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!)
Hey folks! Time for the August Crafty Selection Box launch, super exciting! This month I’ve got a fun kit for you and a bunch of projects that are perfect for guys cards and gifts.
This month we’re playing with the Come Sail Away suite. I LOVE this one, the Designer Series Paper has some really good staple prints as well as some more specific designs, but all are great for cards for the men in your life (although you could use them for more feminine ones to!)
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Hey folks! I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to use more Designer Series Paper on my cards recently, partly because I am LOVING the new patterns in this years Annual catalogue, and partly because when I cleared out the retired ones from last year I found a stack 2″ deep and 2 packs completely un-opened!
I’ve made cards using stripes of Designer Series Paper before, but I wanted to change it up a bit for this one. So, I cut 4 cm stripes of paper from a few different sheets of the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, and then ripped over 1 cm ish of each piece. Each piece is actually only glued at the top, so you could add more dimension by curling them a little too!
The sentiment panel is die cut from the Stitched Shapes dies (I LOVE these!), and then stamped in Balmy Blue and Night of Navy. I actually fussy cut the anchor because I hadn’t got around to buying the dies yet! I have now though, because the Come Sail Away suite is the base for this months Crafty Selection Box. I’ll be sharing the full details of how to sign up on Saturday.
This card would make a perfect masculine encouragement card, but the ripped Designer Series Paper would work on just about any papers and for any occasion. What would you use it for?
Hey folks! I thought I would tie up this week with a cute little Make and Take card that I made (well, I started it…) at a recent Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. I LOVE attending Stampin’ Up! organised events, we always go home with heaps of inspiration, new products and new friends! BUT Stampin’ Up! events are exclusively available to demonstrators… so, you know what you need to do? Join my team and make sure you don’t miss the next one!
At Stampin’ Up! events there in always a Make and Take, also we have creative projects at team events too! They provide a fab packet with all the goodies that you need to make the card; the card base, Designer Series paper etc. and then there is a big box on the table with all the stamps, ink, punches, ribbons and bits in. We always have great fun sharing out the box, and playing “who’s got the sentiment stamp” (because the stamps always seem to get lost amongst all the sweeties!)
It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! with a new catalogue Pre-Order due to start on 1st August and the Extra Extra promotion giving you even more in your Starter Kit! I would LOVE to welcome you to the team.
Find out more about joining HERE, or check my joining FAQ’s.
Hey folks! It’s time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge, and this time we have a very handy theme…. Birthdays! We all need birthday cards, and hopefully it’s the card you make/send most often.
I made this card for one of my brother’s-in-law at the end of June using the Sailing Home stamp set and coordinating Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper, and all in Night of Navy and White.
One of my top tips for making male birthday cards is to keep things simple, and will often stick to a couple of colours, or use a lot of white space.
One of the things I really LOVE about Stampin’ Up! is the coordination. You know, that the ink, card stock and Designer Series Paper are all the same colour, the white’s match and the stamps fit perfectly into basic shape dies. There are a few die sets at work here; the Layering Square and Stitched Shapes work together to make lovely layers on your cards, and I LOVE that we now have a heap of word dies to create interesting looking sentiments.
The Birthday is die cut using the Well Written dies. I actually die cut this 3 times from Night of Navy card stock and stacked them to get this fun dimensional effect.
There are more Birthday card’s over on the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog this week, do pop over and check them out, create your own birthday creation and add it to our gallery. We can’t wait to see them!
Hey folks! This week I wanted to dive into the current joining offer from Stampin’ Up! I LOVE being a part of Stampin’ Up! we have such fun as a team at events and online, sharing ideas and inspiration, crafting together and having a good ol’ natter!
Stampin’ Up! have a fabulous joining offer on at the moment, where you get Extra in your Starter Kit and then again the following month! Usually you get to choose £130 worth of goodies for your Starter Kit, but currently you get to spend £155 but pay just £99! And then you also get a voucher next month to spend too!
Now is a great time to join, with a new catalogue previewed to Demonstrators TONIGHT, and pre-order starting on the 1st August, you can get your hands on brand new items before anyone else!
I love to sent my team a little something when they join. Often it’s a notebook like this one, with a handmade card and usually some sort of sweet treat too! My team also get access to exclusive Facebook groups, as well as my Code Club Class PDF every month. We also do in person events throughout the year in addition to the Stampin’ Up! corporate ones. I would LOVE to talk to you about becoming a part of my team and send a fabulous team gift!
You can find out more about joining Stampin’ Up! and my team HERE, and answers to many of your questions can be found in my FAQ’s.
Hey Folks, its time for another fun Inspire.Create.Challenge and this time its a fun Embossing Challenge! I adore a good technique, and I think that embossing is one of those that is easy for a new crafter… once you’ve decided what time of embossing you’re going to do of course; Heat embossing or dry embossing with an embossing folder!
I made this card weeks and weeks ago, actually before baby Niamh arrived (when I was trying to be organised!) and so had almost completely forgotten about it! Cue me having a bit of a panic last week when I realised that it was my turn to write the blog post for the Inspire.Create blog, and that I had NO idea what the challenge was!
Sailing Home is one of my new masculine card favourites. It just makes really nice, simple cards. I’m sure I’ll be doing all sorts of techniques and fun things with it over the coming year, but today I thought I would stick to a bit of heat embossing and that lovely anchor image.
Both the anchor and the sentiment are heat embossed in gold, while the rest of the stamping is in Balmy Blue. Keeping things simple with just a hint of background stamping and a bow in the new Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Bakers Twine to finish.
Loving the embossing? Why not pop over to the Inspire.Create blog and check out the other Design Team members creations, and add your own embossed project too!
It’s the last day of my 5 days of celebrating my 5th Stampin’ Up! anniversary and the release of the 2019-2021 In Colours.
I LOVE being a part of Stampin’ Up! In the past 5 years I’ve met some fabulous people, been to some wonderful places and got to play with lots and lots of great products and call it a job! Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have to be a job though, you can join just for the 20% discount. If you would like to know more about the Stampin’ Up! opportunity do check our my Joining page or FAQ’s.
There are lots and lots of lovely stamp sets in the new Annual Catalogue, but Sailing Home is one of my favourite masculine options. Here I’ve paired it with the last new In Colour; Pretty Peacock