Fresh Fig with Eastern Palace Suite

Today I’m sharing my first card made with the Eastern Palace Suite of products and three of this years new In-Colours: Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. I chose a basic card base in Fresh Fig as I wanted to focus on stamping with this project. I love how this turned out and feel this stamp set could very easily make its way into my favourites, I love it.

I choose to make my own patterned paper using the stamps and I split this down into four steps.

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Step 1. I stamped the large squarish shape in Tranquil Tide in a grid pattern across the Very Vanilla cardstock.

Step 2. I continued using Tranquil Tide and place the little flower shape in the centre of each square.

Step 3. I switched to Fresh Fig and stamped the corner flourish in each visible corner of each square,

Step 4. I finished off my pattern by adding a little square into the centre where each square met with Lemon Lime Twist. This really made the project “pop” as this is a bright colour.

To make the greetings panel I lined the squarish shaped dies on the bigshot:

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As you can see from the close up of the finished panel below the inner die only creates a partial cut, giving even more options with these dies. The circle was stamped with a Tranquil Tide greeting and a Lemon Lime Twist boarder, both from the same stamp set. The circle was then punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch and its fits exactly in the centre of the cut die shape.

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Finally here is the finished card:

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this first look at the Eastern Palace Suite, check back on Friday when I’ve gone for a totally difference look using some of these products.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Early Release: Eastern Palace Suite

As many of you know the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is just a month away and as a special treat Stampin’ Up! have released two bundles featuring a brand new suite of products, say hello to the Eastern Palace Suite

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This opulent suite features rich jewels tones including three of the gorgeous new In-Colours Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime twist, a versatile stamp set, gorgeous paper and probably the best die set I’ve ever played with.

To get more of a feel for the suite watch the video here which shows the gorgeous products in real life.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available for customers to order in one of two bundles:

The Starter Bundle (£54.75)

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 Eastern Beauty Stamp Set

Eastern Palace Speciality DSP

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers

Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Ink

Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin Ink and

Very Vanilla Notecards and envelopes

English 147196, French 147198, German 147206

The Premier Bundle (£94.00)_

Eastern_Palace_Flyer_premier bundle Eastern Beauty Stamp Set

Eastern Palace Speciality DSP

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers

Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Ink

Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink

Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin Ink

Eastern Medallions Thinlits

Mini Tassel Assortment

Very Vanilla Thick A4 Cardstock and Very Vanilla Envelopes

English 147209 , French 147210 , German 147211

For more ideas for what to do with these amazing new products check back to my blog over the next couple of weeks where I will be show casing some of my projects.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Old Olive Oak Leaf Birthday Card

My last male birthday themed card for this week features the Lovely As A Tree stamp set and is aimed at an older man. Lovely As A Tree is probably the longest running stamp set in the catalogue, its been in it as long as I can remember and is probably one which many of you have stashed at the back of a cupboard somewhere. So bring it out and give it some inky love.
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I took an Old Olive card base and stamp the oak leaf all over in Old Olive ink to give a tone on tone effect. I cut the banner from the Banners Framelits which are on the retiring list but are still available. An alternative product to use is the Triple Banner punch which would just give narrower banners. The Early Expresso patterned paper is from the Moroccan DSP collection, this looks so much better in real life and although its retiring I’m tempted to pick up another pack as its perfect for masculine cards.

The happy birthday sentiment was stamped in Early Expresso and comes from the Milestone Moments stamp set. The card was finished off with a bow made from the Burlap Ribbon and some linen thread.

A quick and simple card which can easily be replicated in a variety of colourways and themes.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Football Frenzy Birthday Card

One of my favourite sets from this years Spring/Summer catalogue has been the Custom Tee stamp set and T-shirt Builder Framelits, the combinations are endless with these products. I’m so gutted it didn’t make it one to next years catalogue as I have plenty more playing to do with these products. Today I’m going to show you a football inspired birthday card which I made for one of my son’s friends.

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Can you guess how I made the football? Yes that’s right I used the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, gosh that’s a mouthful isn’t it! I took a piece of Whisper white and then a piece of Basic Black and ran them both through the bigshot. I didn’t spritz the cardstock first as recommended as I only wanted a faint impression….it was still pretty deep.

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I then cut out seven black hexagons and stuck them on top of the Whisper White so they formed the following pattern, similar to a football.

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I then cut out a circle using the Layering Circles Framelits and my football was complete. The football shirt was stamped in Emerald Envy with stamps from the Custom Tee set and then cut out with the T-Shirt Builder Framelits.

The other elements on the card came from the Confetti Celebration stamp set which is one which hasn’t a had lot of love over the last year but is actually a very handy set to have in your stash.

To finish the card off I added a strip of Emerald Envy dsp from the 2016/2018 In-Colour stack and layered all the elements along the side. Here is a close up of the football

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So what do you think ? Do you like my football themed card, I’m really pleased how it turned out and now have a great card idea whenever there’s a football fan birthday insights.

Although the Custom Tee stamp set and T-Shirt Builder are on the retired list there were still available at the time of writing this post, so grab them quick if you like them.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

First Birthday Card with A Little Foxy Suite

Today I’ve been playing with the A Little Foxy Suite of products which includes the Foxy Friends stamp set, the Fox Builder Punch, the A Little Foxy designer series paper and the Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon. Sadly the paper and ribbon were on the retirement list and have already sold out but you could easily substitute with other products which you have.

I made a cute and very simple first birthday card for a little boy using the colour scheme of Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral. I’m not really a fan of Calypso Coral but it is the perfect fox colour.

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The little fox was created by stamping three different sections the head, the body and the tail, punching them out and then layering them together. Super simple and you have a cute little foxy in no time and if your feeling adventurous other animals can easily be made too.

The number comes from the Large Numbers Framelits and was layered with ovals from the Stitched Shape Framelits and the Layering Ovals, probably made favourite combination of Framelits to use.

The card was finished off with a greeting from the Number of Years stamps set and the lovely Smoky Slate Stitched Ribbon which I was I used more as its added a lovely finishing touch to this card.

I’d love to know what animals you.ve created with the Foxy Friends Bundle of products.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Spring Coloured card with Falling for You

Today’s card was originally created as part of a colour challenge on a blog, sadly I only wrote down the colours and not the blog details so can’t enter properly. The colours for the challenge were Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder and So Saffron, if anyone knows what blog challenge this was from please leave me a comment below. So here’s my spring looking card:

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Sadly the stamp set Falling for You which I used here has not made it into our next Annual catalogue and is on the retiring list. At the time of writing this its still available so if you want it, don’t wait as its a great stamp set.

I was going for a simple look with this card but think the Wisteria Wonder strips at the bottom would maybe have been better only going a little way across the card. I wanted somewhere to anchor my greeting panel too but think its given the card a harsh look, what do you think?

Anyway hopefully I will have time to play with this set again before its completely gone.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Retirement list for 2016-2017 catalogue is LIVE!

Yes its that time of year again when Stampin’ Up! has to make start making way for new catalogue goodies and so we have our retirement list, running from now until May 31st. Things on this list usually sell out super quick so if you see something you want don’t wait order it now, as when its gone, its gone.

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If you are after any products featuring the 2015- 2017 In-Colours then be very quick as these could sell out in days. To make things a little sweeter Stampin’ Up! is offering some products with discounts of upto 50% off so go check out the list now. Click here to shop

So go check out the list but please leave some Mint Macaron for me.

Happy Shopping

Joanne x