Christmas Sparkle!

This week’s edition of my Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid bundle showcase features this gorgeous, sparkly card! The previous three instalments have featured cards, tags and paper garlands. You can find them here (part 1, part 2, part 3) if you haven’t already seen them.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Whisper White cardstock and I have chosen to create a square card for a change. Onto a slightly smaller Night of Navy layer I have stamped the Birch background in Whisper White ink.

Since its Christmas, I have broken out the Glimmer Paper again too! This time I have used the Silver and punched out a circle using the 5.7cm Circle Punch and the Pine Tree. Sandwiched between these two layers is a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut out using the Starburst Punch. I have added bow created from a length of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine (now retired) to the tree. If you don’t have any of this twine left over you could colour the Whisper White Baker’s Twine using the dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.

The sentiment piece is created by stamping onto Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy ink. As well as the sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set I have stamped some snowflakes from the Frosted Foliage stamp set. This is then cut out using the Stitched Rectangles dies. The final touch is provided by a single Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the centre of one of the snowflakes.

Next time…

Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are lucky enough to have five Sundays this month so the Perfectly Plaid bundle showcase will continue next week. If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on more inspiration, visit my Pinterest board which features projects from myself and other crafters using this fabulous bundle.

If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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If you would like to purchase any of the products used above, simply click the links and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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Bloom and Grow Part 4

I have a very personal card for you today. This is the birthday card that I have created for my Mam. She is one of the most important people in my life and it’s her birthday tomorrow. I’m not worried about her seeing it early though as she doesn’t do blogs! I hope you like the card (I’m sure she will).

Previous blog posts…

By the way, if you would like to read the previous three instalments of the Bloom and Grow Stamp Set Showcase, you can find them here… 1, 2 and 3.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Rococo Rose cardstock. This is followed by another layer of Rococo Rose which I have embossed using the Tufted 3D embossing folder. I think this is a really luxurious combination. The embossed layer is wrapped with a length of Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Trim and then adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The floral image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured using the Rococo Rose and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends combos. This is cut out using the coordinating Budding Blooms Dies. I have adhered the coloured image to a fancy frame created using the Stitched Labels Dies. All of the other die cuts also come from this set and I have layered elements of Vellum Cardstock, Rococo Rose Cardstock and a Whisper White sentiment piece.

The final touches come from the stitched heart and ‘Mam’ label (I am from the Midlands after all!). The inside sentiment reads ‘You are simply wonderful’ because she is! I will also decorate the envelope using the same floral image as features on the front of the card.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this series of 4 blog posts showcasing the Bloom and Grow stamp set. It’s definitely one which I will be continuing to reach for often. Next week I will start my September showcase which will feature the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and coordinating Pine Tree Punch.

Product list…

Below I have listed all of the products I have used in creating this card. If you would like to purchase any of them, simply click the link and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Until next time, if you have any questions please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Happy crafting, h x

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Magnolia Lane part 3

Hello and welcome to part 3 of my Stampin’ Up! Magnolia Lane Suite Showcase. You can find the previous posts (part 1 and part 2) here if you haven’t read them.

There’s just one project this week as it is a fancy fold card and so is a bit more advanced. I have chosen a Shadow Box card and it’s the first one I have made so I hope you like it!

Creating the base…

The base is Early Espresso cardstock and is an A4 sheet trimmed to 4” wide. This is scored at 4, 5.5, 9.5 and 11” which leaves a tab at the end for assembly. A 3.5×3.5” square has been cut from the first 4×4” section using a die and a piece of DSP has been adhered to the other 4×4” section to give the background.

Creating the inner section…

A second piece of Early Espresso cardstock was trimmed to 6×2” and scored at 1 and 5”. I used the flourish die from the Magnolia Memory die set to add some detail. Onto this section I adhered the sentiment piece which consists of a 2.25” circle in Mossy Meadow cardstock and a 2” circle in Petal Pink. The sentiment and flower images were stamped in Early Espresso ink. ‘Open’ leaves, cut from the Magnolia Memory die set were adhered behind the sentiment. Two of the ‘open’ flowers were die cut from the set and adhered to the inside of the window.

