Buffalo Check meets Rooted in Nature

I needed a masculine card and while I am waiting for my beautiful new products to arrive from the brand new Annual Catalogue, I decided to reach for my trusted Rooted in Nature set. I just love this set and how easy it is to put together both male and female cards!

I used the Buffalo Check Stamp with smoky slate ink to create the background and stamped and die cut various elements in black, gold and smoky slate.

I added some extra texture and interest by gold heat embossing the background on the front panel using the splatter from Artisan Textures, and finished off with some linen thread and some basic white sequins.

I wanted to create a masculine card that was both simple and stylish – hopefully I achieved this xxx

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Lemon Zest Thank You Cards

Recently, Stampin’ Up! asked us to make thank you cards for the wonderful volunteers who support the Wycombe Homeless Connection

I love any opportunity to thank those who work so hard to help others, so I knew I wanted to contribute to this effort.

The Lemon Zest stamp and matching punch set retires at the end of this month, so this project was its swan song!

I can’t get enough of the Well Written Dies. The size and font of the words in this die set is perfect for card fronts and such a bold, funky way to add a sentiment to your card! I love the contrast between the black foil ‘thanks’ and that vibrant pineapple punch lemon!

So glad I was able to give something back to the people who contribute to this worthy cause xx

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By the Bay

By the Bay is such a pretty stamp set. As soon as I saw the images in it, I knew I wanted to make the birds my focal point. I needed a masculine thank you card and love how elegantly this card turned out.

I used Artisan Textures to create the background interest on the stitched oval and love the soft sea foam, highland heather and blackberry bliss colour combination.

You can earn this lovely stamp set for FREE by spending £45 on any Stampin’ Up! products of your choice until 31st March.

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Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Scrapbook Page using the Frosted Floral Suite

I hope you are all enjoying the festivities of the season and the final countdown to Christmas – can you believe it is just 1 week away??! I feel totally unprepared but somehow the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the cards have all been sent! I’ve no idea how it all got done but I’m so glad everything appears to be on schedule for now.

Today is a very special day for my husband Ben and I as we are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year so it seemed fitting to have a wedding to match. Some people say their wedding day is a bit of a blur, but I remember every detail of my wedding as though it happened yesterday. In fact, I can’t understand where the last 10 years have gone!

I wanted to make a 10 year anniversary scrapbook page to mark this milestone in our lives – the photos are of us then and now. And the Frosted Floral suite was the perfect way to adorn the page. I have loved using every part of this gorgeous suite.

The great news is the First Frost stamp and die set will carry over to the next catalogue, but I will miss this beautiful Frosted Floral DSP so much. The colours of our wedding were red and gold for Christmas, so I used merry merlot for the mat layers and champagne foil as my chosen metallic foil paper. Gray Granite is prominent in the DSP and with the black and white photos, I thought champagne would be perfect with its warmer grey tones.

Of course, no scrapbook page (or any page for that matter) would be complete without a little Joyous Noel tranquil tide glimmer paper. I rarely buy products when they are retiring. but I must admit to stocking up on another pack of this stunning paper!

A lot has changed for us over the past 10 years – people have come into and gone out of our lives. The most important newcomer has been our gorgeous little boy Grayson who is now 20 months old. We feel so blessed to have him. Times have been testing, but our love for one another remains just the same.

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