July 30, 2011
This is the card I made for my husband’s birthday …
… the inside …
… the rear view …
I saw this design on the very talented Carrie’s blog and was completely wowed by it! I just had to case it as I knew it would be perfect for my hubby. I can’t believe her design didn’t win the competition she entered … it wins my vote!
I love the Plane and Simple stamp set, which is great for cards for the men in your life, and it has some great sentiment stamps included in it.
I didn’t have any suitable designer series paper so made my own using the French Foliage stamp set on very vanilla cardstock. I don’t have a photo but I also hand stamped some plain brown paper with images from the same stamp sets to make co-ordinating wrapping paper for his presents.
And to explain the Trilby hat… when we visited my daughter and her fiancé recently, the boys played on the computer game – L.A. Noire – and my husband loved it!
He is not usually interested in computer games at all, but I think this particular game appealed to his male psyche as it not only included driving fast cars and gun fights, but there were clues to find and crimes to solve.
The boys had such a laugh sitting playing the game whilst wearing Trilby hats that I just had to buy hubby one of his own …and a copy of the game too! Honestly, the graphics in this game are so good that it almost feels like you are watching a movie rather than a game, and the music is fab!
His other birthday presents included a black and red notebook and pen – I had a little theme going on – and a large magnifying glass …for solving all the clues of course!
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July 18, 2011
Well! What a couple of weeks I’ve had! I was asked by Michelle Last, UK number one Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator of the year, to design a project for her quarterly training event that took place in Bicester yesterday.
Wow! I felt over the moon and very honoured to be asked.
So I set about creating something that I thought would get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and also showcase some fabulous designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!
I designed a box to hold four A6 size cards and envelopes …
And a little peek inside the box …
I love the vintage, distressed style that is so popular at the moment and the Botanical Gazette designer series paper, available in the current mini catalogue, was the inspiration for my project. I particularly love one of the typeface sheets, and this was the starting point for my design. I made the box to look like a book, and created four different designs for the vintage style cards to go inside.
If you would like to make this project yourself, full step-by-step instructions with colour photos are available to download in pdf format by following the link on my right hand toolbar.
All the designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! is double sided, and the designs co-ordinate so beautifully with each other… the cards virtually make themselves!
This project would make a fabulous gift… if you can bear to give it away …
The ladies who attended training seemed to love it and I enjoyed seeing their own takes on my design. Thank you ladies for all your kind words, and thank you to Michelle too for all your encouragement. I was exhausted at the end of the day, but it was so worth it!
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