Category: Card challenges

Fairytale Horse and Carriage Wedding Card

It has certainly been cold in Kent this last week, with snow, frost and now the fog has rolled in! This makes for perfect crafting weather, and I have been thinking ahead to all those lovely spring weddings on the horizon. As a former Disney bride (I married my Prince Charming in Walt Disney World in 2011) I had to use this beautiful cutting die for a wedding card fit for a fairy tale princess.

Peach Horse and Carriage Wedding Card

I started with a 7 x 5 inch peach card blank and used a metallic printed paper with flowers and chandeliers on and mounted this on cream card. You may notice that I deliberately turned the print on its side – this was so that the florals would be behind the sentiment at the top and the chandeliers act as a directional print for the carriage to follow.

Next I added a satin peach ribbon in a similar tone to act as a red carpet for the happy couple and their carriage to travel on. I cut the horse and carriage Sweet Dixie die using my Big Shot Plus and then added different shaped gems in the same colour as accents on the coach and a full bejeweled mane on the horse. This die really is so lovely and I didn’t have to run it through again to get the embossing detail.

When I bought the coach die I also bought the Happily Ever After Die (and another beautiful castle die too) which fit perfectly on this card. I used a slightly lighter ivory card for this sentiment and for the surname on the card too. I used the same cream card on the Mr & Mrs heart die (which is from an Xcut mini wedding set) and mounted this using 3D foam for some extra dimension.

Finally I die-cut an additional small heart to mount on the heart in the Happily Ever After sentiment in the darker cream to tie the colours together.

This card is already spoken for, but I have added this wedding card design to my newly opened Etsy store, if you would like to take a look: Houlding Hands on Etsy

I will be entering this into the anything goes challenges over at: Through the Craft Room Door. The anything that shines challenge (all those gems!) over at Crafting by Designs, as well as the ‘New beginnings’ challenge over at the Not Just Cards Challenge.

 

 

Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Birthday Card

This card is a little different to my usual style, but as I received a Santoro Gorjuss decoupage set free with a Docrafts.com order, I thought I would use it in this birthday card.

Santoro Gorjuss Decoupage Lilac Birthday Card

I started with the decoupage which was quite easy to pop out of the sheets and just needed a little snipping to tidy up the edges. I used large and small sized square foam pads, as there were some fiddly small sections that needed a tiny foam square on the layers (such as the collar on the dress).

Then I added two extra layers behind the decoupage using Xcut nesting oval and scalloped oval dies. I used papers that I received free with a retired Sweet Dixie die I bought from eBay, so this really was a great value card to make! I also received the matching buttons with my free decoupage set, which matched really well with this card.

Next I added a wide black grosgrain ribbon and added a teal satin ribbon on top to add a different texture, with a hand-tied lilac ribbon added on top. Finally, on top of this I added a peel-off sentiment on to purple card which I layered with the same teal paper I used to back the decoupage, and added this using more 3D foam.

I will be entering this into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Lemon Shortbread.

Snowflake Christmas Celebration Card

As Christmas day approaches, I have another last minute Christmas celebration card. I’m quite glad I needed a few extra cards, as I got to use a new snowflake Sweet Dixie die!

Snowflake Christmas Celebration Card

I used a sheet of printed paper that I received for free with a crafting magazine recently, which I backed with black card. I then die cut the large snowflake in red card, which I mounted and then added red and light blue gems as accents. Finally I stamped the sentiment on red card, mounted this using 3D foam and then added four teardrop red gems in the corner of the red card.

I will be entering this card into the anything goes challenges over at Through the Craft Room Door, the Lemon Shortbread Challenge. Plus, I am entering this into the pick a previous challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where I have picked the sketch challenge from October.

Bringing joy with this Angel Christmas Card

As the festive period is well and truly under way, what better way to prepare than to continue making Christmas cards? This angel Christmas Card will be winging its way off to a colleague, who I hope will appreciate the modern twist of kraft and red, rather than red and gold.

Red and kraft angel Christmas card

 

I used a kraft card blank and added some great printed paper with Christmas sentiments included all over, and then topped with an angel die cut (using 3D foam), with a little gem peeping out from underneath. The sentiment is stamped in Tsukineko’s Brilliance ink pad in Rocket Red and I edged the card with ink before also adding this using 3D foam for extra dimension.

I will be entering this into the anything goes card challenge over at Lemon Shortbread.

Happily ever after: Princess carriage wedding card

It has been a while since I have been able to post as it has been quite hectic in our house recently as we are currently in the process of buying a house! So now we are playing the waiting game as everything goes through I have been able to spend more time in my craft room – resulting in this lovely Princess carriage wedding card.

