Step It Up Sunday: Merry Moose

Who’s glad the Merry Moose stamp set and matching punch came back? Me definitely! I loved this bundle last year and was gutted when it sold out, so I’m excited its back and I can play again. Being in the UK the Moose is not the most obvious animal to stamp and send cards with, but there’s something about this set that just makes me happy.

Today I’m taking a basic card design and showing how you can step it up to a more detailed card, so whatever your crafting level you can enjoy this design.

For this first step or beginner card take a card blank in Crumb Cake, mine measures 14.9cm x 21cm, scored at 10.5cm. Next take the 6.7cm diameter circle die from the Layering Circles Dies and cut a Very Vanilla circle, cut a matching scalloped circle in Mossy Meadow. Also take the label die from the Most Wonderful Time dies, found in the product Medley. If you don’t have this you could use the Classic Label Punch or either of the Banner Punches.

On your Very Vanilla circle stamp the large christmas tree in Mossy Meadow and on your label stamp your greeting in Cherry Cobbler. Also stamp the solid moose in Early Espresso and then punch out with the Moose Punch. Arrange elements as shown above.

To take the card to the next level we’re going to add some detail to the background. Take a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock measureing 9.5cm x 13.4 and stamp it with the Buffalo Check stamp in Early Espresso. Add a layer of the Vanilla Open weave Ribbon from the Forever Greenery Suite across the middle of the Cherry Cobbler layer before you adhere to the card base.

For this card I’ve also stamped the outline of the Moose instead of the solid image to give more detail to the card.

For this final step of the card I’ve added a layer of Mossy Meadow cardstock below the Cherry Cobbler layer that measures 14.4cm x 10cm. I also ran the Cherry Cobbler layer through the Sutbtle £D Embossing Folder, so the buffalo check looks like shirt fabric.

I’ve also added a little detail to the Moose himself by fussing cutting him som antlers from some Soft Suede cardstock, these were adhreed with the Adhesive Sheets. I’ve also given him a little scarf to keep him warm in the forest.

I love how all three of these cards turned out, so if you missed out on Mr Moose last year I highly recommend you add him to your stash this year.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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First Christmas Card of the season with Have A Hoot

It’s taken me a while to get crafting with the new August – December Mini Catalogue, mainly because the kids have been at home so much but now they’re back at school (well tomorrow) its time for me to get my Christmas craft and show you everything I love about this catalogue.

One of the first sets that caught my eye was the Have A Hoot stamp and die set I love these cute little owls that are perfect for Halloween, christmas and other occassions. Today I’m sharing the first Christmas card I’ve made this year featuring these cute owls and my very favourite Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.

Firstly I stamped and coloured the owls with the Stampin’ Blends and then die cut them. I really like how you can just cut out the owls and leave the branches off your card it you like, this means those little owls can sit anywhere you want them too.

To create the background I used the tags die to cut out of Window Sheet to give me a stencil to create the sponged background. I then used Balmy Blue to sponge through the “cut out windows” and create the background for my owls. I then stamped each owl image again so I had the branches in the background.

I then used the tag die again to cut out the windows in the green designer paper which is from the Flowers for Every Season Collection. I matted my stamped/sponged background to the dsp making sure my sponging lined up. I then matted this on a layer of Real Red cardstock before adhering to my card base.

I then added my three stamped owls onto their branche using Stampin’ Dimensionals or you could use the new foam adhesive sheets and to finish the card I added a greeting to the top left corner of the card using the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.

I love how cute this card is and its definitely got my in the mood for more Christmas Crafting.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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Case the Catalogue: Stitched Stars Dies

Today I’m casing the catalogue and sharing with you my simplified version of the Stampin’ Up! original found on page 97. I’ve pulled out my Stitched Stars dies as they haven’t seen any love in a while and paired them with the Playing With Patterns DSP.

The original card uses Silver Foil and embossing folders for texture as you can see below.

As you can see I kept to a blue base but used Night of Navy instead of Misty Moonlight and used Costal Cabana and Calypso Coral as my other colours. I left off the twine as I want a quick card which was easy to replicate for when you need those last minute birthday cards.

I also used the Pick A Label Punch (my current favourite product) to stamp my greeting on which came from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.

So which do you prefer the Stampin’ Up! original or my simplified version?

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Positive Thoughts Card

I’ve pulled out the Positive Thoughts stamp set to work with today as I wanted to make a sympathy card, somehting I struggle with. I think all of the senitments in this set convey posite caring thoughts and I really like the sentiment  “Hugs, Prayers, Love” because if I lost someone close to me thats exactly what I’d want from other people.

Using the Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder adds a subtle background to this card which paired well with the paper from the In Good Taste DSP.

Positive Thougths Card - flat

My favourite part of this card is the tiny little die cut butterfly, I think it adds the perfect finishing touch to the card.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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Two Ways With Triangles

I didn’t think I’d love the Stitched Triangle Dies as much as I do but they are amazing and definitely one to add to your collection. I love how you can link them togther to create a patchwork effect, create bunting of many sizes or just use them in a random pattern seperatley like I have here.

5 Triangle card

For both of these cards I use a card base measuring 13.9cm x 10.5cm, slightly smaller than my normal cards bases, so the largest Stitched Rectangle Die fits comfortably on the card front. I then cut out five random triangles out of my rectangle. I used the thick Whisper White cardstock to do the triangle to add some stability to this layer. I then stamped the greeting from So Senitmel in Memento Tuxedo Black, using washie tape to cover half the greeting so only Thank You was stamped.. To finish the card I filled in my triangle windows with 2020-2022 In-Colour Designer Paper.

Triangle Lines Card

For the second card I used the die with the long line of triangles and cut five rows. I colour each one with a strip of In-Colour cardstock on the back, I secrured the strips in place with tear and tape. I added the same sentiment, stamped in full on the largest of the Tasteful Labels Dies.

I really love how these cards turned out and can’t wait to play more with the Stitched Triangles.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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