Totally Trees – Sneak PeekΒ 

Totally Trees is another fantastic stamp set available from the brand new Autumn/Winter catalogue, out on 1st September, and I love this contemporary take on the Christmas tree.

I adore the simplicity of this card, and it’s difficult to convey in picture, the beautiful effect of the copper heat embossed insides of the trees.

I embossed the card front by running it through my Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Next, I stamped the green tree tops in garden green ink, and then copper embossed the framework of the tree over the top of this. Β Finally, I brushed clear wink of Stella over the tree tops before fussy cutting them out.

I wrapped a piece or burlap ribbon over the lower part of my card panel before I adhered the central tree flat, and raised the trees on either side by adhering them with dimensionals.

To finish, I copper embossed the sentiment from Oh What Fun stamp set on some whisper white cardstock, and cut a banner using the Triple Banner Punch, before sponging the edge in garden green ink, adhering with dimensionals, and placing three basic rhinestones for a little sparkle πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„


All God’s Grace

A good friend of mine asked me to create a special Christening card for her, for her Goddaughter.  I decided this would be the perfect excuse to get my fabulous new Large Letters Framelits Dies out!! I must admit I wasn’t totally sold on these dies to begin with. They’re great if you’re into scrap booking, but I don’t do a lot of that.  It was actually my team members who kept talking about how fantastic these dies were, so I decided to give in to peer pressure (it doesn’t take much persuasion anyway πŸ˜‰) and purchase the Letters for You Bundle.  After making this card, I’m so glad that I did!

I started by running my letter dies through the Big Shot with some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  Sienna is not the shortest of names when using these large letters, which meant I had to increase the dimensions of my card.  I would recommend laying your letters out before you start sticking anything, to make sure your words  actually fit on your card front!

I decided on flirty flamingo as my main colour, so I used a sponge dauber to edge each letter in flirty flamingo as I wanted to give my letters some definition.

My sentiment came from All God’s Grace stamp set, and again I stamped this along with my little bird in flirty flamingo, on whisper white cardstock.

I wrapped a piece of flirty flamingo ruched ribbon around a crumb cake card front, and then adhered my letters with strips of dimensionals.  I punched my sentiment out with the triple banner punch and adhered this also with dimensionals.

I adhered my bird to the top of the banner, three flowers which I stamped from Petite Petals and punched out using the Petite Petals Punch, and added pearls to the centre of each flower and a flirty flamingo enamel heart for good measure. An adorable card for the adorable baby Sienna 😘😘😘

Painter’s Palette meets Butterfly Basics

I had been wanting to a create a card using the new Painter’s Palette stamp set for a while, but my creative mojo had disappeared (temporarily of course πŸ˜‰). Then inspiration came to me from a retired SU background stamp I came across on my shelf called ‘Dictionary’. Though it has been retired from the catalogue for a few years, I am still totally in love with it and adore that ‘newspaper look’ style of background.

So I decided to take the  lovely word stamp from Butterfly Basics which actually reads ‘There is nothing in the Caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly’ and stamp it repeatedly over the background of my card front.  I inked up my stamp in memento black ink, and then stamped it down and stamped it ‘off’ again straight away.  I kept going until I filled the entire background.  Next I took the beautiful long fern image from the same stamp set and stamped it off in mint macaron, wisteria wonder and sweet surgarplum.  I love the way these pretty colours soften the  black and white background.

The easel image comes from Painter’s Palette of course, and I inked my stamp in versamark, and then immediately inked the same stamp in memento black ink before heat embossing my image with clear embossing powder to achieve an intense black colour.

I die cut my frame using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and then used a craft knife to cut the centre of the frame away.  I then took a small piece of window sheet and fast fused this to the back of my easel to create a type of ‘window’ and the look of a framed picture.  I stamped my butterflies from Papillon Potpourri before punching them out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch & the Bitty Butterfly Punch, and sponged them in the same colours as the ferns.  I then adhered my largest butterfly to the inside of the easel with a glue dot before sticking a piece of backing cardstock to the back of the easel, making it completely 3D.

I attached the 3D easel to my card front with fast fuse and the remaining two butterflies with glue dots, and finished with my sentiment which I stamped from Endless Birthday Wishes before punching it out using the Triple Banner Punch.  I adhered my card front to a basic black mat to make it pop and finally to a whisper white card base.


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 πŸ˜‰). Now have to come up with an equally great card concept for my own dad…..! xx