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Kokeshi Birthday Beauties

Ok folks here is something completely different from my usual, not only does it use a digital stamp image, but I didn’t use a challenge to base the card on!! Amazed aren’t you.

I was inspired by some cool party bags I got for my daughters birthday party which feature  lots of lovely Japanese Kokeshi Dolls and decided to make that the theme for her invites. Kokeshi Dolls are traditional Japanese dolls made of wood, they have a larger than usual head and a long body but no arms or legs. They usually have painted on features and are decorated with flower designs but like all things creative that was up to the creator.

I found this image here and thought I could colour them in easily and of course they are very similar looking to my wee girl although she DOES have arms and legs!

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Each card features a different colourway, and I added a wee flower punch to her hair centred with a tiny diamante. The dolls themselves were printed on Whisper White cardstock then coloured , cut out leaving a border around the image then mounted using dimensionals on a matted piece of a retired DSP that looked vaguely Asian Inspired. Using another retired product, the Easter Blossom Stamp set, I stamped the cherry blossom branch twice straight on the card and then roughly coloured the flowers that would show.

“Youre Invited” is from a current set called  A Dozen Thoughts Its quite a simple card with a bold image that does all the work but I love it and I hope my daughter and her friends do too!DSCF4025 (640x441)

P.S I not crazy enough to invite 8 kids for a party- only 5 LOL, but I though this would make a gorgeous birthday card too so I did a few extras : )

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Guess who got new stamps! TSOT #143

ME! I took advantage of the special last week and got Gorgeous Grunge and A Dozen Thoughts and earned Wetlands as well. Yippee!

The smell of new rubber was in the air last night as the Try Stamping on Tuesday Challenge pooped up in my Inbox and so I whipped out Wetlands and Gorgeous Grunge to make this card

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So glad I got this set the birds are FAB and the greetings are such a nice font too. The white markings on the bird are done with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker in the Holiday Catalogue on page 20. I discovered that you can add colour over it with markers just like the Whitewash technique I showed a few months ago

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Two cards One sketch FTL263

Gosh I have a lot of cards to make at the moment, lots of babies coming along plus birthdays too. The two cards I have for you today are based on the same sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping.

FTL263I started off making a baby card but then didn’t think the wee girl image from retired stamp set Easter Blossoms quite did it for me so it became a birthday card! For both cards I used the Doilies Sizzlit die to frame the images and the same colour way of Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar inspired by the CASE Study Challenge #163

I added lots of Paper piercing and faux stitching to the birthday card too

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And now for the baby card, a much cleaner design but still with little touches of wow!

P1020202 (640x443)           The butterflies came from two retired sets I had and the pink dotties are the lichen stamp from the also retired French Foliage.  I’m looking forward to getting my hands on my new set of Gorgeous Grunge which will be here soon. The onsie is of course from the  Baby Tees Jumbo wheel. I have just unmounted mine and I’m in the process of mounting them separately onto Clear mount Cling Foam ( page 197 of the annual catalog 2 sheets 21.6 X 28  cm for $22.95) The sentiment is Itty Bitty Banners and the card was finished off with some rhinestones and faux stitching


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Happy 19

Yesterday my boy turned 19 and yet he will always be “MY Boy” Here is the card I made him.

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I love this paper pack, Season of Style, Its available in the Holiday catalogue. the colours are great and not just for Christmas. This card is a bit different both for me and from the way I envisioned it but I was happy with it in the end.

The stamps I used came from 2 different sets, Clockworks and Bring on the Cake and all those little cogs are stamped and hand cut! Its hard to see the full effect of  the pocket watch but the frame was embossed with Early Espresso Embossing Powder then cut out, the centre punched out and mounted over an acetate layer then over a second stamped watch. I added a tiny brad to the clock hands. I was pleased with how the laced panel came out, I didnt want anything that looked too girly so tried this.  I decorated  inside too

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Topsy Turvy Honeycomb

Topsy Turvy Celebration is on the retiring list : ( so I thought I would give it a good send off with some awesome cards you might remember and a couple of new ones. 

