Elegant Swirly Scribbles

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I’m back to the Swirly Bird stamp set today but this time teaming it with the Swirly Scribbles thinlits (buy both together and save 10%). I’ve also used one of my favourite colour combos: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry. The new enamel shapes add a sweet accent to the flowers.

scribbles

The card base is an A6 portrait of Bermuda Bay. Using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits the “wave” was die cut from more Bermuda Bay card and adhered to a layer of Pool Party. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was added to the side of the wave with Rich Razzleberry ink and the layer was adhered direct to the card front. Leaves of both sizes from the Swirly Bird set were stamped onto Whisper White card with Pool Party ink and then the veins stamped over the top with Bermuda Bay ink. Small swirly flowers were stamped in full strength Rich Razzleberry ink and the larger flowers were stamped off first and then stamped again for a paler shade. All the flowers and leaves were die cut out with the Swirly Scribbles thinlits, popped up on the card front with dimensionals and then finished in the centres with Subtles Enamel Shapes.

scribbles inside

On the inside a sentiment from Cottage Greetings was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and a flower and leaves to match the card front were stamped direct to the Whisper White insert.

Aren’t the Swirly Scribbles thinlits elegant? And this isn’t all of them yet 🙂

Sara xx

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Detailed Floral birthday card

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Aren’t these Detailed Floral thinlits just gorgeous?

I’ve been itching to use these and with a friend’s birthday coming up I got my chance. The matching Floral Phrases stamp set is designed more for wedding and thank you cards but I didn’t let that stop me, lol. They’re perfect for any occasion!

flowering

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A layer of Real Red card was run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral thinlits. On a panel of Whisper White card a sentiment from Balloon Celebration was stamped in Basic Black then masked off and the border from Floral Phrases stamped over the top in Real Red ink. The layers were adhered direct to the front of the card.

flowering inside

On the inside the border was stamped again and a sentiment from Cottage Greetings added in Basic Black.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Tutorial for creating a mini pizza box

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Over the last few posts I’ve shared some small thank you cards and matching gift box to package them in.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for making the “pizza style” gift box.

The thank you cards were small square cards, 4″ x 4″ and the envelopes sized just a little larger. Although the envelopes were a snug fit, I was able to make the box from an A4 sheet of card rather than needing to start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet.

The A4 card was cut to 11-1/4″ x 6″

pizza box 1Step 1 – Place card on score board portrait ways (short edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″.

 

 

pizza box 2Step 2 – Turn card on score board landscape ways (long edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″. Rotate card 180° and score again at 3/4″ and 5-1/4″.

 

 

pizza box 3Step 3 – With card landscape ways, snip along vertical score lines as far as horizontal score lines both top and bottom (four snips on both top and bottom). Snip a small “v” on outer snipped edges and just one of the inner snipped scorelines, matching top to bottom (see pic) (three snips on both top and bottom). Punch a small semi-circle from the centre of the vertical edge on the side that has a “missing” “v” (see pic).

swirly box openStep 4 – Fold and burnish with a bone folder along all scorelines. Fold in and adhere all small squares to box edges. Allow adhesive to dry before adding envelopes and cards.

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps.

Sara xx

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Swirly Bird thank you gift box

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Today I’ve got a boxed gift set of cards to share. A mini pizza style box with four thank you cards and envelopes.

I’ve already shared these two cards with you.

swirly duo navy

And I made another duo in Real Red, switching the reds and blues round within the images as well as for the background layers.

swirly duo red

The mini pizza box was made in Night of Navy card and is a snug fit for the envelopes sat in the bottom.

swirly box open

To decorate the top of the box with the kite and boat were combined on a single topper matted onto Real Red card before popping up on dimensionals on the box lid.

swirly box closed

I’ll be back soon with a quick tutorial on how to make the box.

Sara xx

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Bonus Days

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Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and I have some great news for you!

For every £45.00 you spend in between 7 July and 31 July (before shipping and handling), you’ll get a £4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite products now or later in August with your coupons!

Please note that an email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. And I strongly recommend that you both save the email you get containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered (I won’t be able to help you 🙁 )so best to be belt and braces 🙂

Tip – for absolute best value, put a bundle in your shopping cart – you save on the separate items now whilst also qualifying for your coupon next month!

