Saturday, 17 February 2018

Two Petal Palette Birdie Thank You Cards

The moment I saw the 'Petal Palette' set in the 2018 SU! Spring/Summer catalogue I loved it and knew I'd have to get it.  I love the watercolour effect of the images and the birdie is just so adorable!  Looking for ideas on Pinterest I came across some beautiful projects made by Esther Howard and her monochromatic card really caught my attention.

Here's Esther's simply stunning card.  I just had to CASE this lovely design and make my own version - and in fact I made two versions!

Esther has this fab YouTube video showing how she created this card.  I loved the way Esther made her sponging mask - ingenious!  I adopted this method for my version and it works brilliantly.  I opted to introduce some Tranquil Tide along with the Pool Party and I opted for layers rather than a one layer card.  I'm always nervous making one layer cards as they need to be perfect - nowhere to hide any boo boos!  I made a Pool Party A6 sized card base, layered the white panel on a mat of Tranquil Tide CS and popped up the stamped and die cut birdie.

Of course, I had to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.  This card will go to a nature and bird loving friend who doesn't like designs that are too fussy.  I needed another thank you card for a friend who likes a design that is a bit more 'stepped up' and fussy so I thought I'd use the stamps again to make her card.  Oh, I do love a day off from work and time to spare to get inky in my craft room! 

For the next card I stayed with the idea of using a pale colour with a strong darker colour and I chose Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.  I did some tone on tone background stamping on the Wisteria Wonder A6 sized card base and popped up the Elegant Eggplant panel at a jaunty angle.  In addition to the popped up birdie I also stamped and die cut some flowers for this card.  I also added some silver cord to the image panel.

Here's the inside and envelope.  Huge thanks to Esther for the inspiration, I thoroughly enjoyed making this duo of birdie cards!

Stamps: SU! 'Petal Palette' set
CS: SU! Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pool Party,  Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder & Elegant Eggplant
Tools: SU! 'Petals & More' Thinlits die set
Embellishments & accessories: silver cord, SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Gems & Hearts With Love Valentine's Card

This is the card I made for Owen for Valentine's Day.  I had no clear plan when I sat down to create, I just knew I wanted to use stamps from the SU! 'You're So Sweet' set and matching dies from the 'Mini Treat Bag' die set.  I chose the patterned paper and that led to my colour combo of Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist.

Here's the card and envelope front.

Here's the card front.  I made a 5 1/4" Night of Navy card base and added three mat layers using Lemon Lime Twist CS, Night of Navy CS and the gems patterned paper from the SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP pack.  I die cut a heart from the patterned paper layer, glued the paper heart onto a CS die cut heart and popped that up on a double layer of Dimensionals. I stamped the 'With Love' onto the Night of Navy heart in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white powder.  The Lemon Lime and Night of Navy hearts are popped up on a single layer of Dimensionals.  I added a Night of Navy CS strip towards the top of the card, stamped and die cut the 'Just For You' banner and popped that up.  I completed the card front by adding a few small die cut hearts.

Here's the inside of the card.  I used Tim Holtz alphabet stickers to create the sentiment and added gems that I'd fussy cut from the patterned paper.  I used the hearts border die on the bottom of the white panel to add an extra touch of detail.

Here's the front of the envelope.

Here's the envelope flap with a stamped and die cut heart and small die cut hearts.

What a pleasure to snatch some time in my craft room to just play and create, I had a very happy time making this card!

Stamps: SU! 'You're So Sweet' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy, VersaMark
Tools: SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die set, 'Stitched Shape' Framelits die set
Embellishments & accessories: Tim Holtz 'Label Letters' stickers, SU! Dimensionals


Thursday, 1 February 2018

February 2018 Card Group Projects

We met up today for the first card group of 2018 and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon!  I designed three nice and simple cards for the ladies to make, a thinking of you card and two birthday cards - one of which is suitable for a male.

Up first is the thinking of you card made with the stunning floral image from the SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' Sale-A-Bration set.  The colour combo is Pink Pirouette and Fresh Fig and the floral image is stamped onto a square of paper from the SU! 'Wood Textures' DSP stack.  The pretty pink strip was cut using a die from the SU! 'Flourish' Thinlits die set.  I popped up the stitched oval sentiment.

