Silhouette UK Challenge - Free Design of The Week

For a couple of weeks now I have noticed that Silhouette UK are holding a Free Design of The Week Challenge on their blog, so this week I thought I would submit a card.

Silhouette UK Free Design Weekly Challenge
The free design this week in the Silhouette Store is this:-
.....and this is what I came up with....
Watercoloured mother's day card
I started off by cutting out the flower shape, which, although is quite intricate, cut out really well.  I then made a solid flower shape which I welded to a frame to fit a 4.25" x 5.5" card base. 
I watercoloured this solid flower and then when it was dry, went over it with a Wink of Stella pen to give it a glittery look.
Silhouette UK Free Design of the Week Challenge
I then adhered the cut out flower on top and then used double sided foam tape to layer it to the card base.
I heat embossed the sentiment in silver embossing powder and added a few sequins to finish it off.
Mother's Day Watercoloured Card using Silhouette Free Design of the Week
I shall be giving this to my mum on Mother's Day...she makes cards herself so I hope she likes it.
I have listed the products I used to make today's card below. 
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Chappy Birthday - Lip Balm Holder

Hello and I am back with a splat!! Literally!
 After seeing lots of great idea for the EOS Lip Balm last year and not being able to find any in the UK,  I spotted one in Boots last week.  They aren't cheap for a lip balm but I bought one anyway and it smelled deliciously of strawberries!
 Lettering Delights Love Sick Lip Balm Holders
 Lettering Delights released a great collection before Valentine's Day called 'Love Sick' and there are some cut files which fit the EOS lip balms in the collection. 
You can buy the lip balm holder svgs separately and I will provide links to both at the bottom of the page but the collection is reduced at present from $28 to $11.20. 
I  had the idea of creating a gift box rather than a card, so once I had cut out the 'splat' monster using my Silhouette Cameo, I traced the circle of his (or her?) mouth onto a gift box I made by hand and then used a circle die to cut it out.  His 'nose' fits perfectly inside the box and there is also room to fit more goodies inside if you wanted to.
I printed out the words 'Chappy Birthday' using a font by LD called Typeset and attached them with a bit of adhesive and then wrapped baker's twine around the top to hold it all together.

Have a great weekend. 
Toodles noodles.
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MFT - You Make My Tail Wag #2

Hello and here is the 2nd card I have made using MFT You Make My Tail Wag.  I made this card for Papermilldirect Design Team Blog Inspire and this time I have gone for a monochrome look and again some partial die cutting.
MFT You Make My Tail Wag
I also used a die and stamp set from Clearly Besotted called 'Happy Birthday' and after I had partially die cut both the word and the dog I cut a few more 'Birthdays' and layered them up to make the word pop off the card.
A splodge of Glossy Accents on the nose to make it nice and shiny!
You Make My Tail Wag by MFT
Hope it made your tail wag!!!!!!

Papermilldirect also have an offer card this week which is a Spring Box (daffodil yellow, spring green and white) for £6.60 which is 45% off the usual price.  Click HERE to see the offer
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MFT - You Make My Tail Wag #1

You Make My Tail Wag by My Favourite Things was one of those sets that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it and as it was out of stock for a while I snapped it up as soon as it came back on sale at Seven Hills Crafts.
I had watched a video by Joanna Harty HERE when she made a brilliant shaker card using this set and had to CASE it.
My Favourite Things You Make My Tail Wag

I partially die cut a circle and then used foam to create the shaker cup and filled it with bones, adding a golden bone to the mix.
I coloured the dogs using copic markers and then popped them up using foam dimensionals and then added glossy accents to the nose.
You Make My Tail Wag - MFT
I love making shaker cards even if they are a bit fiddly (well I find them fiddly especially when I use foam).  I have got another card made using the same set for Wednesday's blog post and again I used partial die cutting but no shaker!
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Create A Smile - Poppin' Over

Hello there.  Today I have used another of Create A Smile's stamps today called Poppin' Over to create a little gift box and tag.  The mole on this stamp set is really cute and I wanted to make him look as if he was down a mole hole or burrowing his way out.
Create A Smile Poppin' Over Treat Box and Gift Tag
For the Treat Box, I wedged the copic coloured mole inbetween 2 sheets of acetate once I had cut the hole out of the treat box, which I made out of a sheet of A4 card.
I covered the box with some cardstock from a 6"x 6" pad called Secret Garden by Trimcraft.  I found this when I was browsing in The Works last Saturday.  I often pick up a crafty bargain in there and this is a really thick pad with some very pretty 200gsm card, some of which has glittered designs.
I tried to find some worms to fill the box with but only found some jelly snakes which I bought anyway and ate them myself.  Instead I filled the box with Maltesers which I thought resembled clods of mud!
Create A Smile Poppin Over gift box and gift tag
Both sentiments on the box and the gift tag are from the same stamp set.  The gift tags were cut out using Waltzing Mouse Stitched Tags. 
Poppin' Over by Create A Smile - Treat Box and Gift Tag
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend wherever in the world you may be.
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Distress Ink Cards

Last week I saw a post by Jennifer McGuire (my crafting heroine!) HERE where she used Distress Ink and water to create an amazing effect.  I thought I would give it a go and although mine don't turn out anywhere near as amazing as Jennifer's, I had fun making them.

I made this card as part of Papermilldirect's Design Team for their blog Inspire
Distress Ink and water technique to make a card
I only have 5 Distress Ink colours.  I have a HUGE wish list and more distress inks are on that list so I made do with what I had.
I used Tumbled Glass for the card above and Worn Lipstick for the one below.
With Sympathy Card using Distress Inks and water
Jennifer has a great video on her blog so check out how she does this technique.  I have to say making these cards was really quick and I do love how they turned out.
The stamp set is by Stampin' Up! and is called Bloom with Hope and I believe it's no longer available.
Cards made with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Papermilldirect also have an offer card this week - Green Baize.  You can get a small box of approximately 80 A4 sheets (270gsm) for only £5.50.  Click HERE to view the offer and HERE to see what the other Design Team members have created on the blog.
Thank you for stopping by.  Back on Friday.
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