Author: Rebecca Houlding

Citrus cupcake birthday card

After concentrating on trying out my new Sweet Dixie dies I have now used my new Elizabeth Craft Designs cupcake die and it is super cute in this citrus creation – especially the extra embossing, which didn’t even take an extra pass in my Big Shot Plus.

Square citrus birthday card featuring cupcakes and gems - have a yummy day!

I have layered the die-cut topper with citrus papers from DCWV and green and orange card. I then stamped the two sentiments using Daisy & Dandelion clear stamps and added these with foam pads. Marquis shaped gems in gold and green finish this sweet little card design.

I am entering this card into the following ‘anything goes’ card challenges: Crafting by Designs, Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge.

Pretty in pink birthday bear card

Today my card is inspired by the theme over at Cute Card Thursday: kiddies/babies. As I don’t have any stamps with babies or children on as I tend to pick the furry cuties such as bears, rabbits and penguins, here is a pink birthday bear card for a little girl.

Pretty in pink birthday bear card

I started with a clear backed sticker from Daisy & Dandelion which I added to a die cut circle of patterned paper, which was backed with a scalloped die cut circle. Can you tell I am new to die cutting and I am now using my dies for every card?! I added patterned paper from the same set (I’m not sure where this cam from as it is an off-cut from my craft stash) to the bottom half of the card and added a pink satin ribbon border.

Then I stamped the sentiment, layered this on patterned card and added a bow from the same Daisy & Dandelion sticker set. I then fussy cut around another two bows stuck on pink card to add a decoupage layer on the image and the edge of the sentiment. I would normally have added gems in the corner but as the sticker set had some small circles I added these to the corner instead, to match the rest of the set.

I am also entering this card into the following ‘anything goes’ challenges at Crafting by Designs and Lemon Shortbread.

Fairy tale castle princess birthday card

I have been dying to use this die! This was the one that when it arrived I just started cutting them out, even though I didn’t have a card planned for them, just because they are so beautiful! This Sweet Dixie die combined with the theme over at Simon Says Stamp of ‘make for the border’ was the inspiration for this fairy tale castle birthday card, which I think is fit for a princess.

Disney inspired Frozen themed fairy tale Castle birthday card

I started with a blue patterned paper which has white snowflakes on (which you can’t really see now I have layered it), and I used a brilliance dew drop ink pad to ink the points. Then I heat embossed the borders with silver embossing powder which gives an icy feel to the card.

Next I took a piece of white card and water colour washed a blue section using the Tsukineko brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent sky blue. After this had dried I die cut the castle four times, once from the water coloured card, once from the same blue snowflake paper from the bottom paper layer, the same blue card from the card blank and a silver mirror card. I stacked these up decoupage style after cutting the layers down and using the silver version as a slight shadow. I then added three little gems on the flag poles, with a larger one in the middle. I almost forgot, as you can’t see it in the photo, but I added a silver section behind the doors which can be opened too!

Finally I stamped the happy birthday sentiment and heat embossed this with the same matching silver embossing powder. When I look at the final card I think a Disney Frozen fan would be very happy to receive this one, and I am wondering what other colours I could do to match other princesses – perhaps a purple or lilac one with sunbursts for Tangled? Watch this space!

I will also be entering this in these other ‘anything goes’ challenges this week: Lemon Shortbread, Through the Craft Room and Crafting by Designs,

Celebrating Team GB with red, white and blue

Today my card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the success of Team GB in Rio! Which also fits in the ‘summer fun’ challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge.

Red and blue yacht birthday card

I used the Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away and the yacht and anchor are die cuts from Sweet Dixie. I really like using red white and blue in nautical cards and this one has extra special meaning in celebration of Team GB, who did so well in the Olympics in Rio.

I stamped the sentiment using a Daisy & Dandelion clear stamp using a rocket red brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then finally I added little red gems in the top right corner.

Here is the sketch, as you can see I have a little less clear space than the sketch, as I picked a slightly smaller card than I should have used, where there would have been more space on either side of the central strip with a larger card – I only just had enough space for the gems!


Pretty as a peach birthday card

I got to play with new Daisy & Dandelion stamps and cutting dies with this peach birthday card which was inspired by the sketch over at the Paper Craft Crew Challengewhere last week I received an honourable mention in their top picks – thank you!

I will also be entering this into the ‘work, rest and play’ Cutie Pie Challenge and the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

Peach Birthday Bear with envelope paisley card

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 207

I’m not sure how other crafters handle sketches and challenge themes, but I have a notebook that I write the challenges in and take this to my craft desk to make my cards. Well today it seems my notebook sketch wasn’t quite as accurate as I would have liked and I seem to have migrated the stamped image – hopefully this will still count.

I started with a Daisy & Dandelion clear stamp using a brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearl beige, which I then water coloured in using the same ink pad, as well as pearlescent orchid and pearlescent sky blue. Using the round and scalloped circle dies I die cut the mat and layer for this. This was added on top of a DCWV mat which has a lovely texture – I’m not sure if you can see it, but it has glitter over most of the pattern.

Then I used a mini Xcut die for the bunting in the top corner. The other border is a border tape which I mounted on peach card and cut around the edge. The raffia ribbon is by Forget-me-not and I picked this up from the Works here in the UK as a set with other pastel colours, which I am looking forward to using.

The sentiment is a sticker which I believe was from a DCWV set, which had a square border, and I cut around the scallops by hand to match the scallops on the circle, to complete the card.