Here's a closer look at the floral image.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

The second card features a new stamp set from the SU! 2018 Spring/Summer catalogue called 'Southern Serenade'.  I loved the flowers and the sentiments as soon as I saw the set and I especially loved the lace stamps so I knew I'd have to get it!  I saw this lovely card made by Jenn Tinline on Pinterest and I've CASEd Jenn's design.  

Jenn's card was very pretty in pink but because I'd used pink for the first card I changed the colour combo.  I wanted to use the SU! watercolour pencils to colour in the flowers so prompted by what pencil colours there are I opted for Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  I didn't use water with the pencils I just used the dry pencils to colour in which is so quick and easy.  I stamped the lace strip and the flower stem - using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for perfect placement.  I then stamped the lace background a few times over the white panel using stamped off once Daffodil Delight ink.  This acts to colour in the flowers a little bit and I added more colour with the Daffodil Delight pencil and coloured the flower centres with the Rich Razzleberry pencil.  I made a Daffodil Delight A6 card base, stamped the lace background image a few times in full strength Daffodil Delight ink and I  stamped the sentiment.  I matted the image panel to a layer of Rich Razzleberry CS, adhered an Old Olive flagged banner behind the panel and glued the whole thing to the Daffodil Delight card base.  I added a rhinestone jewel to the banner for a touch of sparkle.    

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the Old Olive watercolour pencil to colour in the sentiment banner.  The stamped circle on the envelope flap was coloured in the same way as the main image panel of the card, cut out with a circle punch and layered onto a larger Rich Razzleberry punched circle.

The third card uses one of my favourite stamp sets, the SU! 'Lift Me Up' set, I love the hot air balloons!  I based the layout of this card on the previous card - I just rotated the layout to a portrait orientation.  Such an easy way to come up with a layout for a card and definitely helpful for those times when you're struggling to come up with a design or you need a design in a hurry!  Once I'd stamped the sentiment and added the patterned paper it was just a case of stamping and die cutting the balloons.  I glued the small balloons direct to the clouds paper but popped the large balloon up.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I glued the strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the white panel and drew a line above the paper with a marker - a quick cheat but very effective!

Supplies for thinking of you card:
Stamps: SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' set
CS: SU! Fresh Fig, Pink Pirouette & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU 'Wood Textures' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Fresh Fig
Tools: SU! 'Flourish' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for floral happy birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Southern Serenade' & 'Birthday Blossoms' sets
CS: SU! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Banner Triple' punch, SU! circle punches, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Watercolour Pencils, rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals

Supplies for balloons happy birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Lift Me Up' set, Hero Arts 'Messages With Flourish' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Carried Away' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Up & Away' Thinlits die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My New Me Motivation Packet

I recently came across an AlteNew stamp set called 'New Me'.  As a new me is what I'm working towards this set sparked my interest immediately and I purchased the set to make myself something motivational.  I'm following Slimming World in order to lose weight and I've recently joined a Clubbercise exercise class.  There will definitely be a new me in 2018!

There are many other things I'd like to work on too.  I wanted to put a few goals and plans in place and this stamp set was a fun way for me to make up a little new me motivation packet.

So here's my motivation packet made using Old Olive CS and a die cut mini treat bag.  I decorated the front using gorgeous patterned paper from the SU! 'Sweet Soirée' DSP pack and some Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon.  I stamped the words onto a stitched rectangle die cut shape and embellished it with flowers and leaves from the 'Cake Soirée' stamp set, cut out with matching dies and a few clear faceted gems.  I joined six index cards together with ribbon and placed them inside the packet.  I like the fact that I can always add more index cards if I need to.

Here's my inspiring words index card.  I stamped each index card with words and a floral image (from the SU! 'Wood Words' set).

Here's my 'new me goals' index card.

Here's my 'this year I will' index card.

Here's my 'dear self' index card.  There'll be achievements to record along the way and this is where I plan to record my progress - hopefully this will encourage me and spur me on to further success!

Here's my 'things I love about me' index card.  I don't want to focus just on my shortcomings as that could lead to feeling negative and unhappy.  To get a sense of balance I feel it's important to acknowledge some good things about myself too!   

Finally, here's my 'things I wish to improve this year' index card.

There are some lovely, encouraging, inspiring people at my Slimming World group and I plan to make a few of these to give out as little gifts.  I'll pop one in to the Slimmer of the Week basket every now and again too.  This will ensure I'll get a fair bit of use out of the 'New Me' stamp set!

