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Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

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Nutty Birthday with Neat & Tangled

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Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

These two cards have to be my favourites to date. I probably say this with every new card, but the bar is getting higher as I learn and improve! I love this set and was really happy to use it when Mum asked for a birthday card for my Aunt that featured squirrels. What better way to showcase the set but with watercolours and a little dimension?

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with two pieces of watercolour cardstock and laying down some clean water focussed on the bottom bart of the card. I then used my Kuretakin Gansai Tambi watercolours (three shades of the blue and turquoise) to create a wash on the background. It took a couple of layers to get the intensity I wanted and I added some paint splatters in the same colours before drying.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I then stamped the various characters and props from both the My Favorite Nut and Into the Woods sets from Neat & Tangled and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Fun set in some Versafine Onyx black ink onto some more watercolour cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Neat & Tangled Big Top Birthday set. I coloured them in using my watercolours and left to dry.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once dry, I cut them with the coordinating dies and mounted the main features and characters with some foam tape. The foliage, acorns and mushrooms I adhered directly on top of the background. I then mounted them onto some white A6 card bases.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

For some finishing touches I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to my characters, brightening up some of the places that got a little dark with the watercolours. I thought about adding some sequins but decided to let the watercolour shine as it was. I think I like the card with the two squirells hugging in the nut slightly more!

Mother’s Day with MFT Owls

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Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

It’s Mother’s Day today here in the UK and this card is for my own mother. She loves owls so this set from My Favorite Things was perfect for her. Coloured with my Zig brush markers with a few additional stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

I started out by stamping two of the owls from the MFT I’m Owl Yours set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I then coloured these in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers in shades of brown, green and purple with a little orange for their beaks. I cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a stitched circle die from MFT from some white cardstock and scribbled on some blue and green ink, blending out with my water brush to create a background. I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Lawn Fawn Mum + Me set and adhered the owls to the background with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

Using an A2 Neenah Desert Storm side folding card base, I used the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set to add a subtle background with some Versamark ink. I adhered the panel to the card with some double sided tape and added a scattering of sequins from the Neat & Tangled Festive Fall mix.

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card with one more owl from the set!

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things


Out of this World Birthday with MFT

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Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!

Space Birthday with Create a Smile

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It is my Dad’s birthday today and I made this wonderful space birthday card for him. When I was about 8 years old I learnt a little song in school and I came across it again a couple of months ago. I think the real words are ‘My friend’s orange with a big bald head’, but of course I had to change to ‘My Dad’s orange with a big bald head’. It gave me a chance to bring out the numerous space themed sets I have from Gerda Steiner and Clearly Besotted, and make use of the wonderful stamps I won from Tara Sell and Christine at Create a Smile. I coloured these with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Inks. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Space Birthday - Gerda Steiner Designs

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Christmas Tags with Neat & Tangled

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Christmas Tags - Neat & Tangled

This year I spent Christmas and New Year’s away from my family over the other side of the world, so I had to make my Christmas cards and tags a lot earlier than usual. I really love the Neat & Tangled Santa’s Wonderland and made up about 20 gift tags for my family and I to attach to our presents. I’m still fighting the jet lag so it is a perfect time to catch up on posting all the cards I missed!

These tags, and the coordinating cards I posted before Christmas were somewhat inspired by the bright and beautiful colourings of Laura Bassen when the stamps were released.

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