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Christmas in July…

Today I’m back to spread a little bit of festive cheer! Yep, I know it’s only July but it is never too early to think about your Christmas projects as before we know it, the big red man will be here and he’ll checking his naughty or nice list… which one will you be on?

I’ve got quite a few projects for you today… some cards, a few 3D/ gift packaging items and then a scrapbooking page! I don’t get to scrapbook anywhere near as much as I used to but had a wonderful time preserving a very special memory. There are a lot of photos in my post today… so curl up on the couch with your cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate), relax and enjoy my projects knowing you’ve still got a few more months ahead of you to finish your Christmas shopping!

My first card today is using the cute reindeer from the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I can never go past a reindeer, particularly when I can add a gorgeous red glimmer nose to make him like that extra special reindeer we all know!

I stamped the reindeer in crumb cake ink and coloured over his antlers with the early espresso watercolour pencil to make them darker and to add some contrast. I also sponged around the reindeer using crumb cake ink to take away the “white edges’ from cutting him out which gave his coat a bit of contrast too. The matching red reindeer paper at the base of the card is from the new Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Great DSP for your festive projects and I loved that the reindeer is the same style/ shape as the stamp. The “merry” sentiment I created using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and randomly stamped that on the card base in crumb cake ink (I didn’t want them to be exactly straight).

I don’t deny that I love “matching” cards and gift packaging, so I made a gorgeous treat bag to match my reindeer card. The new striped treat bags are to die for!

                 

My next card is using my new favourite technique – faux woodgrain. You make the woodgrain background purely by using ink! I used crumb cake and soft suede for this background, like the card I made here. The new Boxwood Wreath embellishments were too good to not use on a woodgrain look card.

I used the cookie cutter punch (again!) to punch the bow in red glimmer paper and adhered them to the top of the wreaths with a small glue dot

My last card is based around the new sheet music background stamp.

I distressed the edges of the stamped very vanilla cardstock and sponged them with crumb cake ink to give them a bit of a vintage feel. I used the “Christmas wishes” sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and embossed it in gold and combined it with the “to you” from a stamp in the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Part of the fun for me at Christmas is watching the suspense on my boy’s faces all through December as they stare at the Christmas tree wondering what is waiting for them underneath and that is what inspired me for my next little gift box.

I made the gift box using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch board and again featured the Be Merry DSP as “ribbon” wrapped around the box. I used the new circle tab punch to create a little “clipboard” look for my “don’t peek” sign!

Lastly, I created a scrapbook page. Master INK loves meeting up with Santa every year and I can’t get enough of the amazement and mesmerising look he gives him… like he just can’t believe he is touching Santa!

           

      I used the ruffled dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create the effect of Santa’s beard down the side of the page. This adds great texture to the page.

Phew! Told you it was a big post with lots of different techniques. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to get your “Santa hat” on and start thinking about your Christmas cards and projects.

Happy Crafting,

This Little Piggy #2

Ha! I told you I was obsessed with this stamp set and he would appear again… this time we’re talking about “when pigs fly”! Well, I’m  here to prove to you that pigs can fly as you’ll see on my card today! Not only is the stamp set This Little Piggy being featured again, I’ve used the awesome new embossing paste on my card too!

You’ll notice that the clouds look like they have some “dimension” to them; they also have some texture with the new embossing paste. For my card, I have coloured the paste using a Soft Sky re-inker to give it a pale blue colour. Check out the video below to see the embossing paste in action.

Here is a closer look at the clouds & piggy…

You’ll see that my clouds have some “lines” through them – I wasn’t too bothered by this as I felt it gave the clouds more dimension however, it was purely by accident though! It was me not paying attention and scraping the paste evenly. The more I’ve played with the paste, the less I’m getting lines.

Similarly to the first This Little Piggy blog post, I’ve stamped the flying pig on shimmery white cardstock with black archival ink and then coloured it in using an aqua painter and the new Powder Pink ink for his body and head and then Soft Sky ink for his body.

