What I love birthday card

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The free Sale-a-bration What I Love stamp set is great for crafters looking for a little technique challenge. First off, it’s a triple stamping set, second, it’s great for masking and creating multiples and finally it can be mixed with other techniques, such as the heat embossing we’ve used on this card.

what i love birthday

The card base is an A6 portrait of Blushing Bride, matted with Love Blossoms DSP. Using Versamark ink, the large flower from What I Love was stamped onto  Whisper White card and heat embossed with Silver EP. After masking the flower, it was stamped twice more in the same way and leaves were added, heat embossed with Gold EP. Blushing Bride was used to overstep the Silver flowers using the larger solid stamp. This flower image was die cut out with an Ovals Collection framelit and adhered direct to the card front. The same Oval and the next larger were used to die cut a frame from Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper which was popped up on slivers of dimensionals over the stamped image. After stamping a sentiment from Tin of Cards onto Whisper White card with Versamark ink, it was heat embossed with Silver EP and die cut out with a Tags and Labels framelit. This was matted onto a large Tags and Labels framelit cut from Blushing Bride card and popped up on the card front.

what i love birthday inside

On the Whisper White insert, the outline flower was stamped in Basic Gray, both solid fill-in flowers stamped over the top in Blushing Bride and leaves added in Garden Green.

We used the stamp set quite simply on this earlier thank you. How do you like the blinged up style?

Sara xx

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Go Wild thank you card set

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Back to some batch thank you cards today. I’ve got some retired SU! goodies selling on eBay at the moment and I like to send a little thank you card to my buyers, so I’m looking for quick and easy … and flat – so I don’t add to the postage.

These designs would also work well as a set of cards for gifting.

For each one, a 3″ x 3″ piece of DSP has a strip removed from it, on the diagonal. To make it go quicker, I stacked 4 sheets together to cut the strips out and then used one of those cut sheets as a template for cutting further ones.

go wild thanks

The card base is a small square of Basic Black, matted with Whisper White and Go Wild DSP. A sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped across the diagonal with either Melon Mambo or Tempting Turquoise ink. The teeny flower from Botanical Blooms was stamped either side of the sentiment in the same ink and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details added to the centres.

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The card base is a small square of Tip Top Taupe, matted with Whisper White and Go Wild DSP. A sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped across the diagonal with either Chocolate Chip  or Tip Top Taupe ink. The teeny flower from Botanical Blooms was stamped either side of the sentiment in the same ink and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details added to the centres.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Open Sea for a Mojo challenge

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I skipped last week but I’m playing along with the Mojo Monday challenge again this time. This is this week’s layout for Mojo 433.

Mojo433

I’ve been playing so much with Sale-a-bration and Spring-Summer catty goodies that I’ve been neglecting my other stamps, lol. So I dipped a little further back in the craft cupboard for this one … though I did mix it with new papers :)

open sea mojo433

The card base is an A6 portrait matted with Going Places DSP. After stamping the log book from the Open Sea onto Lost Lagoon card with Lost Lagoon ink it was matted onto Very Vanilla card and adhered direct to the card front. A strip of a different Going Places paper was matted onto Lost Lagoon card and adhered over the first panel. The ship from the Open Sea was stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Basic Black ink and a sentiment from Tin of Cards stamped above it. This was matted onto Basic Black card and popped up on dimensionals on the card front. After stamping the anchor from Open Sea onto Very Vanilla card it was fussy cut out and popped up on slivers of dimensionals.

open sea mojo433 inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, the globe and the compass were stamped in Basic Black ink.

Why not have a go at the challenge yourself :)

Sara xx

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What I Love thank you

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Our Spring/Summer catalogue has a sprinkling of valentine designed products but if you’re like me and don’t make any/too many valentine’s cards they’re still worth a look. The Love Blossoms DSP stack is full of delicate florals that work equally well for other occasions.

Here we’ve used them with the Sale-a-bration set, What I Love, to create a pretty thank you card. What I Love is a triple stamping set, providing an outline image and two solid images to create a stamped flower with real depth to it.

what i love thanks

The card base is a 5″ square of Blushing Bride, matted with Love Blossoms DSP. Using Rose Red ink, the large flower from What I Love was stamped, masked and stamped twice more onto a square of Whisper White. Pink Pirouette was used for the first solid stamping of the flower and then Blushing Bride for the smaller solid stamping. After masking the flowers again, leaves from the set were stamped in Garden Green ink. A sentiment from the set was stamped in Rose Red ink before matting the layer onto Rose Red card and popping it up on the card front.

what i love thanks inside

On the inside the Whisper White insert was decorated with strips of the same DSP as used on the front and the small flower and leaves were stamped in Rose Red and Garden Green.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Perfectly Artistic Pairings

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Have you spotted the Perfectly Artistic DSP in our Sale-a-bration range yet? It’s only available until the 15 February so I’m making the most of it while I can. It’s marbled on one side and a colour wash on the other.

The other Sale-a-bration freebie used here, Perfect Pairings, will continue to be available throughout the promotion (though stock may become limited towards the end of the period, 31 March).

Perfectly artistic pairings

The card base is an A6 portrait of Smoky Slate, matted with Perfectly Artistic DSP. Using the largest of the Rose Garden thinlits, the large flower frame was die cut from Crushed Curry card  and the leaves from Mint Macaron card. A small flower was die cut from Blushing Bride. The frames were adhered to corresponding shades of DSP and then the excess cut away before popping up on dimensionals on the card front. A label was die cut From Whisper White card using a framelit from the same set and sentiments from Perfect Pairings were stamped in Basic Gray and Crushed Curry. This was also popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

I’ll miss these papers. Don’t forget that they’re only around until 15 February.

