeous Stamperia Cosmos designer papers:


This is also my card for the following Challenge.  If you click on the underlined link, it will take you to the Challenge Blog:

     Seize the Birthday - #244 - No Stamping



This main image is from the Stamperia papers and was layered onto some navy blue cardstock and trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I chose this image because my brother loves astronomy.  The side panel was punched using a Fiskars Threading Water border punch.  The ribbon is from my stash.

The wooden Happy Birthday is by Crafts4U - Happy Birthday Wooden Embellishments which come in a pack of 20.  I glued it on using Helmars 450 Quick Dry adhesive.  The wooden star came in a pack of assorted stars which I bought from a Craft Show and has no brand name on them.

The bottom three faux brads are by Craftwork Cards - Card Candi from their Prince Charming pack.  I have had these in my Craft Room for years and rediscovered them recently when looking for something else.  They are cardboard domed embellishments that you attach to your project using dimensionals.

Once I had finished my card front, I glued it to a kraft card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Finished size is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

Thanks for visiting my blog today 😃

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Papers:  Stamperia Cosmos 12" x 12" pad

Accessories:  Tombow Mono Multi glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive, dimensionals, Craftwork Cards Card Candi - Prince Charming, ribbon (stash), Crafts4U Wooden Embellishments Happy Birthday #70074, wooden star (unknown brand), cardstock - navy blue, kraft cardstock base

Punches:  Fiskars Threading Water border


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Stamperia Cosmos Owl Birthday Card

 
Hi everyone 😀

We have a swag of guy's birthdays in our family this month so I have started to make some cards using the Stamperia Cosmos papers which I absolutely adore.  The card I am sharing today will be winging it's way to Tasmania to my brother-in-law.


The main image was trimmed from one of the Cosmos papers.  Isn't that owl gorgeous?! 😍

I popped it onto some navy blue cardstock and trimmed it to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools as are all the layers.  

The sentiment is by Kaisercraft - Workshop - from their 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" pad.  I love that they have lots of sentiments at the back of their pads.

Once I had finished the card front, I glued it to a kraft card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

It's a very simple card but hey, sometimes less is more especially when you have such gorgeous papers that do all the hard work for you 😀

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer papers:  Stamperia Cosmos 12" x 12" pad, Sentiment - Kaisercraft Workshop 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" pad

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, Tombow Mono Multi glue, cardstock - kraft and navy blue


Friday, July 29, 2022

Uniquely Creative Full Bloom Retirement Card


Hi everyone 😀

Today I am sharing a Retirement Card that I made for a cardmaking acquaintance.

About 2 years ago, I got chatting to a lady at the Self-Serve Checkout at our local supermarket and this lady was just starting out her cardmaking journey - so from then on, we would share photos of our latest makes and encourage each other.  I will miss our chats but I am sure we will see each other at the Craft Shows.

My card uses all Uniquely Creative Full Bloom products - mostly from their Card Kit - other than the sentiment on the card front.


The layout is based on one from their Full Bloom Cardmaking Kit - but I did change up alot of things.

I used Creative Cuts for the flowers around the sentiment panel.  The sentiment panel is from the 6" x 6" pad which originally had a white interior but it looked too stark against the rest of the card so I trimmed it out and added some peachy coloured paper which is the back side of the 12" x 12" paper - Blossom.  I used this same paper for underneath the floral paper.  The floral paper is from the 6" x 6" paper pad and was trimmed to an 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The sentiment is a freebie from a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine which I have had for ages.  I stamped it using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink which I thought was more in-keeping with the muted tones of the images.

The organza ribbon came with the cardmaking kit and I tied it using my Bow Easy and glued it on using Fabric Glue.  The pink rhinestones are also by Uniquely Creative.  

I added some Stampin' Up! Dazzling Details glitter glue to the flower centres and Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush to the edges of the flowers (not that you can see in the photo).

Once I had finished the card front, I glued it to a white card base using Tombow Mono Multi.  I am sure you could use the card for many occasions and not just retirement.

I even decorated the card inside:  


The sentiment is from the Full Bloom Sentiment sheet in the card kit.  The roses were fussy-cut from one of the 6" x 6" sheets.

And I decorated the envelope too:


The rose was fussy-cut from one of the 12" x 12" sheets.  Of course, all the flowers on the card inside and envelope were glittered so look very pretty in real life.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments you care to leave.

Jocelyn 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Just a Note - Sincere Sentiments - free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Designer Paper:  Uniquely Creative Full Bloom 6" x 6" and 12" x 12"

Accessories:  Uniquely Creative Cuts Full Bloom, organza ribbon, Bow Easy, Uniquely Creative Pink Rhinestones - UCE1765, fabric glue, Tombow Mono Multi blue, Stampin' Up! Dazzling Details glitter glue, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, white card base


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Some sad news about our Ruby

 
Hi everyone,

I have some very sad news about our Ruby.  Ruby had been doing so much better under the care of her new Vet and putting on weight and eating well and so much happier - but then suddenly she became very unwell.  She had vomited and her breathing the next day became very noisy and she had stopped eating and was very listless and unhappy.   We took her to the Vet and she stayed overnight with them.   They did an X-ray which (unexpectedly) showed a large inoperable tumour around her heart as well as pneumonia caused by aspirating ie: breathing into her lungs what she had vomited.  There was also cancer in her lungs.   

Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done and the kindest thing was to put her to sleep.   The Vet rang me to tell the bad news whilst my daughter was at school so after the school pick-up, we went to the Vet to take Ruby home for a couple of hours for lots of pats and cuddles before we took her back that evening to put her to rest.  The Vet was so kind and gentle and explained the X-rays so that our daughter could understand the situation and that we were out of options.  We nearly lost Ruby back in January because she was misdiagnosed so after seeing a new Vet with the right diagnosis, we were at least able to spend another 5 months with her and I am very grateful and thankful for the new Vet giving us that time.   

Ruby was so loved and such a big part of our family and was always wanting pats and cuddles.  The house seems so quiet and empty and we are heartbroken.  It is too soon to talk about getting another cat or kitten.  We need to heal and not feel like we are just replacing her.

Here is one of the last photos I took of Ruby just a week before she passed.  She was sitting in her favourite spot - the loungeroom window in the sun.  This is how I want to remember her - warm and happy and smiling.  


We miss you Ruby and will never forget you.  

Jocelyn 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Penny Black Celebrating Thank You Card

 
Hi everyone 😀

Today I am sharing a Thank You Card that I made for our new Vet who has been helping Ruby recover from her illness.  Unfortunately, the correct diagnosis was missed so I am glad that I sought a second opinion. Ruby is slowly gaining weight and certainly brighter in herself and has more of her sassy side back - and enjoying her new Hypoallergenic diet food.   Ruby has a check-up next week so we will see what the Vet says.  Nonetheless, I am being cautiously optimistic.

I didn't have alot of cat stamps that I thought were suitable - and eventually settled on this one:  Penny Black - Celebrating - which is an old wood-mounted stamp.  I thought the balloon would put a smile on his face because, let's face it, who doesn't like a balloon no matter what age or gender you are?!


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - May - Anything Goes

Crafty Catz - Challenge 593 - Anything Goes with Optional Twist of use your 3 favourite colours 

Critter Crazy Challenge Blog - Challenge #62 - Anything Goes with a Featured Critter 

I stamped the image onto Ranger watercolour cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured it using Lyra watercolour pencils and a #2 round paintbrush.  I went over any of the black lines using a Zig Millenium .03 black pen to darken the lines up again.

I added Glossy Accents to the balloon to add some shine.  The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley which is unmounted rubber that I bought before they went digital.  I diecut some stars from the blue part of the designer paper using my Big Shot and a Memory Box die set - Hearts and Stars - and glued them on using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.   Here is a close-up pic:


The designer paper is old and retired - Kaisercraft Pet's Paradise - and I think was released in 2012.  I bought a stack of it on clearance at a Kaisercraft store.  The dotted cardstock was made using a very old embossing folder - and the first one I ever bought - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.  I still get such a kick out of embossing cardstock and think that it such a cool thing to be able to do yourself.  All the layers were trimmed to either 1/16" or 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The ribbon is from my stash.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

I decided to decorate the card inside as I had a strip of the dry-embossed cardstock and the designer paper leftover - so put them to good use.  I also added a diecut blue star to the bottom RHS.  The 'Thank You' came from an assorted pack of sentiments I bought at a Craft Show and just happened to match everything perfectly.


Once I had finished the card front, I glued it to a kraft card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

I hope the Vet likes his card.   

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Celebrating - 1472E - wood mount, Sentiment - Lili of the Valley

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Pet's Paradise - P229 - Pampered Pet - 12" x 12" (retired)

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, Zig Millenium .03 black pen, #2 round paintbrush, Lyra watercolour pencils, Glossy Accents, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, ribbon (stash), Tombow Mono Multi and Mono Aqua glue, Cardstock - Ranger Watercolour, Colormates Deep Creamy Cocoa, scrap of greyish brown, white, kraft card base

Dies:  Memory Box Hearts and Stars #98755 (retired - first released 2014)


Sunday, April 17, 2022

Penny Black Bunny Kiss Easter Card + Update on Ruby


Hi everyone 😀

I have been on a roll of late making cards and boy, my Craft Room is a mess 😮 - but it is good to get back into making more cards and blogging.  Today I am sharing an Easel Card that I made for my daughter for Easter:


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PBSC April - Anything Goes with optional Easter  
 
Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday Challenge F4A634 - Renewal Old to New - with suggestions of using old items from your stash or recycle something etc.  My old items are the border punches and both stamps.  

