Monday, 20 January 2020

Morning Glories Happy Birthday Card

Dena Rekow from the Creativity Cave ran an online 'Sale-A-Bration Celebration' event that I took part in.  It was really inspiring and a lot of fun too!  Dena set us a few games and challenges and one of them was a Scavenger Hunt.  Dena provided a list of items and we had to assemble them all and take a photo.  One of the items on the Scavenger Hunt list was 'a Stampin' Up! card that features, or the actual stamp set from 2004 or EARLIER'.  I included a stamp set released in 1999 in my photo - the 'Marvelous Morning Glory' stamp set.

I had quite a collection of SU! wood mounted two-step floral stamp sets, I really loved them.  Over the years I've purged lots from my stash but I still have a few and I chose the Morning Glory set.  I suggested on the event Facebook page that it would be a fun idea to make a card using the old stamp sets that we included in our photos. Well, I liked the idea so I made a card!

I was in the mood for a pink card and a Google search confirmed that pink Morning Glories actually exist so I was good to go!  My colour combo is Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White.  I applied a panel of gingham patterned paper to the front of the A6 sized card and I glued the Melon Mambo Stitched Rectangle die cut shape over the top at an angle.  I stamped the stem, curly tendril and sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White CS and then cut it out using a Stitched Rectangle die.  I then got busy with my two-step stamping and fussy cutting.  I glued on the leaves and flowers, popping up a couple of the flowers, added a loop of Granny Apple Green ribbon behind the panel and popped the whole panel up.  To complete the front I added a few rhinestone jewels.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I did a bit of masking with two sentiment stamps to get the sentiment I wanted for the inside.  The name label on the front of the envelope is popped up on Dimensionals.

It was great fun to combine this oldie but goodie stamp set with newer supplies and to give my neglected Stamp-A-Ma-Jig a workout!  I had such a happy time in my craft room making this card!

Stamps: SU! 'Marvelous Morning Glory' & 'Sending You Thoughts' sets
CS: SU! Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Gingham Gala' 6"x6" DSP stack
Ink: SU! Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo & Granny Apple Green
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Rectangles' die set, labels from Sizzix 'Card, Fancy Frame Flip-its #2' die set, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Friday, 17 January 2020

Merry Christmas Ornament Vellum Card

Every year I make a batch of Christmas gift tags to be used for the card group Secret Santa presents.  Some years I set homework by asking the ladies to make a card using their gift tag and I remembered this year!  Of course, I think it's only fair that I make a card with my tag!

Here's the gift tag.

I was inspired to make this 'card within a vellum card' after watching a YouTube video.  I like the idea a lot but I will say it takes quite a bit of card stock if you're fussy about covering up any adhesive - vellum being see through does present an adhesive visibility issue!

I made an A6 sized vellum card, made a smaller card using SU! Shaded Spruce CS and adhered that inside the vellum card.  I adhered a panel of patterned paper to the front of the Shaded Spruce card and decorated the front of the vellum card with the popped up ornament.  I made some slight alterations to my tag by adding on a few things - some extra red rhinestone jewels, a gold glitter ornament topper and some striped ribbon and sequin trim.

Here's a photo showing the 'card within a card' layout.

Here's the inside of the card with a stamped sentiment, patterned paper and a sprinkle of gold sequins.

Here's the back of the card with a panel of Shaded Spruce CS covering up the adhesive.

Here's the envelope where I simply covered the flap with the red patterned paper.

I was very happy to see that a few of the ladies brought along their homework - they'd all done a wonderful job, I forgot to take photos though!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set
CS: SU! Shaded Spruce & Whisper White, Gold Glimmer Paper, vellum CS

Patterned paper: SU! 'Dashing Along' DSP
Ink: SU! Shaded Spruce
Tools: M&C Boutique holly ornament die from The Works, circle Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories: SU! striped ribbon, gold mini sequin trim, Real Red rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, gold sequins


Thursday, 9 January 2020

January 2020 Card Group Projects

We started a whole new year of card group meetings today.  I didn't make anything too challenging, just three cards featuring stamping, punching and die cutting this month.

The first card uses the SU! 'Garden Lane' patterned paper, the 'Daisy Lane' stamp set and the 'Medium Daisy' punch.  I used stitched detail dies to cut the rectangle and circle and I added a strip of Mint Macaron linen ribbon to the Mossy Meadow shape.  I stamped the leafy image a few times on the circle using Mint Macaron ink and stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the daisies in Mossy Meadow ink on Mint Macaron CS, stacked two daisies together and popped the whole flower up.  I stamped a daisy again onto a scrap of Mossy Meadow CS and cut out just the centre using a 3/8" circle punch.

Here's the inside and the envelope flap.  The sentiment comes from a new set in the January - June 2020 Mini Catalogue called 'Timeless Tropical' - a gorgeous set that I'm looking forward to getting inky with!

