Merry Patterns 

I am so in love with the Merry Patterns limited edition stamp set. This is a one off Christmas stamp reward set which is only available with purchases from Stampin’ Up! totalling £250 or more until the end of October. With only two days to go, I just had to post my latest make with this set. The images in the whole set are gorgeous but I’m particularly fond of this Christmas jumper reindeer stamp.

I kept this card really simple with just a pretty washi tape background and a crumbcake reindeer stamped onto crumbcake cardstock and cut out with the Lots of Labels dies.  A couple of metallic gold enamel shapes and some wink of Stella on my beautiful reindeer, and you’ve got yourself an easy to replicate, pretty Christmas card.  Don’t miss out – make sure you place your order by the 31st to receive this complimentary stunning set ❤️


Tuscan Vineyard Trio

So this week, I decided to challenge myself using the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  To be honest, this stamp set is not my usual style with its vintagey feel, but the images are still gorgeous with the bunch of grapes being a favourite for me.  I decided to keep my cards classic but with a contemporary twist.

For my first card (far left) I layered a rich razzleberry mat on a crumb cake card base.  My brick patterned card front was achieved by embossing my cardstock with the brick embossing folder.  I just love the clean contemporary edge this embossing folder gives every card.  I stamped my grapes in memento black ink, and watercoloured them in using rich razzleberry and elegant eggplant ink on the grapes, and pear pizzazz and cucumber crush on the leaves.  I fussy cut my grapes out before tying them together with some linen thread and adhering them to a silver metallic foil doily with dimensionals.  The banner for my sentiment was cut using the triple banner punch.
In my second card, I heat embossed my grapes using white embossing powder on night of navy cardstock.  My label was die cut using the Lots of Labels framelit dies and I centred this onto some whisper white organza ribbon before adhering my card front to my whisper white card base.  I embellished each side of my label with a metal rimmed pearl.

My final card (far right) makes for a great masculine card.  I achieved the patterned border by doing some collage stamping around an oval shaped mask using the corks, wine bottle opener, grapes and leaf images in the stamp set, and stamping them in tip top taupe, pear pizzazz and elegant eggplant. I then copper embossed my Tuscan scene and die cut this out using my Ovals Framelits Dies.  I wrapped some burlap ribbon around my card front before adhering my Tuscan image using dimensionals, and attaching my card to a tip top taupe card base.  Here’s a close up of the collage stamped border, and my embossed Tuscan scene as it’s difficult to appreciate the stunning effect of the copper embossing from a photograph.

On all three cards, I stamped my sentiment from the gorgeous Birthday Blooms stamp set. I think this font pairs perfectly with the Tuscan Vineyard theme. 

Hope you like today’s projects, they pushed me outside of my comfort zone in style, but in the end, I loved the way they turned out.

Easel Card

I’ve seen so many easel cards on Pinterest so thought I would have a go at making one of my own.  Once I started, I was surprised to see how easy the technique actually was despite it looking more complex.  Once you’ve created your card base, all you do is fold one of the sides in half again, to create the folding mechanism for your easel!

I created this card for a friend and wanted to wish her good luck.  Here’s the finished card.

The card features some gorgeous retired DSP in very vanilla and black, which I sponged with ink to colour in the flowers.  I then matted my card on very vanilla cardstock.

My ‘Good Luck’ sentiment came from the lovely Over The Rainbow stamp set and I cut it out using the Lots of Labels Dies.  I know it seems like I use these dies a lot but they really are so versatile and elegant!

Once I’d created the folding mechanism of the card, I added a button to act as a stopper and keep the card standing up.  The other great thing about easel cards is that they fold flat to post!  Brilliant! Give this technique a go yourself xx

Wedding Season – Flower Shop & Happy Notes

So it’s starting to feel like summer has arrived and this reminds me that wedding season is also on its way!  Well I say that even though my own wedding was a Christmas one 😉 .  I was playing with different ideas for wedding cards and here’s what I came up with.

I’d been wanting to try out this vellum colouring technique for ages and thought the fabulous Flower Shop stamp set would be perfect for this.  I white embossed the flowers and sentiment on vellum cardstock.  Stampin’ Up!’s vellum cardstock is so lovely to work with and embosses beautifully without warping (as long as you don’t hold your heat tool on it too long!).  I wanted to keep the colours soft and summery for this card so I chose pumpkin pie, pool party, melon mambo and wisteria wonder.

I stamped my flowers in these colours on whisper white cardstock, coloured them in with a blender pen and ink from my ink pad and punched my flowers out with the matching pansy punch.  I then punched out my vellum embossed flowers and adhered these to my card flowers, to make the colours more intense.

I cut my embossed sentiment (stamped from the now retired Happy Notes stamp set) out with the Lots of Labels framelits dies and mounted this against a larger background cut from the same dies, in shimmery white cardstock and adhered the vellum to the card with glue dots.

To assemble my card, I wrapped white organza ribbon around the middle of my crumb cake card front, mounted my sentiment on dimensionals and attached my flowers around the sentiment.  I matted my card front on whisper white card and adhered this to my crumb cake base. I absolutely love the effect of the vellum flowers and think the colourful nature of this wedding card makes it unique.  Give this technique a go yourself! 💕💕💕