Category: Unisex cards

Custom stamped horse birthday card

It has been a while since I posted a custom order, as I have been busy making designs for my new Etsy store and for an upcoming craft fair in Canterbury. This horse birthday card was a real pleasure to make, as it was for someone with a real passion for their horse.

Horse birthday card

I started with an A6 white card and added a patterned brown card from a DCWV mat stack. Then using a stamp from Anita’s I used a Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop ink pad to stamp the horse onto white card which I mounted using double-sided tape.

Next I added satin ribbon in a lovely forest green and matching emerald gems in the top right corner of the card. Finally I added a hand-written message (Happy Birthday) using a metallic glitter ink pen. I hope the recipient likes it!

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.

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.


Snow People Family Christmas Card

This card is inspired by the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts and the theme challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which is Snow People, so here we have a Snow People Family Christmas Card.

Snowmen Family Christmas Card

I started with a clear snowman stamp from Hobbycraft which I stamped three times with a brilliance dewdrop ink pad in graphite black. The stamp has a top hat in the design which I left on one of the snowmen and cut off the other two. I then hand drew a santa hat for one of the other snow people. I then water coloured the snowman, woman and boy – a little family!

I added white opal liquid pearls from Ranger to the santa hat, back glitter glue to the rim of the top hat and orange glitter glue on the carrot nose and black glitter glue on the coal on the snow boy in the middle of the group. I mounted all these on the snowflake paper which I believe I received free with a crafting magazine. Finally I added the sentiment with foam tape over the wide satin blue ribon.

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Summer fun – sailing birthday card

The theme over at A Gem of a Challenge this week is ‘summer fun’. Living near the coast in Kent, summer fun inspires days at the beach and out on the water, so I started with a nautical theme for this sailing birthday card

Sailing Birthday Card - Red and blue yacht

I used my Planes, Trains and Automobiles papers by Far and Away to create the layers and die cut the yacht by Sweet Dixie in both red and navy blue to combine the pieces. Then I used another Sweet Dixie die to cut the sentiment- can you tell I really like the Sweet Dixie style?!

I added the royal blue satin ribbon and die cut the anchor and ships wheel to finish the card.

I am also entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Inspiration Destination.

Clean and simple Christmas Card

This card is inspired by the themes over at Tuesday Throwdown which this week is ‘clean and simple’ and ‘anything goes’ over at Through the Craft Room Door.

Clean and Simple Christmas Card - Red and green baubles

I really love the simplicity of this design – this might just be a contender to make multiples for Christmas this year. It’s clean and simple after all and one of the guidelines for the style is that it can be easy replicated!

I started with die cut baubles, which I didn’t die cut myself, but that I had leftover from a Christmas crafting set. I stamped the snowflakes in brilliance dew drop ink pads in Rocket Red and Pearlescent Ivy. After leaving them to dry I added gems to the centre of the snowflakes. I added these with a thin silver ribbon attached to the top. I did consider adding bows but it made the design a little fussy so left it just as a linear line.

Then I stamped the sentiment on more white card and added this with 3D foam to add dimension as I chose not to layer this with a surround as I would normally be tempted to – it keeps it nice and clean. I also made sure the card was not textured so that it would stand out against the textured card blank underneath.

Fun bunch of birthday balloons card

The theme over at CASology this week is: fun! I knew I wanted to try out my new balloon die and this was the perfect opportunity to create a fun bunch of birthday balloons card with a big fun bunch of balloons.

Fun Birthday Balloon Card: Dark bunch of balloons

When I started die cutting I was using all the scraps in my pre-cut paper draw and I had lots of lovely pastels and pink colours, but then I realised this could be a great opportunity to try and make a unisex card, so I picked out the darker colours for the bunch of balloons.

I then used the sentiment die that comes in the same set as the balloon. It cuts out all the inners that can’t be used to create the holes so I added the holes with silver pearl drops. I also used the silver pearl drops to create the strings for the balloons too.

I am really looking forward to using this balloon die again as it will be really easy to create really different looking cards just by selecting different coloured card, and maybe even using patterned paper too.

Colour Throwdown Challenge Card

My colour throwdown card today was jointly inspired by International Dogs Day and challenge #407 over at Color Throwdown (it’s a US site – not a typo!). The colour challenge is:


Initially I was thinking of using the yellow on a cute little bear, but then I remembered that I had a labrador stamp and I just had to use it!

Golden Labrador Happy Birthday card with paws and dog bone bow

I water coloured the stamp and then used a frame from DCWV’s chipboard set which matches the pet mat stack. I also used a bone, but it looked a little lonely on it’s own in the corner so I stacked up some buttons from the colour palette.

The sentiment is a die cut from Sweet Dixie and I cut this twice using my Big Shot Plus and layered them to show a shadow. The paper underneath is from a 12×12 and the lovely stitched flourish detail was in the corner, which fit perfectly on this card. Lastly I free cut out the paw print from chocolate coloured card for the corner of the card.

I am also entering this into the Seize the Birthday challenge – you can enter multiple times for this one and the optional topping this week is gift tags, so that gives me an opportunity to create another card for this challenge later this week.