Sunday, 23 February 2020

Tropical Chic Circles Thank You Card

This is a card I made for a card challenge set by Dena Rekow at the Creativity Cave.  Dena asked us to make a card using the following elements:
  • 1/2 sheet CS to form the card base
  • 3 /4" x 5 1/2" CS
  • 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" CS
  • 3 x 1 1/4" squares or circles
 I adjusted the measurements to an appropriate size for UK sized cards and used patterned paper in place of the 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" CS piece.  My colour combo is Melon Mambo, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green and Whisper White and I love the bright vivid colours!  I stamped and die cut the flowers, leaf and circles and then spent time playing around with the placement of the elements until I was happy.  The stitched shape circles are all popped up. After I'd stamped the sentiment on the Granny Apple Green piece I added a narrow strip of Shaded Spruce CS to add a little something extra.  To finish the front I added small rhinestone jewels to the flowers and a large jewel to the narrow Shaded Spruce strip.

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

Stamps: SU! 'Tropical Chic' set
CS: SU! Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Shaded Spruce & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Tropical Escape' 6" x 6" DSP pack
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo & Shaded Spruce
Tools: SU! 'Tropical' & 'Stitched Shape' die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Tropical Fruit Gift Bag & Tag

I totally forgot to meet up with a friend which left me feeling so mortified.  I thought a little apology gift was the least I could do!  I absolutely love the SU! 'Tropical Oasis' suite of products in the mini catalogue and I jumped at the chance to use some fruity patterned paper and the pineapple dies to package the gift of some pineapple shower gel.

I used a full 12" x 12" sheet of the patterned paper to make the gift bag using the WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board.  I did trim some off the height of the bag before I assembled it though.  I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the top of the bag so I could tie the bag closed with ribbon.  I die cut the pineapple pieces from Whisper White thick CS and added colour to the shapes using inks and oval make up brushes.  I die cut a pretty scalloped rectangle and popped up the pineapple.  I added a sentiment circle to complete the tag.

Here's a closer look at the gift tag.

Stamps: SU! 'Tin of Tags' set
CS: SU! Whisper White thick

Patterned paper: SU! 'Tropical Oasis' DSP
Ink: SU! Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Old Olive & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'In the Tropics', 'Stitched So Sweetly' & 'Layering Circle' die sets, WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board, Crop-A-Dile, oval make up brushes, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Whisper White ribbon, Dimensionals


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

February 2020 Card Group Projects

When preparing for the February card group meeting I was inspired by cards and layouts designed by Dena Rekow from the Creativity Cave.  Having a sketch layout in place really makes a card design come together quickly and easily and that is incredibly helpful when crafting time is limited.  This months designs are quick and simple with no fancy folds or techniques and so I decided we'd have time to include a fourth card.   

I absolutely loved the SU! 'Positive Thoughts' stamp set as soon as I saw it in the mini catalogue and I bought it straight away.  I was chuffed to bits when SU! later released matching dies for the stamp set!  Dena made this card design using Pacific Point but I wanted to try it in a different colour.  You need to stamp the butterfly three times without re-inking to get the different shades and to achieve a really successful result it's better to stamp using a deep, intense colour and I chose Lovely Lipstick.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped off the beautiful maidenhair fern image twice before stamping it on the inside panel and stamped it full strength on the envelope flap.

I CASEd another Dena design for this card.  The pretty punched flowers and the abundance of white space give a really fresh feel to the card.  The card base is Smoky Slate and the mat layer is Bermuda Bay.  I stamped the top flower in Bermuda Bay ink and the two other flowers in Pool Party ink.  After punching the blooms I shaped them, glued them to the card front and added a rhinestone jewel to each bloom centre.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

This next card features a layout perfect for patterned paper.  The 'Tropical Oasis' paper pack is gorgeous and I thought the palms and cars design was ideal to make a masculine card.  The patterned paper is a 3" x 3" square - perfect for maximising the use of a full 12" x 12" sheet if you batch make a bunch of cards!  The card base is Early Espresso and the mat layer is Pear Pizzazz CS that has been embossed using the Coastal Weave 3D embossing folder.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

One of Dena's January layouts really appealed to me, it's very simple but has loads of potential I think.  For this card I've stripped it down to the bare essentials but I can show this card that I made a  little while ago which steps the layout up a few notches.  I took my tablet along so I could show the ladies photos of different card samples of the design. I took some different patterned paper from the same pack that had toadstools and leaves on it so the ladies could choose which pattern they wanted.  The toadstool paper was the favourite!

I punched eight 1" circles from a floral patterned paper but flipped two circles over to show the patterned side when I glued the circles down.  I stamped the sentiment and that was the front completed, so quick and easy. 

Here's the inside and the envelope.  The flower image is from the SU! 'Painted Seasons' stamp set which co-ordinates with the patterned paper I used to punch out the circles for the card front.  I stamped in Poppy Parade ink, full strength for the envelope flap but stamped off twice for inside the card.

Sometimes a flat design is needed if you want to pop something in the post and none of the four cards have popped up elements.  Of course, all four cards can be stepped up and made more dimensional and fancy - the beauty of a basic simple design is that it is a stepping off point!  

Supplies for butterflies card:
Stamps: SU! 'Positive Thoughts' & 'A Wish for Everything' sets
CS: SU! Lovely Lipstick & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Lovely Lipstick
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Rectangles' die set

Supplies for blooms card:
Stamps: SU! 'Thoughtful Blooms' & 'Sending You Thoughts' sets
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Pool Party & Smoky Slate
Tools: SU! 'Small Bloom' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels

Supplies for palms & cars card:
Stamps: SU! 'Timeless Tropical' set, Stampendous 'Sending Wishes' stamp
CS: SU! Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Tropical Oasis' DSP
Ink: SU! Early Espresso & Pear Pizzazz 

Tools: SU! 'Coastal Weave' embossing folder, M&C Boutique stitched rectangle die

Supplies for punched circles card:
Stamps: SU! 'Painted Seasons' & 'Perennial Birthday' sets
CS: SU! Whisper White thick 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Painted Seasons' DSP
Ink: SU! Early Espresso & Poppy Parade
Tools: SU! 1" circle punch

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