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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

a recent workshop

Last weekend I attended a rubber stamping workshop, where I learnt some lovely techniques & used a new (to me) product,

Here are the photos of a couple of the cards I made;

This one was made using Alcohol Inks for the background & also I used it for the flowers. The tecnique was slightly different to that that I have used before.

This one has a mixed media topper - which at the moment is not stuck to the card as I want to place a layer beneath it, probably copper coloured card,  The "best wishes" frame is hand drawn - the first time that I had enough courage to try it. I will definitely be using on future cards,

This is the one made with the "new to me" produce - Brusho paints.
I absolutely love them & have ordered some & currently awaiting delivery so that I cab play some more.

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Friday, 5 June 2015

Some recent cards

Good afternoon everyone & I hope it is a warm sunny day with you.

Although I haven't been here posting I have been fairly busy making cards - so here are a couple of recent ones to show you;

At the moment I am enjoying making cards in the more CAS style as on these two floral cards.  I used distress Inks & a brush applicator to add just a hint of colour down the side edge of the card. Then the floral image was stamped in Black archival Ink & heat embossed with clear EP, then coloured in with some soft felt pens.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

A birthday card

Good afternoon ladies - I hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend, if it is one where you live.

Today I have a birthday card I made recently using a technique I haven't use in a long time;

The background is a stamp from Carolines Stamps & is one of her early texture mats (of which I have quite a few).  I particularly like this one because there are several places on the image that this technique can be done.  I stamped the image in black archival ink & heat embossed with clear EP. Next I stamped it again but only inking the large flower which I cut out & coloured.  The flower was then placed in its original position over the black & white area & run through an embossing folder. This does 2 things it embosses the whole design but also embeds the cut out into the main image. I then coloured some white ribbon with the same pen as the flower & wrapped it around the image. The bow was made with a Tattered Lace bowmaker. I cut another piece of card just slightly larger than the image & coloured the edges with the same pen then layered the 2 together.  It was then added to the white base card, along with a sentiment & some gems to complete it.

Thank you for popping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

a birthday card

Good morning

Today I have a nice clean & simple card to show you;

I recently watched someone demonstrating masking to a group of ladies & it reminded me that I had not used the technique for a while, so that helped me make up my mind how I was going to create this card.

From a spare piece of card I die-cut an aperture, the added advantage is that the centre piece is ready for using as a topper on another card.  I then laid the aperture over the card & brushed Crushed Olive & Stormy Sky Distress Inks through it.  Next the image was stamped in black & embossed with clear EP. Finally I coloured the flowers with some felt pens that had colours almost matching the Distress Inks.  A little flower & a "Happy Birthday" complete the card.

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'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

a fun card

Good afternoon everyone.

My son recently celebrated his birthday & I made this fun card for him

He - like many of us - just loves the minions, they appeal to his sense of humour.  I found some images on the Internet & because I was using them for a personal card rather than a card for sale I think I am OK using them.  I did search for Royalty Free prints - so I also assume that they were.

I thought they lent themselves well to a stepper card & the little heart shaped badge in the centre I bought in Jersey when on holiday recently.

The big thing is - he is not a child, in years that is - he is grown man, bless him.

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you found this card amusing & will call again soon.
'Bye for now.

Friday, 15 May 2015

New follower

Good morning again & this time I am popping back in to say -

a new follower

Nathalie Lesage

Welcome Nathalie & thank you for becoming a follower of my little blog, 
I hope you enjoy your visits

Anniversary card

Good morning everyone & it is looking quite sunny here in North Wales this morning - I do hope it lasts over the weekend.

Today I have another anniversary card for you. This week our son & his wife (Russ & Nadine), celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary & here is the card I made for them;

I decided on a stepper card & for it to be very clean in design, so there are no background papers just a coloured card behind the central die-cutting, then the same card used for the other die-cut embellishments.

