Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas Cards with Gifts and Baubles

Here are two more Christmas cards, both really easy and quick to make which is why I have put them on together.
Christmas Gifts, a very simple card and a great way to use up bits of patterned paper and pieces of ribbon. I used a standard A6 white card blank and cut three parcels out of plain and patterned paper, decorated them with narrow ribbon and a crystal flower and fixed them onto the card. The greeting is stamped in gold to match the parcels.

Hand made Christmas card with gifts and stamped greeting

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This card takes a little bit more work but not much! I covered a square white card blank with kraft card leaving a narrow margin, the baubles are die cut circles in two sizes, cut out of red glitter card and the strings and bows are made from narrow ribbon, the greeting is stamped in red ink and it is finished off with a self adhesive pearl flourish border at the bottom.

Hand made Christmas card with glitter baubles and a pearl flourish

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Glitter Framed Christmas Tree Card

Continuing with Christmas card making I wanted to try out a couple of new products, a snowflake die cutting set and ultra fine glitter.
I started with a standard A6 blank white card, then cut a piece of red card slightly smaller than the card base and cut a rectangular aperture in the middle of it. I stuck strips of 6mm double sided tape around the aperture, then peeled off the backing paper and sprinkled silver glitter onto it to create the sparkly frame. I marked the edges of the aperture on the card blank with a pencil so that I could position the stamp correctly and stamped the tree with red ink and embossed it with translucent powder. Red card candies were stuck on the circles that were stamped and a crystal flower made the star on top of the tree. The frame was then glued over the stamped image.
I die cut the snowflakes from white glitter card and stuck a red adhesive pearl in the centre of each one and finished off with a peel off greeting.

Hand made Christmas card with stamped tree, glitter and die cut snowflakes

I am pleased that the snowflake dies cut beautifully even through the thick glitter card.
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Debbie Wild

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Round Owl Christmas Card

I decided to start small and simple with Christmas cards this year, and wanted to try creating a different shape card.
I used a standard A6 white card blank and cut it using a 10cm plain circle die cutter, just leaving a 3cm long piece of the fold out of the die so that the two halves of the card are still joined. I then cut a red circle slightly smaller and finally cut the Little George card topper slightly smaller again and layered these onto the card blank. Self adhesive pearls and a peel off greeting finished it off. I think this would be a nice card to give to a child. I left it plain but you could add some glitter glue to the white part of his hat for some extra sparkle.

hand made round Christmas card with a cute owl topper

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vintage Cameo Birthday Card

For this card I pulled together several different vintage style elements to create the effect. The card blank is a standard white A6 size with pink card that has been embossed and had the edges inked matted onto it. I die cut the frame using two sizes of the decorative rectangles dies together (I used some masking tape to hold them both in position). The oval cameo centre comes from a Hunkydory Crafts die cut sheet. I inked the edges of the frame with black ink and decorated it with paper roses and self adhesive pearls, a velvet ribbon bow and a vintage style gemstone embellishment. The greeting is a silver peel off mounted on the same grey card as the frame with the edges also inked in black.

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Thank you for visiting.
Debbie Wild

Friday, 26 September 2014

Eid Mubarak Greeting Card

We are about a week away from Eid Al Adha so it seemed like the perfect time to make a card using our Eid Mubarak peel off stickers. I wanted to keep the card very clean and simple but fitting with Arabic style. I like the blue colour for the die cut shape but I think it would have worked equally well with a dark purple or red.
I started with a white 12.5cm sq card blank and cut it down to 11cm sq. The gold card is cut to 10.5cm sq which is just a couple of millimetres bigger than the die cut blue card. The wording, moon and star all come from the peel off sticker sheet.

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So I wish Eid Mubarak to all those who are celebrating and thank you for looking in, hope you like the card.

Debbie x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Poppy Birthday Card

After a long break over the summer I decided to go for something simple but striking to get me back into the groove. I love the poppies on the Garden Shelves card topper sheet from Little Claire so decided to use it for my card.
As you can see from the photo the card is very simple, I used a kraft card blank as this matched the background colour of the picture and layered that onto red card to match the poppies. A simple birthday greeting made from die cut red card, a black peel off and two charcoal pearls finished it off and continued the simple natural feel of the card.


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Hope you like it, thanks for taking a look.
Debbie Wild

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Graduation Cards

Every year thousands of young men and women graduate from university and this year my daughter will be one of them. I have been working on some graduation cards to try out our new range of graduation themed products.

