Friday, 26 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect Easel card

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect easel card

Today's post features a card that I absolutely love! It's so clever, and beautiful. I can stake no claim to it at all, because I have totally CASE'd it from Brenda Quintana's blog. If you follow the link you'll find how she made it.

You could use a different stamp set - this is Picture Perfect - but I was happy to follow Brenda's lead here because I think it suits the card perfectly.

It's an easel card, but a different orientation to normal.


The good thing about it of course is that it folds flat to post.

Love it. Thanks Brenda!






Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Honeycomb Happiness card

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb happiness card

I haven't shown you many cards made with free Sale-a-bration items have I?

Sale-a-bration lasts until 31 March, and until then for EVERY €60/£45 you spend you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

This fun little chick comes from the Honeycomb Happiness set which also has an ice cream and balloons in it.

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb happiness blue chick

For these cards I've stamped the chick onto watercolour paper and coloured them in using Aquapainters and inkpads, then added some glimmer paper and silver doily in the background.

This last card I CASE'd from Pinterest (JANNY GRUITROOIJ made it originally). The chicks are fussy cut and stuck to some of the Birthday Bouquet DSP.


Stampin' Up! Honeycomb happiness

If you have any questions about Sale-a-bration, and how to get your FREE stamp sets please contact me.

Here's a reminder of the cards I made using the other stamps in the Honeycomb Happiness set too.

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb happiness stamp set












Monday, 22 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Rose Garden thinlits Sympathy card

Stampin' Up! Rose garden thinlits with rose wonder stamp set

I've used a couple of different techniques for today's card. It uses the Rose Garden thinlits together with the Rose Wonder stamp set - which is available as a bundle with a 15% discount.

The whole set has some beautiful dies and stamps. Here I've used the smaller rose die to cut out a rose from foil card (not Stampin' Up!), then I've used an Aqua Painter and ink pads to colour in the rose. I used Soft Sky and Mint Macaron to vary the colour slightly on each petal.

Stampin' Up! Rose wonder and rose garden card

The background mat is Soft Sky card that I've stamped with the large rose stamp. Then I used the With Sympathy sentiment and die cut it with the banner die from the set.

There are so many sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set - birthday, sympathy, wedding, thank you, religious - enough to cover most things!

Stampin' Up! Rose Garden thinlits and Rose Wonder stamp set

There lots of possibilities and techniques you could use with this bundle. I didn't know whether I'd use it much to start with, but now that I have it, I love it and know it will become a firm favourite.

Here are the products I used:

Stamp set:

Dies:

Bundle:

Card:

Inks:

Accessories:

Here's what Stampin' Up! have done with the set:










Friday, 19 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect meets Awesomely Artistic

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect meets Birthday Blossoms

I have made several different versions of this card - all for your benefit of course! The hummingbird stayed the same, but I wanted to try different flower combinations. 

The lovely hummingbird comes from the stamp set in the Spring/Summer catalogue and is called Picture Perfect. There's also a starfish in the set, and a flower and leaves - quite how the starfish fits in I don't know. However, they all have one thing in common, each element is a two step stamp set. 

In fact this hummingbird has four separate stamps. I won't pretend that I found it easy to line them all up, but at least with photopolymer stamps you can see where you're stamping.

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect and Birthday Blossoms

The flowers and greeting come from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and I've punched three extra flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set. A rhinestone in each finished them off.

There are lots of different colour combinations you could use for the hummingbird - here I've used Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Calypso Coral. The flowers are Perfect  Plum.

Stampin' Up! Picture Perfect and Awesomely Artistic

I've tried different flower stamps that I'll keep for another time.

Stampin' Up! have made a video to showcase the Picture Perfect stamp set:



Here's what I used to make the card:

Stamps:


Inks:

Punches:
Petite Petals bundle (15% discount) 

Card:

Embellishments:







Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms cards

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms sympathy card

There are some stamp sets and dies that can be used for a lot of situations, and the Botanical Blooms set is one. For this card I've used mostly the Botanical builder Framelits dies. If you buy the two together as a bundle you also get the Botanical Gardens DSP.

I've used Pool Party and Whisper White card to make the sympathy card above. But just by changing the colour to Rose Red you get a completely different look - 

Stampin' Up Botanical Builder framelits dies card

There's not a lot of difference in the make up of the card - I used some silver glimmer paper on the birthday card - but the look is very different.

Here are the two together:

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms cards

I still have more cards using this set to show you, including some that use the matching DSP.

The sentiments for both cards come from the Rose Wonder stamp set - worth buying for the sentiments alone I think. More of that to come!

Here's what Stampin' Up! say about the Botanical Blooms set:













Monday, 15 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Playful Pals stamp set with Pyramid Pal thinlit dies

Stampin' Up! Pyramid Pals collection

I can honestly say that I enjoyed every moment of putting these little animals together! Aren't they fun? There are so many different possibilities - I'm thinking there must be a horse that I can make too, as well as some weird and wonderful made up animals.

You can use the stamps on cards too, there are some great shapes that can be used in lots of different ways.

Stampin' Up! Pyramid pals


The stamp set is Playful Pals - there are a whole 50 stamps. The thinlit dies are Pyramid Pals which has 18 dies, and if you buy the bundle you can save 15%.

Plus of course, you will automatically get to choose a FREE Sale-a-bration item if you order before 31 March - with a spend of €60/£45.

The pyramids can be filled with little treats. I didn't seal these so that you can still be used after the treats have been eaten.

