Bubble Over

I was asked to create a male 30th birthday card and I decided to it was time to bring out my Bubble Over stamp set and matching dies. Even though this was a male card, I didn’t want to keep the colours muted – 30 is a special birthday after all.

I inked up my pinewood planks embossing folder in a variety of colours before running it through my big shot to create this cool yet vibrant background. I adhered the bottles flat but popped the central numbers up on dimensionals for depth. A little wink of Stella on the numbers made the card really pop.

Love the way this card turned out – the perfect balance of fun and funk, just like its recipient!

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All Good Things

So the minute I spotted All Good Things in the catalogue, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! It is part of a new range of distinktive stamp sets by Stampin’ Up! which stamp the most beautifully detailed images with shades of light and dark within it. The depth and dimension really comes across in the koi fish in this card, and all with one single stamp!

My fish were stamped in gorgeous grape, lovely lipstick and coastal cabana. The background spots were stamped using Gallery Grunge which is already forming a special place in my heart 😍 – If you were a fan of the Retired Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, you will love this one. This was a get well card for my aunt, so I took the sentiment from Dandelion Wishes.

The background colours I used were gorgeous grape, petal pink and soft sea foam. I coloured my own ribbon by taking some white ribbon I already had in my stash and inking it up in coastal cabana ink. This is such a great way to make the most of your supplies. It also means you don’t have to invest lots of money in ribbons (unless you want to of course 😉) and you will always have a coordinating ribbon to hand in a flash. A few sparkly sequins finished my card off perfectly.

Such a simple card to make, and these distinktive stamps do all the work for you xx

Scrapbooking Global ‘Textures’ Challenge

I’m really enjoying scrapbooking at the moment and I decided to take part in the Scrapbooking Global Challenge from one of my facebook groups.  If you are looking for some scrapbooking inspiration, you must check out Scrapbooking Global – Stampin’ Up! on Facebook.

I CASED my page layout from the talented Danielle Bennenk.  I didn’t have any textured DSP to hand so I decided to create my own by repeat stamping Gallery Grunge in gray granite and double layering vellum leaves using the leaf punch.  In the centre, I used a strip of Share what you Love DSP and handstamped and die cut the flowers from Oh so Eclectic. The flowers were stamped in mint macaron, rich razzleberry and petal pink. Its hard to see from my photo, but some of the flowers are popped up on dimensionals to add even more depth.  I sponged so saffron ink onto the left hand side of my page, and used black diamond shaped die cuts from the Eclectic Layers thinlits dies for interest.  I absolutely love this sentiment which was stamped from Detailed with Love and die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and it is so appropriate for my mum (pictured here with me).

I just love how this page turned out.  Who knew scrapbooking was so much fun, and I love how easy it is to bring in so many different crafting elements.  If you want to get creative, give scrapbooking a try xx

Stampin’ Up! New Ink Pads, New Colours, New Joining Offer…..

When I heard about the likely colour refresh this year, I must admit I wasn’t overly excited.  I have never much liked change and I had grown to love the old colour families.  Having only been an Independent Demonstrator for almost 3 years, I had never experienced one of these colour refreshes before!  But I must tell you, the new colours are simply stunning!  To make life easier, you are able to order the new colour ink pads, stampin’ write markers, and cardstock in individual bundles.  At just £13, the cardstock bundle in particular is a great cost effective way of seeing which of the new colours you love the most.

To boot, the ink pad design has also changed.  There has been a bit of debate on this, especially since so many customers loved and are familiar with the old style of ink pad.    From my perspective, I am so happy with all of the changes.  Whilst the old style of ink pad is the same good quality it always was, in my opinion there are two major advantages to the new style ink pads.

Firstly, they are stackable, which means if like me, you have limited space, you can get a lot more ink pads into a much smaller space without the need for a bulky ink pad holder.  Secondly, a special defoaming agent has been added to all the new style ink pads and their refills.  This has improved the quality of my stamped images hugely!

And this brings me on to my final bit of exciting news…..Stampin’ Up! have just released an exciting new joining promotion.  For the month of JULY ONLY, you can claim an entire set of 10 ink pads from any of the five colour collections for free if you join my team as as Independent Demonstrator!  This means, that in addition to getting £130 worth of products for £99 in your starter kit when you join my team, you’ll also be able to claim £63 worth of new style ink pads absolutely free!!! If you have been considering joining Stampin’ Up! for a while, now is definitely the time.  If you want to know more or have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at stampingwithlovenet@gmail.com or to join my team, click here.

