Free As A Bird Oval Card

Sadly the Layering Ovals dies have now sold out here in Europe but I couldn’t let them go into my craft closet with out one final outing. I’ve paired the with the Free As A Bird stamp set which is carrying over to the next catalogue. I really like the delicate images in this set, these cute little birds were just crying out to be coloured with Stampin’ Blends.

I’ve coloured the little birds with a mix of Petal Pink and So Saffron to give a blended peachy tone, which matches the Champagne Rhinestones which I’ve used to embellish the card. The branch is Soft Suede and the leaves Just Jade.

I’ve used Blackberry Bliss as an accent colour in the flowers in the stamped inmage and also for the stamped flowers on the designer paper background.

As a final touch I added a length of the Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon from the Mini Catalogue

I love the soft feminine feel of this card and hope its not another year before Free As A Bird sees some ink.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


My favourite Retiring Products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue

Now I’ve had a little time to digest whats leaving us I thought I’d share some of my favourite products so you can decide if you want them before they are gone, at the time of writing this all products were still available but I’m sure they won’t last long.

I’ve split my list into stamps, dies, punches and ribbon and embellishments.

  1. Stamps:

These are seven of my favourites that I’m actually suprised are leaving:

Beautiful World, Rooted in Nature, The Right Triangle, Basket of Blooms, Zany Zebras, Itty Bitty Birthdays and Inspiring Iris.

2. Dies

Four of my staple die collections are leaving so it looks like I’ll have to change things up a bit as there’s not been many cards I’ve made that doesn’t feature at least one of these sets:

The Layering Ovals Dies are probably my most used set of dies, so if you don’t have them this would be the number one product I would purchase from the whole retirement list.

3. Punches

We are losing are remaining circle punchesd which I know a lot of people will be sad about as they are quick an easy to stamp and punch to add a greeting. If I’m honest I haven’t used mine much in the last year. The three that I will miss are:

4. Ribbon and Embellishments:

This is a tricky one as I buy nearly all the ribbon and embellishments every year then hardly use any of them!

I’m thankful that a lot of embellishments and ribbon that I do use are carrying over, plus whats coming in the new catalogue is better than what we’re losing. Only problem I’m going to have here is I need more space to store it all!!

One final mention is we’re losing two additional Stampin’ Blends colours Rich Razzleberry and Mango Melody as well as the 2019-2021 In colours

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little look at the products leaving us that I’ve loved creating with over the last year. Remember these products are now available while stocks last so if you want them place your order as soon as you can.

If you miss them, don’t worry there is loads of amazing new products coming in the new catalogue on May 4th.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Proud of You Peacock Card

I have to confess I’m not a fan of this stamp set. I bought it in the suite bundlke last pre-order as I love all the accessories and embellishments which go with it, I mean how can you not love those foil sheets they are lush!

So sadly Royal Peacock has not seen much ink, even on this card I only used one stamp.

For the background I embossed some of the gorgeous Pretty Peacock Foil Sheet with the Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder, which looks stunning. I then used the largest die in the Stitched Nested Labels dies to have somewhere to add my sentiment and highlight the delicate detail in the peacock die cut.

Proud of You Peacock Card - flat

I stamped my greeting in Bermuda Bay which I think looks great with this foil but use Pretty Peacock if you prefer. I then finished the card off with some Pretty Peacock Rhinestones from the Noble Peacock collection.

This card is not my favourite but its made me think I need to go and order some more foil sheets while I still can.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x



Floral Friday: Needlepoint Nook Trio

For today’s Floral Friday post I’m saying a fond farewell to the Needlepoint Nook Suite from the Spring/Summer catalogue. This suite is jam packed with embroidery and stitching images which remind me so much of cushion covers from my childhood which my grandma stitched. If like me you love a bit of stitching or some nostaligia then this is a great collection to play with.

For my cards today I focused on the large flower head image as starting  point for my project and the colour combination of Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Night of Navy and a hint of Crushed Curry.

Floral Friday - Neddlepoint Nook 1

I used one of the busier patterns for this background so wanted my focal point to be quite bold so it didn’t get lost in all the colours behind. I chose three Poppy Parade flowers with the matching leaves in Pear Pizzazz. I love how these two stamp/die comibnations work perfectly togther to create stunning elements simply. To finish this card I just stamped the greeting ” Get Well Soon” in Night of Navy and cut up the seperate words and adhered one to each flower.

Floral Friday - Needlepoint Nook 2

for this second card I started by using the largest die in the set which creates this lovely stitched effect in the cardstock, which is great for some subtle detail. I again added one of the Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz flower combinations with a couple of extra die cut leaves. I stamped the greeting onto the lovely label die included in the set and highlighted that with a small strip of patterned paper. I finished the card off with some stamped Poppy Parade stiches in the corners.

Floral Friday - Needlepoint Nook 3

For my last card I went a little die cut crazy and threw a whole bunch of different flowers and leaves onto the card to make this gorgeous floral arrangement. The greetings label is made from using the Pretty Label punch. First stamp your greeting and then take the stitching die from the Needlepoint Elements and run through the die cutting machine and then simply punch with the Pretty Label punch and you have a label with gorgeous stiching all around it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects, I’ve loved pulling out the Needlepoint Nook Suite again, lucky for me I have plenty of paper left so can make plenty more projects.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


Geared Up Garage Father’s Day Card

With Father’s Day just round the corner I thought it was time to share some card ideas with you and the Classic Garage Suite is the perfect place to start and the best news is the stamp set and dies are carrying over into the new catalogue…yay!!

I wanted Tranquil Tide to be the main focus of this card as its retiring and I won’t get many more chances to showcase what a gorgeous colour it is, I’m hoping this is one that Stampin’ Up! bring back at a later date.

I stamped the card in Stazon ink and then water-colured with Tranquil Tide ink, you can use the inkpads or reinkers to do this. I added some shading with Basic Grey and the headlights in Crushed Curry which add a little pop of colour to the card.

Geared up Garage - Fathers day Card - flat

For the background I stamped some Tranquil Tide ink onto the nut background paper using the big splodge stamp from Artisan Textures to create a darker area. I then layered up the cogs die from Gargae Gears in the Galvanized Metallic Paper which is currently on sale in the clearance rack, this paper is the perfect addtion to this suite as it emphasizes the “metal” of garages.

To finsh off the card I added the Happy Father’s Day card label from the stamp set, I really love how this card turned out as male cards are hard for me due to the lack of floral elements you can use!

Happy Crafting

Joanne x