Monday, 27 February 2012

Cupcake Card

Well what a wonderfully wet Monday I have woken up to today! It is still hot and humid but it is so good to hear the rain. It's a perfect day to stay inside with my bubba and do some crafting whilst she sleeps. I must remember to fit in some house work somewhere though...

Here's a cute birthday card I made for a friend over the weekend. It features a tea time topper - designed by Dawn Bibby (my papercraft hero) and some cute Craftwork Cards card candy. The ribbon I actually recycled from one of my tops. You know how you often get ribbon stitched into the shoulders of new tops to help them stay on coat hangers? Well, I always cut the ribbon out so I can use ít in my card designs. I have a whole bag full of little cut-offs, which are often the perfect colour and length for cardmaking.

I've included a materials list and method for creating this card below.


Topper: Dawn Bibby tea time
Card: White pearlised card
Paper: American Crafts chocolate weave, Kanban chic dots pink
Ink pads: Versa Magic Chalk Ink in white and sahara sand
Tools:  Fiskars border punch and paper trimmer
Adhesives: Double-sided tape and foam pads
Other: Craftwork Cards card candy in chocolate and marshmallow, chocolate coloured ribbon


1. Cut white pearlised card to 150mm (w) x 155mm (l), chocolate weave paper to 115mm x 155mm and two pieces of chic dots paper to 35mm x 155mm.

2. Apply white Versa Magic Chalk Ink to the edges of the chocolate weave paper, and sahara sand ink to both pieces of chic dots paper.

3. Punch one edge of each piece of paper and adhere to the white pearlised card as shown.

4. Cut a length of the ribbon and tie it around the topper about 1/3 from the bottom. Fix the topper to the centre of the card using foam pads.

5. Finish the card with a bow to the top left hand corner and affix one chocolate and two marshmallow candy card to the right hand side of the card using small foam pads.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Apeing around!

Hello all! I am sooo happy my crafting mojo has returned. I lost it for a couple of weeks but it's back and I am now crafting with passion again!

Here's a cute little birthday card I've just finished making for my friends son, Jude in England. Using the same theme as the elephant card below, I used an 'ape' stamp from Kanban and rainforest-themed card, which I've had for ages but hadn't got around to using. Once I get a design in my head I tend to run with it and make a few cards in one session, varying the design here and there. I love how a simple design can still be effective.

Well I have quite a few birthdays coming up so I must get on and make some more cards while my bubba sleeps (crafting time is so precious these days)! I'll try my hand at something new this time. I hope you have a great day and thank you for visitng my blog :)

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Girls birthday card

Hello! Sorry I haven't posted for a few days, I have been busy working on a couple of designs using the gorgeous animal stamps by Kanban and trying my hand at colouring using Copic markers. Here is a card I just completed featuring a cute elephant stamp. If you'd like to make this card yourself I have included a materials list and method below.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Kanban elephant, birthday wishes

Bella! 140 x 280mm 250gsm white cardstock, X-Press It blender card, white and pale pink pearlised card

Paper: Fancy Pants Designs Beach Babe lemonade, Bazzill pale blue, candy pink and bright green, coordinating striped paper

Ink pads: Versa Colour in black, Versa Magic Chalk Ink in pixie dust and aspen mist, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities labels 1, Provo Craft Baby Face Visage Poupin flower dies, Marianne Design Creatables Christmas Swedish ice star, Couture Creations embossing folder swiss dots, Stamp-It sponging block

Adhesives: Double-sided tape, foam pads, craft glue 

Other: Ranger Stickles star dust, Derivan Kindy Glitz pink, Ranger Glossy Accents in clear, American Crafts Galaxy Marker in white, Copic markers in various colours


1. Cut lemonade paper to 75mm x 133mm, candy pink paper to 57mm x 133mm and striped paper to 15mm x 133mm.

2. Apply antique linen ink to all the edges using the sponging block.

3. Cut pale blue card to 137mm x 137mm and ink the edges using a crimson marker. Lightly tack the larger two pieces onto the blue card then add the thin strip over the join. Secure it all on the folded white card.

4. Stamp the elephant on blender card using black ink and colour the elephant with markers. Add flicks of grass with green markers in an upwards motion. Add pink dots for wild flowers.

5. Cut the image out with Spellbinders labels 1 die. Apply pixie dust chalk ink to the edges and lightly blend aspen mist chalk ink in the sky area using the sponging block. Apply clear glossy accent to the elephant’s eyes, tail, flower and toes.

6. Lightly apply pixie dust chalk ink on blender card. Stamp birthday wishes sentiment onto blender card, trim around the sentiment and mat it on white card leaving a 2mm border. Ink the edges of the white card using a crimson marker and apply star dust Stickles to the white border. Dot around the edges of the sentiment using white Galaxy Marker.

7. Stick both pieces on the card front with double-sided tape.

8. Die cut one large flower out of lemonade paper and two smaller flowers out of white and pale pink pearlised card using the Baby Face Visage Poupin flower dies. Ink the edges of the large flower using a crimson marker. Die cut one Christmas Swedish ice star out of bright green card and apply white dots using a white Galaxy Marker. Arrange the flowers and ice star as shown using foam pads. Apply star dust Stickles to the smaller flowers and curl the edges of the large flower.

Baby wipes are great for cleaning ink from stamps!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Girls Photo Board

This is a photo board that I made for my baby daughter recently. It was really quite simple to make and can obviously be made for a boy using different embellishments/colours.

Here's how I made it...

I took a blank canvas and added some small wall art sticker across the bottom (continuing an existing wall art theme in her bedroom).

I printed out the letters of her name onto white card and die cut each letter using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8.

Each letter was then mounted onto colour coordinated patterned paper which had been die cut using the same Label template in a slightly larger size.

A 3cm wide pale pink ribbon and a 1cm wide darker pink ribbon was mounted underneath the letters (secured with tape at the back) and four miniature pegs were attached to the ribbon to clip photographs to. 

These photo boards look pretty with a light coating of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist on the canvas (it's best to apply the Glimmer Mist before adding your embellishments). Whilst I didn't use the Glimmer Mist on this particular canvas I have in the past used Iridescent Gold, which adds a pretty sparkle to the canvas.

Now I just need to add some photos! 

Female Birthday Card

I made this birthday card using card toppers from Kanban UK.

Here's how I made it...

The toppers are set on cream card which has been applied to a buttermilk-coloured C6 card.  I have smudged around the edges using Tim Holtz Distressed Ink in Vintage Photo.

Coffee coloured ribbon has been applied along with two Card Candy (Craftwork Cards). The Card Candy has been decorated with spots using a metallic gold marker.

I also added spots around the outside of the Greeting topper using a white paint marker.

A cream bow completes the design.