Sara xx

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Going Places masculine card

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A change of pace today. I’m keeping it very simple (well it is a masculine card, lol) – I really had to sit on my hands to avoid adding more to this card, but I think the background paper deserves to be seen.

I love map images and the Going Places DSP includes several map designs as well as some beautiful marbled patterns.

going places

The card base is an A6 landscape of Basic Black matted with Going Places DSP. After stamping the lighthouse image from the From Land to Sea in Basic Black onto Very Vanilla card it was matted onto More Basic Black card and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

going places inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, another strip of the same DSP was added on the right hand side and the lantern from the From Land to Sea and a sentiment from Tin of Cards were stamped in Basic Black.

Simples!

What do you think? Too little or just right?

Sara xx

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Bear Hugs for a friend

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A friend has been going through a pretty rough time recently, so I made this card to try cheer her up a little.

The sentiment from Perfect Pennants seems to work well with the sentiments and images in the Bear Hugs stamp set.

bear hugs

The card base is an A6 portrait of Soft Suede matted with Crumb Cake. A layer of Whisper White card was run through the Woodland embossing folder that had first been brayered with Crumb Cake ink. This was then adhered direct to the card front. Using Soft Suede ink, the large bear from Bear Hugs was stamped onto Crumb Cake card and then die cut out with the matching Bear Hugs framelit. The heart framelit from the set was used to die cut from Real Red and then a sentiment from the stamp set stamped over it with Basic Black ink. Linen Thread was attached to the back of the hear and around the bear claws before popping him up on the card front with dimensionals. A sentiment from the Perfect Pennants was stamped in Soft Suede ink onto Crushed Curry card, die cut out with a Banner framelit and popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

bear hugs inside

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment and flower image were stamped in Black Stazon and Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry and Real Red markers are used to colour in the flowers.

My friend liked the card so I guess it achieved its aim :)

Sara xx

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Botanicals circle flip card

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Today’s card is a special effort for a special person. The hardest thing was waiting patiently for the Crystal effects to dry – but I think it’s worth it! What about you?

botanicals circle flip

The card base is die cut from Mint Macaron using the Circle Card thinlits and matted with two different patterns of Botanical Gardens DSP. Using Basic Black ink, a sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped onto a strip of Mint Macaron, trimmed to a banner and adhered direct to the front of the card. Flowers and leaves were die cut from Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Min Macaron and Old Olive (with the leaves stamped with Mossy Meadow ink) using the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Botanical Builder framelits. All the flowers and leaves were coated with Crystal Effects and left to dry. A 2-1/2 ” Circle punched from Basic Black card was adhered to the circle flip and the flowers and leaves adhered direct to the front of the card. A Botanical Garden Jewel and Basic Rhinestones were added to finish.

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On the other side of the flip was added a 2-1/2″ Circle punched from Whisper White. This had been stamped with flowers using Crushed Curry, Hello Honey and Cajun Craze inks. The flower was masked and leaves added with Pear Pizzazz ink. Finally a sentiment from Celebrate Today was stamped over the top with Mossy Meadow ink.

Here’s a close up of how glossy and vibrant the Crystal Effects makes everything look!

botanicals circle flip centre

There are some tips here on using the thinlit card dies that you may find helpful :)

Happy Birthday Mari! Hope you liked the card 😀

Sara xx

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Shine on box

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If you’ve been a fan of SU! products for a while, then you may remember the Under the Tree cardstock we had a couple of Christmas’s ago? This was a heavyweight printed kraft cardstock. It was great for making boxes.

Well now we’ve got something even better. Shine On Specialty DSP. Again, it’s a heavyweight cardstock rather than a paper, making it ideal for boxes. There are 12 sheets in a pack, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs. Each has a silver foil pattern on one side (sparkly!) and a coloured printed pattern on the other.

shine on box

The box base was cut and folded from a 10” x 10” piece of the mini spotted design of Shine On Specialty DSP, following the instructions on the Gift Box Punch Board for the 2.5” x 2.5” x 4” size box. After die cutting the sentiment from Silver Foil using a Mini Treat Bag thinlit, it was adhered to a Note Tag punched from the striped design of Shine On DSP and then threaded onto Silver Satin Ribbon used to tie the box closed.

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This box has a green spotted interior when opened up :)

Love the quality of this cardstock!

Sara xx

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Love Blossoms in the Rose Garden

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Today I’m playing along with the Mojo Monday challenge again. This is this week’s layout for Mojo 431.

Mojo431

I wanted something a little different than a simple circle for the large motif so I looked at my newest goodies and spotted that the gorgeous Rose Garden thinlit would still provide the general shape (although the Mojo challenge does allow you to substitute if you don’t have a shape). Many patterns of the Love Blossoms DSP are also used here – 5 in total – well there are 4 of each double-sided design in each pack!

rose garden mojo431

The card base is an A6 landscape of Rose Red matted with Love Blossoms DSP. A different pattern of the same DSP was matted to a panel of Crumb Cake and then adhered to the card front. The largest of the Rode Garden thinlits was used to die cut the large flower frame from Rose Red card and the leaf from Garden Green card. (The thinlit is a single die of one flower and two leaves but it’s easy to snip them apart). The frames were adhered to different patterns of DSP and then the excess cut away before popping up on dimensionals on the card front. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped onto a final pattern of Love Blossoms DSP with Rose Red ink and then punched out with the 1-3/4″ Circle. This was matted onto a 2″ Circle of Rose Red card and popped up on dimensionals on the card front. Basic Pearls were dotted about to finish.

rose garden inside

On the Whisper White insert, a strip of DSP to match the front, was added near the bottom and then a sentiment and images from the Cottage Greetings set were stamped in Rose Red and Garden Green inks.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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