Classic Car Birthday Card

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How was your weekend? We had a relatively busy one here catching up with family and friends, so I am looking forward to having a relatively quiet week now.

It was my dad’s birthday last week and like most guys he loves his cars, especially the classic ones. My brother and I ended up getting him this really cool classic car wall clock, so I wanted to create a card to match the gift and came up with this one.

I used the Garage Days paper pad by Kaisercraft, along with some of their weave cardstock and created this classic car birthday card.

Classic Car Birthday Card

To create the classic car I electronically cut this image from the weave cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo machine, then pieced the car together with glue.

I then cut different sized diagonal strips of patterned paper from the paper pad, to layer together on my card base.  I love the foil checker plate paper and that licence plate patterned paper as they are perfect for creating guy cards.  The licence plate paper was especially perfect for this card as the plates all read things relating to ‘dad’ and this was a card for my dad.

I then cut to size a panel of white cardstock, leaving a diagonal gap and stuck it to my card base using adhesive foam.  I then stamped my sentiment onto the card base, glued the classic car just above it, and added some adhesive embellishments to finalise the card.

My dad absolutely love the card and his gift, and we had a great night celebrating his birthday with all the family.

I’ll be back soon to share another card.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

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Birthday Donuts

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I have another birthday card to share with you today, and this one features some yummy donuts from the With Sprinkles stamp set and matching dies by Clearly Besotted Stamps.

This set was so much fun to play with, especially with donuts being all the rage lately.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture below, but I used this gorgeous linen cardstock by Papertrey Ink on my card base.  It has a really nice subtle texture to it and is easy to stamp on.

Donut Birthday Card

To create the donuts I started by die cutting them from some plain white cardstock, and then stamping the images onto them using my Misti tool to line them up perfectly with the die cuts. The Misti tool is so awesome for this. I find it a lot easier to die cut first and line up the stamping to perfectly fit using the Misti now, rather than trying to unsuccessfully line the die up blindly to my stamped image. If you don’t have a Misti I swear you must get one. It is definitely and amazing tool to have in card making.

To create the glazed effect with the sprinkles on my donuts, I added some glossy accents over the pink frosting of them before sprinkling some real sprinkles to the tops of them. After shaking off the excess sprinkles that didn’t stick to the glossy accents, I set them aside to dry. Once they were dry, I then coated the top of the sprinkles again with glossy accents to keep them all intact. Here is a close up of the donut frosting.

Donut Birthday Card Close Up

Using glossy accents and sprinkles gave the donuts some dimension and more realistic look. You can use small colourful beads for the sprinkles but I thought real ones would make it more fun.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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Balloon Sprinkles

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Did you all enjoy the weekend? It rained non-stop all weekend here so we spent most of our time indoors which was nice for a change. I love this weather and it was perfect for crafting, so while my hubby spent some time keeping the girls occupied, I got to create a few cards.

I wanted to create another shaker card using sprinkles so I came up with this birthday balloons shaker card idea using some ‘sweet’ patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s awesome party collection, Pop! To create the balloons I also used their Party die set which includes the balloon and balloon outline.

Birthday Baloon Sprinkles Card

My inspiration for the balloon shaker featuring sprinkles came from the Sprinkles patterned paper in the collection. Rather than die cutting a balloon from my card base to make the shaker element, I decided to make it a separate embellishment element to add to the card. To do this I die cut the balloon shape from a piece of acetate to create my window, as well as a piece of patterned paper to create the base/cover for the shaker embellishment.

To get enough height in the balloon to hold the sprinkles, I die cut the balloon outline from some white cardstock 8 times. I then glued one outline to the top of the acetate balloon before gluing the other 7 on top of each other and then to the back of the acetate balloon. I filled the balloon with sprinkles, before gluing the patterned paper base on to seal it up.

Next I created three more die cut balloons and tied some silver thread around each of them before gluing them down onto my card base.  To get the thread to stay in place, I tied a bow using some silver cord around them and hot glued it down onto the card base.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment to the card using some new ombre ink by Hero Arts, and embellished the card with some matching coloured epoxy stickers.

Pop! is definitely one of my all time favourite collections.  The patterns and colours are just so bright and happy, and it’s perfect for party decor too!

It’s time for me to go and get some lunch ready for my girls, but I’ll have another card to share with you all shortly.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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Kaisercraft Design Team Finalist Entry 2015-2016

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Sorry I have been away from the blog lately. In case you missed the exciting news I posted on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, I am one of the finalists for the 2015-2016 Kaisercraft Design Team! You can see the post here.  I am so excited and honoured to be chosen as a finalist!  You all know how much I love creating with Kaisercraft products, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

I’ve been working on the final challenge this past week, hence the blog absence, but I can now share with you the projects I have created.  We all got sent two new collections to work with for our projects and I have to say they are absolutely gorgeous.  You are all going to LOVE them!  Get comfy, because I got busy creating with these collections that my husband said I nearly forgot when to stop! lol

I had so much fun working with the new collections, especially the new Christmas one which has beautiful winter colours throughout it.  Here is the first layout I created with it, using photos of my twin girls taken at Christmas time just after they were born.

