60th Birthday Card

Welsh Birthday Card

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The boss of the carers who come here to help with my mother every day, and help me with showering and hair washing twice a week, had asked me if I’d make her a birthday card to give to her sister.  I didn’t have much of a brief – only that it should have “60” on it, say “Penblwydd Hapus” (Which is Welsh for Happy Birthday), and be big and blingy.  I should have asked what was her favourite colour, whether flowers were OK, etc., but I forgot.  So I did my usual – think about it for a couple of days, then collected an assortment of equipment and consumables, and started working on the idea that had come to me.

What I Used
  • 1 x A3 Sheet of White Cardstock for card, plus 2 for box
  • 2 x A4 sheets of Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Items from a Kanban Oval collection that included, dies, floral toppers, foiled frames, etc.
  • 3 x Fabric Flowers that I put together myself from a Craft Buddy Forever Flowers kit
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Pinflair Glue
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding Glue for constructing box
  • Foam Tape
  • Sticky Backed Faux Gems
  • 2 x Adorable Scorable A4 cardstock from Christmas Collection
  • “Penblwydd Hapus” Silver Peel Offs
  • “60” Silver Peel Offs
  • Hoogie Board
  • Cutterpillar Pro Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Crossover Die Cutting Machine
What I Did

I made an asymetrical double easel card from a sheet of A3 heavy white cardstock, makeing the finished card A4 in size.  I put a sheet of silver glitter card on the inside/base and trimmed a background cardstock sheet from the Kanban collection and stuck it on top.

A sheet of the glitter card was also cut in half, the corners rounded with a punch, and stuck to the bottom half of each easel.

I then took the a couple of sheets of the foiled cardstock that matched the dies, and one sheet of toppers that matched the dies, and using my die-cutting mathine I cut out several layers from within these. The mats to go between the layers were cut using dies from the same oval collection out of a co-ordinating Adorable Scorable cardstock.  By matting and layering like this the foiled cardstock could be gutted, thus meaning that the top layers of the panel with the greeting as well as the stopper for the easel were cut out of the centre of the layers that form the decorative edged layer that’s stuck first onto the easels.

I also cut a long strip from the Adorable Scorable as well as a strip from a sheet from the Kanban kit that had a foiled decoration, stuck the foiled decoration directly onto the plain strip and then used foam tape to stick the whole thing as a “butt bar” a couple of inches in from the edge of the card base.

I then used glue, fingerlift tape and foam tape to build up the panels on both easel sides of the card, as well as an extra panel as a second stopper to hold one easel back further than the first.

I then made up three flowers from the flower kit and stuck them using glue gel onto the stopper.

I then stuck several different sizes of sticky back gems onto the card.

The Finished Card

And here’s the finished card standing up.  I had thought of makeing one a twisted easel but in the end decided on makeing both front faceing but with one being set back a bit.

A closeup of one side.

And a Closeup of the other side.

Small sticky back faux gems have been stuck spaced out around the central topper and on the centre of the flower.

Larger faux gems were put along the butt bar as well as both corners of the patterned background, and tiny ones on the centres of all the flowers on the base background – you may need to click to enlarge to have a chance of seeing them – then click back to return here.

I even put one faux gem inside the centre flower on the stopper.

I do hope the person who asked me to make it liked it.  She asked one of the carers to collect it.

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Spring Card Swap

Spring Card Swap

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I’m a member of a group called Chronic Crafters! on Facebook.  Every now and then a swap is organised.  The theme for the latest swap was “swapping cards on the theme of spring/Easter”, and I was partnered with Avril.

I decided to make a bright, spring, themed card with a little dimension and decided that a little duckling would fit the Spring theme nicely.

So time to grab some crafting stash and get makeing.

What I Used
The Card I Sent

This is the head on view of the card.

I scored twice in from the foiled border and did an X cut from corner to corner to create the recess, before matting and layering flat and using foam tape to add the topper and other elements.

To hide a bit of the corner that opens out I put flowers in the three corners that were not covered by the heart mini topper using glue gel.

I decorated the inside as well. A piece of cardstock from the collection was used to cover the mechanism of the recess from the front while an Adorable Scorable card was attached to the back and some items from my stash were used inside.

The Card I Received

A lovely, dimensional decoupage, front to the card.

Photo taken at an angle to try and show the dimension.

And as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside.

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A Christmas Card Swap Project

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A Christmas Card For A Swap

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A Christmas Card or Decoration swap was organised on the “Chronic Crafters!” group on Facebook .  I decidèd to put my name down and was allocated a swap partner.

As soon as I put my name down, even before I knew who my swap partner was I started thinking about which card to send. I decided not to send one I’d already made, but to make something new.

