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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Shirt and Tie event

Good morning all, I hope you're week is going well. 

Today's card is one I made for a young man who celebrated his 91st birthday last year! A call went out via Instagram for help in making 91 cards for Pop's birthday. So I offered to send one over to the states to help.

We have had this shirt and tie wooden stamp since I first started crafting, 6 years ago. It was in one of the bundles of goodies I bought on Ebay when I was first getting started. But as with all the wood mounted stamps, it sits in a cupboard and doesn't get used.

But I thought a nice shirt and tie would suit a sprightly 91 year old. So I stamped the image a couple of times. Once on a teal patterned paper and then on plain white card. 

Then I cut them out and put some of the white on top of the patterned paper to give a different collar and cuff and I coloured the tie with a matching Copic Marker.

I added a few black gems in a couple of different sizes to the button holes on the pocket, cuff and collar, to make the shirt as smart as possible.  

Then I stamped two sentiments using Jet Black Archival ink. I turned one into a tag and stamped the other on to the card background.

The background was cut with the Avery Elle Wonky Ellements die and I even made a tiny coat hanger from a gold coloured paperclip and made a couple of slits in the back of the shirt to hang it through.

I hope you like it, Pops did. Take care and I'll see you soon.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Water colour back drops

Happy Tuesday.  Hope you're week has started well.

I have another card using the Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After set to share with you today.

This one has the dragon lighting the birthday candle for his friend, who I think is a griffin.

I coloured these mythical friends using Copic markers and added them to a water coloured background.

I made this using Zig markers, a water bottle, a piece of acetate and some water colour paper. I used Aqua fine smooth from Daler Rowney.   If you've never tried this I urge you to give it a go.

Take a water colour pen or distress ink and scribble on the acetate.  Spritz with water until it's good and wet, then dab onto some water colour paper.  Allow to dry.  
You can do multiple colours at once but I find it works best one colour at a time.  Usually I make a couple of backgrounds from each colour.

I hope you like my card and that you'll give this technique a try.

TTFN Jude xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Happy Birthday from Pretty Quick

Good morning all, I hope you have had a good weekend.

Today's card is made using one of the new dies I picked up in the Boxing Day sale at Craftstash UK. It's from a new (to me) brand called Pretty Quick, and is a one layer die for card fronts. This one is called Happy Birthday, I also got a couple more, which I'll show you another day.

I cut the main image from Kraft card and then inked a simple Distress Ink background on watercolour card. I used Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twigs and a touch of Mustard Seed.

I put it together on a Kraft card base and used a dark teal cardstock as a mat. But I still thought it was a bit plain, so I used a Gold and Green Wink of Stella Pens to give it a bit of sparkle.

Then a black fine liner finished off the birds eyes and a brown one for their beaks.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Friday, 13 January 2017


Happy Friday everyone - even if it is the unlucky 13th!
  Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am?

The idea for my card today came again from Jennifer McGuire and the inlay technique she has used on several projects.  
I wanted to try it with a sentiment die and a shape, so I went with this happy birthday die in a circle.

I first cut the circle and then the word.  
I cut the word a second time in red and then just pieced it back together.  
I made sure to keep the small areas from the die cut so I could fill in the background area.
I then multi-cut the nephew sentiment and stacked them for some dimension.

For the background I repeat stamped a sentiment in Altenew's Arctic Blue dye ink and added the number 11  in red.  This card is for my nephew's 11th birthday later this month.

Hope you like it.  TTFN Jude xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

With thanks

Good morning all, I hope you are having a good week and looking forward to the weekend. Today's card is one I made for a lovely friend at work, to say thank you for having my back.

 To cut a very long story short, in December, I was given a month's notice at work to either  find another job within the Council, or leave. I had worked there for 2 1/2 years, but my contract wasn't permanent, so there wasn't a lot I could do. To be honest I sort of lost all fight when it became clear that there was no chance of staying with my current team. But my lovely friend and team manager wouldn't let it go, and made a formal complaint on my behalf. Now, with her help, many sleepless nights, and a lot of tears, it looks like I will be moving to another job within the Council next week. 😊

Anyway, I used the WPlus9, Beautiful Bouquets - Ranunculus stamp, heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp fine detail white embossing powder.

First I put a piece of double sided tape across the card before I stamped the image. Then once the image was heat set, I pulled off the tape backing and added some gold foil. I ended up adding another layer of tape and more foil to even it out, but it did work well in the end.

I coloured the flowers with Copic markers and then used the sentiment stamp that comes with the image and stamped it with Jet Black Archival ink.

I cut the sentiment down to fit across the foil but still leave some showing, and then finished the card off with an orange base and a few gold and pale orange sequins.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Fairytale castle

Hi all, Jude here.  Hope you're having a good week.

Today's card features the Critters Ever After stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn.  I've had this set for a while and not used it so thought it was about time.

I started by making a watercolour background using Zig markers, a water spray and a piece of acetate.  I love how this turned out.

I wanted this to look like a fairy tale castle in the clouds complete with a yellow brick road.  For this I passed a piece of yellow paper through the Big Shot in a brick patterned embossing folder.

I stamped and Copic coloured the unicorn and castle from the set, plus a rainbow and clouds from other stash items.  It doesn't show well in photos but I've added shimmer pen to the clouds and the castle windows.

I added a sentiment from the set and fixed my design to a 4.25 x 5.5in pink card blank.

Hope you like it.

TTFN Jude xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Relax it's your birthday

Good morning all, I hope you are having a good week. Today's card is one I made for a friend who needed a 60th birthday card for her dad.

I used a digital stamp for a change, this one is by Heather Ellis and is simply called Garden.

I sized and printed it to fit on to a 5 x 5 background, and then coloured the image with Copic Markers.

I used a mixture of  stamps and dies to make up the sentiment, the Happy Birthday is a Britannia die and the Dad is a Clearly Besotted stamp. Then I added little sparkly silver stickers for the 60 on his hat.

Hope you like it, take care and I'll see you soon.


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