Eastern Trellis Thank You Card

Hi Everyone,

For today’s card I have combined the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions embossing Folder with products from the Eastern Palace Suite to create this elegant thank you card.

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For this card I kept to a very simple colour scheme of Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla and hints of gold. I embossed the Very Vanilla layer with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as I felt this highlighted the squarish shape of the Fresh Fig die cuts from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

I added one of the gold stickers onto my die cut to match the gold ribbon down the side of the card and I finally managed to use one of the tassels I’ve had since April!

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Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Christmas in July and Bonus Days Promotion

Christmas may still be far away in the minds of most people but here at Stampin’ Up! they’re ready to start the Christmas preparations early with not one but two fabulous promotions during July.

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If you’ve ever thought about joining up with Stampin’ Up! and becoming a demonstrator then July is the perfect month to join as you get until December to meet your first quarter minimums of £270.00. That’s because July is the first month in a new quarter and when you join you have the remaining amount of time in the current quarter (Jul – Sept) plus all the next quarter (Oct-Dec) to meet your minimum sales amount.

If that wasn’t a good enough reason for July only when you join up you will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set (worth £18.00) which is not available to purchase until August. Also you will receive an essentials stamping pack worth £47.00.  So that’s a total £195 worth of product  (with the £130.00 normal amount)  for just £99 including free shipping, a deal not to be missed.

Here’s what Santa has included in the Essentials Gift Pack:

Item Number Description
118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder

Click here (EN l FR l DE) to see a picture of the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (featured in the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue).

144804 Carols Of Christmas
145028 Cantiques De Noël (French)
145031 Wie ein Weihnachtslied (German)

Remember too you have no commitment with Stampin’ Up! so you can just sign up for this incredible offer and then never make another order if you don’t want. It will be harder to not order I guarantee!

So if you want to join up and you’re in UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands then I’d love you to join my team and share the joy of Stampin’ Up! with you. Just click the link here to sign up.

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If joining up is not for you then throughout July and August Stampin’ Up! are running the bonus days promotion. For every £45.00 you spend in July you will receive a discount code for £4.50 off purchases during August. So if you have things on your wish list now is the time to make an order and earn a bonus days coupon.

Click here to start shopping.

Here’s to a merry July

Joanne x

Three Card Thursday: Petal Garden

This week for my Three Card Thursday challenge I chose to use the Graceful Garden stamp set. I really love the large rose stamp in this set, I think its simply beautiful and popped straight out at when I was looking at the catalogue. I also love the background stamp and can’t wait to use it on more projects.

I choose a colour scheme of Whisper white, Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive as it matches the Petal Garden DSP stack and also Sweet Sugarplum was the nearest colour to the roses I had at my wedding which were Ocean Song. I added a sheet from the paper stack and the Glitter Enamal dots from the Colour Theory Suite to the inkpads and markers for this challenge.

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Here’s the first card using the lovely background stamp and the Stampin’ Markers to add two colours to the rose stamps. A little matting for the rose image and I finished the card off with three of the Glitter Enamel dots.

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For the second card I created a background by randomly stamping the small leaves all over the card. I then use the markers to colour the smaller rose image and stamped this three times. I added a little extra ink round the edges using the Sweet Sugarplum ink pad. I added a strip of paper behind these images just to ground them.

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For my third and final card today I combined ideas from the first two cards. The leaves in the background were stamped a bit further apart to give a subtler effect and I added a paper layer behind my matted rose image.

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Here are all three together, which is your favourite? I think mine is the first one as I just love all three of those stamps. I also think this would be the perfect anniversary card for my husband next month, but doubt he’ll remember the colour of my bouquet even though it wasn’t that long ago!

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Just a Little Copper…

Hi Everyone?

How are you all today? We’ve finally got some rain here in Yorkshire, its coming down quite heavy so I might need a boat by school pick up time. Today’s card is just a quick one to show you how a little copper can turn one of the Memories and More cards into something beautiful.

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This background card came from the Colour Theory Memories and More pack which is perfect for creating projects around the different seasons. This was one of my favourite cards as I just loved the leaf outlines on it. To make it extra special I added a few more leaves from the Colourful Seasons stamp set and embossed with copper embossing powder .

I also added one of the fabulous greetings to the card as well and did a bit more embossing. I love the sentiments in this set and bought it more for them than the images, although I’m also a sucker for snowflakes.

To finish the card off I added a length of copper trim down the side for some extra copper and mounted onto a Crushed Curry card base. Beautiful. quick and easy I love this card.

I’m really looking forward to using the Memories and More cards on some scrapbooking projects….I just need to print some photos so watch for those coming soon.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Bokeh Background card for #TGIFC113

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, we’ve trimmed some trees in the garden so I’ve now got a bit more light in the garden. Talking of light, this week challenge over at TGIF Challenges was to used the Bokeh techinique, which is an out of focus photography lighting effect. I was a bit stumped on quite how to do this at first but am quite pleased with the results. What do you think?

