A couple of January Birthdays

I had a couple of early January birthdays and even managed to get the cards out on time! That's a good start to the new year - long may it last!!!

The first was card is for a friend, mostly in white with a touch of colour.

The base card is Pear Pizzazz, the other pop of colour is Gorgeous Grape which I've used for the sentiment and is also the colour or the smart striped ribbon. I've used 2 brand new sets of dies - Stitched Rectangles to make the 'frame' and a die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits (available individually or as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set) to create the central 'pinpricked' image. The sentiment is from the matching stamp set - Needle & Thread. 
Leaves cut from Pear Pizzazz and vellum using the leaf punch, along with the sentiment and a few pearls, complete the front of this card.
I've used the same framelit die on the inside of the card and also on the envelope.

My second card was for my son and will also be featured in my upcoming Garage Gears class.
It's a bridge card and features a couple of stamps from the bundle and a couple of dies in addition to the matching DSP. It’s taken me ages to get round to making a card with this easy type of fold. I was pleased with the finished card, which I had initially thought was a little small in size.

I used the Geared Up Garage Bundle to create this card. This was my favourite bundle (Geared Up garage stamp set & Garage Gears Thinlits dies) in the new catalogue, I knew I wanted it straight away. The items are also available separate but it's 'no-brainer' to buy as a bundle and get an extra 10% off!  The paper also coordinates and is part of the suite. Called Classic Garage DSP it's an absolute steal at £10.25 for 48 6"x6" pieces of double sided patterned paper - yes, I did say 48!
As you can see on the side panels (above and below), I die cut lots of gear shapes from Whisper White using the largest die in the set and stuck them onto a Whisper White background. This gives texture and dimension without being over busy.

Finally the card was coloured using Stampin' Blends then coated in a layer of Fine Tip Glue and left overnight to dry. This gives a high gloss finish and more texture to the overall card.

I'm really pleased with the end result and my son loved it too!
Wish I'd tried this card fold sooner.
It's begun to snow here and it's cold outside, stay warm and maybe get some crafting done this week if you can. Bad weather is a great excuse to stay inside and create!
Have a good week,