My first cards of 2018.

First I want to wish all my readers a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.  I hope 2018 will be kind to you all.

I had been looking at starting a separate card for blogs this year, however I sometimes find it hard to find enough to share in one blog without running two.  So if you do not enjoy one of my hobbies or card making or stitching, then please feel free to ignore those you do not wish to see.  Although I make no apologise for the fact that some posts may cover both subjects.  Today however it is just cards so here are a few of the first ones made in 2018.2This is my favourite.  I first stamped the card with butterflies and then embossed them in white.  The card was then coloured using “Pretty In Pink” Colour Cloud.  The butterflies were from an old birthday card and the silver oval was cut from the waste left over from some precut toppers (never waste anything if I can help it).  A few pearls completed the topper and a couple of blossom branches each side added the final touch.  I may eventually add a greeting at the bottom when I need this one as I am putting it in the box for me.7aNext is pretty steampunk style New Home card.  The little house is stamped with a new Woodware clear stamp called Build a Home. This is using the roof and just three of the many sections included in this stamp. The background is lightly stamped and embossed with sea foam clocks and they covered with three pastel colour clouds.6

Using another Woodware clear stamp called Daisy Bird.  The card was just a piece of speckled mint colour card I had in stock and I just folded it in half to make a C5 card base.  A plain white frame and a piece of embossed which was lightly rubbed over with Versa Magic in “Aquatic Splash” to make the mat.  Stamped image is coloured using paper pieces and painted with distress inks.1This was a quick and easy one using an embossing folder and stamp set that came free in a recent magazine buy (I only buy a mag if I think the freebie is worth the money – then treat the mag as the freebie lol).  The bottom used part of the embossing folder and the stamp at the top is onto the middle section of the folder.  The stamps, both sentiment and butterflies were with the set.  The butterfly is an old topper from my stash.3Using another sentiment and different butterflies from the freebie set, and my Sue Wilson – Heraldic Square, cutting die.  A bit of ribbon and some pearls to embellish – this was another quick and easy one.9Lastly, using the Swiss background die from Sue Wilson.  Each layer was cut as a single piece and then using double sided tape behind the fretwork and adding a pale peachy/pink  glitter to the top of it then mounting each layer, a few gems and some silk flowers to finish it.  The difference in colour between the three layers is unfortunately not a trick of the camera, if does actually look like this, though I have no idea why as the same tape and the same glitter were used on each one.

This does seem a rather long post, though its only six card, so if I have bored the pants of you I apologise – not –  (its your own fault I warned you not to read if you were not interested in card making ha ha.

I hope to have some more cards to share next weekend as unfortunately with doing both pieces of present stitching for the SAL you will only see these every three weeks until at least on of them is finished. Mind I am hoping it will not take too long to get my first happy dance of the year.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read.  Please leave a comment if you have a minute as I love to hear from you.






About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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7 Responses to My first cards of 2018.

  1. Lovely cards! Personally i love blogs that cover more than one craft, i’m interested in all creative persuits so i’m glad you’re sticking to one!

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    • Thank you. I too love ones that cover both but most of the friends who read this one just stitch so I was never sure. However I shall not be offended if they only read the bits that interest them so I think I shall just stick to this.


      • Thanks for your comment on my blog. I live pretty much in Nottingham City Centre so we are quite close! I think a lot of people that read blogs for one kind of craft still enjoy seeing other crafts covered, it’s all inspiration and who knows where an idea might come from!

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    Helen, I always love seeing your cards, no need for a second blog!

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  3. Kate says:

    Your cards are exquisite!


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