Friday, 8 February 2013

A Couple More Birthday Cards

I've managed to get a couple more cards photographed, so here they are!

This is an unusual card for me - not least because it's watercoloured! The gorgeous image is from Becky Muir and I printed it out ages ago. I also watercoloured it ages ago - about the time I first got my Aquamarkers. But for various reasons, I never did anything with it and it's languished in a box until recently. I've always loved the image, and I was reasonably happy with the watercolouring although I'm not generally.

So, I cut and matted the image with various Labels 8 Nesties, added some paper from Papermania and a Sizzix die cut finished with some sticky gems, and that's it!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craft Us Crazy where they want us to 'get cutting',
Lady Anne where anything goes,
Crafty Bloggers Network where anything goes.
Sweet Pea Stampers where they want digital stamps,

Now, for the second card, if, by any chance, my daughter is visiting here, she should leave now. No scrolling down, please. (I don't think it's likely she'll visit, but it's a possibility.)

So, now, the other card is for my daughter's 19th birthday.

Of course, this is a Ching Chou Kuik image, and it's been coloured with Promarkers. The stamped image was kindly given to me by a blogging friend ages ago, and I've been saving it for a special occasion!

In the background, I've used some paper I got on clearance from Craft Creations last time I put in a card order. It's really pretty - embossed and foiled too. The other paper is from Papermania.

The die cut is from Cottage Cutz. I'm reasonably impressed with how it's cut the mirriboard here - although it took a lot of passes through my machine. I think the problem I've had before with this die is due to the ejection foam. Attaching the die to the card as I would a 'normal' die doesn't work as the card seems to stretch during the first pass and subsequent passes shave bits off each cut line. Here, I've used eight bits of tape to hold the card securely all round, and I've then run it through with extra shims and at different angles until it seemed to be cut. Even so, there are a couple of areas where the paper behind the mirror finish wasn't completely cut, but I've managed to finish that by hand.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Forever Friends where they want animals/butterflies or birds,
Hanna and Friends where anything goes,
Moving Along with the Times where it's 'Only Girls Allowed',
Flutterby Wednesday where it's an open challenge.


Lisa xx said...

Gorgeous card, the image you've used is very pretty!

Thank you for joining in with the Forever Friends Monthly challenge

Danni said...

Wonderful cards! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

Lori said...

Beautiful watercoloring and a gorgeous card! So glad you linked up at Craft Us Crazy!

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow that image is gorgeous - love the purples! Thank you for playing with us at Flutter By Wednesday!

cheryl said...

oh these are 2 gorgeous cards love the images and beautiful layout hugs Cheyrlxxx

downrightcrafty said...

totally gorgeous and so pretty, thank you for joining us at Forever Friends
Hugs Kate xx

Scrapcat 1 said...

what beautiful cards!

Lozzy said...

gorgeous the colours and your design..thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this month
Lozzy x

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What lovely cards you have made. My favourite has to be the Sweet Pea stamps one. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

Diane Louise J said...

You've made 2 beautiful cards, the second one is perfect for our challenge at Forever Friends. You have coloured the image in lovely. Good luck in the draw and we hope to see you again for our next challenge at Forever Friends.
Diane x

Unknown said...

Stunning set of cards
Thank you for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network

Laura said...

Love both of your cards, the 2nd is perfect for our challenge.
Thanks for playing in our forever friends monthly challenge.
Laura xx

Bettina L. said...

Such a delightful Sweetpea image,at least it looks like their range. Love the layered design and the colour combination you've chosen too. Thanks for playing at Forever Friends monthly challenge and good luck.Hope to see you back 1st of march for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Ali said...

What lovely cards - the first one is so pretty and I think your watercolouring on the image is lovely.

I loooove the second one - but then I do love Ching Chou Kuik's images. I love the colour scheme you've chosen and the pretty papers and delicate die-cut.

Thanks for joining in our "Use a Digi" challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers this month. :)



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