Enjoy Life part 3

Today we are continuing the ‘Enjoy Life’ stamp set showcase. Again, I have chosen projects that demonstrate the versatility of this stamp set. These projects use a completely different colour palette than the previous two blog posts. I have gone for neutral colours with Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Early Espresso and I think this looks great used with the silhouette stamps in this set.

Enjoy Life Card

Starting from a Sahara Sand card base, I have stamped on a layer of Whisper White cardstock in Early Espresso ink. Adding the small flower stamp to the image of the grass adds a bit of extra interest and allows you to build up a unique scene every time. I have stamped the Crackle Paint background onto Sahara Sand cardstock in Early Espresso ink and added a strip of Burlap Ribbon. This piece is adhered to the Whisper White layer. The sentiment (which is fabulous) is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies. An extra rectangle in Sahara Sand adds a nice little tab and helps to tie in with the gift tag.

Enjoy Life Gift Tag

Again, I have started from a Sahara Sand cardstock base for the gift tag and stamped the Crackle Paint background in Early Espresso ink. The tag is created using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. A strip of Burlap Ribbon is adhered to the tag, followed by the small sentiment piece which is stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Sahara Sand cardstock and cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangle dies. The final layer is Whisper White cardstock with the corners rounded at the top and then the silhouettes stamped in Early Espresso ink. Final touches are added with the twine and thread.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Let me know if you have any questions. Next week will be the final instalment for ‘Enjoy Life’ and we’ll explore a different Stamp Set. It might even be something from the new catalogue!

Product List…

The products that I have used are listed below. To add any of these supplies to your craft stash, simply click the link and you’ll go straight to my online shop.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting, Helen x

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Enjoy Life – part 2

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, Enjoy Life is a really versatile stamp set. To show you what I mean I have decided to feature a couple of cards I made as part of my Saturday Challenge a while ago. If you compare these cards to the projects that I showed you last week you can see just how different they are.

Thank You Kindly

The first card is made from a Whisper White thick cardstock base with a second Whisper White layer where I have rounded the corners. One of the foliage images is stamped in Blackberry Bliss in the corner of the second layer. The sentiment is also stamped in Blackberry Bliss onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the 2” circle punch and I have also added one of the butterfly images. The central element is created by layering a 2.25” punched circle of Blackberry Bliss, then one of the Pearlized Doilies and the sentiment piece. I gave this some depth by adhering to the main card using dimensionals and used some Silver Metallic Thread and one of the silver Leaves Trinkets. Final touches are added with the Faceted Dots and Metallic Pearls.

How Beautiful A Day Can Be When Kindness Touches It

The second card is also made from a Whisper White thick cardstock base, this time with a second layer of Night of Navy cardstock. A third layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock has been stamped in Night of Navy using the bird, butterfly and foliage images. Night of Navy baker’s twine has been wrapped around the top two layers and one of the wooden butterfly elements from Sale-A-Bration (no longer available) adhered across the twine. Although these are no longer available, any wooden elements such as the hearts from the Frames Elements could also be used. Two more of the wooden elements have been used under the sentiment piece. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the 2” circle punch. This is layer onto a 2.25” punched circle in Night of Navy.

Product List

A have listed all the available products used in these cards below. Simply click on the links to go straight to my online shop to purchase any of these supplies.

I hope you can join me next time. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Crafting, h x

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Floral Romance Stamp Set Showcase – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Stampin’ Up! Floral Romance Showcase. In part 1 we looked at tags (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making cards. Again there will be three different examples for all levels of crafter so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!

Simple Stamping!

This is a really simple but effective card using Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White. I have started by stamping the leaf images on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Pear Pizzazz with another central focal image stamped in Mossy Meadow. Using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, I have created two frames and a central rectangle. Just make sure to leave sizes of the nesting dies in between for you Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock layers. When these layers are all adhered together, the images continues across the card but is broken up by the coloured cardstock layers giving a really impressive effect. Finally the sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock and adhered using dimensionals. This card would be suitable for many occasions as ‘Thinking of You’ is such a versatile sentiment. If you have these Rectangle Stitched Framelits, this is a great technique to try and could be used with many different stamp sets.

Let’s Add Colouring!

How do you feel about colouring? Chances are, you fall into one of two camps – the ‘I’ve tried it and love it’; or the ‘I don’t know where to start’. Which are you? If the former, great, you’ll love this card. If the latter, then don’t be scared, it’s not as difficult as it seems!

