Happy Ornament – Sneak Peek

The moment I spotted the gorgeous Happy Ornament stamp in the brand new Autumn-Winter catalogue I fell slightly in love.

I just adore Christmas and can’t wait to put my tree up every year. In the UK, we call ornaments baubles, and mine very much resemble the colours in the one pictured above which is where my inspiration came from.

I began by running my card front through the Big Shot, using the brand new Pine Bough embossing folder which is absolutely gorgeous.  I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for my bauble to hang from.

Next, I silver heat embossed my ornament stamp on shimmery white cardstock.  I watercoloured my bauble using wisteria wonder, perfect plum & rich razzleberry ink using my empty wink of Stella pen filled with water as my painting brush, to give a beautiful high shimmer all over the bauble.  Then I coloured in the clasp of the bauble with a silver ink gel pen, and coloured the bow in using a rich razzleberry stampin’ write marker.

Finally, I fussy cut the bauble out, placed it over one of the tree boughs to make it appear as if hanging and adhered it with dimensionals for some depth.  I placed my card front on a fine bordered rich razzleberry mat, and then on a whisper white card base before scattering a few basic rhinestones.  Love how simple yet beautiful this card turned out to be and can’t say enough good things about this gorgeous stamp!  I also love the way the stamp incorporates the lovely Christmas sentiment as well.

Be sure to check out the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue released on 1st Steptember to be able to see and purchase these and many more stunning new Christmas goodies ❤️❤️❤️


Seaside Shore

Seaside Shore is the most adorable stamp set! My husband had been encouraging me to buy this set for ages, as we are both divers and just love watching underwater sea life so I finally gave in!  This was my first play with the set, and though simple, I still thought this card turned out cute 😍

The Swirly Scribbles Thinlets Dies are so versatile, I’ve seen them being used to create so many different projects, but for this card I thought they made the perfect ‘sea’ for my fishes.  I ran the die through my big shot twice over some pacific point cardstock, to create two layers of waves, and adhered them both to the bottom of my whisper white card front.  I then stamped my fish from Seaside Shore on scrap cardstock in memento black ink, and coloured them in using my Stampin’ Write Markers in melon mambo, sweet surgarplum and daffodil delight, before brushing clear wink of stella over them to make them glisten.  After fussy cutting them out, I popped them up on dimensionals for a bit of depth and adhered them onto the waves.  

Next, I versamarked my anchor and heat embossed it using silver embossing powder before cutting it out and adhering it with dimensional edging.  Finally I silver embossed the sentiment directly onto my card front, attached my card front to a melon mambo mat for a fun colour pop and then to a whisper white card base, before adding an array of rhinestones to my sea to mimic the bubbles in the water.  Love this card, hope you do too xx

Shooting Stars – Another spinner card

I created this adorable card using the Shooting Star Bundle (shooting star stamp set with Slider Star Framelits Dies).  To see how to create the spinning mechanism which makes the bee spin from one side to the other, you can click here to watch my video tutorial. This stamp set with matching framelits is such an investment as there is no end to the number of interactive designs you can come up with, and of course when you buy them in a bundle, you save 10% which is even better!  I’d seen a lot of bees flying towards their bee hive, so I decided to be different and have my bee flying towards the flowers!  I stamped my flowers using the versatile Touches of Texture stamp set, in the colours pink pirouette, rose red, wisteria wonder, bermuda bay, elegant eggplant and daffodil delight.  I am in love with the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic and use this stamp whenever I can.  I stamped my leaf image multiple times in wild wasabi, and without re-inking my stamp in between to achieve the different shades of colour.  I coloured my bee in using my daffodil delight and basic black stampin write markers and then brused some gold wink of stella over the the yellow parts of the bee to make him shimmer.  My sentiment came from the same stamp set, and I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  Once my bee was placed into position, I scattered a few basic rhinestones into the flower centres and attached my whisper white card front to a bermuda bay mat and then to a wild wasabi card base.  The perfect summer card xx

Sweet Cupcake

I’ve previously blogged about Sprinkles of Life stamp set (which by the way I still love and is still available in the current catalogue!) but today it’s all about the brand new Sweet Cupcake photopolymer stamp set & matching cupcake cut out Framelits dies.

Oh I how love this new cupcake set! and don’t forget you can purchase both the stamp set and framelits together in a bundle to save 10%.  This was my first play with the set and I decided to go for a clean, contemporary look. I started by watercolouring my shimmery white cardstock background with melon mambo by filling an empty wink of stella pen with water and using it in place of an aqua painer for a high shimmer watercoloured look. I then flicked melon mambo ink on top for a bit of dimension.  While I left my card front to dry, I stamped my three step cupcake topper in wisteria wonder & elegant eggplant, and the cupcake case in crumbcake ink with a touch of early espresso for definition.

My words were stamped from the same stamp set in rich razzleberry ink.  Finally I cut my stamped cupcake images out with the matching Framelits along with my ‘Wish’ which was cut from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. I adhered some silver metallic thread to the watercoloured panel, placed my cupcake pieces on dimensionals on top of that, and glued my ‘wish’ on top using the fine tip glue pen.  A couple of white perfect accent embellishments and a thin rich razzleberry border to finish, and card complete.  Love this card, hope you do too 💞💞💞


Swirly Bird & Layering Love

Here’s the final sneak peek before the new catalogue lauch tomorrow.  A celebration of the new in colours and some random stamped swirls from the gorgeous new Swirly Bird stamp set.  I splattered gold wink of stella on my card front, embellished with a little dapper denim ruched ribbon, and mounted my gold embossed heart (cut from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits) on top of the ribbon.  Love this sentiment from Layering Love! I adhered some pretty die cut gold embossed flowers with pearl centres from Swirly Scribbles Thinlets Dies and mounted my whisper white card front on emerald envy and flirty flamingo Cardstock. Card complete! The new Stampin’ Up! catalogue launches on my online shop at 2am GMT tomorrow morning and I literally can’t wait to get my hands on all the delicious new stamp sets and goodies! Happy crafting & shopping 😉 xx

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 🍾🍾🍾❤️

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.