I got out some of my Christmas consumables.  I have got quite a bit left despite the large number of cards I’ve already made.

I took a base card, that was pre-foiled with some baubles and a Merry Christmas. I think it was from a Create and Craft collection, the kit certainly came from C & C.

I chose a topper from one of the Hunkydory Christmas kits. Not sure which of the Hunkydory kit though as I have some bits left from several kits, including ones from previous years. The topper was one that came with a frameing element.

I used a roller glue tape on the topper inage itself and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape around the back of the frame.

These were then stuck onto my chosen card front.

I used some sticky back faux gems to decorate the card.

I printed a greeing onto good quality paper, trimmed it and stuck it inside as an insert.

I received a lovely card with a penguin on back from my swap partner Avril.

It has decoupaged layer dimension to the image.

A big thank you to Avril for my card which is now on display in our sitting room.

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So, I’m hopeing that I’ve shown you all the cards I’ve made for Christmas this year – but something tells me that I nay have missed some.  I’m going to go through all my crafting photos over the next week or so, and if I find any that are not up on my blog I’ll be back with more to show you in the new year.  Now I want to concentrate on makeing an assortment of everyday cards that I want to give various family members and friends as Calenig – New Year’s Gift – not really started yet, so it may be a project on a quiet day between Christmas and the New Year. I’ve also got several other crafting projects I’ve either planned or have started on.  So no telling what I’ll have to show you next.

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March Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Cards Received and Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.  Now that I’ve received a message from my swap partner that the card I sent has been received I can show you the creations.

My partner for the March Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Vicky Fortier. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the March Card Swap was – “Mother’s Day”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Vicky.  You can see more of her crafting on her blog – Here!

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Thank you so much Vicky. I love it.  The sentiment is just perfect.  A really lovely cellebration of love and family and home – the sort of things you think about when you hear the word – mother.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Vicky – I’ve used a digital download created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs on this card.

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Front View

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Angled Views

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Details:

Mothers Love Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for this card swap until I saw the Mini Kit by Janette, the designer at Stamping Dragon Designs.  Then I did a search on the word “mother” on the Internet and it came up with the quote “That best academy, a mother’s knee” by James Russell Lowell and I thought the two would go together perfectly.  I started this project by taking elements from the kit into one of my graphics packages and playing around with the layout until I was happy with it.  I printed it out onto 250gsm white cardstock and then cut out the card topper layer and added elements.  I took some lace and attached it to the back of the card front using ultra tacky double sided tape, before attaching the card front to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The base card being an 8″ square cream card.  I used the same foam tape to attach the circular additions to the right hand side and shaped the flowers before attaching them using glue gel.)

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February Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Cards Received and Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the February Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Jacqui Robinson. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the February Card Swap was – “valentines/love”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

This is the card I received from Jacqui.

Thank you so much Jacqui. I love purple, and with the gold your card looks very opulent.

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Outside and inside are gorgeous.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Jacqui – I’ve used a digital download created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs on this card.

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Front View

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I wanted the card to look nice with the tag removed as well.

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Both sides of tag

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Details:

Family Photo Stamp by Janette Padley (I don’t often do tags on my cards, but I thought it would be appropriate for this one.  One of the quotes I’ve used is Biblical and the other is one by Charles Kuralt that I read somewhere and noted at some point in the past.  The digi-stamp, quotes and two backgrounds for the tags were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured in the digi-stamp using my alcohol markers.   The colours I used were: Peony, Tropical Orchid, Red, Canary, Spring Lilac, and Purple ProMarkers, and Celestial Blue, Sapphire and Dove Grey FlexMarkers. The digi-stamp and tags were then cut out and the two sides and two greetings of the tags were stuck together using wet glue before tieing a ribbon through the holes.  The base card is an A4 cardstock that I scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I then stuck a layer of deep purple cardstock a little smaller than the card front on top using finger-lift tape.  The patterned paper is from a pack of 6″ square papers that I’ve got in my crafting stash – I cut off the right hand side of the sheet and cut the butterfly I’ve decoupaged on top out of that before sticking the paper in place using finger-lift tape as well.  Brads have been used to attach the “bar” that the digi stamp is sitting on, and glue gel was used to attach the digi to the bar – mostly covering the brads with the tails.  I finished off with some card candi and tucked the tag under the bar.)

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December Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Card Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you a card I sent for the December Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB.  The partner selected for me in this swap was Cheryl. As these things sometimes happen, Cheryl’s health wasn’t up to sending back a card on this occasion, but she has notified me that the card I sent her has arrived so I can show you the photos of it now.  The details of what I used to make it can be seen below.

