When it comes to saying thank you nothing says it better than a handmade card and of course Stampin' Up! have bundles of products that make it so easy for doing just that!
Keeping it simple, I have used just 4 colours to create a monochrome style look.
Very Vanilla cardstock
Pink Pirouette cardstock and colouring
Basic Black cardstock, stamping and doodling
Silver cardstock and rhinestone jewels
This card measures 4, 1/8" wide by 5, 1/2" tall.
The Basic Black mat layer measures 4" x 5, 5/8"
The Very Vanilla mat layer on the front and inside the card measures 3, 7/8" x 5, 3/4"
I have used the new Stampin' Blends to add colour to the flowers. Rather than colouring in neatly, I have just added a wash of colour and some darker colour for the flower centres. Sometimes colouring outside the lines it's okay, it just depends on the look that you want to achieve.
Although this card looks quite flat I have added some dimension by stamping a separate flower, cutting it out with scissors and attaching with a foam pad. The leaf attached underneath is cut using the new 'Leaf Punch' and although it isn't clear in the photo I have used Silver Foil Card to add some shine.
To add some sparkle I have added some rhinestone jewels to the centre of the attached flower and some others at random in the Vanilla space.
The line around the edges of the card is drawn freestyle with a Basic Black Stampin' Marker and I think it lift's the image off the page better than keeping it plain.
To finish off this project I have stamped and coloured a flower inside the card and also on the envelope.
The 'I am Thankful For You' sentiment comes from the 'Painted Harvest' stamp set and the flower comes from the new 'Colour Me Happy' stamp set.
Every year Stampin' Up! hold 2 events called On Stage. This is for demonstrators from around the world to get together in one place to celebrate successes, craft, swap projects and hear about new products. The main event is held in Utah (usually) and then there are local events.
I was lucky enough to attend one of these events at the weekend and boy did it live up to the hype!!
The are many things I live about Stampin' Up! As I may have mentioned before but the main one is the people I have met asking the way that I get to call friends and spending time with them at these sort of events really is fab! We eventually come away with a few free things too!!
Here are a few pics of things that we got up to...
How amazing and there is so much inspiration here that I can't wait to get into my craft room and get making!!
I was so lucky to be joined by 4 of my wonderful team of Stampin' Stars and we had an absolute blast. So much laughter and sharing in the excitement of what's happened and what's coming up next!
The next event takes place in April 2018 and you can be part of that too!! If you would like to find out how just send me a message or get in touch.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!
This week I was asked to take part in a new challenge by "The Joy of Sets". This challenge is an alphabet based challenge and this week is all about the letter C!
Challenges are set every 2 weeks, and are for use with current and retired product so it really is a great one for all Stampin' Up! lovers out there!
Anyway, the lovely Fiona Whitehead asked me to take part and how could I refuse?!
So after a busy day with the girls and a curry, I thought who wants to clean the house on a Saturday night....?!!
Looking through my stamp sets... I own 2 that I would have been suitable and I settled on the lovely Confetti Celebration which was a new set in last year's annual catalogue that is still current!
I have seen this background technique used quite a bit for this stamp set on Pinterest and I think it looks really effective. I have used every stamp in the set to create a background, and then chosen 1 sentiment to use as the centrepiece. On this card, I used the Layering Squares thinlit dies to mount the main sentiment and fussy cut the stars to add something extra. I found that using the Stamp-a-majig tool really helpeful for making sure that my stamping was straight and not wonky.
This was a really quick card to put together and will be great for a male birthday card!
These are the products that I have used:
I enjoyed taking part in this challenge and I look forward to joining in next time when I'm guessing it will be the letter D....now what stamp set shall I use?!!7
Hope you're all enjoying a lovely week!
This week I have picked up the Global Design Project after a little break from this challenge. This week is a sketch challenge and it's a simple one witha technique that I use alot for quick cards.
This challenge screams TRIPLE BANNER PUNCH which is actually one of my can't craft without items! It is a really versatile item that cute banners any length but in widths of 1/2", 1", 1,1/2" and 2". It is great for cards, tradition scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking, 3d items and lots more!
We are currently in the process of building a craft barn in the garden for me so I've not had a great deal of crafting time, plus the craft stuff is everywhere right now! For my challenge entry I decided to do some heat embossing....after I managed to find the heat tool!
One of my most favourite and used stamp sets is called "Butterfly Basics". For this card, I used the butterfly stamp with white embossing powder to create texture to the cardstock I then used a sponge brayer with a mixture of Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise to create the colourful bakground. If you're not familiar with this technique, it really is a great way to add a different dimension to your cards, and building up your own backgrounds.
I have cut 4 banners; one in Vellum, 1 in Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (the same size as the Vellum), 1 in Very Vanilla and 1 in Bermuda Bay. Althought I haven't used Bermuda Bay ink, this is the cardstock colour that matches best with the background that I have created with the Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise inks).
Using the "love" thinlit die from "Sunshine Wishes" set, I have cut out from the Bermuda Bay cardstock and used the negative image.
I used the 1/8" Gold Ribbon to secure everything together.
Here is the list of all the products that I used to make this card.
Thanks for reading, I hope you like my entry to this week's Global Design Project!
