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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’!

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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.

Craft #4 Butterfly Birthday Card

15 Jan

1471133_10152618186920168_4397228115289274374_nMy Mum’s birthday snuck up on me this year, but I managed to put together a card fairly quickly. The most important thing was to magically have my sister write in it, as she is in Canada (we live in Australia).

I had her write out her message, scan and send it to me, then printed it to the right size.

For the card itself: I used a few different brands of patterned paper that seemed to go together, as well as pale blue ribbon (she’s not a pink fan), stamps (sentiment and butterfly) and cutting the butterflies with the Silhouette machine. That way, when I stamped the butterfly pattern, it was dual coloured but surrounded by white. I’m pretty obsessive so when I buy stamps like that, I tend to get the pattern into my Silhouette program so that I can make perfectly sized cut stamp tags.

I used foam stickers to lift the sentiment and butterfly tags to add more height. I also used the same coloured ink to edge the card tags, to add an illusion of height.

A nice, simple and clean card, and Mum seemed happy!

Happy card making 🙂