Thursday 7 April 2022


Stamps: SU! 'Positive Thoughts', 'Fancy Phrases' & 'Lots of Happy' sets
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, Magenta Madness & Basic White
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz
Tools: SU! 'Butterfly Duet' punch, 'Stitched Shapes' & 'Stitched So Sweetly' die sets, Crop-A-Dile, X Cut 3/8" circle punch
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday 2 March 2022

Two Spring Birdsong Birdhouse Shaped Cards

The Hunkydory 'Spring Birdsong Concept Card Kit' was a total impulse buy!  I saw very pretty birdhouse shaped cards in the shop window, adored them and immediately went in and bought the kit!  I headed into my craft room on Thursday evening and made two cards ready to give to Lesley and Wendy on Saturday.  They loved the cards and kit too!

Here are both cards.

Here's one card.

Here's the card with the round door flap opened.

Here's the card opened so you can see inside.

Here's the next card.

Here's the card with the door flap open.

Here's the card open showing the inside.

The kit comes with everything you need to create eight cards - apart from adhesive.  Envelopes are included too, I left those plain.  I love stamping and die cutting to create cards but working with a card kit sometimes makes a lovely change.  It was fun and very relaxing!  


Monday 28 February 2022

Flowering Vine Congratulations Card

The SU! 'Vine Design' stamp set and 'Flowering Vine' die set have been in my stash for quite a while and I finally got round to using them for an engagement congratulations card!  Here's the card and envelope together.

I used pretty paper from the 'Expressions in Ink' DSP pack, Polished Pink CS, white CS and a touch of gold foil.  I used a Foam Adhesive Sheet when I die cut the floral oval shape so that it was dimensional.  The sentiment label is popped up on dimensionals.  I die cut several gold foil hearts using a die from the 'Mini Treat Bag' die set and glued three to the white panel.  I added a few Polished Pink jewels to finish off the front.

Here's the inside of the card.  I die cut the circle floral die in Polished Pink CS.  The sentiment is from the 'Forever Fern' stamp set.

Here's the envelope.  I covered the flap with a piece of patterned paper, used a die from the 'Basic Borders' set to create a fancy edge, punched a gold foil circle and popped up the heart die cut element which is from the 'Wreath Builder' die set.

Stamps: SU! 'Vine Design' & 'Forever Fern' sets
CS: SU! Polished Pink & Basic White, Gold Foil Sheet
Patterned paper: SU! 'Expressions in Ink' DSP
Ink: SU! Polished Pink
Tools: SU! 'Flowering Vine', 'Basic Borders' & 'Mini Treat Bag' die sets, Claina Palmer 'A6 Double Stitched Nested Dies' set, SU! 1 1/2" circle punch
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels, Adhesive Foam Sheet & Dimensionals


Sunday 27 February 2022

Bird Best Wishes Diorama/Shadow Box Card

I made this shadow box card last year and Lesley asked me to include it as a project for her and Wendy to make on one of our crafty get togethers.  I decided on a couple of design tweaks for this version of the card, just to mix things up a bit!  Here's the card and envelope together.

I used Just Jade CS for the card base and used the fancy circle die in the 'Birds & More' die set to cut an aperture from the card front.  I used two circle dies to create an Early Espresso CS frame to surround the aperture.  I stamped the 'best wishes' (from the Artistically Inked' stamp set) in Soft Suede ink, cut the label out using the 'Messages' die and I used the same die to cut out a Polished Pink shape to sit behind the white label.  

For the white layer inside the card, I used Soft Suede and Just Jade inks to stamp a background of branches and leaves.  I used three stamps for the bird, stamping first in Daffodil Delight ink, the second stamp was stamped in Soft Suede ink and the third stamp - the wing detail - was also stamped in Soft Suede ink.  I popped up the bird, stamped and die cut several Polished Pink flowers and  popped those up.  A gold Metallic Pearl was placed in the centre of each flower to finish the card front.

Here's a closer look through the aperture.  The Stampin' Up! 'Distinktive' style stamps are amazing, you get such great detail especially on the multi step stamped images!

