Sunday, 24 July 2016

Tealights Gift Box

Sam over at Pootles is an amazing crafter who makes beautiful projects.  Sam,very helpfully, also has a YouTube channel where she shares papercrafting videos.  There are so many to watch and be inspired by!  Sam makes a lot of boxes and other packaging projects and I particularly loved the tealights box she shared in this blog post.  I went shopping for appropriate tealights and found some where I work - Wilko - which come in a variety of fragrances and colours.  I just had to get the Tropical Passion Fruit and Blueberry scented tealights 'cos they're a match for Pool Party!

I used Pool Party CS and 'Birthday Bouquet' DSP to make my box and opted not to have an opening in the lid.  I sponged all the edges of the box and DSP with Pool Party ink using a sponge dauber.  I wrapped sparkly Pool Party ribbon around the box and tied a bow.  I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink, cut that out with a 1 1/4" circle punch, daubed the edge with Old Olive ink, punched a Pool Party 1 1/2" circle, daubed the edge with Pool Party ink and popped that up onto a 1 3/4" Old Olive scalloped circle that I'd edged with Old Olive ink.  I then popped up the sentiment element by placing a Dimensional at the top and bottom of the circle so that the ribbon can be released easily when the bow is untied.

Here's a closer view of the top of the box.

Here's the box open showing the 12 tealights inside.  I used a circle punch to cut a semi circle out of the front flap to make the box easier to open.

Unfortunately, I'd made a mistake with a friend's SU! order and so I gave this to her by way of an apologetic peace offering!  I also bought some Wild Lavender and Rose scented tealights which are pale pink so I'll make a box for a dozen of those in the next few days.  Huge thanks to Sam for sharing and inspiring!

Stamps: SU! 'Best Yet' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Birthday Bouquet' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Pool Party &amp Old Olive
Tools: SU! Simply Scored, various circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Poinsettia Joyful Christmas Wishes Gap Card

This is the third Christmas gap card I've made this week.  Jan came round yesterday to make one and I'd made a bet with myself that out of the three cards I'd designed Jan would choose to make the poinsettia card - and I was right!

I made a Cherry Cobbler 5 3/4" card base and the plaid paper is from the SU! 'Merry Moments' DSP pack.  Jan opted to use a lighter plaid patterned paper on her card.  I stamped the 'Joyful Christmas Wishes' sentiment on the inside white panel in Mossy Meadow ink.  The poinsettia was made with the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Shaded Poinsettia' stamp set and the 'Classic Poinsettia' die set.  I stamped the poinsettia flowers and leaves on Whisper White CS using Cherry Cobbler ink for the flowers and Mossy Meadow ink for the leaves - I stamped three of the larger and three of the smaller flower shapes.  I applied Spun Sugar Distress Ink to the flowers and Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the leaves using ink duster brushes.  I die cut the shapes and inked the edges of the flowers with Cherry Cobbler ink and the leaves with Mossy Meadow ink using sponge daubers.  I die cut two Cross Stitched Frame rectangles, attached the six stacked flower layers together with a gold brad, fluffed up the layers a wee bit, glued the leaves down and popped up the flower.  I added a strip of Cherry Cobbler ribbon to the bottom of the card and glued a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper over the top.  A sprinkling of red metallic nailheads completed the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I glued a strip of the plaid paper to the inside of the card at the bottom, added a line drawn with a Cherry Cobbler marker pen and stamped the sentiment.  For the envelope front I matted a strip of paper onto Cherry Cobbler CS, glued the strip in place and popped up the die cut name label.  Jan chose to decorate her envelope with a couple of poinsettias instead which looked lovely.

Stamps: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Shaded Poinsettia' set, sentiments from SU! 'Joyful Christmas' set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White, SU! Gold Glimmer Paper

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Moments' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Mossy Meadow, Ranger Tim Holtz Spun Sugar & Peeled Paint Distress Inks
Tools: Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Classic Poinsettia' die set, Memory Box 'Cross Stitched Frame Border' die set, Spellbinders 'Grommet Tags' die set,  Inkylicious ink duster brushes, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: red & gold metallic nailheads, gold brad, SU! Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Snowflake Merriest Wishes Gap Card

I'm getting in as much crafty time as I can this week as I'm on holiday from work!  I thought I'd enter into a Christmas card challenge as it's been ages since I've done that.  There's a snowflakes theme challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges and I'm entering this snowflake gap card.  This card was made on one of the hottest days of the year, I hoped working with snowflakes would take my mind off the heat!

This card measures 5 3/4" square and I used SU! Bermuda Bay CS for the card base and the snowflake paper is from the SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP pack.  I cut a 2" wide gap 1 1/2" from the top of the card.  I used Bermuda bay ink for the larger snowflake and Night of Navy ink for the smaller one.  I stamped and fussy cut the small hexagonal piece and glued it in the centre.  I popped up both the larger and smaller snowflakes and some rhinestone jewels completed the card front.

Here's a side view of the gap card.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the snowflakes in stamped off once Bermuda Bay ink and stamped the sentiments in Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp the snowflakes repeatedly to form the border at the bottom.   A stamped and die cut snowflake decorates the envelope flap.

Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry' set, Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set, PSX 'Snowflake Medley'
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Festive Flurry' Framelits dies, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Ornament Noel Gap Card

This week Jan is coming over one afternoon for a crafty play and she'd like to make a Christmas gap card.  I'm hoping to make a few designs before our get together - to give Jan more choice and to add a few Christmas cards to the stash!  This design features the beautiful SU! 'Embellished Ornaments' set and the 'Season of Cheer' patterned paper.

The A6 sized card base was made with Cherry Cobbler CS and I cut a 2" gap 1 1/4" from the top of the card.  I glued a panel of white CS inside the card and stamped the sentiment.  I stamped and die cut the ornament elements and added a separately stamped and fussy cut poinsettia.  I used an inverted corner rounder punch on the white panel and glued that to the Old Olive mat layer.  I added a gold cord bow to the ornament hanger, popped the ornament up and sprinkled on a few rhinestone jewels.

Here's a side view of the card.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the holly using Old Olive ink and went over the berries with a Cherry Cobbler marker pen.  The envelope flap was simply decorated with the pretty holly paper.

Stamps: SU! 'Embellished Ornaments' set, Hero Arts 'Noel'
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler
Tools: SU! 'Delicate Ornament' Thinlits dies, Woodware inverted corner rounder punch
Embellishments & accessories: gold cord, SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Balloon & Clouds Birthday Card

New SU! goodies were awaiting me when I arrived home from work a few days ago and as it was the afternoon I had some time to head straight to my craft room and get inky!  I decided to make a quick and simple card using the 'Celebrate Today' stamp set and matching Framelits dies.  

The Pool Party card measures 5 1/4" square.  I lightly sponged the white square with Pool Party ink, edged it with Island Indigo ink and stamped the hot air balloon basket and the sentiment.  I then stamped and die cut the balloon, snipped off the knot at the bottom so that it looks like a hot air balloon rather than a party balloon and inked the edges with Island Indigo ink.  I used the SU! 'Sprinkles of Life' stamp set and matching 'Tree Builder' punch to create some clouds - perfect to go with a hot air balloon, I love it when different items work so well together!  I sponged the clouds with Pool Party ink, edged each one with Island Indigo ink, glued two shapes in place and popped up the third cloud.  I popped up the balloon and added silver Candi Dot embellishments to finish the front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the bunting stamp from the 'Celebrate Today' set to decorate the inside and the envelope flap.  D'oh - forgot to ink the edges of the white panel!

Stamps: SU! 'Celebrate Today' & 'Sprinkles of Life' sets, Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Island Indigo
Tools: SU! 'Balloon' Framelits dies, SU! 'Tree Builder' punch
Embellishments & accessories: Craftwork Cards Regal Silver Candi Dots, SU! Dimensionals

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Magnolia Bloom Happy Birthday Card

After making THESE CARDS I said I'd have a go at fussy cutting the leafy stem from the Clearly Besotted Magnolia Blooms stamp set.  Well, I did it - hmmm, quite fiddly but not TOO bad!

My vibrant colour combo is Emerald Envy and Melon Mambo.  The card measures 5 1/4" square and I used a stitched square die to cut my white layer.  I stamped and cut the flower twice so I could fussy cut the smaller part of the flower and pop it up over the larger fussy cut flower.  Once I'd done that I popped up the whole flower.  To finish the card front I sprinkled on a few rhinestone jewels.

Here's the inside and the envelope with simple stamping.  I do love that leafy vine image!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted 'Magnolia Blooms' set, Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' set
CS: SU! Emerald Envy & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Emerald Envy & Melon Mambo
Tools: Memory Box 'Stitched Square Layers' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Coral & Navy Roses Birthday Card

While the Euro football tournament was on I spent a lot of time in my craft room, some of the time was spent using my two step stamping sets. This is the last of those cards featuring a firm favourite - the absolutely gorgeous SU! 'Stippled Blossoms' set.

Inspiration can be found everywhere!  I work in a busy shop which means I see a lot of people during a shift.  I'm sometimes struck by the pretty clothes the ladies wear and think how I could incorporate the designs and/or colour combos into my card designs.  Just recently a lady was wearing a beautiful, floral, summer dress in shades of coral and navy - very eyecatching - and I resolved to make a floral card using those colours.  The patterned paper is from the SU! 'Floral Boutique' DSP pack and I added a Calypso Coral Grosgrain Ribbon die cut strip above the paper.  I stamped the solid flowers in Peekaboo Peach ink (stamped off once) and the outline flowers in full strength Calypso Coral ink.  For the solid leaves I used Dapper Denim ink (stamped off three times) and full strength Night of Navy ink for the outline leaves.  I stamped the sentiment and then fussy cut the flowers and leaves.  I arranged the images, popping up the large rose and one of the smaller roses.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I'm not generally a fan of orange but I can make an exception with Calypso Coral and I love how it looks with Night of Navy!

The Euro football tournament is over but I'm planning to schedule dedicated crafting time so I get a regular fix of inky therapy!  I'd like to start making some Christmas cards - it's never too early to be prepared with those!

Stamps: SU! 'Stippled Blossoms' & 'Butterfly Basics' sets
CS: SU! Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Floral Boutique' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim & Night of Navy
Tools: Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

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