So here it is my first Christmas card of 2016 and what a cute stamp set to use Merry Mice. its so adorable!
I used a base of Cherry Cobbler which has to be my favourite colour to use at Christmas and paired it with a matt of Crumb Cake which I embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder. The mouse image was stamped onto watercolour paper and then coloured in using inks and the aqua painter. I then used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut the image out and matt onto a Cherry Cobbler scalloped oval.
The greetings banner was created using the Birthday Banners stamp set and the Bunch of Banners Framelits, I think the greeting from the Merry Mice set fits in perfectly.
I finished off the card with some White Perfect Accents which I just love for adding a little something to finish off a card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week I have been surrounded by poorly children who have now passed their delightful germs onto me, so the obvious choice for this week was a get well card.
I also don’t think we could focus on this set and not make some get well cards as this is the Ronald MacDonald House Charities set which raises money to help families with sick children who are receiving treatment far from home., so this is definitely a set you should consider as £2.00 from every sale goes to the charity.
I went for a super simple card this week with a couple of layers and just a little stamping. Here is the card
I chose a colour scheme of Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Smokey Slate and I love how well they work together. The only dimension on the card is the top of the umbrella as I wanted to make it easy for posting.
Thank you for popping by, if you would like to check out what the rest of the design team make take a look on www.pootles.com for the links.
This week for the Pootles Design Team Challenge I have made an Easter card, it’s actually a card I’ve been wanting to make since I bought the Balloon Celebration stamp set when I first became a demonstrator. Those speckled balloon insides just make me think of the very poplar mini eggs which are available at Easter. The greeting stamp in My Hero provided the prefect greeting to make my card.
This easel card is made from a base of 5” by 10” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored on the long side at 2.5” and 5”. These are then folded over to form the easel part of the card. I stamped the greeting from the My Hero set in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out using the Layering Squares Framelit Dies
The “eggs” were made from the speckled stamp in the Balloon Celebration stamp set and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch, you just need to trip off the bottom of the balloon where it would have been tied. I chose to use So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and Pool Party as a colour scheme to match those chocolate eggs.
The form strips were used to form the “stopper” at the bottom of the card and were covered with the eggs. Here is a side very of the card:
Don’t worry easel cards can still fold flat so are easy for posting. I’m glad the design team challenge has given me the chance to make this card as its been in my head far too long…time to make room for some new ideas.
If you would like to see what everyone else in the team has made this week then head over to www.pootles.com for all the links.
This week I’ve been feeling very loved up, no idea why, so have challenged myself to come up with a love/anniversary card and here’s what I came up with:
Cherry Cobbler and Gold is one of my favourite colour combinations, I think they look so rich and luxurious together so they had to be used for this card. The heart border stamp comes from the Birthday Blooms set and is one I’ve been longing to use. The cute little ladybirds come from the Love You Lots hostess set which is one of my favourites of the annual catalogue.
Here is a close up of the stamp from the My Hero set which was used as my focal point. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and then cut away the outer border. To make the gold layer I heat embossed the image in clear powder on the gold foil and cut it out, a simpler way would have been to use the Best Badge punch, but I don’t have this my collection…..yet!
Here is a final photo of the card laid flat. I’m really loving the challenge of focusing on one stamp set and have more ideas than I thought I would, so go challenge yourselves to create a few different cards using one set, its fun!
To see what the other members of the design team came up with this week click here visit http://www.pootles.com
Today I’m happy to announce that for September I’m part of the Pootles Design Team. For this we are given one stamp set and asked to create a project for every Thursday in the month. The stamp set that we were given for September was My Hero, which can be found on the inside of the back cover of the annual catalogue, just in case you’ve missed it.
This is a very special stamp set as it is this years Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, which means every-time someone buys this stamp set £2.00/€2.25 is given to the charity.
When this stamp set first arrived I was very unsure I was going to be able to come up with one project let alone 5! But after using it a few times its growing on me and one I can see being a popular choice for some quirky greeting.
So here is what I came up with for this week:
First I made the background by taking the celebrate stamp and stamping repeatedly with Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron and Pool Party, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to keep it fairly straight.
I felt this was a little too bright for a background so I added a layer of vellum, securing it on the back so the layer popped up a little.
Next I punched some balloons in matching cardstock from the balloon bouquet punch, I added a little curve to these by rubbing the backs of each one with the lid of my tombow glue on a foam matt.
I finished the balloons off with some linen thread and secured onto the card with stampin’ dimensionals. I created the banner by colouring the outline of the celebrate stamp set with the Sweet Sugarplum marker and stamped a greeting from the Birthday Banners set. I added two enamel stars for an embellishment.
Hope you like my first project and pop back next week to see what else I create with this set. To take a look at what the other members of the team created visit http://www.pootles.com
Today’s card was inspired by some leftover die cut pieces I had from my Autumnal thanks set of cards. I had the branches left over and then I had an ah-ha moment, can you guess what I thought…
That’s right… Snowman arms!
Here is the finished card all made with dies and punches apart from the clouds which were sponged with whisper white craft ink through a stencil made from the tree builder punch.
Isn’t he cute! As you can see the main parts of the snowman have been made using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit set, because that’s what I have in my stash but the circle punches or the Layering Circle Framelits would work just as well. The eyes and nose were punched from the Sprinkles punch and the hat I just hand cut myself.
Remember, tomorrow is the last day to order the Thoughtful Branches promotion, so if you want this set hit the shop now button and place your order before its too late!