Beautiful Branches Thinlit Dies

It’s my mum’s birthday today and I wanted to make her a special card.  She loves flowers so I decided to use the stunning beautiful branches thinlit dies to create some hydrangeas.  I started by silver embossing my sentiment on a piece of whisper white cardstock measuring 5.5″ x 5.5″, using the Watercolor Words stamp set.

Next I die cut the flowers and stems for my hydrangeas from some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  Once all the parts of my flowers had been die cut, I set about watercolouring the glimmer paper flowers in bermuda bay and island indigo, pink pirouette and rose red, and wisteria wonder and perfect plum, and the stems and leaves in pear pizzazz and cucumber crush.

I adhered the hydrangeas to my card front using the fine tip glue pen and added rhinestones to the centres of each flower for a little sparkle.  Finally, I die cut the ‘mum’ using the retired little letters dies from silver foil sheets, before adhering them with dimensional strips, and finishing with a metallic enamel heart.  I attached my card front to a whisper white card base measuring 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ to make the flowers really pop. Happy Birthday Mum, hope you have a wonderful day 😘😘😘❤️

Sprinkles of Life

I love the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. Who doesn’t like a cupcake and every time someone purchases this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! donates a portion of the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities which makes me love it even more!!

I decided to keep this card simple and pretty. I started by heat embossing my ‘happy birthday’ from Watercolor Words in silver on my shimmery white card front.  I then ran my card front through my Big Shot using the polka dot embossing folder to create my background polka dot pattern.  I stamped my cupcakes in crumb cake ink on crumb cake cardstock and stamped my fluffy cupcake tops in crumb cake ink on whisper white cardstock, and punched out my images using the matching tree builder punch. I stamped my butterflies using one of the smaller butterfly stamps from Papillon Potpourri and sponged them in perfect plum, pumpkin pie & bermuda bay ink before punching them out with the bitty butterfly punch.

Finally, I assembled my cupcakes and popped them up on dimensionals, attached the butterflies & added strips of rhinestones, and embellished my card with a silver basic metal button tied with basic black baker’s twine and clear wink of stella on the tops of my cupcakes and butterflies. I attached my card front to a basic black mat and adhered this to my crumb cake card base and voila! A delicious birthday card.

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