Don’t forget Father’s Day!

With Father’s Day coming up later this month (16th June if you had forgotten!), I wanted to review a couple of my most popular ‘masculine’ makes in case you missed them. They both use the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears coordinating dies which is a fabulous bundle for all those car lovers in your life.

Lets start with the gift tag…

This is a lovely, simple make which will add a great finishing touch to your gift.

The tag base is Whisper White Thick cardstock (2” x 10cm – sorry to mix metric and imperial but these are the measurements I generally use for tags!), cut out using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I have created a faux-chequered-flag look by stamping Buffalo Check in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

The car is also stamped in Memento and cut out using the coordinating die. For the sentiment piece, I stamped in Memento on Whisper White cardstock and then added extra detail using the cog dies. The finishing touch is some Basic Black Baker’s Twine which my have retired by the time you read this (!) but you could colour the Whisper White Baker’s Twine using the Basic Black Blends.

Next is the Gift Card holder…

Gift cards are great for people who are difficult to buy for but we often feel guilty that less thought has gone into it than into an actual present. Worry no more! Just make sure that the gift card is packaged beautifully and the recipient will know that you have put time and effort into their gift.

The base of the gift card holder is made from A4 Night of Navy cardstock which has been cut into a 10cm wide strip. This has then been scored at 10cm and 20cm leaving a third section of just under 10cm. Cut the third section diagonally from top left to bottom right to give a triangle.

Cut three pieces of DSP to 9.5×9.5cm and adhere to the front and back of the first section and the front of the second section. I used the Rich Razzleberry and Coastal Cabana DSPs. Also cut another piece of 9.5×9.5cm DSP in half diagonally and adhere to the back of the triangular section of the Night of Navy. You can over-stamp your DSP as required, depending on the type of pattern you have used. Fold and crease all of your score lines and use a strip of Tear and Tape to create a flap from the second and third (triangular) sections of the cardstock.

To decorate, I have used a combination of cardstock and DSP cut out using the 2” and 2.25” circle punches. Again, stamp sentiments and images on these as required. I have adhered die cut cogs to the front of my gift card holder and the final touch is a length of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine (again, this may have retired by the time you read this but you could colour the Whisper White Baker’s Twine using the Night of Navy Blends) and one of the Classic Garage Metal Elements.

More inspiration…

You can find more inspiration using the Geared Up Garage stamp set and Garage Gears dies in my January 2019 blog series starting here.

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I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send me an email at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would like to purchase any of the products I have used in today’s blog to recreate these projects (and more) yourself? Simply click the link below and you’ll go straight to my online shop. If you are ordering in June 2019, please use the host code R7ZNJNAF and you’ll receive an extra ‘thank you’ gift from me in July. Any other time, the relevant host code can be found pinned to the top of my Facebook page.

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Daisy Lane – part 1

Welcome to part 1 of a new Stamp Set Showcase series. This month we will be exploring the new ‘Daisy Lane’ stamp set.

The details…

The first thing to note is that it coordinates with the existing Daisy Punch but there might be an extra surprise on it’s way too! All will be revealed in the new catalogue. If you haven’t got your copy yet, let me know and I’ll get one sent out.

The stamp set contains three floral images, two foliage images and four sentiments (my favourite of which I have used here).

Today’s projects are all coordinated and feature a colour scheme of Whisper White and Poppy Parade with a few added bits of bling! I love to create coordinated projects as it shows that you have put time and thought into, not only the gift, but the initial impact too.

Lets start with the gift tag…

The tag base is in Whisper White and was created using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the Detailed Trio Punch (to round the bottom corners). I have stamped the sentiment in multiple generations in Poppy Parade ink. One daisy has been stamped in Poppy Parade and then cut out using the Daisy Punch and the other has been cut straight out of Poppy Parade cardstock. The petals of both daisies were shaped by hand to give some extra dimension. Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added for a bit of sparkle, some I left plain and others I coloured using the Dark Poppy Parade Blends. The finishing touch is provided with a combination of Whisper White Baker’s twine and Silver Metallic thread.

Next, the card…

The card base is created from a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock and I have stamped the sentiment directly onto the card base. Again I used multiple generations of stamping in Poppy Parade ink. The daisy was created exactly as in the gift tag example and Rhinestone Basic Jewels add the final, twinkly touch!

Finally, the gift box…

The gift box is created from one of the Mini Pizza Boxes (available in packs of 8). The first layer of the topper is Poppy Parade cardstock, followed by Whisper White. The sentiment, daisy and bling are all as in the previous two projects which really ties them all together and means that your card and gift will be ultra-coordinated.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this initial look at the Daisy Lane stamp set. Don’t forget you can purchase your own supplies using the links at the end of the blog. I will add the link to the new stamp set once available (4th June) but the item number will be 149325 if you beat me to it! Next time we’ll be creating even more projects with it so pop back next week for even more inspiration. If you have any questions, please comment below or send me an email to helen@papercraftlife.com

June host code…

If you are ordering online with me during June, don’t forget to use the host code R7ZNJNAF to receive an extra ‘thank you’ gift from me in July.

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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!

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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.

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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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