Tuesday, 28 May 2013

What's your "Magic" Number?

Hello to you all. Hope you had a great Bank Holiday weekend if you're in the UK. I've only got one gripe ... who pinched the sunshine? It's like December here and Hubby's weather station says we've had 1.8cm of rain today. And I guess we'll still have a drought in the summer! Still, the plants we bought yesterday will be happy being "bedded" in to their new homes :o)

I would like to welcome a couple of new followers - a warm welcome to Durga and Desire, and huge apologies Desire for not having welcomed you a couple of weeks ago! I hope you'll both enjoy your visits to my creations.

Today is Post 3 of my sojourn as a Guest Designer at Top Tip Tuesday and this weeks it's new challenge time! This fortnight's challenge is Numbers, so we're looking for numbers on your projects ... perfect for Birthdays and/or Anniversaries, and we'd love to see how creative you can be!

We've got 2 amazing sponsors lined up for you for this challenge. Jodie from Bugaboo Stamps is offering one lucky random winner 7 digis of their choice! And Tammy from Shape EZ is offering our second winner 2 digital shape templates of their choice! Those are magic numbers worth winning me thinks! :o) And, as if that wasn't enough, you too could be a future Top Tip Tuesday Guest Designer just by leaving a great tip! Both of our fabby sponsors have given us the choice of which of their products we would like to showcase and next week I'll be showing you one of Tammy's great card templates. However, this week I've designed with one of Jodie's fantastically quirky images:

My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base Card - made from Centura Pearl in Ivory which I cut and scored to make a 15cm square card
  • Design Papers - are all from the set Only You by Studio Basic and available at Sweete Shoppe Designs. I've used 3 of the papers in this kit, layered them digitally and put a dove grey faux mat layer around each paper using my word processing programme.
  • Image - this great couple are called AKV Love from the great range A Kid's View (Stick People) by Jodie at Bugaboo Stamps. Because this image is soooooo quirky (and the fact that I digitally layered this onto my DPs and my pens won't colour nicely on the card I printed this on!) I continued with the "kids" theme and actually coloured this image using some of my girls' wax crayons!!!!! I tried to keep the palette very simple and these are the colours I used:
    • Him - Yellow, Red, Brown
    • Her - Red, Brown, Black
    • Heart - Red
    • Sky - Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow
    • Grass - Green
  • Sentiments - the bottom sentiment comes from the Only You kit, and is perfect for an anniversary card. The top sentiment is computer generated and, again, digitally put onto my layout by using a text box in my word processing programme and colouring the background to tone in with the DPs. Now, regular readers will know that I craft frugally and don't have a die cutting machine, so here is my TOP TIP for you: Don't worry if you don't have alpha or numeric dies ... in your word processing programme, play around with different fonts and sizes to get something you like - I've used Showcard Gothic in pitch 36. When you're happy, copy and paste it several times and print. Cut the shapes out, and glue them on top of each other to get a 3D effect on your card.

So, I think that makes my Magic Number 20! Just need to find a safe hidey hole for this card (away from my hubby) and, even more importantly, remember in September where it's hidden!!!!! The Top Tip Tuesday girls have got some great projects and tips for you so do go over and see their Numbers. Don't forget to come back and show us your creations! This challenge ends on Monday 10th June.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Challenge 55 - Celebrate at LEJ Designs
  • Challenge 11 - For the Fellas at Creative Craft Challenges
  • GGSC153 - Graduation, Wedding or Anniversary at Going Grey with Scrap Creations
  • SOS#103 - Graduation or Anniversary at Shopping our Stash - the wax crayons I used weren't exactly my stash as they came from my girls' (now 11 &13 years old) arts and crafts cupboard. The crayons hadn't been used for I don't know how long (the girls don't do colouring any more, it's all handheld devices that play games!) and are well over 2 years old ... I think they came in a goodie bag to keep the kids amused from a holiday company eons ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a great evening!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Hi helen - i love your card - really lovely - and i know what you mean about the rain - its not stopped here today either xx

  2. Hi Helen a fab anniversary card! Be careful where you hide it I put things safe then can't remember where they are! Susan xx

  3. Helen this is fabulous, so sweet, love that image!

  4. Hi Helen stopping by to say thank-you for joining our 'celebrate' challenge at Lexi's Creations! A 20 year anniversary is certainly something to celebrate!! Great card wonderful image!

  5. Thank you so much for joining in this weeks LEJ Designs Challenge #55 - Celebrate, over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog.

    What a great card. I adore that image as it is simple but very affective. I love the chaolours you have chosen and the backing and layout. The different fonts making up the sentiment is brilliant.

    I hope we will see you entering more of our weekly challenges in the future as there are always great prizes to be won.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx LEJ Designs DT Member

  6. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining Creative Craft Challenges: For the Fellas

  7. What a FAB card .... really cute image ... I LOVE the sentiment you have used it is soooooo adorable

    Many thanks for joining us over at LEJ DESIGNS CHALLENGE

    Good Luck

    Tina DT xxx

  8. This card is so super cute~!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!


  9. What an adorable image. Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  10. Hey Helen! I know what you mean WHO TOOK the sun! DOH! but its been really nice this weekend so YAY! fab to have you playing along at TTT as our Guest! hugs me xx


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