Saturday, 22 April 2017

Flag Banners Blooms & Wishes For You Card

This is a card I've made for friends to say thank you for my birthday gifts.  I wanted a bright and cheery little number made with the SU! Blooms and Wishes set.  I love the watercolour look these flower stamps have!

The flag banners were cut out from SU! 'Succulent Garden' DSP and I adhered them to the front of a Flirty Flamingo A6 sized card base.  I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink - full strength and stamped off once.  I stamped the blooms in Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks - stamped off once.  I stamped the sentiment in full strength Early Espresso ink and stamped the flower centres in stamped off once Early Espresso ink.  I popped up the stitched circle and popped up the fussy cut blooms.


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I popped up the sentiment oval on the inside and covered the envelope flap with watercolour striped paper from the 'Succulent Garden' DSP pack.


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Blooms & Wishes' & 'Flourishing Phrases' sets
CS: SU! Flirty Flamingo & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Succulent Garden' DSP
Ink: SU! Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive & Watermelon Wonder
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set, Sizzix 'Banners' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Butterfly Double Dutch Fold Card

I like creating a fancy fold card every now and then and when I came across a double dutch fold card on Pinterest I was determined to make one.  My friend Jan likes to try a new card type every now and then too so I'll be giving this card to her and will await her verdict with interest!

I made a Pool Party A6 sized card base first and cut 2" off the front panel.  Then I cut a 8 1/4" x 2" strip of Pool Party CS, scored it at 2 1/16" on both ends and glued it in place.  I cut my Island Indigo and patterned paper panels and adhered those in place before creating my butterfly.  I stamped the solid butterfly in Pool Party ink (stamped off once), stamped the wing edges in full strength Pool Party ink and stamped the pattern in Island Indigo ink (stamped off once).  After die cutting the butterfly wings I stamped the body in Soft Suede ink, die cut the stitched oval shape and stamped the antenna in Soft Suede ink.  I added some Island Indigo cotton ribbon to the top of the card, stamped the sentiment and popped up the oval.  I glued the butterfly body flat to the card but used Dimensional halves with the backing paper left on underneath the wings so they stay popped up.


Here's the inside of the card.


I just had to put a butterfly on the envelope flap!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Watercolor Wings' & 'Flourishing Phrases' sets

CS: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Bold Butterfly' & 'Butterflies' die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Island Indigo cotton ribbon, Dimensionals

Ruth

Monday, 17 April 2017

Three Jars Of Hearts Love Card

It was my birthday recently and one of the gifts I received from Owen was the SU! 'Jar of Love' stamps and dies bundle.  Naturally, I couldn't wait to use my goodies and had to make Owen a thank you card!

I based my design on this fun card made by Nancy Amato that I saw on Pinterest.  I stayed faithful to Nancy's layout but used a black, white and red colour combo for my card and I embossed the white panel with the SU! 'Falling Petals' embossing folder - looks more like hearts to me than petals!  I stamped the hearts using Real Red ink and stamped full strength and stamped off once impressions.  I wanted to add some highlights to the hearts but I couldn't find a white gel pen in my craft room.  I think I got fed up with them not working and threw them away!  I found some watered down white acrylic paint and I used the end of an embossing stylus to add white dots to the hearts.  I popped up the jars and the black bow.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  Usually I place just a white panel on the inside of my coloured card bases but to make a change I matted and layered a white panel.  I liked how it turned out and happily, Owen loved his card!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Jar of Love' & 'Avant Garden' sets
CS: SU! Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Polka Dot Parade' DSP
Ink: SU! Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Everyday Jars' Framelits die set, SU! 'Falling Petals' embossing folder, embossing stylus
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals, watered down white acrylic paint

Ruth

Friday, 14 April 2017

April 2017 Card Group Projects

We got together yesterday afternoon for our April card group meeting and the ladies made three cards.  I also took along another sketch layout to add to their collection.

