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Summer seems to be back again and I find myself spending more time outside, soaking up the sun. Jess is always keeping us company. She is such a social animal, always sticking around wherever we are. Here she is having a nap in our garden:

 
Today, I want to share with you two cute cards made with the Forever Friends Kraft Notes pack. I kept the designs simple and, probably more important, lightweight! I used only three layers for the decoupage as it would get too chunky otherwise. The first card was made with papers from My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart. The butterfly came with a stamp set from a magazine and was cut out on pergamano paper. Just added the birthday sentiment and a bow.
 
For the second card, I used papers from a magazine. Just added ribbon and a bow and punched out some stars. VoilĂ !
 
These were a little tricky to make because the bear takes up so much space on the card. Hope you like my simple designs!
 
Pick your favourite!
 
Nic

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If "Little Black Dress" springs to mind when you hear the words "male birthday card", you are in the right place here!
 
Here comes another creative go at tackling the male birthday challenge. This card is for someone who enjoys reading - just like myself. It was tricky to find a digi that wasn't too playful for an adult birthday.
 
For this card, I used strips of paper from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress which you can find here for half price - be quick! I love this paper pad because there are neutral backgrounds that you can use on any card. The big dots paper came with a magazine. My digi stamp comes from the talented Angelique and her blog Sliekje digi stamps. If you love cats or know someone who does, you need to check out her cute cat inspired digis. I kept this card simple by adding brown half pearls and fabric letters which I found in my long abandoned scrapbooking stash. I was short of one "o" and replaced this with the birthday sentiment on the card. Here is what I made of it:
 
The cute Forever Friends bears will be back next time. Happy crafting everyone!
 
Nic
 

Cutie Patootie - Part II

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Back to my Sweet Little Donkey decopatch box! I prefer gender neutral colours when it comes to baby themes, but I just had to go for pink because I liked the ribbon so much!
 
This box comes in a rectangular shape. For the lid, I cut the pink and white dot paper from my Krafty Notes decoupage kit and added a white background this time. I coloured in my donkey, cut it out with the craft knife and placed it on the scalloped circle with 3D foam pads. I made the pleaded ribbon by holding it in place with stitching, burned the ends with a match to stop it from fraying and threaded some dotty ribbon through a button which I then made into a bow.
 
I punched a few stars to make a star garland hanging across and added some bling in matching colours. There was still plenty of room to play with, but I wanted to keep it simple. The paper for the middle section of the lid comes from Doodlebug Design and I cut two 30.5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide strips to make rosettes. On top are buttons die cut with Nellie Snellen's Flower Circles and some ribbon. The sides of the box are decorated with more stars, half pearls and two mini donkey cut outs on scalloped circles. Et voilĂ ! Here is my little piece of art...



This box was rather tricky to shoot in my light tent, but I finally managed to get most of it on the pictures after several tries.
 
I spent three days making all three boxes and believe me, it wasn't easy to part from them. The result shows that simple techniques such as using your craft punches, bling kit or using ribbon in a different way will get you some stunning results.
 
Pick your favourite Cutie Patootie!
 
Happy crafting everyone.
Nic

Cutie Patootie - Part I

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Welcome back to my crafty space!

So happy that we had a long weekend because I needed all the time for my latest project, three baby theme boxes. I will post the first two today and keep the big one for later. On my hunt for free digis, I stumbled across this sweet donkey which I fell in love with. You can find it on Pinterest. I decided to go for decopatch boxes as they are sturdy and should survive the transport and I chose two heart shaped and a rectangular box. You need PVA glue for them and once the paper is glued to the box, you can't reposition it anymore. Luckily, everything worked out just fine.
 
The butterfly paper in the background comes from Forever Friends Kraft Notes. Using a heart shape didn't leave me much space to play around with shapes, so I decided to stick the donkey onto a Lacey Oval with 3D foam pads and used the same affect when putting the oval into place. The star and heart in the upper right corner were made with my bling kit which I got from a magazine. The other papers on the top also came from a magazine. I stamped BABY with the Woodware Patch Elephant as shown on earlier designs and added some buttons.
 
The upper left corner looked a little empty but I didn't want to go over the top with embellishments. I also wanted to make the top as flat as possible because this needs to be shipped. I decorated the "frame" with three butterflies which I punched out. I finished off with some more Krafty Notes paper wrapped around the box and added hearts and stars which I decorated with some bling.

The donkey was coloured with Promarkers Sandstone, Caramel, Blossom, Pink Carnation, Pastel Yellow and Buttercup.



 

 
Aren't they just adorable? I can truly say that I put all my heart into this and I'm happy to share these with you.
 
Next to come: "The Big Box" and it will be different and more colourful!
 
Nic

Cuteness Alert!

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I like to pop into Hobbycraft for some small bits and pieces every now and then. When I went last weekend, I had the urge to rummage through their clearance boxes again. It must be some kind of hunting instinct for bargains. I was on the lookout for material for my New Baby designs and just couldn't resist the Forever Friends Kraft Notes bumper decoupage and paper pack from Docrafts. This one I didn't fish out of the clearance box. You can make tons of cards with all the material.

As with my first Christmas card kit from Tatty Teddy, I like to use the decoupage with my own paper leftovers to give them a modern twist. I keep the papers from the pack for baby cards.

The first cardswas made with free papers from a magazine. I had made the woven background a while ago but didn't find any use for it then, so I thought this would make a nice spring greeting.
 
This card was made from paper leftovers (isn't the foral pattern just gorgeous?) mixed with My Mind's Eye Meadow papers. I made the garland with Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland.

 
This one was made with the Meadow papers and I used Basic Grey's Little Black Dress to die cut the flowers. The Thank You stamp came with a stamp set from a magazine.

I'm tempted to make more cards with this cute teddy. Hope you like my ideas.

Pick your favourite!

Nic

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