The card base here is Whisper White and I have layered this with some Blushing Bride DSP. Then comes a frame in Whisper White using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. I have stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink onto Whisper White card and cut out using Nesting Oval dies and backed this with a larger oval in Highland Heather cardstock. Stamping the main focal image in Soft Sea Foam gives a much more subtle look than you would get by using black. Colouring the images was done using Stampin’ Blends in Highland Heather (light and dark) and Mint Macaron (light and dark). Having die cut the main image, I adhered it using dimensionals so that it gives the impression of floating above the frame. The final touch is produced with the addition of adhesive backed sequins. I think this gives a beautiful, subtle but elegant card which could be used for many occasions.

Let’s Step It Up!

The final card is a bit of a show stopper but that doesn’t mean that its difficult to create. With the right tools, its actually really quite simple. The card base is created from Sahara Sand cardstock but is stepped up with the use of the border die from the Wonderful Floral Framelits. If you want to add a delicate touch to really special cards, this is a great way to do it. Next I have added a layer of Floral Romance DSP. The sentiment has been stamped in Fresh Fig ink onto Petal Pink cardstock and cut out using the frame die. For an extra element of interest I have then embossed the sentiment piece using the Lace Dynamic Embossing Folder. A few leaves have been die cut from Pear Pizzazz cardstock a adhered to the back of the sentiment piece. Once this has been adhered to the card front, I have attached one of the Floral Romance Seals and some of the Frosted Flower embellishments.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of the Floral Romance Showcase. Next time (after a short break due to attending OnStage next week!) we will be making 3D projects. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

Product List

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

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Butterfly Gala CASE The Catalogue

Hello, and welcome to the 4th, and final, week of the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala Showcase. In part 3 we looked at 3D projects (you can find the blog here) and this week I will be CASEing the catalogue and creating three cards, all of which have a wonderful, fresh, spring-like feel.

Looking Back…

But first, lets have a quick look at some of the projects we have created using the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Gingham Gala suite so far…

As you can see, this is a really versatile Stamp Set and Suite which allows you to create so many different projects. It lends itself to simple or complex; monochrome or colourful; and has a lovely selection of sentiments suitable for a range of occasions.

Thank You So Very Much

The first project that I selected to CASE from the catalogue was the Lemon Lime Twist card. I cut a piece of Gingham Gala DSP and used a Grapefruit Grove Stampin’ Marker to add extra lines to the pattern. The butterflies were stamped initially in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White cardstock and then filled in using Highland Heather ink. They were cut out using the Butterfly Duet punch but would not be too difficult to fussy-cut if you don’t have the punch. A piece of Vellum cardstock has been cut out using the Starburst punch and a length of Whisper White Flax Ribbon layered on top. I have then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and scribbled with a Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Marker to create a background for the sentiment which was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink once the marker had dried. Once everything was adhered to the card base, I added Grapefruit Grove Gingham Gala sequins.

A Little Note

The second project that I CASEd was the ‘A Little Note’ card. The card base is Whisper White cardstock and then a piece of each of the five colours of Gingham Gala DSP was adhered to this. The sentiment is stamped in Grapefruit Grove ink onto Whisper White cardstock and the banner shaped was created by simply snipping with scissors. I stamped the small butterfly in Daffodil Delight onto coordinating cardstock and added the abdomen in Memento Tuxedo Black and adhered to the sentiment piece. If you look carefully you can see that the antenna are stamped onto the DSP too! A length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine was wrapped a few times around my fingers and adhered to the card with the sentiment piece raised above it using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch is added with three Gingham Gala sequins in Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove and Lemon Lime Twist.

Welcome

The final project was the ‘Welcome’ card which uses Balmy Blue as a base. A number of small butterflies have been cut out of Gingham Gala DSP using the Butterfly Duet punch and adhered to another piece of Balmy Blue cardstock and the a square cut out using Stitched Shapes Framelits. I stamped one of the large butterflies onto Daffodil Delight cardstock in coordinating ink and cut out using the Butterfly Duet punch. This was adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch is provided by cutting ‘welcome’ from the Well Written Framelits dies in Whisper White cardstock and adhering to the butterfly. This is a great little card to welcome someone to the family, the company, the street, or even the world!

I hope you have enjoyed part 4 of the Butterfly Gala Showcase. You should now have plenty of ideas to help to get the best out of this great Stamp Set and Suite.

Next month…

Next month my Showcase will feature the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set and coordinating Floral Romance Suite. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

Product list…

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

Product List