I came across this card on Pinterest and really liked the idea of using two dies from the Window Box die set to make a flower trough card.  I just had to make a faux wooden trough using the Hardwood stamp!  I placed a panel of Pink Pirouette CS behind the floral cut out, inked the edges of the white panel with Soft Suede ink, stamped the sentiment, added the burlap ribbon and attached the panel to the front of a Crumb Cake A6 sized card base.  I inked the edges of the trough and the butterfly with Soft Suede ink, popped up the trough, glued the butterfly and added rhinestone jewels to finish the front.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the gorgeous flourish from the SU! 'Flourishing Phrases' set in Soft Suede ink and inked the edges of the white panel.


This is Card Group Layout #2 and I used this sketch for the second and third cards.  
The layout is based on this lovely card I saw on Pinterest made by Tina Rappe.  I decided to CASE the card and I added a splash of sunny yellow (Daffodil Delight CS) to the crisp navy and white combo.   The card base is 7" x 5" so quite a large card.  I popped up the image panel and added three punched, shaped flowers with navy rhinestone gem centres.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  The verdict on this card was that it was very classy!


For card three I rotated the layout and made a landscape oriented card.  I used the oh, so lovely SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set for this card and some long neglected SU! speciality DSP.  I'd forgotten all about the 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP which was a 2015 Sale-A-Bration item.  When I came across it recently I thought it was high time I used it!  

I applied Sweet Sugarplum ink to the panel using a sponge brayer, applying more ink in certain areas to get some shading, rubbed the panel with a piece of kitchen towel to remove the excess ink, matted it onto a layer of Rich Razzleberry CS and glued that to the front of an A6 sized Pear Pizzazz card base.  For the image panel I stamped the honeycomb image a few times in stamped off once Sahara Sand ink, stamped the fern twice in Pear Pizzazz ink without re-inking, stamped the postmark in Early Espresso ink and stamped the flower in Rich Razzleberry ink three times without re-inking.  I stamped the sentiment and butterfly in Rich Razzleberry ink and inked the edges of the panel with Sahara Sand ink.  I die cut the butterfly, glued the body flat to the panel and applied half a Dimensional with the backing paper left on under each so the butterfly remains popped up.


More collage stamping happened on the inside panel and the envelope.  I inked the edges of the panel before gluing it inside.  I think this was the favourite card on the day!


Supplies for Just a Note card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flourishing Phrases' set, 'Hardwood' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Window Box' Thinlits dies, 'Bitty Butterfly' punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! burlap ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Supplies for Happy Birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Floral Phrases' set, 'Sincere Sentiments' free set from Cardmaking & Papercraft mag #169 Jan 2017
CS: PaperMania white 7" x 5" card blank, SU! Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Floral Boutique' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: Woodware small flower punch
Embellishments & accessories: 3D foam tape, navy rhinestone gems 


Supplies for Sending Wishes Your Way card:
Stamps: SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set
CS: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP
Ink: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: sponge brayer, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Ruth

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Avant Garden Thanks Card

The SU! 'Avant Garden' set was my final Sale-A-Bration choice.  The set didn't do a great deal for me until I saw lots of pretty 'Avant Garden' cards on Pinterest and now I've used it I realise what a lovely set it is!

The spring sunshine prompted me to go for fresh colours and I used Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride and Old Olive along with black and white.  As the stamps are photopolymer it was easy to see where I was stamping and so the card came together fairly quickly.  I attached a strip of narrow black ribbon to the stamped panel before adhering it to the black mat layer.  After gluing the mat layer to the front of the A6 sized Watermelon Wonder card base I added a strip of small rhinestone jewels to the ribbon to underline the sentiment.


More pretty floral stamping on the inside and the envelope.  A very happy card to make!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Avant Garden' set
CS: SU! Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black taffeta ribbon, rhinestone jewels

Ruth

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Butterfly Peekaboo Pullback Thank You Card

This is a thank you card I made for my friend Lesley using the SU! 'Watercolor Wings' stamp set that I had on loan from her.  As much as I love butterfly stamps this particular set in the catalogue didn't really appeal to me.  Lesley was sure that I'd fall in love with the set if only I tried it out for myself - and she was absolutely correct!  Thanks to Lesley kindly allowing me to try her stamp set the 'Watercolor Wings'  set has been added to my craft room stash.  Lesley knows me too well!

Here's the card and envelope together.