Stampin' Up! Pyramid Pals



The little pyramids can be used to make more elegant boxes of course, but at the moment I like them this way!

Stampin' Up! have a video showing other possibilities:




Friday, 12 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed cards 3

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

This is the last post of three featuring the lovely Birthday Blooms stamp set with different coloured heat embossing.

The card above uses white embossing powder with Blushing Bride, Old Olive and So Saffron inks as before. But it looks very different to the black and gold embossing powder I used in the previous posts.

I made one last card using a silver pearl embossing powder - not from Stampin' Up! - and I think it's the most disappointing of the four:


Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

There's not much definition is there? 

Overall I think I like the paleness of the white, and the darkness of the black best.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed cards

I hope this has given you some ideas, and shown the versatility and loveliness of this stamp set!




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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card 2

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

This is the second card in this little mini series. This week I'm using the stamp set Birthday Blooms, with different embossing powders but the same colours for decorating the flower - Blushing Bride, Old Olive, and So Saffron.

Today I have used Blushing Bride as the background layer and black embossing powder.

Stampin' Up Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

The black powder looks very different to the gold I used last time. I've also used a paper doily behind the image.

Here's a reminder of the card from Monday's post, using gold embossing and a blue background layer:

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

Still to come later in the week - the last two cards using white embossing power, and a pearl silver (not SU) embossing powder. 

A quick reminder about Sale-a-bration. Until 31 March for every €60/£45 you spend, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. If you live in France, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria or Germany and you'd like to know more, please contact me.



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Monday, 8 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

Ooooh isn't this card lovely? I have made several versions of this card I'm going to show you this week. All are heat embossed with different coloured powder.

The stamp set is Birthday Blooms, and I love it. I stamped it onto Shimmery White card so that I could heat emboss and then watercolour it. On this version I've used gold embossing powder, with Old Olive, Blushing Bride and So Saffron ink, put on with an Aqua Painter. By going back over the ink you can make it darker at the bottoms of the petals.

I stamped the main rose from the set again onto Pool Party card for the mat, and also used some of the delicious Pool Party glimmer ribbon to finish it off.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card

Later in the week I'll show you more cards made with this stamp and the same inks. Using different coloured embossing powders you can create completely different looks for your cards.

Hope you like them!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms heat embossed card







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Friday, 5 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Party with cake card

Stampin' Up! Party with cake card

Who doesn't love a card with birthday cake? I have kind of CASE'd this card from Stampin' Up! in their Spring/Summer catalogue, but changed it a little.

I've used Mint Macaroon for the cake slices, and stamped the sentiment onto a label from the Lots of Labels framelits. I handcoloured the sentiment so that I could use different coloured inks. Some silver card and enamel dots finish it off.

Stampin' Up! Party with Cake card

I made another card, the same but different. For this one I used Kraft card and Tip Top Taupe for the cake slices which make it look like chocolate cake don't you think? You could easily use this card for a man too.

Stampin' Up! Party with cake card

I made myself use Cucumber Crush ink and card for this card - a colour I find hard to use for some reason.

There are some Thinlits dies available for this set too, which you can bundle for a 15% discount.

Here's how to use them:







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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Stampin' Up Botanical Blooms card

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms card

Sometimes a stamp set is released that you know is going to become a real favourite, and this is one of them. In fact, I've only used two stamps on this card (on the leaves), the rest is die cut with the co-ordinating dies. That long leaf die at the edge is fantastic isn't it. I know that I am going to be making card after card with this set.

The bundle that Stampin' Up! has put together for this set is a little different. You get the stamps, the dies, and the designer series paper that goes with it all with a 15% discount.

Stampin' Up! botanical blooms card

For this card I've used Very Vanilla and Watermelon Wonder cardstock for the base, then Old Olive, Hello Honey and more Very Vanilla for the flowers and leaves. I sponged the flowers to add a bit more interest.  

Stampin' Up! Botanical Blooms card

Not much more to say really, I'll let the card talk for itself. I'm going to try just using two colours for a card and see how that comes out. Some sets are worth the investment, and I think this is one of them! 

If you bought the bundle, you'd also qualify for the matching vellum, or Botanicals for You stamp set, FREE in the Sale-a-bration catalogue, until 31 March.


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Monday, 1 February 2016

Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs card

Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs card

Ooh, this is such a lovely stamp set! I'm a sucker for stamp sets with animals (or flowers), and even better, this has dies to go with it too.

I like that this set is a little bit different, and that it has lots of possibilities. And of course, if you buy the Bear Hugs stamp set, and and Bear Hugs Framelits dies as a bundle you'll get a 15% discount.

Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs card

For this card I've used the biggest bear die (there is a smaller one too), and stamped him in Tip Taupe Top ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I then used an Aqua painter with just a little dampness to smudge the ink. I die cut three fish, coloured them in, then used some Baker's twine to attach them to the proud fisherman.

He needed a pot of honey of course to keep him going while fishing! As someone with keen fishermen in my family, I love the sentiment. 

Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs card

There are lots of possibilities for the bears - stamp onto white card and use black stamping to make them into pandas. Make a family of bears by stamping and die cutting several bears. The stamp and dies include a skirt, bow tie, flowers and hear so you let your imagination run away with you.

Stampin' Up! have produced a video to show you how to stamp the back of the bear too, so that he/she can hold things:




Have fun! And don't forget the great Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration offer until 31 March. Spend €60/£45 and choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. If you live in France, the UK, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands and you'd like an (English) catalogue please contact me!



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