Ella the Elephant

Little Brody is going to be two soon, and loves Ella his elephant that he sleeps with. He also loved seeing them at the Zoo when we took him. So it seemed fitting to make his birthday card with an elephant on it.

I found this digi stamp at Squigglefly, it is the cutest little elephant.

I could just see this elephant all popped up so I printed off three copies and coloured different parts with copics. I cut out the parts and assembled the elephant and just love the way it turned out sitting inside his frame. I couldn’t decide on the outside area so in the end I turned it into an easel card, and gave Ella a balloon to hold.

This card was so much fun, I can see me using this technique again in the future.


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A good boy card

So its Richards Birthday and I didn’t want to make him yet another fishing card. So I had to come up with a different concept. I used that fact that he loves to tinker with cars as my inspiration. I knew I wanted to do things with cogs so I hunted all over for embossing folders with cogs and finally found these too at Scottie Crafts.

Using the direct to paper technique I covered some glossy silver cardstock with Momemto Tuxedo Black and embossed it with Tim Holtz Steampunk folder. A plain silver strip was embossed with Universals Cogs. I cut the cogs out using foil from Spellbinders and movers and shapers from Tim Holta as well as a cog punch from Stampin Up(now retired).

While I was in Scottie Crafts I found some stamp sets that have lots of fun sayings, so I used one of these on the inside of this card. The envelope is there because we gave him tickets for a boat trip, so it was a good place to put them.

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For the car mad

This is the first year that I have been asked to make a card for Jason (hubbys friend in england), He loves his racing cars so it had to be something with that theme.

I found this digi image at Squigglefly and couldn’t resist. It is coloured with copics and cut with Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles and mounted onto black cardstock. The background is some DSP of the world, layered with Crumb Cake cardstock embossed with Cuttlebugs Diamond Plate embossing folder, while the strip over that is the same card stock but I used a direct to paper technique with Momentos Tuxedo Black ink and embossed with Cuttlebugs Herringbone folder to make it resembloe tire tracks.

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When a soft touch is needed

I really struggle with sympathy cards. I find it is hard to know when it is too much and when it is not enough. However sometimes I need to make them regardless. One such time was when my sister-in-law lost her father.

I have used Tim Holtz Distress Inks here in Weathered Wood, Milled Lavender and Bundled Sage. Hero Arts Dandelion Frame was stamped off and then stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black, with the image in the middle being from Stampin Ups Summer Silhouettes set. It is done using black embossing powder and heat setting. Stickles are around the top of the flower and the sentiment anchors it all together. RIP Bruce

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Emboss and deboss

I got a new hexagon embossing folder from stamping up so I had to put it to the test.

Chocolate Chip and Daffodil Delight Ink and card stock. I used Spellbinders hexagon dies to cut out the shape the bee is on. The bee is an old stamp that I have had for many years. The stamped hexagon I think are from Rubadubadoo as well as the mesh background stamp behind it.

It crossed my mind that the debossed side looked like turtle shell and what better time to test it out than Joseph’s birthday. What else would a nine year old boy be into thatn Ninja turtles.

The image was a free colouring book image that I found online and coloured with copics. I printed the sentiment straight from the computer on Old Olive cardstock and matted with black. I coloured some Early Expresso Bakers Twine with Old Olive ink as this was the closest I had, but it seemed to work and Joseph was happy with it.

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The Trellis

I have been wanting to get a Trellis Die for some time, so when I was in Scottie Crafts one day I couldn’t resist. Then I had to try it out.

This is Spellbinders Basic Lattice cut and embossed in both pink and white cardstock. Spellbinders floral ovals are used to frame the cupcake which is punched out of Stampin Ups punch. This card was a bit tricky and I decided that the lattice need so be cut on cardstock with and adhesive backing otherwise it is too fiddly to attach as the pieces are quite thin. It hasn’t got a sentiment as I don’t know what sort of card it will be yet.

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Anniversary Funny

16 Years.

I found these images by accident and I had to resize and adjust to make them work. I think they were originally for a wedding but I knew Hubby would love the joke. the ring fingers are cut out with the rings showing through the holes.

The card base is Wisteria Wonder cardstock and the darker purple is Concord Crush (now retired) The images are coloured with copics. I have used Spellbinders M-bossabilities         EL-012 to emboss the background. These are very cool as you get two different embossing designs in one folder. This is a tri-fold card so the them runs though all three layers.

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Kelley is 30

Today Kelley is 30, she has been dreading this day for so long, but she will discover that 30 is not so bad.

We had a wonderful day where I took her out of a day of girlie pampering. We went to brunch, had our hair done, did some shopping and even got our nails done. She came back looking and feeling fabulous

Kelley has worked really hard and has lost over 20kg in the months leading up to her birthday, and this gave me the inspiration for her card.

Of course it had to involve cake. This is a tri-fold card. The background is clear imbossed with French Filigree background stamp by Stampin Up and thin inked with Wisteria Wonder ink. To finish the background I just used the same ink and the Polka Dot background stamp.

The background and the ribbon were continued right through the whole card. The Image is a digistamp from Bugaboo stamps coloured with copics.

 She got quite a chuckle out of this card so it was a hit.

Once again I got landed with making the cake. Kelley likes things fairly plain so I decided on a present cake.

The flavour in the bottom was chocolate and the top was carrot – her favourite

One day I might have to learn how to do the cakes properly.

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Parchment for Cath

Well it is Cath’s birthday again and I have worked very hard on her card this year. It is my first ever parchment card, so I was really hoping that all that practise would pay off.

I have to admit that it took me about three goes to get it right, but part of the problem was that I was trying to do it on some nice blue parchment I bought. I discovered that this parchment was a bit thinner and so I had to be more careful so as not to put a hole in it. In the end I gave up and went back to the plain parchment and just put some blue cardstock behind it.

I can not remember where I got this pattern from but I bought it online as part of a set. It is a fairly easy pattern so as a beginner it was a good one to start with.

I actually coloured the butterfly and flowers with copics as I did not have anything else that I thought would work.

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An Artists Cake

I’m not quite sure how I ended up being the cake person, but for Carolyn’s 60th birthday I got the job of making the cake.

She had a wonderful weekend with a lunch on the day, followed by a surprise day out the next day where Kelley and I took her to paint some ceramics and then she visited her relatives in Auckland.

She likes to paint so I used that as the theme for her cake and came up with an artists palate. This is what I ended up with.

It was a very hot and humid day so I had a bit of trouble with the fondant sweating and falling apart but over all it worked out well and she loved her cake.

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