Goodness me, January is busy for Birthdays! Luckily, this means I had plenty of opportunity to make a card for this months InspireINK blog hop and the January theme of Birthday!
This card was inspired by one in the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue. Did you know that the catalogue is jam packed with ideas and inspiration, it’s so much more than just a list of stamps! Anyway, I needed a nice Happy Birthday card for my Aunt’s birthday last week, and this card was just special enough that it was perfect!
It uses the Bloom and Grow stamp set and coordinating dies from the Annual Catalogue, along with the Country Floral 3D Embossing folder on a base of Coastal Cabana card stock.
The floral sprays in this stamp set are so pretty, I had a tough time deciding which one to use if I’m honest. However, I picked this large one in the end and stamped it four times. Twice in Versamark to heat emboss in gold, and twice in Memento Black to colour with Stampin’ Blends. There is no fancy colouring here, just basic colouring, but I think it looks awesome!
The floral sprays were coloured with the Blackberry Bliss duo (although I think my light marker might need replacing, it looks a bit light here!), along with the light Shaded Spruce and Dark Pool Party Blends.
The sentiment is taken from the Painted Poppies stamps set that I think is now a permanent feature of my desk, I just cannot put it away!
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Oh dear! It’s another one of those colour challenges that I wonder what I was thinking when I set it! However, I’m rather pleased with my creation in the end, so maybe it’s not all that bad!
This week’s Colour challenge is to use; Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo and Pretty Peacock.
I just love Pretty Peacock, so much that I’ve recently painted my dining room wall in a very similar colour. Here I’ve used Pretty Peacock as the card base, with tone on tone stamping to add a little something extra!
The Puffin is stamped in Early Espresso with a Flirty Flamingo beak. This cute dude is from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set, and has coordinating dies too! I bought this stamp set with Niamh in mind, but I do think I’m going to get more use out of it that I first thought!
Do pop over to Inspire.Create and check out the rest of the Design Teams creations and share your makes with us too!
This week’s TGIF Challenge is one that I think a LOT of people can relate their crafting too… its a theme challenge and they’ve picked ‘Happy Birthday’. I don’t know about you but I make WAY more Happy Birthday cards than anything else!
This is one of those cards that magically appeared in my brain! Don’t you love it when that happens?! I was thinking about this weeks TGIF challenge whilst feeding my daughter, and my first thought was of inking this Designer Series Paper. This is the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is FREE with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration, but also coordinates with the Honey Bee stamp set (and matching dies!)
I knew I wanted to use Coastal Cabana rather than a yellow, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work with the Bee die cut, but I think it works. The flowers are so cute, and work so well formed into a wreath. They are adhered onto a scalloped circle of vellum using Tombow glue, which was a little tricky, but you only need such a tiny amount of glue.
So, in an effort to get myself back into blogging I thought I would do a challenge this weekend, and this sketch from TGIF Challenges! was just too nice to pass up. If you’ve been here before you know I LOVE a good sketch, although I do tend to mess with them a little bit; I turn the around, I change the shapes, and generally use them more as a jumping off point than an actual hard and fast card layout.
Saying that, I haven’t mess around with this one too much, just changed the sizes and order of some of the elements.
So, this card uses my favourite new products from the new Mini Catalogue; Peaceful Poppies. Firstly, just look at the at Designer Series Paper, it is SO gorgeous!
I chopped a few strips of Designer Series Paper, a few that are 1″ and a few that are 3/4″. Both these patterns are actually the same paper. I just thought I would show both sides!
The sentiment is from the Peaceful Moments stamp set which comes in the Peaceful Poppies Suite Bundle. I love that Stampin’ Up! now give a single order code for a whole bundle, it makes shopping so much easier. I have to admit the WHOLE of this suite went straight into my basket when the catalogue launched to demonstrators last month.
I’ve switched a couple of the elements around to make this really bold sentiment piece sit on the top of all the layers!
To finish the card I added a layer of Vellum, and 5 of the red sequins from the Peaceful Poppies sequin pack… because every card I make at the moment HAS to have sequins on!
Welcome to the Poolers Team Blog Hop! I have to admit to being a bit of a last minute larry this time (in fact, I wrote this blog post after the deadline! oops!)
When I first saw the catalogue last month I knew that the Peaceful Poppies Suite was at the very top of my list. The Designer Series Paper alone for me is an absolute winner! It’s that pretty watercolour, floral that Stampin’ Up! do SO well, with a strong theme of Blackberry Bliss, a colour I just cannot resist!
This card was the very first thing I made with it too! A Blackberry Bliss card base, layered with a piece of that gorgeous paper, and then added to with a couple of die cuts, a sentiment and a scattering of sequins! Just the sort of card that makes my heart happy.
