Baby shaker cards

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Off to Belgium tomorrow, a short holiday to see friends. My hubby and I worked in Brussels for four years, but the time we lived in Belgium, I never really saw much of it. So I'm happy to spend the next four days there, visit a few museums, walk around the picturesque Sablon area and pop into my favourite chocolatier.

Here are two more shakers which I made for my mom's colleagues. I know that Mom loves cute images so I looked for some toppers in my stash and found this adorable baby elephant and bunny which were a free gift from Making Cards magazine. Now, I was told the other day that elephants are for boys, so I made the first card with free papers and some silver micro beads which I had bought in my local bead shop. When I first tried to make a shaker with these beads, they were too thick and almost piercing through the acetate. I resolved it by adding two more die cut rings from cardstock which makes the layer (with 3D foam pads) a bit thicker.

I also used my new Double Crochet Lace punch from EK success. Added a wooden heart button and ribbon, both from Ribbon Girl. There is no baby theme stamp set in my stash, but Me to You's Christmas Sentiment came in handy. Just stamped the word "Baby" from the "Santa Baby" sentiment onto vellum.

These are two cards I don't like to part from, but I know they will make someone smile.

Cardmaker of the Year - Part 3


So onto my third entry for the big competition, my Wild Rose Studio design. Their papers are perfect for iris folding and I wanted to enter one card made with this technique, but then I couldn't resist their cute toppers, so it became a shaker card.

I still had pink micro beads left from a free gift that came with a magazine. I picked the Elsie Paper Panels first and then had a hard time to choose the matching papers. I don't fancy floral papers so I decided to go with the neutral and colourful Icing on the Cake. Now that I have it in my stash, I'm quite happy because you can use it for so many themes including birthday and baby cards.

I added white borders with Sizzix Thinlits, some lace, white half pearls and bunting to fill the space. I hand stitched around to finish off.

I love the shakers so much, I have just made another two! Got the funny feeling that there will be quite a few shakers in my Christmas makes this year.

Cardmaker of the Year - Part 2


Wonderful news... Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine contacted me this week to tell me that my Woodware birthday design will appear in the readers' letters again. This is the fourth time this year that the same magazine publishes my cards! I also won a £25 voucher from Quick Cards a few weeks ago, but sadly, I didn't buy the magazine in which my designs were shown. I am so thrilled!

Here is my Woodware entry for the Cardmaker of the Year competition. After seeing Françoise Read at my local craft store (of course, the big theme that day was Woodware), I picked up this cute Cheeky Turtle together with Forever in Time Fresh papers.

I cut out 16 small squares (the card measures 5"x5") and used a round corner punch to create a background that resembles the pattern of the turtle shell. Next, I stamped my image onto white cardstock and coloured the head and feet. The other pieces were stamped on brown and yellow Bazzill papers and I also used one of the papers from the background. Mounted the turtle on a wobble spring which I remember seeing on Françoise's blog on one of her designs. The stamp set is handy because it comes with three different sentiments. I think the "Don't Worry Be Happy" suits the colourful theme and this would make a great card to cheer up someone.

So here we go, entry No. 2:

Hope you like it!

Cardmaker of the Year - Part 1


I'm really excited about this blog post because here is my first entry for the "Cardmaker of the Year" competition! I had to send in three cards and chose to make one with Trimcraft products, the others with Wild Rose Studio and Woodware.

I didn't know what I was looking for until I stumbled upon the beautiful Christmas papers from Trimcraft called Gilded Winter and the Me to You glitter découpage. My very first Christmas cards were also made from a Tatty Teddy découpage set, so I thought let's do something different this time and here is what I came up with:

I made an aperture card with four layers glued on acetate strips. I didn't work with any instructions and it was a lot of trial and error. Believe it or not, it took me a whole day to make! Here is a detailed shot:

I also used the Me to You Christmas Sentiment stamps, adding Memory Box Precious Ornaments die cuts decorated with gemstones, white half pearls and a hand stitched border.

I was so happy when the design was finished! Next time, I'll share with you my second entry from Woodware.

Fingers crossed for the competition!

Christmas in summer


I'm always late with my Christmas makes, but this time I couldn't wait to get crafting with Tatty Teddy. My mom and aunt totally adore anything "Me to You", so I had to pick up this Glitter Decoupage Set and the Gilded Winter papers. I think they work really well together! When I was done with my layers, I decided not to decoupage the image as the card would turn out too heavy.

I'm still getting used to my sewing machine. My feet always go faster than my mind so I keep on stitching until I go over the edge of the card. Luckily, you can always hide some of your mistakes!

Well, it's still summer here but I'm really looking forward to autumn now!

Give 'em cake


A week ago, I went to the Annual Reunion of Battersea Dogs & Cats, a charity that rescues and rehomes... well, dogs and cats. The main purpose of my visit was to take pictures but there was so much to see and so many dogs to pet (funnily, cats were not allowed).

While I was walking around, I discovered in between the dog cakes and toys a stall selling handmade cards. The lady had hundreds of cards in boxes and laid out on the table. I started chatting to her and we talked about cardmaking. She asked me what I do for male birthday cards and for a moment, I had to think really hard... I rarely make them. I still think that women appreciate the effort and time more. Having said that, I was asked to make a card for a (male) colleague, so I copied my design from yesterday. Easy! The papers are from KaiserCraft Remember Me

I'm not a stamper but Woodware stamps are fun to work with!

Just papers


Another sunny day here in Buckinghamshire, I'd say were are really lucky this year! The cat found a new favourite spot outside and takes a nap in the flower pot now. I managed to get this shot of her:

We bumped into our neighbours this morning, a young couple living next door, and we found out that it's Julie's birthday. I decided to make a birthday card for her and use my new Woodware Huge Cake stamp. Just couldn't decide on the papers... In the end, I chose Wild Rose Studio's Icing on the Cake. It's much easier to use papers that are colour co-ordinated instead of mixing and matching different paper collections which I sometimes do. I wasn't too sure if Julie fancies girly things and the papers are very cute and girly. So I had the idea of using black cardstock to make frames for each letter. I added a machine stitched border (oh, how I love my new sewing machine!) and raised the letter "e" with 3D foam pads, then added red half pears.

I'm so pleased with this fairly simple design and how the papers really stand out:

Hope you found some inspiration today!

New hobby


Earlier this year, I made some "crafty resolutions" which were:
  • Clear out and downsize my stash - What can I say? I'm addicted to selling on ebay now! I seem to find something to put up for an auction every month.
  • Use up old material first - I'm not buying new stuff. Well, a few exceptions here and there...
  • Don't invest too much in new material - Dito. I need some dies and ribbons though, I never seem to have any embellishments!
  • Keep my designs simple - Clean and simple, nothing's changed about my designs.
  • Keep this blog free of butterfly/flower themes - I don't even have any butterflies/flowers in my stash to begin with.
  • Take part in the "Cardmaker of the Year" competition - Mission accomplished! I sent in my three designs last week. Phew! I will post them next week when the deadline has passed.
I took up a new hobby and I'm teaching myself photography. It keeps me busy and that's why I haven't been crafting much lately. I started clearing out my stash, put up a lot of stuff on ebay and bought myself a sewing machine from the money made. It was about time! The other day, I sat one hour over a card just for the stitching alone. So here is my first go at using my sewing machine:

The backing paper and image were freebies from "Making Cards" and the colourful papers are from Wild Rose Studio's Icing on the Cake. I used a sentiment from Trimcraft's "Me to You" Christmas stamp set.

Now it's time to think about Christmas designs!

Happy weekend.

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