Bee Unique Card for #TGIFC115

Hi Everyone,

This week’s challenge for TGIF Challenges was to use Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide, three colours which I love together. I’ve had this Bee Unique card idea in my head for a while and decided these bright colours would work perfectly with the black be background I wanted to stamp.

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After I had stamped out my black bee background it looked a little harsh against my Berry Burst matt and Tranquil Tide card base so I added a layer of vellum over the top.

I then took the Labeller Alphabet stamp set and carefully stamped out BEE Unique to be my greeting.

To finish the card I cut various shape from the May Flowers, Layering Circles and Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits sets, including a Berry Burst bee as a focal point.

To add a little more Lemon Lime Twist and to hold the vellum in place I added a striped punched from the Ticket Tear punch.

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If you would like to take part in this week challenge at TGIF Challenges or would like to look at the other entries then click here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

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Pink Paisley Thank You Card

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for being missing for over a week, I was enjoying being in my garden last week while we had some sunshine so didn’t get much crafting done, I do have some lovely tomato’s ready though!

For today’s card I pulled out the Paisleys & Posies stamp and die set as its been months since them have been used.  After a few disasters I came up with this card.

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As you can see I went for a colour combination of Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Powder Pink. After initially being unsure about Powder Pink its a colour I’m starting to love and is becoming my favourite pale pink.

I coloured the paisley circles using my markers which needed to be re-inked ( first time since I’ve had them five years ago), which took a bit of time but was quite relaxing, especially when the results turned out so well.

I used the little flower stamp to create more of a background and added a sentiment from One Big Meaning which was stamped on an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.

I finished the card off with a little Pool Party twine to bring out this colour on the card.

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Thanks for popping by.

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

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

Jar of Love card for #GDP092

Hi Everyone,

This week’s challenge on Global Design Project was to case the designer, for me these are the hardest challenges and not ones I participate in very often, this weeks however I found very inspiring. After having the Jar of Love set for over a year yesterday it finally saw some ink.

I’ll be honest with you I’m still not huge fan of this stamp set, don’t get me wrong its beautiful and I’ve seen some gorgeous samples but it just doesn’t speak to me, so I’m glad I’ve used it at last.

We had to take our inspiration from designer Steffi Helmschrott and this image was given as inspiration:

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Here is the card I came up with, note its very similar it pretty much every way so thank you to Steffi for helping me give this set some ink.

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The background paper is from the Naturally Eclectic DSP and is what I used to base my colour scheme on using Berry Burst and Fresh Fig instead of Real Red and Pacific Point as Steffi has done.

The vellum jar is adhered sneakily behind the hessian wrap using SNAIL, love how this stamp was included in the set to make clear jars easily.

I’m still loving the Multi-Purpose Adhesive sheets, if like me you use your Bigshot and dies constantly them this stuff is a must…Stampin’ Up! please don’t take it away…ever!

Hope you like my attempt at the weeks Global Design Project, if you would like a go yourself or just want to see everyone’s creations click here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

TGIF Challenge #110 – Colour Combo Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay & Basic Black

Today I’m joining in with this weeks TGIF Challenge #110 , to use the colours Peekaboo Peach, Bermuda Bay and Basic Black.  Initially I found this a hard combination to work with, I’m not good with the oranges colours as you know.

Anyway as I was opening my new box of goodies inspiration finally struck when I saw the Oh So Eclectic set, the watercolour effect stamps gave me the idea to create a watercolour background with Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach blended together.  Although this is quite different to my usual cards I think its quite striking and was definitely fun to make.

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To make the background image I took some watercolour paper and spritz it all over with water. While it was still dry I took the stamp which looks to me like a doughnut and stamped randomly with Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay.

I then took the aqua-painter and dragged the colour into all the gaps to cover the whole background. I then spritzed again so the colour ran a little,  then I popped some kitchen towel over the top to soak up any excess ink.

When this was dry I stamped over my background with the large flower outline stamp in the same two colours and then to fill in the gaps took the stamp with the tiny circles and stamped any gaps with Peekaboo Peach.

To finish the card and add in the Basic Black element to the challenge I mounted my water coloured panel on some Basic Black cardstock and stamped a small greeting in the bottom right hand corner. Finally I added three of the new metallic sequins in black to draw the eye to the greeting.

I hope you enjoyed this card, I loved making it and can’t wait to get a little messy again soon. If you want to have a go at this challenge or want to see the other entries, check here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x