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Raiding free papers

I have a small collection of papers free from various magazines over the last couple of years. I needed two birthday cards and decided to raid these alone, thus reducing my options, to hopefully make these cards quickly.

This is what I made:

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OK, the last card is mainly from a relatively cheap pack of paper from the Works, but the “Happy Birthday” is from the same free sheet as the other cake greeting above. I have mixed papers from different sets, but they seem to work. 4 cards in an hour is quick for me!

Now which two should I use first?

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I’m seeing stars, pink stars

I’m aiming to only send handmade cards in 2013 (see my other aims here), and as it’s the 3rd birthday of a friend’s daughter this Saturday, I need a card…

Little girls tend to like pink, so I found pink paper in my stash and used this as my background colour. I used coordinating paper to create a band across the paper and added an embellishment to wish the recipient happy birthday:

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I always make quite simple cards, don’t I? I quite like this card, but it’s not quite suitable for a 3 year old. I’m sure I will find a use for it.
I was a fan of the background with the white stars, so used it again. I dug around and with the help of a few buttons and a sticker, made this:

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That’s much more suitable for a 3 year old!

Papercut Cards

A few months back, I treated myself to a craft knife. I haven’t used it much, but was quite pleased with the cupcake card I made with it, so decided to try more papercutting.

When making the cupcake card, I cut the image out of paper and stuck it to a card blank. I was feeling more adventurous second time round and cut the image out of the card blank instead and stuck coloured paper behind it.

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This card is for a birthday.

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And I used this one to RSVP to a wedding invite. I’m really pleased with them both and will definitely make cards this way again. It is quite effective and relatively quick.

A Periodic Birthday

As you may well know, I am a Chemistry teacher. Many moons ago I did indeed study Chemistry at university, and I met some of my closest friends there (as well as Mr M, but that was all a long time ago). I remember one point when doing my masters when one of my female friends pointed out that we were the only women in our lab group. I hadn’t even noticed! So yes, I have more male friends than female from those years.

With quite a few friends a text or Facebook message is now all we exchange on birthdays, but I do still exchange cards and presents with one friend. This friend lived with Mr M all those years ago and is virtually responsible for us meeting. He has been there for both of us for over ten years now.

Since blogging I haven’t bought a single card and I’m trying to make them all (who knows if it will extend to Christmas – too many to make and not enough time!). I find men way harder than woman to craft for. Luckily after a trip to the Science Museum in London, I was inspired.

This is the card I made:

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(Photo taken at night before packaging for postage).

Yep, I was inspired by the Periodic Table!

A 5 minute card

About 15 minutes before we left the house yesterday evening, I realised that I needed a card for someone we were likely to bump into. This is exactly why I have a card making stash.

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The card literally took five minutes to make and as you can see it is very basic (although most of my cards are!). I had to take my photo in artificial light due to the timing – the left hand side of the card in the photo is the most realistic.

I still haven’t bought a card since starting blogging 🙂

Football Birthday Card

It’s my Dad’s birthday this week. I always find birthday cards for men a challenge. I really struggled with trying to think of a design for my father-in-laws birthday in June, however this time I thought of a theme!

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Yes, my Dad is a football fan! He has supported Exeter City Football Club his whole life, so the colour had to match their shirts. You now know his name and age!

Once I thought of what I wanted to do, it was quite easy to make (as are all my cards!). I cut out a shirt in plain white and then added the red stripes using my favourite double sided tape. I printed his name and number and age and then stuck that on top. Ta Dah!

This would be really easy to adapt to other teams, names and ages. It’d be even easier if your team has a plain coloured shirt!

I just hope Mr Postman gets it to him on time!

Heart Cards

With an engagement announced and a wedding invitation received last week, this weekend it was card making time!

The wedding invitation was from my sister. I could have used the rsvp card she included in the invitation, but I always like to send something individual. As I mentioned before when sending her a note with a necklace, the colour theme for her wedding is red, so I wanted the rsvp we sent to fit with that. As it was wedding related I thought I’d go with hearts!

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As with most of my cards this is really simple. I used my punch to punch out lots of little hearts, then drew a big heart onto the card blank. I then simply placed the punched hearts along the pencil line, making sure that the point and dip bit of the heart were on the line. It didn’t work perfectly, but you still get the overall effect.

I seem to have made a few engagement cards this year. I’ve made one using cross stitch, one using peel offs and another using a ready made topper. This time I stuck to hearts.

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Using my heart punch again, I punched more hearts in coordinating colours. I then arranged these hearts in a heart shape and added a congratulations greeting to the top.

So there you go, two heart cards made from smaller hearts!