Happy Birthday Cupcake Card

This card was inspired by a very festive week in the Houlding household as it was my birthday! This sums up the party atmosphere and the sweets and treats we consumed by the bucket-load! The colours of this Happy Birthday Cupcake card are right up my street and reflected all the bright birthday cards my lovely friends and family gave to me too.

Happy Birthday Cupcake card

I used an Elizabeth Craft Design cupcake cutting die and some of my favourite papers from American crafts. The stamp is from a clear Daisy & Dandelion set and I added black gems in the centre of the bow and at the edge of the cards. I am really starting to notice how contemporary cards look when you add black as an accent colour and this is especially true in this card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon Says Stamp (anything goes) and Inspiration Destination #102 (anything goes).

Technique challenge: watercolour Christmas card

Over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown there is a technique challenge this week: watercolouring. So here is my watercolour Christmas card…

Forever Friends Watercolour Christmas Card: diagonal stripes

I started with a Forever Friends Christmas stamp with a little bear decorating the Christmas tree – so cute! I stamped this in graphite black using a Brilliance Dew Drop Pigment Ink Pad. After waiting for this to dry I used watercolour pencils and a paintbrush and water to colour the image.

I had some really tiny star gems which I never thought I would use, but they were the perfect size for the stars on the tree. I added round gems from the same set to the corner on the card the image is stamped on and then mounted this on striped paper from a Me To You set.

Finally I stamped the sentiment using another brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy and added the same small round gems in the corners to match the rest of the card.

I will also be entering this card into the ‘anything goes’ challenge over at Through The Craft Room Door.

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.

It’s hip to be square – 21st Birthday Card

The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is ‘it’s hip to be square’ – so I have taken squares and rotated squares (diamonds) and really run with it with this 21st birthday card.

21st Birthday Square Cream and Black Card

The Happy Birthday sentiment stamp is by Daisy & Dandelion, and the border is die cut using a Sweet Dixie die.

I will also be entering this card in to the challenges over at Inspiration Destination (anything goes) and Cute Card Thursday (words or numbers).

It’s short and sweet for me today as it was my first day back at work after having time off to recover from surgery and it has taken a bit of a toll today, I will certainly sleep soundly tonight!

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.

A handmade Christmas card – a real gift

With less than four months until Christmas I am now very happy to be completing more Christmas challenges and making more handmade Christmas cards, so that I will be prepared when the festive season comes. Although I normally get into the swing of festive cheer quite early in the year, we have a birthday and then a holiday in September this year, so I think when we get back the next big event will be Christmas!

Pink, green and red Christmas card featuring a gift and snowflakes

This card is inspired by the challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which this week is: gifts. I started with one of my favourite dies from Sweet Dixie – a gift box with elaborate bow details. I cut this using my Big Shot Plus in a pink card and a green card with gold glitter and then cut the ribbon section from the pink card and decoupaged this.

Then I stamped the sentiment with a Hobbycraft clear stamp (which I picked up for a bargain 85p!) using a brilliance dew drop ink pad in pearlescent ivy. The papers are from a set with no branding, but I really like the unusual colour combination on these. After adding the ribbon in pink I added a final gem to the centre of the bow in red.

I am also entering this card into the ‘holiday’ challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Clean and simple style card – sweet!

This card is my entry for the clean and simple challenge over at the Paper Players this week which is: something sweet. For this card I started with my new die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and die cut the topping with this fantastic sprinkle paper from American Crafts.

I then layered this on white card and more of the same paper using an XCut scalloped square die. I added a crimson red ribbon and four little matching red gems and a green one for the bow on the cupcake.

Red cupcake with sprinkles card