Festive Flower Builder Punch

It’s my grans 90th Birthday this week – wow! What an amazing milestone.  She lives in Canada and I was lucky enough to have her come visit me in England this summer.

I knew I’d be making her a special birthday card from me but I ended up making two others as well, one from my mum and one also from my aunt. That’s a whole lot of 90th birthday cards so I’ve decided to dedicate this weeks blogs to my Gran – well 90 is a pretty special number so it only seems fitting!

Here’s the first of my three cards.

This was actually my first attempt at using the Festive Flower Builder Punch to create my 3D flower. Though the punch makes a fabulous Christmas poinsettia, you can see that the flower possibilities are endless.

I began by watercolouring some shimmery white cardstock using melon mambo, island indigo, Bermuda bay, wisteria wonder and crushed curry.

After drying my watercoloured cardstock using my heat tool, I heat embossed the flower veins over the cardstock by stamping them in versamark using the Reason for the Season stamp set and heat embossing them using silver embossing powder.

After all the flower components were stamped and punched out with the Festive Flower Builder Punch, I folded the petals in half to give some dimension and assembled the flower using tombo glue and dimensionals.

Once my flower was made, I put it to one side and set to work on my card front.  The silver mesh background was stamped from Ghoulish Grunge (this stamp set is not just for Halloween!!) and and the 90 was stamped from Number of Years stamp set.  Both were stamped in versamark and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped in the same way using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and assembled with glue dots.

Finally, I adhered the flower to my card front with fast fuse and placed an iced rhinestone in the centre.

Love the uniqueness of this card and the versatility of this punch.  Am looking forward to exploring the flower styles that can be created with this clever punch!

Frosted Medallions & Wonderful Year – part 2

This is the second card I made using the Frosted Medallions & Wonderful Year stamp set together.

This time I opted for a Night of Navy, Mint Macaron & Crumb Cake colour way and I just loved how this card turned out.

Once my frosted medallions were stamped, I wrapped a piece of silver glitter ribbon around my card front.  I white heat embossed my sentiment from Wonderful Year onto a piece of vellum cardstock and trimmed it into a rectangular shape using my Stampin’ Trimmer.  I didn’t measure anything but just trimmed around the sentiment.

As in my previous card, I adhered the vellum to a piece of crumb cake backing and popped my label up on dimensionals after placing a mini silver metallic foil doily behind the label in the top left hand corner.

To finish, I attached my card front to a night of navy mat and finally to a mint macaron card base before embellishing with some pearls in each corner of my sentiment.

Frosted Medallions & Wonderful Year – part 1

I loved both of these stamp sets when I spotted them in the Autumn Winter catalogue so I was delighted to see how well they worked together! This is the first of two cards I made using Frosted Medallions together with Wonderful Year.

I stamped my large medallion image in sweet sugarplum, pool party and elegant eggplant and silver heat embossed a couple of smaller medallions for a metallic accent. I then wrapped a piece of sweet sugarplum glitter ribbon around the card front.

To create the central label, I heat embossed the sentiment from Wonderful Year using white embossing powder on vellum cardstock. Using the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, I cut the sentiment out and also a backing piece of crumb cake cardstock before adhering them together and popping the label up on dimensionals.

To finish, I placed my card front on a crumb cake mat and adhered this to a whisper white card base, and placed some rhinestones on the label.  Love this as a contemporary Christmas card.

Badges & Banners – A Masculine Birthday Card

I love the versatility of Badges & Banners and the fact it makes for a great masculine card.  I created the background of my card front by stamping off my stamp in smoky slate ink and stamping this repeatedly over the card front, using my stamp-a-ma-jig to line the badges up.

Next, I stamped the image again, this time in dapper denim ink on scrap whisper white cardstock, and punched this out using the matching Best Badge Punch.  I adhered my card front to a dapper denim mat, tied some thick smoky slate baker’s twine around the card, and adhered my dapper denim badge on top of the twine with dimensionals, before attaching to a smoky slate card base.  To finish, I scattered some silver metallic enamel circles.

Mixed Drinks & Brushstrokes

It’s my lovely husband’s birthday today and he does like his beer! So I decided Mixed Drinks would be perfect for his card.  I began by inking the back of my Brushstrokes background stamp with delightful dijon, pumpkin pie, old olive and bermuda bay.  I achieved my main banner by die cutting my stamped cardstock using the Banners Framelits Dies.  I then die cut an accent banner from some gold fabulous foil designer acetate using the same framelits and stapled them both to my card front using my handheld stapler.

On a separate piece of whisper white cardstock, I stamped my mug of beer from Mixed Drinks.  I stamped the beer itself in delightful dijon before brushing the mug with clear wink of stella, fussy cutting this out and adhering it to the bottom of my banner with dimensionals.

 To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment from Happy Happenings using two separate stamps from this set – the Happy Birthday and the Handsome from Hello Handsome.  I stamped these in versamark and heat embossed them using gold embossing powder to match the acetate.  Finally, I attached my card front to a whisper white card base and finished with a gold metallic enamel heart.  Happy Birthday Benjy, love you lots ❤️❤️❤️

Blooms & Wishes Card in a Box

It’s my good friend Jackie’s birthday today and I wanted to make her a card she would love!  I decided it would have to be a card in box for that wow factor.