Rooted in Nature – scrapbooking for Father’s Day

It has been the busiest year ever, and keeping up with my 14 month old son has left me less time than I would like, to share my crafting with you all! The brand new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has been such a treat though, and I am just starting to play with all my beautiful new goodies! I have never been much of a scrap booker in the past, but with so many precious moments to capture with my family, I have decided to make a special effort this year, to scrap book whenever I can!

Recently it was Father’s Day in the UK, so it seemed like the perfect time to kick off my scrapbook album. This is a picture of my husband Ben and son Grayson in a photo shoot we did in the week following Grayson’s 1st birthday. He is never happier than when he is sitting on his daddy’s shoulders!!

I wanted to keep the theme neutral rather than flowery, so decided on the new Rooted in Nature Bundle. Oh my word, this Bundle is absolutely stunning!! The stamped images are just gorgeous with my favourite being the detailed leaves. Orange is my husband’s favourite colour, so I mounted the photo on a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock and went with coastal cabana, blackberry bliss, merry merlot and call me clover, for the background stamping. I added some pumpkin pie accents using Timeless Textures which remains a firm favourite of mine. The gold heat embossing and black die cuts add texture and dimension along with a more masculine vibe.  The ‘amazing’ was die cut using the Celebrate You thinlit dies, and the black patterned accent pieces were cut using the Flourish thinlits dies.

Just love how it all came together. I’ve also realised scrapbooking is a great way to combine and showcase different stamp sets easily, so am looking forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months xx

Watercolor Christmas

I love big bold sentiments and the font and size of the Christmas sentiments in Watercolor Christmas are no exception. This stamp set is perfect for quick Christmas crafting. I chose to pair rich deep colours with crumb cake cardstock for these cards – cherry cobbler, fresh fig, tranquil tide and night of navy. I stamped the sentiment onto an oval, die cut using the stitched shape framelits dies and added some copper foil Christmas mistletoe cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies with some copper washi tape from my stash and ribbon to match the card bases. I also embossed my card front with the Softly Falling embossing folder to add to the Christmassy vibe, and attached to a copper foil mat.

Sunshine Wishes

I needed to make an engagement card so I reached for my Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. The font of the ‘congrats’ die is just beautiful and I decided to die cut the pieces from some of the champagne foil sheets in the Autumn/winter catty for an understated yet elegant look. I will be stocking up on lots of this stunning cardstock before it retires!

The wood background comes from the wood stack designer series paper stack – how versatile is this paper?! It’s great for Christmas cards, works perfectly with the wood crate framelits dies and even creates a pretty backdrop for this engagement card – love it 😍 The dsp and foil sheets did all the work for me on this card, so I used some fresh fig sheer ribbon, berry burst woven ribbon and powder pink shimmer ribbon to add colour, layered with copper trim for contrast and texture. A few scattered metallic enamel shapes and you have yourself a simple but pretty engagement card!

Flurry of Wishes

Flurry of Wishes is a lovely Christmas Stamp Set – I can’t understand why it took me so long to use it! I wanted to keep this card simple and pretty. I decided on a smoky slate, sweet sugarplum and soft sky colour way. I love this smoky slate gingham ribbon – it is so elegant and yet easy to use, and the silver sequin trim makes for a fun accent. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I used the Everyday Label Punch to Punch it out which means you can create a batch of Christmas cards like this very quickly! I used the softly falling embossing folder to achieve the ‘snowy’ background on my card front and it works perfectly with this stamp set.

Floral Statements

I fell in love with the Floral Statements Stamp Set as soon as I spotted it in the Annual Catalogue. The big bold images are so gorgeous! I watercoloured my rose in berry burst and the leaves in pear pizzazz and old olive before fussy cutting it out and popping it up on dimensionals to my card front. I added some elegant old olive sheer ribbon and a few glitter enamel dots to embellish and attached my shimmery white card front to a berry burst mat and crumbcake card base.

Moon Baby

My cousin recently had a baby boy and Moon Baby remains my favourite welcome baby stamp set and the obvious choice for her card. This time I opted for a smoky slate, daffodil delight and bermuda bay colour way. I love the way smoky slate pairs so well with the other Stampin’ Up! colours – it’s such a great neutral. I colored my baby image using the fabulous watercolour pencils and fussy cut this out before popping it up on dimensionals to my smoky slate card front. The clouds were made from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and punched out using the tree builder punch. I adhered some of the clouds flat and popped others up to create dimension before adding the beautiful smoky slate gingham ribbon to finish, along with a few metallic enamel shapes.