As usual with the Pootlers Blog Hop, we have a mountain of inspiration for you, all using new goodies from the new Mini Catalogue or Sale-a-bration. Check out the 31 fabulous blogs by clicking the images below (Please note there are so many ladies taking part that the links are split over two pages!)
Oh my goodness, why do these things come around so quickly?
The Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalogue launched this morning, and I forgot to write the blog post! Ooops!
I haven’t mailed out any catalogues this time for a few reasons; 1. I haven’t had time more than anything, babies first Christmas took priority over envelope stuffing this year, 2. The last 2 catalogue runs I’ve done haven’t had the interest that I have had before, catalogues cost me money to buy and post, and without the return on my investment it just wasn’t worth the time it takes. I do have a small stash of catalogues though, so if you want one do drop me a message and let me know
You can download a copy of the Mini Catalogue HERE!
Oh my goodness, I am rather pleased with this card… particularly because I whipped it up at the last minute on Monday night! You’d think I’d be a bit more organised seeing as I set the challenges, but no, at the moment I’m a last minute Annie. But, last minute is better than not at all isn’t it? I pulled the three colours of today’s colour challenge off my shelf, and the Rooted in Nature stamp set popped into my head, and very quickly this card appeared in my mind’s eye.
This week’s colour challenge is Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, and each colour is on each one of those fabulous leaves.
I do enjoy a good ink-y technique, and this one is quick and very effective. Ombre Stamping is super easy, and all you need is your stamp, 3 ink pads and a couple of sponges. It does also help if you’ve got well ink-ed pads.
Starting with the lightest colour, load the sponge with ink and the use the sponge to add the ink to the stamp. Then work through the colours, adding each one to the stamp. Breath onto the stamp to reactive the ink before stamping. See, quick and simple, and it gives some very pretty results.
The leaves were then die cut using the coordinating Nature’s Roots dies, and popped up on the card using a few Dimensionals. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and I did use my Stamparatus to make sure I got it straight and solid (I actually stamped it twice, which is why I’ve ended up with a bit of an inky smudge!)
Then, the card is finished with a double bow of Linen Thread and a trio of Noble Peacock Rhinestones.
Do check out the other Design Team creations over on the Inspire.Create blog and add your own makes using this week’s Colour Combination too!
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is Fancy Folds! I LOVE a fancy fold project, and cannot wait to see what everyone creates…. particularly as I’m in a bit of a creative rut at the moment, and could really do with a fast injection of inspiration to make my Christmas Cards!
I love this Fancy Fold, it’s super simple to create and always impresses people when I gift it! I suppose it’s a sort of Z fold, and its really easy to jazz up to!
Card base; 14.8 x 21 cm, scored at 4.5 and 10.5 cm
Whisper White layers; 14.3 x 4 cm, 14.3 x 5.5 cm, and 14.3 x 10 cm
Designer Series Paper; 13.8 x 3.5 cm and 13.8 x 5 cm, plus a scrap for the inside
The Most Wonderful Time Suite is just stunning, and comes all together in one complete kit (you just need to add Card Stock and Ink!), and it makes really cute and quick cards.
I’ve also added a Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies as a simple background for that lovely tree stamp.
I finished the card with 5 of the self adhesive stars that comes in the Most Wonderful Time suite, and a simple sentiment
Check out the Inspire.Create Blog for more Fancy Fold inspiration and to add your own projects to our link up!
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Well, I’ve had a super busy few weeks settling back into my full time day job. But, as part of that I’m trying hard to get back into some creative me time, and that includes a spot of blogging.
It was our wedding anniversary back in August (yes, this card has been sat around waiting for me to write about it for a while!) and of course I HAD to make James a special card. He always steals some time in my craft room for our anniversary or my birthday, and so a bought card just isn’t an option! Saying this, an anniversary card for a guy is NOT the easiest make…. but it is made easier with a more masculine suite of products and so I pulled out Sailing Home.
The Come Sail Away suite is obviously a bit nautical, which I think often works well for a man’s card, but also has a more masculine colour palette; Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.
I have also added Pretty Peacock to this, because I just cannot put this colour away at the moment, I just love it! (so much so I’ve just painted a wall in my kitchen a very similar shade!). The sentiment and compass are both stamped in Pretty Peacock, while I also added a watercolour wash to a square of Watercolour Paper too!
The Sailing Home stamp set that coordinates with this fab suite also has a set of matching dies. So, I also added some die cut pieces of rope and a ships wheel, along with die cutting some of the stamped images from the stamp set. I adore this layered look, how about you?
Like I said earlier, James also makes me a card for our anniversary. I think he’s done a pretty good job this time!
He’s punched the butterflies from card stock using the Butterfly Duet punch and added the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set…. all in shades of purple (my favourite!)