Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems May Blog Hop - Something For The Men

Hello again, long time no see.  I have been really, really, negligent with my blog, but what can I say! Sometimes life just gets in the way, not to mention spending a month in the Canaries at the beginning of the year, plus two weeks of Jury service.  It's been quite a hectic few months, and I have to get back into some sort of blogging routine, so I'll make a start now with the latest Jems' Blog hop,
 and I hope that you enjoy hopping round and seeing the rest of the teams' makes. 
 I am sure that, like me, you find mens' cards more difficult to design,
 so hopefully you will find inspiration by taking a tour of this blog hop.
So without further ado, here are my offerings. 

The colour combination for this card is a preview of two of the new In Colours
Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.
The de-bossed (rather than embossed) "celebrate" sentiment uses one of the 
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders, then this is stamped on top with 
one of the "You've Got This" stamps.
The background is created using one of the stamps from "Balloon Adventures"
as is the "It's your birthday" sentiment, the balloon and string.
The stars are from the Brights Sequins Assortment.

The colour combo of this card is simply Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist
(which is fast becoming one of my favourites, so you may well see it featured again!!)
The sentiment uses the Happy Birthday Thinlits die which will be available to purchase
 from the new Annual Catalogue on the 1st of June!
the bits of confetti have been made using the waste from the
 "Hang up your Stocking"  Thinlits die.
Balloons punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch. then the splatters stamped on
 using a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

This last card uses various shades of blues
(from left to right) Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Dapper denim, Pacific Point,
Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, stamped using one of the Work of Art stamps,
over the de-bossed Happy sentiment from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder set.
The word Birthday is stamped using the Stylized Birthday stamp 
and by just inking the word Birthday.
The subtle border is stamped using a Touches of Texture stamp with Soft Sky ink.
The sequin embellishments again are from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

Well now I do hope you will pop over to Linda's blog

Or maybe you want to pop back and recap on what Sarah has posted

Have a good day!  See you soon!


  1. Great ideas, thank you for sharing

  2. Lovely cards Kate! I can't wait to get my hands on the new in colours & the happy birthday thinlet! Thanks for the inspiration xx

  3. Great selection of cards Kate. Love the debossed first card!x

  4. Great cards Kate, given me some more ideas. Anne x

  5. Great cards Kate... I am loving Lemon Lime Twist... think you may see a lot of the new in colors from me... when my box arrives !!

  6. Hi Kate it is good to see you back. Your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. The embossing adds a fantastic touch to those cards. Great cards for men x

  8. Hi Kate, I LOVE the first card. Lemon Lime Twist is slowly becoming my favorite color. xx

  9. Great makes Kate, love the confetti idea ! x

  10. Fab makes! And that lemon lime twist packs a fabulous punch, it's going to become one of my faves :)

  11. These are gorgeous Kate! I hope you are keeping well.
    Linda xxx

  12. Wow cards Kate, love the new colours too

  13. Lovely cards, and thank you for using the new colours too. I especially love the blue one, though. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah L

  14. Wow the navy and lemon lime twist really pop. Great makes Kate. k x

  15. I've missed your posts Kate and glad to see you back with such fabulous cards. Cathy x

  16. Apologies for the delay Kate, love your makes x

  17. lovely cards Kate Thanks for sharing xx

  18. Beautiful cards, Kate. Great to see you back too.
    Em xoxox


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