Sweet Ice Cream Birthday card for Tech 4 Stampers Bloghop

For the very first time, I’ve decided to join in the Tech 4 Stampers Academy bloghop. The theme this month is Pretty in Pink and there are so many pretty pinks to choose from from Stampin’ Up! The Sweet Ice Cream stamps and punch I thought were perfect for this, especially with the better weather approaching.

After much deliberation and playing with lots of shades from my collection, I plumped for using the soon to be retired Magenta Madness ink and card stock. Unfortunately, since I made my card, the Magenta Madness ink has sold out, but this technique would work with any bright shade of pink…..Polished Pink, Melon Mambo etc.

I wanted to make a birthday card for an Ice Cream loving friend, so opted for the Sweet Ice Cream stamps and punch.

I began by tearing a sheet of copier paper carefully in a zigzag motion to give a ragged edge to the paper. Starting at the top of a piece of basic white cardstock, I placed the jagged edge on the card and using a blending brush covered the visible card with Magenta Madness ink. I kept moving the card down and in different angles and used the other piece torn from the paper and turned them over to give different waves until all of the card was covered.

I stamped the cone for the Ice Cream in Crumb Cake ink and punched it out with the co ordinating punch. The Ice creams again are in Magenta Madness, but you may notice that the colour looks a little different. This is because I used Wink of Stella on them after I had punched them out and this softens the colour but gives a lovely glimmer to the Ice Cream.

Sweet Ice Cream pretty on Pink card
I added an Early Espresso flake to my Ice Cream – you can’t have an Ice Cream without!!

The sentiment too is in Magenta Madness, and then the card was layered onto some basic white and black card, and finally adhered to the Magenta Madness card base.

Inner of Sweet Ice Cream card
On the inside I added a basic white insert and stamped a little greeting and some ‘sprinkles’, all from the same stamp set.

This Photopolymer stamp set is currently in the sale, and also features Ice Lolly stamps. Want to find out more, then click here.

I hope my friend loves it…..I might take her an Ice Cream around with her birthday card…that would be fun!

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Fancy Fold Christmas Card

Fancy Fold Christmas Card

During the past week, I have run a workshop demonstrating four fancy fold Christmas cards. In fact, the workshop extended into another session, as I didn’t take into account how much work we actually had to do! (Note to self, 2 fancy folds is enough in one session!)

This card is one of the ones we made. Probably the most technical and certainly a challenge to follow my own hand written instructions!

Lots of the materials were from the Whimsy and Wonder suite. I used 12 x 12 basic card stock for the base, but because it is not very stiff, I used lots of layers to help support it.

I wanted a cracker like feel to the card. The Basic edge dies were perfect to achieve this effect, and this is what took a lot of time….12 edges to die cut for each card!

I didn’t use Stampin’ Up! dies for the central aperture, as they were not big enough for it.

The gorgeous Whimsy and Wonder specialty designer series papers were used to decorate this fancy fold card. They are foiled on one side and so pretty. In fact they are so beautiful that its hard to decide which side to use, and in fact, some of the workshop attendees used the opposite side to what I used in my sample card. I stamped some of the Whimsical trees and the coloured baubles on to the central panel. To finish I added some Crystal Shimmery effects to make those pretty baubles shimmer.

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Birthday Card with Tasteful Touches

Birthday Card with Tasteful Touches

Today I sat and looked at all my stamps and thought…..what haven’t I used recently? Its way too easy to forget about those stamps you bought when they launched and then have pushed them to one side once new stamps are released. So, I flicked through my pile of stamps and decided to use a couple of stamp sets that I haven’t used for quite some time because before we know it another new catalogue will be out and again those unused stamps will be pushed to the back. I also didn’t want to use the main focal images on the stamps, but I did want stamped textured background on a birthday card. So, I used Tasteful Touches and also used Free as a Bird stamps.

