Father's Day Gift Card Monster!

Hi there.  Today's project is one I made as part of the Papermilldirect Design Team.  We were asked to make Father's Day Gift Card holders and this is what I came up with...
Father's Day Monster Gift Card Holder
I cut the monster out using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from Lettering Delights 'Friends Fur-ever' adjusting the file so that his head could come off like this......
Father's Day Gift Card Holder using Friends Fur-ever by Lettering Delights
I added a space on the back where you can write your message...
Gift Card Holder for Father's Day
...and some splodges of glossy accents to his spots and a pair of googly eyes on the front to finish him off.
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Birthday Fishes Slider Card

Hi there.  I've made another slider card today for a friend's birthday.  He loves fishing so this is what I came up with.
This is the card closed..

Birthday Fishes Slider Card
and this is it open....
Birthday Fishes Slider Card
The fish and bear graphics are by Lettering Delights and are called Hooked On You.  I made the waves in Silhouette Design Studio and also cut the card pocket and slot on my Cameo.
It was a little tricky to make but I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I hope he likes it.
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Tweet Baby

Today I have made a card for my friend's daughter who has just had her first baby.  She and her husband have named him Oscar.
I used Winnie and Walter So Tweet stamps and made a shaker card using a Pink Lemonade Mix of sequins by Neat and Tangled.
Apologies but the light was awful when I took these photos.
Winnie & Walter So Tweet shaker card

So Tweet stamps by Winnie & Walter
Winnie and Walter So Tweet stamps used to make a new baby shaker card
I used an old alphabet stamp set by Stampin' Up! to heat emboss the baby's name in white embossing powder and a white gel pen to add some faux stitching.  The patterned paper is by Lawn Fawn 'Perfectly Plaid'.
The birdies were coloured with Copics and fussy cut out.
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DIY Scratch Off Cards

Hope you all had a great weekend.  We have had my sister and her husband staying with us this weekend.  We went to a May Ball on Saturday night which which is an annual event and we help with the organisation of it all. 
Each year we raffle off the table flower decorations to one lady on each of the tables and I thought I would make some scratch off cards to make it more fun.
DIY Scratch Off Cards using Silhouette Cameo
I used a graphic drawn by a great artist on Etsy called Swiejko and traced around it in my Cameo adding some text on each one to say whether they had won or lost!
I then used some Scratch Off Sticker Sheets from Silhouette and copied the shape of the jar to make a cut file that would go over the win or lose text on the jar - making absolutely sure that I had a separate pile for the winners and losers otherwise there could be more than one winner on each table.

Silhouette Cameo used to make scratch off cards
I also recently purchased some Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen Ink after watching a video where she used one of her art screens to add some gold foil to an envelope.  I thought it would be a good idea to decorate the envelopes that the scratch off cards were in.

I don't have a Minc foiling machine but found it worked really well with an ordinary laminator.  Then I decided that it was going to take a while to do 12 envelopes and I didn't have the time so I only did one in the end but it came out really well and looks very pretty.

 I used some Silhouette Printable gold foil to cut out the number 7 but I am definitely going to use the screen ink again.
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Watercolour Birthday Card

This is a watercolour birthday card I made a while ago but due to a lack of time at the moment, I haven't posted it on my blog until now

.  I am still enjoying playing around with my watercolours and so I have made a card which is similar to one I made a while ago and again, I have used my Silhouette Cameo. 
Watercolour birthday card made using Silhouette Cameo
 I used a cut file from the Silhouette shop and tweaked it a bit and made a frame to go around it. 
I used my Winsor & Newton Professional (certainly doesn't apply to me!!) Water Colours and worked out roughly where the cut out panel would go on top so that I could put my wash of colours of the roses and leaves in the right place.
I cut the word 'Wishes' from the WPlus9 Happy Wishes dies and then put some Glossy Accents on top to make it dimensional and shiney.

Watercolour Birthday card

That's all for today.  I've got my sister and her husband coming for the weekend so lots to do!

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Get Better Soon Card

Just a quick card today.  I have been away this weekend visiting my mum who isn't very well and my brother who is in hospital recovering after a big op so I haven't had any time to craft over the past few days but saying that I did manage to make my brother a Get Well card before I left.
From The Heart Digi Stamp - Sick Chick
 I didn't have any stamps that I could use for him so I used a digi stamp by From The Heart called Sick Chick (they have got some really cute digi stamps).  I coloured it with copic markers.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and I coloured that in with colours to match the spots.
Sick Chick - digi stamp by From The Heart
 I'm having a serious case of crafting withdrawal so I hope to get back in my craft room soon.
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Anniversary Card in a rush! So Tweet

