Just a Little Copper…

Hi Everyone?

How are you all today? We’ve finally got some rain here in Yorkshire, its coming down quite heavy so I might need a boat by school pick up time. Today’s card is just a quick one to show you how a little copper can turn one of the Memories and More cards into something beautiful.

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This background card came from the Colour Theory Memories and More pack which is perfect for creating projects around the different seasons. This was one of my favourite cards as I just loved the leaf outlines on it. To make it extra special I added a few more leaves from the Colourful Seasons stamp set and embossed with copper embossing powder .

I also added one of the fabulous greetings to the card as well and did a bit more embossing. I love the sentiments in this set and bought it more for them than the images, although I’m also a sucker for snowflakes.

To finish the card off I added a length of copper trim down the side for some extra copper and mounted onto a Crushed Curry card base. Beautiful. quick and easy I love this card.

I’m really looking forward to using the Memories and More cards on some scrapbooking projects….I just need to print some photos so watch for those coming soon.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Bokeh Background card for #TGIFC113

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, we’ve trimmed some trees in the garden so I’ve now got a bit more light in the garden. Talking of light, this week challenge over at TGIF Challenges was to used the Bokeh techinique, which is an out of focus photography lighting effect. I was a bit stumped on quite how to do this at first but am quite pleased with the results. What do you think?

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To make the background I took some watercolour paper and then misted all over with water. I then took my aqua painter and some Blushing Bride re-inker and created a wash all over the card.

I then made a circle template using some window sheet and the circle punches in sizes 1 3/8″, 1 1/4″ and 3/4″. With the 1 3/8″ template I sponged some Peekaboo Peach in a random pattern all over. Next I took the 1 1/4″ template and sponged with Flirty Flamingo, I made sure that these circles all over lapped the previous ones.

I then took the 3/4″ template and Calypso Coral and added some overlapping circles and some randomly on their own. I found the finished background a little bright for the effect I wanted so I dulled it down a little by adding a layer of vellum.

I added some of the Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon across the centre and adhered the whole panel to a Calypso Coral card base.

To finish the card off I just added a water coloured kitty from Pretty Kitty mounted onto circles die cut from the Layering Circles Dies.

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I love the how delicate this ended up looking. What do you think? Fancy having a go at this challenge yourself them head over to the TGIF Challenges blog for more details.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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