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!
Check out a heap of other birthday card inspiration by clicking through out hop using the buttons below;
So nice to see you this week, I’m trying to get back onto the blogging horse, and am aiming for 3 blog posts a week. I managed to blog twice last week, and I’m already writing this week a bit ahead of time so fingers crossed I can drop back into a routine!
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun colour combination; Blushing Bride, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I almost took a Christmas-y twist on this one, but then I spotted Bloom and Grow on my stamp shelves and went floral instead!
The floral spray is heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then watercoloured with Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I’ve add a background wash in Blushing Bride, the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and a trio of Night of Navy jems from the Noble Peacock suite to finish.
All the watercolouring is done on the new Fluid 100 watercolour paper, available through Stampin’ Up! It’s SO nice, I love a bit of watercolouring and this paper is smoother than the previously stocked Watercolour Paper and so makes for such a nice finish.
Hey folks! I don’t know about you, but I make a LOT of cards and then never seem to send many. I even forgot a friends birthday a couple of months ago, but its OK, because I sent her this pretty card as a Congratulations for getting a new job. One of my current favourite stamp and die sets is Bloom and Grow (I’ve share it a fair bit here!) and I couldn’t resist getting it out again for this card.
The floral spray is stamped in Memento Black ink because I’ve coloured this one in using Blends. Although, there isn’t actually any blending! The colours used are; Light Blackberry Bliss, Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light Call Me Clover, Light Pool Party and Light So Saffron.
The Congratulations sentiment isn’t from Bloom and Grow though, it’s actually from Well Said… which (along with the coordinating dies) is an absolute staple in my craft room at the moment!
I love getting a text message to say that my card has arrived, and it’s always nice to surprise someone with something that says ‘I’m thinking of you’.
Every single one of my customers receives a little handmade something when the order; often it’s a card, and sometimes is a little something extra.
Hey folks! I LOVE to celebrate the achievements of my team, and today’s card does just that! One of my favourite things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is being a part of a group that celebrates each others achievements and cheers each other along, and I think this card does that just perfectly!
This card uses a fabulously floral bundle from the new Annual Catalogue, Bloom and Grow, and this sentiment is perfect for team celebrations!
I love to send things out to my team, and customers too. Team members get cards for joining, reaching milestones or goals they’ve shared with me, birthdays and more!
During July and August Stampin’ Up! have a great reason to join! Extra Extra gives you even more in your Starter Kit and then a voucher to spend the following month too. The Starter kit costs £99 but you get to choose £155 worth of goodies, it also makes you eligible for that fabulous 20% Demonstrator discount, invitations to events and exclusive Facebook groups, a fabulous quarterly magazine, and much much more! Find out more about joining HERE, or the answers to your questions HERE.
Hey folks! There are some lovely stamp sets in the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue, but Bloom and Grow is certainly one of my favourites! I’ve not been able to put it away for long since it arrived in my craft room a couple of months ago. I’ve made some more complex cards with it, but today I thought I would share a simple Bloom and Grow creation with you.
As well as being a sucker for a good stamp set, I am a little obsessed with colour combinations, and I love this one. Just Blackberry Bliss, Gray Granite and Whisper White. Simple and classic.
Bloom and Grow also has a really handy set of coordinating dies. Not only do they cut out the 3 floral images, but there are also leaves and some fun boarder pieces too.
Here the floral stamp is simple stamped in Gray Granite and then die cut, before being popped up on the card with Dimensionals. I love the look of these stamps just simply stamped, but I also love them coloured with Blends, or watercolour pencils, or inks….
I almost left this card with just the sentiment and floral die cut, but it didn’t look quite finished. So, I added a bow of Blackberry Bliss Nature’s Twine. Gorgeous!
Hey Folks! I mentioned a week or so ago about how much I love the new Bloom and Grow stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I’ve had a heap of fun playing with it, and have a stack of cards already made with it that I’ll share over the coming weeks and months. Today’s card is fun mix of heat embossing and watercolour…
I couldn’t wait to have a play with some watercolouring and this stamp set, and although I will be doing some more detailed watercolouring of this stamp, today’s card is more of a loose watercolour wash effect.
The stamp set has 3 pretty floral, almost boarder, stamps. All three are quite different but all would work for this card. Here I’ve heat embossed the stamp in Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder onto a piece of Watercolour Paper.
I pulled out 3 bold colours for this watercolour; Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Blueberry Bushel. This watercolour effect is really easy to create using an Aqua-painter. Just get that water-y ink onto the card stock, clean the brush and on with the next colour; leaving colours to mix together on the paper and dry with hard edges.
The sentiment is also from Bloom and Grow and has been heat embossed in matching Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
Hey folks. Blog post is a little late this morning, basically because I’d forgotten to write it! However, baby is napping so I’ve got 10 minutes to get a bit of a catch up. Today’s card features one of my favourite new Stamp sets; Bloom and Grow
This pretty floral stamp set comes bundled with a set of dies too, and they don’t just cut out the flower images, but also have a couple of very cool boarder dies that I cannot wait to have a play with!
I’ve been a bit addicted to heat embossing recently, and this card is no exception with both the flowers and the sentiment being heat embossed. I have to say though, how pretty are those flowers heat embossed in gold?! sometimes simple is best, right?
Bloom and Grow is one of those stamp sets that I can see me getting a lot of use out of, partly because of the pretty fonts, but also because there are so many things you could do with those flowers; imagine them coloured with Blends, or watercoloured, or simply stamped in black and white, or used to create a wreath…. so many ideas, so little time!
Today’s card might be my favourite of the 5 days, I am just totally in LOVE with this stamp set! Bloom and Grow instantly hit me when I flicked through the catalogue, its floral, has coordinating dies and gorgeous sentiments! What’s not to love?
Seaside spray is a pretty soft blue, its super pretty and is going to be perfect for those Baby Boy birthday cards this year! It looks great with bolder colours too… check out the colour combo;
The coordinating dies are in the new Stampin’ Up! style packaging and line up slightly differently to the previous types of dies, however they cut beautifully. The new die packets are a slightly different shape to the old ones, but I expect that they will still fit in your storage (they fit in mine!)
In Colour Club
Seaside Spray is one of the 5 new Stampin’ Up! In Colours this year. Each In Colour is available in an ink pad, refil, card stock, Stampin’ Write marker, and has Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments to match too!
You can get all the In Colour goodies plus a whole heap more by joining my In Colour Club in June. I can’t wait to send your first colour!