Pinterest provided this inspiration for my card, many thanks to Lyssa.  I watched this fab YouTube video from Wendy Klein to get an idea of how to make a peekaboo pullback.  I made a Pool Party A6 sized card base and I used paper from the 'Floral Boutique' pack for the peekaboo pullback section. I stamped the solid butterfly in Pool Party ink, the wing edges in stamped off once Night of Navy ink and the centre pattern and body in full strength Night of Navy ink.

I stamped the three butterfly wing stamps first, I die cut the butterfly shape after that and then I stamped the butterfly body.  This proved to be the winning sequence for me to get great alignment so I'll stick to this sequence!

After stamping the sentiment I folded the wings up, glued the butterfly body flat to the card and put Dimensionals under the wings with the backing paper left on so the wings stay popped up.  I added some rhinestone jewels to the wings to finiish the front.


Here's the inside of the card with a smaller butterfly from the 'Watercolor Wings' set.  Sorry for the poor photo - I had to snap in a hurry and had already given the card to Lesley when I realised this wasn't a good photo!  


Out came my fab Envelope Punch Board and using a different patterned paper from the 'Floral Boutique' DSP pack I'd made a pretty envelope in a jiffy.  I added a strip of Night of Navy CS, popped up a Pool Party name label and added some bling.


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Watercolor Wings' & 'Flourishing Phrases' sets
CS: SU! Pool Party, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Floral Boutique' DSP
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Night of Navy
Tools: SU! 'Bold Butterfly' Framelits, 'Butterflies' Thinlits & 'Project Life Cards & Labels' Framelits die sets, Envelope Punch Board
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Ruth


Friday, 31 March 2017

Faux Wooden & Floral Birthday Card & Matching Gift Box

Yet another card with a matching hexagonal gift box - I've really got to stop making the boxes as I'm running out of room to store them!  I had to get this idea 'out of my system' as it were.  I came across this lovely card made by Joanne James on Pinterest not long after I'd saved this picture of a faux wooden gift box.  I knew immediately I wanted to CASE the card and make a matching hexagonal faux wooden gift box and I was itching to get going with it as soon as I had the time!  Here's the card, envelope and gift box all together.


The Melon Mambo gatefold card measures 5 1/2" square and I used Mint Macaron CS for the mat layers.  I stamped two separate pieces of Crumb Cake CS with the SU! 'Hardwood' stamp, trimmed them to size, edged both pieces with Soft Suede ink using a sponge dauber and glued both faux wood panels to the Mint Macaron mat layers.  I used stamps from the SU! 'Flower Shop' and 'Petite Petals' sets to decorate the hexagonal element.  I stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo ink (1st and 3rd generation stamping), Soft Suede ink (1st and 2nd generation stamping) and Mint Macaron ink,  I snipped between each petal, shaped each flower and popped a rhinestone jewel in each flower centre.


Here's the inside of the gatefold card.


Here's the envelope flap.


I stamped the two pieces of Crumb Cake CS needed for the box with the 'Hardwood' stamp before I die cut the two box shapes.  I stamped a separate 'Hardwood' panel, cut it with a hexagon die, inked the edges with Soft Suede ink and popped it up.  The large flowers and 'for you' label are also popped up.


Here's a side view of the box.  After gluing the box together I inked all the edges with Soft Suede ink applied with a sponge dauber.  I do like adding a ribbon pull - this one is made from Melon Mambo stitched satin ribbon.


I had a wonderful time getting this out of my system and I'm happy how it turned out!

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Hardwood' background stamp, SU! 'Flower Shop, Petite Petals' & 'Birthday Blooms' sets
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron & Soft Suede 

Tools: SU! 'Window Box' Thinlits & 'Project Life Cards & Labels' Framelits die sets, Sizzix 'Hexagon' Framelits dies, flower shaping tool & moulding mat, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Melon Mambo stitched satin ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Ruth

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Sunburst, Hot Air Balloon & Clouds Birthday Greetings Card

I'm trying to get ahead and add a few birthday cards to my stash - this card is suitable for a male so that's a bonus!

