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Finally making 70th cards

Thank you for all the supportive comments on my lacking inspiration post about my father in law’s 70th. I’m pleased to say I’ve had far more luck today!

I have ended up making 4 cards. I’m still not wowed, but at least they’re done.

The top one is probably my favourite, very simple using Kanban Birthday Celebrations foiled card and a Christmas double sided metallic card pack which were both Create and Craft member’s free gifts ages back.

I used a Tattered Lace steampunk bird die as well as a DCWV paper stack and a watch cut from the DoCrafts Chronology kit for the second card. It’s ok, but I am not pleased with the 70 itself, it just refused to work.

The third card is a Hunkydory Little Book of Everything page decoupaged matted onto the same Christmas double sided metallic card pack as before, then on a plain piece of blue from the same pack, with a Sara’s Signature Collection die and 70th cut from the silver mat using my Scan’N’Cut.

The final card uses the Hunkydory Fantashtique kit which I had forgotten I had (oops, it had never been used! Must have had it around 18 months). I complemented it with a lovely Burgundy from the Christmas double sided metallic card pack and a sheet from my DCWV paper stack.

The Moral of this I think is to not keep putting off the important cards!


Moustache birthday


I like buying my craft supplies in a range of places, find some exciting bargains. Last year I discovered a set of moustache stamps in a shop in Edinburgh called Tiger (one has now opened in Newcastle, too) and I only paid £1!!

I wanted to keep the design of this card simple to show off the stamps. Here’s how to copy me:

You need:
5 stamps along a theme and ink
White stamping card
A 6×6″ card base
Kraft card
A circular birthday greeting
Background paper

1) Mat a piece of background paper 14.7×14.7 cm onto kraft card 15×15 cm.
2) Stamp your chosen theme and cut out.
3) Cut a strip of kraft card 12x3cm and stick to left hand side of card, leaving approximately 1.5cm border above, to the left and below.
4) Cut a strip of coordinating (or clashing would be really effective) background paper 1×14.7cm and stick along bottom third of card, over kraft layer.
5) Stick your 5 stamped images down the kraft layer – I used a stepped pattern, but a straight one would work, too.
6) Stamp and cut out circular greeting.
7) Cut out 5 narrow strips of background papers and snip into banner shapes. Fasten these under circular greeting to make a rosette.


8) Stick rosette on the narrow piece of background paper from step 4 to the right of card.
9) Glue (or use double sided tape) completed card front to card blank.