The corner dies are from Tonic, the hearts from Marianne & the Greeting by Crafter's Companion.  Unfortunately in one respect the greeting is rather large & therefore I did not have enough room to put the Happy there as well.  Instead I used a gold peel-off Happy & then added a couple of gold peel-off hearts as embellishment.

Thank you for stopping by I do hope you enjoyed your visit.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

new follower - where has this been?>

I have just had blogger shut down on me for no apparent reason, but when it came back it looked to me like nothing had been disturbed.  But there in the Draft Post box was an item.  I opened to see what it was thinking it was a copy of what I had been writing at the time it shut down.  But no - it was a post which I had originally written back in November 2014 which I was sure had posted.  well it is not there in the archive - so I thought better late than never - it was to welcome a new follower.

Sorry Marie-Louise


"I am popping in to say

to a new follower

Marie-Louise McFall

Thank you for becoming a follower & for your nice comments on my post about the notelets box.
 I hope you will visit often."

A special card

Hello everybody, I hope you are all well.

Today I have a special card to show you - the one I made for our anniversary;

As you can see it has a little "30" in the lower right-hand corner, that is because we were celebrating 30 years of being together, but there is a little difference in this anniversary card ........

................. another card inside for our wedding anniversary.  Bob & I have been together for 30 years but only got married 2 years ago. Just a bit slow to make up our minds  :)

A close up of the wedding anniversary card.

The die cutting was done with a Couture die set called Adore from C&C.  I had fallen in love with the linked hearts closure & knew it was just right for this card, plus the heart - which is cut in 2 halves on the smaller card is also part of the set.  The embossing folder I used was one from Tattered Lace.

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

catching up

Hello everyone I hope you are having a good Bank Holiday weekend.

A few days ago I returned from a really lovely holiday in Jersey & have some photos to share with you once I have loaded them on to my laptop.  In the meantime here is a recent birthday card I made;

The stamped image is one from Kaisercraft.  It is one of their long slim designs which I really love & this one in particular looks good stamped right at the edge of the background paper.  The flourishes & the flowers are both stamps from Dreamees & are another make I really like using.  The flourishes were stamped & embossed & then the flowers stamped, embossed & cut out using a matching background paper.  A tiny gem in the middle sets the flowers off.

I have some photos of other cards I have made recently & will start showing you those tomorrow.  

Thank you for stopping by I hoped you enjoyed your visit.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Two recent cards

Hello everyone I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather we are having at the moment.

Today I have photos of 2 cards that I made recently.  One is a birthday card & the other a Thinking of You card. Whilst browsing the Internet a little while ago I spotted a design that I rather liked & so decided to try my version, sadly I cannot remember here I saw it so cannot give some credit to another crafter.  If I find it again I will update the post.

Here are the cards;

Both cards were built on a black base card after which I chose the Promarkers that I was going to use for the flower colours. After this I searched plain paper & card to find the closest match I could for the matting & layering, along with ribbon - in the case of the pink card.  The coloured card was then layered onto the black card & a piece of white card with the images on layered onto that with the ribbon wrapped around it.

Both designs have had the imaged stamped twice in black ink & then embossed in clear EP.  On another piece of white card I stamped & embossed the image again & coloured it, then finally I cut it out & adhered it to the main image.  The cutting out in both was a bit fiddly.  The pink one had quite a few curly bits & the stem was very thin.  The yellow one had fatter stems but then had closed areas between the leaves which I had to cut out so that the design underneath would show through.

I am very pleased with the results & will use this idea again.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, 30 March 2015

my first Christmas card

That is, one I have made not one I have received.

Good afternoon everyone - it is a very damp day today here in North Wales I do hope it is brighter where you are.

This Christmas card came about by accident as I realised this morning that I needed a sample card for one of my clubs - a Diorama card.  Turning to my box of bits I spotted the printout from a Christmas design I had created through Serif during last years seasonal card making.  So it made sense to use that;

A plainer style Diorama card this time than the two I made recently.  The topper has been printed as part of the background, plus 2 extra copies.  One I cut out & decoupaged over the other one, then from the second copy I just trimmed out the bow & decoupaged that over the bow on the previous layer.

