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I mustache you a question…

Father’s day is coming up in New Zealand so I thought I would start off with a card for all the dapper dads out there and started die cutting a lot of mustaches, bow ties and ties to use on a bunch of different designs.

I started off with a simple design first.. a set of three nesting stitched rectangles, alternating in black and white put together with a mustache in the center then finished off on a black background and the sentiment ‘happy father’s day’ in different fonts.

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I love this design so much I actually made versions that say ‘happy birthday’ and ‘thank you’ in similar block lettering.

The next card can be used for any occasion, it uses the same stitched rectangles just the larger size and added color with the border and bow tie.20180819195601.JPG

I love these dies and you can expect to see more of them in the future.

Greeting cards

Hello, its me… am I the card you’ve been looking for?

You know when you have a great idea then you put it into action and you realize just how much work your idea will take to become reality?  Well that is this “simple” hello card…

I had the idea to repeatedly die cut one of my sentiments out of plain colored backgrounds and put a black backing paper then fill one of the sentiments in.. sounds easy enough.  When i sat down to execute this idea, I realized just how much time it would take.

I chose the ‘hello’ sentiment from the Tim Holtz Friendship Words collection, I really love the cursive font used in these dies and one day I hope to own all of Tim Holtz sentiment packs.  Then I picked colors of the rainbow, aiming to make six cards but I thought if I liked it I might do more.

I started with yellow and half an hour later I was finally done… it took so much longer then I expected but the results are really worth it.  I love these cards but because of the amount of time it took to make I won’t be rushing to make them again.

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Simple embossed backgrounds

I don’t know if it is just me but I always struggle with cards designed to be given to men.  I think its because at the most basic level I just love pretty things, I love butterflies and flowers and ultimately things do not look complete to me without a scattering of sparkles and pearls.

But the men in our lives need cards too, and I know that they could easily get a card with butterflies and sparkles – I know plenty of men who have readily accepted and loved handmade cards with beautiful butterflies but it was because they loved the look of them.

I wanted to start somewhere for the men with simple and clean tastes. Those who want something that gets the job done without all the frills; but just because they may not want the trims and frills, it does not mean they cannot have something beautiful.

I went through my die collection and realized I had so many embossing plates which I have neglected and so I had an idea to bring interest to the card without the need of too many embellishments.

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I used an old cuttlebug hexagon embossing folder to create three strips to layer behind a rectangle the same color as the background and with the sentiment ‘happy birthday’.  I used shades of blue and green for the embossed paper and then did a set using a white background and a set using a white background.

 

Personally I like the black background more because it makes the colors pop a little it more but I think both look great. which do you like more?

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Dies

My little multicolored dress

So over the weekend I was basically couch ridden due to complications with my lower back, so i decided to use that time to try out a new die I got.. the  Impression Obsession Dies – Gown – Dress (http://memorycrafts.co.nz/catalogue/product/1738/impression-obsession-dies-gown-dress/)

I started off just with a couple, planning to make a couple of wedding cards – but then an idea struck… wouldn’t it be better to die cut a whole bunch of these little beauties and make my cards afterwards?

So that is exactly what I did and after an hour I somehow ended up with 109 of these little dresses, 40 sets of bows and 60 silhouettes with no plan on how to use them all.

I started off with the most obvious design, a single girl in a dress off to the side of the card and I think the simplicity of the design is really great.  I think this card is very versatile and  would make great card for birthdays, to say thank you, a wedding card or even just to say hello.  These cards are simple made with a dress, silhouette and a bow, layered on an embossed background and finished off with some handmade flowers and pearls.

Next I wanted to make a birthday card.  I decided my design would use three of the dresses in different colors, I mean at this point I still had 103 dresses left.  These cards have two options, the fist having a single ombre color or having the three different colors in the different ‘shades’ finished off with the sentiment ‘birthday wishes’ in black to pop.

Now with 85 dresses to go I wanted to make an elegant wedding card.  This card is completely monochromatic with a white embossed background, white frame, white dress and finished off with some white flowers and pearls. This is probably my favorite design in this dress series.

The next two cards are variations of my first card, this time just adding simple sentiments such as ‘forever friends’ and ‘congrats’.

Finally I wanted to add something to the dress so I used a second die to create a ‘lace’ detailing.  I layered the detailed dress with some foam tape onto a frame and put it onto an embossed background and finished it off with a little ‘happy birthday’ sentiment.

After all of this I still have 60 dresses to use but for now I have put them into a container to pull out another day to use.

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Friendship cards

This design is so simple but it really makes an impact and allows the focal point to shine. I only used three dies for this project – the Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals,  a butterfly die I picked up in a garage sale so unfortunately I don’t have the brand and I used the Tim Holtz Friendship sentiments.

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I cut 10 of each die, the floral oval in cream shades and the butterflies in shades of pink, blue and yellow.  I then went through my massive paper collection to find papers which looked best with each center, then added a couple of flowers from Flowersome Crafts http://www.flowersomecrafts.co.nz/

I finished each card with a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Friendship set – I love how versatile this sentiment pack is because I feel like it could be used for birthday cards, thank you cards or even just a card to say hello.

I really love the results…

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How my journey began

I have always been obsessed with pretty stationary and while I was working in a book store part-time while studying at university, in between doing all the usual tasks of serving customers and tidying the shop you could find me in two places.  The first was in the blind spot of the store where I would sit and read books I couldn’t afford (even with my staff discount) and the second was the card display.  I could spend hours just looking at all of the beautiful cards, I loved looking at one brand in particular – Papyrus cards. Each card looked beautiful and I just loved the founding story, a company started in a family kitchen making homemade crafts.  I contemplated buying some of the cards not to give to anyone but just to keep because I thought they were a beautiful form of art.

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I started making cards with the cheapest supplies for only my close family.  They were simple but I loved making them and my parents and grandparents seemed to love them and it really made me happy to make them.  Soon I would go into stationary stores and look at all of the scrap booking supplies and spend hours just looking at all of the pretty things.

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Then the most amazing thing happened. My brother-in-law started his own paper craft business and then I spent hours looking at his stock hoping one day I would be able to own it all.  On my 21st birthday his family gifted me my very first die cutting machine – a little cuttlebug and a few simple dies.  I was so happy I nearly cried and I have truly cherish that little bug which I still use three years later.

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After that I was obsessed, I made cards for almost every occasion I could from birthdays to wedding to new babies and even just to say hello.  I had only 4 sets of dies but I made them work, soon I saved up to buy a few more and my collection started.  I think if I didn’t have such a close connection to a craft store I really wouldn’t be where I am now with my cards.

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Now I have over 100 dies and more paper then I know what to do with.  I have a room dedicated to my crafts and I am in there nearly every day.  I am trying to run a small side business which I hope to one day become a full time thing, I am putting all of my energy into it by creating an Instagram account, Pinterest and even this blog to showcase my passion for paper craft and card making. I hope you all appreciate the effort I am putting into this endeavor and I hope to keep you all updated on the journey I am having with my little business.

Paper with love