Tuesday, 5 February 2013

March is Apparently Birthday Month

It seems to me that a lot of people have March birthdays. And, because I hate doing things last minute, and because I spend the end of every year concentrating on Christmas cards, I often find there's nothing ready-made in my box! So, I've been working on a few, and of course, Valentine's Day is coming up too.

First, the card I made for my OH. I'm a firm believer that valentines should never be signed, so although he's going to know it's from me, it'll be signed 'an admirer'! I've used some gorgeous shimmer card I picked up at the BSSBS at Alexandra Palace in September, and embossed it using one of my new Embossalicious square embossing folders! Thank goodness that there's one company out there who have realised that most people seem to make square cards! The heart dies are from Marianne, and the label die is from Spellbinders.

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

Top Tip Tuesdays where the theme is 'Let me call you Sweetheart',
Party Time Tuesdays where the theme is 'love and romance',
Crazy Amigos where the theme is 'hearts',
Celebrate the Occasion where they want a valentine card with ribbon,
Emerald Faeries where the theme is 'love',
Cards for Men where the theme is love/romance,
Created with Love Challenges where the theme is Valentines,
Kaboodle Doodles where they want hearts,
Dream Valley where they want valentines,
The ABC challenge where they're going dotty.

This is the first of two birthday card in this post. The image is from Delicious Doodles via Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps.I coloured it with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and cut it with my Spellbinders Octagon die. I matted with more octagons. The paper is from the Papermania Capsule collection - one of my absolute favourites from that pad. I finished with die cut 'leaves' and some flowers made from punched shapes. I added shading to the petals using Distress Ink.

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

Craftroom Challenge where they want us to make our own embellishments,
Bearly Mine where anything goes,
Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Happy Campers where they want flowers and something digital (the image is a digi),

And another birthday card. This one uses an image from a stamp I bought at Alexandra Palace. I can't tell you whose stamp it is - it was in a bargain bucket and I just fell in love with the simplicity of it. It kind of reminds me of Clarice Cliff images. I stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The first mat is die cut using a Nellie Snellen die. In the background, I've got some paper I've had for many years - it was a magazine freebie. I've also embossed some card. The folder is a Sizzix one and I've added some colour to the embossing using some pastel sticks and softened the effect with a brush.

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

Artistic Inspirations where they want embossing,
Bunny Zoe where anything goes,


Anonymous said...

Its lovely

Chris Hanselman said...

Great cards. I love the embossing on the Valentine card. Thanks for joining our Valentines Challenge at Created With Love Challenges


Love crafts forever said...

Wow!!!! Look at this beautiful cards Parade. You are very busy girl.
hugs Nat

Debi said...

great cards! and always great to have a few cards in the stash :) love the sunflowers on the watering can card, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

craftin-dawn said...

What fab cards, love them all! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our Valentines Day Challenge

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Gorgeous selection of cards, thank you for joining us at happy campers, Pauline x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, love the watering can, colouring is perfect... Thanks for joining in at Happy Campers xx

jonim52 said...

Sweet hearts, very pretty card. Thanks for joining us at PTT.

Unknown said...

All great cards Josephine! They are wonderful.
Thanks for playing along this week at Cards For Men. Good luck!

Kathleen (Kath) B. Hernandez said...

Wonderful cards! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles’ “Hearts” Challenge!

Kath - Admin
Blog: Creo by Lady Katutz

Elaine Stark said...

A lovely simple valentine card. Great embossing. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Lady Bug Stampers said...

All your cards are fantastic. Love the embossing on your valentine card but all of them are wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Created With Love Challenges.
Linda K.

Maria said...

Such beautiful cards, your handmade flowers are fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a lovely creation into our Handmade Embellishments challenge over at the Craft-Room.

Maria xxxxx

Unknown said...

Lovely cards.

Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week.

Anonymous said...

fabulous card, love them all. Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations this week. Abbie (Owner) xx

Andrea W said...

Wonderful cards! I love the swirled hearts on your Valentine card. Glad you played along at Created With Love Challenges.

Liz McGuire, said...

A gorgeous set of cards, Liz x

Michelle Looi said...

Great work!
~Thanks for sharing at Kaboodle Doodles this week!

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous collection of cards beautifully made and the flowers are delightful. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room XOXO Zoe

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Bearly Mine Designs Challenge this week. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)

Esther said...

Lovely embossed hearts!
Just a perfect Valentine!
Thank you for joining CTO this week!!

Annette said...

Wow, you've been super busy. I love the embossed hearts on the valentines card. Love the tag too.
Netty's Cards
Proud to design for Top Tip Tuesday.


What a fabulous card well suited to our challenge. thoses hearts are amazing.

Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men.


melsanford said...

A beautiful card - I love those hearts! And your other cards are beautiful too :-) Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Mila said...

Really cute card. Thanks for joining us at Emerald Faeries Love Challenge.


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