Some holly corner & border peel offs help decorate the front.  I think it will be used for Christmas this year & I will put a matching background paper on the back to hold my greeting & to sign.

Thank you for calling in I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A birthday card

Good morning. Today I have a photo of a recent birthday card I made for a colleagues special birthday.

I used one of those nice cards that have the punched out decoration on the top & when folded the back folds in half to create an easel card.

I cut a square of white card & ran it through my Ebosser using a "dotty" embossing folder.  This I layered onto some silver card & then placed it on the main card.  I die-cut a flourish in silver & a plaque & the numbers 6 & 0.  Onto the flourish I added 3 little paper roses & one on the 60 plaque with some ribbon hanging from it.  The 6 was a solid shape so I added a little crystal gem to "create" the hole.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Good afternoon & goodness another week between posts - I really must pull my socks up.

Earlier in the year I attended a workshop to learn a technique called paint dripping.  It was a fun afternoon, but my painting didn't quite achieve the desired result.  So it has been sitting in my craft room with me looking at it from time to time to try & decide what I was going to do with it. Throwing it away was not an option.

Here is the painting;

The background did not have that dripped look.

I have been thinking recently about trying my hand at creating an Art Journal.  A place to store the little forays into art, rather than card making, that I do.  So I purchased a very nice book & decided I would see how I could alter this picture & put it in the journal for my first page.

Here is the painting with the additions I put in & now safely glued into the book;

I stamped the word dragonfly with a set of stamps where every letter in the set is a different font & style.  On the Internet I found some sayings about dragonflies which I rather liked so I hand wrote them onto the work.  I stamped & embossed 2 small dragonflies giving them lilac gems for their heads.  Next I added some glitter to the large dragonfly, underlined the wording & added a dotted line around the large dragonfly.  As you can see I also tore around the edges of the painting to lose the straight edges which I then inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink to help lift the sheet from the page.

It won't win prizes - but I am much happier with it & enjoyed the experience.  I am looking forward to the next thing that pops into my head.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you found your visit interesting.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Two Diorama cards

Good morning everyone.

Today I have photos of 2 recent cards made in the Diorama style.  A colleague created the template & is going to be showing my club members how to make the card.  But as soon as I saw her samples I knew it was what I wanted for these 2 cards.  So thank you Carolyn.

The first one was for a wedding & the brides colour choice for her day set me a challenge - yellow & purple.

The template has the marks on it to create a square aperture - so for this card I decided to go with the heart aperture.  The flourish is one from Tattered Lace & the little yellow flowers are from an inexpensive die I found at my local craft shop. The white purple edged flowers are from my stash with the small version of the flower die added to them.

The second card was for a friends Silver Wedding Anniversary;

This time I went for the square aperture because I was including a photo of them as a feature.  The card is made from silver card with an etched heart pattern on it.  As the reverse of the silver card was white I had to line the inside of the back card for a better finish.  The photo I managed to get from the brides father & this I scanned & then printed on vellum. I then cut the same aperture from the back of the card so that when stood up the light shines through the photo.  The same Tattered Lace flourish was used & some white flowers from my stash with gems added.

Very happy with both cards.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A birthday card

Good morning everyone

Today I have a photo of a recent birthday card I made.

This is a nice CAS design.  I used Tattered lace border embossing folders at top & bottom of a square of white card, then layered it onto gold card & then onto a white square card.  I stamped & embossed the happy Birthday with gold EP & layered that onto gold card then placed it in the plain section of the card.  Two double flowers stamped onto floral paper were added with pearl centres.  The stamps are from Dreamees.

I have been quite busy with different occasions to make cards for - so will be back again with more photos for you.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

a quick chat

Goodness how the time flies - another long gap between posts!

I have been busy with some special cards recently - the daughter of a friend is getting married on Saturday (7th) & I have made a card for her based on her colour scheme. This gave me quite a challenge, I do hope she will like the card.  I will post it here after the weekend when she & her new husband will have seen it.

