Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Hello from Sunny Hertfordshire!

My card for The Sketch File this week was made for the birthday of one of our nephews. and as I think it's often harder to make cards for the grown up nephews than it was when they were small (and it was hard enough then!) I chose to keep it simple with a stylish black, white and silver colour theme.

The starry background is stencilled in black ink
(Starry stencil - Memory Box)
Die cut Black and Silver squares, with the silver one trimmed down slightly for a narrower border
(Nested Squares die set - Tonic)
White rectangular panel is embossed with stars
(Stars embossing folder - Cuttlebug)
Black and Silver stars are die cut, some are solid shapes, others "open", created by taping one die inside the other evenly before cutting
(Nested Stars die set - Die'Namics)
HAPPT letters, die cut 3 times in black and adhered on top of each other, then once in 
white for the top layer
(set of HAPPY letters in different fonts - Memory Box)
"Birthday" is pc generated; printed in black ink on white card

Here's the sketch
I like the way this one went together, and I think it may be popping up again soon!  I wonder how many times I can get away with it though?
Hope you like it, and also hope you are inspired enough to come and join in with us this time on The Sketch File

Today's London photos are of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

My, it was such a busy day, the whole area was packed! 
We were lucky enough to be on the embankment when the bridge was opened to let a big ship through - unfortunately it was one of those ugly cruise ships rather than a pretty "tall" ship, but you can't have it all, and it was good to see it go as it had been hogging the view over the river as it was moored alongside HMS Belfast! Hubby took this photo, managing not only to get just a tiny glimpse of said ugly boat on the other side of the bridge, but also no hint of the number of excited people there were taking photos!
Finally a couple of evening shots - just so pretty!

Thanks for looking, please leave a comment!


KarinsArtScrap said...

fantastic and great card Kathy and fab pictures
Gr Karin

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your card is fantastic I love the design you have used. I love your London photos they bring back lots of happy memories. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Cathy Clowes said...

Wow,stunning card Kathy. The star theme is great for male cards and I love all the ways you've added them. Great photos too. Cathy x

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Kathy, loving your card and great interpretation of the sketch. Great photographs too!
Linda xxx

Avril Watson said...

Perfect card for your nephew Kathy, have to agree with you, that any male cards are in actual fact, a chore, to make, LOL..Beautiful picture of London, not been there for years, hugs xxx

Brawny said...

I just love this design Kathy. May have to steal it for a male card I need to make x

Andree said...

A fabulous card Kathy and a great design for those difficult male cards. Lovely photos of London xx

Janet Packer said...

Great card Kathy - love it's contemporary design and limited colour palette. Thanks for info on the sketch challenge too , I'll have to check that out.

Laine said...

A stunning card Kathy and such lovely photographs.

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Gorgeous birthday card and lovely photos of London.