Good evening… we are almost there, but for now I have a few more advent twinchies to share with you.
This time I went for stamping and colouring for these twinchies using stamps from an old Creative Stamping magazine. I used promarkers and stampin blend markers to colour and then added glitter glue to the centre of the added flowers that I added to the top of the twinchies.
This month I made yet another 16th birthday card, and even though this was for Niamh’s birthday in November I wanted it to be bright and cheerful and tropical.
Now I must admit this project used up some table decorations I had made for a fun night my daughter had had with Niamh so it was a case of just deciding on a layout and putting it all together rather than making from scratch… bit it was fun to do!
All the leaves in the background were made by stamping and then smooshing the inks onto the paper and then fussy cutting them out. These were originally made as table confetti. I then glued them to the white card square and turned them into a patterned paper background.
Next I stamped and embossed the Happy from Biggest Wish onto Polished Pink cardstock.
I then created a banner and added the die cut 16th using the Playful Alphabets dies.
Onto the top I then added the focal cluster of the pineapple and flowers. The pineapple is a Lawn Fawn stamp and coordinating die. I stamped this onto some glossy cardstock I had used to wipe up the ink smooshing (love this for creating a different texture and fun patterned paper). The bottom flower is actually a poinsettia flower from Tidings and trimmings which I fussy cut and then the top flower is from Sweet Strawberry. I added a gem to the centre to finish that element off.
I then decided I wanted a more graphic finish to the sentiment so chose the accompanying stamp from Happy Celebrations and stamped that onto the same Petal Pink card I made the 5×5 card blank from.
Next I rummaged in the ribbons box and found a scrap of ribbon that I thought worked well with the colours.
Next I created a panel for the inside of the card and added three of the leftover leaves to decorate.
Oh and of course some additional gems added for bling to the outside.
Delighted with the final card and the fact I could reuse some of the fun elements was a bonus.
They are all individually made and all approx 3×6.5 inches in size so at some point I will also need to make bespoke envelopes but hey ho… aren’t they cute?
I stamped and coloured all the images first and then started pulling out papers that worked with the colours I had used. They were all retired dsps that were in my stack of 6×6 papers.
I also added a double embossed panel on each of them. What’s double embossing, well you add versamark to the inside of the embossing folder, then run it through to create the texture, then add embossing powder and heat. I used a pearl white powder and it have a gorgeous sheen and really stepped up some plain white cardstock.
I added a sentiment to three of them and some wink of Stella to the bow on a couple of them too.
Love how these came out…. mainly using scraps of cardstock and some old dsp!
Of course it helps that the stamped image is pretty fun too!
My lovely colleague and friend Abbie has a new job and I am delighted for her as much as I am sad that we will no longer be at the same workplace together.
I had to make her a special card though to let her know how happy I am for her.
I started by stamping Delightful Dahlia stamps on cardstock in Versamark and embossing them in white and then plenty of distress oxides and the smooshing technique made a cool background. I also wiped away the excess ink with a piece of glossy photo paper which I ended up using in the card too.
I stamped a few of the smaller flowers for the card too and inked up using the same colour oxides.
I cut down the panel for the background and then got out the Artistic dies as I love the flower cluster one. I cut it from the photo paper and again from white cardstock so I could layer them to give it extra dimension.
Next I created the sentiment. I was inspired by the sentiment in the Delicate Dahlia set but wasn’t keen on the font so instead made my own using lots of other stamp sets and of course the Biggest Wish for that fab Happy part. I added the twine bow and plenty of foam under the sentiment and flower cluster so this is a VERY dimensional card.
I added lilac gems from the stash an a mount of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I then stamped (badly) the Dahlia onto the envelope and blended some ink over the corner.
And inside the card a strip of the background I had trimmed off and mounted it on blackberry bliss and added the final small flower.
Love how this came out. I know Abbie will appreciate the love I put into making her card and I hope she knows how much she will be missed.
This is the year my daughter and her friends turn 16 so I’m going to be making plenty of 16th cards this year! Here is one of them!
I decided to start with a panel of white cardstock I had embossed with the Painted Texture folder. I added ink using the Speckled Egg distress oxide ink. I also added some splatters of Coastal Cabana ink and some splatters of water too.
Next I added some silver embossed stars from the Trimmings and Tidings stamp set. Then I started playing with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings set and die cut three of the intricate star, lots of little stars and a label from the Seasonal Labels dies.
I added some organza ribbon and then decided to go for the favourite sentiment set… Biggest Wish.
I embossed and fussy cut the birthday sentiment and the Happy I fussy cut and placed each letter separately.
Finally I chose some letter chipboard stickers from the stash and added them. They were originally yellow in colour so I used my Stampin Blends to change them to a colour that went with the theme of the card.
Finally I added a little square with the “th” which was taken from a random birthday stamp where I just inked the 2 letters to create this little added element.
I finished the panel off with a couple of other layers underneath… the bottom layer is the Soft Succulent shimmer vellum, then some coordinating (but retired Tranquil Tide … I think???) cardstock.
I created this tag with lots of different bits and pieces … let me talk you through it as I forgot to take process pics.
I started with stamping and die cutting the Brilliant Wings stamp. This is great as it stamps and cuts out 6 different butterflies in one go. I stamped them onto the Petal Pink cardstock and used a mix of different ink colours and the stamping platform so there was a gradient in the colours stamped.
I also die cut one of the filigree butterflies from the die sets and inked that using my blending tool.
Next I took 2 tags and cut out a panel of one of them as an aperture. I inked and stamped round that using the Very Versailles stamps. And splattered some shimmery watercolour paint too so there was some shine.
I then took 5 of the butterflies and laid them out around the aperture and stuck the aperture tag down. I then trimmed them back so that they were smaller than the tag but visible through the gap.
Next I took my piercing tool and guide and pierced the edge of the tag. Love the effect this creates.
Next I did a little more very versailles stamping on the bottom tag so that I would come through the vellum a little.
I cut a panel of vellum to sit behind the aperture and then sandwiched the two tags together.
Next I stamped the hello sentiment and the fancy frame from very versaille and fussy cut them out and inked the edges to match the tag. I added them to the frame and then affixed the layered butterfly to the top.
Finally I added the trim on the top. Voila! A layered tag with lots of interest.
I’m actually going to enter this into the UK stampers forum tag swap as not joined in yet this month so seems like a good way of doing my DT and joining in a swap!