For our birthday girl

It’s my daughter’s first birthday next weekend, so I wanted to make her a special card. Not least because she’ll be spending her first birthday in lockdown rather than celebrating with a party like we should be!

I started by stamping all of the little foxes from Mama Elephant’s Little Fox Agenda in Gina K obsidian black amalgam ink – *tip* this is a great ink if you want to use alcohol markers – it won’t smudge like some others! I coloured all of these little guys using the Gold Yellow Tri-Blend markers from Spectrum Noir, and used pink and teal shades for their accessories. I don’t have the coordinating dies for this set, so I had to fussy cut each one individually – phew!

Next, I die cut the Studio Katia frame from white cardstock (Neenah solar white classic crest 110lb – this is a lovely heavyweight card), and used liquid glue to adhere an acetate panel behind it (yes, it’s going to be another shaker!). I chose 12 of the little foxes and adhered them to the front of the window using the liquid glue.

Foxy!

I made the background for this card by brushing water over some watercolour cardstock, then using Karin brushmarkers (one in fuchsia, one turquoise) at the top and bottom, fading the colour out towards the middle with the paintbrush.

I placed foam tape around the edge of the panel, and filled the shaker window with clear sequins – *tip*: fold the foam tape in half lengthways to double its height and leave more room for the filling of your shaker card to move around! I adhered the watercolour panel to the back, then glued the completed shaker panel to a top-folding white A2 notecard.

Finally, I used one of CZ Design’s reverse sentiment strips on the front of the card, and a matching one on the inside (it says “you’re getting so big!” – and she really is!!).

I hope you like it – this card took a very long time to make, but I think it was worth it in the end!

Hey Mama… You got this

I recently sent this card to a friend of mine who needed a little reminder that she is doing a great job. I think these strange lockdown times are affecting us all, not least those of us stuck at home with children to entertain and/or homeschool, whilst trying to juggle our own jobs and managing our households. When you’re trying to be all things to all people. it’s no wonder we all start to feel like we’re failing somewhere along the line. So, sometimes we all need to hear that we are enough. We are loved. We are doing a great job.

CZ Design’s “Good Job, Mama” stamp set was a must-have as soon as I saw it – it has so many encouraging sentiments. So many, in fact, that I couldn’t choose just one to use… so I decided to use several!

I started by choosing which of the sentiments I wanted, then cutting strips of my current favourite Concord and 9th cardstock colours – one for each sentiment. I adhered the strips to the bottom of an A2 sized panel of white card. Next, I lined up the sentiments on the card strips, and picked them up with the door of my MISTI stamping tool. I used Versamark embossing ink to stamp the sentiments, then coated them with Wow! super fine white embossing powder. Finally, I set them with my heat tool.

Next, I stamped the “Mama to Mama” sentiment above the card strips, with the two little hearts next to it, and inside the card I added a co-ordinating sentiment and sub-sentiment: “Good Job Mama…. you’re doing a great job!”

I trimmed the card panel down to be 3.75″ x 5″ so that it would fit nicely on an A2 card base, with a small border around the edge. I made my own top-folding card base using Concord and 9th’s Dove cardstock, and adhered my panel to the top with foam tape for dimension.

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Hope you like it – thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday, River and Wynter!

One of my brilliant friends just celebrated her twins’ first birthday. An amazing milestone for any Mama, not least because she’s had to bring them up in lockdown for most of the year, with her toddler son at home, too.

So, I decided to make a couple of special cards to celebrate!

How cute is this stamp set? It’s called Critter Crowd by Simon Says Stamp. I started by stamping two sets of the critters, plus the balloons and party hats, and coloured them using my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers. These are amazing, they take the guesswork out of blending and shading for those of us who are new to the game! Once coloured, I die cut the images on my Gemini Mini, using the co-ordinating dies.

Next, I cut a rectangle window in a piece of A2 sized card, and glued a piece of acetate to the reverse. I laid out my different die cut elements over the window to check that I was happy with the layout, then placed the Happy Birthday sentiment underneath. Using my MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment, and then attached the images using craft foam for dimension.

To make the shaker window, I placed craft foam tape around the edge of the window (and the rest of the card so it doesn’t sag) and filled it with confetti. I then selected some co-ordinating patterned paper and placed it over the top of the foam tape, sealing in the confetti. I then secured the shaker window to an A2 card blank.

Finally, I used Glossy Accents to fill in the balloons, giving them a lovely 3D, glossy finish.

Which do you prefer, the blue or the pink? I really love how these turned out, they’re super cute!

Hello

A rare picture of me and the family!

Hello.

My name is Jayne and I am a cardmaker.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, I recently discovered the joys of cardmaking, and I would not know a fraction of what I do now without the amazing cardmaking community out there. I have pored over Youtube videos; tutorials; blogs; Instagram and Pinterest and learned *so much* from other crafters. I am amazed at how my cardmaking has come on in just a year or so, and it is all down to this amazing, supportive, generous and sharing community.

So, I thought I would share my own “journey” (hate that word) with you. Hopefully I can pass on some of the knowledge I have learned and maybe give other beginner cardmakers the confidence that they can do it, too!

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