Vintage Butterfly Easel Card

Hi Everyone,

How are you today? I’m so glad its a bit cooler at last as I don’t function well in heat at all. I’ve not got a Floral Friday post today but I have got this gorgeous Vintage Butterfly Easel card. As soon as I saw the Background Bits Hostess set in the catalogue I knew this was a card I wanted to make and I can’t wait to share it with you any longer.

As you may know if you’re a regular reader it’s not often I venture into vintage, distressed, shabby chic style cards as I don’t seem to pull the look off very well but I’m so pleased with how this turned out.

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To create a basic easel card take a piece of card measuring 28cm x 10.5cm. Score it at 14cm and at 21cm. Fold in half at 14cm and then fold  at 21cm to create the triangle shape you can kind of see above. Next cut an extra piece of card 14.5cm x 10.5 cm and this is used as your card front. Then create a strip of card 10.5 x 2.5cm to use as your stopper.

To create the front of the card I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 14cm x 10cm and randomly stamped the script stamp and the background swirl pattern all over in Crumb Cake. My Crumb Cake ink pad desperately needs re-inking so if yours is juicy you might want to stamp off one on scrap paper before each stamp. I then took a sponge and sponged and blended Crumb cake ink all over to create that vintage look.

For some added detail I took the flower head type stamp and my Fresh Fig ink which I stamped off once on scrap paper and randomly created a pattern. To finish my background I stamped the flower stems all in a row along the bottom.

For the greeting panel I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 10cm x 5cm and repeated the above process. Instead of Fresh Fig flowers I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

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I then adhered these two panel to my card base. To finish off the stopper piece I took a strip of Very Vanilla measuring 10.5cm x 2cm and sponged over it in Crumb Cake ink. I then took the border stamp from Background Bits and stamped it in Fresh Fig. To stick the stopper to your card your can use foam strips or do what I did and use the edges off the new Mini Stampin Dimensional’s as these were the perfect width.

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To finish off the card  I die cut the largest butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits and adhered this with Fine-tip glue.

The Background Bits stamp set is only available as a hostess so you will need to place an order over £150.00. If you can stretch to a £300.00 order then this month Stampin’ up! are giving £30 extra in hostess freebies, so that’s at least £60.00 in free product. Perfect is your new catalogue wish-list is huge like mine.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and pop back soon.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Three Card Thursday: Wood Textures

Hello Everyone,

For today’s post I have something a little different. I wanted give myself a little challenge and see if I could make three different cards using a very limited supply of products. This week I chose to focus on the Wood Words stamp set as it was the first one I found on my very messy desk. To that I added the Window Shopping stamp set as I wanted to use the Happy Birthday stamp, two sheets of paper from the Wood Textures DSP stack and Early Expresso cardstock and ink.

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This was the first card I made as I really wanted to do something with the stack of log paper which I think is gorgeous. I cut the smaller log off the bottom of the sheet and then used the pale wood sheet as a background. I used the Happy Birthday from Window Shopping as I wanted a big greeting to fill the space. The little chicken was added last to just add another focal point.

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For this second card I cut three of the large logs and stamped the chicken stamp in the middle. I stamped the floral stamp in the background and added a strip of Early Expresso cardstock to ground the three chickens.

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For the third card I cut out three more logs and stamped chickens on them again like the card above. I then cut up all the remaining paper and card into strips and stuck them along one edge to create like a log stack. I then placed the chickens over the top and stamped the greeting in the bottom right-hand corner.

This third card is my favourite of the collection, I love how the paper strips look like a log stack.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my three card Thursday post and join me next week when I pick another limited selection of supplies to create with.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Jar of Love card for #GDP092

Hi Everyone,

This week’s challenge on Global Design Project was to case the designer, for me these are the hardest challenges and not ones I participate in very often, this weeks however I found very inspiring. After having the Jar of Love set for over a year yesterday it finally saw some ink.

I’ll be honest with you I’m still not huge fan of this stamp set, don’t get me wrong its beautiful and I’ve seen some gorgeous samples but it just doesn’t speak to me, so I’m glad I’ve used it at last.

We had to take our inspiration from designer Steffi Helmschrott and this image was given as inspiration:

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Here is the card I came up with, note its very similar it pretty much every way so thank you to Steffi for helping me give this set some ink.

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The background paper is from the Naturally Eclectic DSP and is what I used to base my colour scheme on using Berry Burst and Fresh Fig instead of Real Red and Pacific Point as Steffi has done.

The vellum jar is adhered sneakily behind the hessian wrap using SNAIL, love how this stamp was included in the set to make clear jars easily.

I’m still loving the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets, if like me you use your Bigshot and dies constantly them this stuff is a must…Stampin’ Up! please don’t take it away…ever!

Hope you like my attempt at the weeks Global Design Project, if you would like a go yourself or just want to see everyone’s creations click here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Magical Mermaid Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’ve all managed to cool down a bit. Today I’m sharing a card made with the Magical Mermaid stamp set. This is one of those stamp sets that jumped out at me because of the number of different techniques which would go brilliantly with it. For this card I’ve just created a background for her on the new Glossy cardstock.

