Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Birthdays...

Hi Guys,

August & September have been huge for birthdays. I still have 4 more september birthdays yet, thankfully only one more card is needed as I got in early whilst Uni was on a break.

My good mate from work, Tracey, had a birthday at the end of August. She has chickens, so I was glad to have the Beau Chateau DSP available (now retired). I combined two cards from Splitcoast, here & here.  Tracey was very pleased with a chicken (well rooster really) card.

My cousin's partner Mikki celebrated her 40th in August. I really wanted to use this MFT stamp 'Cheers' and found a great card on Splitcoast. I loved those colours but then decided on these papers from SU and that decided my colours. I wasn't sure how they'd go together at first (they're from same pack DSP) but they looked great IRL. I left off the lace as it didn't really go with these colours and looked too busy. I paper pieced the dress and popped the top of the glass up on a dimensional after adding crystal effects.

Mikki said she liked it, so that is the main thing.

Hope the rest of the week is good to you,
Fi x

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Male Birthday

Hi Guys,

Hope this works, as it is a scheduled post :-)

 This one is another shameless direct CASE but as you are mostly SU girls, I thought I'd show you a card using a PTI set. Quite a few of my mates have camper trailers now and I've been wanting a camping set for ages. Then PTI and SU brought out similar ones months apart. Wouldn't you know it! The PTI set had co-ordinating paper and some nice background stamps, so it won.

My mate Ian and his family go camping quite a bit, and spent 4 months last year travelling around quite a bit of Oz. They're already planning their next big trip. As soon as I saw this card by Maille Bells, I knew I wanted to make it.

Here is the card:

I added the Happy Birthday to the bottom as I didn't have the right punch/die/sentiment combo to fit the cutout shape on Maille's card, even though I really liked it. I do use this SU stamp quite a lot for boy/male cards. hard to find sentiments without curls and swirls sometimes.
Ian was pretty pleased with it, and his wife Joy, a card maker, also liked it, so I was happy. The best thing, I have plenty more friends that this stamp set will be good for.

Have a great week,

Fi x

Friday, September 14, 2012

Teen birthdays

Hi Guys,

Thought I'd pop up a quick post. Have been busy again but have finished teaching the six-week Parenting Education course (3 hrs on Monday nights) and am just stating back for my 3rd Uni trimester. All fun and games.

My friend Jenn's two teen daughters had birthdays in June and August respectively. I wanted something more 'teeny' than 'tweeny' so turned to my MFT stash.  They make some great teen girl stamps.

For Charlotte I CASED this card from Splitcoast. I changed the stamp set and used SU papers (retired SAB 20112). I coloured the image with a mix of Copic & SU markers. I cut out the numbers with PTI dies and covered them with SU's 'Dazzling Details'.

Here she is:

Now for Lucy's card. I used the MFT 'Unrepeatable' a-la-mode stamp, again colouring with Copics and SU markers. I used a MFT sketch leaving out the horizontal element as it seemed too busy (and covered her cute shoes LOL). The paper is SU and the banner was cut using a PTI die. The little numbers are from an MFT banner/alphabet/numbers set.

The girls' Mum assures me that they liked them. Charlotte sent a lovely email to say thanks.

I better go ink some paper as work have asked me to make some cards for their stash. They try to give all the staff birthday, baby and sympathy cards when required. It does help morale.

Have a great weekend,

Fi x

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Emboss Resist

Hi Guys,

I thought I'd share two cards today (both shameless straight CASEs) that used the emboss resist technique. It is a technique that I tend to forget but it looks fab.

I made this first card initially for my cousin Adam's b'day but then made him another 'more blokey' one. This one ended up going to my neighbour who enjoys gardening. I CASed it from this card

Here it is:

It is not the best photo but you get the idea. The sponging came out quite soft. It took me a while to warm to the 'French Foliage' set by SU, but now I love it. I particularly love the drops and french script stamps in the set (thanks in a large part to Teneale Williams who seems to use those 2 stamps quite a bit).

I made the next card for my friend Ang who also enjoys card-making. She likes blues and is really feminine, and I have been wanting to CASE this card for quite a while.

I used the vine from 'Thoughts and Prayers', a real SU classic, with a background of 'French Script'. The tag is from a PTI set 'Tiny Tags' and the matching die.

I must go and hang out my washing and then do some Uni stuff. My Uni break went by way too fast.

have a fab day,
Fi x
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