Winter Wonders Layout

I wanted a clean and modern look for this layout so I cut my patterned paper strips to look a bit like sun rays shining from the photos.  I then added a pearl border around the photos, and taking inspiration from the soft colours in the papers, I glued some paper blooms to the side of a wooden heart flourish, before adding on a few crystal sparklets.

I couldn’t get enough of these soft colours so I created another winter themed layout featuring alternating strips of the patterned paper going down the right hand side.

Wonderful Time of Year Layout

The sentiment I used on the layout was also from the paper collection, and I cut it out and added a rhinestone border to it for a bit more definition.  I then added a wooden flourish to the corner of my photo, as well as some more paper blooms.  Finally I stuck silver rhinestones to the centre of the snowflakes in the background paper to give it a bit of sparkle.

The next couple of layouts I created used the second paper collection we got sent which features some beautiful patterns and rustic colours.  One of the papers that stood out to me was a gorgeous butterfly print patterned paper and I knew when I first saw it, exactly what I wanted to create with it.

Butterflies & Blossoms Layout

I wanted to create a layout that made those stunning butterflies look alive, so I cut them all out (yes all by hand!) and glued them around my photo and scattered across the page, to make it look like they are flying around/to the photo.  The sentiment I added is also from the new collection and perfectly sums up how I feel about this photo of my girls sharing a giggle on the family farm.  To add a bit more lustre to the layout I then added some flower rhinestones to the layout as well as silver rhinestones.

The final layout I created features some beautiful black and white, and grey and white patterned papers, which are absolutely perfect for love/wedding themed projects.

Dreams Come True Layout

I really loved three of the patterned papers in the colour scheme so I couldn’t just use only one, I had to incorporate all of them into my layout.  Using the darker pattern as my base, I then added alternating strips of the other two patterns on my layout in a criss-cross style pattern.  After gluing my photo to the layout, using some silver rhinestones, I created half circles coming off the layout as a bit of an effect, and I also used the rhinestones to border my sentiment.  I then glued some wooden leaves to the bottom right hand corner of my layout and taking inspiration from my dress in the picture, added a fuchsia coloured paper bloom, together with a mini black and coconut paper bloom, to the top of the wooden leaves.

Next up are the cards I created using the papers.  This next one is retro style floral Christmas card, inspired by the rose print patterned paper in the new Christmas collection.

Looking Like Christmas Card

I made a split in the centre of my card for the patterned paper to peek through before heat embossing my sentiment from the Basecoat Christmas stamp set to the card, using silver embossing powder.  Drawing colours from the patterned paper I then added a Ruby and Olive paper bloom to the card as well as a coral and fern sparklet.

For a more modern style Christmas card, I created a 2 card set from left over pieces of the patterned papers I used in my winter themed layouts above.

Winter Baubles Card Set

For the first card I layered three of the patterned papers to one side of my card in an overlapping banner like formation.  Then using the Christmas tree sentiment from the Basecoat Christmas stamp set, I heat embossed it in white to a piece of clear acetate which I foam mounted over the patterned papers (the foam adhesive is hidden behind the sparklets I added for embellishment).  The second card was created in very much the same way but using a spread out, fishtail look, and a sentiment from the Yuletide stamp set.

For my final project I used the left over patterned paper from my Dreams Come True layout above and created a love themed card set.  I had so many ideas in my head for a card using this beautiful paper and the sentiments, that I needed to create a set instead of just one!

Love Card Set

Here is a close up picture of the two Lots of Love cards from the set, and at a better angle.

Love Card Set - Close Up 1

Finally, here is another close up but this time of the All my love cards in the set.

Love Card Set - Close Up 2

I had so much fun creating with these new papers.  I hope you enjoyed my projects today and the sneak peeks of these stunning yet to be released collections!

It’s so exciting to be a finalist and I am honoured to be amongst some other very talented ladies.  Good luck to all the other girls and fingers crossed I make the final team!

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

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I’ve been playing with more Kaisercraft goodies today, and created this Mother’s Day card using some gorgeous patterned paper from the Confetti collection. When I saw the floral patterns in this collection I knew they would be perfect for Mother’s Day cards.

Floral Mum Card

I cut strips about an inch wide from the Fun Times and Laughable papers, which work perfectly together, even though the patterns are quite different from each other. I then glued the strips onto my card base at a slight angle, alternating between the two patterns.

For the sentiment I electronically die cut it from some metallic white cardstock using a sentiment from a set of different styled ‘Mum’ words by Silhouette. I cut the word five times and glued them all together to create a bit of height for the sentiment.

I really wish someone here in Australia would come up with a good Mother’s Day stamp set though. It is so hard to find a set or even just one stamp that says ‘Mum’ instead of ‘Mom’! I always struggle to find something around this time of year, but luckily the Silhouette comes in handy as you can design your own, but I still would really love a stamp! Here is a close up of the sentiment.

Floral Mum Card - Close Up

Pulling colour inspiration from the floral patterned paper, I then added Grape and Sea Breeze coloured paper blooms to the card. Lastly I embellished it further with a silver adhesive rhinestone and a crystal sparklet.

I love how this turned out, and I can’t wait to see what my mum thinks of it on Mother’s Day.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

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