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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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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Another Wonderful Year Christmas Gift Tag & Gift Box Set

This week is all about Christmas tags, and these ones are super cute and easy to put together. I love the stitched shapes framelits dies and how gorgeous these square ones look layered up together.

Although I stayed with a merry merlot/tranquil tide and copper theme throughout, I absolutely love the design break with the buffalo check background stamp. So beautiful, why did I wait so long to use it?!

Having made 6 gorgeous tags, I just had to make a matching box to hold them all in!

Click play on the video below to see how to make the buffalo check tag & tag box.

Hope you love this tag gift set as much as I do, thanks for stopping by today xx

MEASUREMENTS

TAG GIFT BOX BASE 

  • 1 x piece of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 7″
  • SCORE at 3/4″ on all 4 x sides

TAG GIFT BOX WRAP

  • 1 x piece of cardstock measuring 5-5/8″ x 7-3/4″
  • on LONG side score @ 2-3/4″, 3.5″, 6-1/4″, 7″

 

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Another Wonderful Year Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Frosted Floral Banner

I have LOVED this season’s Frosted Floral DSP and will miss it so much when it retires. Here in the UK, inventory is already very low so if it’s on your wish list make sure you order it soon!

I decided to make a banner with it so I can continue to admire this gorgeous paper long after it’s gone!

I chose blackberry bliss for my banner base as its a great match for the colours in my lounge and the colours of the baubles on my Christmas Tree.

One thing I haven’t used enough of until now, is that stunning tranquil tide glimmer paper. I love how elegant those large sparkly letters look in that beautiful colour way.

Really enjoyed trying my hand at some home decor for a change. Hope you like the way it turned out as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Beautiful Blizzard Treat Pouches Made Using the Envelope Punch Board

I spotted these gorgeous little chocolate snowflakes in the supermarket and thought they would make such sweet Christmas treats.

The envelope punch board is the perfect tool for making these treat pouches to hold them. You could make these pouches with DSP, but I decided to make my own DSP using the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle to continue the snowflake theme. Once my cardstock was stamped, I sponged a little of the frosted shimmer paint over the larger background colour wash areas and embellished with some frosted epoxy droplets and some white ribbon which I coloured with Stampin’ blends.  The colour combinations I used on each pouch (starting at the top left hand side and working round in a clockwise direction) were: pool party & balmy blue, mint macaron & night of navy, gorgeous grape & blackberry bliss, merry merlot & blackberry bliss.

You could put a little 3″ x 4″ card in the pouch and gift them with the chocolate inside at Christmas time. Or you could even punch a hole in the top, pull the ribbon through and attach to some Christmas packages as a chocolate treat and Christmas tag in one! Love that idea! Here’s the video to show how I made them.

Measurements

  • Take a piece of cardstock or DSP measuring 6″ x 6″
  • Line it up on the envelope punch board and punch @ 2 5/8″ and score.
  • Rotate and punch at the score line on all four sides

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40th Birthday Card with Petal Palette

The Petal Palette Stamp Set is so unique.  The stamped images have a water coloured effect and is another great set for colouring in – this time I chose blends.

I used copper foil paper for the 40, adhered with dimensionals to a stitched circle die cut. I coloured in the floral images from the set before die cutting them, and arranging the pieces underneath my circle to create a type of wreath around the 40.

The design was completely off the cuff and came to me as I started to arrange the pieces. I was actually really pleased with the end result. What do you think? xx

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Blended Seasons

The Blended Seasons Stamp Set is simply beautiful. The images are bold and perfect for anyone who loves to colour in! The coordinating stitched seasons framelits dies are equally as beautiful and work so well with other stamp sets too.

For this card I used watercolour pencils in a coastal cabana, gorgeous grape, rich razzleberry and basic grey colour way, with a mix of daffodil delight and crushed curry in the centers of the flowers. I was very light handed with the grey so it could almost pass for smoky slate.

I used an empty wink of stella pen filled with water in place of an aqua painter, and the effect was super shimmery!  Unfortunately the shimmer was difficult to convey by photo, which is why there are some lighter ‘patches’ in the flower – this is actually where there were pools of shimmer!

I can’t believe this gorgeous bundle is only available to purchase until the end of August, it is such a must! I told myself I didn’t need it but it was just too pretty to pass up xx

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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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Sea of Textures

I adore all sea life so was drawn to this cute little octopus in the Annual Catalogue.  The Sea of Textures Bundle is just gorgeous and the intricacy of the octopus die is amazing!

I used sponge daubers to transfer the ink to the back of my stamp, and distressed the edges of my cardstock to create a kind of frame.  I focused the colour in mainly one area of the card, and kept a lot of white space around it so that the overall effect was all about the rainbow.  Think this octopus is just beautiful and can’t wait to do this again using different colour families.

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Thankful Thoughts

I’m always in need of a thank you card and the Thankful Thoughts stamp set just about covers every thank you going! I particularly love this large thank you sentiment and it fits perfectly into the square stitched shapes framelits die.  I created the rainbow effect wording by colouring the back of my stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers in pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda bay and berry burst, and painted over the words with clear wink of stella for a little sparkle.


My gorgeous leaf was stamped and cut from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (told you this bundle was versatile!) and I embellished with some Bermuda bay ribbon and some stunning berry burst glitter enamel dots to finish.