April is a month of birthdays for me (including my own!) and sadly this is the first time I have been able to make a card all year. I have been drooling over the most recent Lawn Fawn releases and was inspired by their new box card die. Since I haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet, I decided I would have a go at creating my own box card. After a bit of measuring and scoring, I was pretty pleased with the end result. I hand coloured a bunch of flowers and some cute little critters with Prismacolor pencils (I was going for the overgrown garden look). I don’t have the dies for the flowers or critters so fussy cutting all the pieces took forever. I made three partitions inside the box to adhere the hills and garden to. The banner was made with the poles from Little Bundle and a scripty diecut – I found sticking two poles back to back makes it stronger so the banner doesn’t wobble around. After letting the Diamond Stickles dry, the pop-up was ready to play with, which is not only fun but helps the card to fall the right way once it is pulled out from an envelope. Now this card is off to a friend for her 30th birthday and with a few more 30th birthdays coming up too, I think I might make a few more.
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I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Bizzy Bec’s April Challenge – Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Hip Hop
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Happy Birthday
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 2 – Interactive Cards
- Blissful Botanicals – Lawn Fawn
- Critters in the ‘Burbs – Lawn Fawn
- Quinn’s 123s – Lawn Fawn
- Little Bundle – Lawn Fawn
- Spring Showers die – Lawn Fawn
- Scripty Congrats die – Lawn Fawn
- Stitched Hillside Borders die – Lawn Fawn
- Stitched Rectangles stackables – Lawn Fawn
- Fresh Cut Grass die – My Favourite Things
- Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid, Let’s Polka in the Meadow, and some silver glitter paper (from the local cheap shop that sells everything)
- Prismacolor Premier pencils
A week ago I saw a gorgeous quilt and felt inspired. Sadly I don’t have the time to spend working on such a time consuming project but coincidentally I came across an old Christmas post that used hexagonal cutouts of patterned papers to create a “quilt” style card. This was much more within my available timeframe and has since become my favourite technique of the week! I have a box of gorgeous papers which are often forgotten and I found this a great way to use a bunch at once.
This card was my first attempt to try out the “quilt thing,” made for a friend who has been going through a hard time.
I punched some holes into a card tag to make a cross-stitch heart which I thought added to the sewing theme.
I am also celebrating birthdays this week – my Mum as well as another dear friend. Ordinarily I am a lover of all things clean and simple but Mum is a lover of fuss and frills. I don’t usually do the “multiple element” thing well that everyone else seems to nail. But I gave it a go and tried to add a little more embellishment than I normally would, without cringing too much! These are my end results.
This week I have entered my cards in:
Lawnscaping Challenge: Patterned Palooza
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Celebrate
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Fabulous Florals
Bizzy Becs Challenge – Anything Goes
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What greater joy is there than hearing the news that a dearest friend has brought a beautiful baby boy into the world! Also an exciting opportunity to bring out the Little Bundle stamp set from Lawn Fawn that I have been too busy to use since it arrived in the postbox. I loved this stamp set from the moment I saw it and knew I had to have it.
Although I am never truly happy with any finished card, my hope is that one day I will be able to complete something without making a clumsy mistake… which is usually the reason I am never truly happy. I am a perfectionist through and through. Today’s stupid mistake involved sitting my card against some stray ink when I turned it upside down to add the foam tape, resulting in black ink on the front of my card. Although it wasn’t much and I managed to cover this with a bit of white pencil and diamond stickles, I am still kicking myself. Maybe one day I will learn.
This brings me to my new baby card to welcome this little one into the world.
This week I am entering my card into:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add some shimmer
Lawnscaping Challenge: Distress maniacs
Happy Little Stampers Challenge: Anything goes with dies
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‘Til next time,
In 2011, while looking for something I can no longer remember, I happened upon a gorgeous hand made card created by Britta Swiderski. I was so inspired it was not long before I placed an order with the online craft store Simon Says Stamp where Britta mentioned she sourced her supplies. Since I am in Australia and Simon Says Stamp is in America, I had to pay a small fortune for shipping and probably went overboard on the amount I spent on my purchase… but hey, I had to make the most of that shipping cost! From the moment my package arrived full of wonderful crafty goodies, I was hooked.
Since then, like so many craft aficionados, I have watched numerous YouTube videos, saved countless Pins and drooled over the most recent releases from stamp suppliers. (An honorable mention to Lawn Fawn where my true addiction to good quality stamps officially began.)
During this time, I have marveled at the talented card-makers around the world who continue to produce incredible creations and participate in regular card making challenges. Because what’s the point of making something awesome if no one sees it, right?
So instead of stuffing another card into a box full of unloved mini-masterpieces (in my eyes at least), I have decided it is time to step out of the sidelines, take card making to the next level and have a crack at a challenge myself.
Although a pretty basic card I love this little caterpillar and have chosen to enter in:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Patterned Papers
Until next time,