A bit of a run on birthday cards this week… this time it was for my friend Michelle.
I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance stamp which I don’t use nearly enough.
I used some Polished Pink cardstock and embossed the butterflies using white powder. I then added ink in Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo using the blending sponge to add some extra definition and an ombre look to the card stock. I tore one side and then mounted it onto the rose gold cardstock which I also tore down one edge.
I embossed the Happy from the Biggest Wish stamp set. Next I added some strips of green and yellow cardstock from the stash.
I added the birthday stamp from Artistically Inked to one and punched with the banner punch. I then used the same cardstock I die cut the little butterflies.
Inside I added a strip of the embossed cardstock I had cut off the front panel and punched it into a banner. I also added the remaining butterflies and stamped the sentiment from the retired Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.
I used more of the Tis the Season dsp again for today’s Christmas in July challenge where I decided the challenge would be fancy fold!
My current favourite fancy fold is the swing fold style that my lovely friend Valerie taught me. I decided to experiment with a few different shapes but had fun creating four cards with 2 different themes.
I decided to use the red sides of the papers mainly and then used some leftover bits and pieces from the Paper Pumpkin Joy to the world kit and some cute penguins from an old card making magazine.
I used bits and pieces of leftover paper to decorate the envelopes and the inside of the cards.
I also used some gems to finish off the cards too.
Swing fold cards, once you get the hang of them are pretty easy to make and lots of fun to choose how to decorate them. Plus they use up more papers… so it is good when you have a lovely collection of papers like the dsp stacks to work with.
Todays challenge is trees … after all one of my favourite things at Christmas is Christmas Trees.
Last year the In the Pines bundle included this fab die that cuts the inside sections of the tree and didn’t really use it much. I decided to cut the card blank with the die and put the dsp behind onto the inside of the card.
I decorated each with some banners and some random sentiments. I also added the glitter gems.
The papers from the Tis the Season work so well together and I love the traditional colours.
The joy of this kind of card also means the inside of the card looks lovely… and is begging for decoration too!
Todays challenge was tags… or was it punches… either way I got it covered!
No really the challenge was to create cards featuring tags… but of course my favourite tag is the Scalloped tag topper punch which creates a tag out of any sized 2″ strip… so I made 8 cards and 4 tags from some patterned paper and some other bits and pieces… including a tree punch I’ve had in the stash for a while!
Oh and don’t forget the banner punch that also got to play lots.
OK first of all 2 pieces of 12×12 from the Heartwarming Hugs had 2 2″ strips cut and then cut at 3″, 4″ and 5″
Then punched with the tag topper punch.
The middle 4 I put aside as tags for on gifts … and then the larger and the smaller I decided to make into cards.
I then raided the cardstock scraps folder and found all these pieces of card that made 6x 3.25 cards so decided to make these up into the card blanks as slightly skinny versions of a6 cards.
I also added other elements such as panels of the dsp or the stitched shape die cuts and some embossing.
All the sentiments were from Banner Year and then the focal images the Festival of Trees which is an oldie but a goodie in terms of fun modern trees. And of course it works with the punch.
I added some gems and then these are done as a slightly different size card that still fits in the usual envelopes. Fun!
I added some more strips and bits of patterned paper to the inside of the cards too.
The tags I added a square die cut behind to be able to write on and added trees, seam binding and the little sentiment cut into strips.
Really love how fun and modern these all look and because I was keeping the design similar it was each to batch make … all the stamping and cutting and punching and die cutting in one go and then they all just got stuck together. Simple! Plus punches are the answer to quick and simple cutting out!
I have another one sheet wonder for my DT contribution for this months Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge blog. Think I may be close to the point of switching to Christmas themed ones … but for now I’m still working with pretty floral papers.
This one is a salabration set I got called paper Blooms that coordinates with the In Bloom stamps and Pierced Blooms dies. I love the Pierced Blooms dies so much..
I made 8 cards from this sheet of 12 x 12 … not a large amount but loved using both sides of the dsp so some got 2 panels not just one!
I also made one card as a fancy fold which was fun.
I also mixed up the size of the base cards to suit the sizes I had cut the panels so there were 5×5 cards and 6×4 cards.
I went to town in my box of scraps die cuts using flowers and leaves from a mix of sets…. Wreath Builder, Forever Flourishing, Pierced Blooms … and this is how I decorated them combined with various sentiments. In some like the above I combined stamp sets for the sentiment… Hello from Forever Fern and Friend from Lovely Inside and Out.
I also added either gems to flower centres or wink of Stella and glossy accents just add some extra texture.
Loved creating the little jar of flowers for this one using the Jar of Flowers stamp and then fussy cutting rather than punching the jar. So cute.
Also used the fabulous Happy Celebrations to create the sentiment for this one but then the one below chose the Happy from my fave stamp set of last Christmas, Peace and Joy.
I also loved adding the circles to the cards to create focal areas for the flower clusters to sit on.
So this final one is the fancy fold that my friend Valerie taught me to make.
Love how cool this is and makes a really special card.
Such fun working with these pretty papers and die cuts.
