Cards for Male Colleagues

Friday, 12 December 2008

I was asked by a friend at work to create 2 cards, one featuring horses and one football card. He loves Portsmouth Football Club, so printed off the shield and layered it, Decoupage style. Sadly it doesn't show as the card is scanned.


Materials:- Cream cardblank, Brown card, MM rub-ons, faux brads, ribbon, horse picture (from Internet).


Materials:- White cardblank, blue card, football printed paper, football emblem (decoupaged), eyelets, denim letters,

Paper Doll Skier

Monday, 17 November 2008

Another card for a work colleague. I had trouble with the face and thought she looked a bit scary.

Paper Doll Skier

Materials used - White cardblank, Grey and purple card, Blue, brown, purple and black paper, Cricut and Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, Felt, Stickles glitter glue, 30 and Happy Birthday Rub-ons, Foam snowflakes, White gel pen, Flower gem, Purple fibre, White and purple pompoms.

Chirper Challenge No 8

For this challenge we were asked to use Black and White with a hint of colour and brads. I think I got carried away with the colour!

Challenge 8 (no 1)

Materials used - Black cardblank, White card, Blue Paper, Cuttlebug with Sizzix Swirl Die, Autumn Leaves Swirl Stamps, Prima Flowers, Half Pearls, Versa Magic white chalk ink, Dovecraft brad, White gel pen.

Challenge 8 (no 2)

Materials used - Black cardblank, White card, Floral paper, Versa Magic pink chalk ink, Scalloped scissors, Cropodile to make scallop holes, Assorted ribbon and fibre, Prima Flowers, Pink brads, Happy Birthday rub-on, Black and pink gel pens.

Challenge 8 (no 3)

Materials used - White cardblank, Black floral paper, Yellow paper, Assorted ribbon and fibre, Yellow thread, Prima Flowers, Crystal brad, Happy Birthday rub-on, Yellow gems.

Violin Card

Monday, 3 November 2008

I was asked by a colleague at work to create a classical music card for a 21st birthday. I had already decided on the notes and the name tag, but then it looked a bit bare. I need a musical instrument and decided on a violin. I used a cut file by Jen C (Cricut forum), but because I didn't have the cartridge to cut it out, I cut all the parts out by hand and strung the bow and violin.

Violin Card

Materials Used - White cardblank, Assorted papers, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cricut and Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, White cotton, Chipboard, Eyelets, String, Brown chalk ink, Peels off, Brown permanent Sharpie pen.

Cards for Men

Sunday, 2 November 2008

These are the hardest cards for me to do. I try and keep them plain and neutral and only do a theme if I'm asked. They can easily be adapted for son, brother etc. Most of these were made for Fathers Day. Sorry about the quality of some of the pics, but our camera is poorly and at the hospital.

Chocolate Christmas Cards

Thursday, 30 October 2008

I'm doing my first craft fayre in November with my mum. I wanted to make something Christmassy for the children that wouldn't take to long to make. You never know how your first fayre will go. The cards were made with odds and ends I had, plus some chocolate shapes I bought in my local supermarket.

Christmas Chocolates 1

Christmas Chocolates 3

Christmas Chocolates 5 Christmas Chocolates 4

Christmas Chocolates 2

Materials Used - White cardblanks, Assorted Christmas papers, Versa Magic chalk ink pads, Alphabet and Christmas stamps, Ribbon, Foam Christmas shapes, Gold star brad, Fabric star, Gold and silver Christmas peel offs, Chocolate shapes.

Chirper Challenge No 7

Chirper Challenge 7 WM

I kept this card simple, just a flower and some nice papers. We had to use staples on our card, but because it was girly I didn't want to use to many.

Materials Used - - White cardblank, Bitty Scrap Pads Soft Serenity marble paper, K&Co Designer Mat Pad Classic paper, Cuttlebug and Sizzix Flower Tag die, Cricut and Opposites Attract cartridge, Ribbon, Alphabet stamps, Black chalk ink, Brad, Black gel pen, paper pricker, half pearls, staples.

American Football 75th Birthday Card

Sunday, 26 October 2008

I made this card for my Dads 75th birthday.American Football WM He loves American football, especially the San Francisco 49ers.

Materials Used - White Cardblank, Red,green cream and black card, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up and Plantin Schoolbook and George and Basic Shapes carts, Red fibre, Pencils and chalks, Black and white gel pens, Black chalk ink, Mini alphabet stamps.

I got the idea on how to cut the football shirt from Anna Rodriguez, a member of the Cricut forum.

