A Little Wild bear card

Now I have to be honest – when I first saw the A Little Wild set I kinda skipped over it. I don’t make many kids cards and this set is sort of in the kids stamp section of the catty. And then I saw what wonderful cards others were making with it and I was hooked.

Of course the set is ideal for kids cards and new baby cards … and tags as the matching Little Loves framelits cut out an entire tag for you. But I would love to receive these cards and I think I have plenty of adult friends who would too. How about you?

The card base is an A6 portrait of Early Espresso. A card front layer of Crumb Cake was spritzed with water, run through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder and left to dry, before adhering direct to the card front. Using Early Espresso ink, a sentiment from A Little Wild was stamped onto a square of Whisper White card and adhered direct to the card front. A frame was die cut from Crushed Curry card using Stitched Shapes and Layering Squares framelits and adhered over the stamped square. Using Early Espresso ink, the front of the bear was stamped onto Crumb Cake card and the beehive onto Whisper White card. Little Loves framelits were used to die cut each out and they were popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Basic Black ink was used to stamp the trio of bees onto Whisper White card a couple of times. Once dry, the bees were coloured with Basic Black and Crushed Curry markers and die cut out with the matching framelits. They were then popped up on the card front using slivers of mini dimensionals and the wings painted with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

On the Whisper White insert the beehive and bees were stamped and coloured as for the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Carols of Christmas in Fresh Fig

A friend came over recently for a little crafting session and was interested in what the new In Color Fresh Fig looked like and so had a test stamp of it onto some Very Vanilla card. From that simple start, this card emerged – amazing how inspiration strikes isn’t it?

I loved the Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla combo and something about it made me think of Christmas, so I decided to keep the colour combo front and centre and keep the rest of the design simple for this card.

The card base is a small square (4-1/8″) of Fresh Fig. A small card front layer (4″) of Very Vanilla was die cut with the poinsettia corners from the Card Front Builder dies both top and bottom. A sentiment from Carols of Christmas was stamped in Fresh Fig in the centre (using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the placement right) and then the layer popped up on the card front with mini dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, more poinsettias from the Carols of Christmas set were stamped in the corners and a sentiment from Flurry of Wishes added, all with Fresh Fig ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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You Move Me butterfly birthday card

On Friday I shared some gift packaging and a tag. Today I have the card that matches the tag to share with you.

This one’s for a crafty friend who I know stops by here from time to time, so Happy Birthday Jan!

The design was CASE’d from Dawn Griffith following her tutorial here, though I have changed the dimensions slightly to end with an A6 design, rather than the US card size.

The card base is Tangerine Tango. A panel of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP was matted onto Basic Black card and then direct to the left front of the trio-fold card. Using the large butterfly die from the Move Me thinlit set, a fold over closure was partially die cut from the right front of the card following Dawn’s instructions. Whole butterflies were die cut from Tangerine Tango card with the Move Me thinlits and detailed butterflies from Basic Black card with the same. These were layered together with mini dimensionals and popped up on the card front with regular dimensionals and finished with Basic Rhinestones. A sentiment from Thoughtful Banners was stamped onto Whisper White card with Basic Black ink and punched out with the Duet Banner. More banners were punched from Basic Black and Tangerine Tango card, adhered behind the stamped banner, offset slightly and then popped up on the card front with mini dimensionals.

Here you can see the flap closure created by the right hand butterfly.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Thoughtful Banners was stamped in Basic Black. The solid teeny butterflies from You Move Me were stamped in Tangerine Tango and then overstamped with the detailed butterflies in Basic Black. The insert was matted onto Basic Black card and adhered direct to the inside centre panel.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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You Move Me gift tag

Today’s share is a pretty gift tag for a friend whose favourite colour is orange. There are a few to choose from within the SU! colour families but I opted for Tangerine Tango, to tone in with the DSP I wanted to use.