The best thing about this card was when I showed it to my husband Simon he reached out to touch the bear as he thought it looked furry! When I was a child we had a large painting of a leopard where the black spots were raised and furry, and the pearlescent beige has a sheen that reminds me of these kind of paintings (although I’m not sure if you can see this through the photo). I also haven’t seen one of those style of pictures in a long time, so it could have been an 80’s fad!

Tea for two – personalised birthday card

I love creating personalised birthday cards – especially for people who struggle to find their name in products with names on, or for people who spell their name in a non-traditional way. I am quite lucky as Rebecca seems to still be quite popular, although I was surprised to see that my husband’s name: Simon, is no longer ‘standard’. In most of the name sections in our latest trip to Walt Disney World there was no ‘Simon’ in sight – which was really disappointing as he had his eye on a funky LEGO mug, but sadly no Simon available.

Anyway, onto my card. This one is for a very dear friend who has been wonderful this year when I have had a few health issues, and as you can probably guess from the theme of the card, she is an afternoon tea fan! The colours are inspired by the challenge over at Fab Friday, although I have toned down the blue and green to make the whole card a pastel delight.

I am also entering this into the ‘anything goes’ challenges over at the Tuesday Throwdown and Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge.

Eva's Cupcake Birthday Card - personalised


The patterned card is from a DCWV mat stack and has glitter on the little cakes and teapots. I layered this with another mat from the Sweet mat stack. Then I stamped the name and sentiment with a clear stamp using pearlescent purple and pearlescent orchid brilliance dew drop ink pads.

I stamped the cupcakes with an Anita’s wooden stamp in three different brilliance dew drop ink pads in pearlescent orchid, pearlescent lavender, and pearlescent sky blue. I then cut the toppings off each one and switched them around to create three different cupcakes. Next I layered these on a tag and added a purple satin ribbon.

Christmas in August? Bring on the mince pies!

I had a little trouble with the sketch over at Mojo Monday as although I am really enjoying playing with my new Big Shot Plus, all the dies I ordered haven’t quite arrived yet and I am still waiting on circles and scalloped circles. So instead I have flipped the layers so my circles are at the front and the squares are behind.

Square red Merry Christmas snowflake card

The tartan paper is from a Christmas Me to You pack, but I’m not sure about the striped paper, as it was in my ‘off-cut’ drawer, but I do recall it was from a 12 inch Christmas set. I stamped the topper using a Rocket Red dew drop Ink pad, and layered this over a large snowflake. Finally I added gems in the corner to add the finishing touches.

I will also be entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Craft Challenges.

Feeling blue? Not with birthday bears around!

I have been working on combining crafty card challenges and today may be my best combo yet. I am entering the below for these challenges:

Daisy and Dandelion Birthday Bear Floral card

Here is the sketch that I started with…

TMS #365

I then used ‘the goods’ papers which have a colour theme but different patterns, which is great for layering. The image and sentiment are both stickers from Daisy & Dandelion. I am still loving my big shot and so far everything is running really smoothly and cutting brilliantly – this little flower die is from Xcut. Then finally I added a little blue gem on the gift.

This is a real change in colour palette on this kind of card for me. I always find that I lean towards more feminine colours on cards with cute images, but with a blue gift I thought I would try a little less pink, and I really like it. I’m sure I heard somewhere that the most popular colour theme for greetings cards was blue and the most popular theme was floral, so maybe it’s just me that’s a little late to the party?!

Die cutting wonderful wedding cakes

As you’ve probably guessed if you have been following my blog, that my posts this week will likely be filled with die cutting as I have my new Big Shot Plus!

A square cream card with patterned gold and mint paper topped with a wedding cake die cut and message: best wishes for your life together

Today it is the turn of the wedding cake die from Sweet Dixie on a card I created for the challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations with the below inspiration, which I am also entering into the Inspiration Destination challenge, which is ‘anything goes’.

Cupcake inspirations challenge 371

Using a DCWV mat from the Luxury Stack I cut and layered this with the same cream card I used to die cut the wedding cake. I then added a rub-on sentiment to more cream card and added this with foam pads, over a gold ribbon. Finally I added three mint green coloured heart gems in the top corner to complete the design.

Christmas has come early – die cutting fun!

I am so excited – my Big Shot plus has finally arrived! Today I was so tempted to just die-cut over and over with my new machine and dies, but then I remembered the great challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which is a colour challenge: red, black and kraft, which of course I had to incorporate a bit of die cutting into….

Red, black, kraft Christmas box card

Obviously I had to use my new machine, so I started with the Sweet Dixie gift die using red card, and found a matching background paper by Me To You, to layer with the same red card. The card blank I used is a little unusual as it was a sample I was sent with my most recent card order, and it is a gloss black, which although it looks lovely I have noticed it is quite easy to scratch the surface, so I’m not sure I would order these in future, it was great to have a couple to try working with though.

I then stamped the sentiment from Papermania using the brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearl beige onto black card (which strangely looks a little more white than beige in the above image), which I cut out, layered with red card and then cut this out by hand again. I then used another new Sweet Dixie die to cut the corner flourish in black and then layered the sentiment on top using foam pads. I added a large red gem on the bow of the gift to finish it off.

I am also entering this as my third entry to the ‘anything goes’ theme over at Crafty Friends, where this week I have managed to enter a clean and simple card, a card with stamping, and now a card with die cutting – a real variety for me!