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!

From Land to Sea & Sliding Star Framelits Dies


I can’t get enough of slider/spinner cards at the moment and with the Big Shot and the amazing new Sliding Star Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up! it has never been easier! Everyone loves an interactive card, and these Framelits do all the hard work for you.  The design possibilities are endless once you’ve mastered the spinning technique.  Watch my YouTube video below to see how I made this fun sliding-spinner fish card using Stampin’ Up’s From Land to Sea stamp set.

Bloomin’ Love – Wedding Anniversary Card

It was my brother in law’s wedding anniversary yesterday and he asked me to create a special card for him. I absolutely love Bloomin’ Love and the occasion called for the Bloomin’ Heart thinlets dies and of course some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.


I took a 5″x 5″piece of crumb cake cardstock and ran it through my big shot with the softly falling embossing folder to create the pretty background pattern. I then cut my heart out using the dies and adhered it to my card with dimensionals placed behind the position of the flowers. I cut out my flowers in glimmer paper with the same dies and edged them in rich razzleberry, rose red, wisteria wonder and bermuda bay.

I adhered these to the heart with glue dots and placed pearls in the flower centres and also in the other lacey flower shapes in the heart for some added detail.  I took the banner from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and the ‘Happy Anniversary’ stamp from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and stamped them both in versamark before heat embossing them in silver. I added Wink of Stella to the banner, cut it out and adhered this across the heart. Finally I placed my card front on a silver foil mat (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) for added elegance, and adhered these layers to my whisper white card base (11″ x 5 1/2″ scored and folded in half).  Happy Anniversary James & Netty 🍾🍾🍾❤️

Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 1

So anyone who knows me well, knows I cannot survive without my daily morning coffee fix. Ben and I are regular visitors of a certain well known coffee house, and in April they served their coffee in the most beautiful limited edition cups. I just knew these cups would serve as great crafting inspiration and indeed they did. So I thought I’d bring you a 3 part blog to show you my own artistic interpretation of each cup!!

For this card, I stamped two black flourishes from First Sight and stamped some Petite Petals in watermelon wonder. I punched the petite petals out, along with some itty bitty accent flowers in melon mambo and elegant eggplant cardstock and then assembled and adhered all the flower cut outs onto my flourishes. I then took my tiny leaf stamp from Endless Thanks and stamped these in cucumber crush over the leafy parts of the flourishes. I stamped my butterflies from the classic stamp set Papillon Potpourri in black and then sponged them in melon mambo and island indigo (these matched the butterflies on the other side of the coffee cup), and crushed curry to match the yellow butterfly shown in the pic of my cup above, before punching them out with the coordinating elegant butterfly punch and bitty butterfly punch.  I placed my butterflies as if flying between the flourishes and popped then up on dimensionals so that their wings were elevated. Finally I stamped my ‘friend to friend’ from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and finished with some basic rhinestones in the centres of the bitty flowers and on either side of the sentiment before mounting my whisper white top layer on two layers of basic black card stock. I absolutely love this card and it came out better than I imagined it would. Would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment below! I’ll publish parts 2 & 3 of the rest of this blog this week xx

Balloon Celebration & Birthday Bouquet DSP

I’d been wanting to try out my balloon celebration stamp set and the matching balloon bouquet punch for a while. The good news is they will be carrying over to the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue in June – YAY!! The sad news is the very beautiful Birthday Bouquet DSP will be retiring. This paper is so gorgeous! So I decided to combine the two. This was the result.


My card base was whisper white layered beneath pool party. This gorgeous balloon DSP was a combination of pool party and mint macaron. So I punched my balloons out of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper with the balloon bouquet punch and sponged the edges of a few balloons in mint macaron and the rest in pool party. My balloon strings were stamped in memento black ink and then it was simply a matter of assembling! I decided to lay the big balloons flat and elevate the remaining smaller balloons to create some dimension.  Finally I embellished the card with some pool party glitter ribbon (also retiring 😥) and two gorgeous metal rimmed pearls. The sentiment was stamped from ‘Teeny Tiny Sentiments’ and I sponged the edges in pool party once more. So simple but pretty!

Watch my YouTube video below to see how I made it.