New baby – but is it a boy or a girl…?

I love happy news of new babies! Family is very important to me (and friends obviously) and we have two new members of the family due in the next few months and I am really looking forward to planning a nice gift and making cards. I know that my first grandchild, due in late October/early November, is a little girl, but the sex of my new nephew or niece is still unknown – so exciting! Of course, all that matters is that they are well and healthy but I always find it really exciting discovering the sex of the child.

When you have no idea whether it’s going to be a boy or a girl you need to go for something neutral if you want to plan ahead. This baby card uses a rubber stamp from the adorable Suzie’s Zoo range and is probably one of my favourite images in the collection. This image is just as suitable for a boy and a girl and can work just as well for bigger girls and boys too – singing in the rain is a great topic for a get well card too! This card has a blue ribbon and backing papers but you could use lemon or pale green if you need to be neutral.

This easel design is now considered one of the staples in card design and it does show off the design brilliantly. The other point I’d like to make is the embossing. If you haven’t tried using embossing folders in your card making yet, I would definitely encourage you to have a go as it produces wonderful textures that can make a massive difference to your project.

 

 

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Old-fashioned Christmas

“Christmas?” I hear you cry, “Has the woman lost the plot?” No, honestly, I haven’t! I just wanted to show you a couple of samples from the Victorian Christmas Card CD, in case any of you were planning to make lots of cards for charity or for general sale and needed to start early.

One section of this CD I would particularly like to point out to you is the Shaped Cards section on CD3. Here, you have a lovely selection of cards that are not the usual rectangular or square shape, but have little cutaways and other pretty devices to make small but stunning cards. With the cost of postage going up all the time I know there are many that want to make sure their Christmas cards are compact and the postage element is as inexpensive as possible.

These two cards are examples of the designs on the CDs. There are hundreds of pages to mooch through and, as we all know, deciding what to use is always a tough decision! Every topper has a backing paper and multiple inserts and stationery to match so there’s no excuse not to be totally co-ordinated this year!

The reason I like the more vintage designs is, I suppose, because I love remembering the Christmasses of my childhood when everything was just perfect! Of course it wasn’t, but my memories always tend to be viewed through rose tinted spectacles and perhaps that’s the best way for things to be!

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Blue and White for Christmas

This was my favourite of all the samples I had for the Christmas Patchwork Stamps when I launched them on Create and Craft last week. The great thing is you only need one ink pad – a nice denim blue. You could try Faded Jeans from the Tim Holtz distress inks but there are dozens of others.

The white base card is just under 8”square or 203mm. The first lot of stamping is done on a 6 ½” sq (165mm) piece of white card and to get the stamps nicely lined up, it is much easier to use the patchwork grid that we have put on the tuition section of our website for you to download free of charge. Follow the pattern and when that part is complete, edge it with some dashes to look like stitching, done with a fine liner pen.

Then create the next piece of card which is 4 ½” square (115mm) – again follow the pattern in the picture and edge it with faux stitching as above. Fix the two pieces onto the base card and then embellish with the central squares and some flowers.

This could look just as nice in red or green if you prefer more traditional Christmas colours.

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Holly Pond birthday card!

I couldn’t resist another card using the Holly Pond Hill CD. This really has been one of my pleasures this year, using and playing with this CD set. Here the image shows a really wonderful summer scene with a family having a fabulous summery picnic. Let’s hope the weather this year allows us to do the same!

The base card is cream and measures about 9 ½” x 6 ½” and you can make this by overlapping two sheets of card and then trimming to size. The backing papers are also on the CD and the twisted piece of baker’s twin just adds some texture without being as obvious as a ribbon!

I hope you have all had as much fun as I have with the Holly Pond series – more to come soon with Christmassy images and stamps!

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Special Holly Pond Hill Notes

This is such a pretty present to give someone and apart from your time (that is priceless obviously) it is really inexpensive and would be oh so treasured!

The base and lid are made using a Grand Nestabilities die – Grand Labels One, but remember you can tweak the project to use any suitable die that you have. Layered onto the cream 300gsm card used on the base are some smaller sized labels one – these are made from backing papers from the Holly Pond Hill CD that have been stuck onto plain grey board that you would get on the back of pads of paper or in your orders if you order card or paper from us!

The little topper is made from the CD too and layered onto some cream card that has been embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder – but again it could be any that you own.

Assemble the ‘box’ by taking the base and the lid – cut a long strip of card about an inch deep and score it so that it makes a square shape. Decorate (and disguise the overlap where you sealed it) with swiss dot embossed paper. Glue this onto the base allowing two pieces of ribbon to stick under this square, they will be the hinges.

Remember to add the loop of ribbon between the cream lid and the smaller backing paper piece of the lid and hide the ends of the ribbon hinges between these layers too.

Finally cut a stack of paper/thin card to fill the box and add a ribbon and a pen or pencil.

 

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