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To make the background I took some watercolour paper and then misted all over with water. I then took my aqua painter and some Blushing Bride re-inker and created a wash all over the card.

I then made a circle template using some window sheet and the circle punches in sizes 1 3/8″, 1 1/4″ and 3/4″. With the 1 3/8″ template I sponged some Peekaboo Peach in a random pattern all over. Next I took the 1 1/4″ template and sponged with Flirty Flamingo, I made sure that these circles all over lapped the previous ones.

I then took the 3/4″ template and Calypso Coral and added some overlapping circles and some randomly on their own. I found the finished background a little bright for the effect I wanted so I dulled it down a little by adding a layer of vellum.

I added some of the Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon across the centre and adhered the whole panel to a Calypso Coral card base.

To finish the card off I just added a water coloured kitty from Pretty Kitty mounted onto circles die cut from the Layering Circles Dies.

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I love the how delicate this ended up looking. What do you think? Fancy having a go at this challenge yourself them head over to the TGIF Challenges blog for more details.

Thanks for popping by.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Vintage Butterfly Easel Card

Hi Everyone,

How are you today? I’m so glad its a bit cooler at last as I don’t function well in heat at all. I’ve not got a Floral Friday post today but I have got this gorgeous Vintage Butterfly Easel card. As soon as I saw the Background Bits Hostess set in the catalogue I knew this was a card I wanted to make and I can’t wait to share it with you any longer.

As you may know if you’re a regular reader it’s not often I venture into vintage, distressed, shabby chic style cards as I don’t seem to pull the look off very well but I’m so pleased with how this turned out.

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To create a basic easel card take a piece of card measuring 28cm x 10.5cm. Score it at 14cm and at 21cm. Fold in half at 14cm and then fold  at 21cm to create the triangle shape you can kind of see above. Next cut an extra piece of card 14.5cm x 10.5 cm and this is used as your card front. Then create a strip of card 10.5 x 2.5cm to use as your stopper.

To create the front of the card I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 14cm x 10cm and randomly stamped the script stamp and the background swirl pattern all over in Crumb Cake. My Crumb Cake ink pad desperately needs re-inking so if yours is juicy you might want to stamp off one on scrap paper before each stamp. I then took a sponge and sponged and blended Crumb cake ink all over to create that vintage look.

For some added detail I took the flower head type stamp and my Fresh Fig ink which I stamped off once on scrap paper and randomly created a pattern. To finish my background I stamped the flower stems all in a row along the bottom.

For the greeting panel I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 10cm x 5cm and repeated the above process. Instead of Fresh Fig flowers I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

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I then adhered these two panel to my card base. To finish off the stopper piece I took a strip of Very Vanilla measuring 10.5cm x 2cm and sponged over it in Crumb Cake ink. I then took the border stamp from Background Bits and stamped it in Fresh Fig. To stick the stopper to your card your can use foam strips or do what I did and use the edges off the new Mini Stampin Dimensional’s as these were the perfect width.

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To finish off the card  I die cut the largest butterfly from the Butterfly Thinlits and adhered this with Fine-tip glue.

The Background Bits stamp set is only available as a hostess so you will need to place an order over £150.00. If you can stretch to a £300.00 order then this month Stampin’ up! are giving £30 extra in hostess freebies, so that’s at least £60.00 in free product. Perfect is your new catalogue wish-list is huge like mine.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project and pop back soon.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Three Card Thursday: Wood Textures

Hello Everyone,

For today’s post I have something a little different. I wanted give myself a little challenge and see if I could make three different cards using a very limited supply of products. This week I chose to focus on the Wood Words stamp set as it was the first one I found on my very messy desk. To that I added the Window Shopping stamp set as I wanted to use the Happy Birthday stamp, two sheets of paper from the Wood Textures DSP stack and Early Expresso cardstock and ink.

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This was the first card I made as I really wanted to do something with the stack of log paper which I think is gorgeous. I cut the smaller log off the bottom of the sheet and then used the pale wood sheet as a background. I used the Happy Birthday from Window Shopping as I wanted a big greeting to fill the space. The little chicken was added last to just add another focal point.

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For this second card I cut three of the large logs and stamped the chicken stamp in the middle. I stamped the floral stamp in the background and added a strip of Early Expresso cardstock to ground the three chickens.

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For the third card I cut out three more logs and stamped chickens on them again like the card above. I then cut up all the remaining paper and card into strips and stuck them along one edge to create like a log stack. I then placed the chickens over the top and stamped the greeting in the bottom right-hand corner.

This third card is my favourite of the collection, I love how the paper strips look like a log stack.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my three card Thursday post and join me next week when I pick another limited selection of supplies to create with.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x