Burlap botanical thank you

burlap botanical close up

Hope you’re having a great bank holiday weekend – despite the weather!

Our wide Burlap Ribbon is one of the items retiring from the catalogue soon. As well as using it as normal ribbon, or fraying it and using it as a background, it can also be used with some of the smaller dies instead of card or paper. Here we created a small flower with it.

burlap botanical

The card base is a small square of Crumb Cake, matted with a layer of Very Vanilla card which had first been run through the Elegant Dots embossing folder. A piece of Crumb Cake card was run through one of the Fun Frames embossing folders and fussy cut out close to the outer embossed line. Using Early Espresso ink, a sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped close to the base of the frame, before popping it up on the card front with dimensionals. A larger flower was die cut from Very Vanilla card using the Botanical Builder framelits and a smaller one from Burlap Ribbon (tip – we put a piece of scrap card beneath the ribbon and ran the die back and forth a couple of times to get a good clean cut). After adhering the flowers together they were popped up in the middle of the frame with a dimensional. The flower was finished with a Basic Pearl in the centre.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Sara xx

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Blushing thank you’s

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Whoops – I just realised that I haven’t shared these thank you’s with you yet. They were part of a batch that I put together and sent to customers a couple of weeks ago. As is usual with my batch thank you’s, I needed a design which is quick and easy.

blushing thank yous

The case base is a small square of Blushing Bride. A panel of Love Blossoms DSP was adhered to the front base of the card, followed by a narrow strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. Using Blushing Bride ink, one of the flowers from Botanical Blooms was stamped onto a panel of Whisper White. The centre of the flower and the sentiment from Sassy Salutations were stamped in Melon Mambo. After adhering the panel to the card front, narrow strips of Blushing Bride and Silver Glimmer Paper were added to finish.

Hmm, must get another batch of thank you’s ready – what to use this time?

Sara xx

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Party Wishes spots card

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Well, this Party Wishes stamp set is retiring at the end of May but I thought I’d share at least one more card with it before it goes. Although there is a little punch pack for punching out the dinky cupcakes, balloons and candles, it’s very easy to use the stamp set on it’s own. And those cupcakes fit inside the spots of the It’s My Party DSP – just about!

party wishes spots

The card base is an A6 portrait of Sahara Sand. A panel of It’s My Party DSP was stamped in each spot with the teeny cupcake from the Party Wishes stamp set in Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron inks. This stamped panel was then adhered direct to the card front. The cake from the same stamp set was stamped onto Whisper White card using Sahara Sand ink. Melon Mambo ink was used to stamp the Party Wishes sentiment over the top of the cake and then the candles were added with Crushed Curry ink. After punching out with the  2-1/2″ Circle, the edge was trimmed away and the remaining circle popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

party wishes spots inside

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment was stamped in Sahara Sand ink. The balloon and string were added in the same ink and then again in Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Washi-tape Wednesday – tape on striped DSP

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It’s Wednesday, so it must be washi and we have another new washi-tape project for you – this time using washi to alter your DSP.

washi treat bag 1

This works best with a design of DSP that has clear negative areas. We used It’s My Party DSP and although the stripes aren’t completely uniform they are straight enough to work for this technique.

washi treat bag2

Simply lay the washi tape along the length of the stripes (we chose the white stripes but opted for alternate ones so that the design didn’t become too busy).

washi treat bag3

Die cut the treat bag ensuring that the stripes will run in the right direction on both pieces.

washi treat bag

The treat bag was die cut from It’s My Party DSP (that had been taped with It’s My Party Washi Tape), using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Balloons were punched from Melon Mambo card and It’s My Party DSP  with the Balloon Bouquet punch and then adhered together overlapping slightly. Bows and “enjoy” were die cut from Melon Mambo and Basic Black card using more dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and were adhered over the top of the balloons. After adhering Twine from the Baker’s Twine Combo Pack behind the balloons, they were popped up on the Treat Bag front with dimensionals and the “strings” adhered in place with a little adhesive from the fine-tip glue pen.

For those who don’t have/like washi another design alternative is to stamp sentiments into the negative space between the stripes.

Sara xx

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A cuppa card for friends

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I had a couple of lovely ladies join my team during Sale-a-bration and unfortunately we were in the midst of caring for Bess at the time so I didn’t get around to sending them their welcome package from me. Better late than never, I made this card to say hello to each of them officially.

cuppa tea

The card base is an A6 portrait of Wisteria Wonder, matted with Crushed Curry and Have a Cuppa DSP. A Deco Label die cut from Whisper White card was adhered direct to the card front. After stamping the single teacup from the A Nice Cuppa set onto Whisper White card with Wisteria Wonder ink, it was die cut out with the matching Cups and Kettle framelit and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The heart “steam” was die cut from Wisteria Wonder card with a framelit from the same set and adhered over the top of the teacup. After stamping a sentiment from the A Nice Cuppa set in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card it was die cut out with one of the smaller  Tags & Labels framelits and then popped up on the teacup with a dimensional.

cuppa tea inside

On the Whisper White insert the stack of cups was stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink.

