Today is Father’s Day in the UK so I’m sharing my cards that I made for my Dad and Father-in-Law. I wanted to use the cute bear from the stamp set ‘Happy Day’ from the Colorado Craft Company – I thought it’d be a great focal image for a masculine card.
First, I stamped the bears using Versafine black ink, which is waterproof once it’s dry, and then water-coloured them. One was a hairy bear, the other a more smooth coated bear! I cut them down into slim panels.
Next was my mat layer and background for my bear panels. I used Stampin’ Up! Snow Front and Waterfront stamp sets to create the mountain and forest backgrounds. Whilst these are a different illustrative style to the bear, they fit nicely with the bear’s habitat.
For my sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy, heat embossed with copper powder. I triple stacked the ‘happy’ die cuts for a little extra dimension.
Here are my final cards. I stamped the card liner and envelope with the tree stamp and added a gold rhinestone onto the centre on the flower.
Towards the end of last year, my friend asked me if I would help her with her wedding invitations. I was really honoured to be asked! She and her fiancé didn’t really have any ideas with regard to the style of invitations but that their wedding colour would be purple. After trawling Pinterest to see what is fashionable now, I made 8 invitations for the couple to choose from. Some were stamped, some were from Cricut’s project library and some I designed from scratch. I was so chuffed when they chose my own design.
My design was based on the bride and groom’s initials and an ampersand, all woven together. I used my Cricut to cut these out of purple card and also cut out the initials themselves from silver card.
Since the card would be a gatefold, I wanted a belly band to hold the card closed. This was decorated with a glitter heart and some purple and white ribbon.
The wording for the inside was done on the computer and printed out. After being cut to size, I heat embossed a repeating silver leaf pattern all around the edge.
The envelopes had the same silver leaf embossing to match.
The back of each gate was covered with a piece of velum and the initials glued onto the front.
It was quite a nerve-wracking experience making these invitations – even more so than when Mr L and I made our own – I don’t think I’ll be going into the wedding invitations business any time soon!! However, I love the fact that the bride and groom have their very own unique and personal invitations to send to their guests. And that makes me happy! 😊
I love making cards for a special occasion so when Mr L requested a card for his friend who had just got engaged, I went straight to work. Hearts are perfect for engagement and anniversary cards so I used the Stampin’ Up Detailed Hearts Die (now retired), which is great for 2 for 1 cards as you can use the frame on one card and the hearts on another!
To begin, I added a sheet of Stick-It adhesive to the pink card and cut two using the die. The adhesive makes it much easier to stick down thin die-cuts like this but before doing so, I glued one on top of the other to give a stacked look.
Next, I adhered this onto the card base and inlaid some white hearts (left over from a previous use of this die!) to give a pop. I also stamped the sentiment.
As there were a LOT of self-adhesive hearts created by the two die-cuts, I used some for the card liner and envelope.
For the final assembly, I popped the sentiment up on foam squares and added a few pearl accents for understated bling – can bling be understated??!
With the plethora of pink hearts, I used the frame to stick these in place on another card base. I could have not used the frame since I filled in some gaps later anyway. I added a few white and grey hearts for added interest.
Once I took away the frame, there were a few gaps so I added a few hearts popped up on foam tape.
The final touches were a silver heat embossed sentiment and some rhinestones for a modern anniversary card.