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March 18, 2015

The Male Room theme challenge #6 …

Hi and welcome to my blog. There’s a new challenge at The Male Room today, so I have another masculine card for you – a 3D card for the man in my life…

Under-the-sea in 3D

My hubs loves receiving cards that are a little bit different, or that move, and I’m always challenged to come up with something new and different for him!  (You can see some of his previous cards here and here).

He is a keen diver, so I was excited to use an under water theme for his card. I paper-pieced cartoon copyright free images for this fun, 3-dimensional, interactive card with the accordion flip album 3-D bigz die by Sizzix …

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Paper piecing is a great technique for using up card scraps – and fun too! 

Under-the-sea-diver

The punched pieces were sponged in matching inks to add shading and depth, and marker pens added details and pattern here and there. Gorgeous grunge dots stamped in illuminate ink made great underwater bubbles too … 

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Computer-generated puns for the greeting (I couldn’t resist), reminders of one of our favourite cartoon movies – Finding Nemo …

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And a cute little punch-art crab to hold his birthday greeting on the front of the card.  He may have reached a milestone birthday, but my guy is still young at heart (which I love!)

I’m not sure he’s seen any whales or turtles on his dives, but my husband has described the wonderful, colourful sea-life he’s had the pleasure to see, and tells me it’s like a whole new world down there. It sounds amazing. 

I’m entering my card in the Male Room Under Water Theme Challenge. 

Want to make this blog colours

stamps: gorgeous grunge;

inks: illuminate, stampin write marker pens in – tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, crumb cake, wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry, pistachio pudding, old olive, soft sky, marina mist, pumpkin pie, basic black;

cardstock: whisper white, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red, crumb cake, wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry, pistachio pudding, old olive, soft sky, marina mist, pumpkin pie, basic black;

punches and dies: several circle sizes, small oval, accordion flip album 3-D bigz die by Sizzix;

accessories: paper snips, stampin dimensionals, lolly stick. 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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July 23, 2014

All things bright and beautiful – handmade greetings cards …

Hi, and welcome to my blog.  

So I was in my craft room the other day, tidying my card scraps into some semblance of order … well, when I say tidying I mean playing. I loved how some brightly coloured card from the brights colour range by Stampin’ Up looked next to each other – tempting turquoise, melon mambo, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie and lucky limeade – lucky limeade is retired but I throw nothing away, and if you’re listening Stampin’ Up – I MISS LUCKY LIMEADE! (just sayin’).  

Inspired by the colours, I sat down and made some bright and cheerful greetings cards for upcoming family birthdays and events – my “string and blings”…

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Whilst tidying up, I found an old stamp set by Inkadinkado which has been in my stash for years. I just love the fun and funky images – they look rather like zentangle … 

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I stamped the images onto whisper white cardstock, added a sentiment using my stampamajig for perfect alignment, then distressed the edges of the cardstock a little …

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I used neutrals white and neutrals ivory cardstock to cut mat layers, stamped the edges with the unmounted stitches jumbo wheel (tutorial here), wrapped lengths of string around and then mounted the stamped images on top …

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I adhered these to coloured cardstock, then added lots of pretty sequins, beads and bling from my stash to complement …

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I love the way this particular sentiment from Stampin’ Up follows the lines of the fish – looks a little wave-like to me …

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I had so much fun!  All those gorgeous bright colours just make me happy! 

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I also made a couple in more muted tones (no sunglasses required …)

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Want to make this blog colours

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated.

cardstock: tempting turquoise, melon mambo, pumpkin pie, lucky limeade, daffodil delight, whisper white, natural ivory, naturals white;

stamp sets: animal stamps by Inkadinkadoo, in stitches jumbo wheel, sentiments from various Stampin’ Up stamp sets;

inks: black stazon, sahara sand, lucky limeade, pumpkin pie, old olive, basic grey;

accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, tombo multi-purpose glue, stamp-a-majig, sahara sand stampin’ write marker pen, string from my stash (or rather my husband’s DIY box – sshhhh, don’t tell him). 

I love receiving your messages, so if you have any questions, or you just want to say hi, do please leave me a comment.

Thanks for dropping by today.

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