Also I am busy making a silver anniversary card, which has to be ready to post on Saturday.  I have all the components I need just now need to decide on the design.  I think I know what I have decided on & must make it tomorrow.  So that will be something else to show you later next week.

I cannot remember for sure but I think I have mentioned that one of the things I do is run workshops for crochet.  I run 2 groups - one in one craft shop & one in another craft shop locally.  I have decided that I must show you photos of some of the work that my ladies have achieved.  I am so proud of what they have managed to do - so I am currently sorting the photographs I have taken & will show some here some time next week.

From my own crafting pont of view - this week I have made a card for the daughter of a friend for her wedding on Saturday.  The challenge there was that I like to use the colours the bride has chosen - these were a little different.  I do hope she likes my card.  This I will show you later in the week once her & her new husband have seen it.

Then for next week I have a silver wedding anniversary card to make - I have everything laid out on my desk - tomorrow is workday.  Also the following the week our granddaughter is 19 & so I have a card to make for her.  She is very arty & I am trying to think of things I do that could fall into that bracket.

So there you are that is my next few crafty days.
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Friday, 27 February 2015

New techniques learnt

Hello everyone - goodness I have been gone a lot of days again.

At one of the stamping clubs that I run each month, one of my ladies showed us 2 new techniques that we had discovered - I was on holiday & didn't get to see how it was done.  Then last week she kindly came along to another of the clubs & showed it to those ladies & I was there this time.

The two techniques are called Etching & Pointillism.

Here are the 2 samples I worked & finished off at home;

This is the Etching technique & it is amazing the difference those little lines to the petals make.

Here is a sample of an image partly completed which clearly shows the difference with & without the Etching.  This one was created by one of my club members.

This is my Pointillism sample.
I had difficulty with the dots at first because I was using Promarkers & the inks seemed to bleed into each other.  This was done with cheap felt tip pens - hence the very bright colours.

I love both of these techniques & will be using them again.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

a little romance

Good afternoon everyone - today I have a photo of the Valentines Day card I made for my Husband;

I layered some red & white card, both embossed with this trellis style folder & trimmed them down to layers to place on the scalloped edge square card.  From some more of the red card I cut the 3 hearts, then embossed the largest & smallest with a flourish embossing folder & the middle heart with a sort of dog tooth pattern.  I just happened to have a couple of peel-offs for Valentines day left over from some time ago so placed them on an a white card which I then die cut with the scalloped oval.  Using the next size up die I cut one in the red card.  A little red gem was placed at the top of each heart.

After taking the photo I realised I hadn't put Husband on it - so I did that afterwards.  It was placed just below the oval sentiment plaque.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

a birthday card

Yesterday I made a card based on a design I had seen on the Internet, which was probably whilst perusing all the areas of Pinterest.  It's fascinating looking through Pinterest - but you can get lost in it & time passes very quickly.

The background was made using Distress Inks through a stencil. The first pass through the stencil didn't look right until I realised I had to shuffle it down a bit & repeat the process to get a fuller background.  The inks I used were Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves.

To get the curve I tore a piece of scrap paper & laid it on the card under the stencil - I then used that curve to place the flowers which have been coloured with 2 of the inks & had a small pearl placed in the centres.  I edged the background card & the base card with Peacock Feathers.

All in all - quite pleased with that design.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

different for me

Good evening - this evening I have 2 cards to show you that are very different to the normal style that I usually create.

Let me show you the cards & then explain a little bit;

This card came about because I had a 6x6 pad of papers sitting on my desk after making another card. I liked the page shown above & beneath it was a toning page.  On this toning page I stamped & embossed some outline flowers, which I then cut out.  Onto the page itself I stamped 2 vines in the top left corner & then added the flowers above those.  Before adding the flowers I layered the page onto some cream card then some light green card & that was then put onto a white scalloped edged card.  I then added the flowers & the "birthday wishes".  Also before layering the papers onto the card I stamped the vine down both edges just to relieve the whiteness.

