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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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!

Love & Affection

It was time for this pretty Love & Affection stamp set to make an appearance so here’s the card I came up with.

I stamped my flowers in sweet sugarplum, wisteria wonder and soft sky ink, and the leaves in emerald envy stamped off, and stamped off again to achieve the lighter shades.

I used the masking technique by stamping my flowers over a paper cut out of the flower at different angles, to achieve the look of some of the flowers going behind and coming in front of other flowers.

This lovely sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I heat embossed this in sweet sugarplum by first inking my stamp in versamark and then straight into my sweet sugarplum ink before stamping this onto my whisper white cardstock, and heat embossing this using clear embossing powder.  I adhered my card front to a sweet sugarplum mat, and then then to a whisper white card base.  A few scattered pearls to finish, and voila! clean and simple.

Father’s Day – 19 June 2016

I was recently asked to create a Father’s Day card for a friend. I thought she was being super organised as Father’s Day seemed like ages away, but in actual fact it’s only 5 weeks away -yikes!!

Anyway, here’s what I came up with!

I began by silver embossing my ‘happy’ from the beautiful Watercolor Words stamp set. The stamp actually reads ‘happy birthday’ but I managed to cover up the ‘birthday’ with a post it note and versamark the ‘happy’ before heat embossing.  Next I embossed the card front using the now sadly retired honeycombe embossing folder, but to be honest any neutral embossing folder would work. Then I stamped my hexagon images from the Six Sided Sampler stamp set. This set is also retiring but the good news is the wood version is still available while stocks last. The thing I love most about this stamp set is it is gender neutral – add a splash of colour and floral accents and it’s perfect for a female card. Add some Go Wild DSP and you have yourself a masculine card! I know, I know, the Go Wild DSP has been used once again here but this just proves its versatility!! I silver embossed a couple of hexagons over the go wild DSP and just punched the rest out using the hexagon punch. I then mounted my hexagon cut outs on black card stock, cut them out by hand to leave a black border around each hexagon and stamped the ‘father’s day’ using the brilliant Crazy for You stamp set before cutting my sentiment out using the triple banner punch. I embellished the card front with basic black baker’s twine, adhered my hexagons with dimensionals in a random design and placed my banner on top, before mounting my white panel to tip top taupe card and adhering this to a basic black card base with just a few silver brads to finish. Love love love this card and was proud I managed to pull off a masculine vibe (no easy feat in card craft 😉). Now have to come up with an equally great card concept for my own dad…..! xx

Telford Swaps – 2016

As a fairly new Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, this was my first visit to Telford for some team bonding and product training. Traditionally, demonstrators make ‘swaps’ to take and give to one another in the hope of sharing and inspiring some creativity. So here are the swaps I made. I used ‘Picture Perfect’ and chose the starfish image as I feel it’s a bit overlooked against the hummingbird image in this stunning stamp set. This is a two step photopolymer stamp and I had great fun playing with different tones of colour to give my starfish some dimension. I then used ‘timeless textures’ and ‘awesomely artistic’ to create lots of background interest and texture. Finally I finished my card front off with some heat embossing for a touch of elegance with the ‘splat’image from ‘perpetual birthday calendar’, an itty bitty heart punched from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and some metallic bakers twine.

To see exactly how I made this card in Cajun craze, you can watch my video below