This one is almost a complete CASE but hey when someone has achieved perfection why change it. You can see the original by Amy Koenders here

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I did change the colours to Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral and used ribbon inside of a paper strip across the card. LOOOOVE IT! I also learnt that if I’m using an embossing folder with Designer series Paper I really need to top it with a layer or printer paper to stop it fracturing the paper. The papers are from the Tea For Two DSP pack in the Seasonal catalogue.

Check out some of my previous cards



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Grungy? Vintage? Boy Birthday

Not really sure what style this is but somewhere between grungy and Vintage style with funky colours I think?? Anyway it is the birthday card I made for nephew who is about to turn 10. I was under the wire because my Mum was all but standing over me waiting to pop it in the post for me but I really like the way it came out. Sometimes those are the best cards because you don’t have time to second guess what you are doing, you just make it work!

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Brick by brick

P1010799 (493x640) How cute is this! I have a little friend turning 5 soon and as soon as I saw the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday sketch this card popped straight into my head.  Then I noticed the colours I had pulled out matched the Colour Throwdown for this week. My poor little 3/8″ circle punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack got a good work out cutting all the block “knobs” but I think its a pretty cool card.

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Spring Frog

How cute is this wee guy?! This is the last of my Boy Cards made using My Digital Studio for now but Im sure I will be using it more in the future.

So this is a Diamond Spring Fold card, I love how it stands out and how dimensional it is.

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I used a digi Kit called Hoppy Memories, It may look familiar to some of you as once upon a time there was a “paper” Scrapbook Kit available of this. I do love how MDS stuff never retires AND doesnt take up precious room in my Office : O

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Price: $20.95
The Hoppy Memories digital kit for My Digital Studio gives you everything you need to preserve your happy memories for all time. With this kit, you get everything you need, including stamp images, Designer Series papers, and embellishments (including animals, borders, elements, labels, letters, numbers, and tags), to create the perfect project.

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Here is the card again stretched out a bit more so you can see the folds and decoration. The Wish Big sentiment is from the Word Play stamp brush set and the balloons from the Cake and Icecream Stamp Brush set. The photo below is the back of the diamond where I can write my message. I used MDS to add an image to the mat.

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As promised I have created a tutorial on how to create the Diamond Spring Fold Card and some tips on working with the MDS images I used to create this card.         Full Colour Tutorial PDF Here      Hope you enjoyed my Springy Frog Card Im halfway through a twin of this card which is more grown up which, if I get on with it, I will share with you tomorrow.

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On the Go with Leftovers

After making the last two cards and one I will share tomorrow I had some paper scraps and images leftover. So……what to do with them was the next question. Luckily I needed a card for a 4 yr old boy so I had a goal. Next I had a flick through some cards for ideas and came across this design which I thought had potential. here is the sketch I created

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 And here is what I did with it

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And still using up more of the leftovers I added a strip of paper along the bottom of the printed insert. I even managed to figure out how to put the little boy in the helicopter window and add words in the cloud. So amazed at my talent! LOLP1010439 (469x640)Tomorrow is a full colour picture fancy fold tutorial  so don’t miss that ALSO Tomorrow is my Monthly Papercrafters Day RSVP ASAP LOL


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Brick wall man

Finally got to make a card today after a long dry patch. I should be in bed sound asleep but here I am blogging for you lovely people this simple card.

P1010387 (480x640) Earlier in the week while surfing (and not working ,doing housework OR crafting) I came across an awesome patchwork quilt and cushion someone had made from using squares to form cross patterns. Loved it! and I kept thinking how I could incorporate that into a card until today when I was once again surfing instead of working I came across the Technique Tuesday blog with this months tutorial on Brick Wall cards. Ok so my bricks are square not long but I think it works then I floated past the Seize the Birthday Challenge and grabbed their sketch. Then in  a flurry of cardstock, trimmers and adhesive this card was born. Each square is 1 cm and I have used Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze, Basic Grey and Certainly Celery for them. The sentiment is an old retired SAB set.