CAS Congrats!

Front of card

One of my son’s best friends achieved his third dan black belt at karate a week or so back, with a little help from my son who gets beaten up by him regularly! In the interests of working out self defences,of course;-)

It takes 3 years of hard work to get to this level so I created this card to say “congratulations”. With each dan grading, an extra red tab is added to the belt so this was an easy design to think of.

This will be my second entry into challenge #102 at Addicted to CAS.

Baby Love!

Front of card

A new addition to our family gave me the opportunity to use a Forever Friends stamp I’ve had in my stash for – well, forever! I decided to watercolour it using my Zig Clean Color markers, but once I’d done that I kept it very simple with a greeting and a hand-drawn border to echo the stitching on the Moses basket.

Close up of image

I’m entering this into the 4th birthday challenge at Addicted to CAS where the theme is “Congratulations”.



Front of card

No, clearly not a Christmas card, which many card makers seem to have started making long ago! Our nephew passed his driving test a week ago but today is the first opportunity I’ve had to make his card. I’m entering it into this week’s challenge at Sketch Saturday. The map shows the streets where he will have practised most as they’re close to his home.

Close up of L plate



No, we’re not back to Christmas again! One of my Goddaughters passed her driving test at the first attempt the other day, so of course I had to send her a card:


The layout is based on sketch number 329 over at Sketch Saturday where I’m entering this into this week’s challenge. My Goddaughter lives near St Albans so I printed out part of the map of the area to use as the background, and cut the L freehand before mounting it and then zigzag cutting it.

The greeting, by Clearly Besotted, was inked in Memento Rhubarb Stalk and I added a couple of black gems to finish.


Congrats Superstar

Starry card

Just over a week ago our son received his GCSE results: 9 ‘A’s, 1 ‘A*’, 1 ‘B’ and another A in Further Maths, along with a Merit in PE. These add to the A & A* he got last summer. This card is from his proud parents, but the celebrations are on hold as his poor Dad has been ill throughout the whole of the summer, and although he’s finally home from hospital he’s still very poorly.

Anyway, onto the making of the card. I decided on a little bit of ink smooshing with various Distress Inks (sorry, can’t remember which ones), then cut some stars using Little B dies from card I found in my stash. The greeting is by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Versamark & embossed in Wow! white fine detail embossing powder. I’m entering this into the challenge over at Addicted to CAS, where the theme is Blue.

Card close up

Background Check – Homework!

Well this week certainly hasn’t turned out as planned! On Friday we were due to fly out to Lisbon for our family holiday, but unfortunately my husband was taken ill & we had to cancel 36 hours before we were due to fly. To say I was gutted would be a huge understatement, as I’d also planned a 16th birthday surprise for our son who would have celebrated his birthday out there. Instead we’re stuck at home and my poor husband is still ill, being looked after by Nurse Helen!

To stop myself moping around I decided to sign up for the online card class “Background Check”, and this card is my first finished “homework”:

Card pictureIt’s to congratulate our nephew who has just got a promotion at work. The inks I’ve used are Hero Arts Neon, and the background die (stamped with Versamark) is a border one by Kaisercraft called Checker Plate.  The “To You” is by Anna Marie Designs, stamped in black Stazon. The word die is by Clearly Besotted and it’s inlaid into the card, into which a star has been diecut then the gap filled with acetate. I hope you can see that better in the picture below:

Close up of cardI’ve just realised this qualifies for this month’s challenge over at Stamping Sensations where the theme is Anything Goes and you must use a stamp and a die.

Smarty Pants!

Our son took a couple of GCSEs a year early & passed with flying colours (A* in Maths & A in English Lit). His congratulations card is a CASE of a card I saw a while back somewhere on the internet. As I have no idea where I saw it, I’m unable to credit the originator so my apologies if that’s you!

It’s an excellent way of using up patterned paper scraps to fill the shape I drew freehand. The Congratulations greeting is a Clearly Besotted stamp, and “smarty pants!” was computer generated. I’m going to enter this for Virginia’s View challenge number 7.