Last night I had fun crafting along with my friends using the True Love dsp.
The plan for this session was to enjoy colouring in some images and then assembling the cards around these images as the True Love dsp is perfect for fussy cutting and for colouring in with the black and white floral images. The plan was also for us to make six cards but we only managed 3 so will be having another session next Thursday to do the other three.
Here are the samples I made.
The first card is quite dramatic with the stripes and diamond patterned paper that is the reverse to the floral and is balanced by the large flower cluster. I chose the lovely Petal pink colour for colouring in and using as the accent colour with the twine and cardstock. I used Stampin Blends to colour this one. I chose to use Itty Bitty Greetings on all my cards as sentiments, either embossing in white on black or gold on white. I also embellished with black matt dots for this card.
Next card is a very busy daisy like background with little strips of the reverse patterns. This time I chose prismacolour pencils to colour in the image. I added the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and a nice bow to finish this one off. The colours on the pic have come out a little strange as the flower is less neon in real life but even so I love this card with the contrasts.
This one is more subtle than the previous that’s for certain… a small image from the same paper as the background fussy cut and coloured (Stampin Blends) makes a nice embellishment and I raised it on dimensional to sit above the ribbon that wraps the card. This time I chose the Pastel Pearl’s for embellishment.
I love this next card… possibly one of my favourites from the set. This time I chose to only colour the green elements and leave the rest white and black. I then chose a similar looking flower from one of the papers and fussy cut that, again only colouring in the leaves. I added the twine for embellishment under the flower and mounted the panel on soft sea foam and then the Rococo Rose. I added the sentiment as a banner and the pastel pearls for further embellishment.
OK I know I said the one above was my favourite… but this is the one that it competes with as most favourite! Terrible English I know, sorry about that! This time I fussy cut the floral element I wanted to colour and used a waterbrush and the Blackberry Bliss ink pad to add some colour to the flowers in the centres and the Old Olive for the leaves/ stem.
I then chose the same paper as a panel but gave it a hand drawn border with with Stampin Blends and panel of soft seam foam for underneath. I laid them wonky and added a twist of the ribbon under the floral focal feature. I added the sentiment right in the middle and embellished with the pearls.
Really can’t decide which I prefer out of those two.
Finally this one I went mad with colouring in. This paper was so busy but I thought a small piece of it fully coloured in would be fun… I used stampin blends in cherry cobbler, blackberry bliss, petal pink and just jade to colour it in and it looks so rich… just love it.
The bottom piece of dsp I also added the petal pink colour … a reminder that all dsp can be coloured in not just the image based ones!
This time some simple white twine and a single pastel pearl did the job to finish off. This is a very different card… but fabulous in its own right!
Love this set of floral cards with the dramatic black and white and the beautiful colours of Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sea Foam… a lovely combo.
Also really enjoyed the colouring in time… so relaxing!
The kit I put together had lots of leftovers after these projects… so look out for more projects using them up… not just the little tag I shared yesterday! Plus of course these are the samples I made… I did slightly change them on the evening for these three versions…
Today I have some more cards made using the Heartwarming Hugs dsp and the In the Pines stamps and dies.
These are the cards I made as a starting point for designing the card making class. Some of these made the final cut… but with some different papers in some cases! And others I decided against … still love them, but decided they weren’t the ones for sharing with the group.
Entering this first card into the Tartan and Plaid challenge at The male room
A few days ago I shared the samples I made for the craft along I did with my friends via zoom.
Well as I really don’t enjoy making the same projects over and over, here is what I made…
One card pretty much stayed as per the sample, but the others I either changed the paper (the joy of double sided papers and everything matching perfectly with Stampin Up means you automatically get a different look just turning over the papers!
Some I changed the placement of the elements and some I did switch the embellishment/focal feature from the trees from the In the Pines to a Merry Moose … because I hadn’t used him an few weeks so I missed seeing him! 😂
But I did keep to the same pieces of paper and cardstock as the kit for all the cards and really enjoyed my different take on the cards.
My friends similarly chose their own way of finishing the cards off and some chose to keep the design the same, but different paper choices and others changed up the design entirely. I love seeing the different versions and people having fun being creative.
Really loved creating with these patterned papers… Good job actually as I ordered a whole extra pack of them… so guessing next year for Christmas cards we will be continuing with the red and green colour scheme!
And those In the Pines tree stamps and the coordinating dies will definitely be coming out to play again… so lovely!
Yesterday I held another card making zoom session with my friends… and here are the samples from the class. I wanted to use the In the Pines dies and stamps and decided to go with the fun Heartwarming Hugs dsp.
I used the coordinating cardstock in Real Red, Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow. I also added white seam binding, red braided linen trim and some red organza ribbon.
I decided for the class to mix up the style of cards with some easel, z folds and the usual cards. I also mixed it up using both the Scalloped tag topper punch and the Banners Pick a Punch to create some interest.
I added a few sentiments from the Banner Year stamps set too.
Here are the cards…
Loved having fun designing these. Hope the ladies enjoyed the crafting session last night too. I certainly did!