Saturday 21 February 2009

I Think I'm Getting Better at This

This is my second 'cute' birthday card and I think I'm getting better at it. I'm certainly happier with this one and it's for my second gorgeous little granddaughter who will be 1 year old next month. Perhaps I shouldn't blog it yet but I don't think any of the family look at my blog unless I personally show them something so it should be ok.

I'm also pleased with the card because all the paper and card came from my 'bit' boxes as pieces left over from other projects, except for the base card. I'm sorry I can't tell you who manufactures any of the papers (I can rarely remember if they don't still have the name on) but there is a piece of card that I made using Starburst Stains and cling film and I used the same card to punch out the some of the flowers. I decided it was time I gave my punches an airing as the poor things have been hidden in a drawer and hardly used. I did get to use my new Fiskars Threading Water border punch (strange name I think) which I bought at the Sincerely Yours papercraft show at Hinckley last Sunday. I have to thank my eagle eyed friend Jo for that as she spotted it (the only one) and knew I had been wanting it for a while, so THANKYOU JO. For anyone who's thinking of buying this punch I can recommend it so far. I've tried it on several different types and thicknesses of paper and card, even hammered card, and it's worked beautifully.

The only stamping on the card is the First Birthday sentiment and the lovely little elephant. These stamps came from the Little Trumpettes themeplate by Aspects of Design, and sold by The Stampman, who also sells the Starburst Stains. I've just noticed I forgot to add a bit of sparkle to the little stars so must do that. I've used Nestability plain and scalloped ovals and a Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder which were from Once Upon a Stamp and I'm really pleased this lovely craft shop owned by Robert and Gordon, has moved from Chesterfield recently to a little place called Pleasley which is now only 10-15 minutes away from me.

I'm sorry the image looks a bit bowed. It isn't, but each photo I took looked the same so it's got to be my photography which is very hit and miss I have to admit. I've also just realised that I have to make a box for the card because all the little flower are 3 dimensional!


debra said...

great looking card and you are quite right about the craft shop in pleasley, i lived just 2 mins away until recently as i have now moved away but Gordon and Robert are great and robert gives so much good advise and inspiration with his demos. I have just popped over there today infact lol. Happy Crafting
Debra xx

Theresa Momber said...

Beautiful card! I love all the punched flowers you added.

Jo said...

Those colours work so well together, Lesley. And that elephant was the perfect choice. Brilliant stamping too. I'll be chasing you for more details!

Debbie said...

Beautiful Card Lesley. The Elephant image is so sweet and the papers and punched flowers are really pretty. A perfect card for your grandaughters birthday.
You are right about the Fiskars punch it's a great punch...I love all the designs on the Martha Stewart punches but you have to bang them, jiggle them and all sorts to get them to punch through card!
Debbie x

Kathryn said...

the little trumpettes are soooo cute ha ha
Love the tags too x

Phree said...

Wow Lesley this is a gorgeous cute card. Love the stamping and colouring in and all the papers and punched flowers work beautifully together. You only "think you are getting better"? I think you have "cute" well and truely cracked!

Hazel said...

I've just found your blog via a comment link on Sheila's manicstamper blog. You have some beautiful crafting here. x

Sheila said...

Just Beautiful.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. It is so much appreciated.


Anonymous said...

I love the cute birthday card - a lot of elements well placed!

Aquarius said...

Very pretty card - I agree sometimes 'cute' is difficult. I also thought 'threading water' was a strange name for the punch but it is gret isn't it?

Val W

Unknown said...

Thankyou for your lovely comment on my blog, great choice of colour love the elephant.

Sue - said...

What a super idea and it has all worked so well. Love it

Bunty said...

Thanks for your lovely message on my blog! I haven't yet got around to looking at all the GG members' blogs but intend to very soon.

Thanks again