I die cut two Sunburst shapes, one Daffodil Delight and one Basic Gray, glued the two shapes together so they were offset and keeping the shape larger than I needed I glued the Sunburst to a panel of Soft Sky CS. I trimmed off the excess Sunburst pieces and glued the Soft Sky panel to the front of an A6 sized card base made from Whisper White thick CS.  I attached the die cut hot air balloon with an action wobble spring, inked each cloud with Smoky Slate ink applied with a sponge dauber and adhered the clouds in place.  I popped up the stamped and punched sentiment oval and decorated the hot air balloon with small silver nailheads.


Here's the inside and the envelope flap.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Daisy Just Because Card & Matching Gift Box

Whilst browsing Pinterest I came across this striking card made by Jeanie Stark and that's what convinced me I needed to add the SU! 'That's the Tag' bundle to my crafting stash!  I love the simple, yet bold design of Jeanie's card and I couldn't wait to make my own version.  Jeanie later made a matching hexagonal gift box and so I just had to make one of those too!

Here's the card and box together.


Jeanie's excellent blog post includes full details of how she made her card.  I really like the look of inlaid die cut pieces and I did the daisy petals as well as the flower centres and leaves.  I inked each petal with Pink Pirouette ink and inked the flower centres with Soft Suede ink using sponge daubers before inlaying all the die cut pieces.  I love the dimension this adds!  Yes, it was a tad fiddly and time consuming but it was a Sunday afternoon, hubby was watching football on the TV and I was really happy with the finished results so it was well worth that little bit of extra effort!  I stamped the 'Just Because' sentiment from the 'Tin of Cards' set and popped up the daisy panel.


I used the polka dot paper to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.  I used two oval dies from the 'Stitched Shapes' die set to create the name label which I popped up.


Here's the gift box.  I used a square die from the 'Stitched Shapes' die set to cut patterned paper squares to decorate the box sides.  The So Saffron hexagon panel is popped up.  


Here's another view.  I added a ribbon pull tab to the front of the box.


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Tin of Cards' set
CS: SU! So Saffron, Old Olive, Basic Black & Whisper White (regular & thick)

Patterned paper: Core'dinations
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pink Pirouette & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Timeless Tags' Thinlits, 'Window Box' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets, Sizzix 'Hexagon' Framelits die set, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals

Ruth

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Blooms & Wishes For You Card - Plus Some Succulents

The two pages featuring the 'Blooms & Bliss' Suite of products in the SU! 2016 - 2017 annual catalogue are so, so pretty!  I love the floral 'Best Wishes' card on page 139 and I've CASEd the card to make my own version.

I made an A6 sized card base from Whisper White thick CS and glued a piece of patterned paper from the 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP pack at the bottom.  I cut a piece of Whisper White regular CS to fit the front of the card, tore the bottom part and stamped the images and sentiment.  I stamped, fussy cut and popped up a few flowers.   I attached a strip of Sweet Sugarplum ribbon behind the tear line and glued the whole panel to the front of the card.  I sprinkled on a few rhinestone jewels to finish the card front.


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope flap.  I stamped the 'Best Wishes' onto a scrap of Mint Macaron CS and cut it out with a die from the 'Project Life Cards & Labels' die set.  I stamped, fussy cut and popped up the Rich Razzleberry flower and added a bit of bling.


Oh, I did enjoy using these pretty stamps and colours, I had a very happy time in my craft room!

Every time I browse Pinterest the pages seem awash with products made using the SU! 'Succulent Garden' Suite of products.  I love looking at all the gorgeous projects but I know myself well enough to know I wouldn't enjoy that amount of stamping and die cutting so I've passed on that particular offering from the Spring/Summer catalogue!  

I noticed that we had quite a large number of succulent plants for sale at Wilko so I bought a selection and placed them in a mini greenhouse - actually, it's a windowsill propagator purchased at an absolute bargain price from Wilko after Christmas!  I placed pebbles at the bottom and popped in the plant pots.  The sweet metal watering can held a candle but I burned the candle, cleaned out the container and I thought it would be a fun addition to my mini greenhouse!


Here's a closer view.  The work of moments - but at least the paper variety don't need watering - fingers crossed these survive my TLC!



Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Blooms & Wishes' set
CS: SU! Mint Macaron, Whisper White (thick & regular) 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Blushing Bride, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand & Sweet Sugarplum
Tools: SU! 'Project Life Cards & Labels' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Awesomely Artistic Thank You Card

One of the new SU! stamp sets I got recently was the 'Awesomely Artistic' set and I got to ink it up a few days ago.  I came across this lovely card on Pinterest that appealed to me immediately and I saved it to CASE.  I thought the 'Awesomely Artistic' set would be a perfect substitution for the 'Avant Garden' set used on the original card.  When I CASE a card most times I will Copy And Selectively Edit.  This time, as well as using an alternative stamp set, I used a different colour scheme and added a few details of my own.

The card base was made with Soft Suede CS and all the stamping was done with Soft Suede ink.  The smaller stitched square shape behind the white square was die cut from Crumb Cake CS.  I attached a strip of burlap ribbon and stamped the lace border before adhering the white panel to the front of the card.  The MISTI is brilliant for ensuring perfect stamp placement and I used it to stamp the sentiment and the lace border - plus a double lace border on the front of the envelope.  I tucked the two white die cut leaves behind the white square, glued the two stitched square shapes together and popped the whole shape up.  I stamped the round image, punched it out with a 1" circle punch, popped it up and added two rhinestone jewels to complete the card front.


Here's how I decorated the inside of the card and the envelope flap.  For the envelope, I stamped the flower cluster in stamped off once Soft Suede ink, cut it out with a circle punch, glued it to a larger Soft Suede circle and popped up the stamped and punched round image.  I like the mix of pretty and rustic on this card!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Awesomely Artistic', 'Rose Wonder' & 'Delicate Details' sets
CS: SU! Soft Suede, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits & 'Flourish' Thinlits die sets, assorted circle punches, MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Burlap Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals



Ruth




Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Sugarplum & Razzleberry Window Box Card & Gift Box

Time for a new look on the blog!  I've chosen a fresh, clean and simple look which will better suit web surfing on smartphones and tablets.  Leonardo da Vinci said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - I'm not going to argue with a genius!

Today I'm sharing the card and gift box I gave to Eileen at Wilko for her birthday.  I made this card and box previously and this time I wanted to make some changes.  I used the same DSP pack, 'Blooms & Bliss' but I used Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry papers and matching cardstocks.

Here are the card and gift box together.


Here is just the card.  I glued patterned paper to a layer of Rich Razzleberry CS, added the ribbon and adhered the panel to the front of a 5 1/2" square Sweet Sugarplum card base.  I die cut two hexagons, one from Whisper White Thick CS and a second from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper.  I die cut the intricate floral design from the white hexagon, glued the sparkly Sweet Sugarplum hexagon behind and popped the shape up onto a larger Rich Razzleberry CS hexagon.   I popped up the stamped and die cut sentiment label, added large Rich Razzleberry punched photo corners and sprinkled on a few rhinestone jewels.


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope flap.


Another of my new SU! goodies makes an appearance on the front of the envelope.  I used dies from the 'Timeless Tags' Thinlits die set to create a name label for the front of the envelope.  


Here's just the gift box.  I popped up the hexagon on the top of the box and added a sentiment banner.  After adhering the square panels to the sides of the box I wrapped a length of Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon round the box and attached it with a piece of tape.  I covered the join with a die cut flower with a brad in the centre.  I also added a ribbon pull to the front of the box top.

The patterned paper I used has a design of tiny four petal flowers so I used a four petal flower cut using the SU! 'Floral Fusion' Sizzlits die.  I used a Build A Brad to decorate the centre of the flower.  So a real mix of brand new items and some older items that have been in my stash for many years!


Here's a view of the top of the box.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, heat embossed it with white embossing powder and a rhinestone jewel to dot the i in birthday was the final finishing touch.  I think these hexagonal gift boxes are a great size, perfect to put all kinds of pressies in!  My gift box held a round 75g tin of Waitrose Garden Bergamot & Jasmine Hand & Nail Therapy which I wrapped in tissue paper first.  I chose that specifically to match the other garden items I'd bought for Eileen - and because it was the perfect size to go inside the gift box!


I am very happy to report that Eileen loved the card, gift box and pressies and she wrote me a very sweet thank you card - so warm fuzzies all round!