The flowers are from a Dreamees stamp set & I have decided to stamp these out not only on white card to be coloured in - but also - on patterned paper, & to build a collection for use in future card making.

The second card is this one;

This one came from one of the background pages I produced whilst testing my gelli- plate.  Just before making that page I had bought a magazine that had a feather stamp & stencil as a freebie. Inside the magazine they mentioned a sister magazine that had a matching die for the feather. So! I bought that magazine too.

I stamped & die cut 3 feathers & added them to the corners of the card,   I also coloured in some of the pre-stamped flowers I had made as mentioned above & placed one at the base of the group of feathers & then one each at 2 of the corners.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black.

I then layered the page onto black card which was then layered onto a square white card.

They are different to my normal;style but I am pleased with them. Most importantly I am trying different things & using more of my stash.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

box of notelets

Good afternoon everyone.

Today I have some photos of a pretty box of notelets that I made over the weekend.  I say made - I suspect the correct description would be - put together.  The makings of this item were part of a large Hunkydory pack that I won last year.  There were the makings of 2 of these boxes.  I made one back in about October I think - so I thought it best I made the other one.  They make really nice gifts - or as I have used them for - raffle prizes.

The box was very easy to put together - so before I stuck this one together I drew around the component parts in order to make some more.  I expect I will use a die to cut a fancy front lid - but for now I have drawn around it as it is.

Here is the completed box along with my drawn plans.

A close up of the box

the box & its 6 notelets - there are 6 envelopes in the box too.

There are quite a few A4 sheets of card left over from this pack (plus lots of other pieces too) so I should be able to make several boxes.

Thank you for dropping by I hope you enjoyed your visit..

Sunday, 8 February 2015

50th birthday card

Good morning everyone I hope you are all having a really nice weekend.

Today I have a couple of photos of a 50th birthday card that I made last week.

I started with a plain white square card which I covered with this pretty yellow & lilac striped paper.  I just loved the little sprays of lilac on it.  I die-cut a purple oval scallop onto which I stamped & embossed in gold "Birthday Wishes".  I also stamped, embossed in gold & cut out the flowers which I then coloured with Promarkers & added little gems to the centres.

The 50 was die-cut using a set of dies I have had a long time.  The alpha & the numerals come in 2 shapes - a thick one & a thin one which are supposed to be layered on top of each other for a really nice effect.  But I chose to use only the thin version & this I added to the petals of the large flower.

In the paper pad were these matching papers which I used for the inserts, turning one of them around the other way.  I added another slim 50 & stamped the verse in black.

A close up of the verse.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

goodness me

Hi everyone - I don't know how many of you actualy notice the details at the bottom of each post, but one of the things that is noted is the time of the post.
The one I have just posted says 3:30 am - I definitely was not up at that time of day blogging.  It was written a short while ago & was meant to be scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon - but I clicked on the wrong one.  I should have clicked on 15:30 - honestly if I had a brain.

Ah well I hope you enjoy the post.

A birthday card

Good afternoon everyone - I hope you all have this lovely sunny day that I have here in North Wales.

Today I have a photo of a recently made birthday card;

It's the first time for a while that I have made a DL card, but this image really suited the size.  I stamped the collage image onto white card in black archival ink.  Then on another piece of card I stamped the image again focusing on the flower, which I then carefully cut out.  The cut out image was then coloured with some Twinkling H2O style paints that I have (they were inexpensive from The Works a few years ago & are beautiful & shimmery).  The cut out was then placed over the image in the main design after I had cut out the main image with a labels die.  The "happy birthday" is from Clearly Besotted, along with the banner die to cut it out.  I also ran the front of the DL card through a "dotty" embossing folder.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

A new toy

Good afternoon everyone on a very sunny but very windy & cold day.

This morning I had a play with a new toy - I have bought a Gelli Plate.

