Father’s Day is on it’s way….

I am not awfully sure about this card. It was inspired by Karen on The Sweetest Thing, but I’m not sure if my backing paper and ties fight each other. Oh well. DD thinks it’s FABULOUS !!!

Image: Ties are Elzybell

Sentiment: Papermania

Dies: Papertrey Ink’s Mat Stack 4

Background Paper: free download from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine

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1st anniversary is paper !

I have discovered I have no anniversary sentiments in my large collection of stamps !!! Shock !!!

Super simple card, but I’m afraid I don’t know where the image came from…. All I can tell you is that it’s a clear stamp – sorry !

Nana’s 90th…

…requires something special. So I did something I have never done before – I downloaded an ENTIRE card to simply cut out and put together….

GASP….

Now, honestly, I have been snooty about these in the past – honestly, cut and stick ?? Not really much skill required for that… – but I needed something spectacular, and I simply wasn’t going to manage that myself. My still mushy brain is full just by coping with school and working out how to get enough rest. No power left to devise a fabulous card. And I am still knackered – I come home from school and sleep. It’s been a month since I made any cards. So, what’s a girl to do ? Simples – use someone else’s talents and skills !

I had seen an ad for the CraftsUPrint website in a mag and decided to have a look. I quickly realised that I could probably get the fabulous design I wanted, because there are some really intricate card designs on there. I settled for Carol Dunne’s Deluxe Cascade. Now, I know that what you see in a photo and what you might actually get are two different things, but this is what the kit made:

 

Honestly, it was pretty close to what was advertised ( I printed it out best quality on photo paper ) I added a couple of my own details, and was really satisfied with what I ended up with.

So, am I sold on cut and print cards ? Nope. But I can see the point of them – and this time, it was perfect for me.

Incidentally, want to know what Nana got for her birthday ? A trip to St Kilda – the most remote island off the north west coast of Scotland. The website itself says : Getting to St Kilda is not easy, but those who are persistent can find a variety of ways to achieve their goal Yup. I said 90th birthday…..

Not to put too fine a point on it…

say I’m the only bee in your bonnet…   Make a little birdhouse in your soul !

…I made this as an anniversary card for a friend of ours to use. I just loved the happiness of it, but couldn’t work out why it called to me so – until good ol’ random Spotify threw up the They Might Be Giants song Birdhouse In Your Soul.

And it clicked. When DH and I met, waaaaay back at college ( 20 years ago… TWENTY !!!!) he played the album in the car once and it was another “ohhhh…!” moment of soul recognition ( I doubt if he’d put it like that , or even remember !! ) Anyhow, I still think it’s a cool song, and this birdie stamp will now ALWAYS make me think of it !  So it goes with this card into the Passion for Papertrey’s Song themed challenge !

Image: Magenta, coloured with pencils and heart stickled with Tim Holtz Rock Candy. Panel distressed with Tumbled Glass ink.

Sentiment: Papertrey Ink’s Fillable Frames 5