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Birthday Blossoms' set
CS: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White (regular & thick), Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: VersaMark & SU! Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Window Box' & 'Timeless Tags' Thinlits dies sets, SU! 'Floral Fusion' Sizzlits die, SU! 'Photo Corners' punch, Sizzix 'Hexagon' Framelits die set. Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Build A Brad, white embossing powder, Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Ruth

Sunday, 19 March 2017

High Tide Lighthouse Card

The SU! High Tide set, a lovely two step scene building set, has been in my craft room for a few weeks and I finally found time to have a play with it.  The lighthouse is such a stunning image!

I stamped the sandbank in Sahara Sand, the grasses in Always Artichoke, the sea in Marina Mist, the light beams in So Saffron and the birds, sentiment and lighthouse were stamped using Dapper Denim ink.  I stamped the lighthouse first, then the sandbank and then I masked the sides of the lighthouse to stamp the sea.  I'm so chuffed that I was able to position the sentiment so that the word 'LIGHT' appears on top of the light beam!  I trimmed the white panel, matted it onto a layer of Dapper Denim CS and adhered the layer to the front of a So Saffron A6 sized card base.  I stamped the lighthouse again, fussy cut it and popped it up for a bit of dimension - so no need for the masking, but I didn't plan on popping up a fussy cut lighthouse at that time!  I applied some shimmer to the sea using the clear Wink of Stella pen.


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I've performed surgery on the the gulls stamp - I've cut the stamp in two so that the large gulls are separated from the small gulls.  It will be easy enough to mount the two together on a clear block if I want to stamp the large and small gulls together.


This is not a stamp set I'll reach for if I need to whip up a card in a hurry.  I like to take my time with a two step stamping set and patience is certainly rewarded.  It's a very well designed stamp set with lovely images.  A good set for masculine cards too!   

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'High Tide' set
CS: SU! So Saffron, Dapper Denim & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, So Saffron & Dapper Denim
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set, circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! clear Wink of Stella pen, Dimensionals







Friday, 17 March 2017

Indigo & Mint Window Box Card & Gift Box

My friend Jan wanted to come round to make a card and matching box using the SU! 'Window Box' die set and this is what I designed for her to make.  Unfortunately, we couldn't get together on the Saturday we'd planned because I was poorly.  We got together yesterday though and Jan loved the card and box!



I knew I wanted sparkly Glimmer Paper peeping out from behind the beautiful floral cut out design and I chose Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.  Patterned papers from the 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP pack were chosen next and then I set to work making the card.  I die cut the floral cut out piece from a panel of Whisper White Thick CS, added the patterned paper and Mint Macaron linen ribbon and taped a piece of Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper behind the cut out design.  I matted that panel onto a layer of Island Indigo CS and adhered that layer to the front of a Mint Macaron A6 sized card base.  I stamped, die cut and popped up the sentiment label.  I used a die from the 'Project Life Cards & Labels' die set and cut two shapes.  I cut the Island Indigo shape apart and glued the two ends behind the Mint Macaron shape.  A couple of rhinestone jewels on the sentiment label completed the card front.


Here's how I decorated the inside of the card and the front of the envelope.


I cut the box from Whisper White Thick CS and attached a piece of Mint Macaron Glimmer paper underneath the lid after die cutting the floral cut out design.  One of the square dies from the 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits set is perfect for cutting squares to go on the sides of the box!  I attached six Island Indigo stitched square shapes and added smaller patterned paper squares - alternating the two patterns I'd chosen.  I used PVA glue applied from a fine tip glue bottle to adhere the tabs and assemble the box.


I added a ribbon pull tab to make it easy for the recipient to open the box.


I got the 'Window Shopping' bundle and I used a stamp from the 'Window Shopping' set and a sweet die from the 'Window Box' die set to create a tag for the gift box.  I attached the tag to Mint Macaron linen ribbon tied in a bow diagonally across the box.


Considering this was my first attempt using the 'Window Box' die set I'm very pleased how this turned out - I'm also very pleased that the box was easier to create than I'd imagined it would be!

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Birthday Blossoms' & 'Window Shopping' sets
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Mint Macaron & Whisper White (Thick & Regular)

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Island Indigo
Tools: SU! 'Window Box' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes'  & 'Project Life Cards & Labels' Framelits die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Mint Macaron linen ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals