Tomorrow night my son leaves his Scout troop to move up to Explorers. He’s had a fantastic time over the last few years, not least because his troop have a brilliant team of leaders who give up a huge amount of their free time & energy for the children. They’ve helped make him the young man he now is, so it seemed fitting to make a card to say “thank you”.
Today is my silver wedding anniversary – well, not just mine of course! People who knew us way back when will be amazed we made it to 25 years, but here we still are despite (or perhaps because of) all the trials & tribulations we’ve had to weather over the years.
For once I had this card more or less planned for weeks, the words having just popped into my head one day. My husband doesn’t like anything fussy or feminine, and when I saw this simply stunning card my ideas fell into place.
Another day, another experiment! This time a little bit of parchment craft using some Hero Arts stamps which were an Ebay bargain a few weeks ago. The smaller flowers were stamped using Memento Elderberry ink on parchment paper, then I drew the white lines in pencil on the front & embossed them from the back. The larger flower was also stamped in Memento Elderberry but this time I embossed between the stamping to create the white on the petals.
The frame & numbers were created in Silhouette Studio, cut out on my Craft Robo Lite then I stamped a few leaves around part of it in white Brilliance ink. The central cardstock was embossed using Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder and I decided a few pearls were needed just to balance things out.
I like messing with inks, but glitter is another matter entirely! I don’t have a craft room – my crafting space is a small foldaway table in the living room – which makes glitter etc impractical. So although I’ve had FlitterGlu & gilding flakes in my stash for ages, this was my first proper foray into the FlitterGlu technique. I do like the results but I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to bother with too often, at one stage I’m sure I had more flakes on me than the card . . .
My next door neighbour will be 60 on Friday; a few years ago he achieved a long-held ambition to buy himself a motorbike. We frequently rib him about being an ageing biker so when I saw this digital stamp at karensdoodles.com I just had to buy it, even though the biker in the stamp has more hair than my neighbour!
Having recently got hold of a copy of the Docrafts Chronology CD which came free with the Docrafts magazine I really wanted to use one of the backing papers and once I’d decided which one, I felt the card needed a suitable border to finish it off. I created the border in Craft Artist 2 Professional, exported it as a png file to use in Silhouette Studio & cut it out on my Craft Robo Lite. The cogs border and the numbers (also cut on my Robo Lite) were coloured with Promarkers, as were the digital stamp & the grey card.
For once the card came out exactly how I planned it in my head – a rare event!
My nephew’s girlfriend turns 21 tomorrow; she’s a very pretty, girlie girl who – like most of her generation – loves shoes. She also loves Cath Kidston so, although this isn’t a Cath Kidston paper, I thought it was a similar style. As I’ve had a couple of weeks off work over Christmas I had the luxury of time to play with my Craft Robo, so I downloaded a shoe font from the internet, tidied up the graphic in the Silhouette Studio software & cut the shoe out. The greeting was produced in Craft Artist 2 Professional.
Although the shoe turned out exactly how I wanted it to, the completed card wasn’t quite how I imagined it for a few reasons: one, I couldn’t find matching cardstock for matting & layering so I had to improvise by using white linen card coloured with Promarkers & the ink seemed to dry patchy for once; two, the layout wasn’t what I had intended as my first attempt didn’t work out; three, I felt the greeting needed a bit more oomph but (as usual!) ran out of time.
Still, I’m not unhappy with the finished result & I hope Kasanita likes it, too.
This card proved to be a real labour of love! It’s for our 13 year old son, who spends much of his free time playing his electric guitar. Although I knew exactly how I wanted the main image to turn out, actually achieving it took many hours!
First I downloaded a free electric guitar clipart graphic; I traced the outline of it in the Silhouette Studio software then chose a font which I thought would be suitable (Troutkings BTN, in case you’re interested). I imported the graphic into Craft Artist 2 Professional, then roughly stretched each letter to fit, exported it back out as a png then reimported that into Studio!
Still with me? So far so good, but then came the tricky part! I spent a while editing each letter to remove any bits which went outside the guitar outline and several hours using Silhouette Studio to delete points, also moving & stretching letters. As I’d never done this before it was a huge learning process for me & although I realise there’s still room for improvement, I decided in the end it was good enough so then came the moment of truth: cutting it on my Craft Robo Lite.
Amazingly, it cut first time! I did have to finish off a couple of bits with my craft knife but I think that’s because I need a new blade for my Robo. I cut a mat in contrasting card and spent ages deciding how the finished card should look. In the end I kept it relatively simple, partly because I was running out of time and partly because I really wanted the guitar to stand out after all my efforts!
I’m quite pleased with the finished result, hope you like it.