No Bones About It

No Bones About It is such a fun stamp set and perfect for making boy cards! I stamped my dinosaurs in delightful dijon, island indigo & rich razzleberry on scrap whisper white cardstock before fussy cutting them out.

I wanted to stamp some larger leaves onto my card front so I reached for the gorgeous Botanical Blooms stamp set.  I stamped the larger leaves in smoky slate, with the leaf details and smaller leaves in basic grey.

Once my background was complete, I adhered my largest dinosaur flat and I popped the remaining two up on dimensionals for some depth.  I then brushed all three dinosaurs with some clear wink of stella to add some shimmer.

Finally, I heat embossed my sentiment using silver embossing powder, attached my card front to a basic grey mat and whisper white card base, and placed some basic rhinestones on a couple of the leaves for a little sparkle.

The Bokeh Technique using In the Meadow

I had been wanting to give the Bokeh technique a try for a while, and used the flowers and trees theme from my card swap group as my inspiration.  The term Bokeh comes from the Japanese word for blur – boke- and is used in photography to describe the process whereby lenses are used to create out of focus points of light .  In stamping, this white light effect is often created by sponging white ink in different intensities to form a background pattern.  Here’s the card I came up with.

I started by blending my background colours onto a whisper white card front using sponge daubers in rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz and bermuda bay ink.  Next I cut various sized circles using my layering circle framelits dies, from a window sheet to create a template.

Using whisper white craft ink, I sponged inside the circles, carefully moving the template over the card front until the white circles produced the beautiful effect pictured above.

Finally I took my tree and flowers image stamps from the gorgeous In the meadow stamp set and stamped them in black ink across my panel.  Though I did this in memento black ink, I would try using black stazon ink next time to achieve a crisper, black image.

To finish, I stamped my sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms and mounted my card front onto a basic black mat and finally to a pear pizzazz card base.  Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt at Bokeh – simple yet so effective.  Give this stunning technique a try yourself ❤️❤️❤️

Bunch of Blossoms

Bunch of blossoms is such a pretty stamp set, and even better is that it matches the Blossom builder punch – who doesn’t love matching punches in crafting?!

I started by inking my Watercolor Wash background stamp with soft sky and stamping off at an angle at the bottom of my card.  Next I dipped my clear wink of stella glitter brush in marina mist ink, and flicked it over the background for a bit of interest.

I found that the most efficient way of using this punch is by punching straight into some scrap Cardstock to create a kind of blossom template.  I then used this template to align my stamps and mount them to an acrylic block in the same formation for efficient stamping and punching.

I wanted to make my flower pop, so I stamped my blossoms in memento black ink and coloured them in by stamping in watermelon wonder.  My leaves and stem were stamped in mint macaron with some cucumber crush for definition.  I assembled my flower and adhered key petals with dimensionals to create some depth, before silver embossing my sentiment.  Finally I brushed over the petals with clear wink of stella for a shimmery effect and finished off with some pearls. Love the clean simplicity of this card and the bold watermelon wonder against the soft background colour xx

Mixed Drinks

It’s my cousin’s 40th birthday today, and I couldn’t let the occasion pass without making a card in his honour.

This was my first play with the Mixed Drinks stamp set.  I stamped and silver embossed the ’40’ using the Number of Years stamp set.  I love this set and the matching Large Numbers Framelits dies are just as fabulous and sooo useful!

I created my background sprays by silver embossing with the Touches of Texture stamp set.  I then took a piece of DSP from the Pop of Pink DSP series, and die cut my swirl from this using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies, before adhering it flat to my card front.

My mug of beer was stamped from Mixed Drinks onto some scrap whisper white cardstock in memento black ink, and the beer itself was stamped in delightful dijon ink and brushed with clear wink of stella.  I fussy cut the mug of beer out and popped it up on dimensionals.  Finally, I adhered my card front to a whisper white base for a clean look, and scattered some metallic enamel dots to finish.

Love this card, hope my cuz loves it too xx

Every Occasion

I created this card for friends of ours who recently had a beautiful baby boy, using the Every Occasion stamp set.

This stamp set is so versatile, with a stamp for almost any occasion! The challenging part is designing a card or project to fill a card front using a mini image like the ones is this set. But that’s all part of the fun!

I decided to keep the design fresh and simple with a pool party and whisper white colour way.

I ran my card front through my Big Shot with the lucky stars embossing folder to create the starry background.

I stamped the adorable onesie image three times using pool party ink, and punched them out using the 1″ circle punch, before popping them up on dimensionals on top of some pool party ribbon.

The sentiment comes from the gorgeous Baby Bear stamp set and I cut the banner using the Banners Framelits Dies.  I embellished the card with some metallic enamel stars to echo the background stars.  Welcome to the world baby George Samuel 😘😘😘

Flourish Thinlits Dies & Banners for you

As much as I love to make my own cards, I somehow struggle to readily use DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Then I’ll spot another project on Pinterest featuring some and I’ll think to myself, I must use some of that paper next time!

