Geared Up Garage Father’s Day Cards

It’s Father’s Day here in the UK tomorrow, and I decided to use Geared Up Garage for my cards. It’s a great set, but for me, the dies are the star of the show. Who knew engine parts could be so stunning?!

You can get as creative as you like with these dies, but for these cards I kept things simple and let the dies and the champagne foil do all the work. I went with a mango melody and blueberry bushel colourway, and I love the masculine vibe in a more playful colour palette.

Hope the men in my family love their cards and enjoy our celebratory family brunch tomorrow, and wishing all dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!! xx

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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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Marbled Hearts

With just one week to go before the launch of our new stunning Annual Catalogue, I have been looking at the stamps that will soon be retiring. One set I will miss is the Marbled background stamp set. What an amazing stamp this is with all its light and shade, and stunning swirls!

I decided to apply different coloured inks to the back of the stamp using my beloved sponge daubers (couldn’t be without those things 😂) in mint macaron, tranquil tide, highland heather, gorgeous grape rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss. I then stamped the multicolored swirls onto a piece of whisper white cardstock and used a versamark pen to follow some of the swirls before applying silver embossing powder to the versamarked areas and heat embossing them.

Finally, I die cut several hearts from the stamped cardstock to achieve both of the heart embellishments used on these cards. I love the unusual effects you can achieve this way and the fact that both hearts come from the same stamped image!

I’ve barely scraped the surface of this pretty technique, and am sure there are so many more effects you can achieve. Give it a try yourself xx

*UPDATE – due to its popularity, the CLEAR Marbled Background Stamp has now sold out! I have therefore updated the link below to the WOOD version which is currently still available but showing as low inventory**

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Rooted in Nature

There are so many beautiful elements and ways to use the gorgeous and versatile Rooted in Nature Suite.

For this card, I wanted to stay true to the ‘nature’ theme without using too many earthy tones, and the merry merlot, mossy meadow and highland heather colourway works well together.

I white heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum and used crumb cake accents to complement the other elements in the card.

The design is simple but I love the texture and dimension created by the die cuts and embellishments. Can’t wait to explore this lovely suite some more xx

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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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Sweetest Thing Cards

The Sweetest Thing Bundle is such a fun set to work with.  Though not my usual style, I have been finding it impossible to stop myself creating gorgeous cards with this suite, and the mixed sentiments make this set really versatile.

The different components of this card come together to create a contemporary yet fun card for any occasion.

I really wanted to make my jar of sweets pop on my card front, so I decided to mount them first onto a piece of basic black cardstock, and then onto the coordinating coloured cardstock.  The white heat embossed sentiments on the black cardstock, the polka dot embossed background and the stitched rectangle die cut detail all work well with this style – just love how these cards turned out.

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Floral Frames Easter Card

The Floral Frames stamp set is so pretty and versatile but for some reason it had never ‘clicked’ to me that you can literally insert any sentiment you like into to the Centre of the wreath – lightbulb moment 💡 !!!!

I’m such a fan of this gorgeous stitched label die and somehow it has made it onto almost all of my Easter projects! Its size works perfectly with this design and I love the fresh fig/lovely lipstick, pear pizzazz and mossy meadow colour way.

I left the flowers white and added clear wink of stella for some subtle shimmer. The finished effect of the cards is really fresh and clean.

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Floral Romance Easter Crackers

With Easter looming, I have been thinking of our family Easter lunch and table decorations.

I wanted to add a little sophistication to my Easter table this year with these gorgeous Floral Romance Easter crackers. Crackers for Easter? Well why not! These crackers fit a box of mini eggs perfectly 🐣 although there’s room for a few sweet treats of your choice!

Although by nature I’m usually attracted to bright, bold colours, there’s such a soft, feminine elegance to these stunning papers. The spring colours are just beautiful and perfect for this time of year.

To see how I made my Easter crackers, click play on the video below.

Measurements

  • 1 x piece of DSP/cardstock measuring 7″ x 7.5″
  • If using bellyband wrap around cracker this piece must measure 7.5″ x 2.5″
  • on LONG side score at 1.5″, 3″, 4.5″, 6″
  • on SHORT side score at 1″, 1.5″, 2″ – rotate cardstock 180 degrees and score the same again

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You’re Inspiring Watercoloured Easter Cards

I love daffodils – they are such sunny flowers and remind me that Spring has sprung!

You’re Inspiring is the perfect stamp set for Easter Cards and I decided to watercolour the backgrounds for the back drop to my daffodils.

For this springtime colour combination, I used daffodil delight, lemon lime twist, coastal cabana, balmy blue and gorgeous grape.

I decided on a rainbow background for my second card and went with cherry cobbler, melon mambo, mango melody, daffodil delight, coastal cabana and gorgeous grape.

To achieve a crisp stamped image, I white heat embossed the daffodils onto the front panel and backed my image onto a daffodil delight mat.

So pleased with how pretty these cards turned out. Can’t wait to send them to the recipients xx

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Strong & Beautiful

It is Mother’s Day here in the UK and the Strong and Beautiful stamp set pretty much sums my mum up. This is such a timeless set of beautiful sentiments, it won’t be leaving my shelf any time soon.

The Floral Romance DSP just screamed Mother’s Day to me, but it really is perfect for any elegant occasion. The beautiful print on this card is actually printed vellum, but I backed it with white cardstock to really make it pop.

The stunning floral romance seals and frosted flower embellishments finish the look off perfectly.

Wishing all mums a wonderful day today, looking forward to spending mine with my mum and my son xxx

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