The second card features goodies from the 'Honey Bee' bundle in the Mini Catalogue - plus patterned papers you can earn for free during the annual Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I was smitten with the bees bundle as soon as I saw it!  The papers have gold foil detailing on one side and then black and white prints on the other side, beautiful!  I adhered the foiled honeycomb paper onto the front of a black A6 size card base, added a strip of Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon to a black stitched rectangle die cut and adhered that to the card front.  I stamped the curved sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White CS, cut it out with a stitched circle die and then stamped and die cut the hive and bees.  I coloured the bee stripes using a dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends marker.  I adhered the hive and bees and then popped up the circle. 

Here's the inside and envelope flap.  I adhered a strip of gold foil patterned paper to a panel of white CS and then drew a line above it with a Basic Black marker.  I stamped and die cut the bee for the envelope flap.

The last card features the 'Very Versailles' set, a lovely set with a vintage vibe.  I debated about using a sponge dauber to edge the Very Vanilla panel to vintage it up more but I opted for the clean look instead!  I stamped the text a few times on the Very Vanilla panel using stamped off once Crumb Cake ink and I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink.  I adhered that panel to a mat layer of Soft Suede CS, added a strip of Soft Suede CS and popped up the sentiment label.  I added gold shimmer to the leaves using a Nuvo 'Midas Touch' Aqua Shimmer pen.  I punched a large Soft Suede butterfly, stamped the text over the top in Soft Suede ink and then tapped the Aqua Shimmer pen against another pen in order to get a splatter of gold shimmer on the butterfly.

Here's a closer look at the gold shimmer.

Here's the inside and envelope.  I layered the stamping again, stamping the text first followed by the leaves.

All three of my cards were a hit, yay!  I love my group of ladies, we had a lovely afternoon, as always!  Special thanks to Margaret A who brought along delicious home made cakes even though we had no birthdays to celebrate - an absolute treat!

Supplies for daisy card:
Stamps: SU! 'Daisy Lane' & 'Timeless Tropical' sets
CS: SU! Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Garden Lane' DSP
Ink: SU! Mint Macaron & Mossy Meadow
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Rectangles' die set, SU! ''Medium Daisy' & 3/8" circle punches, M&C Boutique stitched circles die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU!Mint Macaron linen ribbon, Dimensionals

Supplies for bees card:
Stamps: SU! 'Honey Bee' & 'Sending You Thoughts' sets
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Golden Honey' Specialty DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Daffodil Delight, SU! Basic Black marker, SU! Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends marker
Tools: SU! 'Detailed Bee' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Daffodil Delight stitched ribbon, Dimensionals

Supplies for vintage butterfly card:
Stamps: SU! 'Very Versailles' set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Old Olive & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Rectangles' & 'Stitched Shapes' die sets, SU! 'Butterfly Duet' punch
Embellishments & accessories: Tonic Studios Nuvo 'Midas Touch' Aqua Shimmer pen, SU! Dimensionals


Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Three Trees and Deer Yuletide Season Christmas Cards

These are the last three Christmas cards I made for me to use in 2019.  These cards were made using the SU! 'Dashing Deer', 'Winter Woods' and other stamp and die sets, the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder for texture and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the all important seasonal sparkle.

I do love to see a group of cards together!

Here is just one card.  The colour combo is Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede and Whisper White.  The large trees, the deer and the sentiment squares were all popped up on Dimensionals.  I added three die cut snowflakes cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to complete the card fronts.

Here is a closer look to show the texture and sparkle better.

Here's how I decorated the inside of each card.

Here's how I decorated each envelope flap.  The sentiment was perfect as I gave one card to my hubby and the other two cards went to very dear friends.

Stamps: SU! 'Dashing Deer', 'Winter Woods', 'Greatest Part of Christmas', 'Frosted Foliage' & 'Christmas Gleaming' sets
CS: SU! Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White, SU! Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Detailed Deer', 'In the Woods', 'Snowfall' & 'Stitched Shapes' die sets, circle punch, 'Softly Falling' embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Saturday, 28 December 2019

One Sketch Layout - Nine Christmas Cards

Following a card layout makes a card come together quickly and easily and that's very welcome at Christmas!  I made nine cards for my card group ladies using one sketch layout.  I kept the same sentiments and used the same 'Nested Label' die cut shape. 

Here are all nine cards.

Here is a group of three cards.

A second group of three cards.

The last group of three cards.

Card one.

Card one inside and envelope.

 Card two.

Card two inside and envelope.

Card three.

Card three inside and envelope.

Card four.

Card four inside and envelope.

Card five. 

Card five inside and envelope.

Card six.

 Card six inside and envelope.

Card seven.