The first was made using one of a collection of free background papers available from the website and a gorgeous miniature graduation cap and gown.

Hand made graduation card with miniature cap and gown

The background paper was cut slightly smaller than the DL card blank, adhered to the card and finished with gold peel off edging. The miniature cap and gown is adhered in the centre of the card with congratulation greetings above and below, one stamped and one using a peel off message. Both greetings are decorated with self adhesive pearls.

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The second card features a stamped 'hat toss' image and a tassel as a symbol from the graduation cap.

Hand made graduation card with hat toss stamp and tassel

I used a cream A6 card blank for the base, I stamped the 'hat toss' image in Cerualean blue onto pale blue card, hand cut around the shape, inked the edges with the same colour and fixed this to the bottom of the card. I cut a tag shape, attached a gold tassle and a gold ribbon bow and the message using gold peel off letters. I used a gold congratulations peel off at the top of the card to complete the message.

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Congratulations if you have someone graduating soon, I hope you like the cards and maybe got some ideas for designs of your own.

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Quick Birthday Card with Die Cut Card Toppers

I don't always have a lot of time to spend making cards so find that die cut card toppers and sentiments are great when you need to produce something quickly.
Here I have used two die cut sheets from Little Claire, Garden Shelves for the main image and Circle Sentiments for the greeting.

I used Promarker pens to colour the circle sentiment to match the card toppers, which has been inked around the edges with a pink ink pad and mounted on turquoise card. You can't really tell from the photo but I used foam pads to stick the circle sentiment on to add some dimension to the card. It is finished off with a pink pearl in each corner.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Stamped Crocus Birthday Card

Hi Everyone
I hope you have enjoyed the Easter break, I have been busy with visiting children which was lovely but hardly had a moment for card making. I did get a chance to try out our new Crocus stamp though on this birthday card. I love crocus, it's such a symbol of spring and appears in such gorgeous colours, I chose my favourite purple for this card but yellow or white would look equally good.
The card itself is very simple with the stamped image layered onto white and purple card, the white card is edged with silver peel off lines, I stamped the flower with black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder, then used Promarker pens to colour it in. The greeting is stamped in purple directly onto the lilac background paper.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Mothers Day Card with Die Cut Flowers

My Mum is also a card maker so it's an annual challenge to make a Mother's Day card that will impress her.
I started out making the die cut flowers for a different project with a different colour scheme, from yellow paper, but when I started inking the edges with a dark red (merlot) ink pad they turned a beautiful dark orange, no good for the original project but perfect for this one.
I started with a cream square blank card and inked the edges with merlot, the orange basket weave paper is one of our free downloads and is cut to half a centimetre smaller than the card. I embossed a strip of cream card with the lattice embossing folder, used a gold inkpad to colour the raised parts of the lattice design, inked the edges with merlot and adhered it across the centre of the card. I die cut an ornate shape from orange card, two flourishes from gold card,  and four leaves from green card, the edges of the ornate shape are also inked with merlot, these were all arranged and adhered as in the picture.
I made the flowers by cutting the petals from yellow paper and inking them with merlot ink, the largest flower is made with 5 petals cut with the flower die from the Marianne square frame and flower set. The petals are cut almost to the centre then rolled over each other and glued, Some are rolled tighter than others with the tighter ones forming the inside of the flower. The outer petals are all curled outwards by rolling them over a cocktail stick. The smaller flowers are made using the Marianne flower die listed below. For these I cut right to the centre between two of the petals and again rolled them over each other to make tighter ones for the centre and looser ones for the outsides, again curling the outer petals over. Each of the full flowers has a self adhesive pearl for it's centre. The buds are made with a single petal rolled over itself and glued.
Finally the greeting was stamped with Flitterglu and gilded using gold flake.
Mum has received the card and is delighted with it!
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Shaker Card with Flowers and Ladybirds

Good Afternoon!
Today I want to show you a card that I made using one of our new shaker card plastic domes. We have been selling the Hunkydory plastic domes for several years but I have always thought they were rather large, so I was delighted to find these smaller domes from Impression Obsession in the USA.
I couldn't wait to get them unpacked when they arrived, in a variety of shapes and with pre-cut overlays I thought they would be perfect. When I took one out of the packet I was disappointed at first to see that they are much shallower than the Hunkydory ones, restricting the size of things that you can put inside them to shake around. Having given it a bit more thought, I think there are plenty of smaller things that you could use inside them, like the little wooden ladybirds in this card, other ideas are table confetti, small sweets, sequins, flat buttons, punched paper shapes etc. so not as limited as I first thought. A big bonus is that you don't need to make a special envelope or boxerlope and with the latest Royal Mail charges in the UK being calculated on the size of the package including the thickness you will not incur any extra postal costs. Every cloud has a silver lining!