Here is the cut file for the shirt - I used Plantin Schoolbook. The shirt fits a doll 3 inches high. I cut off the arms of the doll and moved them out a bit so there was room to hold the ball.

Kami Sweetie

Friday, 24 October 2008

Kami Sweetie

I was asked by a colleague at work to create a birthday card for a girlfriend. She asked for red, hearts, bling and the words Kami Sweetie as it's her nickname. I started with very red hearts but felt it was a bit to Wedding/Valentine, so I went for a more maroon red. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the hearts and a swirl stamp for the border. I added glitter to the swirls. I then finished it off with ribbon and beads.

Materials Used - Cream cardblank, Maroon cardstock, Cricut with Opposites Attract, Cuttlebug with Curls and Swirls Embossing Folder, Swirl Stamps, Chalk Ink, Glitter, Ribbon, Eyelets, Bead wire, Beads, Half Pearls.

Chirper Challenge No 6

Thursday, 16 October 2008

For this challenge we used the following sketch, a flourish and the colour brown. I love using buttons so they were added and lovely autumn colours.

Materials Used - Brown and green cardstock, Basic Grey Archaic papers, George and Basic Shapes and Stretch your Imagination carts, assorted buttons, assorted fibres, brown chalk ink, ribbon, staples.

Chirper Challenge 6

Chirper Challenge 6 sketch

Paper Doll Cards

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

I recently bought the Paper Dolls cartridge. I nearly didn't buy it but I'm so glad I did. It is such fun and there are so many things you can do with it.

WSB Challenge 1The 1st card, You're so Sweet, was made for the Whimsical Scraps and Bugs 1st challenge. I was delighted to be chosen to design for them. Check out all the designs on the blog.

I really enjoyed making this card, the papers are such fun and I made the sweets too.

I've had a few people ask me how I made the sweets. Here it is - I cut 3 small ovals of chipboard and covered them with glitter paper. I then cut 3 small rectangles of cellophane (I used a bag that I sell my cards in) wrapped them round the ovals, twisted the ends and tied with metallic thread.

Materials used - Yellow and red cardstock, Orange, brown and black paper, Yellow, orange and brown glitter paper, DCWV Glitter Sweet Stack, Cricut plus Paper Doll Dress Up and George and Basic Shapes, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Cloud White and Pink Petunia chalk inks, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, Silver and gold thread, Cellophane, Fibre, Green eyelets.

Joshuas 18Card 2- Hooray I'm 18, was made for my sons 18th birthday. This was the 1st card I made with the cart. He always wears check shirts and skinny jeans, so I tried to match the doll as best I could.

Materials used - Brown cardstock, Basic Grey Archaic papers, Paper Doll Dress Up cart, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Brown chalk ink, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, String and Rafia, Orange eyelets.

Gone FishinCard 3 - Gone Fishin, was made for a colleague at work. Her son has just been promoted in the fishing industry and wanted me to make a fishing card. Another excuse to use the cart ...... I thought.

Materials used - Blue cardstock, papers, Paper Doll Dress Up cart, Mini Alphabet stamps, Chipboard, Blue chalk ink, Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks, Coloured Pencils, String and Rafia, Blue eyelets

My Stamping Efforts

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I've never been good at stamping but I've decided to keep trying. I've discovered clear stamps and much prefer these to the wooden ones. I saw a technique in a magazine, where you mask off part of the card and stamp in the space. I'd never done this before and was pleased with my efforts. I transferred the idea to the flower, by inking and stamping onto plain white paper. I then cut a square out and glued it onto card. I then ran this through the Cuttlebug using the Sizzix Flower Tag die. The first card was for my sons girlfriends 21st birthday. She loved it.

Sams 21st
Materials Used - White square cardblank, Cuttlebug plus Curls and Swirls alphabet, Sizzix Flower Tag die, Black, orange and lemon inks, Black ribbon and fibres, White paper, White and black card, Brad, Peach half pearls, Peel off, Black permanent marker

Black and Lemon Card
Materials Used - White square cardblank, Cuttlebug plus Curls and Swirls alphabet, Scribble Flower and Wavy Square, Black, lime and lemon inks, White half pearls, White paper, White and black card, Black fibres, Black brads, Black eyelet

Back from Florida and spent to much!!

I've just got back after 2 fantastic weeks in Florida. 90 degrees everyday, glorious sunshine and I've spent far too much! Some of the things I wanted, I just couldn't get in the shops such as the new Cuttlebug folders and a Pull-ez. But I decided to make my own after seeing the idea on the Cricut forum. I'm really pleased how it turned out. The bag came from Walmart and I just punched holes in it with an eyelet punch. I've actually got more holes in it than the one you buy.