Usually, I make these types of cards to fit in our UK standard C6 envelope.  But since I wanted to decorate it with larger flowers inside, I decided to make it wider than that, and make my own custom made envelope using the fabulous Envelope Punch Board.

I used a piece of A4 crumb cake cardstock to create the framework of my card in a box.  No matter what size card in a box you create, the format is always the same, and in this case I scored my lines at 2.75″ intervals.

I decided to use the pretty Blooms and Bliss DSP to mat against the lower sides and top flaps of my box and naturally used the matching Blooms and Wishes stamp set to create some big bold flowers, which I stamped in sweet sugarplum, blushing bride, island indigo and rich razzleberry – colours which I took from the DSP.  I then fussy cut them out and adhered them to the centre panels of my card.

I am so in love with the froggie from Love you Lots and loved the idea of him sitting amongst the flowers.  I stamped him in memento black ink and coloured him using my emerald envy Stampin’ write marker, before fussy cutting him out and adhering him to the flowers.

To finish my card off, I stamped my little bumble bees from the Shooting Star stamp set and cut them out with the matching Sliding Star framelits. I then adhered them to my card, silver embossed my sentiment from Birthday Blooms on the front flap, and finished off with some pearl embellishments for the centres of my flowers and a silver ribbon bow.

Happy Birthday Jacks, hope you love your card! 😘😘😘

Star of Light

The brand new Star of Light stamp set is absolutely stunning.  I love stars, so the moment I saw it, I knew it was top of my wish list.  This colour combo is very unusual for me being more muted, but I like to keep things fresh, so went for a mint macaron and night of navy colourway with blushing bride glimmer paper for a lift. I silver heat embossed some of the stars to make them really pop on the card front and finished with some basic rhinestones for a little starry sparkle 😊

The blushing bride star was cut using the new Starlight Thinlits Dies and is so beautifully detailed.  The stamp set and dies will be available as a bundle at a 10% discount in the new Autumn/Winter Catty from 1st September (only a few days away woo hoo!!!) – love love love it.

Totally Trees – Sneak Peek 

Totally Trees is another fantastic stamp set available from the brand new Autumn/Winter catalogue, out on 1st September, and I love this contemporary take on the Christmas tree.

I adore the simplicity of this card, and it’s difficult to convey in picture, the beautiful effect of the copper heat embossed insides of the trees.

I embossed the card front by running it through my Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Next, I stamped the green tree tops in garden green ink, and then copper embossed the framework of the tree over the top of this.  Finally, I brushed clear wink of Stella over the tree tops before fussy cutting them out.

I wrapped a piece or burlap ribbon over the lower part of my card panel before I adhered the central tree flat, and raised the trees on either side by adhering them with dimensionals.

To finish, I copper embossed the sentiment from Oh What Fun stamp set on some whisper white cardstock, and cut a banner using the Triple Banner Punch, before sponging the edge in garden green ink, adhering with dimensionals, and placing three basic rhinestones for a little sparkle 🎄🎄🎄

Happy Ornament – Sneak Peek

The moment I spotted the gorgeous Happy Ornament stamp in the brand new Autumn-Winter catalogue I fell slightly in love.

I just adore Christmas and can’t wait to put my tree up every year. In the UK, we call ornaments baubles, and mine very much resemble the colours in the one pictured above which is where my inspiration came from.

I began by running my card front through the Big Shot, using the brand new Pine Bough embossing folder which is absolutely gorgeous.  I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for my bauble to hang from.

Next, I silver heat embossed my ornament stamp on shimmery white cardstock.  I watercoloured my bauble using wisteria wonder, perfect plum & rich razzleberry ink using my empty wink of Stella pen filled with water as my painting brush, to give a beautiful high shimmer all over the bauble.  Then I coloured in the clasp of the bauble with a silver ink gel pen, and coloured the bow in using a rich razzleberry stampin’ write marker.

Finally, I fussy cut the bauble out, placed it over one of the tree boughs to make it appear as if hanging and adhered it with dimensionals for some depth.  I placed my card front on a fine bordered rich razzleberry mat, and then on a whisper white card base before scattering a few basic rhinestones.  Love how simple yet beautiful this card turned out to be and can’t say enough good things about this gorgeous stamp!  I also love the way the stamp incorporates the lovely Christmas sentiment as well.

Be sure to check out the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue released on 1st Steptember to be able to see and purchase these and many more stunning new Christmas goodies ❤️❤️❤️

Penned & Painted – Another Spinner Card

Having posted my previous blog on a spinner card using Touches of Texture, I was asked to create a similar card for a friend.  I decided to keep the format the same but this time used Penned & Painted and made the flowers bolder and brighter, as if the bee was flying through them.

I love the whimsical nature of this stamp set.  I chose rose red, wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie for the large flowers, stamping off to achieve the paler outer, and stamping full strength for the centres of the flowers.  I adore the lady birds (soo cute!) and there’s even a little stamp to stamp their red centres 😍

The mechanics of the spinner card are so easy to achieve using the Shooting Star Bundle – the dies do all the work for you!  If you need a reminder on how to use the dies, you can watch my Spinner Card You Tube Tutorial.

To finish, I embossed my sentiment with silver embossing powder from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set, and punched it out with my Classic Label Punch before framing it with two metallic stars.  Hope you like it xx