July 2, 2012

Ronan’s 9th Birthday LEGO card!

Posted in Cards, Family, Inspired by... tagged , , , , , , at 1:22 pm by bejewelledcreations

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Crikey! Our little boy turned nine last week!!!

He’s shot up recently too – but he still has his little boy cute cheeks. (I think we’re all cursed blessed with chubby cheeks – theirs look cuter than mine though – LOL.)

This is the card I made for him.

 

Poor Ronan has been sick recently – he’s had a bad run of tonsilitis, then a week later he had an upper respiratory chest infection and then just before he finished the antibiotics for the infection (and two days before his birthday), he suddenly came out in Hives!! All over. Litterally as I was watching, they were appearing. And so, hubby had to put our Pizza (Friday night Pizza and Movie Night!!)  back in the oven so we could rush off to the local late night GP clinic. After a dose of Phenergan and Predmix, we came home, but within an hour he was asleep and missed the movie. He still had quite bad hives on his birthday and just wasn’t quite himself, but he was such a trooper about it and did the best he could. We had Gran and Nan over for lunch and cake during the afternoon and it was nice to spend the time together. He still came out in Hives yesterday quite badly but Phenergan works well.

Because of how much he’s been unwell, I’d totally forgotten left it to the last minute to make his card. His birthday crept up on us!! He’s had two weeks off school due to illness and I just didn’t plan. SO…. at the last minute, and because he LOVES LEGO so much, I did a quick search for Lego card ideas… the inspiration for my card comes from Marelle Taylor‘s wonderful Lego card.

Ronan just LOVED his LEGO card, he thought it was super cool. (Thanks Marelle! – you saved me!)

To make up for his not-feeling-so-great-birthday, we took him and two friends to see Ice Age 4 yesterday which was good fun!

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess only)

Inks: Black Staz-On

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Real Red,

Others: Brights DSP paper pack, Crimper, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge Daubers, retired Sticky Cuts (number 9), Fine Supernova Glitter (Aqua)

~ Thanks for visiting ~

XX Julia.

June 26, 2012

An Oak for a Bloke.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 9:11 am by bejewelledcreations

This is a card I made after a school-mum friend asked if I had any masculine birthday cards in my “stash” that she could buy to give to her husband… I really don’t make many masculine cards – I tend to make them as I need them. I don’t know about you but I struggle with masculine cards. Lovely as a Tree is a set that I don’t pull out that often but I enjoyed having a play around with it to create this card.

Anyway, I didn’t have anything suitable and although she said not to make one especially, I just *had* to. LOL. And besides, it was a good challenge.

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This isn’t her exact card (I didn’t get to photograph it in time), but it’s similar to this – on hers I used some retired Earth Elements buttons in More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive to tie in with the inks used on the tree, and I also used a retired Rub-on sentiment, but otherwise this card has the same colours, general design, stamp image (the Oak tree) and technique to colour the image. This one has the ribbon and bow whereas on her card I used the buttons instead of the ribbon as en embellishment.

You’ll notice that I haven’t put a sentiment on this card – I didn’t forget it; I left it off on purpose – now it can be used for almost anything masculine-y. (Is that even a word???) It could be a thankyou card for a bloke, a birthday card, or thinking of you card. See, I’m not totally useless – now I’m “prepared for anything!!” If I really wanted, I could stamp a sentiment and use the Modern Label or Word Window punches to cut out the sentiment and the adhere it in the bottom right corner.

Ta Da! -instant card; ready for anything.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Markers/Inks: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Other:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Sahara Sand sheet), Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons Neutrals collection, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponges

Thanks for visiting.

Have you stamped today?

X Julia

June 8, 2012

Keep the Faith

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

This card is made with a beautiful set called “Faith in Nature”. It’s available to Hostesses only in the current 2011-2012 Catalogue. I really love the line art and it’s a joy to colour. The pear is stamped on watercolour paper with black Staz-On and coloured with an Aqua Painter and ink from an inkpad. I don’t think you’ll be able to see it in the photo, but I also used my Aqua Painter to pick up some Shimmer Paint (Champagne Mist) and painted it over the coloured area. You’ll love the effect if you do it yourself.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

To get the scallop oval border I simply cut a strip of cardstock and punched it with the scallop edge border punch, then ran it through the Crimper. It was then easy to push it into a curve and glue it behind the oval. (I hid the messy join behind the rolled flowers.)

The sentiment that comes with the set is significant and appropriate to me right now. It’s a timely reminder to be strong and know that things will get better.

Keep your faith in beautiful things;

in the

sun when it is hidden, in the spring

when it is gone.

~ ROY R. GILSON

Stamps:  Faith in Nature, French Foliage

Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Watercolour Paper

Inks: Black Staz-On, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Other:  Big Shot, Oval Original Die, Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch,

Antique Brad, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Spritzer

Thankyou for visiting.

XX Julia.