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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Very Vintage Colour Challenge

I entered a colour challenge this week and Very Vintage was the stamp set I decided to showcase.

The colours for the challenge were melon mambo, mango melody and granny apple green – what a fabulous colour combination and all from our brights collection.

I focused the colour in one area of the card, and created texture by embossing and distressing the white front panel.

I ruched up some retired melon mambo ribbon from my stash but you could use any ribbon to achieve a similar effect, or even colour your own!

Glad I got to put my spin on Very Vintage before it’s gone for good at the end of the month xx

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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 😘

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Petal Promenade with Beautiful Layers

It was my mum’s birthday last week, and this is the card I made for her. The Petal Promenade DSP is so stunning and I have been itching to use it since I got it! The mossy meadow frame was cut using the Beautiful Layers Thinlits Dies and the sentiment, from Stitched All Around is so perfect for my mum!!! A few petal pink sequins and some jute twine finished of this elegant card perfectly.

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Picture Perfect Birthday

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If you’re looking for one simple stamp set to create beautiful birthday cards, look no further than Picture Perfect Birthday.  I love both the font and images in the set, and was very quickly able to throw these pretty cards together by just repeat stamping the bow image which is a two step stamp.

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I used a basic grey card base to make the bows pop even more.  Love, love, love a bit of easy crafting now and again!

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A Whole Lot of Lovely

I’m loving the DSP on offer from Stampin’ Up! of late and though the foiled ones are my absolute favorite, I think the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP is so pretty and made for the perfect backdrop for this first birthday card. I especially love the crisp colour scheme of this paper.

The sentiment and roses were stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and my beautiful powder pink bear comes from A Little Wild which is available in a bundle with the matching framelits.  The tag itself was punched using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the number 1 was die cut from some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  I used the gorgeous powder pink shimmer ribbon and black bakers twine for the tag with some sparkly black rhinestones to complete the look.

Magical Mermaid Eclipse Card

There seems to be a bit of an Eclipse Card craze going on at the moment and though a bit behind, I couldn’t wait to give this technique a try. In general the technique constitutes letters or numbers ‘lifting’ off the page with a stamped background beneath which only adds to the 3D effect.

I decided that the beautiful Magical Mermaid stamp set would create the perfect backdrop for this effect.  Once I had stamped my background, I attached the letters I wanted to cut out of my card front from the Large Letters Framelits Dies using washi tape to hold them in place and ran my card front through the Big Shot. Once the letters had been die cut, I reattached them to my card front with dimensionals to create that ‘lifting’ illusion.

I gold heat embossed the sentiment and a few mermaid images and mounted my card front to a piece of gold foil sheet and finally to a calypso coral card base.  Although I love the overall effect, I didn’t get the alignment of the letters as precise as I would have liked so would definitely pay more attention to this next time. Can’t wait to try this technique again xx

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!

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.