A tag was punched from 2″ wide Basic Black card using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. A slightly narrower piece of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP was also punched and then adhered to the Basic Black tag. The teeny patterned butterfly from the You Move Me set was stamped onto Tangerine Tango card with Basic Black ink and die cut out with the co-ordinating Move Me die. This was popped up near the top of the tag with a mini dimensional. The large outline butterfly was die cut from Tangerine Tango. Both the outline and detailed large butterfly dies were used to cut a butterfly from Basic Black card which was popped up over the large Tangerine butterfly with a dimensional and then both popped up on the tag with another dimensional, allowing one of the wings to overhang a little. A Basic Rhinestone was added to the body of the large butterfly.

On the reverse, a Whisper White tag was stamped with a sentiment from Celebration Time in Basic Black and adhered direct.

The gift was wrapped in black tissue paper and then printed cellophane.

The tag was then tied on with Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Blue Carols of Christmas

Have you checked out the early release Carols of Christmas product set that Stampin’ Up! have for us this month. Here we’ve used some of the smaller images to decorate our card front. The matching dies take all the work out of fussy cutting!

The card base is an A6 portrait of Island Indigo. A card front layer of Pool Party was run through the Big Shot with the Holly embossing folder and adhered direct to the card front. The little leaves and a trio of baubles from Carols of Christmas were stamped onto two separate scraps of Whisper White card with Pool Party ink and die cut out with two of the Stitched Shapes Circles. A sentiment from At Home With You was stamped onto Whisper White card with Island Indigo ink and die cut, again with a Stitched Shapes Circle. Each was adhered direct to a larger circle die cut from Island Indigo card with the Layering Circles Framelits. Using Island Indigo ink the poinsettia from Carols of Christmas was stamped onto Whisper White card and the trio of baubles was stamped with Pool Party ink. Each was die cut out with the Card Front Builder dies and popped up on the corresponding circle using mini dimensionals. The circles were popped up on the card front using regular dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Carols of Christmas was stamped in Island Indigo ink and baubles and holly stamped across the top and bottom respectively with Pool Party ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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In the City Baby card

In the City is one of our fantastic new hostess sets in the Annual Catalogue. Although this set is only available to “hostesses” you don’t necessarily need to have a workshop or party to qualify. If you gather a few orders from friends or even if you have a big wish list of your own you may still meet the minimum £150 order (before p&p) and qualify. Please email me if you’d like more information.

In the City is a set of 60 photopolymer stamps (yes, 60!). It includes sentiments, outline stamps and fill-in stamps. You can stamp the outlines and colour them in with pencils or markers or you can use the fill-in stamps to stamp over the top.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. A card front layer of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot with the Garden Trellis embossing folder and then adhered direct to the card front. Using Basic Black ink, the sentiment and outline stamps for the house, tree and stork from In the City were all stamped together on a large scrap of Whisper White. The fill-in stamps were stamped with Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party respectively before die cutting the images out with a Layering Circle. This was adhered direct to another, larger Layering Circle die cut from Pool Party card and then popped up on the card from with dimensionals. A bow of Shimmery Pool Party was added to finish the card.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from In the City was stamped in Basic Black.

I made a second card in pinks for a baby girl but as I don’t have any of the new pale pink ribbons I used a retired Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Bold Eastern Medallions

Although the Eastern Beauty bundle has a co-ordinating stamp set, the Eastern Medallions dies can be used on their own or, as here, with another stamp set. Real Red, Basic Black and Silver Foil have been combined to create a striking birthday card.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Real Red. A card front layer of Basic Black was run through the Big Shot with three decreasing size circles from the Eastern Medallions thinlit set. A frame for the circles was die cut from Silver Foil using the Layering Circles dies and adhered direct to the card layer. Using Versamark ink, a sentiment from Window Shopping was stamped onto the same layer and heat embossed with Silver EP. A skinny strip of Silver Foil were adhered direct, close to each side of the card layer before popping up on the card front with dimensionals. Basic Rhinestones were added to complete the design.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and the teeny cupcake from the Window Shopping set were stamped in Basic Black ink. The small flower from the same set was stamped in each lower corner using Real Red ink.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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August Thank You Bonus

Do you know that I offer a special Thank You Bonus to customers shopping with me online? July thank you’s have been sent out. Want to get your hand on an August Thank You?

