Since returning from Thailand mid March, my mum has been down from Queensland and has spent a few weeks with me, so blogging has been set aside. She is 81 so I like to spend as much time with her when she is with me as possible. She did ask me while she was with me to make some cards for her step grandchildren up in Mackay Qld. Thomas is 8 Jack 11, Jamie is 10 and Bethany 7. these are the cards I came up with.
I used two stamp sets that were free with magazines the fairy & bluebirds came with an Australian magazine, Australian Simply Cards this set was exclusively designed for the magazine, and is from Whimsy Stamps - Wee Collection., The bow, butterfly and ladybugs, came from a set called Country Companions - Sunshine Meadows available from Docrafts with the UK magazine, Papercraft Inspirations.I stamped the images and fussy cut them, then coloured them using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. The distress markers were used with water on her skin, but the wings and her hair were just used as markers. I cut the number seven from an Authentique - Delightful patterned paper collection. and mounted all the pieces onto another piece of the same paper pad. I used Ranger Glossy Accents to accentuate the hair, wings, bow, birds and the butterfly. I then mounted this onto a piece of pink cardstock, which was then mounted onto some white cardstock.
This was stamped using stamps from the local discount store "Sam's Warehouse" the Robot and stars were stamped using a stamp set from SweetHearts from Hunter Leisure. The writing also came from an alphabet set from Hunter Leisure. The writing was stamped using Collections Ink by Julie Van Oosten called Midnight Blue, the Robots were stamped using Ranger Archival Ink - French Ultramarine, the two lines were stamped using Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid-tone ink and Wplus9 - Country Charm stamp set. The number 8 was cut from Kaisercraft cock-a-doodle-do paper pad. as were some of the stars. Some of the stars were stamped from the same stamp set as the robots the rest were cut using the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes die. I used glossy accents to bring out the stars, and the robot's eyes & heart were accentuated by Ranger White glossy accents. to finish off I used some tape measure Washi tape.
I embossed White cardstock with Tim Holtz - Sizzix Harlequin texture fade. then gently wiped over Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I die cut some white cardstock using Impress Bloom Nesting Die and edged it with Dusty Concord Distress Marker. I cut a strip on paper from Kaisercraft La-Di-Da Paper pad. I stamped HouseMouse Mudpie Munch using memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured using Derwent Inktense Pencils I foam mounted the die cut mouse onto the paper strip.
This final card is my favourite. I started off with white cardstock. I coloured it using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint. I washed over the whole card with Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive Distress Stains.Then I swiped a strip of Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint across the middle. The number 11 was cut from Memory Box Blackbird paper pad. I stamped the tree in Ranger Archival - Jet Black Ink. using Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Life Adventure Stamp set. the Cougar was stamped in Archival ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils. I assembled the Cougar so that he looks like he is jumping between the numbers. I mounted the whole thing onto brown cardstock.
Well that's the 4 Birthday cards. Hope you like them.