After the excitement of my little girl's christening last weekend I finally got some crafting time in this weekend hooray!
I will be doing a few craft fairs over the next few months and when I have done these in the past, sets of notecards always seem really popular!
I'm still slightly lacking on the new product front from the new catalogue but one of my favourite new stamp sets is called Happy Birthday Gorgeous!
These cards are made using the Notecards and Envelopes that are available to purchase in sets of 20. They come in Whisper White and Very Vanilla options and I have used Whisper White for these cards
These are the products that I used to make this Happy Birthday Gorgeous Notecards set...
Thanks for reading!
Looking forward to finishing off the Memories and More project sample to show you all ready for my taster class next week!
As promised, here is the 2nd class that we made at this month's card class.
If you missed yesterday's post, the cards this month all focus on the inside of the card, rather than all the detail being just on the outside! I make so may cards that are quick and simple, but it was really nice to do something a bit more involved and have that wow factor when the recipient opens their card!
When closed this card measures 4" x 4" and is made from a 4" x 8" piece of cardstock.
The arrows paper comes from the Naturally Eclectic Deigner Series Paper range and showcases some of the new 2017-2019 in-colours and previous 2016 - 2018 in-colours.
I have also used the Lovely Inside and Out bundle which includes the Lovely Words Thinlit Dies and Lovely Inside and Out stamp set. .
Now I will admit that this card doesn't photograph all that well and I'm still not confident enough to start videoing....but basically when you open the card it reveals diagonal folds with the diamond shape in the middle. It is very effective and provided some excellent sound effects from the ladies at class last night!
These are the products that I used to create this card...
Come back tomorrow to see the final of the 3 cards from this months card class...and my personal favourite!
So here we are...the final of the 3 card that we made at this month's card class all about Beauty on the Inside! It's always nice to make a really lovely card with just the front decorated but sometimes its nice to surprise your recipient with a little decoration on the inside!
This is my favourite of the 3 that we made....just saying!
Apart from the gorgeous colours on this card (Night of Navy and Daffodil Deilight) I have used the new Daisy Delight stamp set and matching Daisy Punch which is sold out across the whole of Stampin' Up! right now which just shows how much people are loving this set!
The papers come from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set and this is the one that jumped out at me first...and I found it really hard to cut (ha!) The sentiment comes from the Big on Birthdays stamp set and is such a nice size to use! I added the daisy's for that extra something!
And for the Beauty on the Inside...
So within this card, I have added an extra fold out panel with a window sheet used underneath the circle apperture and added another daisy as the centre piece. It doesn't fold well but the inside really is so pretty! It definitely looks more complicated than it was to put this one together but I think its quite effective! You could add anything to the centre...maybe for a christmas card, a christmas tree or a snowflake?! (Yes I'm starting to think about Christmas!)
These are the products that I used to make this card...
I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I last wrote on here! It's been quite manic here at the manor with cars breaking, getting ready for a christening and general busy life! This card class was meant to take place in June but with the hubby being away for work, it didn't actually happen until July!
This month I chose to do a card class all about the inside of the card! We make so many cards where all the detail is on the outside, we often leave the inside blank or just add a sentiment.
At this card class we made 3 totally different cards where the front was pretty....but the insides are BEAUTIFUL!
This card measures 4, 1/8" x 5, 3/4" and uses DSP from the Medallions collection, in my fabourite new colour Lemon Lime Twist! I have kept it very simple by using the new Happy Birthday Thinlit cut in White & Basic Black then layered to give a shadown effect. As nice as this die looks when cut in one colour, I prefer to use it this way as it really does pop off the page!
The balloons and sentiment at the bottom come from the coordinating stamp set, Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
The inside is definitely more glamourous! This card is known as the "Twist and Pop" card as the centre of it lies flat when the card is closed (obviously!) and as you open the card, the centre part twists and pops out!
I have decorated the individual panels using the coordinating cardstock and ink, and used more stamps from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.
This card was really fun to make, and looks alot more complicated than it actually is.
If you would like to learn how to make this card, or would like to order any of the items we used, please do get in touch.
Looking forward to showing you Part 2 tomorrow....!
Hope you're all enjoying this glorious sunshine!!
At my launch party last week, I announced that I would be running a RIBBON SHARE offer.
There are sooooooo many gorgeous new ribbons and trims available in this new catalogue, and as always the colour offerings are fab and compliment all the different colour families! (Hooray for matching colours!)
If, like me, you like adding another texture to your cards and projects with ribbons and trims then this this share might just be for you!
The RIBBON SHARE costs £7 and for this you will receive 10 metres of ribbon as shown in the photo below!
If you would like to take part in this Ribbon Share, please just send me a message!
As most of you are probably all now aware...the shiny new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is now here, hooray!!
On Tuesday last week I held a launch party to show off the new catalogue, sample some of the new products, play some games and have fun! Thank you to everyone who joined me, it was great to see you all and if you placed an order, I will be in touch as soon as it's available for you!
If you couldn't make the launch party but would like to see the new catalogue or even host a party, there is a FANTASTIC offer running throughout June.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer and earn even more free products, please do contact me to book your workshop in now!
Have a great day!
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