Thursday, 21 October 2010

Cards for Kids

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A few months ago, Aiden and I made cards for 13 kids who are unwell. Here are some of the cards we made:

I made this card for the parents of each child. I cannot imagine what the parents must go through as some of these are very ill with advanced stages of cancer.

Aiden helped me make a card with a joke on the front (and punch line on the inside) for each child and their respective sibling(s). Aiden chose the embossing folder and helped with the embossing of the cards with the Cuttlebug. He also coloured the images on the front of the card (since I was cutting it out it did not matter if the colouring was not perfectly within the lines), contributed some of the jokes and wrote the message inside each card. It took forever but we made these cards over six weeks. It was fun to craft with him...most of the time:)

I also made each child and their respective sibling(s) a card with their name on the front with Penny Black's alphabet with animals stamps. Aiden helped colour these alphabets. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures of these cards. Anyhow since there were so many cards (74 in total), I made a box for each child, so the cards for each family are together. Aiden helped me make the dots on the boxes with a white gel pen. It looks like a lot of work (it is) but it is one of those things that you can do while watching TV.

Many craft companies out there have offered prizes to encourage people to make cards for these kids. The smiles that these cards will bring to a child's face is reason enough to make a card. But the lovely gals who organised this card for kids drive, chose to send me a wonderful package of Nikki Sivils goodies. I will surely be making cards with these gorgeous papers and stamps and posting them on my blog soon. There is another card for kids drive - see HERE for details. Please join, if you can.

And finally and most importantly, please keep these kids in mind and say a prayer for them.


Tuesday, 19 October 2010


It has been a long day as I have been to London and back for work -- but I still wanted to get my creations in for this challenge. Here are two cards for the PDCC51 based on the colours below.

Monday, 18 October 2010

A quick card for CD80

Here is a quick card that I needed to make for a friend, Gareth who got married early this month..... better late than never. So I decided to make a card that would also coincide with the colours of The Color Dare challenge.

How to: I started with Brown Bazzill card stock and some vanilla card stock. Stamped the HA hydrangea stamp with black memento ink and coloured with Copic markers. Added highlights to the petals in the middle with white crayola colour pencils (yes, I used my son's colour pencils and it surprisingly colours well) and cut out image. I cut a piece of vanilla card stock slightly smaller that the base card and stamped with HA Friends definition cling background stamp. To get a lighter image I stamped off the brown ink on a scrap paper before stamping on the vanilla card stock. Then stamped the HA Congratulations stamp and machine stitched it to the base card. Adhered the flower with foam pads and tied a vanilla coloured ribbon to the stem of the flower. I wanted to tie a bow but it was too fiddly, so I settled for a knot. That's my quick and simple card. I tend to like my cards simple, hope you like it too.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

A very crafty Sunday

I have managed to get a few hours of craft in today and made a couple of cards - thanks to my sister and brother-in-law having the boys for a few hours. Thanks Diana and Stephen:) 

The first card is made for two challenges: Colour Throwdown #114 and City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 26.

I will be making more of the above card as thank you cards for my son's recent birthday party. I designed a card that he could help me make. He loves to help with the stamping and punching. He finds it easier to punch with Martha Stewart punches than Woodware punches.

How to: Stamp the background with HA Designer Woodgrain with TH Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain. Use another two stamps (HA Heart Flourish and HA Swirl with Flowers) and ink with TH Distress Ink Pad (Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Vintage Photo). Then spritz with pearlised water (Perfect Pearl plus water in a mini mister) and stamp onto saffron coloured card and dry with heat gun. The pearlised water gives the image a shine. Then use the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Use foam applicator and add some colour to the edges of the butterfly. Then adhere all components of the cards as above.

The second card I made is for ColourQ Challenge.

I have used the HA Large Flower cling stamp on soooo many of my cards. I just love the versatility of the stamp. I used parts of the flower for the leaves. The background was stamped with Inkadinkadoo Letre stamp with Anna Griffin Green ink pad. I stamped the flowers on coloured cards with StazOn blank ink and added some colour with TH Distress inks, dusty concord and spiced marmalade. For the 'leaves' I used TH Distress inks, shabby shutters and peeled paint. Added some pearls and the DeNami 'Congratulations' stamp was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

2 Sketches 4 You - Challenge #63

I have not posted in such a long time - work and my son turning 5 have kept me busy. Anyhow I am hopefully back to consistent crafting. I saw this challenge and the search for DT members only last night, so I had a go at it this morn. The cards I have made are based on this sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You.

Off late I like to round off the right top corner. I tend to go through phases with craft tools.

And a Christmas card too....