Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Feeling Blue?

Nope, not me ... but I think this little cutie might be!

Good evening friends and as promised I'm back with another post as I've managed to have a crafty afternoon. I'd also like to welcome my newest follower, Jacee from Simply Paper Craft Design - hope you enjoy my crafty meanderings!  This is another Birthday card, but this time I'm actually ahead of the game as far as office birthdays go, so this can go in my drawer ready for the right recipient!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 5 inch square cream card blank
  • Design Papers - are both by Donna at Bearly Mine Designs which has sadly closed its doors. The bottom paper is from a set called "Plain and Simple" and the border paper is from a set called "Mini Dots". I have dry embossed a wavy edge on the border paper using my Ultimate
  • Image - this gorgeous girls is called Sugar 'n' Spice Doll Saffron and she comes from the pen of Barbara at Little Miss Muffet Stamps. I brought Saffron to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before fussy cutting her:
    • Skin - FS2, FS3
    • Hair - GB8, GB9, GB10, EB3
    • Hat, Scarf, Muffler and Dress - EB1, 1B2, EB3, TB4, TB5, TB6
    • Coat - TB3, TB4, TB5
    • Boots - EB3, EB4
  • Sentiment is by Paulette at Create with TLC and I re-coloured the sentiment to blue in my word processing programme before fussy cutting it.

I'm not totally happy with my colouring this time - I don't find the blue pens the easiest to blend (the colours seem too tonally spread) and then to cap it all, one of the blue pens ran out whilst I was using it and I don't have a refill ink for it (guess what's going on order tomorrow!). Then I couldn't seem to get the texture right in her hair and the more ink I was laying down the worse it was looking .... Anyway, it's done now, and I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Whatever you're up to this week, I hope you have fun and get some crafting in!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. Another lovely card Helen, love that sweet image and the Happy Birthday musical sentiment. In answer to your question regarding embossing dies I just use the plates I would if I were embossing a die but not cutting it. For Cuttlebug its both of the B plates and the silicone/jelly mat. Hugs Susan x

  2. Hello Helen
    Totally love this card .The back ground has a wintery rustic feel to me Love the dotty strip and your colouring of sweet image . To top it off with a curvy music sentiment is a treat . Thanks for sharing with Kraftyhands challenge

  3. Your colours go so well together..LOve them..A Gorgeous design and the musical noted sentiment is soooo pretty...Thank you for joining us this week at QKR Stampede.

  4. This is gorgeous. Loving the blues and how you did the wording.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  5. Lovely card Helen, great colour choice and that little cutie is wrapped up nice and warm, and dos'nt she need it today too!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  6. Darling birthday card! Love the blues & the design is super cute! Thanks for joining us this week at the QKR Stampede's weekly challenge!

  7. So pretty, love the dotted look you did for the fur, looks so realistic. Thanks for joining us at Little Miss Muffet.

  8. Looks great to me. I love blues ( I have issues with blending reds though!)

  9. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Kraftyhands.

  10. Such a sweet winter birthday card. I am very glad you joined us this week at TSB. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge. :)


    The Stamping Boutique Design Team Member

  11. Adorable card. Nice to treat yourself with your xmas money. Loving all the blues.thanks for joining in with us at Ruby's rainbows.hugs Debbie x

  12. such a cute card Helen and a fabulous image - big hugs to you and yours Rachel xx

  13. This is a lovely card.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Little Miss Muffet Stamps

  14. thanks for joining us at Kraftyhands with your lovely winter blues card


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Helen x