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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thanks to You

Good afternoon, The sunny weather continues but the heat has gone so it's just nice to get out and enjoy the fall.

Today's post is the start of a collection of thank you cards I was asked to make and will be showcasing here over the next few days. I decided to do a couple of these gender generic as I didn't have direction of who they were for. Today's card is one of those:

I used the cd from Joanna Sheen's Tom Mielko project book for the images and back ground design paper. Printing them onto Neenah cardstock. 

I matted my white card base with a royal blue cardstock along with the image. I use some of the design paper to print a sentiment on and again matted this with the blue card.
I assembled the card lining up my image to the left of the base so I could slip the sentiment along side of it.

A few enamel dots were all the embellishment that was needed.

I gorgeous sunset, some waves and just you on the beach how peaceful!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Boss's appreciation day

Good afternoon! Well after a very rainy weekend the sun is shining again and it is pleasantly warm. I have had a wonderful weekend, Saturday was my birthday and I was thoroughly spoilt by everyone. The best news ever arrived in the form of a letter from the USCIS stating that we have been granted permanent residency!

As we are now residents I thought it fitting to join in with their appreciation days and when Kev asked me to make him a card for boss's appreciation day I knew exactly what I wanted to do:

Dr Digi have these great funny digital stamps so I picked out Tommy Gun:

Yep his name says it all!

I Printed the image on X-press It card and colored him with alcohol markers and colored pencils adding white gel pen for his suit strips and highlights. 
I then typed out my sentiment using my pc and printer which I think fits great with the image as well as the card theme.
I matted my 5x7 inch handmade card base with red and black card and added my design. I also added a funny verse inside which reads:

On Boss's Day I'd like to pay you a complinment....
You sure have a great bunch of people 
working for you!

A funny card for a great guy!

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Friday, October 6, 2017


Good afternoon, we've had a lovely fall day today, Mollie did a cross country run and it was nice to be outside without the overpowering heat.

As Halloween draws ever nearer I am loving using cute images to make a collection of cards.
Today I am showcasing another or the cutsie Lili Of The Valley ones:

Isn't he just the most adorable little bat you have seen??

I colored him and his background using Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils for accents. I added extra tiny stars with white and gold gel markers before matting my image onto black and amber card.

I made a 7 x 5 inch base card and matted this with the same colors of card and some free digital paper with the word Boo! on it.
I used some coordinating ribbon as a border underneath my image and added my Boo sentiment to this using foam dots.
I few black pearls either side of the sentiment were added to draw the eye to it.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cats and Pumpkins

Good afternoon, the temperatures fell this afternoon, it was so nice to have the doors open and air blowing through the house. Fall is finally arriving I just hope that we have seen the end of the high temps.

Along with Fall comes Halloween and today's card is such a cute Halloween scene:

Halloween Cats is a digi stamp from Lili Of The Valley. This was my second attempt at coloring the image. My cats on the first one were a touch too dark and you couldn't quite make out their features. 
I colored the image with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I followed Mindy Baxter's tutorial for creating a Halloween background which I think turned out well and really shows off the characters. 
The image is actually framed so I colored this in black rather than adding a mat layer to it.
 I made a 5 x 7 inch card base and matted this with orange and black card. The design paper is a free digital paper which I felt coordinated well. I stamped my Trick or Treat Sentiment on orange card and matted this with black. After arranging my image and sentiment I placed black pearls to balance out the design.

Lili of The Valley used to be my favorite stamp company when I lived in the UK as we lived in the same town as their store I was a frequent customer. I hadn't bought many stamps from them since moving to USA but now they do digital stamps and I don't have to wait for them to be shipped that has changed 😁

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ride On

Good afternoon, We have finally had some rain today, not enough for what is needed but at least it's broken the drought.

This week I plan on showcasing some cards that I have made using stamps that I have in my personal collection.
Today's card is using a set From Raisin Boat. Now Raisin Boat closed a few months back but I heard some exciting news a couple of weeks ago, They have been taken over by Victorine Originals and I am so happy because I love their stamps - they also do a stamp rental system which again is great if you have a special card to make but don't want to buy a new stamp set.

I do own the stamp set I have used today which is Highway High:

I stamped the main image onto X-press it card and colored it using Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils. I then matted on to black card.
 I then used the Ride On stamp from the set to make my design paper, stamping it multiple times at different angles using black ink on red card. I made a 5x7 inch card base and matted this with black card before adding the red card.
 I stamped another of the sentiments from the set onto white card, matting it with black card. I added this along the side of my image and positioned it into the center of my card.

You can't beat riding a motorcycle in the summer like the sentiment says two wheels move the soul!

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