75th Birthday card for Lois

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My good friend, Lois, whom I like to think of as a sister I chose for myself, just celebrated her 75th birthday. Because we live hundreds of miles from each other, we weren’t able to be together to celebrate her big day. So, I did the next best thing (as all card-makers do), I made her a special birthday card.

This gorgeous cupcake image is by Vanilla Arts Co. I just discovered them a couple of weeks ago and I am in love with their images…but, I digress.

I decided to make an easel card so that Lois could stand it up easily on a table or shelf. The best part of making this card was, as always, colouring it with my Copic Markers. Here are some photos of the finished card…

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Isn’t this a beautiful image? It was such a delight to colour.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a view of the card in the easel position.

 

 

 

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Here is the card opened to display the inside messages.

As it happens, Lois is in the process of making some big life changes and I wanted the messages in my card to be encouraging to her as she works through the decision-making process. I just know that this coming year is going to be fantastic for her!

So, that’s it for this time. I hope this inspires you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Until next time, happy card-making, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

Gloria

Vintage truck birthday card

Happy Birthday to my amazing husband!

My husband, Peter, is passionate about golf, technology and food. So, of course, the themes of the birthday and Father’s Day cards I have made for him over the years have always been based on one of his passions. But, there’s a limit to how many golf cards one can make. I just had to come up with a new theme for this year’s birthday card, so after much thought, I decided to go with a vintage theme. Peter would take a country cottage or a log cabin over a modern house, any day. Here’s what I came up with…

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I coloured this vintage truck with my Copic markers and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I did a “fussy cut” on it and used pop-ups to give the cards some depth and to put more focus on the truck. I created the background in soft, muted pastels to ensure the spotlight stayed on the truck. To the right, I added a post with directions signs on it and superimposed the words, love, happiness, joy, devotion and companionship. A touch of my brown ink pad further enhanced the vintage-distressed look I was going for.

After the whole background was coloured, I ran it through my Cuttlebug, using the Sizzix embossing folder, “Square Lattice.” It such a neat effect!

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Here is a close-up of the little cottage.

 

 

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And, here is a closer look at the direction sign, with its special messages.

So, that’s it for now. I have lots more cards to post…as soon as I send them to the recipients. LOL!

I hope I have inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thank you for visiting Globug Ideas. I hope you will drop in again soon.

Happy crafting…and, remember to let your imagination run wild.

Gloria

 

Pretty Peony Card

Pretty Peonies Birthday Card

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I think everyone loves the sweet scent of peonies. Their delicate petals and pastel colours are one of spring’s special gifts.

These pretty peonies are by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. Just as a note, I’m not, in any way, affiliated with Power Poppy or Marcella Hawley, I just thought I’d include the link so you can visit her site and browse through the beautiful floral digis.

Julie, July 30, 2016.jpg--CU of cupI really enjoyed making this birthday card for my dear friend, Julie. As always, I coloured it with my Copic markers and then added shine and dimension to the cups with 3-D Crystal Lacquer. I tried to capture it on the striped mug, but I just couldn’t get the right lighting. I think you can see the shine and 3-D effect quite clearly on the polka dot tea cup. Isn’t it pretty?

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I hope my Pretty Peony card inspires you to create a sweet floral card for your someone special.

Thanks, so much for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

 

Happy crafting, happy colouring, happy everything!

Gloria

A Quick and Simple Birthday Card

Happy 80th Birthday!

A lovely friend of the family turned 80 years young earlier this year. I made her a quick and simple–but very pretty–birthday card. I used my Cuttlebug to add some pretty embossing and then added my signature sparkle glue to give it some shimmer and shine.

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A small strip of floral card stock on the bottom, with a dash of sparkle glue, provided a nice balance to the white top. The word “celebrate” in a pretty font completed this quick and easy card.

Here’s the inside…

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As usual, I forgot to take the photo before we signed the card. Oh, well, I’m sure Shirley wouldn’t mind!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will pop in again, soon!

Gloria

Birthday Card for a Couple of Great Golfers!

The lovely couple on the front of this “magazine cover” are is happily married and they are both celebrating their 60th birthday this summer. I was asked to make a special birthday card for them that would make reference to their birth year–1955–and the fact that they are great golfers. Here’s what I created…Card Front

…and the inside panels…first the left side, with some fun highlights of 1955.

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…and the right side…

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…and, last, but so important, the custom envelope…

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As you can see, I designed and created the card entirely on my computer using CorelDraw 13. It was a real departure from my usual cards, which typically make using my Silhouette Cameo, digital images and my Copic markers. It was fun and my customer was very pleased with the final product.

I hope this inspired you to create a unique card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, for dropping by, and happy crafting!!!

Gloria