Thursday, 5 November 2015

CC&S #149 Colours: Double Birthday Cards

If I'm honest, I haven't really liked one or two of the cards I've made recently, probably because they've been a bit rushed. So this week I've put a bit more thought and care into the design of my DT card for CAS Colours and Sketches and with no small thanks to Louise's absolutely gorgeous colour combinations I'm pretty pleased with the end results. That's just as well as this week I needed to make two cards for the special men in my life, my husband Martin and my son Philip.

I was looking to see if there were any other challenges that I could combine my entry with when I stumbled across last week's Muse challenge and some gorgeous cards particularly from Anita (the muse) and Julie (one of the honourable mentions). And so my cards began to take shape. 

My first challenge was to cut out a circle aperture from my 5" x 7" card blank, tricky as I only have a 'Big Shot' and the card wouldn't fit sideways through the machine but after a couple of goes I worked out the best way to do it. I cut 5cm from the right edge of the card and lined the inside of the card with some dark purple polka dot paper. The leaves were all stamped onto linen cardstock in the other challenge colours (using some newsprint for one of the cards) and cut out leaving a margin. It took a while to assemble them in a group but when I was happy with the design they were stuck down, some raised with foam pads. Finally the sentiment was stamped on the left front. I made both cards similarly but not quite the same!

So unfortunately I found it too late and can't enter my card into the Muse challenge but I'm so glad to have been inspired by it anyway. Huge thanks also to Louise for bringing us such a gorgeous colour combination to work with this week.

Supplies Used:
Die: Standard Circles Large (Spellbinders)
Patterned Paper: Purple Polka Dot (free download from
Stamps: Leaf Decor CCS006 (Royal Langnickel), Happy Birthday (Clearly Besotted)
Ink Pads: Pinecone (Versa Color), Elderberry & Peanut Brittle (Memento), Imperial Purple (Versafine)

This weekend Katie and Tom are throwing a party for Phil down in London so I get to spend the weekend with all my children - can't wait!

See you soon
Stef x


  1. The colours look absolutely fab in your Autumny card. Enjoy your family time this weekend. :)

  2. I just saw your card over at CAS Colours & Sketches and had to pop by. I'm so glad my card inspired you to make your own version, and I love all the rich dark tones. Such a shame you were too late to enter but happy I found your interpretation today, Anita x

    1. Thanks so much for your comments Anita, you are a very inspiring crafter! Stef x

  3. I love the modern look of the layout, with the half-circle cut into the left portion of the card! Very cool! The leaves are a great way to use the challenge colors. Awesome job all around!
    Hope you had a wonderful time with your family over the weekend!

  4. This card is everything I imagined when I chose the colours, it's perfect! Love the aperture, the leaves sitting on that gorgeous purple polka dot paper. Beautiful
    Louie xx