If you’ve been buying Stampin’ Up! for many years you’ll know we used to carry this product and I know many of us demonstrators are thrilled its back in the catalogue. The glossy cardstock makes creating blended ink backgrounds a dream.

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To make this card I firstly cut the glossy cardstock to 10cm x 8cm. On the bottom third a sponged Peekaboo Peach to create the sand. I then blended Pool Party down from the top so that the middle of the panel only had a very light coverage of ink. As the glossy cardstock makes the ink slip I then left this to dry.

Next I took a piece of Pool Party card measuring 14cm x 10cm and placed it in the Seaside Embossing folder and ran it through the bigshot. I then adhered a strip of Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron ribbon across this panel at an angle.

Next I created the mermaid by embossing her in gold. I then coloured her in using the aqua painter and  Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Soft Suede inks. When she was dry I went over her with Wink of Stella to give her a sparkle.

To finish the card I picked up the now dry glossy cardstock ( if its not quite dry just run the heat tool over it gently) and stamped the shells at the bottom in Peekaboo Peach and the reeds in Tranquil Tide.

For the greeting I embossed in gold again to match the mermaid. I attached the glossy cardstock to my card base and then added the Mermaid with Stampin’ Dimensional’s. To finish the card off I added some iridescent sequins in Pool Party with the Fine-Tip glue.

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I really love how this card turned out, perfect for any magical little girl.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Rainbow Dragonfly Card

Hello everyone,

Hope you’ve all have a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. It’s lovely but today I’m thankful I live in a stone cottage and can cool off easily. Today’s card was inspired by the watercolour pencils. I was playing around creating rainbow in various patterns across watercolour paper and my favourite result was this rainbow stripe.

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I didn’t want to detract too much from the lovely rainbow effect so I chose to just use Basic Black ink and minimal stamping. The dragonfly is actually stamped twice as the first time he was very faint as I forgot to do the tap, tap, twist motion with the archival ink. Although with the photopolymer stamps this was really easy to do.

The leaves are from the Falling Flowers stamp set as I wanted a bold outlined leaf shape and this was perfect. I’ve not chosen a sentiment for this card as I think it could work for many occasions and doesn’t need anything else adding.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Pootlers Team New Catalogue Blog Hop – Beautiful Bouquets

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Today I’m taking part in the Pootler’s Team Annual Catalogue Blog Hop with my Stampin’ Up! team-mates where we are show casing our favourite products from the new 2017-2018 catalogue. Hopefully you’ve joined me from the lovely Fiona’s blog , if not please make sure you go back and check out her lovely project.  Please take some time to visit each of our blogs today and see the wonderful creations these super talented ladies have come up with, just follow the links further down this post.

My favourite stamp set from the new catalogue is Beautiful Bouquets. Its a great floral set with some beautiful sentiments in the most gorgeous font and after playing around with it for the last couple of weeks its definitely my new favourite set.

I created three different cards for todays hop in an attempt to try and use all the different stamps in this stamp set and matching Bouquet Bunch Framelits, I had a good go but didn’t quite manage it as there are so many.

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This first card features the lovely two-step tulip stamps in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist which is a gorgeous colour combination. What made these cards come together really quickly was the new Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets, which turn your die-cuts into stickers making them super easy to use  and the best thing is no messy glue!

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My next card is a wedding card using one of my favourite sentiments and my favourite paper from the new catalogue the Bundle with Love Speciality DSP. I love the colour combination of Powder Pink, Very Vanilla and Gold (also can you spot where Blushing Bride has accidentally made an appearance….oops!)

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For my final card I went full on floral and stamped and die cut loads of flowers in Fresh Fig, Berry Burst and Powder Pink and created a huge bouquet of flowers. It may be a little over the top but I love it and its works great with the Thanks – A – Bunch sentiment.

If you love florals then I think Beautiful Bouquets is definitely one to add to your stash.

Please continue on with our blog hop by following the links below. The next button will take you on to Caroline’s blog and the previous button will take you back to Fiona’s blog.

Happy Hopping

Joanne x

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Oh My Stars Embossing Folder Birthday Card

Today I’m featuring a product which I always seem to pass over in the catalogue, the embossing folders. However in this new catalogue there are quite a few which are on my must have list and even a couple of the older ones which I can see working really well with new stamp sets.

The “Oh My Stars” embossing folder was on our demonstrator pre-order list and is one which I think makes a lovely background all on its own and it helped inspire this bold and bright birthday card.

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The colour combination of Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist is perfect for this bright bold birthday card. I wanted to show also the Happy Birthday Gorgeous doesn’t just have to male floral cards and if you changed the colour scheme its perfect for male cards too.

Don’t you just love the Bermuda Bay Chevron ribbon too? The other colours are definitely on my wish-list. I love the ribbon selection in this catalogue, I just need to come up with more ways to use it so stay tuned…

Happy Crafting

Joanne x