The gorgeous sentiment is from the new hostess stamp set Dare to Dream which has various words that you can mix and match to make the perfect greeting for any card.

I really hope you add the embossing paste to your next Stampin’ Up! order… it is a great addition to any card and there are fantastic accessories (palette knives and decorative masks) for you to create simple and effective cards quickly.

Happy Crafting,

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This Little Piggy….

This Little Piggy went….. to market! That’s what the stamp I’ve used on today’s card makes me think of. Makes me think that this cute little piggy is taking a wander in the sunshine down to the local market. Strange I know!

If you recall my Top 5 new product blog post a little while ago, you’ll know that the This Little Piggy stamp set certainly made it in there. If you missed the post, you can check it out here. I’ve had a blast playing with it since I received it and can’t wait to play with it some more.

Whilst the piggy is cute and the focus of today’s card, I want you to focus on the background. I just love it! and no… it’s not a piece of Designer Series Paper… it’s a design I created myself using glossy cardstock and stampin’ ink pads! Yep, that’s it! So simple yet so effective.

The background is called “faux woodgrain” and I’ve created it using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink pads. I just couldn’t get over how easy the technique was and how different the background can be, each time you do it! I’ll definitely be using this technique again! You can create this easily at home by following a tutorial from Carolyn Bennie.

                          

Powder Pink is a new 2017 – 2019 in-colour and is the perfect “pig” colour. I’ve used an aqua painter to colour in the image for my card and using a little bit of the new Tranquil Tide in-colour for the grass and stem of the flower, again using an aqua painter. I never used to be much of a “colourer” but I think these little piggies might just convince me otherwise!

Happy Crafting,

P.S. I added the flower form the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. I stamped it in the gorgeous new Berry Burst ink and popped it up on a new mini stampin’ dimesional (these are amazing!) to make it pop off the card.

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What Will You Stamp? #117 – Beetles & Bugs

We’ve had a “bugging” good time this week for the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys117) using the Beetles & Bugs stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I myself have been under the weather with a “bug” (otherwise known as sinus, ear and chest infection!) so Mr. INK and I thought this was a good stamp set for me to be creating with this week. As I’ve been unwell, I haven’t been able to sit at my craft desk to create, so today I have some simple (yet cute!) cards for you using this set and some “bug puns”. Do you know how hard it is to create or find bug puns? I’ll tell you… HARD! I created my “puns” using the Labeler Alphabet and the Brushwork Alphabet stamp sets. I love the ‘look’ of the labeler set; and the fact you have 2 fonts in one set is a bonus!

I love little cards like my project today because you can make whatever size you like! All you need to do is ensure the length of the card is double the width… that way you’ll get a perfectly square card.

The card sizes I created were:

  • “I heard your caught a bug” card – 4″ x 8″ (scored at 3.5″)
  • “Love Bug” and “Bugs & Kisses” cards – 3″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
  • “Sorry to bug you” card – 3.5″ x 7″ (scored at 3.5″)

Only a quick post from me today but don’t forget to check out all the What Will You Stamp? Design Team Beetle and Bug creations over on the WWYS? blog. There are lots of creepy crawlies waiting for you!

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

Hi There! This week over at What Will You Stamp?, we’ve been challenged to use the very popular the “Beautiful You” stamp set. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! fan, I have no doubt you have seen many creations made with this stamp set throughout your googling or Pinterest looking ventures. There have been so many wonderful creations with the stamp set, I didn’t quite know where to start or what to create.

For some reason, the lady with the umbrella was the stamp in the set that caught my attention. Initially she made me feel like she was “sad” however, I also wanted to show how versatile stamps could be and used her to create a card and “shower her in love” (you’ll see what I mean shortly!).

I created 3 cards for today’s challenge to show you different ways you can use the same stamp. The cards have the same layouts, I’ve just created them in different colours and with different accompanying stamps to create a different tone or theme to the cards.

