Cards for my birthday boy

You would think that, as a card maker I would always have cards ready  for my own children’s birthdays!  But again and again I get to the night before and think, “Oh no, I don’t have a card ready!”  For the girls there are always some pretty cards in the stash that I could use, but they have usually seen and maybe critiqued them for me, so what I really want is one designed especially for them.  For my boy I don’t even have any in the stash, as I don’t own many boy stamps, only one set actually, By Land.

So this year, true to form the night before the birthday arrives, I am about to go to bed and I realise, no card!  I cannot use By Land again, and besides one of my daughters used it for her card. (below)  My solution was to make a scruffy skate theme card for my skateboarding eight year old.  It came together surprisingly quickly and I popped it in with the gift.  The next day he started opening his presents, reading every card before opening and examining every gift.  It was only when he came to the one from my husband and I that I realised that the card was there, but I hadn’t written a word in it…

Little pink bag

This sweet little gift bag was made by my daughter L14.  As she is on holiday and the music theory exam, which took up the last month is over, she has spent a bit of time creating things at my craft desk. The front is 5¼” square and the side 1½” wide.  The designer paper was in my stash from several years ago and matches beautifully with Pretty in Pink.  Two lengths of ribbon are threaded through holes at the top of  the bag and knotted on the inside to make handles.


Stamps: With Gratitude, Simple Sayings 2
Inks: Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Also: Pink and Light Pink grosgrain ribbon

Caramel Art

My daughter L14 made this card.  Her inspiration came from the artwork on a cd insert.  Her aim was to blend different images into one design, creating a style which you do see around the place a lot a present.  I think she did a great job.


Stamps: Baroque motifs, Garden silhouettes, Canvas, Sincere salutations, Boho backgrounds
Inks: Creamy Caramel
Cardstock: Whisper white, Creamy Caramel


Here are the other two cards that A12 made recently. I think both turned out beautifully.  She did an expert job on the shadowing of the sentiment in the card above and created a nice faded motif on the card below.


Stamps:Garden Silhouettes, All Year Cheer, Baroque Motifs, Graceful Words
Inks: Not quite Navy,Taken with Teal, Gold, Summer Sun
Cardstock: Not quite Navy, Taken with Teal, Summer Sun, Whisper White, Natural White, Brushed Gold

Pink Simplicity

While I have not had a chance to make any more cards my daughters have, so I will post a few created by A12.  L14 made a card with the Great Wall on it for a friend from the China trip but unfortunately I didn’t get it photographed before it was given.  A12’s cards have been made to go in the stash.  The pink one below is a simple but very pretty design using one set and one colour with white.


Stamps: In Full Bloom
Inks: Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

Thinking of you


My daughter A11 made this one the night we worked together to fill my board. It is a simple design but once again the designer paper makes it very pretty.

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Warmest Regards
Inks: Almost Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Le Jardin Designer paper, Almost Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Also: Cream organdy ribbon

Cards by my girls


My older daughter has a simple classic style as you can see in the card above. The little butterfly is a single stamp I have had for years and have no idea where it comes from. She stamped the sentiment in the same colour as the cardstock along the bottom.


My younger daughter likes a bit of sparkle. Once again it was a bit hard to photograph but she embossed the butterfly from Garden Whimsy with iridescent ice and then sponged around it.

Two more boxes


After I had made the box I in the last post my girls made some of their own. My younger daughter A11 used the snowman stamp from Festive Favourites and coloured with Stamping Markers, then used bold ribbons to decorate her white box.


L13, my older daughter used some Cerise designer paper with real red cardstock to make a small box which she filled with red and white candy canes and peppermints. Her tag and box motif were done with stamps from Polka dots and Paisley.

Birthday bike card


I’m sorry about the lack of cards here but I hope to post the December Stampers’ Club projects soon. While I am getting that done I wanted to show you this very clever little card my daughter made for her brother’s birthday. It is all paper piecing except for the wire spokes on the wheels. I was very impressed with the attention to detail.

Horseriding thankyou cards


After our afternoon of horse riding a few weeks ago, three of the girls made thank you cards to show how thrilled they were to have the opportunity to ride. The two outside cards feature little boots, hat and bridle made from leather and the centre one has an original drawing.