Stamping anniversary cards

anniversary cards

A couple of anniversary cards.  I kept feeling that the card on the left ‘needed something’ so I have added some sequins since the I took the photo.

I made these using Clearly Besotted stamps and the March Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit. (I actually made these in April, but am only posting them here now. Yes I’m horribly behind in many aspects of life!)

Stamping is still very new to me. It’s not a craft I ever thought I would enjoy. However, with some practice I’ve found I like it more and more. I blame all the YouTube videos I have watched for making me want to try it! I actually do have a stack of cards that I’ve made and are waiting to be photographed. Hopefully I’ll get round to it before the summer is over!!

Supplies

Clearly Besotted Mr & Mrs stamp set

Simon Says Stamp March monthly card kit

Versafine Black Onyx ink

Pearls from stash

 

 

Anniversary Card

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An anniversary card, made for my sushi loving husband. Our anniversary was in March, but I’m just now deciding to resurrect my poor neglected blog!

The cute little sushi rolls came from Lettering Delights a long time ago. The stiched edges around the card were cut by my Silhouette Cameo – I designed the file myself.

Really simple little card, but I liked it. (He seemed to like it too!)

Sympathy Card

sympathy1Unfortunately there are times we’ll all need to send one of these cards.

I really liked the digital stamp that I used here, it’s from Pink Petticoat. It’s a very simple card, but sometimes less is more.

This is an A6 card, made from Papermill Direct cardstock. The background paper is also from Pink Petticoat, the little pearls were made with Liquid Pearls in White Opal.

 

Rosette card

rosettecardI’ve become a little obsessed with these paper rosettes lately. For some reason it took me absolutely ages to figure out how to make them. Once I had mastered it, I can’t seem to stop! You may see them pop up again and again, but I shall try to contain myself. They’re actually easy to make, once you know how! YouTube videos are great for teaching crafty skills. :)

This A5 card was made with the card stock from my Papermill Direct hoard. Yes, I shall refer to it as a hoard. I received a lovely free sample pack from them at the end of last year. I confess to just sitting and stroking it for a while. (Hopefully other people do this too and it’s not just me!) The selection was so lovely that I was inspired to invest in a BIG box of white card. Can you ever have too much white card?!

The patterned papers and foiled die cut are from Hunkydory Crafts. There is also some Diamond Sparkles on the rosettes. I think it’s Angel Whispers, but the label fell off the pot so I can’t be entirely sure!

And some buttons – I have a thing about buttons too!!

Oh, and this card was made without the use of my Silhouette. She needed new blades so was out of action for a while. I missed her, but I did enjoy getting the paper trimmer out again! (Don’t worry, she’s fully functioning once again!)

Thanks for visiting today!

 

Quick and simple card

flower cardI’ve been really busy behind the scenes lately, and have been quite productive. Not so much with the blog though!

I’m starting out again with a very quick card. And a quick post! The thing I like most about this card is (apart from being cheerful) that it could work for just about any occasion. Any reason at all, from a “thank you” to “get well soon”, to “hi, I was thinking of you”. Or any other reason you can think of!

The card file came from Svgcuts.com It’s another one of their quick and easy files, and it really was a pleasure to work with.

The base card was from Papermilldirect.co.uk (a post on their wonderful cardstock coming soon!) The floral paper I found in a box under my desk and is by Anna Griffin, but I’m afraid have no idea if it’s still available.

The Silhouette Cameo paper village

village-angleThese houses were a lot of fun to make. The designs come from the Silhouette Store. I think they are called Ledge Village houses if you wish to look them up! There are more that I haven’t yet made. They are the perfect size to fit on the picture rail in my living room.    And they make me smile whenever I look at them. I especially love the washing on the line. village-tower village-dormertown village-barnvillage

I made them all from American Crafts cardstock. And the colours were entirely dictated by the colours I had left. I realise that trees aren’t usually purple. But I like it anyway!

Playing with vinyl

what I loveIt’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Silhouette Cameo. She’s probably my most used crafting tool. (Yes, that’s right, I said she. I’m sure she’s a sentient being!!)

Mostly I have used the Cameo for paper crafts, as pretty paper will always be my first love. However I’ve been dabbling a little with the idea of vinyl over the last few months. I finally took the plunge a little while ago and cut some vinyl. I read all kinds of tutorials about transfer tape and mirroring your design and nightmares with non-straight application. For those wishing to read or watch tutorials, YouTube is your best friend!

Although I was  a little afraid at first, it was surprisingly easy. The first piece I made (shown here) was from a file at the Silhouette Online Store. I had to resize the design and mirror it (which means to flip it!). The Cameo had no problems at all cutting the vinyl. I then weeded the design (which means to remove the bits you don’t want) and used transfer tape to attach it to the back of a picture frame I had lying around.  The frame is 6 x 4 inches so it’s quite small. I just added some digital patterned paper that I’d printed out and it was done. It’s small and simple but I was pleased with it! The picture shown here is from Instagram.

togetherWith my second attempt with vinyl I got a little more ambitious and decided to design something myself. I think I’d probably seen the phrase on Pinterest and liked it. I have a million fonts – well nearly – so the hard part was deciding which one to use!

I also wanted to try something different so this time I used canvas as my base. This was so easy I was amazed! I gave the canvas a couple of coats of paint, and once they were dry added the vinyl. There are two different colours in my design and I attempted to line them up correctly. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t manage it perfectly, but hopefully that will just take some practice!

This canvas is somewhat bigger than the first piece, it’s about 20 cm square (or almost 8 inches in old money!) I’m working up to a big piece for over our bed. Hopefully I’ll get round to that eventually!

Wedding card

awaysforevercard Today’s card is relatively simple. I enjoy playing with lots of pieces of paper and fighting to get things structurally sound. But sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics and just make a card that isn’t very complicated!

The background paper came from Pink Petticoat. The twine and pink mirror card from my crafty hoard. I should probably stop referring to my supplies in such a way, I’m starting to sound rather Smaug-like!

I was able to use the Print & Cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo to make the sentiment. (Doing so makes me happy. Every. Single. Time!)

Very simple card, but I was pleased with the result!

Hot air balloons

hotairballoonsI think the hot air balloons are amongst my favourite things I’ve ever made. They’re just so cute! Every time I spot them in the corner of our living room, they make me smile. I think there should be more smiles everyone’s day!

I love that they could be made for any occasion, in any colour scheme. They’d look lovely in a child’s bedroom or a nursery. But they’d work equally well for a wedding or party. I think I might have to make another set to hang in my office. Maybe a purple set?!!

I’m repeating myself but the file was from svgcuts.com. The paper from American Crafts, Die Cuts with a View and K & Company.

There is a special and unique embellishment on the middle balloon however. My beautiful sister Lucy makes jewellery and she wrote my name (RaRa) in wire. Thanks Lucy, I love it!

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Congratulations card

congratscardQuick post today with a congratulations card.

Unsurprisingly it’s purple! It looks a little blue in the first two photos, but the third shows it’s purple glory. I had purple card left over from something else. I don’t plan the purple-ness, it just happens!

Almost the entire card is made from American Crafts textured card (all from the ‘Brights’ range). The patterned/glittered paper is from Die Cuts With a View. The ribbon came from my ribbon hoard – I’m afraid I don’t know where it originated! The little seed pearls came from Hobbycraft. The envelope (which the card is sitting on in the photos) is made from a piece of K and Company paper.

The file for the card itself came from svgcuts.com I think the set is called Quick and Easy.