Birthday Card with Tasteful Touches stamp set. A combination of Granny Apple green and Gorgeous Grape with a splash of So Saffron really sets off this pretty birthday card, and only I didn't use the 'focus' stamps in the sets either.
Pretty Birthday Card with Tasteful Touches stamp

I used Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green for my card layers and stamped onto some basic white in Memento black and Granny Apple Green. The flowers are stamped onto some white card, coloured with Stampin’ blends and then fussy cut – who doesn’t love a bit of fussy cutting? And then, I cut slightly into the centre of some flowers and gently eased the petals to give some dimension. I layered one flower on top of another, making sure NOT to line up the petals for a more realistic effect.

The square shaped ‘blocks’ add a lovely bit of texture and interest to the background.

I added a mat layer inside and stamped and coloured one of the flowers inside too.

What do you think to this birthday card with Tasteful Touches?

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Paper Snips

If you were at this weeks Coffee and a Card, then you will have had the opportunity to make this card.

Do you think you would like to make cards like these? Live local to Boston, UK? Why not pop along to The Mallard on a Monday morning and join our friendly group? Please note; from November 8th we will be meeting at 11:30AM due to winter opening hours.

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!

You only have to look around the shops to know its ‘that time of year’ approaching!

The summer has flown by with holidays, grandchildren and the dreaded Covid, and also the redesigning of my website, but now a sort of normality is happening.

Craft groups are restarting, my Coffee and a Card group starts next Monday (contact me for more info), and today i’m working on upcoming workshops and thought it was time to share a Christmas card to get you all in the mood! So it was time to get playing with some of the new products I got back in July!

I’ve used the Whimsical Trees and co-ordinating Whimsy and Wonder papers, all available in the July to December mini catalogue. (Don’t have a copy? contact me – to get one sent out, UK only).

I heat embossed the snowflakes from the Penguin Place stamp set in silver to add more sparkle to the sentiment.

This is such a pretty set. Love the non traditional colours of the papers, some sheets are foiled (this one is but don’t think it shows too well in the photos, and that ribbon….Glittered Organdy ribbon, has beautiful shimmery tiny sequins embedded…it is gorgeous.

I am doing a ribbon share, so if you would like 1 metre of each of the 9 ribbons in the July-December mini catalogue, then get in touch…..they are not all Christmassy.

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Vibrant Color & Contour

Vibrant Color & Contour

I’m back!

I put my website into ‘maintenance back in May, and where has time gone? I’ve still been crafting – well, until I went on holiday mid June, but then I’ve had technical issues with the upgrade of my website, along with catching Covid which knocked me off my feet for a few days. So, these are actually cards I made prior to my holiday to Cornwall and some I have demonstrated on my Facebook page.

Color & Contour meets Very Versailles

I know…its flowers again! But, I love this set…so simple to use and so many colours possible…you can never make 2 cards the same!

This card used a base of Granny Apple Green, a layer of Gorgeous Grape and then stamping onto Whisper White – yes I’m not onto my basic white stock yet!!

I stamped the cards in Fresh Freesia and Gorgeous Grape and then used Granny Apple Green for the ‘vines which were from the Very Versailles set

I die cut the smallest Scalloped Contour die in white and stamped the sentiment from the Color & Contour set. After sticking the top two layers together, i wound some white bakers twine around before attaching the sentiment.

To finish off, I added a stamped image to the inside on a layer of white.

I love how these colours go together and give the card a real’pop, what do you think?

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Triple layer card

My lovely upline, Zoe Tant, showed a group of us (her) team members how to make this next card.

Its far easier than it looks, and is a bit like sticking a card within a card!

You will need;

  • Card base 23cm x 10.8cm scored at 14cm
  • Coloured card 22.8cm x 10.8cm scored at 14cm
  • Coloured card (layer) 10.5cm x 8.5cm
  • DSP (patterned paper) 10.2 x 8.2
  • additional dies cuts to embellish

To make;

Adhere the back of the largest piece of coloured card to the back of the base card at the hinge, leaving the front section ‘hanging.

Attach the DSP onto the layer, and then fasten to front of card.

Add your stamped and die cut images, remembering that the middle layer and back layer hang below the front, so what ever is placed in the centre or back may show. (I carefully stamped ‘friend’ so I knew you could see it fully from the front.

I used sentiments from Daisy Lane stamp set

This card works equally as well orientated on its side….why not have a go?

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