Today is our wedding anniversary and yesterday afternoon I realised I hadn't made my husbean an anniversary card.  I'd bought him a present but totally forgotten about the card so I had to make it in a rush this evening, in poor light and when my eyes were tired.  OK so the excuses are out of the way....here is the card:-
Winnie and Walter So Tweet
I used some dies to cut the scalloped frame and the inner opening frame and used a circle punch to cut out a recess at the bottom and I then layered it with some patterned paper.  I did a bit of masking and quickly sponged a sky and then stamped my bird.
I coloured it in using Copic markers (I can see where I went outside the lines a bit but my eyes were tired :-)), added a bit of Wink of Stella sparkle to her tummy and punched out a few sparkly hearts.
Card made using Winnie and Walter So Tweet stamp set
You may also have noticed that the bird appears to be balancing on one foot on the branch!!!!  That'll teach me not to rush!
The sentiment was partially fussy cut, coloured in with copics and mounted onto some foam.
I hope my husbean likes it.  We are going out to our favourite Greek restaurant tonight to celebrate - yum!
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WPlus9 - Sunshine Layers
MFT - Cross Stitch Rectangles
Winnie and Walter - So Tweet stamps
Reverse Confetti - Quick Card Panels Hoppin' Dots
Wink of Stella

Birdies and a Dovecote

I am entering today's card into another Less is More Challenge Week #275 and the colour for this week is Pastel Colours.
I found out on Saturday that I was one of the ShowCASe winners (Yay..happy dance) on the Saints, Dragons and Heroes challenge with my card which you can see HERE.
So here is my card for this week's challenge...
Winnie and Walter So Tweet
I used Winnie and Walter's stamps called So Tweet for the little birdies and coloured them with my Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I popped them up onto a card front cut with the Columbus die from Mama Elephant and added some leaves and berries.
The 'Wishes' sentiment is cut from WPlus9 'Happy Wishes' die and the 'birthday is from Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday'.
So Tweet by Winnie and Walter
On a similar birdie note,  the dovecote that my husband has been building me is finally finished and it is now perched on top of the trunk of a tree we had to reluctantly chop down last year.  Here it is:-

 The pair of collared doves that are regular visitors to our garden have been 'courting' (that's a polite way of saying what they have been up to!!) this weekend, so we may well see some baby doves visiting us soon.  I know that wild doves rarely nest in dovecotes but I am ever hopeful they may take up residence...if not then I am sure something eventually will...probably snails and slugs!!  It looks nice anyway.
I also happened to mention that I would like a hedgehog house to see if we can encourage some little spikey visitors to our garden and half an hour later my clever husband had built me this:-.

Perhaps if we get one nesting in it they might eat all the slugs that regularly eat our bedding plants and veggies!! Grrr..I hate slugs!

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Petite Plushies No. 2

Hello there and I am back with another card using Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies stamp set.  This time I used one of the bunnies to create a birthday card.  I am entering this card into the Less is More Challenge  Lucky Dip Week #274 whose theme is 'Designer Paper in a CAS Style' and Addicted to CAS Challenge - Code Word Plaid
Birthday card made using Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the 'Happy' and then layered over some patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.
I coloured the bunny using Copics and paper pieced his nappy out of the same patterned paper.
Finally I added some Wink of Stella to the balloon.
Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies birthday card

At least this challenge got me to use my patterned paper which I tend to hoard!
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Clearly Besotted - Petite Plushies
Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad
WPlus9 - Sunshine Layers

Challenge Winner and Petite Plushies Swing Fold Card

Well knock me down with a feather....I found out on Saturday that I had won the Seven Hills Crafts monthly challenge.  I was so excited I did a happy dance, squealed and then ran into the garage where my husband was building a dovecote, screaming that I had won!!  Probably not a good idea when he's using a blade saw!!  YAY!  My prize is £15 to spend in the Seven Hills Crafts shop which is where I buy most of my stamping goodies.    You can see my entry here.  I have calmed down now....well a little bit anyway!

On to today's card.....

Clearly Besotted Petite Plushies Gate Fold Card

  As part of Papermilldirect Design Team, I had to make a swing fold card for their blog this week which you can see HERE and it has inspired me to make another one using a stamp set by Clearly Besotted called 'Petite Plushies'. 
I cut out the card base using my Silhouette Cameo and then created a frame to go around the outside of the 'flip' part.
I heat embossed a woodgrain effect onto the frame and one of the front panels.  You may notice those very artfully placed leaves on the front panel.  Did I place them there to add to the jungle scene or were they put there to cover up where I had missed the embossing powder with my heat gun and smudged it?!!!!!!!

Big Grrrrrr!

Petite Plushies by Clearly Besotted used to make a gate fold swing card
 Please hop on over to the Papermilldirect blog to see what the other crafty ladies on the design team have been up to and to read the company's exciting news.
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