Today I’m casing the catalogue and sharing with you my simplified version of the Stampin’ Up! original found on page 97. I’ve pulled out my Stitched Stars dies as they haven’t seen any love in a while and paired them with the Playing With Patterns DSP.
The original card uses Silver Foil and embossing folders for texture as you can see below.
As you can see I kept to a blue base but used Night of Navy instead of Misty Moonlight and used Costal Cabana and Calypso Coral as my other colours. I left off the twine as I want a quick card which was easy to replicate for when you need those last minute birthday cards.
I love stamp sets that have little flowers and leaves so you can create quick and simple backgrounds just by randomly stamping. Thats one reason the Framed For You stamp set has been one of my first cgoices from the new catalogue, alongside the floral images there are some great sentiments and that great frame image which works perfectly with our Layering Squares Dies.
For this card I used a bold colour combination of Gorgeous Grape, Just Jade, Pool Party and Cinnamon Cider and I love how these colours look together.
I love how this turned out and think its a great design you could mass produce easily to build your card stash, its also one where you could change up the colours easily.
Today I’m using the Basket of Blooms set to show you how to take a from simple to stepped-up. I love the Small Bloom punch which was a Sale-A-Bration freebie and I’m glad it carried over, it works great with the Basket of Blooms stamp set to create lots of great images. It’s also one of my daughters favouties to stamp with too.
For this first card cut a piece of Highland heather cardstock to 10cm x 14.4cm and stamp all over with one of the larger flowers in Highland Heather, then adhere to the card base which is made from cardstock 14.4cm x 21cm, scored down the middle at 10.5cm.
Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 5cm x 9cm. Stamp the tall vase at the bottom on the cardstock in Rich Razzleberry, stamp it so only half on the image is on the cardstock. Take a post-it note and stick to the top edge of the vase to cover it, stamp two leaves in Just Jade coming out of the vase, remove post-it note and the stems of the leaves should not be visable. Stamp a birthday greeting along the bottom of the 5cm x 9cm cardtock, I used the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set.
Punch three small blooms from Purple Posy cardstock and adhere to the card add Rich Razzleberry adhesive sequins from the Artistry Blooms collection to the flower centres.
For the second card, add a layer of Playiny With Patterns designer paper measuring 9.5cm x 13.9cm to the Highland Heather layer before adhering to the card.
In step two, stamp the vase in Tuxedo Black Memento ink instead of Rich Razzleberry and the colour with the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. Before adhering the stamped image to the card, add it too a Highland Heather cardstock matt measuring 5.5cm x 9.5cm.
Use Stampin’ Dimesnionals to give the flowers some height.
For this final card repeat the steps for the previous two cards with the following additons.
Add a length of Just Jade In-Colour Ribbon across the middle of the designer paper before adhering to the Highland Heather cardstock.
Colour the vase with both dark and light Rich Razzleberry Blends. Instead of mounting the stampe dimage on a plain cardstock matt replace with an embossed layer measuring 7cm x 11cm, here I’ve used the Dainty Diamonds Embossing Folder.
Stamp flower images in Highland Heather before punching them out. Use a foam matt and the rounded lid end of some Multipurpose Liquid glue to rub over the flowers in a circular motion, this allows the petals to curl upwards slightly.
Stamp the greeting on a Purple Posy labels, made from the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, add to the card.
I hope you can easily follow these steps and take this simple card and step it up as much as you like.
Male cards are something I have always struggled with, especially teenage males which makes the the Pedal to the Metal stamp set the perfect choice. This stamp set has some great images for males of any age.
For these cards I used Blueberry Bushell and Call Me Clover before they go in the retired products cupboard. I’ve matched Blueberry Bushell with the Motorbike and Call Me Clover with the Gator as its the perfect “John Deere” Green.
The Happy Birthday greeting comes from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set which is also retiring and the stars are from the Family Party stamp set. I love the background I created with the tyre tracks and stars, perfect for teenagers.
I love Peonies, they are one of my favourite flowers and this year after waiting four years mine in my garden finally bloomed and wow was it a beauty. So today’s card was inspired by my garden flowers of pink peonies and lilac buddleia.
I’ve used the Beautiful Friendship which is full of gorgeous floral images which all work well together so grab your inkpads and have a play. For this card I used Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzazz and Highland Heather on a card base of Balmy Blue and I love the result.
Hopefully I wont have to wait for four more years for some peony blossoms!