Saturday, 24 November 2018

Watercooler Wednesday WWC197

I am joining the challenge at Watercooler Wednesday again this week.  Our challenge is Kath's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge, and this is my card. 



This is one of the cards I made for my mum.  I make all her cards for the year, and am actually ahead this year.  Lewis won't be eighteen 'til next October (it's ok, he doesn't know I have a blog, never mind read it!)
This card is a bit special.  Mum always puts money in our birthday cards, so this card has a secret pocket.  Do you see the little pull-tab at the bottom?  When you pull it the inside of the card appears.



The top section has a little pocket to put the money in, and the bottom section has a space to write your message.  



I was inspired by Lawn Fawn's Double slider surprise die set, but wanted something bigger, so experimented a bit until I worked it out.  This card measures 6" x 6".  It's a slightly tighter fit than is ideal;  you have to give it a good tug, but it's well put together (if I do say so myself) and can take it.

I have made all her grandchildren's birthday cards for next year like this, apart from the over eighteens - they get 'grown up' cards.  


Thank you for dropping by

Karen













MFT Sketch 412

So here is my offering for this week's MFT sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch


and here is my card


The cute elephants are from two MFT sets: BB Adorable Elephants and BB Up in the Air.  

Thank you for stopping by

Karen






Saturday, 17 November 2018

Watercooler Wednesday & MFT sketch 411

My Son Noah passed his grade three violin exam this week.  With distinction.   Yes, I am one proud mumma!  He practiced so hard, and really deserved to do well.  He was especially pleased with his scales result (20/21).  

So I made him a congratulations card, using the sketch from My Favorite Things, and I'm entering it at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge, where it is all about Occasions.  I rocked the Watercooler last week.  Yay!

So here is my card.


The music in the background is one of his exam pieces, which I scanned and compressed to get the right dimensions.  To start with I printed it straight onto the card, 



but it wasn't really working for me, so I printed it on to a piece of beige card from my scraps box.  Noah's favourite colour is green, so the congratulations was die cut from metallic green card.  The die is from Simon Says Stamp, and is the die that finally convinced me the cost of postage from the US was worth it.  I stuck three of them together to give it a bit of dimension.  


Thank you for dropping by.

Karen








CAS(E) this Sketch #298 & Simon Says Stamp Challenges

I am pulling three challenges together with this card.  We have the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch, which looks like this



The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Thanks/Thanksgiving, and the Wednesday Challenge is All that Glitters is Gold.

So here is my card.  





The heart is a Simon Says Wafer die.  I stuck the stripes on to a heart shaped piece of vellum.  The Thank you die was a crafter's companion die.

Thank you for stopping by.

Karen


Saturday, 10 November 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #297

I am here again with CAS(E) this Sketch #297, and again I have two cards.  The first is very close to the sketch, and the second isn't.

Here is the sketch.



So, for my first card I made a shaker card.  At least, it was worth shaking to start with, but then I decided to fill the space right up so that I had a complete oval full of sequins.




The second uses the sketch as a starting point.  I know this is how sketch challenges work, but I've got to be honest, I really struggle to not stick to the sketch.  As you can see though, I am doing better.



The cute little space man is from MFT's Space Explorer stamp set.  I made the banner using my silhouette cameo.  I made loads of them, because my mum has nine grandsons, and I make her cards for her.  I love this feature of the cameo, that you can print then cut out.  My cameo is quite old now but it is still going great guns.  I made the background with various blue and purple distress inks.  A couple of my water droplets were a bit big.  I tried to tone them down a bit but it didn't work.  What you cannot see at all in the photo is that I added some 'stars' with some perfect pearls mixed with water.  

I am linking this card up to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, where we have to make our own background.



Have a great day.  Mine is almost over so I have cleared the dining table and will go make dinner now.  Thanks for dropping by.

Karen







I'm a Guest Blogger!

I have just written a guest blog post. 

That sounds impressive, until I tell you that it was for my Husband's blog.  Well, I did make a card using one of his wall art images.  

It also provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the difference between my card photos, and his card photos.

This is my photo


If you want to see what Peter did with it, head on over to his blog.

Have a great day, and thanks for dropping by!

Karen




MFT Sketch Challenge 410

Have you ever choked while actually drinking coffee?  Well, I did this morning as I was making this card.  Coffee everywhere!  Including my first attempt.  I had to leave the card to warp, though, because the coffee went on the floor as well, and our dog Misty was straight over, so the floor was the priority (coffee is not good for dogs).  
This is Misty.  She is a 16 month old beagle.  Here she is modelling for her Dad.  


This was the final image, which Peter used as part of an Ad campaign, and yes, she really did sit like that!


Anyway, on to my card.  I am joining the MFT sketch challenge again this week, which looks like this.

Here is my card.  I have used the MFT Ornamental Medallion Trio, and the sweet sentiment is from the MFT Snuggle Bunnies stamp set, embossed with WOW! metallic silver.  I am not the best at heat embossing, and my card still warps a little.  The glitter card is from a stack I bought in Hobbycraft and I love it.  It is quite smooth and doesn't drop glitter all over the place, and the colours are yummy.  The medallions are cut from a piece of silver metallic card that was in my scrap box, not that you can tell from this photo.


Thank you for dropping by.
Karen



















Saturday, 3 November 2018

CAS(E) this Sketch #296

This week I am joining the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch



and here is my take on it.  I made two cards but they are very similar.  I think I prefer the one with the pink background, but the other one is sparkly.  I do love a bit of sparkle.  


          

I started out by stamping the HAPPYs.  I used my MISTI and yet still they didn't look straight, so I went to my trusty laptop, and printed them instead.  Then I used a couple of birthday die cuts to fill the gap.  The white one on the pink card is from Simon Says Stamp, and the sparkly one is from Papertrey Ink.  Its very difficult to photograph sparkles effectively, but I tried.  




My husband is a professional photographer, and he offers to take the photos for me.  At this point it becomes a much more involved process, because he doesn't do 'snaps'.  The lighting has to be right, the set up has to be right, etc, etc.  I say to him, "But Peter, nobody is even looking at my cards, never mind critiquing the standard of photo," but he is a bit of a perfectionist.  So mostly I just take a quick snap as I go, and hope for the best.  

I know I am biased , but he is an amazing photographer.  If you have a spare five minutes I have put links to his website in the sidebar.


I had a quick look at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and saw that it is "Anything Goes", so I am going to join in this challenge too.

Thanks for dropping by,
Karen