I had been thinking of buying one for some time but other things took precedence. Then a member of one of my clubs gave us a demonstration plus the chance to play.  I was totally taken with the results produced by everyone & that evening got straight onto the Internet & ordered one.  Mine is a 6" x 6" square which I felt would be big enough for what I might do.  I have already decided that I will buy another one - but a smaller one for use with tags & small pieces of card.

So, my play this morning.  Although mostly used with paints I wanted to use mine with stamping so that is where I started.

Briefly - ink is put onto the Gelli plate with a brayer, then some stamping is done, or overlaying of stencils to get pattern & texture.  When that is complete a piece of card is laid down onto the Gelli plate, gently smoothed over & removed (pulled) from the surface.  Whatever was on the plate is transferred to the card.

Here are photos of the results of my play;

My first attempt was to ink the plate with 2 colours of Adirondack inks & then stamp the fairy image in black on top.  After "pulling" the design I then stamped direct onto the card with the same image & black ink.  This shows the difference in quality of the ink direct on the Gelli plate versus direct on the card.

My second attempt, after using 2 colours of ink again, involved stamping into the ink with a clean stamp.  This results in the ink being lifted from the Gelli plate & so you get a negative print.  After pulling the print I went back & stamped the flowers in the 2 colours - direct on the plate. Then I carefully placed the card back down over the images & pulled the design again. 

I was so pleased with the results of the second attempt, that I produced another one - this time using a pretty feather stamp I have.  I really love this one & already thinking of how I can use it.

My final attempt was a little more adventuresome.  The start of the design was the same as the previous 2 - ink the plate, stamped with clean stamp & pull print.  I then inked the stamp with black ink & thinking carefully about what I wanted to do stamped the image directly onto the plate as close to the original position as I could.  I then placed the background print over the top & pulled the design again.  I didn't quite get the position right for the top left corner but a much better attempt for the lower right corner.   A great way to produce backgrounds.

Some time in the week I will also have a go using acrylic paints.  I am wondering whether the design could be lifted by a canvas rather than a piece of card.  I suspect it would work to a degree but the texture of the canvas would affect the finished look.  Worth a try.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Some recent cards made

Good morning everyone.  f you have this rather grey, windy & wet day that I have here I hope you are keeping warm & dry.

Today I have a couple of recently made birthday cards to show you.

The floral corner image along with the verse is a new stamp set I bought recently.  The idea of the torn front came from a little time spent browsing Pinterest sites. I cannot remember what was in the top corner of the one I saw, but I thought it an ideal area to place the sentiment. 

This card uses an image that is one of a set of 4 from Pinflair.  I love their vintage look.  the image was stamped in black ink & then I embossed it with clear EP.  I stamped & coloured the large central flower again & placed it on sticky pads over the original.  The finished image was placed on kraft card, then layered onto black & again kraft. This was placed on a black card that I had embossed with an edging folder.

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Sunday, 25 January 2015


Hello everyone & today I have another recently made birthday card to show you.  I am pleased to say that it appears my mojo has returned & ideas are coming a little easier & quicker -- thank goodness.

I stamped the whole image in black ink & coloured it with Promarkers. I then stamped again the central poppy head, coloured it & cut it out.  I used a labels die & cut around the image, then also cut a slightly larger one in black card for a layer.  This was then layered onto the red scalloped edge card & the poppy head placed on top with sticky pads.  A little happy birthday greeting under the image completed it.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

a 40th birthday card

Good evening everyone.

Today I have photos for you of the 40th birthday card I have made - the first of many of the special cards that are waiting to be made this year.

The card is a 6x6 square & I have embossed a frame on the front.  The floral image I stamped in black & then cut out close to the design.  I then coloured it with some water colour crayons I have - they are Caron d'Ache (I think I have spelt that right).  I decided this card needed something in the white space at top right so decided to stamp the whole greeting there.  The verse & happy birthday are all one stamp.

For the inside I placed some lilac / purple card, which I had also embossed with the frame & then added the happy birthday die cut.

I hope you like it, thank you for stopping by.