Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Gatefold Card

My crafty friend is celebrating her 60th birthday today and this is the card I made for her.  Her favourite colour is purple and I decided to use a gatefold card design I learnt ten days ago ago during an online weekend Stampin' Up Christmas Craft Retreat. (Photos of the cards I made at the retreat are at the end of this post.)  I really liked the detail of the folded circles on the front.
The original card was 6" x 4", so I changed the measurement of everything to make a 7" x 5" card.  The patterned paper is from a Papermania paper pad.  The Memory Box decorative circle die cut was cut in half and attached to two folded Memory Box 'Stitched Circle' die cuts.  The card was kept closed with ribbon and three purple pearls finished off the outside of the card.

The pattened paper inside is the same as on the narrow panel on the outside.

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Here are the cards I made during the Christmas Crafty Retreat.  Although it would have been lovely all being together for the retreat, joining in online and seeing everyone on the computer was the next best thing.  The two large cards are the front are both Never-Ending cards.
The card design I took my inspiration from is in the front row,  second card from the right.  

Halloween Boxes

Three little Halloween boxes for my great nephew and great nieces, filled with chocolate goodies.

I used pumpkin ribbon around the bottom which I bought in a sale last year.  The top of the boxes are decorated with a strip of black card, which I punched with a decorative border punch.  The ghosts are die cuts with an old Sizzix die.  I backed the ghost with a little piece of black card behind the eyes and mouth.  The names were printed on the computer and layered on black card.

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Sunday, 25 October 2020


I'm not sure where the last couple of weeks have gone, but it's two weeks since I last blogged.  I've had so many cards to make lately - most of my friends and family seem to have birthdays in the last few months of the year!  I will be sharing photos of them on my blog over the next couple of weeks.
Thank you to everyone who has enquired about my daughter Joanna following her emergency operation at the end of July.  Her recovery is going well and she began driving again this week.  She hopes to return to her work as a physiotherapist in a week or two.  My ten year old great nephew, who Joanna has been recuperating with, is still making face masks (see HERE) in aid of the Devon Blood Bikes.  I hadn't realised at the time that it was my great nephew who was doing almost all of the sewing on his Mum's sewing machine.  He smashed his target of £100 and has raised in excess of £400 so far.
The October Rudolph Days Challenge begins today and runs until the end of the month.  It's a challenge I like to enter if I can and here is my card for this month.

For the background I used Creative Expressions 'Snowflake Lattice' embossing folder.  The small snowflakes are punched.  I die cut the large snowflake with white non-shed glitter card. (I seem to have mislaid the die, so I'm not sure of the brand - if anyone recognises it please let me know.  I might be able to locate it then! 😉)  The sentiment is a Stampin' Up stamp, stamped in gold and the circle is raised up on foam pads.  All the white and red card I used was snippets, apart from the card blank, so I'll be sharing my card over in the Playground.

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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Magical Birthday

I used this image HERE for a Halloween card, but I thought it would be perfect for my Harry Potter loving great niece, who celebrated her 12th birthday a few days ago.  This time I decided to use make a Joy Fold card.

The image is a digi stamp from Oddball Art, coloured with Promarkers.  The background is embossing with a Creative Expressions 'Shimmering Stars' embossing folder.  I used patterned paper from a old Papermania paper pad.  The card is kept closed with a star brad.
I finished off my card with three punched stars. 

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