The main image is by Penny Black - Bunny Kiss.  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Ranger watercolour cardstock and coloured it using Lyra watercolour pencils and a #2 round paintbrush.  I went over the black outlines using a black Unipin 0.1 marker to make them darker after colouring.   I diecut the panel using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Rounded Squares dies.  The tiny pink hearts around the image are the leftover punchies after using an EK Success Arrows border punch as they look like tiny hearts to me.  I added Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue to the cheeks on the bunny and chick as well as the flowers and tiny hearts.  You can see a little bit of the glitter in this close-up:


The designer papers are by Craft Consortium - Bloom and Wild.  I adore the designs in this pad - so pretty.

The sentiment is a clear stamp by Pink Gem Designs which I have had for a really long time which came in a set.  Pink Gem Designs have a store on Etsy but only sell digital products these days.  I rounded the corners on the sentiment panel using a Corner Chomper then added Artstar pink gemstones.  I popped the panel up using several scrap pieces of cardstock so it would hold the front panel in place when open.

The punched border is my old favourite - Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch.  The ribbon is from my stash and I attached it in 2 separate elements - and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I glued the bow down using Fabric glue.  The pink and white cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/16" or 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

Here is a photo of the closed card:


On a happy note and an update from my blog post on 21st February:  I took our cat Ruby to a different Vet clinic a week ago to get a 2nd opinion about her vomiting and he took about 5 seconds to diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Disease from Ruby's blood tests which had been taken by our regular Vet clinic.  Somehow, the diagnosis had been missed and they were thinking that her vomiting was caused by a tumour - possibly a brain tumour - and they had recommended X-rays and an ultrasound - and if that showed nothing, an MRI.  Poor Ruby was so thin and very unhappy.  So, the 2nd Vet put Ruby on a specially made Hypoallergenic diet by Royal Canin and nightly steroids and wow, what a difference!  This Vet also said that it is more common than what you might think with dogs and cats developing IBD.  Apparently, the animal develops an allergy or intolerance to either one food or multiple foods or preservatives or something else in the food that upsets them.  It was so confusing because Ruby could eat some foods and keep them down - but other foods, would come up - yet she was asking for food all the time.  Of course, it all makes sense now with the diagnosis.   

He also said that having an X-ray or ultrasound isn't necessary UNLESS Ruby doesn't respond to the special diet food and continues to vomit - so I am glad that my instincts told me to get a 2nd opinion before paying out over $1000 for the tests.  Ruby is eating well and back to her sassy-self - still a bit quiet but putting on weight.  I am being cautiously optimistic - but gosh, it's been a difficult couple of months and I felt like my heart was being ripped out.  It's awful when you see your beloved pet goes downhill.   Ruby is 13-1/2 so not a young cat but oh, we just adore her and we can't imagine our life without her.  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Happy Easter everyone!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Bunny Kiss!  2563H wood-mount, Sentiment - Pink Gem Designs

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  Craft Consortium - Bloom and Wild 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, Lyra watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, ribbon - stash, Bow Easy, black Unipin 0.1 marker, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Perfect Layers Tools, Artstar pink gemstones - Easter - 7mm, Tombow Mono Multi and Mono Aqua glue, Fabric glue, Martha Stewart Score Board, Corner Chomper, Cardstock - rose pink, white + white card base, Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge, EK Success Arrows border

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Rounded Squares


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Stamperia Cosmos Get Well Card


Hi everyone 😃

My brother is sick with COVID and this is the card that I made for him:
 

This is also my card for the following Challenges.  Please click on the underlined links to take you to the Challenge.

    Crafty Catz - #590 - Anything Goes
    Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #267 - Anything Goes
    Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday - F4A622 - It's a Guy Thing
    Incy Wincy Designs - April 2022 - Easter +/- Animals

I will be posting him a Care Package with the card and some goodies to make him smile.

The owl image is from the Stamperia Cosmos 12" x 12" pad - as are all the designer papers.  I adore this collection as it has great images for masculine cards.

I didn't have a 'Get Well' wooden embellishment so used a 'Hello' one instead.  It never ceases to amaze me how you can have a gazillion things in your stash and still not have what you need 😏   I attached the sentiment using Helmar 450 adhesive which is an excellent glue for these types of embellishments.

All the layers were trimmed to either 1/16" or 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  The ribbon is from my stash and I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.  The side panel was punched using an EK Success Open Scallop border punch.  

The kraft cardstock is from KMart and the navy blue cardstock is from my stash.  

The bottom three faux brads are Craftwork Cards - Card Candi from their Prince Charming pack.  I have had these in Craft Room for years and rediscovered them recently when looking for something else.  They are domed embellishments that you attach to your project using dimensionals.

Once I had finished the card front, I attached it to a Uniquely Creative white card base.  Finished size is 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm.

I think this card could be used for lots of different occasions just by changing the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for any comments you care to leave - they are appreciated.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Stamperia Cosmos 12" x 12" pad

Accessories:  Dimensionals, ribbon - stash, Fray Stop, Hello sentiment - Kaisercraft Lucky Dip Wooden Flourish pack - Bloom FL597, Perfect Layers Tools, Helmar 450 adhesive, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Craftwork Cards Card Candi - Prince Charming, Cardstock - kraft (KMart), navy blue and Uniquely Creative white card base

Punches:  EK Success Open Scallop border 54-40035


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