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Craft #9 – Thinking of You Card

20 Jan

One of the most frustrating things about being chronically ill, is how much of your life is taken from you.
Growing up as the youngest of three girls in a single parent household, there wasn’t a whole lot of spoiling rotten going on. Not that our Christmas presents were clothes, but it was only because of my Mum’s excellent budgeting skills that we had the things we did.

On some of the school holidays and long weekends, I’d go alone to stay with my great aunt Dawn. And she DID spoil us.
Dinner was whatever you wanted to eat (Cheeseburgers OK! She ate her own healthier meals) and days were filled with craft and fun.
I was always so much closer to Dawn than any of my own grandparents, and she had never been able to have children, so I suppose she had more time for us.

As I got older and sicker, my visits to Dawn have declined rapidly. She lives an hour away, and that’s just too long of a commute for me. She’s also too ill to visit me.
These days, its all I can manage just to send a card to let her know that I love her.


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This is one of the earlier cards I made. The butterflies are made using a Martha Stewart punch, and the rest was cut with the Silhouette. Dawn loves purple, so I tried to make it very purple! I used a purple ink pad to stain the top layer of card.

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Craft #8- Card Fails, and learning a new skill

19 Jan

Some of these are pretty embarrassing.. But it takes a while to learn how you like to style things! These were some of my first attempts at card making- with or without the Silhouette machine.


1: While waiting for my Silhouette machine to arrive, I made a few cards with the Kaisercraft range, ‘Butterfly Kisses’, and some randomly matching ribbon. The strip of butterflies was a pre cut sticker, as was the pink and white hearts just under it.
For the inside I used a Martha Stewart edge punch as it felt a bit boring. I didn’t hate this too much- there is worse ahead.

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2: One of the first ever cards I made using the Silhouette. Badly. I hated it right away. And still do

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3: My poor Mum really did get a few of the shoddy ones at the start. This was the first ‘pattern’ I had bought, and quite frankly I didn’t know what to do with it! Sorry, Mum. We shall call this, ‘the learning curve’ 
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4: This one was also a pattern, back when I was learning how to design my own. The card looked so plain with only the cupcake, I added a personal message (an abbreviation my friend and I use frequently) as well as the side of checked yellow. Still, I think I liked the inside better than the outside.
This was around the time I was realising I could do a better job if I designed the whole card myself.

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5: This is where I learned moderation. What a disaster! Very much not what I had had in mind. The lettering ended up far too dark, glitter glue spilled over the ‘lake’ edges, and just way too much going on.

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I’d love to see some of your attempts ‘gone badly’!

Craft #7 – Four Valentine’s Day Cards

18 Jan

Some of these are the first cards I ever made. Being a perfectionist, there are things I would change, especially with what I know now! I would have guessed that these were from 2013, but my computer says 2014. I must agree to disagree.


1: Traditional

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This was a fairly traditional ‘Valentine’ style card, a modified pattern that I found on Google. I used basic card stock, glitter glue, and of course my Silhouette to cut it.


2: Owl card

IMG_18781Owl card- I was still getting used to dealing with cutting smaller letters on the Silhouette, the early days were a lot of trial and error. So I use a fine marker to ink on the words ‘always love you’. The rest was basic, card stocks and some glitter glue. But not too much. Just enough.


3: Mouse card

IMG_1878Mousey- I really regret not making the surface the mouse is standing on a dark colour, but I couldn’t go back. Manipulated Google image, paper and glitter glued tail and ear. I was quite happy with the mouse itself- I think with the darker background it would have been a lot better 😉


4: 2015

1975156_10152745665315168_6987340196534806190_nI decided to keep things very simple this year. Mostly due to my complete lack of energy and health. You’re all getting the same! No peeking at each others’ 😉
I seriously lacked inspiration, too. What I designed and what I ended up making.. Two very different things.

I first did a practice stamp of the peas and sentiment stamp, took a photo with my phone and then used that as a basis for cutting the card the right size. I wanted the peas to have a white edge around them, for example. I usually make rectangular cards, but I felt the stamp wasn’t big enough for that, so instead I used a basic 4x4in design.

I edged every surface with the same blue ink I used for the sentiment. I was struggling to bring the green in from the pea stamp, so I hope it looks ok. I kind of killed that ink pad.

Inside I use a Martha Stewart punch, with the same blue/purple paper from the front, to cut a flowery border.


I hope you’ve gotten some ideas for your own cards! I love to google for phrases for each project I’m working on, and sometimes tweak them a bit. It makes the card much more personal.

Happy crafting.