That’s how the background of this card was born.  This gorgeous DSP comes from the fabulous Pop of Pink Speciality DSP.

I stamped my banner and sentiment from  Banners for you, before die cutting my banner out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies.

To take advantage of my blank black and white canvas, I cut bright floral shapes using the Flourish Thinlits Dies from bermuda bay, mint macaron, melon mambo and rich razzleberry cardstock, with a few metallic accents cut from silver foil sheets.

I adhered my banner to my card front with dimensionals, and assembled my flourish cut outs beneath it.

To finish, I tied some thick whisper white baker’s twine around my card front, attached my DSP card front to a whisper white mat and then to a Bermuda bay card base.  Fabulous card for a fabulous friend 😘😘

Popcorn Box

The Popcorn Box Thinlits dies are a great addition to your crafting supplies and they are easy to use and sooo much fun too!  They’re the perfect size for holding a bag of popcorn, but they are also a great way to present so many different types of treats!

I began by running the Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies through my Big Shot to create the template.  Then I heat embossed my whisper white cut out using gold embossing powder and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a chic gold patterned background.  The single stripe and the ‘enjoy’ was stamped from Ready to Pop stamp set (which can be purchased as a part of a bundle with the Thinlit dies to save 10%) and cut out with the matching dies in the set.  The badges were stamped from Badges & Banners using the fabulous Ombre ink pads in Bermuda bay, calypso coral and rich razzleberry, and punched out with the Best Badge punch.  I then assembled all the parts together and finished with a little gold metallic thread and a gold foil star for extra bling.  I placed yummy sweeties in a bag and tied with some gold ribbon to bring all the elements together.  Love love love this bundle, the possibilities are endless! ❤️❤️❤️

Simple Sunshine Wishes

A very simple but pretty card for you today, using the gorgeous Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies.

I used the flower die from this set to cut a flower from some scrap cardstock.  I then used this cut out flower as a mask, and held it down on my whisper white card front before taking a sponge dauber and sponging some melon mambo ink around and all over the flower.  I moved my flower mask down the page and repeated this sponging technique with soft sky and wisteria wonder until I was left with a pretty ‘spray can’ effect of flowers on my card front.

My sentiment comes from the matching Sunshine Sayings stamp set which I inked in versamark before embossing it using silver embossing powder, and then I flicked some clear wink of stella over my card front for a little shimmer.  Next, I ran a silver foil sheet through my Big Shot with my Bold Butterfly framelits dies, and adhered it in between the flowers on a dimensional so it looks as though it is resting on one of the flowers.  Finally, I scattered a few rhinestones, and attached my card front to a silver foil mat and then to a wisteria wonder card base.  So simple yet pretty, give this masking technique a go yourself xx

Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies

It’s my mum’s birthday today and I wanted to make her a special card.  She loves flowers so I decided to use the stunning beautiful branches thinlit dies to create some hydrangeas.  I started by silver embossing my sentiment on a piece of whisper white cardstock measuring 5.5″ x 5.5″, using the Watercolor Words stamp set.

Next I die cut the flowers and stems for my hydrangeas from some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  Once all the parts of my flowers had been die cut, I set about watercolouring the glimmer paper flowers in bermuda bay and island indigo, pink pirouette and rose red, and wisteria wonder and perfect plum, and the stems and leaves in pear pizzazz and cucumber crush.

I adhered the hydrangeas to my card front using the fine tip glue pen and added rhinestones to the centres of each flower for a little sparkle.  Finally, I die cut the ‘mum’ using the retired little letters dies from silver foil sheets, before adhering them with dimensional strips, and finishing with a metallic enamel heart.  I attached my card front to a whisper white card base measuring 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ to make the flowers really pop. Happy Birthday Mum, hope you have a wonderful day 😘😘😘❤️

Pop of Paradise & Touches of Texture

As you know, I just love flamingoes and am a huge fan of the gorgeous Pop of Paradise stamp set.  I decided to team it with Touches of Texture to create this beautiful array of multicoloured flamingo cards!   I knew the lacey stamp from Touches of Texture would make for a pretty backdrop for my flamingoes.   Using my stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the Lacey image repeatedly in bermuda bay, melon mambo, perfect plum and pumpkin pie,  lining it up until the background pattern emerged.

My sentiment came from the wonderful Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  This gorgeous stamp set is available as part of a bundle through August only and is simply a stunning, elegant and timeless stamp set.  I especially love the font of the words in the set which is how I came to choose the ‘for you’.  I silver embossed my sentiment to make it stand out and then tied a piece of silver natural trim ribbon around my card front.

On a separate piece of whisper white cardstock, I stamped my flamingoes in the same colours before fussy cutting them out.  Next , I placed a small silver metallic doily to the right hand side of my ribbon, and adhered my flamingo with dimensionals on top of that.

Finally I added a metallic enamel heart next to my sentiment, and attached my card front to a silver foil mat as pictured above, before attaching my card layers to a whisper white card base.  I really love the elegant combination of all of these stamp sets, hope you do too 💕💕💕