Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Birthday card ~ "Happy"

So, another beautiful sunny day and I'm stuck at work waiting for customers (think they're all out enjoying the weather) so may as well make the most of my time and show you another one of my completed cards.  Used a cute CC Designs set I got ages ago that had yet to see ink and teamed it with a Whimsy birthday circle sentiment and a fab MFT Dienamics doily die.

As it's a birthday card it qualifies for this week's Stamp with Fun theme   so I'm going to join in as it's been so long since I've taken part in any challenges.

Papers are from a Dovecraft pack I think and I've been using my mini sewing machine again to sew around the edges.  Images coloured with Copics and have been decoupaged and I've used some of the left over papers to decorate the inside as well (I now make sure I complete the inside and stamp the backs of all my cards before I move onto the next.  All my previous cards weren't done so I spent ages finishing them off before I could sell them and it seems sooooo much more time consuming doing it that way then taking 2 mins at the end of when I'm making each one)
Added stickles and a big red half pearl for the cherry on the cake and also glossy accented and glamour dusted the balloon.  Used EK paw print border punch and couple of brads to finish.

Right, that's all from me for today.  Enjoy your evening.

2 Commissioned cards

So here are the 2 60th Birthday cards I was commissioned to make.  Brief was fairly basic; wanted the name and age on the cards, bigger size (so agreed on A5 size i.e A4 folded in half) and liked all the flowers/decoupage look.

The only other thing was that Christine was a golfer.  So having no suitable golfing image I googled and managed to find this elegant lady golfer and then the rest of the card just fell together.
The shape around her is supposed to be like a bunker/golf course shape and then I thought adding the 60 onto a circle to make it look like a golf ball would be cute.  Couldn't resist adding 'have a ball' sentiment!
The image has been cut out several times and then layered/decoupaged.  Can probably see that better in the shot below.  Colours are a lot more subtle IRL but I took these photos at night before I sold them so not the best lighting.  She was coloured with copics and then some touches of twinkling H2O to give her blouse & skirt a subtle shimmer.  Edges around her were stamped with some flourishes and then sponged with mixture of distress inks and shimmer chalks to tone down the white of the card.  Used K& Co patterened papers, machine stitched around the borders.  Letters & numbers were cut using Sizzix alphas 'sunset' which I then sponged with pink distress ink and stamped text over them before added stickles over them.
Then it was just a case of a lot of arranging/fiddling and glueing down of the letters, flowers and metal brads & metal corner to finish.  More stickles added to the flowers for more sparkle.

Then the other fiddly bit was to make a box to put them in - won't tell you how many attempts it took me to get right but got there in the end!  Kept the inside simple by adding pink insert, punched border along bottom and used a lovely happy birthday stamp (from an old HOTP set)

The other card had no specific requirements so I just went for a pretty look and tried to not make it too young, so Whiff of Joy image came to my rescue. (Originally wanted to use a Greeting Farm image but that was deemed to young - have since used that on another card to go in my sale box and will post that later)

Frame image is sitting on is a Nesties die which I cut out with White/yellow Coredinations cardstock and then sanded so that the cute cherry embossing detail shows up but not sure it's that obvious in photo.  Again image has been cute and decoupaged and coloured with copics/twinkling H20s and stickles glitter on all flowers.  The Lettering & numbers are another sizzix alpha set (think this one is 'tango mango') I cut out of glittered cardstock.  then just bit of machine stitching, brads and pearls to finish.  Inside kept simple again with basic insert and sentiment.
The buyer seemed happy with  them and I hope the recipients like them but I don't think I'm cut out to take request orders as I much prefer just making whatever comes to mind.  Too much second guessing myself when I'm trying to work to a brief and wondering if they'll like it!

Will see if my other cards fit any challenges floating around at the moment and try to join in with my next couple of posts as it's been a while.  Till then, hope you're all enjoying this glorious sunshine.

Selling cards and the return of my mojo . . .

Hello there.  Sorry for the month long absence again but I have been busy being crafty.  I said I would let you know how I got on re. selling my cards.  Well, rather then put them on ebay which is a lot of work what with listing them, then posting them and then all the fees/costs involved I thought I'd try just selling them at our shop (we have a take away) even if it isn't really a place you would expect to sell them LOL.  So I just decorated a small box and put a selection in and plonked them on the counter and I'm happy to report they are selling  . . . whoo hoo :D  It's a great feeling.

I'm averaging about 7-8cards a week and it's been over a month now so I'm slowly eating into my stash of completed cards.  It always surprises me what cards sell as it's not always the ones I think are the nicest ones but that's good I suppose!  Think my pricing them at £2.50 each or 2 for £4 has been a good tactic as they seem to go for 2 each time :)   So after my first sale it got my mojo going again and I've been making a few more cards as I'll run out soon at this rate.  This was the first one (although it since hasn't sold LOL)
I used a cute CC Designs image I had in my coloured up pile and teamed her with some MME papers, Viva Decor pearl pen, MS border punch and a bit of seam binding to make the bow .  Decorated the inside to match.

I also had my first commission order for 2 60th birthday cards which I will post later to show you and then I've got a couple more cards but will spread them out and schedule them for the rest of this week.  So a bit more activity this week from me.  Until my next post,


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