Birthday fun

Hello crafty pals… here’s another card idea to share, which I made for my good friend Rosee, whose birthday is today ;)
She is the kind of person who will really appreciate this sentiment – making the most of the here and now.

birthday card monkey Hero Arts stamping embossing glitter woodgrainIt’s all good fun ;) I had a great time with some older Hero Arts stamps from the stash for this card – the cheeky monkey from clear set ‘Playful Animals‘ is watercoloured and fussycut (now that took some doing not to chop his limbs off accidentally!) and I’ve fixed him so it looks like he is hanging from the tags.

birthday card monkey Hero Arts stamping embossing glitter woodgrain

And that woodgrain background – also Hero Arts – is an old favourite, and I heat embossed it on black with a glittery copper embossing powder (‘Copper’ ZING by American Crafts). Love this effect. It just reminds me that I don’t heat emboss as often as I should – isn’t it great?! I have lots of powders, mostly by WOW, but also these ZING in all sorts of fancy colours, so will have to remember to get them out much more often ;)
Take a look at that fab sparkle it has when it catches the light…

birthday card monkey Hero Arts stamping embossing glitter woodgrainThe rest is self-explanatory ;)

I’ll be entering this into a couple of challenges-
Nat’s new 52 Card Challenge (wk15): ‘All creatures great and small’ and…
the WOW April challenge ‘Metal’ – that coppery shimmer is perfect ;)

See you laters, alligators, Rx

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Birthday make

Hello all
Here’s a quick idea I’m stopping by to share – this is a card I’ve made for my aunt’s birthday, which is this week.
(Sadly the photo is not great as I have been in quite a hurry and not had time to setup my photostudio light tent tonight, as G is poorly :( I’ve dismantled it while we’re sorting the spare room, so just a fast snap…)

flower birthday card idea die cutting doily Really like how this card’s turned out – some lovely layering on a Bazzill textured base ;) ….. pretty paper (Pink Paislee)… a bit of a doily… the heart strip is a scrap I’d been hoarding (it is so pretty with a foil accent) but time to put it to good use here!!! ….a diecut leafy flourish (MFT Die-namics ‘Leaf-filled Flourish’)… fabric and paper flowers topped off with a tied button <3

I’m entering this into the following challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons #74 – Dies and Punches
Sweet Stamps #163 – Dies

Bye for now, back soon I hope – I’ve another card in the works, hehe ;) Rx

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Watercolour fun

Hello ;)
So here am I again with another card to share, which was a thank you from my birthday goodies. I have barely had a chance to make anything new this week, thanks to a nuts schedule at work…. including time out of the office at a craft show in London, blahblah, you get the picture….

Here it is for you:flower card thank you inspiration stamping Hero Arts watercolourI loved making this one!! Apart from the fact that this Hero Arts ‘Large Flower’ stamp is an all-time fave (ancient and well-loved), it was great fun becuase I bought a new set of proper watercolours – pans in a palette and everything(!), not just my good old trusty watercolour pencils which I know and love. I spent some of my birthday money on a beautiful set as I’ve been hankering after developping my skills, so a good few Youtube videos later and this was the first colouring experience as a result. (I did get warmed up with a couple of others with just wash backgrounds, before this, but this was my first proper colouring job!!) Chuffed ;)

flower card thank you inspiration stamping Hero Arts watercolourI was really pleased with the blending, and the painterly look to the sky too… I am converted now to my new paints!!
And it just needed a splash of gold thread, pearly button and a shimmery gold sticker, new MME (which just ended up looking brown in the photo, sorry, haha!), to finish ;)

I’m itching to get crafty again this weekend – I had the afternoon off work as my friends who work on a sister magazine to the one I am editor of, Quick Cards Made Easy, hosted a fabulous Stampin’ Up party in the office. The demonstrator was a lovely lady called Amy, and it was all great fun, and of course I had to place a bit of an order. So tempting! So I can’t wait to get my treats!

Bye for now then, have a good weekend whatever you get up to, crafty friends, Rx

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A butterfly thank you

This week has been quite the busy one so I’ve not had much chance for crafting or blogging for that matter, but here I am with a little inspiration ;)
I thought I’d share a few of the cards I made for my birthday thank yous, today and in the next couple of posts… Plus also I have a peek of a very exciting birthday present that I got too!

Here’s my card for today then…
thank you card idea inspiration butterfly stamping Waltzing Mouse StampsAll very bright and springtimey ;)
The butterfly is one of my fave stamps (WMS ‘Nordic Spring’), sparkled up with some gems. It’s on a pearlsecent blue cardstock with some flowery patterned paper (by First Edition, can’t remember the name of the pad), a flowery border tag by American Crafts (ricrac tied!) plus a Jillibean Soup greeting label. Finished it off with a border of Liquid Pearls.

Here’s a closeup of my fussycut butterfly- you can see how I popped up the edges of the wings on extra foam pads for a fluttery 3D effect ;)

thank you card idea inspiration butterfly stamping Waltzing Mouse StampsPerfect ;)
I’m entering this card into a couple of challenges…

JellyPark challenges – Things with Wings
Crafting for all Seasons #72 – spring into spring
Cuttin and Stampin – Butterflies are Buzzing

Meanwhile I promised you a peek at one of my very exciting brithday presents…. I got a fabulous photography studio setup – light tent plus lighting, from my mum, brother and SIL. It is what I have been wanting for a long time so what a treat to be able to ask them for this for my special birthday! I did lots of research online and picked out one that I hope will be great for taking blog pics any time of day (as you an see from my card pics taken using it today – taken in the evening!!!). And also I want to use it to take better photos for my etsy store. We can also use it for better eBay pics too ;) WIN!
Here are some pics I snapped when unpacking it in the living room…

light tent miniphotostudio

The boxes were like Russian Dolls, five of them all packed in, so we had a lot of cardboard recycling to do this week!!….

light tent miniphotostudioThere we go then, well done if you lasted til the end of my long post today, haha!! Hope you have a good weekend and get some crafty time in there ;)
See you soon, Rx

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Manly birthday card idea ;)

Hello crafty pals
Just stopping by with a quick card share. (Still feeling beset by the sniffles, so this is a short one.)

Just a card I stamped for a work-pal of hubby’s, also a writer, celebrating his birthday…

birthday card typewriter stamping masculine ideaI stamped the background using lots of different ABC sets all in coordinating inks, and layered up the fussy cut typewriter image (Hero Arts cling ‘My Type’) with a birthday message spooling out of it ;)

Will be entering this into the Birthday Card Quickfire challenge at Catered Crop – hope I can get it entered in time… just under the wire!
Byeee folks, happy 1 st March, Rx

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