Here's the back of the card with some Polished Pink flowers stamped on a white panel.

Here's the envelope.  I die cut the leafy border in Just Jade CS and glued a strip of Polished Pink CS next to it.

I have instructions on how to make a shadow box card on my Tutorials page.

Stamps: SU! ''Birds & Branches' & 'Artistically Inked' sets
CS: SU! Early Espresso, Just Jade, Polished Pink & Basic White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Just Jade, Polished Pink & Soft Suede 
Tools: SU! 'Birds & More' die set, 'Messages' die, Nestabilities circle dies
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! gold 'Metallic Pearls', Dimensionals


Saturday 26 February 2022

Masked Floral Cluster Birthday Card & Two Floral Gift Envelopes

The SU! 'Butterflies & Flowers' Layering Decorative Masks really intrigued me when I saw them in the January June 2022 Mini Catalogue and I was eager to try them.  I thought they'd be great to use as a project for Lesley and Wendy too so I made this card for them to make today when they visited me..  Wow, what a fabulous end result when you layer stencils using different ink colours, you achieve a beautiful depth - really impressive!  Here's my card and envelope together.

Dena Rekow from the Creativity Cave has this wonderful 'Cool Techniques with Stencils (Decorative Masks) YouTube video which totally inspired me.  I created my flower cluster first using the masks, blending brushes and Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green inks. I trimmed the white panel to size and used a curved die from the 'Basic Borders' die set to add interest to the bottom of the panel.  Although I'd added Flirty Flamingo ink to my masked flowers the CS didn't seem a good match when I came to place the mat layer on the Pale Papaya card base.  I decided to use Calypso Coral CS instead as that was a much better match.  I dry embossed the Coral panel using the mask, added some Granny Apple Green ribbon and glued the panel to the card base.  I popped up the white panel and the sentiment circle.  As a finishing touch I added Calypso Coral 'Artistry Blooms' sequins to the flower centres.

Here's a closer look at the floral cluster - so very pretty!

I used the same technique to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.  I positioned the floral background mask, placed a piece of paper with a torn edge and applied Pale Papaya and Flirty Flamingo inks using blending brushes.  Here's the inside of the card.

Here's the envelope.

I treated Lesley and Wendy to a packet of Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels and I wanted to package them nicely.  I made floral envelopes using paper from the 'Flower & Field' DSP pack, added tags made with the 'Tailor Made Tags' die set and tied the envelopes closed with wide Shaded Spruce ribbon.

Here's just one envelope.  The colour combo is Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Shaded Spruce along with black and white.

Here's a closer look at the tag.  I used stamps from the SU! 'To a Wild Rose' stamp set for the flowers.  The sentiment comes from the 'Fancy Phrases' set. I added Shaded Spruce Holiday Rhinestone jewels as a finishing touch.

Supplies for birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Peaceful Moments' & 'Happiest of Birthdays' sets
CS: SU! Calypso Coral, Pale Papaya & Basic White
Ink: SU! Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green & Pale Papaya
Tools: SU! 'Butterflies & Flowers' Layering Decorative Masks, 'Basic Borders' die set, circle punches, blending brushes
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon, 'Artistry Blooms' sequins, Dimensionals

Supplies for floral envelopes:

Stamps: SU! 'To a Wild Rose' & 'Fancy Phrases' sets
CS: SU! Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray & Basic White
Patterned paper: SU! 'Flower & Field' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray & Shaded Spruce
Tools: SU! 'Tailor Made Tags' die set
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! wide Shaded Spruce ribbon, white baker's twine, Holiday Rhinestones & Dimensionals


Wednesday 16 February 2022

Butterflies Hello Teepee Card

Kelly Acheson shared a teepee card fun fold card on this video and I've not made one before so I was keen to give it a go.  I tweaked the measurements slightly - I cut three squares of Basic White CS at 4 1/8" square and cut two pieces of patterned paper at 3 7/8" square.  The small triangular pieces I left the same, cutting two 1 1/2" squares.

