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Monday, 29 September 2014

Dad's 80th birthday

My Dad's 80th birthday party is in a couple of weeks, so I wanted to avoid the last minute panic and make his card well in advance when I had a few minutes. 

Ever mindful of the massive amount of things I have to use up, I turned to the CTMH "Free to be Me" paper pack, which was received in the previous year's catalogue, so time to use up, if possible. 


I took a 5 3/4 square card and cut the base 5 1/2 square inches out of the embossed blue card, and also cut a 5 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 long rectangle from the vellum.  I turned the extra 1/4 inch over on the left and ran a length of extra strong tape over on the back, which adhered the vellum to the blue base.  I then adhered the blue base to the card base. 

I used Glacier cardstock to cut the third sized Spellbinders Labels One die, and then cut the larger square out of the blue cardstock from the "Free to be Me" paper pack.  Adhere the Glacier cardstock die cut on top with 3D foam tape.  Place the numbers on top and then draw a border around the darker blue edge with white pen.  Don't worry if it is not perfect - the stickles will cover.  Once dry, place the Stardust Stickles over the white border to add the glitter.  Set aside some hours to dry. 

Cut the tip of the washi tape into a banner peack and adhere about an inch from the bottom. 

Adhere the die cut journaling block on to the top.  Now stamp two of the feathers - one with Lagoon, one with Twilight ink.  I added some ink to a craft sheet and spritzed water on top and then stamped for a watercolour look.   I outlined the lighter feather with watercolour pencil for a more defined edge.  I then added some pen strokes to both feathers and embossed them with silver.  I added some finer strokes in silver pen for a more realistic effect. 

Cut out the feathers and adhere to the side of the journalling block with 3D foam dots, curling up some of the edges a bit with your paintbrush.  I stamped the swirling banner out of Glacier ink and cut out.  I stamped "Happy Birthday" in Lagoon and then cut out.  I adhered the banner on top of the feathers with 3D glue and once secure, added the two separate words on top with more 3D glue for another layer.

You can also add more glue dots underneath the tip of the feather and one of the sequins to further anchor the vellum to the cardstock.

Add the finishing touch of the silver sequins and you're done! 

Close to My Heart Free to be Me paper pack - blue cardstock, feathers vellum
CTMH Silver Geometric washi tape
CTMH Silver sequins
CTMH Stamp Sets:  Feathers, Give a Lift, Holiday Tags
CTMH Glacier, Lagoon, Twilight inks
Derwent Inktense water colour pencils
White pen, silver pen
Silver embossing powder
Stardust Stickles
American Crafts Thickers
3D Foam Pads
Helmar Three Dimensional glue
Glue Dots

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Men's cards - Crate Paper Brook

Last Sunday was Father's Day here in Australia, so I made a card for Paul from the boys, and one for my Dad. 

I NEVER usually go mad and buy a whole paper range, but I certainly did for this one - I still just love it.  Great earthy colours yet still vibrant and bright, and really suitable for lots of different subjects. 

I usually just make cards with my left overs, but I just grabbed this container and started to go for it. 

The above one was for my Dad.  The mini chevron punch, gems and stamps are all CTMH. 
Happy birthday Michael!  I used one of the embellishment stickers and some punched leaves.  Ribbon and mini ricrac stuck down with Glue Lines - amazing stuff. 
Some of the different patterned papers, cut into strips and inked around the edges.  One of the chipboard stickers and then edged with aqua stickles for some bling!
Crate Paper Brook patterned paper, stickers and chipboard
Close To My Heart Holiday Tags stamps, gems, chevron punch
Stone coloured mini ricrac, white ribbon
Aqua Stickles
Simon Says Stamp! Dark Chocolate ink
I have a feeling that this range will be used up to the entire centimetre .... but it should be adorning some Project Life pages soon, I suppose!
Thanks for stopping by.  :)