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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Step It Up Saturday: Basket of Blooms

Today I’m using the Basket of Blooms set to show you how to take a from simple to stepped-up. I love the Small Bloom punch which was a Sale-A-Bration freebie and I’m glad it carried over, it works great with the Basket of Blooms stamp set to create lots of great images. It’s also one of my daughters favouties to stamp with too.

Basket of Blooms card 1

  1. For this first card cut a piece of Highland heather cardstock to 10cm x 14.4cm and stamp all over with one of the larger flowers in Highland Heather, then adhere to the card base which is made from cardstock 14.4cm x 21cm, scored down the middle at 10.5cm.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 5cm x 9cm. Stamp the tall vase at the bottom on the cardstock in Rich Razzleberry, stamp it so only half on the image is on the cardstock. Take a post-it note and stick to the top edge of the vase to cover it, stamp two leaves in Just Jade coming out of the vase, remove post-it note and the stems of the leaves should not be visable. Stamp a birthday greeting along the bottom of the 5cm x 9cm cardtock, I used the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set.
  3. Punch three small blooms from Purple Posy cardstock and adhere to the card add Rich Razzleberry adhesive sequins from the Artistry Blooms collection to the flower centres.

Basket of Blooms card 2

For the second card, add a layer of Playiny With Patterns designer paper measuring 9.5cm x 13.9cm to the Highland Heather layer before adhering to the card.

In step two, stamp the vase in Tuxedo Black Memento ink instead of Rich Razzleberry and the colour with the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. Before adhering the stamped image to the card, add it too a Highland Heather cardstock matt measuring 5.5cm x 9.5cm.

Use Stampin’ Dimesnionals to give the flowers some height.

Basket of Blooms card 3

For this final card repeat the steps for the previous two cards with the following additons.

Add a length of Just Jade In-Colour Ribbon across the middle of the designer paper before adhering to the Highland Heather cardstock.

Colour the vase with both dark and light Rich Razzleberry Blends. Instead of mounting the stampe dimage on a plain cardstock matt replace with an embossed layer measuring 7cm x 11cm, here I’ve used the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder.

Stamp flower images in Highland Heather before punching them out. Use a foam matt and the rounded lid end of some Multipurpose Liquid glue to rub over the flowers in a circular motion, this allows the petals to curl upwards slightly.

Stamp the greeting on a Purple Posy labels, made from the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, add to the card.

I hope you can easily follow these steps and take this simple card and step it up as much as you like.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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Step It Up Sunday – Petals & Paisley’s Suite

Today I’m starting a new series Step It Up Sunday, where I take one design and take it from a basic design to a more advanced one in easy stages. The suite I’m going to focus on this week is Petals & Paisleys from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. I love this suite as it has as it has so many possibilities.

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Here’s the first card I made using a simple base of Delightful Dijon with a layer of paper from the Petals & Paisleys Speciality dsp. The greeting is from the Bella & Friends stamp set which is stamped on a Very Vanilla oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits set and matted on a Delightful Dijon scalloped oval from the same Framelits set. The card was embellished with a little Mint Macaron ribbon from the ribbon trio pack in the A/W catalogue.

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For the second card I added an extra layer of pattern paper matted on Delightful Dijon and also added a little stamp from the Paisleys & Posies set to add a little something to the greetings panel.

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The final card has some embellishments added which are cut from the Paisley Framelits Dies in Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron. So there it is one basic card, three different ways. Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x