Back to Back Blooms Birthday Duo

I’ve got two cards today featuring the Back to Back Blooms stamp set from the January to June Mini Catalogue. This is one of our Reversibles stamp sets which means you can use both sides of the stamp to stamp.As these images are not symmetrical the back and front image won’t line up completly but will complement each other, perfect for when you’re stamping flowers.

I’ve kept to using Black, white and Magenta Madness for both cards. This first one uses Black as the outline and Magenta Madness as the background stamp.

After I’d stamped my background Magenta Madness image on the first card I re-stamped on a second piece of cardstock to create a lighter shade for this card. I then used full strength Magenta Madness for the outline.

The greeting comes from the Seaside Notions stamp set which is one the retiring list and I stamped this with White Craft Ink onto an Everyday Label.

I love the simplicity of the Back to Back Blooms stamp set, plus its a floral set which are always my favourites. Can’t wait to have more of a play with this one.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


Treat Yourself Lollipop Card

The Ice Cream Corner Suite is my favourite from the January to June Mini Catalogue, I love all the bright fun colours and who doesn’t love ice-cream! The paper is my favourite part of this suite and I’d love to hoard packs and packs of it but think hubby would get annoyed. Each sheet is full of colour and will definitely make you smile.

For this card I’ve used my very favourite sheet with the multi-coloured ice-cream cones and matted it on Blackberry Bliss to really make it “pop”.

I’ve stamped a couple of lollipops to add as a focal point. These are made with two stamps, for the tops I’ve used second generation stamping to get a lighter colour. So my lollipops are probably your normal Strawberry and Blur Raspeberry. But you can mix up the colours to make any flavour you like, Granny Apple Green and Magenta Madness anyone?

I’ve finished the card off with a touch of the Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon. I love how this is see-through so you can see even more yummy ice-creams peeping through.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


Fine Art Floral Gift Box & Card Duo

It’s not often I make 3D items but last week when it was my mum’s birthday I needed something to wrap her present in. Luckily for me it was a nice easy square so I could easily make a box. I choose this paper from the Fine Art Floral collection one because I knew my mum would love it as she like bright bold flowers and second its not a paper I’ve found easy to work into a card yet.

To make the box cut a piece of dsp to 25.5cm x 24cm. On the longside score at 6cm, 12cm, 18cm, and 24cm. Turn the paper 90 degrees then score at 3cm and 21cm.

You will end up with your paper in sections as shown below, the blue lines are the scored lines.

You will need to cut your paper on every red line as shown above so you have slits in the bottom and top section. Place Tear & Tape along the smallest section and fold into a box. I used Tear & Tape to secure the bottom of the box too but used Mini Glue Dots on the top as they are easier to pull apart to open. To finish simply tie with Calypso Coral Ribbon from the Ornate Garden Combo Pack.

For the card I used the matching Art Gallery stamp set. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and the flower was stamped in Calypso Coral and Terracotta Tile with the greeting stamped in Merry Merlot.

My mum loved her coordinated gift and card so I may attempt more duos in the future.

Happy Crafting

Joanne xx


Lovely Lily Pad Birthday Card

Todays card features three products which are part of our Sale-A-Bration collection for 2020. The stamp set and paper pack are options which are available with a £50.00 order and the dies set is free with a purchase of £90 or more.

The Lily Impressions paper is stunning, it has so many of my favourite colours in it and I love its inspired by the painting by Claude Monet. This quick card highlights the paper and if you don’t like the pattern I’ve chosen, most of the other designs in the pack work just as well.

Lovley Lily Pad Birthday card - flat

The white die cut comes from the Wild Rose die set and the greeting comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. The Lovely Lily Pad stamp set is part of our new Reversibiles range, this means you can use both sides of the stamp for stamping. This doubles the creativity and is great for floral images which I love.

I stamped the solid parts of the lily’s first using the flat/ back sides of the stamps and by stamping one layer of Melon Mambo ink on scrap paper first. I then stamped over with the outline, they don’t quite line up due to the uneven flower but give a lovley artisitc effect which I think adds to the floral feel of the stamping. I did the same with the laeves using Granny Apple Green.

After die cutting I assembled the card and added a final outline die cut layer to the Lily flower to add extra dimension.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x



Three Card Thursday: Painted Poppies

Today I’m sharing three simple cards made with the gorgeous Painted Poppies stamp set, this is probably my favourite stamp set from the new catalogue. The focus of this stamp set may be poppies but I feel these flowers are versatile enough to be used to represent many other flowers too, just experiment with colour like I have here.

Painted Poppies Highland Heather

For each of these cards I used three stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set and the Happy Birthday greeting comes from the co-ordinating stamp set Peaceful Moments, but you could use any greeting you have.

This Highland Heather card was the first I made. First I stamped the poppy outlines in Tuxedo Black Memento and then filled them in with Highland Heather and the large blob stamp. For the background I stamped off the Highland Heather once on scrap paper before filling in the background. The blob stamp (sorry I can’t think of a better name for it!) has a watercolour effect to it, so I think it makes a lovely background stamp as well as to fill in the flowers.

Painted Poppies Melon Mambo

For the second card I used Melon Mambo and used a similar technique to card one, except I didn’t leave any white space on the card and did much more overstamping.

Painted Poppies Bermuda Bay

For this third card I used Bermuda Bay and started the card the same way as card one. For the background I used the paint splash looking stamp to fill in the background. I don’t know if its the colour or this stamp but I really love how this card tured out, its my favourite of the three by far.

I hope these cards have given you a little inspiration for using colours other than red with the Painted Poppies stamp set, I’m loving creating with this set so watch out for more projects next week.

Happy Crafing

Joanne x