To get the bonus:

  • Check that you’re shopping with me – my name (Sara Rayner) should be in the top right hand corner of the shopping screen;
  • When you place an order of any size with me, whether direct or online, you’ll receive a hand crafted thank you card from me;
  • When you place an order of over £20 in my online store and use the Crafting and Stamping Monthly Host Code, you’ll also receive a Thank You Bonus from me;
  • If you plan to place an order of over £150 then please read the information in the next section first;
  • Thank You Bonuses vary from month to month. The more people that use the code, the higher the total goes and the more Rewards I can use to give back Bonuses. As an example though you may receive a sampler set of ribbons, 6″ x 6″ sample pack of DSP,  a pack of embellishments or even a stamp set;
  • I mail Thank You Cards and Bonuses out around 1-2 weeks after the end of the month (don’t worry – this doesn’t delay your order at all, which will be delivered by SU! usually within a week of submitting it), so if you order in August you’ll receive your bonus in September;
  • Please note that if you choose to receive “no contact” from me, then I won’t receive your contact details and therefore won’t be able to send you a card or bonus.

If you’re interested in shopping then use this month’s

Crafting and Stamping August Host Code

3CGVT9ZQ

after filling your shopping basket here. Enter the code in the box underneath the words HOST CODE in the lower left corner of the shopping basket screen.

Plan on Placing a Large Order?

If your order is over £150 then please don’t use the code as you qualify for Stampin’ Rewards and at the end of your order you will be able to choose your own bonus(es) PLUS you will also receive an extra bonus from me to say thank you!

Sara xx

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Masculine Vintage Leaves

This masculine Vintage Leaves birthday card uses a muted colour palette, mixed textures and knotted twine to create a more rugged look. It could easily be changed to a more feminine version by choosing brighter or more pastel colours and swapping twine for ribbon.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Old Olive matted with a panel of Color Theory DSP. A panel of Whisper White was stamped around the edges with the splotchy block design from Timeless Textures. This stamp was inked with Old Olive, stamped off once and then Soft Suede dabbed randomly direct to stamp with a Sponge Dauber before stamping onto the panel. Small leaves from the Vintage Leaves set were inked in the same way (but the Old Olive was not stamped off this time) and stamped at the top and midway down the panel. A sentiment from  Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Soft Suede before adhering the panel direct to the card front. The largest leaf from Vintage Leaves was inked as before and stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White. Using the co-ordinating Leaflets Framelits the stamped leaf was die cut out along with another from Soft Suede card. These were adhered together, slightly offset, to create a shadow effect. Three strands were trimmed from Burlap Ribbon and tied in a knot (secured with a glue dot) around the leaf shapes before popping them up on dimensionals on the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Soft Suede ink. Inking the stamps as before with Old Olive and daubs of Soft Suede, two leaves from Vintage Leaves were stamped in the corners.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Traditional Carols of Christmas

Today’s card uses the early release Carols of Christmas bundle to create a limited layers card (for easy mailing) in traditional colours.

The card base is an A6 of Real Red. A card front layer of Very Vanilla was die cut with the frame from the Card Front Builder thinlits. After masking off the top of the frame, both of the bauble trios from the Carols of Christmas stamp set were stamped with Real Red ink and just two of the baubles from one of the trios stamped again in the centre to fill the space. Garden Green ink was used to stamp one of the large sentiments from the same set, in the lower half of the frame. Using Garden Green and Real Red markers, the holly sprigs were coloured direct to stamp and stamped out across the centre to tie the two halves together. The completed layer was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, more holly sprigs were stamped across the top and a sentiment from Oh, What Fun stamped in Garden Green.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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