ladybird and flowers shaker card

So shaker cards are made easy because the plastic domes are self adhesive, just create your background scene, add your shaky bits, peel the backing off the plastic pouch and stick it over them.
I wanted to make a frame for the plastic pouch and found to my delight that one of the dies from our set of plain circle dies is the perfect size to use with the round plastic dome, I combined the plain die with a larger sized lacy circle die to make a pretty frame for my shaker centre piece. I tied a length of bakers twine around the plastic into a bow, added a die cut butterfly and a peel off greeting.  I am pleased with the final result and I like the way the ladybirds move around sometimes sitting in the grass, sometimes on the flowers.

The other shapes of plastic domes are square, rectangular, and heart shaped, and if you prefer the bigger Hunkydory ones they are available in circles and ovals.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Lattice Embossed Wedding Card

I can't remember the last time I made a wedding card so when I was invited to go to a wedding party last week I was eager to make a card for the happy couple. I have recently added some new embossing folders to the website including a fancy lattice design which I decided would work well for this card.

The card was very easy to make although it was a bit fiddly getting all the little pearls into place!
I started with an A6 white card blank, embossed a piece of white card with the Fancy Lattice embossing folder and trimmed it to about two thirds the height of the card, I attached a plain piece of white card to it and wrapped the purple ribbon round to cover the join and tied a bow in the centre. I adhered this to the front of the card blank, stuck a gold congratulations peel off in the top portion, a gold and pearl heart embellishment on top of the bow and a 3mm gold adhesive pearl to each intersection on the embossed lattice pattern. I also put an "on your wedding day" peel off inside the card but forgot to photograph that before I gave the card to the bride and groom.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Stamped and Embossed Valentine Card

Happy Valentines Day! Unfortunately due to illness I am rather late publishing my Valentine card for this year but better late than never.
I was still playing with the Four Roses stamp when I made this card so I used it to stamp a background on the die cut heart shape, which I heat embossed with a clear embossing powder, I inked the edges of the heart with red ink, mounted it onto a white doily and attached a white satin bow to finish it off. 
I started with a white A6 card blank, then cut a slightly smaller piece of red card and embossed it with a heart design. I used double sided tape to attached an offset cross of heart patterned ribbon and then attached the heart and doily.
I used silver peel off letters for the message, mounted on red and white card again with the edges inked with red.

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Gilded Rose Stamped Birthday Card

This is the second of the birthday cards that I made using the lovely Four Roses clear stamp, the light on the photograph makes the pink card look more vivid than it actually is, but it helps to show up the gilding.

I started with a white A6 card blank, cut it down to a square, and inked the edges with violet. I made a background panel by stamping the "All things grow with love" text stamp (from the Four Roses set) onto green card with dark green ink, I also inked the edges of the panel with violet which doesn't actually show up as violet but just darkens the edges a little. 
I stamped the rose onto pink card with Indigo Blu Flitterglu and gilded it with gold flake, the card is also edged with Flitterglu and gilded, I did the same for the message but used a gold Happy Birthday peel off for the wording. The rose and the greeting are both mounted on white card which is inked around the edges with violet.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Roses Clear Stamp Birthday Card

I first received stock of the Four Roses stamp from Woodware just before Christmas and have been dying to try it out ever since. I finally got to play with it a couple of weeks ago once the Christmas rush was over and I had time to make birthday cards for a couple of friends. I have to say I am very pleased with the results and enjoyed experimenting with the text stamps to create backgrounds.

 For this card I stamped the roses text with a watermark ink pad onto cream card to make a background and adhered this to a square card blank, I put a strip of green crocheted lace across the centre and cut a lacey circle with another of our new stock items the Spellbinders Lacey Circle die cutting set. I cut a plain circle from cream card, inked the edges and stamped the two roses in black, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I coloured the roses using water colour pencils. I adhered the circle to the lacey circle and attached that to the centre of the card.
The sentiment is also stamped on cream card in black and heat embossed with gold. I inked the edges of the cream card and mounted it on green card then attached it to the card.

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