Rooted in Nature Card Trio

For today’s project I was attempting to make a one-layer card, something which I really struggle with. To create the band of stamping across the middle of the first card I masked off roughly a third of the card with masking tape. The background was created with sponged Petal Pink and the leaves were stamped in Grapefruit Grove and Cajun Craze.

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This first card was the result of my third attempt at this technique, its definitely one I need more practise in as I found my tape stuck too much and ripped my first two attempts and this third one is a little crooked. To finish this card I embossed the sentiments in Copper embossing power. This is an close to my initial plan as I came today.

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For this second card I just cut the good stamping away from my ripped edge and mounted onto a strip of Cajun Craze. I stamped the greeting in Cajun Craze and added a couple of Faceted Dots in Grapefruit Grove. this actually turned out to be my favourite card of the three.

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The final used some dies…yes I can’t help myself, but this strip off stamping was a mess and now with the 3.5cm (1 7/16″) square dies you wouldn’t even know. Three squares mounted on the matching scalloped squares and a Cajun Craze sentiment and I’ve rescued my first attempt and made a third card.

Three cards is not bad for an afternoon’s play and shows you can turn even your messes into beautiful projects.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

 

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“Be Strong” Oak Tree Card featuring Rooted in Nature Bundle

 

After making yesterday’s card I had more of a play with the Rooted in Nature Bundle and coordinating products and came up with some more projects. So this week I’m dedicating my blog to all things inspired by the Rooted in Nature bundle.

The focal point of today’s card is the stunning oak tree stamp, with matching die! I used my Stampin’ Markers to colour the stamp so I could add some branch details among the leaves and I love how well the image has stamped. I added this to some a matt made from the largest scalloped and un-scalloped dies in Layering Circles Framelits.

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A couple of pieces of the gorgeous Nature’s Poem DSP created the background with a little Grapefruit Grove Mini Grosgrain to add some texture. I added the cut up words from the stamp “Be Strong Be Happy Be You” to finish the card, which I think fitted the “strong” feeling oak tree’s evoke in me at least.

Hope you have enjoyed this project and pop back through the week to check out my other Rooted in Nature projects.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

All Stars Male Birthday Card

Today I’ve got a masculine birthday card, I really struggle making these as I’m definitely a floral girl but I think this turned out ok. I used a combination of the Wood Words and Confetti Celebrations on this card. I really need to add some more birthday sentiments to my collection I think  as I only have a couple suitable for males.

I went with the colour combination of Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze and Wood which I think have worked well together. To make the Happy Birthday rectangle have a stitched edge you can use the stitched shape dies and do you clever cutting. I used the third biggest square on this project.

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To make the rectangle place the die on the bigshot but leave one edge over-hanging the cutting plates, if the die has no pressure it won’t cut. Run through the bigshot and then move the die along to the uncut side. To line up you can use the slight indentation the die edge has left on the cardstock. For the second run through just make sure the opposite side of the die is over hanging the cardstock.

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To finish the card stamp and die cut some stars in Dapper Denim and Cajun craze and arrange randomly around the card front, allowing a couple to overlap the greetings panel.

Hope  you enjoyed this quick little project and join me tomorrow for more ideas using the World Card Making Day sale stamps.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

 

Thoughtful Branches day 4 – Autumnal Thanks Card Set

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:

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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.

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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.

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This card uses the Layering Oval Thinlits and a small strip of the designer paper.

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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.

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Finally my favourite card from today and yes that sentiment stamps is brand new from the Holiday catalogue and is available next week!

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

 

 

Thoughtful Branches Day 2 – Four Seasons Notecards

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:

thoughtfulbranchesfourtreesAs 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.

thoughtfulbranchesspringFor 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.

thoughtfulbranches4summerFor 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.

thoughtfulbranches4autumnFor 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.

thoughtfulbranches4wintertreeThe 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,

Happy Crafting

Joanne x