It's all about creating cards for friends and family

My sister-in-law has just Imagecelebrated a very special birthday – her 60th. She is a wonderful person, and although she says she is now officially ‘old’, her passions and energies will keep her forever youthful. Julie is a keen gardener so I thought an autumn theme might be suitable for her card. Here in Adelaide the leaves are turning golden and there are beautiful hues of brown, orange and yellow everywhere. It is a very pretty time of the year.

As inspiration for the style I adapted Debby Hughes’s design shown here and used mostly Memory Box products to make the card. One of the Nightfall papers along with complementary Bazzill cardstock created the basic card. MB’s fresh foliage die, numbers die and stamp, a Sizzix framelits circle die, a Tim Holtz’s on-the-edge die and some coordinating ribbon completed the picture.

I had to move the circle piece to the other side of the front when I discovered that what I thought were birds flying in the background turned out to be bats! The paper was from a halloween theme and bats would not be right for this card. I stamped a couple of the music symbols from the MB stamp on the background so that the birds might appear to be singing – maybe a cheerful rendition of Happy Birthday. Congratulations, Julie. May there be many, many more celebrations.

Thanks for dropping by. Cheers, Jen


Birthday Presents

Bonnie's cardNext week is my grand daughter, Bonnie’s 11th birthday. She loves pink and getting presents so I used those ideas to make her card. The basis for this card layout came from here but I adapted it to make it more suitable for the occasion.

First I cut a C6 card (10.5cms x 14.8cms) from Bazzill‘s avalanche, one of my favourite white cardstocks. To get the pinks I used two pieces of Memory Box‘s Pixie set of papers – one I used for the background layer and one of the presents and the other for the other present and the lower case letters of her name. The bows came from Memory Box’s crisp bows die and two pieces of scrap cardstock in pink and lime.

I cut out the bows first then used the straight lengths of ribbon to size the present shapes and brushed the edges of the shapes with Memento’s pistachio ink. The ‘happy day’ sentiment came from Technique Tuesday‘s versatile stamp set Say it With Circles.

From one of the Pixie papers I cut a piece 9.9cms x 14.2cms and from the avalanche cardstock I cut a piece 9.5cms x 13.8cms. I layered these together to give a 2cm border and then glued them to the front of the card to give a 3cm white border. Then I glued the presents to the card front with foam squares to give them a 3D look.

Inside Bonnie's card

Using Memory Box‘s Parker alphabet and number sets I cut the 11 and Bonnie’s name and used these to add her age and a personalised layered tag to finish the front of the card.

I like to enhance the insides of my cards as well. Here is what I did with this one. The tops of one of the bows added a pretty twist to the inside layers and left plenty of room to write to our very special grand daughter.

I hope Bonnie likes her birthday card – I’m sending some other things as well!!! She lives interstate so her parcel is already on its way.

Thanks for dropping by. Cheers, Jen

A bright birthday


This is a simple birthday card I made using my chevron punch from ek success and some bright scrap paper. I tend to use a C6 size card normally and this is one of those.

First I cut a number of lengths of chevrons from different papers and then stuck them on a piece of scrap card leaving a small gap between each chevron. Then I trimmed the piece of decorated cardstock to be just a little smaller than the width of my finished card, matted it with one of the coloured cards and attached some pink ribbon. Over the top of the pink ribbon, I attached to each side lengths of thinner white ribbon and slipped onto one length a stamped and embossed tag, again matted with the same colour, before tying a bow.

This topper was then stuck to the card with a few chevrons offcuts used to decorate the inside of the card. A good idea for using up scrap papers/cardstock and it produces a bright, cheerful card.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Jen

Just for Mum

Mums card

This Mother’s day I used more Memory Box dies to create something nice for my Mum, who will be 86 soon. She has done so much for all of us I wanted to make her a card that says how much we all love her.