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

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.