Love and Friendship

This category includes: Valentines Day, engagement, wedding, anniversary, friends

Layered dahlia

Hi friends!

I am back with my entry into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

I used the Birch Press Design Dahlia Mini Frame Layer Set to cut into three panels that I’d coloured with Distress Oxide Inks. I layered them onto a background panel and inlaid the centres of the petals which I had cut from glitter cardstock.

I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp to finish off my card.

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Along the Edge

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The theme for this fortnight is ‘along the edge’ with the optional twist of sewing. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I had originally planned to use one of my pretty edge punches that I have been hoarding keeping hold of for the past decade. Although I happily moved to wafer-thin dies some time ago, I have never been able to part with my punch collection. I think it’s because I invested so much in them at the time. I remember how difficult it was for us in the UK to get hold of those Martha Stewart punches when they first came out…. and how I used to love looking at them in person whenever I went to craft stores in the US.

Yes. Well, that’s a nice memory…. because I very quickly remembered WHY I was so happy to move to wafer-thin dies.

Punches are a complete nightmare with thicker cardstock. I really tried with one beautiful edge punch which got stuck on multiple occasions… and accidentally fell into the bin at one point. I fished it out.. but it’s fair to say that my romantic memory of punches has been eroded and quite a few punches will be finding their way out of my house imminently!

So I turned to my die collection – lots of choice there and requiring MUCH less elbow grease! I chose the Cascading Hearts die from Technique Tuesday. I didn’t want to fill in all the hearts as I liked seeing the white of the back of the card through the open hearts. Instead I added some patterned vellum to just a few of them.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Michelle from Seashell Creations – she has some beautiful cards on her blog!

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Mondo Sakura

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s been a glorious spring day here in London, sunny and quite warm. The magnolias are in full bloom and cherry tree blossoms are starting to appear. I love watching the evolution of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington DC at this time of year. They reached peak bloom today and look absolutely magnificent!

So it seemed fitting that I (finally) ink up the beautiful Mondo Sakura stamp from Ellen Hutson today!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge – at first glance the sketch is pretty minimalist – but then I saw how the design team were filling all that ‘white space’ and decided to follow suit!

I also used a border die from Penny Black and a sentiment from Mama Elephant.

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Best wishes to you

Hello everyone!

Today, I’m playing along with the current colour challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I started by stencilling some Pumice Stone distress ink to my base card using a Tim Holtz stencil. Then I stamped an older Penny Black cling stamp (All you need…) and added a Penny Black sentiment. I still wanted to add a bit more blue to my card so I used a Penny Black butterfly die and added a few of the tiny hearts from the butterfly to embellish my card. And I couldn’t resist adding a few dots of Stickles for a bit of sparkle!

I’m also entering this into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is ‘anything goes’ with an optional twist of CAS. I think this card covers both of those!

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You are amazing

Hello everyone!

I am back with my first Crafts-U-Love DT card for March! I always love receiving my DT package as it’s fun to see what the team has picked for me to play with! This month I received the Spectacular Birthday stamps from My Favorite Things* and the Tea Party ink cube set from Lawn Fawn*. I don’t have many Lawn Fawn inks, so I was really looking forward to trying those out!

I must confess that I had to put my thinking cap on as soon as I saw the stamp set – I don’t really do cutesy and I have never been to a circus, so I knew I needed to think of another way of using the sweet images!

As you can see, for my first card this month, I decided to use the little bear as an accent on a Thank You card. I fussy cut the stamped image and coloured him in using watercolours. Then I cut some white glitter cardstock using a Creative Expressions die which I stacked on two layers of regular cardstock to add some depth to the die cut.

I then softly blended three colours from the Lawn Fawn inks set. They blend beautifully! I used a mini blending tool and a very light hand to build intensity slowly.

I stamped the supporting sentiment (also from the set) and then adhered the die cut sentiment and some stars that I had cut from the glitter card. Finally I adhered the little bear using sticky fixers.

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Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.


Happy Birthday Flower Frame

Hello friends!

I loved the challenge colour combo that I used for last Sunday’s card that I decided to use all the little negative pieces to create a birthday card for a friend who loves sparkles!

I used some white glitter card to cut the fabulous Outline Floral Frame from Simon Says Stamp and got to work inserting all the little pieces. I rescued all of them apart from one leaf! Very annoying,  but as I didn’t have much time, I planned to insert a white glitter leaf instead.

Can you spot it? No?

Well that’s because just as I was clearing up I found the missing leaf! Yay!

I added a bold sentiment from Penny Black and a few Nuvo glitter drops to finish off the card.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – feminine/girly.

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