The theme for the December Card Swap was “New Year”.

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CARD SENT:

I’ve used different items and techniques from the presision of some die-cutting to the “shabby” look of tareing on this card.

“2014 Hapus” is Welsh for “Happy 2014”, which I thought was a good greeting for a New Year card.

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Front View

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Angled Views

Details:

Ruperts Fairy Friend Stamp by Janette Padley and Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean (I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size provided and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were:  Red, Lipstick Red, Chestnut, Tan, Grass and Pressed Leaf. I then cut the image out along the outside edge.  I took an A4 sheet of yellow, pearlescent, cardstock and scored it in half using my Hougie Board.  I cut a panel just a little smaller than this from the background that I’d printed onto 250gsm linen textured cardstock and went round the edge with the Red ProMarker before sticking it to the front of my base card.  I took another sheet of the pearlescent yellow cardstock and tore panels from it, putting one behind the coloured image.  I searched my crafty stash for chipboard numbers for 2014, and die cut out the bunting letters “HAPUS” – which is welsh for “Happy”.  I also took a piece of ribbon from my crafty stash – which I seem to remember came off a box of chocolates at some point in the past.  The “flowers” were made from the waste from when I made my crackers using the method I showed you in my “Making Paper Flowers 8” pictorial guide.)

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January Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Cards Received and Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the January Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Lynne Walker. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the January Card Swap was “Birthday”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

January Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Lynne.

Thank you so much Lynne.  I love the colours you’ve used to colour in the digi-stamp and the embelishments you’ve used.

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Lynne’s used the “Nellie & Rupert Autumn Leaves” digi stamp on her lovely creation.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Lynne – I’ve used several digital downloads created by Janette Padley of Stamping Dragon Designs on this card.

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Front View

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Angled View

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Details:

Its a Party Elements by Janette Padley, Birthday Teddy by Janette Padley and Candy Dreamz Elements by Janette Padley (The digi-stamp was printed out twice onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock. I coloured the digi-stamp, and the baloons on the second copy, in using ProMarkers before cutting them out.  The colours I used were: Azure, Reef Blue, Olive Green, Forest Green, Cardinal Red, Canary, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5, Black, Henna, Walnut and Red Violet FlexMarker.  As I couldn’t cut around the strings of the baloons I just cut to the edge of the outermost one and coloured in the background between the strings and the teddy’s head using splodges of Antique Pink ProMarker.  I cut to the edge of the baloons on the second image and attached brown jute cord to the back with tape.  I designed the card front in one of my graphics packages using elements and background from the two listed kits.  When I was satisfied with the layout I printed it out ont the same cardstock as the digi-stamps and cut it out.  The base card was made by scoring a sheeet of star embossed A4 white cardstock from my crafting stash using my Hougie Board and then folding it in half.  I went round the card front with the Flex Marker I’d used previously and attached it to the card.  I then added the cut out digi-stamps using glue gel.)

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November Stamping Dragon Card Swap – Cards Received and Sent

Just a quick post this time to show you one card I received and one I sent.

My partner for the November Card Swap on the “Stamping Dragon Designs” group on FB was Vicky Fortier. Photos of the card I received from her, together with the card I sent her, and the details of what I used to make it, can be seen below. The theme for the November Card Swap was “CHRISTMAS”.

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CARD RECEIVED:

Novembeer Card Swap on the Stamping Dragon Designs FB group – this is the card I received from Vicky. Thank you so much Vicky.

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CARD SENT:

This next one is the card that I sent Vicky – I’ve done something a bit different and made the background all white on white with the coloured digi-stamp the only thing with colour on the card.

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  1. Front view of card.
  2. Slightly different angle and with flash that shows some of the twinkle on the window panes.
  3. Angled view of part of the card front.

Details:

Ruperts Window by Janette Padley ( I printed the image onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were:  Lipstick Red, Ruby, Bright Green, Grass, Cyan, Walnut and Cloud Blue FlexMarker .  After colouringit in I went over the window panes with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to give them a twinkling frosty look.  I also added some Martha Stewart glitter glue to the bottom right of each pane.  I got out my Joy machine and some of my small number of dies for this card, cutting several snowflakes and some Tattered Lace bunting to spell “Nadolig Llawen” – which is Welsh for Happy Christmas – out of linen textured cardstock.  I went over the snowflakes with the same clear Wink of Stella as I’d used on the window panes.  After cutting out the window I matted it onto white Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed to give a small border before attaching it to the front of a pre-cut and scored shaped card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I thredded some white, 6 strand cotton, through the bunting and then used glue gel to attach snowflakes and bunting to the card front.)

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