I’m really loving playing with the Thoughtful Branches set, it really is a versatile set, one which isn’t going to be around for much longer so go and grab yourself a set now before its gone. Here’s todays collection of cards:
This is probably the first time I’ve used Cajun Craze as it’s not been a colour I’ve been drawn to but surprisingly I’m loving this rich autumnal colour. All of these cards were created using a sheet of hand-stamped designer paper, I stamped the leaves in Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon with hints of Old Olive in the smaller leaves.
This was the first card I made, I simply added some designer paper from the Serene Scenery pack and some linen thread to the stamped panel.
This card uses the Layering Oval Thinlits and a small strip of the designer paper.
On this card I have added some of the lovely burlap ribbon and some diecut leaves from the Beautiful Branches set, they were just cut off the large branch die cut.
Finally my favourite card from today and yes that sentiment stamps is brand new from the Holiday catalogue and is available next week!
For todays card I wanted to create a wintery card suitable for any occasion, here is what I came up with:
I started by cutting out the largest scalloped oval in Pool Party and the largest smooth oval in Whisper White. I torn some scrap paper and masked off an area for the snow at the bottom of the scene. To make the moon in the background I stuck some washi tape on scrap paper, punched out with the 1/2″ circle punch and then stuck down on the background.
I created the background by sponging on fist a layer of Pool Party Ink followed by a very light layer of Island Indigo. I then took removed the washi tape circle and then stamped the three tree stamp in black archival ink.
I created a card blank from Pool Party cardstock and then embossed a panel of Whisper White cardstock with the Softly Falling Textured Impression Embossing Folder. I then finished the card off with a length of Pool Party Stitch Satin ribbon.
I really love how this card tuned out.
Today I’m featuring a set of four notecards I have made based on the four seasons which can be made so easily with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits. Here is a picure of all four cards together:
As you can see they all use the tree outline die as a basis for the tree in Soft Suede cardstock and then for Spring, Summer and Autumn I have just stamped a different coloured tree top depending on the season.
For the Spring leaves I used a base of Pink Pirouette ink and then over stamped in Blushing Bride, the grass is Emerald Envy and the birds have been stamped in Early Expresso.
For the Summer tree the leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron and then over stamped in Emerald Envy and the apple are of course…Cherry Cobbler.
For the Autumn card, which I think is my favourite the base leaves were stamped with Delightful Dijon and then a layer of Cajun Craze. The birds were stamped again with Cherry Cobbler.
The Winter card is probably one of the easiest cards I’ve ever made but I still like the simplicity of it. It’s simply the Soft Suede die cut placed on the stamped background of Soft Suede.
I thought about adding a greeting to these cards but I decided o leave them super simple, what do you think?
That’s all for today,
By now you’ve probably all seen the Thoughtful Branches Promotion that Stampin’ Up! is running throughout August. Pick up this limited time stamp set on its own or in a bundle with the matching Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, but hurry as this stamp is only available till the end of the month or until stocks last.
As you can see my first card with this bundle uses the stamps and dies to create a purple hydrangea flower, variants of which can be see all over the internet. I love the Blooms & Bliss designer paper so decided to use that as inspiration. I used Sweet Sugarplum and stamped the flower image multiple times just moving slightly to create a mottled background for the flower, similar to that on the paper. I then over-stamped in Rich Razzleberry for definition. The leaves and stem were die cut from Mint Macaron and the greeting is stamped in Rich Razzleberry also. A little sponging around the edges and a few of the tiny pearls finishes the card off.
Comeback tomorrow for more inspiration with this bundle.
Today I am starting a new series called Floral Friday which will showcase all things floral in the catalogue as I love flower stamps and am eager to add all the new floral sets to my collection. This week I’m focusing on simple cards and the Love and Affection stamps set which is fast becoming one of my favourites. Here is a picture of all four cards I made together
As you can see I chose a colour scheme of Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder. I love how bright and summery these cards look. Here is a close up of each card individually
This was the first card I made using the new Layering Squares Framelits, which making a focal panel for the card was super simple. To embellish the card I just added sime of the Ruched Ribbon in Emerald Envy and the Watermelon Wonder Washi from the Affectionately Yours collection.
This time I went for an all-over stamped background and used the Decorative Label punch to add some pop to the sentiment. I think this was is actually my favourite of the four.
Again using the Laying Squares Framelits, just in a smaller size and finally
I’m not 100% on this one, originally this was going to be like the design above but it didn’t fit on the card. I’d stamped the flowers to overlap when all the squares were in a row but now I’ve moved them into a grid formation it doesn’t look as good.
As you can see this stamp set has huge scope for super simple quick cards, next time I pull this set out I’m hoping to be a little more adventurous!
One of the things I love about the new Irresistably Floral Designer Paper is that you can colour it to fit any project you wish. For today’s card I couldn’t decide which colour combination to use so I made two versions, a blue/green one and a pink/peach one. Continue reading “Watercolour Wash with Irresistably Floral Designer Paper”
Now for anyone who has become familiar with the new 2016 – 2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue may recognise todays card:
Yes that’s right I’ve CASE’d it right from the catalogue example on p119. I’ve used a different colour scheme and substituted the black metallic twine for Melon Mambo thick baker’s twine.
I’ve wanted to try shaker cards since this catalogue launched as there are loads of fabulous products which make them quick and easy, especially the new sets of layering Framelits and the foam adhesive strips which seal up the sides super quick.
Here’s a close-up of the shaker part and as you can see I haven’t got the foam adhesive 100% correct as my sprinkles were sticking to the edges, any suggestions on how to improve this gratefully received!
If you’d like to see the original card then click on the pdf link at the side or if you’d prefer to view in your own copy of the catalogue and haven’t yet got a copy then drop me an email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pop one in the post to you.