If you’d like to join my team, whether as a hobbyist or to run a business, then please email me and I can talk you through the options.

Sara xx

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Pyramid elephant box

pyramid elephant close up

I succumbed! These pyramid box dies were introduced in the Spring/Summer catty and I resisted for the first few months but they somehow snuck into my order a couple of weeks ago! 😀

And I’m so glad they did. My first thought is that they’re actually a little smaller than I expected (which means they’ll be perfect to hang on the tree at Christmas) and my second thought was how easy they are to put together. I was visiting my nephew at the weekend and whipped up this little box in about five minutes flat.

pyramid elephant

The triangular base (x2), ears (x2), trunk and tail were die cut from Basic Gray card with the Pyramid Pals thinlits die and the eyes were die cut from Whisper White card. After folding and adhering the two base pieces together, the other body parts were also adhered in place (you need to remember to fold one ear one way and the other the opposite way – ask me how I know!). A Basic Black marker was used to draw in the centres of the eyes.

pyramid elephant back

The back was left unglued so that it simply opens up by pulling on the tail and inside we popped about 8 fruitella sweets. My nephew did pull the tail off – forgot that a 3 year old doesn’t have much concept of gentle, but he had fun with it and that’s what matters.

I really hope that these carry over to the new annual catalogue in June – they’ll be great for Christmas treats for grown-ups as well as creating a mini zoo for the little kids! 🙂

Sara xx

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Sunburst of endless thanks

sunburst thanks close up

I’m currently selling some of my old, retired Stampin’ Up! sets on eBay (got to make room for all the lovely new goodies that will be coming in June … and demonstrators get to order them in May!) and so I needed a batch of thank you’s ready to go out in the parcels.

sunburst thanks

The card base is a small square of Lost Lagoon. After die cutting a Sunburst from Daffodil Delight it was adhered direct to a square of Soft Sky and then direct to the card front. The leaves from Endless Thanks were stamped twice around the middle of the Sunburst using Daffodil Delight ink. Lost Lagoon ink was used to stamp the banner and the sentiment from the same stamp set onto Whisper White card, which was then fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals over the centre of the Sunburst. The tiny flower was stamped onto the banner with Daffodil Delight ink and the centre finished with Basic Rhinestone.

sunburst thanks inside

On the Whisper White insert, the larger flower was stamped with Daffodil Delight ink and leaves added with Lost Lagoon ink.

sunburst thanks batch

Lost Lagoon is one of the retiring in colors. It is still available as I write this, though Mossy Meadow has sold out of card and ink and Blackberry Bliss ink has gone.  Some of my favourite retiring stamp sets have also already sold out, like the Swallowtail, Serene Silhouettes and the World Map. So please don’t leave it too late to order your retiring products if you have favourites that you haven’t got around to buying yet.

And if you’d like a chance to pre-order from the new catalogue a whole month ahead of everyone else, then email me to learn more about joining Stampin’ Up!

Sara xx

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Washi-tape Wednesday – tape on embossed stripes

washi embossed close up

It’s Wednesday and so we a project idea for you using washi-tape – this time we’re using the Stylish Stripes embossing folder as a guide for our tape. This design is great for creating masculine cards with a splash of colour. Nothing too frilly and flat for posting but too sombre either.

washi embossed

Having run the lower two-thirds of a Thick Whisper White card layer through the Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder, washi tape is then applied to the larger stripes. The narrow tapes from the It’s My Party tape set were used here.

washi embossed full

The card base is an A6 portrait of Mint Macaron. A card layer of Thick Whisper White was embossed and washi taped as explained above. Basic Black ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Happy Birthday Everyone (a hostess set) in the negative space above the embossing. Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon was wrapped around the layer between the sentiment and the embossing before adhering the layer direct to the card front.

washi embossed inside

On the inside of the card a sentiment from Happy Happenings was stamped in Basic Black ink.

As for previous projects, if you don’t have/like washi-tape then you could substitute strips of DSP to make this card.

Sara xx

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Farewell – our retiring product list is out now!

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It’s that time again: we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the annual and spring/summer catalogues. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them before they’re gone. Plus, retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Retiring products will only be available until 31 May, or while supplies last, so please order them before they’re gone! I’d hate for you to be disappointed.

Sara xx

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Flowering Fields thank you’s

I’m finally back crafting and blogging and have a quick share for you today.

We recently had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Bess. We miss you so much, rest in peace precious sweetheart xxx

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Thank you to everyone who sent messages to us and to Bess. It’s been a difficult few weeks, adjusting to life without her and your good wishes have really helped us.

Unfortunately, Sale-a-bration is now over and so the Flowering Fields set that I used to make these thank you cards is no longer available, but I thought I’d share them with you anyway:

  • to say thank you for your messages and good wishes; and
  • because you could substitute a similar stamp set to get the same effect – perhaps Wild About Flowers

flowering batch

Each little thank you matched a Flowering Fields flower with some of the Wildflower Fields DSP.

flowering blackberry

flowering calypso

flowering honey

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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