Stamps: AlteNew 'New Me' set, SU! 'Cake Soirée' & 'Wood Words' sets
CS: SU! Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Sweet Soirée' Specialty DSP pack
Ink: SU! Marina Mist, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits &  'Sweet Cake' Framelits die sets, M&C Boutique stitched rectangle die set (from the Works)
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Cake Birthday Card & Gift Box

Last Thursday my friend Jan came round for a crafty afternoon.  I took the opportunity of playing with my new 'Sweet Soirée' suite goodies from the SU! 2018 Spring/Summer catalogue to design a project for Jan to make.  Many years ago Jan used to decorate beautiful iced cakes so I thought making a card featuring a tiered cake on an ornate stand would tickle her fancy!  After making the card I decided to decorate a silver mini gable box to match.

The 'Sweet Soirée' Specialty DSP is gorgeous and I chose colours featured in the papers as the combo for the project  - Old Olive, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral and Marina Mist.  When using subtle colours I like to add a pop of dark colour and for this project I added some black.  Here is the card and gift box together.

Here is just the card.  I stamped the cake in Calypso Coral ink onto Powder Pink CS and after die cutting the cake I inked the shape with Powder Pink ink applied with a sponge dauber.  I die cut some greenery and stamped and die cut some Marina Mist flowers - I applied Marina Mist ink to the edges of the flowers using a dauber.  I popped up the cake, the flowers and the sentiment square.  To add a touch of sparkle I added three small rhinestone jewels to the sentiment square.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I cut the cake from a piece of DSP, adhered it to a Stitched Square die cut shape and popped the square up.

Here's the mini gable gift box.  These boxes are fab, a great size and they're easy to put together - and no adhesive is required!  There's a very pretty tag die in the 'Sweet Cake' Framelits die set and I tied the tag to the box with Whisper White baker's twine after I'd decorated the tag with greenery and flowers.

Jan loved the card and box and we enjoyed a very happy afternoon!  😊

Stamps: SU! 'Cake Soirée' set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Marina Mist, Powder Pink Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Sweet Soirée' Specialty DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist & Powder Pink
Tools: SU! 'Sweet Cake' & 'Stitched Shape' Framelits die sets, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 'Silver Mini Gable Box', Whisper White baker's twine, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Monday, 29 January 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Thank You Card

A quick post to share a thank you card I made with the SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  SU! are calling this type of stamp 'Distinktive' and the stamps are designed to lay down the ink at different opacities which gives the finished image more depth.  I was very intrigued to see how this image stamped so this was the first Sale-A-Bration item on my list!

Wow, what a fabulous image, it looks photographic!  I stamped the image three times using Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry ink, adhered the white panel to a Rich Razzleberry mat layer, added a strip of Rich Razzleberry CS and adhered the whole panel to a Sweet Sugarplum A6 sized card base.  I completed the card front with a couple of faceted gems.

Here's the inside and the envelope. Sometimes making a card using just simple stamping hits the creative spot!

Stamps: SU! 'Heartfelt Blooms' set
CS: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry
Embellishments & accessories: SU! clear faceted gems


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Mojo CD Christmas Card

Every year one of my Christmas presents to my husband Owen is a subscription to the music magazine Mojo.  Every issue of the magazine comes with a free CD and back in 2005 a 'Blue Christmas' CD was the free offering.  A few years ago Owen had a clear out of a few CDs and the 'Blue Christmas' CD ended up in the discard pile.  I thought I'd be able to use the CD one day for a Christmas card so I saved it in my stash.  I found it a couple of weeks ago and decided that I would use the CD this year for Owen's Christmas card.

I love that the CD looks like a vinyl record!  I made a 5 3/4" square Basic Black card base and added a layer of patterned paper from the SU! 'Merry Music' DSP pack.  I die cut a large white CS circle, adhered that to the card front and popped the CD up on Dimensionals.  I then added some die cut snowflakes to the CD.

Here's the inside of the card.  I applied glue to the centres of the white snowflakes only so I could get some dimension.

I used the same pattern DSP to make an envelope with the Envelope Punch Board but chose the white and black colourway rather than the black and white.  I die cut a name label and popped that up.  This is one of the quickest cards I've made for Owen - which was just what I needed as I was so behind with my Christmas preparation this year!

Stamps: SU! 'Embellished Ornaments' set
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Music' DSP pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Apothecary Accents' die set, Grand Circle Nestabilities die
Embellishments & accessories: Mojo CD, SU! Dimensionals