Friday, 15 February 2019

Fluttering by

I've been creating a few more cards using the sketches from the birthday celebrations at StampNation.

I started by stamping the sentiment from an older stamp set by Clearly Besotted (I think it came as a free gift with a UK magazine back in 2013) in black Archival ink and then used CP inks to add my butterflies. I cut out my panel used a stitched rectangle die (SSS) before matting it onto a snippet of cardstock and onto my card base. To finish off, I adhered a few gold sequins.

I'm linking up my card at:

Stamping Sensations - Alle things bright and beautiful

Penny Black and more - Anything goes (optional: tags)

Seize the Birthday - #159 Anything birthday goes

HLS CAS - Friends

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Happy Valentine's Day, crafty friends! 

I have never made any Valentine's Day cards, because Valentine's Day was not something we celebrated when I grew up in the Netherlands. But this year, I decided to make 'a few' cards for some of the lovely ladies who are working at the clinic where my husband was operated back in December (and several times before). When DH knew he would be picking up the results from the most recent CT scan (which came out clean!) on the 14th, he promised the head nurse of the surgery department that he would bring her flowers or a card. And then I thought there were a few others who deserved a card as well, so I might just as well make a bunch. DH left home with 15 cards (14 as it's the 14th, plus 1 spare). When he came home again, he had 1 card left. He also brought me a chocolate bar, which the head of the reception desk crew had rushed out to buy in the cafeteria. On it, she wrote: WE LOVE U! These cards were definitely a big hit! 😄

I used a mix of products and techniques to create my cards, using a brand new stencil (by Christina Griffith) on some of the cards and old embossing folders and stamp sets on others, along with several heart dies.

For the head nurse, I added flowers and green leaves (Winnie and Walter), but I stuck to hearts for all the other cards. And a little shimmer from my SN sparkle pen of course.

After I had cut my pink panels from some A5 cardstock that has been in my stash like forever to fit onto my folded white A5 cardstock (equally old, since this is fairly thin compared to the Neenah cardstock I use nowadays), I used the off-cuts to stamp the XOXO sentiment (from Big Holiday Wishes by Simon Says Stamp) and added these strips to several of my cards. A great way to use up those snippets right away!

These cards also offered a perfect opportunity to create a card for Cards in Envy, using the very first sketch they offered for inspiration 6 years ago. I'm linking up my card at the top of my post at CIE's final farewell challenge as a way to say thank you to Sandy and her team for all those years of inspiration. Below is the sketch I used:

I'm also linking up my card at:

Aud Sentiments - #220 Love or Valentine sentiment

If you give a crafter a cookie... - #110 Photo inspiration

Tuesday Throwdown - #425 Falling hearts

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Interactive reveal wheel card

I spent a few gift vouchers on new Lawn Fawn goodies. I just had to have the reveal wheel dies plus some fun add-ons, thinking they would make fabulous and easy interactive cards for birthdays and Christmas. And the sweet Unicorn set that came as a free gift (A little sparkle) was just perfect to create a birthday card for our granddaughter's birthday.

I love how you can turn the wheel to reveal more sentiments. So fun!

I created my panel and coloured card base by blending several distress inks and added some water droplets. I coloured the sweet unicorn image using Prismacolors, fussy cut it and popped it up with some foam tape. Since both unicorns and birthdays are not complete without a little sparkle, I added some to the unicorn using a SN sparkle pen and sprinkled some gold start confetti over my card panel (using multi matte medium).

I'm playing at:

SSS Wednesday - Interactive card (optional: Lawn Fawn)

Cute Card Thursday - #568 Anything goes

Kleuren met potloden - Verjaardag/Birthday

Sparkles Forum - #112 New Year, new stash