Some new birthday card ideas

It’s my mum’s birthday on the 30th (not-so lucky her, being born so close to Christmas) so I needed a nice card for her. 

I tried a couple of different ideas that evolved from a couple of old magazines I had (I have a quite a collection of magazines to look through now when I need a little inspiration).

The first one was a card with vellum feathers that had a fab mix of colours – blue, yellow and pink with a dash of glittery gold. I drew up something inspired by that in Silhouette.

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A very simple card with three cut feathers, a strip of pattern paper (from a First Edition pack) and then a dash of gold at the bottom. Once I pulled it together though the gold didn’t look quite right (maybe I used too large a strip, I’m not sure) so I replaced it with some pink Kirstie Allsop washi instead. Then I finished it all off with a Pebbles sentiment sticker.

IMG_3738I love the mix of colours in this and how well the feathers were cut out. I curled the edges of the feathers slightly and only used a couple of glue dots on each one so they weren’t just flat to the card. The pink tape might not be to everyone’s taste but I felt without it the card wouldn’t look quite finished.

For my second card I’d seen a tutorial in a magazine for some lovely ombre butterfly box art and wanted to take that idea and turn it into a card. First I cut out a selection of pink butterflies and then got a little stumped. The original idea was the butterflies in the shape of a heart but my card size wasn’t quite big enough to accommodate such a design. Instead I picked out a complementary paper (First Edition again) and decided to try something out on Silhouette.

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This is what would be cut out on my paper – the idea was to have white butterflies on one side and on the other, the ombre pink butterflies.

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The happy birthday is two Pebbles sentiment stickers cut up and the enamel dots are from two different My Mind’s Eye sets. The butterflies are just glue dotted in the middle so there’s some movement/3d effect to them. I love how all the different ombre effects come together!

I decided on this one for my mum and finished it off inside with a stamp:

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The stamp is from the Me to You Mother’s Day set and the ink is Staz On (my new favourite ink).

I’m really happy with these cards! The first one is in the shop now if you like it and I’ll working on some more of the second design for the shop soon.

What do you think?

Em x

My Week #50

I can’t believe this year is nearly over! 

I’ve been so busy lately I ended up with a lot to catch up on on my day off on Wednesday. I have got a fab stamp on it’s way that’ll let me do even better checklists in my planner – more on that next week. I went Christmassy again with the theme this week although the washi is a little too cartoon-y for my liking really.

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How was your week?

Em x

My first The Ink Road purchase!

I always like to share my Etsy purchases, no matter how big or small as I love promoting my fellow sellers.

Today is no exception with some goodies ordered from The Ink Road. I first found it on Instagram (as I do most great Etsy shops actually) and loved everything the owner, Lara posted and knew I had to order from her at some point. She recently ran a successful Kickstarter project to help her expand the shop and I really admire her for following her dream… I’d love to expand my shop and do a whole lot more with it.

Anyway, onto the goodies!

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The Ink Road is a great place to pick up MME goodies and I did just that: some die cuts, a paper pack and some enamel dots. Because you can’t have too many enamel dots I ordered a Recollections pack and obviously some wood shapes since I love them at the moment. Finally, another paper pack and some cut bunting completes the haul.

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Here’s a better look at the die cuts and two paper packs. The die cuts I can see going well with the metallic Necessities range I received a couple of months ago and the two paper packs will probbaly be used with the random die cut packs I’ve picked up recently.

In addition to that, I received a couple of freebies – some cute Christmas gift tags and some amazing gold pegs that I’m thinking I’ll use with some twine to hang pictures on my wall with. The package itself was beautiful – all my goodies were wrapped up in some lovely gold ribbon.

I’ll definitely be ordering from The Ink Road again soon (but first I have a backlog of crafty purchases to play with!). The prices are fantastic, shipping is reasonable and she has some great products that I can’t find here in the UK.

Have you shopped at The Ink Road?

Em x