 I've used the SU! 'Butterflies and Flowers' Layering Decorative Masks to create the butterfly.  I was really intrigued by these when I saw them in the January to June Mini Catalogue and had to get them.  Dena Rekow from the Creativity Cave has this wonderful video showing how she used some of the flower masks.  I tried those first and found the flowers easier to work with than the butterfly - only because I made it hard for myself by making the butterfly body a different colour to the wings!  Honestly, that's too much of a faff and I won't be doing that again!

Here's the card and envelope together.

Here's the card.  A teepee card is easy to put together, it's a case of scoring the three white squares in half diagonally, gluing those pieces together to form the card base and decorating with patterned paper squares you've cut in half diagonally.  Once I'd done that I started on the butterfly.  

Using Post It notes I masked off the wings on the background mask and applied Soft Suede ink to the body and antennae.  It did take me a few attempts to mask off thoroughly and not get brown ink where I didn't want it!  As I said, I won't be doing that again!  Then I masked that part off and applied Mint Macaron ink to the wings.  I placed the detail mask over the top and applied Bermuda Bay and Misty Moonlight inks.  I fussy cut the butterfly and applied Wink of Stella to the wings.  I glued the left wing in place and popped up the sentiment strip.  I added some Brushed Brass Butterflies as a finishing touch.

Here's  another view of the card on display.  My card is held in place with two small magnets but Kelly used small velcro dots.  I have a few slim, small magnets left but I'm going to see if I can find some slim velcro dots.  I have some velcro circle dots but they're too big and bulky.

Here's the card laid flat.  I covered both of my magnets with a patterned paper punched circle.  You'll see the second magnet on the next photo.

Here's the card laid flat flipped over.  I applied some pretty pink watercolour wash paper inside and that's where I'll write my message. 

The teepee card folds flat to go inside an envelope.  You have to be very careful positioning any elements, you don't want elements hanging off the edge as you want the card to fit inside an envelope.  I kept checking against the envelope before committing to gluing down the butterfly!

Here's the envelope with some pretty butterflies paper covering the flap.

Stamps: SU! 'Blossoms in Bloom' set
CS: SU! Thick Basic White
Patterned paper: SU! 'Butterfly Bijou' 6" x 6" DSP, MFT 'Watercolor Wash' 6" x 6" paper
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight & Soft Suede 
Tools: SU! 'Butterflies & Flowers' Layering Decorative Masks, 'Messages' die, paper trimmer with scoring blade, blending brushes, circle punch
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! Brushed Brass Butterflies, clear Wink of Stella pen, Dimensionals


Monday 14 February 2022

Sending You Sunshine Card

Well, a card with a cheery, smiley sunshine is guaranteed to brighten someone's day I reckon!  I made a thanks card like this a while ago but gave it away before I took photos.  I liked making the card so much I decided to create another 'just because' type card using the same colours and layout.  Here's the card and envelope together.

Here's the card.  I cut cloud borders at the top and bottom of a strip of Basic White CS, stamped the sentiment, glued some Calypso Coral gingham paper to a mat layer of Basic Black CS, glued the cloud border to the mat layer and then glued the whole thing to a Daffodil Delight card base.  I used sponge daubers to apply ink to the edges of the clouds and sun pieces and I popped up the clouds

Here's a close up of the sunshine, it's very shimmery in real life as it's liberally covered with Wink of Stella. I popped up the sun face onto a Mango Melody CS circle, glued that to the outer sun circle and popped that up.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope decorated with that oh, so cheerful gingham paper!

Stamps: SU! 'Sending Sunshine' & 'Sharing Sunshine' sets
CS: SU! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody & Basic White
Patterned paper: Calypso Coral gingham paper from a retired 'Subtles' 6" x 6" DSP pack
Ink: SU! Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Basic Borders' die set, circle punches, Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds' & Poppy Stamps 'Fancy Clouds' die sets, sponge daubers
Embellishments & Accessories: SU! clear Wink of Stella pen, Dimensionals


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