Here's a closer look at the poinsettia.  I used a technique where you stack layers of single ply napkins plus one CS layer (the CS layer goes at the bottom) before die cutting a shape.  Once the shapes have been die cut you add colour using water and your chosen medium - I used Real Red and Cherry Cobbler inks from a re-inker bottle applied using an Aquapainter.  You then need to let the shapes dry completely before assembling.  I loved the velvet like finish and the different colour shading - some of the napkin layers needed to be glued together and I wasn't keen on that aspect!  I'm glad I tried the technique but it's not something to do if you're pressed for time and you need to make quite a few.

 Card seven inside and envelope. 

Card eight.

Card eight inside and envelope.

Card nine.

 Card nine inside and envelope.

 It was great fun to use the same layout with different colours, techniques, supplies and embellishments to end up with nine different cards!


Thursday, 26 December 2019

December 2019 Card Group Projects

Whew, December was a busy, busy month!  Finally I've got some time to share the cards we made at our December card group meeting.  We only make two cards at our Christmas meeting as we send time having some festive fun along with the crafting!  Both cards were made using images from the SU! 'Pop of Petals' set.

The first card is a Christmas card featuring a stamped wreath using an image from the 'Pop of Petals' stamp set.  I made a Real Red A6 size card base and added a patterned paper flagged banner .  I die cut a circle from a piece of CS and used the negative piece to draw a pencil circle on a piece of white CS so I had a guide as to where to stamp the images to form the wreath.  I stamped three layers in Pretty Peacock ink - first I stamped three times in stamped off twice ink, second I stamped three times in stamped off once ink and then the third layer was stamped three times in full strength ink.  I used a stitched square die to cut out the panel and glued that over the top of the banner.  I stamped the gorgeous sheer ribbon bow from the SU! 'Wishing You Well' stamp set in Real Red ink, fussy cut it out and popped it up on the side of the wreath.  To complete the card front I added three clusters of red rhinestone jewels.

Here's the inside and the enveloope.  I drew a line with a Real Red marker from the sentiment and added a patterned paper punched ornament.  I used a metallic Sharpie to colour the top of the ornament.  The element for the envelope was made from a stamped sentiment and more punches.

The second card is a birthday card using flower and leaf images from the 'Pop of Petals' set and an almost monochromatic colour combo - Rococo Rose, white and a little pop of Old Olive.  I stamped the 'Hardwood' background stamp on the front of the card base - the stamp isn't wide enough to cover the entire front of an A6 card front so I cut off a bit from the side and glued a white panel inside the card.  I stamped the sentiment, cut out the 'Stitched Nested Label', stamped three flowers in Rococo Rose ink going from full strength to stamped off twice and layered the stamped flowers onto plain punched flowers.  I stamped two leaves, fussy cut them out, tucked them behind a flower and popped the whole label up.

Here's the inside and envelope.  I used a background stamp and sentiment from my much loved 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set for the inside and punched flowers for the envelope.

Santa couldn't make it to hand out the Secret Santa gifts, but it was OK as an elf was on hand to do the job!

What a lovely afternoon we had, I'm looking forward to starting a whole new year of card groups in January 2020! 

Supplies for Christmas card:
Stamps: SU! 'Pop of Petals', 'Wishing You Well' & 'Christmas Traditions' stamp sets, Hero Arts '???' set
CS: SU! Real Red, Pretty Peacock &Very Vanilla

Patterned paper: SU! 'Brightly Gleaming' Specialty DSP
Ink: SU! Real Red & Pretty Peacock
Tools: SU! 'Gleaming Ornaments' punch pack, 1/4" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch & 'Pretty Label' punch, MFT 'Fishtail Flags' Stax die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! red rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Pop of Petals' & 'Butterfly Basics' stamp sets, SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp
CS: SU! Rococo Rose & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Rococo Rose & Old Olive
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Nested Labels' die set, SU! 'Four Petal Flower' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Friday, 29 November 2019

Ornaments Split Diagonal Panels Christmas Wishes Card

This card was made following an unusual layout from Dena Rekow's November Facebook class, it has loads of potential I think, lots of possibilities!  Dena's layout was portrait oriented but I rotated the layout to landscape.

I love non traditional colours for Christmas cards and the SU! 'Brightly Gleaming' Specialty DSP is so rich and elegant.  I immediately thought of using patterned paper for the split diagonal panels and once I'd decided on the paper the rest of the card came together really quickly.  I adhered the two diagonal panels to the front of the Mossy Meadow card base and added Night of Navy CS strips.  I stamped the 'Merriest Christmas Wishes' sentiment from the 'Dashing Deer' set but trimmed the banner to only show the 'Christmas Wishes' words.  I glued that in place but popped up the punched ornaments.  I adhered three copper star embellishments to complete the card front.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope featuring more of that gorgeous patterned paper.

Stamps: SU! 'Christmas Gleaming' , 'Dashing Deer' & 'Greatest Part of Christmas'' sets
CS: SU! Mossy Meadoe, Night of Navy & Very Vanilla 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Brightly Gleaming' Specialty DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Gleaming Ornaments' punch pack
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 'Star Designer Elements', Dimensionals

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