Happy 30th birthday …

Yesterday the family had a birthday lunch for my sister-in-law Rebecca who turned 30 last Saturday.

She spent her birthday last week on the Gold Coast with her husband (my brother), my niece and nephew, her twin sister, brother-in-law, their 2 kids, her mum & dad, her other sister, brother-in-law, their 4 kids, her brother and sister-in-law and their daughter. I have to say that they did very well to organise such a large family trip with all 19 of them! Of course it was chaotic and manic but they had a great time and it was a fantastic bonding session for the little ones!

Anyways, I made a birthday card for Rebecca.

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The pink background paper which was cut using Kaisercraft’s ‘nesting rectangles’ using the largest rectangle in the set.

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The paper was then embossed using a Craft Concepts Universal Embossing Folder called ‘Solid Stars’. I used sand paper to highlight the stars.

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A Paper Rose die (Mesh Large) and Kaisercraft’s ‘Texture Stained Glass’ decorative die was used to layer the die cuts on top of the embossed paper. FYI, I adhered the mesh die cut with staples.

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The balloons were created with Kaisercraft’s ‘Balloons’ decorative die.

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I had a ‘base’ die cut of balloons in black and then used the die on 5 different patterned papers to make the different coloured balloons. The ’30’ came from American Crafts’ Kitten In Black collection.

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The final layer on the card is the greeting using a Hero Arts stamp called ‘Happy Birthday’.

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Finally the card was outlined with a black marker.

Happy 30th birthday Rebecca! :) x

By the way, my mum and I made Rebecca’s birthday cake. Gluten free and dairy free! The inspiration came from Pinterest . The cake was based on the Oreo drip cake. It was delicious!

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“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius

Happy Mother’s Day …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so this special day called for a card for my mum :)

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I started with a Kaisercraft square card as the base.

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The Couture Creations Intricutz die background ‘Fans of Fantasia’ is perfect for a square card – even better framed. The die cut was 9.5cm x 9.5cm so the frame I cut was 11.5cm x 11.5xm with a 1cm border.

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Under the framed die cut I went for a pink coloured paper (to match the fussy cut flowers) – American Crafts – Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky Collection – Delight.

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On top of the framed die cut I added another die cut – a frame from Kaisercraft’s Ornate Pack 1.

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I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Roses’ paper from Kaisercraft’s Secret Garden Collection and added them on the card with foam squares.

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To complete the look, I created the greeting using Carolee’s Creations – Adornit Tiny Black alphabet stickers and stuck them with foam squares.

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Tip: To have your letters/words appearing straight, adhere the letters to acetate (which is placed on top of a self healing mat that has lines) and then cut around the letter/words.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”

 

 

 

Happy birthday …

The Girls PaperieΒ  – Kitch Collection – Geranium Stripe 12 x 12 paper

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Clear Impressions Fabulous Florals Clear Stamp Set

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Hero Arts Little Greetings Happy Birthday rubber stamp C5564

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Sharpie pen (2 lines and outline around Happy Birthday)

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3.25″ hand embroidery scissors (fussy cutting)

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Tsukineko StazOn Ink Pad – Jet Black

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+ double sided tape and double sided foam mounting lines and dots

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a ‘Happy birthday’ card for my sister-in-law.

Happy birthday Maria!

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“Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.”

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Multi fold card …

I stumbled upon an online tutorial, via Pinterest, that was for a multi fold card. I’ve only ever made single fold cards so I was curious to watch the tutorial. I had thought multi fold cards were complicated. How wrong I was!

The tutorial was presented by Beckie Deyer.

The tutorial starts with a Ruby Rock-It 6 x 6 stepper card base. When you open the card it measures 6″ x 18″.

I didn’t have any Ruby Rock-It stepper cards nor did I have any cardstock that measured 18″ across. What to do? I improvised.

Armed with the knowledge that the stepper card is divided into 3 equal parts I used a 6″ x 12″ strip of white cardstock with folds at 4″ and 8″. Instead of having 2 12″ cuts (as per the tutorial) I had 2 8″ cuts. As for the scores, I scored 2″ from the first edge and 2″ from the other edge.

I have since found written instructions for the multi-fold card > Stepper card with a twist.

The range of papers (6″ x 6″), die cuts and vellum die cuts that I used to ‘decorate’ the multi fold cardstock were from the ‘The Craft Stall’. I think this range is carried exclusively by The Reject Shop.

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I didn’t use any journal cards however they did came in handy later when I made a mini-album for a birthday present.

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Once you know how all the folds work, card, it is an easy card to make. Bravo to the person who thought of it! And then you can get creative as you like.

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“Ingenuity requires creativity.” ~ Veronica Roth

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The Tiny Woods collection …

Kaisercraft’s ‘Tiny Woods‘ collection is a cute collection, designed by Jess Milinkovic, and perfect to use with some of their beyond the page products.

The elm tree >>

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(I used the Kaisercolour paint ‘Raw Umber’ for the tree trunk.)

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The acorn tree >>

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(I used the Kaisercolour paint ‘Mud Puddle’ for the tree trunk.)

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With this collection, you can also make some cute cards.

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“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hand_made v store_bought …

Have you had to buy a card lately? I don’t know about you but the card-buying experience was always such a big drama for me. Why? Because I had this need/desire/want to buy the ‘perfect’ card. Maybe that was the Virgo in me …

Anyways, my dilemma was always > Do I buy a funny card? A sentimental one? Would a blank one suffice where I could attempt to write some pearls of wisdom [ha!]? Dare I go for the religious one? Does it match the wrapping paper? Yes, pedantic I know.

I was never interested in the musical ones, the ones with badges, the weirdo alternative ones or the ones with the year of birth. Seriously, who wants to be reminded of how old they are? And no, I didn’t want to record a personalised message thank you very much.

Then there were the prices. Do not get me started on the prices. For the price of a glittery a5-sized card I could have bought myself a one-way ‘Friday-fare-frenzy’ ticket to Melbourne – if I wanted to fly on a Wednesday at 6.30am.

And just when you think you have found ‘the’ one, there’s no envelope! #@! Oh for goodness sake! There’s 52 minutes of my life that I won’t be getting back.

The moral of this story? When the occasion calls for it, I make my own cards. Cards for anyone and everyone.

  • for a friend who is turning 18 with 22 years experience >

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  • for a boy who is mad about sports >

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  • for a sister-in-law >

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  • for an uncle >

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  • for a cousin (who happens to be a very talented photographer) >

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  • for a former work colleague >

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For those who aren’t inclined to make their own cards, e-cards anyone?

“When life gives you hands, make handmade.”