Friday, 24 January 2014

Circle Card Crazy

Birthday card with circles

Look what my lovely son gave me for Christmas:
A 2" and a 1" circle punch!
Now that it's easy peasy for me, I've been a bit circle card crazy over the last week or two! It's such a great way to use up scrappy little bits of lovely paper that you just can't bear to throw away.
card with circles
birthday card with circles
This is a large 8" x 8" card blank. I used my two lovely new circle punches, and a couple of flowers and a butterfly punch that I already had. I just punched out a load of shapes then layered them up and added a few gems. The little writing banner is just made on the computer in word. It's a banner autoshapes with a text box on top, printed on card, cut out carefully and attached with foam pads.


birthday card with circles
For these I cut card just a little bit smaller than the base card and punched circles from it. The one of the left I stuck patterned paper on the base card. For the one on the right I glued the patterned paper to the smaller top piece BEFORE punching the circles. The top layer is attached with foam pads to lift it a bit. The words are a stamp.


birthday cards with circles
On the left, just little polka dot (love polka dot!) circles, mounted on white then yellow. The writing is a stamp that came free with a magazine. On the right is a load of circles and stars, the writing was just printed on the computer. Some of the larger circles have smaller circles or stars ones punched out of them. 


birthday card with circles
I just went to town using up scraps here, I think it's pretty self explanatory! I raided my stash of little bits recovered from old cards (flowers,buttons etc)


birthday card with circles
birthday card with circles
My favourite thing about having my lovely new punches is the fact I can print some words on the computer then, with the punch upside down, I can now properly position the writing where I want it. Whoop Whoop! I cut the brown paper to size, then added the circles and attached the embroidery thread and word circle before sticking it all down to the base card. I prefer this method so the thread is not inside the card, even though it is a bit lumpy and therefore tricky to glue down.


birthday card with circles
birthday card with circles
All this coloured paper is just old envelopes. I keep all coloured envelopes that come through the door as they are such a great supply of lovely coloured paper. They are just kept in another large envelope but in rainbow order so I can find what I'm looking for. The tiny circles are just from a hole punch.


birthday card with circles
birthday card with circles
This is also pretty self explanatory, the bottom photo is terrible, but it does show the inside and cut outs on the front, which you can't really see in the other photo. I think when I write this card I'll follow round the circles inside with the message in a wiggly line of writing.

I have a pinterest board "Card Ideas" here and I've been collecting images of cards with circles for a while now (along with non-circle ones too) - do have a look for more inspiration if you like making cards.

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Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

13 comments:

  1. Oh my, I admire your creativity! I love how you used the different circle shapes in different colors and texture....wonderful use of the circle punches! Great job on the pretty cards! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy Sunday! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy, I am really pleased with my new punches, it's nice to have tools which are really versatile.

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  2. Just fabulous! I love how simple the idea is but how effective it is too - the mark of good design, I think. I especially love those polka dots!!

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    1. I do have a bit of a thing for polka dots! I like them on pretty much anything!

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  3. Your cards are wonderful! What a simple idea yet so effective. Thanks for sharing x

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  4. I think this is pretty cool. I pinned it for later so I can try it one day :) Thanks for sharing it with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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  5. Really fabulous cards, its a great stash buster. I love the cards with the circular apertures the best.

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    1. Thanks Lucy, I love finding a way to use those little bits that I can't bear to chuck away, I have envelopes full of scraps!

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  6. I definitely need to get these circle punches! I used to make cards all the time (before I had my babies) but these are so simple and cute, I could pull them off even with kids! Definitely pinned this one.

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    1. Ah yes Julie, what you can craft and when changes when you have little ones doesn't it!
      I would also recommend a lamp with a daylight bulb if you have little kids as most of your crafting will be in the evenings when they are (finally) asleep, and normal bulbs really distort colours. I made quite a few cards that looked great until the morning when daylight showed the papers didn't match like I thought they did!
      And don't worry, soon enough they grow up and don't need you so much, then you get a little bit of time back for stuff you want to do!

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  7. I've wanted to get one (or two) of these for a while now. These are some great ideas. I may have to get them. Time to look for some sales! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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  8. Stopping by from The party bunch and I LOVE these cards!!!

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  9. If I had that I would be going circle crazy too! Your cards are so cute! I love the design and the layouts. Thanks so much for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

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