              

I love the simplicity of these cards. I did try colouring the lady in, but I found I much preferred her in plain black with the colour focus being on the theme of the card.

A quick post from me today for #wwys115; if you own the Beautiful You stamp set, why don’t you stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and participate in this week’s challenge yourself. We love to be inspired by you and your creations.

Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you like the cards I’ve created today… would love to hear if the rain, sunshine or heart one is your favourite.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

Ice-Cream and Beer… Poppin’ Box Cards

I’m SO excited to share with you today’s cards! The April Technique class was all about ‘Poppin’ – cards that pop! And today’s card was definitely the show stopper. Whilst it took a little while to complete in class with the 11 attendees, it was certainly worth the time and effort.

I’ve got two versions of this Poppin’ Box Card; an ice-cream version using the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats suite and then a manly beer version using the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Cool Treats

This was the version of the card that we made in class. 11 wonderful ladies put their skills to the test to create this fun and “cool” interactive birthday card. How fruity and delicious are the colours used in the stamping and the designer series paper on the box. They are Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso. Even their names are tasty treats!

           

You’re probably wondering where the “box” in photo 2 came from… well this is where we “POP”! Watch the short video below to see how much fun this poppin’ card is for the recipient to receive!

Thats’s right… it pops right on up and out of the tray!!!

Mixed Drinks

As I mentioned above, I’d made 2 versions of this card.. unfortunately, I don’t have a poppin’ video for this card, but it pops exactly as the one above does, the design and stamps are just different. I actually think this one is my favourite and is an awesome masculine card. So much so that… I never give my husband’s best mate a card for his birthday… however this year it was a “big” birthday for him, so I wanted to knock his socks off and I knew he would love the extra surprise that a poppin’ box card brings.

          

These popping box cards are so much to make! Don’t be daunted by them. Once you get your score lines and folds in the right spot, assembly of the box itself is pretty easy, as are the tray and the wrap. The awesome Gemma over at Made by Gemma has some great YouTube clips (Part 1) (Part 2) to step you through how to make the box and tray/ wrap as well as some templates that you can download and print to ensure all your lines are in the right spot!

I hope you give this fun card a go. If you do create one and get stuck at any time, you are more than welcome to contact me. I’d love to hear/ see that you are being inspired and taking some time out for yourself to create.

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #113 – Fairy Celebration (#wwys113)

Welcome to this week’s post for the What Will You Stamp? #113 (#wwys113) – Fairy Celebration. This set is just devine and makes me believe in all magical creatures and wishes!

I don’t own the Fairy Celebration stamp set, but a very kind team member of mine lent hers to me so I could participate today, and now I’m addicted to it! It is just so sweet. My favourite stamp is the fairy with her back facing you with her gorgeous wings. So pretty!

From the very beginning when I saw we were creating with this stamp set, I knew I wanted to do something 3D or “off the page”… I didn’t want to create a standard card. I’ve got lots of “bits and bobs” in my craft cupboard that need using and thankfully I was able to use one for today’s project.

Frames are a great addition to your craft collection as you can use them for so many different projects. I love that you can personalise a frame to make it an extra special gift. Today’s project isn’t personalised (yet!) but I love the simplicity of this project.

This project didn’t take very long to create at all! I stamped the images on to the Shimmery White Cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink and then coloured it in using an Aqua Painter and the fantastic Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. I’m no expert at colouring, however I find these pencils SO easy to use to get shading and dimension on your projects. The sentiment in the frame says “May your wisish come true”. I had some trouble photographing the frame as I kept getting my reflection in the glass which I’m sure you don’t want to see!

I love my presents and cards to match, so I whipped up a tiny little card that could be use as a gift tag or gift card for when my frame finds a new home. I used a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (5″ long x 2.5″ wide), and scored it in half and there was my card base.

In the spirit of the fairies today, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I’m going to make a “wish” for you to go and create a project for this week’s challenge and pop it up over on the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog. If you’d like some inspiration for your project, be sure to check out all the design team’s creations on the blog.

Happy Crafting,