Michaels had a Cricut cartridge sale on while I was there. Most carts for $40. I was only going to buy 2 but I bought 4 - Paper Doll Dress Up, Opposites Attract, Stretch Your Imagination and Beyond Birthdays. They are so much cheaper than buying in the UK. I also bought rub-ons, ribbons, brads, paper stacks, stamps and other bits and pieces. I now need to stop spending and get creating.

Flower Vase

Sunday, 7 September 2008

I've recently bought the Walk in my Garden cartridge. I decided to have a play with it and came up with this card. There is so much on this cart, that's it's really hard to decide what to cut first.

Materials used - Cream Card Blank, Basic Grey Papers, Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer Swirls, Ribbon, Half Pearls, Chalk Ink, Sentiment Rub-ons

Stamps from Nepal

My sons girlfriend, Sam has recently visited Nepal where she was shadowing doctors, learning how they treat patients. While there, she bought me these gorgeous stamps of an Ostrich, Giraffe and Butterfly. They are made of wood and are all hand carved. The card is also handmade. The colours are so rich with a splash of gold.

I had a play with the Butterfly stamp. Above shows what the stamp looks like. I really like it, quite different from what I've seen in the shops.

Chirper Challenge No 3

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Challenge No 3 was to include a star, bling/glitter and a white space. I really enjoyed making the orange wooden doll card and was pleased how it turned out. I tried so hard not to make a Christmas card, but I couldn't resist. I really enjoy these challenges, they take you out of your comfort zone. Most of us go through a stage where we have no inspiration. Taking part in a challenge helps to get the creative juices going again. It's great fun. I recommend joining a challenge group if you can.

Materials used - White cardblank, Assorted papers, Cricut - Plantin Schoolbook for the star layered on chipboard, Cuttlebug and Curls and Swirls alphabet, Wooden Doll with balloon, Orange Glitter Glue, Sharpie permanent pen - orange, Ribbon and Fibre, Bead Wire, Beads, Eyelets, Ink, Peel offs

Materials used - White cardblank, Bazzil Bling cardstock, Christmas paper, Silver angel hair, Silver thread, Silver glitter, Silver ribbon, Merry Christmas Stamp, Chalk ink, Swarovski half pearl, Peel off star

Baby Lewis

Friday, 29 August 2008

My friends daughter and her partner had a baby boy called Lewis on 26th August 2008. I've known her since she was 2. It's amazing how quickly they grow and now she's a mum herself. I made this rattle card for them.

Materials - Used White card blank, Assorted papers, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook, Fibres, Holographic Half-Pearl, Congratulations and Zigzag Peel offs

Chirper Challenge No 2

Friday, 22 August 2008

Our challenge No 2 was to create a card featuring cupcakes, the colour green and a button. Not being a cupcake girl I had trouble with this challenge, so the cards are quite similar. The creative juices weren't flowing. I made 3, but only submitted 2.

Black Cupcakes
Materials Used - White cardblank, Grey,white and black cardstock, White gel pen, Green ribbon, Green half pearls, Fibres, Peel-offs

Dotty Cupcake
Materials Used - White cardblank, Basic Grey Two Scoops papers, Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls alphabet, Black gel pen, Yellow sheer ribbon, Pink half pearls, Button, Fibres

Girly Pink Cupcake
Materials Used - White cardblank, Free papers from a magazine, Alphabet stickers, Dotty ribbon, Button, Fibres, Peels off, dots

Some of my older cards

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

I started making cards about 18 months ago when my mum gave me some papers, stickers and ribbons for my birthday. My style is changing as I try new techniques. These are some of my cards, old and new. I've tried to list everything I've used, but there might be some items missing.

For You

This card was created after a challenge by my son to use and red.
Materials Used - Red cardblank, Grey,red,white and black cardstock, Cuttlebug and Distressed Strips embossing folder, Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook and Accent Essentials cartridges, Black Versa chalk ink, Red square brads

Happy Birthday
Materials Used - White cardblank, Purple cardstock, Black floral patterned paper, Cuttlebug and Divine Swirls embossing folder, Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet for the vase, stem and flower, Black ribbon, Purple and clear gems, Happy Birthday peel-off coloured with black permanent Sharpie pen


Chirper Challenge No 1

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

I made these 2 cards for the Chirper Challenge. Our challenge was to create a card or layout including a flower, the colour blue and use the sketch below. I couldn't decide which card I liked best so I submitted them both.