Pootles July Birthday Blog Hop

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Today I’m taking part in the Pootles Team Birthday Blog Hop for birthdays in July, mine is on the 25th and for this hop I decided to use my favourite products to create a birthday card for myself…just in case hubby forgets!

So here is my card

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Can you guess how old I am? For this card I used my very favourite stamp set Blooms & Wishes and four of the new In-Colours: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. I used all three of the large flowers and a couple of the smaller ones and stamped them in a random pattern all over my card. I added some leaves in Tranquil Tide and to fill in all the little gaps I used the small dotted stamped from Birthday blooms in Powder Pink.

I die cut the Happy Birthday Thinlit in Copper Foil and cut it in half to create my greeting. I also cut out the numbers 3 and 4 from the Large Number Thinlits set. I made a middle strip to mount the greeting on with Powder Pink.

I cut out the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits in Powder Pink and the largest circle in Whisper White. I then took the “TH” stamp from Number of Years and embossed it in copper a the edge of the circle.

To finish the card I mounted the numbers on my circle and added it to the card.

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I hope you enjoyed me card today. To see other cards in the blog hop click the blue box below.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Three Card Thursday: Petal Garden

This week for my Three Card Thursday challenge I chose to use the Graceful Garden stamp set. I really love the large rose stamp in this set, I think its simply beautiful and popped straight out at when I was looking at the catalogue. I also love the background stamp and can’t wait to use it on more projects.

I choose a colour scheme of Whisper white, Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive as it matches the Petal Garden DSP stack and also Sweet Sugarplum was the nearest colour to the roses I had at my wedding which were Ocean Song. I added a sheet from the paper stack and the Glitter Enamal dots from the Colour Theory Suite to the inkpads and markers for this challenge.

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Here’s the first card using the lovely background stamp and the Stampin’ Markers to add two colours to the rose stamps. A little matting for the rose image and I finished the card off with three of the Glitter Enamel dots.

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For the second card I created a background by randomly stamping the small leaves all over the card. I then use the markers to colour the smaller rose image and stamped this three times. I added a little extra ink round the edges using the Sweet Sugarplum ink pad. I added a strip of paper behind these images just to ground them.

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For my third and final card today I combined ideas from the first two cards. The leaves in the background were stamped a bit further apart to give a subtler effect and I added a paper layer behind my matted rose image.

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Here are all three together, which is your favourite? I think mine is the first one as I just love all three of those stamps. I also think this would be the perfect anniversary card for my husband next month, but doubt he’ll remember the colour of my bouquet even though it wasn’t that long ago!

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

Floral Friday: Tranquil Tulips Centre Step Card

For today’s card I decided to make a more complicated card than usual and try a Centre-Step card. I intend to do a full tutorial post on this soon but there are plenty of tutorials around Pinterest. Tranquil Tulips is one of the new hostess sets and I think it will be my favourite for this year as you all know I love my florals and Tulips are one of my favourite flowers. I wanted to make a bright and cheery card as the weather has been so miserable lately and all the rain we’ve had has given my flowers a bit of a battering. So I chose a colour scheme of Tempting Turquoise, Real Read and Lemon Lime Twist.

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I think the water coloured effect of the Fresh Florals DSP compliments the Tranquil Tulip stamps perfectly.  I think my favourite part of this card is the greeting from Dragonfly Dreams its fits the bottom panel perfectly.

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Above is a side view so you can see the dimension of this card.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

TGIF Challenge #110 – Colour Combo Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay & Basic Black

Today I’m joining in with this weeks TGIF Challenge #110 , to use the colours Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Basic Black.  Initially I found this a hard combination to work with, I’m not good with the oranges colours as you know.

Anyway as I was opening my new box of goodies inspiration finally struck when I saw the Oh So Eclectic set, the watercolour effect stamps gave me the idea to create a watercolour background with Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach blended together.  Although this is quite different to my usual cards I think its quite striking and was definitely fun to make.

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To make the background image I took some watercolour paper and spritz it all over with water. While it was still dry I took the stamp which looks to me like a doughnut and stamped randomly with Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay.

I then took the aqua-painter and dragged the colour into all the gaps to cover the whole background. I then spritzed again so the colour ran a little,  then I popped some kitchen towel over the top to soak up any excess ink.

When this was dry I stamped over my background with the large flower outline stamp in the same two colours and then to fill in the gaps took the stamp with the tiny circles and stamped any gaps with Peekaboo Peach.

To finish the card and add in the Basic Black element to the challenge I mounted my water coloured panel on some Basic Black cardstock and stamped a small greeting in the bottom right hand corner. Finally I added three of the new metallic sequins in black to draw the eye to the greeting.

I hope you enjoyed this card, I loved making it and can’t wait to get a little messy again soon. If you want to have a go at this challenge or want to see the other entries, check here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Daisy Delight Notecards

Following on from yesterday’s post I decided to make a set of notecards to fit in my cute little bag. I love how easy these were to create, just a few quick layers and a touch of stamping and you have a lovely set of notecards which would make a lovely gift.

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I chose to use the same die combination as yesterday to help tie the two projects together (the largest stitched shape square and second largest scalloped square) but decided to use the smaller daisy stamps as the large stamp felt too big against this gorgeous paper.

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I stamped the daisy outlines first in Calypso Coral and Night of Navy and then to fill in I stamped off the colour once on scrap paper. I love how the inside part of the daisy is slightly bigger which means when you cut them out they still look great.

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The Daisy Delight stamp set and everything from the new catalogue will be available to purchase tomorrow…yay!

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Delightful Daisy Thank You for #TGIFC0108

Today’s card was inspired by this week’s challenge over at TGIF Challenges, this new discovery for me,  is a card-making challenge blog and one I can joining in with more in the future. This week’s challenge was to take inspiration from the sketch provided.

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I love that this was a simple sketch as it meant my card came together very quickly. I decided to use the new Delightful Daisy stamp set and co-ordinating dsp from the new catalogue, both of which I really love.

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As a starting point I decided to use the paper with the large muted daisies on as this is the pattern which I like least in this pack as its a little busy for my tastes. I think used as a matt here it works really well though.

I stamped the large daisy in Daffodil Delight to try it to the background paper and stamped the Thank You greeting in Tranquil Tide to create a focal point.

A little Tranquil Tide ribbon just finishes the card off.

If you fancy having a go at this challenge or want to see the other creations then pop over to TGIF Challenges and take a look.

The Delightful Daisy products will be available to order next week on June 1st.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x