Hugs & Kisses

There were plenty of hugs & kisses last month when my friend Diane and I celebrated our birthdays together. One of the crafty presents she got me was a cute Crafters Companion stamp. I'm no good at stamping and colouring but was itching to make something with it.

One of my first thoughts was to use the image for a sweet couple and then I remembered a wedding anniversary that was coming up soon. Perfect! So here is a clean and simple design for the happy couple:

No sentiment added as I like to keep the front of my cards free of any greetings. One of the few embellishments I use for my designs are ribbons. If you want to get neat bows, invest in a bow maker (they are inexpensive). To prevent the ribbon ends from fraying, singe them with a matchstick.

See you soon with some more ideas!

Take some inks and dies...

Hello fellow crafters,

It's good to be back and I've got some colourful cards to share with you this time.

Over the last couple of weeks, we were (mostly) blessed with endless hours of sunshine, so I spent a lot of time outside reading while soaking up the sun. Did I miss crafting? Not a bit, although I was slightly worried what the after-effect of a creative break might be.

Turns out that my newly found inspiration had been sitting in my craft stash for long, only waiting to be discovered. It all started with a simple, stamped card featured in Papercraft Essentials issue 122 (if you have a copy, check the Coffee Break page). When I showed it to my hubby, he was eager to give it a try himself, so we ordered the Tim Holtz cityscape stamps and Distress Inks. It got me thinking what I could do with my own small collection of inks. But first I made this simple card which I had in mind for someone special:

This month's free gift in Papercraft Essentials is an embossing folder and two sentiment stamps. I'm not a fan of embossing but I do love the stamp which is used on this card.

Back to the inks and a cute little fox die I had ordered a while ago. When it arrived, I was disappointed how small it turned out (teaches you to always check for the production description), but it was the perfect size for these two cards:

The cute fox was die-cut from white card, then inked and the remaining die-cut pieces added. The eyes and nose are fussy work as the tiny dots tend to stick to the plates of your die-cutting machine. If you like this colour scheme, the materials and colours are listed below.

Happy crafting!

Materials used:

Card 1
Paper Smooches - Dots & Dashes
Lawn Fawn - Hearts
Woodware A4 Linen Finish - White Card
Bakers Twine, enamel dots, red & pink card, black ink, free sentiment stamp

Card 2 & 3
Paper Smooches - Dots & Dashes
MFT - Stitched Square STAX
Taylored Expressions - Fox
Lawn Fawn - Hearts & Scripty Love
EK Success - Double Crochet Lace Punch
Cosmo Cricket - 6"x 6" Tea for Two
Paperado A4 paper - 100 gsm - Chamois
Woodware A4 Linen Finish - White Card
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Wild Honey
Memento Ink Pad - Rose Bud
Black card

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