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A very quick Heidi Swapp!

I had so much to do today (including a cheeky overtime shift) but my Heidi Swapp stamps arrived in the mail and I was desperate to try them after waiting for long for them to arrive from the states.

First of all I got some old backing paper and put it on a 15cm by 10cm card stock. Next I folded and scored in half and I was ready to decorate.
A girl at my craft class last weekend was saying she was ‘scared of stamping’ as one mistake could ruin a whole project. I recommend stamping on scrap pieces of paper that are plain. Stamping on pattern pieces of paper can distract the eye, especially if it’s text, it can become unreadable.
This simple happy birthday stamp went on great and was really bold and the beautiful traditional Heidi Swapp font is to die for.
I topped it off with some bunting made from We r Memory Keepers bakers twine and Dovecraft bunting die cuts with Heidi Swapp bunting stamps in the background to give t that 3D effect.
Finally I added a little flower with some bling and my card was complete! It took around 10 minutes and it looks so sweet and simple!
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I really recommend ALL of Heidi Swapp’s products.. Her stamps are great, her project life cards are beautiful and I just LOVE that font! Don’t we all?

Monthly Make – Craftwork Cards Wreath

 

Well the festive ribbon and toppers are safely tucked away for another year and it’s time for January’s monthly make!

This month I’m making a flower wreath from a Craftwork Cards kit that is currently a members offer on the Create and Craft website at the mo, so if you’re a C&C member get your paws on this before it disappears!
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In the kit you get enough to make 3 wreaths. Included in the pack you get ribbon, 3 chipboard rings with precut holes and loads of die cut flowers! (Which may come in handy for other projects if you have left overs!)
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First of all, pop out a chipboard ring and cut 6 pieces of ribbon, 5 inches in length.
 

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Thread these pieces of ribbon through the pre-punched holes and tie a knot. 
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You will notice there are 2 holes closer together. This is the top of your wreath. I used different ribbon to tie in these holes to create a hanger loop, but you can use the ribbon that’s provided if you wish. Make sure you have enough loop so you can hang it on a nail or something around the home when it’s complete.
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Next pop out your die cut flowers and get creative! I used an embossing tool to make the petals stand up a little so it was more 3D. Go crazy! Mix and match colours and make some wild flowers!
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Next you’ll need to stick your flowers on your wreath. 7 flowers should be a perfect fit but there’s no limit! Obviously the less chipboard showing the better.
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And there you have it! A gorgeous shabby chic wreath to hang around the home. I made one of these for my mum for her birthday and she has it hanging on a notice board in her kitchen which looks great! They’d also be great valentines/Mother’s Day gifts.
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If you’re not a C&C member or missed out, you can buy the Craftwork Cards 2 piece wreath kit here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craftwork-Cards-Create-Wreath-Kit-Vintage/dp/B00CMVD6R4

Tonic Gold!

Have you signed up to Tonic Gold yet?!

Tonic are a company that specialise in all things that cut, scissors and dies are their speciality.
They have recently opened a new website for their special fans and if you sign up (for free!) you become a member.
When you’re a member you can access a special members gallery for inspiration, downloads from Tonic, competitions and special offers.
Don’t forget to put your address in your profile, because when you do you recieve a special gift! (I got mine in 2 days!)
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It’s a gorgeous ‘made with love by’ die, which I just love using, it’s so lovely!
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I can’t wait to use it on all of my creations. 🙂
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See you on www.tonic-gold.co.uk!
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Grandpa’s Birthday Card

I find it really tough to find/make male birthday cards. I just find they’re always so generic. My dad doesn’t like fishing, football or DIY so.. none of the cards in the stores suit him! Also, when making cards, I sometimes find it tough to make a card not look too girlie.

I was appointed to make a birthday card for Charlie’s grandpa Bob, and decided to look through my dies to see what I could whip up. I found a shoe die and decided to get creative!

I put the shoe die through my big shot and decided to work my way around it on the card, finding card stock and papers to match. The papers I used was from an A5 paper pack by Papermania called ‘Elegance’.

I covered some card with the papers, and wrapped a matching ribbon around the card, placing a sentiment in the middle of the card, which was also from the Papermania Elegance range, so it matched perfectly.

To go with my shoes, I made a bow tie from some ribbon and some tape. I made a knot in the middle of the ribbon and then folded one side in sticking it with double sided tape, did the same to the opposite side. To neaten it up I folded a smaller separate piece of ribbon over the knot, to give it that bow tie effect.

My die cut shoes looked boring on their own so I decided to loop some waxed cord from my macramé bracelet making through the shoe lace holes. Then, to outline the detail I used a brown pro marker to gently outline the embossed detail.

When I stuck it all together on the card it looked great! Elegant and manly.

Do you have any tips to make cards look more manly? Stay tuned as up next on the calendar is Fathers Day!

Happy Crafting!
Mama x