This week for Stampin Up Sunday I decided to do a tag for UK Stampers Forum swap but as we don’t actually send them to our swap people until January I decided not to go Christmas themed.
I did use a wreath but with flowers but also made it a little grungey using the Baked Texture embossing powder for the background wreath. I also added the Dictionary background stamping and used a splodges stamp from Eclectic Expressions to add ink around the edges. This gave it an interesting look from which the flowers and leaves I stamped and die cut from white pop!
I added them and the twine ribbon to the wreath and then some white All the Trimmings embellishments to add a little extra. I found the sentiment in my Art by Marlene stickers.
I chose some wide striped ribbon that is rich razzleberry in colour to finish the tag off.
Love how this ended up. So many fun ways to use the Arrange the wreath stamps and wreath builder dies. Love experimenting with them and it always seems to work out with a lovely result!
Today I have my design team contribution to Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge. It’s the Christmas card I’ve made for my parents using lots of patterned paper from an old Making Cards magazine set.
I went a little overboard and used three patterns and some die cutting and some stamping! There is quite a bit of dimension too with foam under the deer and the word Christmas!
Really loved making this card.
The papers are a bit quirky and modern but with traditional images like pointsetta and presents and pinecones.
I decided I wanted to use the deer from a very old Creative Stamping magazine though and the Wreath from the Wreath Builder dies… as I say I went a little overboard!
But hey it’s for my parents so why not?
You can probably see on the photo above I also added wink of Stella to the top layer of the Wreath too!
The funky letters are Claritystamps and I love this set for making cards personal as you can spell out anything and it has the little boxes for making it look finished and cool!
On the inside of the card I added more patterned paper and did a little fussy cutting.
And the envelope I used up the final bits and pieces of the paper!
All in all… lots of fun!
So here we go… we are in December… wonder how many cards I actually remember to send this year (I’m great at making but not sending!) … look forward to seeing your Christmas card makes as I blog hop around!
This week at CHNC, Hazel challenged us to use GLITTER. Ugh! I am not a fan of using glitter… so decided to add only little dots of glitter glue on my card toppers.
I used an old Making Cards magazine set of papers and toppers and teamed them with pink, black, grey and green cardstock. I cut the papers into 4 sheets of 6×6 and then created the panels from those so I could make a couple at a time with similar layouts. Almost like a one sheet wonder.
I added die cuts of foliage using the Wreath Builder dies and Forever Flourishing dies.
Then each topper got some dots of pink, green, red or silver glitter glue.
Love how they all look and love these fresh colours.
Particularly like this last one which uses the one inch scraps of paper… cool way to use up scraps!
I have another one sheet wonder to share using the long since retired Winter Frost Dsp. This time the paper was a lot darker and bolder than the other ones I shared previously. This led to me wanting to add vellum to add a lighter touch to the cards.
Here is the cutting guide I followed…
… and here are all but two of the cards I made.
The remaining three panels (1,3,4) are the 4×4 panels which when they have a mat are too big for these a6 size cards. So I will share those another day!
As you can see they turned out to be quite busy cards with the embossed vellum adding a second pattern as well as texture!
I decided to steer away from stamped images completely and just use coloured cardstock with the white to create my wreaths. I mixed up the different wreath styles and added in foliage and flowers.
I chose to use either Basic Grey, Smoky Slate or White card blanks and cut them lengthways so they open on the left and stand easily even in this landscape format. I also backed most of the panels with a panel of basic black to give a lighter edge to the vellum panel.
Card 1: to be shared another day
Card 2: I actually turned this into two cards…
Card 3: to follow another day
Card 4: to follow another day
I love the Wreath Builder dies so much but must admit I also added some of the dies from the Forever Flourishing set too just to add some variance to the foliage on the wreaths.
The sentiments were both from the retired Good Greetings stamp set.
I loved adding the pop of pinks on these cards and also how the vellum over the patterned paper on some cards gave it a different look.
I went through scraps of ribbon to make teeny tiny bows for the wreaths too and added the little adhesive snowflake sequins as a little added embellishment.
I chose for those not mounted on white card blanks to make an insert for them… I did this using one sheet of white to create four inserts. I stamped in a cross and then cut it into four parts and then trimmed it down so they were slightly smaller than the card blank.
When I share the three remaining cards I made from this OSW I will link back here so you can see them all.
Whilst this week has not gone quickly from a work point of view, the time between CHNC blog posts seems to disappear in a matter of moments!
So this week, Hazel set the DT the challenge of use a button. Here is what I made.
I went with some navy papers from an old Making Cards magazine (they look black on this picture!) and a grey wreath with a white die cut flower and a yellow button to match the accent colour on the paper.
I decided on a simple sentiment embossed with white on the grey and layered onto a silver embossed piece of paper.
All pretty simple and very pretty. Love the pattern on this paper. Very modern.
Decided to make an autumnal feel card today… using the beautiful Arrange a Wreath stamps and accompanying wreath builder dies.
The main wreath image is quite bold and adding the little die cut leaves and berries in different shades of green softens it a little I think. This would work well with some orange and red leaves to make it even more autumnal.
I added the kraft card blank and the kraft die cut bow and the kraft border to the sentiment and this made it more autumnal. The mat of the glitter card just added a hint of shimmer!
So it turns out that Wreath Builder dies were what I needed to make me use dies as a basis for card making… and here my example is a card I made for my friend Michelle’s special birthday!
I made her a gatefold card using the dies and the bright lime and cerise cardstock in my stash!
I added Gorgeous Grunge splatter and a stamped sentiment from For my Family, a ribbon bow and a label die from Petals and More… but really it’s the dies that do all the work in this card.
Super happy with how this bright and cheery card turned out. Inside the gatefold I put a panel with some more die cuts…
I delivered this card a few weeks ago now so this is a belated happy birthday wish to Michelle… but as it was a special birthday and we’ve agreed to forget this year and celebrate properly next year I am sure she will get another special card then too!
This week at CHNC Hazel gave us the optional challenge of using the word Joy in our projects so of course I went straight to my Peace and Joy stamp and die set. I decided on using the die cut word rather than stamping and die cutting and then wanted to add the wreath too from the Wreath Builder set.
I used some old patterned paper from the stash and then used a few of the All the Trimmings embellishments to decorate the wreath.
I also changed up the sentiment a little to heat emboss in white rather than stamp in colour or black.
I layered up the thin green die cut three times for dimension and the largest bottom layer I added pool party ink to the textured white cardstock to blend with the colour scheme of the paper.
Love how this came out… and know exactly who this going to already! In fact I started writing my Christmas cards last weekend so I know if I have enough or if I need to do a final push on making for the next couple of months. The good news is that I should be fine and should have enough with any I make between now and then as extras… and I’m pretty much done with the sets I need to gift too!
That’s the good news about making them all year round! No mad rush at the end!
Today’s Stampin Up Sunday blog is this card I made using the Wreath Builder dies. I did not use the accompanying stamps (Arrange a Wreath) I just used the dies (and a sentiment from Forever Fern set) and the dies alone made a fabulous pretty card.
I decided to make a pretty wreath using the die and sponging/daubing the white card before die cutting to create a lovely arty finish. I also splattered the ink too.
I did the same for the flowers this time using Calypso Coral as the colour.
I added the sentiment to a similar piece of card and then after adding everything to the background I did the Calypso Coral splatter on that too!
A little twist of linen thread below the sentiment helped tie in the kraft card blank.
Hope that you like this week’s Stampin Up Sunday contribution and this use of the dies that I think are pretty and versatile with no need to have the accompanying stamp set.
If you fancy owning these dies too, just let me know via email: email@example.com