Front of card

My brother, the oldest of my siblings, turns 60 on Wednesday, and although I’m a few years behind him in age I’m finding it hard to get my head around any of us being so “old”! Anyway, my Mum asked me to make a card from her, to him, and the above is what I came up with.

The card is loosely based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches; my first attempt was much closer to the sketch but although other people’s cards look great with the greeting printed sideways, mine just didn’t look right so I had to do it again.  The stamps are from the Clearly Besotted Basic Numbers set, stamped in Memento New Sprout. The die cut letters are by Diamond Press.

The main image was painted by my late father so that, although he can’t be here to sign the card in person, this is the next best thing. I wanted the image to be the star so I kept the paper very low key.  Here’s a slightly closer image:

Close up of image

My 15 seconds of fame!

My 15 seconds of fame (yes, I know it’s supposed to be 15 minutes but that’s never going to happen!) came on 4th June 2011 when Create & Craft showed a birthday card I made for my sister on my Craft Robo.  I designed the backing paper myself using a free dingbat font.  I just did this as a test of how to get videos on my blog!

First post!

Hello & welcome to my blog.  I started making cards in December 2007 after a lunchtime lesson at work got me hooked – little did I know that I would still be card making almost 4 years later & that I’d be several hundred pounds poorer!  I mostly make cards to send to friends & family; I occasionally make them to order for family, donating any profit to charity.
When I first started out, one of the best things about doing something creative was the contrast between that & my day job staring at a screen all day.  So why have I started a blog?  Well, I found that it was a really good way to put all the internet craft resources I use in one place.  It’s also a good way of keeping a record of what products I’ve used for every project so I can recreate the same effect easily.
There are links to my gallery on the right, but please don’t laugh at my earlier work – we all had to start somewhere!