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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Marbled Hearts

With just one week to go before the launch of our new stunning Annual Catalogue, I have been looking at the stamps that will soon be retiring. One set I will miss is the Marbled background stamp set. What an amazing stamp this is with all its light and shade, and stunning swirls!

I decided to apply different coloured inks to the back of the stamp using my beloved sponge daubers (couldn’t be without those things 😂) in mint macaron, tranquil tide, highland heather, gorgeous grape rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss. I then stamped the multicolored swirls onto a piece of whisper white cardstock and used a versamark pen to follow some of the swirls before applying silver embossing powder to the versamarked areas and heat embossing them.

Finally, I die cut several hearts from the stamped cardstock to achieve both of the heart embellishments used on these cards. I love the unusual effects you can achieve this way and the fact that both hearts come from the same stamped image!

I’ve barely scraped the surface of this pretty technique, and am sure there are so many more effects you can achieve. Give it a try yourself xx

*UPDATE – due to its popularity, the CLEAR Marbled Background Stamp has now sold out! I have therefore updated the link below to the WOOD version which is currently still available but showing as low inventory**

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Lemon Zest Thank You Cards

Recently, Stampin’ Up! asked us to make thank you cards for the wonderful volunteers who support the Wycombe Homeless Connection

I love any opportunity to thank those who work so hard to help others, so I knew I wanted to contribute to this effort.

The Lemon Zest stamp and matching punch set retires at the end of this month, so this project was its swan song!

I can’t get enough of the Well Written Dies. The size and font of the words in this die set is perfect for card fronts and such a bold, funky way to add a sentiment to your card! I love the contrast between the black foil ‘thanks’ and that vibrant pineapple punch lemon!

So glad I was able to give something back to the people who contribute to this worthy cause xx

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