Pootles July Birthday Blog Hop

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Today I’m taking part in the Pootles Team Birthday Blog Hop for birthdays in July, mine is on the 25th and for this hop I decided to use my favourite products to create a birthday card for myself…just in case hubby forgets!

So here is my card

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Can you guess how old I am? For this card I used my very favourite stamp set Blooms & Wishes and four of the new In-Colours: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. I used all three of the large flowers and a couple of the smaller ones and stamped them in a random pattern all over my card. I added some leaves in Tranquil Tide and to fill in all the little gaps I used the small dotted stamped from Birthday blooms in Powder Pink.

I die cut the Happy Birthday Thinlit in Copper Foil and cut it in half to create my greeting. I also cut out the numbers 3 and 4 from the Large Number Thinlits set. I made a middle strip to mount the greeting on with Powder Pink.

I cut out the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits in Powder Pink and the largest circle in Whisper White. I then took the “TH” stamp from Number of Years and embossed it in copper a the edge of the circle.

To finish the card I mounted the numbers on my circle and added it to the card.

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I hope you enjoyed me card today. To see other cards in the blog hop click the blue box below.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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

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

Quick card with Label Me Pretty Bundle

Hello everyone, hope you’re enjoying the Bank Holiday. Here in Yorkshire its raining, typical bank holiday weather but its made card making difficult as its so dark! Today I’ve pulled out the new Label Me Pretty Bundle to have a quick play with. If you’re mourning the lost of the Decorative Label punch then the new Pretty Label could be a great new alternative.

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I paired the Label Me Pretty Bundle up with the Eastern Palace DSP which I haven’t actually cut into  yet. I stamped out the lovely border stamp from the stamp set and chose the You’re the Best sentiment.  I placed this on my card and couldn’t work out why it looked wrong…yes I’d stamped on Whisper White but the background of the DSP is Very Vanilla, that’s how bad my light is today!

To create the Fresh Fig layer on the punch out I punched an extra label in Fresh Fig and cut it in half. I wanted quite a large amount of the Fresh Fig showing from behind the sentiment punch so I had a small gap in the middle. Solution: use some ribbon! I cut a length of the Tranquil Tide Woven Ribbon and stuck the sentiment to the front of the ribbon using Tear & Tape. I then turned the ribbon over and stuck my two Fresh Fig label halves on the back, the ribbon in the middle neatly hides the fact there is a gap.

Happy Crafting,

Joanne x

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)_

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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