Happily Ever After - Princess Carriage card, green and silver

I absolutely love this die from Sweet Dixie (and the sentiment die too!), which I cut in silver and I added pale green gems for the horse’s mane and accents to the carriage. I added this over a green satin ribbon road which was affixed to a pearlescent card from a DCWV mat stack, which I layered on silver mirror card. Then I die cut the sentiment in cream pearlescent card and the same silver mirror card and overlaid them, with an extra heart cut to decoupage on top. Finally I added a ribbon in the same pale green satin with a gem in the centre of the bow.

I am entering this card into the anything goes challenges over at Lemon Shortbread, Through the Craft Room Door and Inspiration Destination.

Hand painted background birthday card

This card is inspired by the ‘make your mark’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More. I will also be entering this painted background birthday card into the anything goes challenges over at Inspiration Destination and Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge.

Metallic painted background card: silver, mint and lilac

I started with metallic paints from Aztec paints in a lilac, mint green and silver and used a flat wash brush to create this mixed thin stripe background. After letting this dry, I trimmed the card and mounted it on silver mirror card. Then I added a silver Happy Birthday die cut and added two sized matching lilac flower gems.

This is the first time I have tried painting a full background and I really like the effect. I can’t wait to try out other colours and different styles too.

 

Thanks a bunch! Monochrome thank you card

This thank you card was inspired by the monochrome theme over at Crafty Friends and I am also entering this into the anything goes challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

With thanks floral monochrome card

I started with a square white card and chose two monochrome patterned papers from the DCWV black and white paper mat stack. Next I used a flower Sweet Dixie cutting die and cut the petals out of black, then a grey rose print, and finally the same ditsy floral print as the paper layer on the card. I stuck all three of them all together with Tattered Lace detail glue and added a black gem to the centre of the flower.

Next I used another Sweet Dixie die to cut the With Thanks sentiment from black card and added this to the card with more of the Tattered Lace detail glue. Finally I added three more of the same black gems to the corner of the card to even the design out.

I really like this design, even though I was so tempted to add bright coloured gems to the flowers! I think I may try this same layout with brights next.

It’s a girl – polka dot pink new baby card

I was so excited to make this pink new baby card today as I got to use one of my new embossing folders – the polka dot Xcut embossing folder.

New Baby: it's a girl pink card

I am entering this card into the Crafting by Designs challenge where the theme is ‘stitching’, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which has a clean and simple (CAS) theme this week and Addicted to CAS where the theme is ‘stitched’.

I started with a 5 x 7 inch baby pink card and then took a matching pink card and ran this through my Big Shot Plus using a 6 x 6 inch Xcut polka dot embossing folder and mounted this on the card using double sided tape.

The sentiment is a sticker from DCWV which has stitching in white around the border of the it’s a girl message. I stuck this to some more of the same pink card and cut this out leaving a border, then I added this to the card using double sided tape. Initially I tried this with a further stitch effect border using Ranger liquid pearls, but I thought it looked too fussy against the polka dot embossing, so I trimmed the border to leave it with just the printed stitching on the sticker.

Finally I stuck another DCWV sticker, this one a round pram icon, to more pink card and then fussy cut this out and mounted it using foam tape. 

 

Celebratory Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This birthday cupcake card is my entry into the anything goes challenges over at Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge and Inspiration Destination.

Happy Birthday Cupcake Card: Blue, Green and Black

Other than my Sweet Dixie dies which you all know I love if you have read more than a couple of my blog posts, this is one of my other favourite dies and it is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. This time I have avoided pink when using this die in an effort to make this card more unisex. I am now working in an office with lots of men and it reminds me that I should create more cards for men, but it is tricky when your crafting area is full of lots of glittery and flowery ribbons and gems that shout feminine!

I started with some of my go-to papers by American Crafts and picked out aqua blue from the papers to create mats for the layers of the card and black, white and green for the cupcake itself. I used an Xcut scalloped square from a nesting die set for the mat under the paper layer with the cupcake on and regular squares for the other layer.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed this with red embossing powder. When layering everything together I then added a black satin ribbon to add a little extra texture to the card.

 

Feeling festive with a snowman Christmas card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at the Tuesday Throwdown (below), and I am also entering this snowman Christmas card into the anything goes challenges over at Through the Craft Room Door and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Blue and red snowman with mittens Christmas Card

I started with a clear Jolly Santa snowman stamp from Docrafts, which I stamped using a graphite black brilliance dew drop ink pad. Then using a small water colour palette I painted the stamped image and then let this dry. I created two back panels using what I think is papers by DCWV and layered these with block colours of blue and red to match the pattern. In line with the sketch I secured the long panel with double sided tape and the square panel with the stamped image using foam tape.

Then underneath this I added the Noel red and white ribbon, which I bought in the last few week and love the design of! I was having a look for snowflake gems and couldn’t find any so used these blue gems which I think are flowers but as they are quite pointy they almost look like snowflakes.

The sentiment is from a clear set by Dovecraft which I stamped using another Brilliance ink pad, but this time in Rocket Red. I mounted this on the same red and blue card to match the rest of the panels. Finally I added a few little pearlescent white gems as snow behind the snowman.

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