Assembly…

At this point you can adhere the inner section to the edges of the main Shadow Box and assemble the whole thing. I used Tear and Tape for the construction and Multipurpose Liquid Glue to add the embellishments. Once the box is constructed you can add the flower, die cut from the DSP, to the outside of the box for the finishing touch.

I think the use of ‘open’ die cut images is really effective for a shadow box because they cast a more interesting shadow on to the back of the box. I have to say I found these easier to make than I expected. The only fiddly bit is attaching the inner section but I think it is worth the effort. I hope you agree.

Next time…

I hope you can join me next week for some more Stampin’ Up! Magnolia Lane inspiration.

Product list…

I list of the products I used in this project are listed below. If you wish to add any of them to your craft stash simply click the link and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy Crafting x

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Daisy Lane – part 4

In the 4th instalment of my Daisy Lane Stamp Set Showcase I wanted to create three different cards using the same colour scheme. I have chosen the combination of Very Vanilla and Blackberry Bliss which I think works really well and produces a lovely, sophisticated look.

Many delightful daisies…

The first card is a Very Vanilla A6 tent fold card with a 14.3x10cm Blackberry Bliss layer followed by a 13.8×9.5cm Very Vanilla layer. The Very Vanilla layer is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink using one of the stamps from the Gallery Grunge stamp sets. Stamp sets which contain background and texture stamps are a great addition to your craft stash as they can be used to add interest and texture on any type of card and are particularly useful if you have a fear of ‘white space’ on projects.

The smaller of the two daisies has been stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock four times and cut out using the Medium Daisy punch. This is part of the Daisy Lane bundle and you’ll save 10% if you purchase the punch and stamp set together. Punching the Daisy out of Blackberry Bliss cardstock twice and adhering them together creates a ‘fuller’ flower and a darker background to help the sentiment stand out. I have adhered this flower using a dimensional. ‘You mean the world to me’ is one of many really sweet sentiments from the Well Said stamp set. This is stamped in Blackberry Bliss onto Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out using the Classic Label punch and adhered to the flower.

Fantastic feature foliage…

The second card is a Very Vanilla A6 side fold card, again with a 14.3x10cm Blackberry Bliss layer followed by a 13.8×9.5cm Very Vanilla layer. This time, however, I have wrapped a piece of Blackberry Bliss twine (from the Nature’s Twine pack) around the Very Vanilla layer and adhered it using dimensionals – just make sure to do this after the stamping! Multi generation stamping in Blackberry Bliss has been used for the foliage with two first generation impressions on the outer extremes, followed by two second generation impressions working inwards and finally a third generation impression in the centre. Blackberry Bliss ink has also been used for the ‘Birthday’ stamp from the Well Said stamp set and the ‘happy’ has been die cut from Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the Well Written die set.

Beautiful birthday textures…

The third card is an A6 tent fold card with a single Very Vanilla layer measuring 13.8×9.5cm. I have used a couple of the other stamps from the Gallery Grunge stamp set to add interest to opposite corners of the card. The ‘birthday’ sentiment has been stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the 2” circle punch and the ‘happy’ has been die cut from Blackberry Bliss cardstock as in the previous card. Two of the smaller daisies have been stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the punch. These have been adhered together with a rotation to give a ‘fuller’ flower. Four more daisies have been cut from Blackberry Bliss cardstock using the punch and adhered to give two flowers. The finishing touch is provided by using Clear Faceted Gems for the flower centres (don’t forget these can be coloured using Blends if you are using a different colour scheme).

Read previous Daisy Lane blogs…

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of the Daisy Lane stamp set showcase. There will be a fifth, and final, instalment next week before we move on to look at another stamp set.

If you would like to read the previous instalments of my Daisy Lane Stamp Set Showcase you can find them here… part 1, part 2 and part 3

If you have any questions or comments either leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Supplies list…

All of the products I have used in creating these three cards is listed below and can be purchased at any time from my online shop. Simply click on the links and you too could be creating these gorgeous projects.

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