Hearts Come Home – sneak peek

Hearts Come Home is one of the many beautiful new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter catty which goes live on Friday! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do the Bokeh technique. 

I started off by randomly daubering my colours (as pictured – crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, pacific point & berry burst) onto my base cardstock until I had a rainbow effect on my card.  Cherry Cobbler is such a great Christmas colour, I knew that had to be incorporated somehow! 

Next I cut a selection of different sized circles out of a piece of window sheet, using the Layering Circles Dies to create a template. I then used a sponge dauber to apply white stazon ink  to the template until I was left with different sized white circles over the rainbow background. The effect is more beautiful if the intensity of the white changes from circle to circle. The finished card pictured shows the beautiful result of the ‘bokeh’ technique.

My black images were stamped in black stazon ink. When stamping black over the white, it can be a bit tricky to achieve a sharp image so it’s best to let your cardstock dry overnight before you stamp over it.

Remember this gorgeous new stamp set will be available to purchase from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Friday 1st September and you can purchase it here at my online shop! 


Thankful Thoughts

I’m always in need of a thank you card and the Thankful Thoughts stamp set just about covers every thank you going! I particularly love this large thank you sentiment and it fits perfectly into the square stitched shapes framelits die.  I created the rainbow effect wording by colouring the back of my stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers in pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda bay and berry burst, and painted over the words with clear wink of stella for a little sparkle.

My gorgeous leaf was stamped and cut from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (told you this bundle was versatile!) and I embellished with some Bermuda bay ribbon and some stunning berry burst glitter enamel dots to finish.

Happy Birthday Thinlits Die

When you’re looking to make a quick, simple card, look no further than the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  No stamping required and such a bargain at £18.00! I watercoloured some gorgeous watercolour paper with pear pizzazz, soft sky and so saffron.  This paper is so elegant and the texture really adds another dimension to a card.  My ‘Happy Birthday’ was cut from some fabulous soft sky Foil Frenzy DSP.   I cut out my leaf mask using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies and softly sponged my leaf images on the card.  Just love how easy a card can come together with this fantastic die – just add some background interest and embellish and in moments you have yourself a beautiful birthday card.

Oh So Eclectic

I’m in love with A LOT of the new stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, but I have to tell you, Oh So Eclectic might just be my favourite.  If you were going to buy just one stamp set, this would be my absolute recommendation.  It’s such a versatile stamp set and I love the different looks you can achieve by stamping and layering the images, especially when pairing the stamp set with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies.

I can’t wait to get to grips with the dies in this set and have some real fun, but for my first try I decided to die cut the central pattern and use this cut out as a mask.  I then sponged through the mask with powder pink, berry burst, lemon lime twist and pacific point and stamped and cut out a few leaves and flowers for added texture and dimension.  I adore the ‘fresh’ look that this colour palette creates.

Paisleys & Posies

I was asked to create an anniversary card and my immediate thoughts went to the gorgeous Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies which never fail me.  But as you know, I like to keep things fresh.  So I decided to create my own heart base using the Sweet & Sassy framelits dies and, taking inspiration from the catty, I stamped and clear heat embossed images from the stunning Paisleys & Posies stamp set over the heart.  I then watercoloured over my heart with the pretty colour combo – flirty flamingo, sweet sugarplum and peakaboo peach.

My sentiment comes from Best Birds, and I gold heat embossed this over vellum to keep the elegant look of the card.  To finish I decided to cut some gold accents out from gold foil sheets using the Paisley framelits Dies and attach my card front to a flirty flamingo mat on crumb cake base.  Here is my finished card.

Overall I was pleased with the finished result although if I had white heat embossed my images instead of clear heat embossing them, this would have made my paisley images really ‘pop’ against the watercolour.  Which look do you prefer – soft or sharp? Would love to hear your thoughts x

Birthday Blooms for Mum

It’s my mum’s birthday today and I wanted to create something gorgeous and unique – a bit like her 😍! 

I wanted to achieve a fresh look with Birthday Blooms and I love it paired with the gorgeous Sheet Music background stamp. Oh how I love each and every one of my background stamps!

I watercoloured my flower in stunning berry burst, which is fast becoming a favourite for me. I used pear pizzazz for the leaves and sponged soft sky ink onto my musical label, before adhering the images to some gorgeous berry burst Color Theory DSP.  The label itself was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits dies.  My sentiment was stamped from the Beatiful You stamp set and the ‘mum’ was created from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.  My mum really is a gorgeous mum in every way so I hope her birthday is as fabulous as she is! 😘

Climbing Orchid – Three ways

The Climbing Orchid stamp set and matching Orchid Builder framelits are so beautiful and are currently available in a discounted bundle at 10% off in the current annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Whilst I was excited about using these stamps, I was also a little overwhelmed with the number of stamps in this set! You can achieve so many looks and can also keep layering the Orchid petals to create a real 3D effect.  

As you can see, I created three ‘stepped up’ cards with this stamp set and the possibilities are endless.  To create my orchids, I firstly clear heat embossed them on shimmery white cardstock.  I then painted over the heat embossed images so that the colours could blend together. I love the colour combination of berry burst, fresh fig and lemon lime twist.  The watercolour backgrounds offset the orchids beautifully, but I also love the simplicity of the floating orchids on crumb cake background.  With this set, anything goes but if you love orchids as much as I do, it’s a must!

Moon Baby

I just adore the Moon Baby stamp set.  It’s the perfect set for a new baby card and the family I was sending this card to have a love for anything rainbow.  So I knew I wanted to create my rainbow backdrop with the Watercolor Wash background stamp.  I used sponge daubers to ink the back of my stamp with all the brights – melon mambo, bermuda bay, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, rich razzleberry and pacific point.  I wanted softer, even colour on the baby image so used the fabulous watercolour pencils.  These pencils are amazing – in fact I’m hoping that Stampin’ Up! will eventually produce them in all the colours!  I heat embossed my sentiment from Milestone Moments and mounted my card front on a melon mambo mat for a bright, beautiful finish.

Best Birds

I just LOVE the Stampin’ Up! new In Colors 2017-2019 and I love the way they pop on this card. I wanted an elegant finish so I used watercolour paper for my base and the stitched shapes framelits dies for the stitched effect on the circle. I can’t get enough of these dies, they are so gorgeous!! 

Using the Best Birds stamp set, I white heat embossed my bird and flower images onto my die cut circle before blending over my embossed image with sponge daubers inked in tranquil tide, berry burst, powder pink, lemon lime twist and fresh fig. I added a little water for a washed effect and some fresh fig ribbon and a few berry burst glitter enamel dots to finish. 

Remarkable You

Hi everyone! Apologies for my longer than intended hiatus but I was busy working on my own special creation 😉 – My baby boy Grayson arrived in April and he has certainly been keeping me on my toes! 

But I am pleased to say I have found my way back to my craft room and am looking forward to showing you some of the projects I have been working on using the amazing products in the not so new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  The first thing that caught my eye were the stunning new In Colours for 2017-2019. Stampin’ Up! have outdone themselves and I think these are my favourite set of In Colours for a while.  I just love the way they compliment one another.  

I made these thank you cards using the gorgeous Remarkable You stamp set and the fabulous Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I just adore the stitched effect and can’t get enough of these Dies.  I stamped the flowers in lemon lime twist, tranquil tide, fresh fig and berry burst and added some powder pink Embossing Paste in the corners using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Oh how I love embossing paste!!! It’s messy but totally worth it. Love everything about these pretty cards including their simplicity.