A Bokeh Night in Bethlehem

I adore the Bokeh Technique, and I always do a bokeh card for Christmas.  There are many ways to achieve this beautiful background effect, but I tend to blend my background using sponge daubers and then apply the white circles using white craft ink through a circle stencil.  You can create your own stencil by die cutting various sized circles into a piece of window sheet.  Craft ink takes a while to dry though, so there’s no rushing this technique!

I decided to use A Night in Bethlehem for this card as I thought the die cuts from our new black foil sheets would work perfectly against the background.  The black foil perfectly combats the difficulty of stamping a crisp black image onto white ink.

I love the finished look of this card, and will be trying my hand at more bokeh cards in the coming weeks.  It certainly creates a WOW at Christmas time!

Product List

Advertisements

Detailed Deer & Joyous Noel – II

I posted a variation of this card a while back using the main colours from the Joyous Noel Suite (https://stampingwithlove.net/2018/08/31/joyous-noel-detailed-deer-sneak-peek).  Today I’m posting the same card in a very different colourway – gray granite and soft suede.

I would never have thought to put these colours together had I not been taking them from the stunning Joyous Noel DSP, but I absolutely love the colour combination on this card. So sophisticated and Christmassy in its own right, and no red or green in sight!

I coloured a few rhinestones in soft suede with my Stampin’ Blends. This DSP is so elegant and rich, and the copper foiling adds glamour without overpowering everything else. You really need to see it with your own eyes to appreciate it -love, love, love.

Product List 

Frosted Floral Boxes

Although I’m not a 3D crafter by nature, I absolutely love making my own gift packaging whenever I can.

I wanted to create a lidded box to hold a gorgeous tube of Neals Yard hand cream. The perfect Christmas gift! The Frosted Floral Speciality DSP is just beautiful and the shimmery effect of this wintery floral paper makes it very special to work with.

I also created an insert for the box to hold the tube in place.

I decorated my box using the gorgeous label Dies from the Frosted Bouquet framelits Dies along with some silver metallic edged ribbon.

Finally I added a few frosted and clear epoxy droplets. Oh how pretty!

So in love with this paper and I can’t stop using it!

Click play on the video below to see how I made this box XX

Measurements

  • CARDSTOCK BASE – 9.5″ x 7″
  • SCORE ON LONG SIDE at 2-1/4″, 4.5″, 6-3/4″, 9″
  • SCORE ON SHORT SIDE @ 2″
  • CARDSTOCK INSERT/TUBE HOLDER – 5.5″ x 5.5″ and scored at 1-5/8″ on all 4 sides
  • DSP FOR INSERT – 2″ x 2″
  • DSP LID – 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ and scored at 2″ on all 4 sides

*TIP – remove 1/16th” (or a sliver) of card from two adjacent sides of cardstock for the base and insert (this will ensure your lid fits perfectly onto your box base)

Product List 

Treat Time at the Team Retreat

I’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend retreat with my Stampin’ Up! team mates and Upline.

It’s always good fun to get together, and it was doubly fun as I recently promoted to a Silver Demo and was able to enjoy a special celebration dinner on the first evening.

I decided to use the Treat Time Bundle for my team swaps. I love all of Stampin’ Up’s 3D project dies, and the fact you can put together multiple treat holders quickly and easily, and without having to worry about measurements etc.

I created almost 50 of these gorgeous treat holders using a mix of the Frosted Floral Speciality DSP, the Petal Promenade DSP and the Tropical Escape DSP.

So easy to put together and they look fab with bakers twine. How cute are the heart toppers?!

I filled my treat tubes (AKA sour cream containers) with little packs of sweeties 😋 but individually wrapped chocolates would also work well xx

Product List

At Home with You

My mum recently moved home and asked me to design and make some change of address cards for her.

I decided to use the front door image from the At Home With You stamp Set, stamped onto Wood Textures DSP.

The matching At Home Framelits Dies are so clever – You can use them to make your door open! As part of my design, I decided to put my mums new address in the opening of the door. So cute!

The pretty Nature’s Poem DSP is the backdrop to my cards and I decided to mix up the embellishments on the door fronts. Half of the cards were embellished with the gorgeous leaves trinkets, and half were embellished with nature’s twine.

I used my hot foiling machine for the words ‘I’ve moved’ on the card front and for the address details inside the opening of the door.

Really pleased with how these cards turned out – I love finding new ways to use my stamps xx

Product List

40th Birthday Card with Petal Palette

The Petal Palette Stamp Set is so unique.  The stamped images have a water coloured effect and is another great set for colouring in – this time I chose blends.

I used copper foil paper for the 40, adhered with dimensionals to a stitched circle die cut. I coloured in the floral images from the set before die cutting them, and arranging the pieces underneath my circle to create a type of wreath around the 40.

The design was completely off the cuff and came to me as I started to arrange the pieces. I was actually really pleased with the end result. What do you think? xx

Product List

50th Wedding Anniversary Card using Petal Promenade & Beautiful Promenade

I was asked to create a Golden Wedding Anniversary card, and here’s what I came up with.

I chose fresh fig for my card base with a vellum overlay to soften. I gold heat embossed the leaf image randomly onto the vellum for a bit of interest.

The gold background piece was created by embossing gold foil paper with the brand new tin tile dynamic Impressions embossing folder. This has to be the coolest EF I have come across to date!

I die cut the 50 from the gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP and finished with a few gold metallic pearls xx

Product List

Frosted Floral Deer

So it’s here and it’s live!!!! The stunning new Autumn/Winter catalogue has finally arrived and you won’t be disappointed. There’s just about something for everyone in this catalogue, and today I am combining two of my favourite things – the Frosted Floral speciality DSP and the Detailed Deer thinlits dies.

I kept these cards really simple as the DSP is pearlised and shimmery and when I added anything more to the card front it just seemed to detract from that.

I adore the beauty and simplicity of these cards, and I love finding another reason to use this stunning DSP xx
Product List

Ben’s Broadway Birthday

It’s my lovely husband’s birthday today and I couldn’t wait to crack open Broadway Birthday to create his card.

This suite is fantastic, so fun with a mix of the metallic – it’s perfect for both female and male cards.

I may have mentioned it before, but orange is his favourite colour (we even have an orange car!!!) so I brought a hint of orange into this card by colouring the DSP with pumpkin pie blends and using a pumpkin pie mat.

I continued the gold theme by gold heat embossing the ‘Hooray’ on basic black cardstock and adding some metallic gold and black sequins. Love, love, love – hope he does too 😘

Product List

Magical Mermaid Party Favours

As you know, It was my lovely friend Jackie’s 40th birthday on Saturday, and as the theme of her party was underwater, I decided to make some birthday favours to coordinate using the Magical Mermaid Stamp Set. Here’s what I came up with.

I love the tranquil colours – soft sea foam, coastal cabana, pacific point and night of navy. I backed the stitched oval label to a silver foil die cut using that beautiful die from the stitched labels framelits dies, and tied it onto the pillow box using some jute twice. This twine is still on the clearance rack – it is brilliant for 3D projects and such a bargain at the moment!

I did some tone on tone stamping on the pillow boxes for added interest, but so as not to detract from the labels themselves.

Love how these boxes turned out, hope the recipients liked them too xx

Product List