Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Loving my teenager

Tomorrow we celebrate our eldest son's birthday and despite being a teenager he is still very excited about his special day.  The other children have purchased little gifts, the cake is in the oven and I completed his birthday card today.  I don't have a great variety of male images, so pulled out my boy manga image to stamp up again.  I made a step style card to give a bit of interest to what is otherwise a plain card, coloured the image with some bright colours and used raised sticky back numbers to complete.

Relax and smell the flowers...

I had two reasons for making this card today, the first to send to my dearest friend for her birthday and the second to enter it in my first ever challenge!  I have been wanting to do this for a while but have been a little hesitant and not too sure how to do all the linky up stuff....so hopefully I will figure all this out.
This morning I read about the Shabby Tea Roon "relax and enjoy" challenge and instantly knew how I wanted this card to look ( http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/2011/07/week-72-relax-and-enjoy.html ).

I hand made some more paper flowers using pink and yellow polka dot paper which I combined with some store purchased flowers to create a shabby effect.  I did not want to use a coloured image on this card, instead preferring to use the word "relax" as the focal point. 

For this card I used:
Foof-a-la - Autumn leaves paper
Avalon -Fantasy paper
Avalon - Illusion paper
7 Gypies - Victoria paper
yellow cardstock
black rhinestones by kaisercraft
black raised letters (from Spotlight)
White flowers by Prima
Pink flowers from Blossies Scrapbooking Store
Black satin ribbon
Yellow craft ribbon
Buttons from my oddments box.

Magnolia with paper flower

I have been wanting to try my hand at a simple hand made paper flower for a while, so made this quick and very easy card up for this very purpose.  I coloured this cute little magnolia stamp a while back and chose some spotty paper from my stash to compliment her dotty dress. My colouring needs much improvement so I am very excited to be heading to a copic class at one our my local supply and craft stores tomorrow; can't wait to pick up some handy tips from the experts.