Sara xx

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Swirly kite thank you

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I’m still working with the Swirly Bird set and made another thank you card to co-ordinate with this one I made on Thursday.

swirly boat

The waves were repurposed as kite strings and some of those odd shapes I’d seen (lol) were the segments of the kite and the ribbons for it. Here’s the new thank you card.

swirly kite

The card base is a small square of Night of Navy. A panel of Whisper White was stamped with the kite elements from the Swirly Bird set in Night of Navy, Real Red and Pool Party inks. The sun was added with Daffodil Delight. Finally, a sentiment from the Vertical Greetings set was stamped in Night of Navy down the side of the panel before matting onto Real Red card and popping up on the card front with dimensionals.

I can see a gift set coming together here 🙂

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Swirly boat thank you

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Today’s card uses the Swirly Bird set. I could have ordered this set as part of my pre-order a month ahead of the catty coming out (a perk for SU! demonstrators) but to be honest I just didn’t “get it”.

It seemed to just be a bunch of shapes!

swirly bird set

But I then saw so many beautiful samples on Pinterest (especially when you add in the matching thinlits too) that the bundle was first on my list when I put in my main order after the catty launch! Yes, it happens to me too – I see what others have made and just have to have it, lol.

The bundle makes so much sense if you have a die cutting machine but the card here was just created using the stamps.

swirly boat

The card base is a small square of Night of Navy. A panel of Whisper White was stamped with the boat base from the Swirly Bird set in Night of Navy ink. The sails were added with Real Red ink and then topped with the teeny flag in Night of Navy. Waves were stamped below using Pool Party and the sun added with Daffodil Delight. Finally, a sentiment from the Vertical Greetings set was stamped in Night of Navy down the side of the panel before matting onto Real Red card and popping up on the card front with dimensionals.

Sweet and easy. I know I’m going to get so much use from this bundle.

Sara xx

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A foxy notecard

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Hi again! After a few weeks holiday after my exams and box of new goodies, I was feeling a little overwhelmed when I sat down to craft yesterday. Do you ever get that feeling of not knowing where to start?.

So I turned to the new annual catalogue for my inspiration.

My starting point was to CASE (copy and share everything) this card from the catty …

foxcatty

… but of course I ended up making a few alterations to make it my own.

fox

The card base is an A6 landscape of Calypso Coral, matted with Pool Party and then a Little Foxy DSP. A body from the Foxy Friends stamp set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Calypso Coral ink and then punched out with the 2-1/2″ Circle (retired). The legs of the fox were stamped over the top of the body with Early Espresso ink.  After stamping the head again onto a scrap of Whisper White card with the same ink, it was punched out with the Fox Builder and the face stamped with Early Espresso ink before popping up over the original with a dimensional. Sentiments from the Crazy About You set were stamped onto a strip of Pool Party card with Early Espresso ink, trimmed to banners and adhered behind the Circle. All were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

fox inside

On the Whisper White insert, the three toadstools from the Foxy Friends set were stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Ribbon balloon card

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I love the new ruffled ribbons that come in the new 1916-18 In Colors. They’re just slightly gathered but not too bulky for using on cards.

They’re perfect for adding a simple bow or knot to a card … or you can go to town a bit more 🙂

Here I’ve used two of them behind a die cut aperture to create a hot air balloon.

celebrate balloon

The card base is an A6 portrait of Flirty Flamingo, matted with another of the lovely Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP patterns (this one’s a mix of Crumb Cake and Watermelon Wonder). A panel of Whisper White was trimmed at an angle and the Balloon framelit used to die cut the aperture from it. Using Soft Suede ink, the basket from the matching Celebrate Today set was stamped beneath the balloon and a sentiment from the same set stamped in Flirty Flamingo ink. A scrap of Whisper White card was covered with strips of Tear and Tape and then Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbons were adhered, curving them slightly top and bottom. The ribbon panel was adhered direct to the front of the card and the aperture panel popped up over the top with dimensionals.

celebrate balloon inside

On the Whisper White insert, the flags and a sentiment from the same Celebrate Today set were added in Flirty Flamingo ink.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Affectionately Foiled card

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Today I’m back with another simple card that shows off the Affectionately Yours DSP – this time, some of the pretty copper foiling. It doesn’t show up so well when photographed straight on as below but if you look in the pic above you get an idea of the sparkly sheen – much prettier IRL!

affectionately foiled

The card base is an A6 portrait of Night of Navy, matted with foiled Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP. A panel of Very Vanilla was run through the Big Shot with one of the (two) Floral Affection embossing folders. Using Night of Navy ink, a sentiment from Tin of Cards was stamped between the embossing and the panel matted onto Night of Navy card before popping up on the card front with dimensionals.

affectionately foiled inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from Butterfly Basics was stamped in Night of Navy ink and a strip of DSP adhered at the base to match that on the front.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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