Just a quick reminder that today is the last chance to get hold of the gorgeous Beautiful Branches stamp set and/or matching Thoughtful Branches thinlit dies.
I’ve just adored using this set, it’s so very versatile and can carry you right through the seasons for all occasions.
We had great fun using it in last weeks classes. Here are my versions of the projects – I needed a few extra thank you cards so I switched sentiments to suit.
What was really fun was seeing folks using products they haven’t yet tried (like the Bronze embossing powder and even the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush) and being blown away by the results. Always good to try before you buy!
So please – if you haven’t yet got this set and would like it then please place your order immediately – tomorrow will be too late.
I’m back with our limited-time set again today, this time using just the Beautiful Branches stamp set, without the need for the matching Thoughtful Branches dies. This set is so very versatile, with designs suitable for all seasons – including Christmas.
We’ve used heat embossing against an elegant black background for this version.
The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. Using Versamark ink, the tall single tree trunk from the Beautiful Branches stamp set was stamped onto a panel of Basic Black and heat embossed with Copper EP. Snowy banks and leaves were added, again with Versamark ink, this time heat embossed with White EP. Finally a star was stamped and heat embossed with Gold EP. After matting the stamped panel onto Gold Foil it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.
On the Whisper White insert, a trio of winter trees from the same Beautiful Branches set and a sentiment from Oh, What Fun were stamped in Basic Black ink.
There’s still a chance to book onto one of my Thoughtful Branches classes if you’re quick.
My friend’s favourite colour is orange and so it was an easy choice for the colour combo for her birthday card this last weekend. I say easy, but actually since SU! have so many different shades of orange I guess it’s not actually so easy after all 🙂 but I decided to go with Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango with a hint of Gold.
The card base is an A6 portrait of Peekaboo Peach. A card layer of Tangerine Tango was run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, top and bottom. Gold Satin Ribbon and Peekaboo Peach Ribbon were layered and wrapped around the negative space of the card front layer before popping it up on the card front with slivers of dimensionals. The same ribbons were tied in a knot on the front and secured in place with glue dots (so that the silky satin ribbon doesn’t unravel). Leaves from the limited-time Beautiful Branches thinlit set were die cut from more Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango card and a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes was stamped on the solid leaf with Versamark ink before heat embossing with Gold EP. The leaves were tied onto the ribbon with Linen Thread.
On the Very Vanilla insert, the flowers from the Floral Phrases set were stamped in Peekaboo Peach and a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes was added in Tangerine Tango.
Don’t forget – the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits are only available this month … or while stocks last (which could be before the end of the month) – so please don’t miss out.
One of the colour trends in the crafting world at the moment is Copper and as well as some gorgeous papers, washi-tape and threads that all incorporate Copper, SU! also added a Copper EP to the line up in the annual catalogue. I’ve combined it with the limited time stamp set here, to create an anniversary card.
The photography doesn’t really do it justice as it’s one of those cards that you just want to touch to feel the texture. The Copper EP is a really fine quality and heats to a very smooth gloss – just beautiful!
The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake. A layer of Very Vanilla card was stamped with the grass from Thoughtful Branches and a sentiment from Number of Years, in Versamark ink and all were heat embossed with Copper EP. This layer was adhered direct to a mat of Crumb Cake and then both were popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The tree trunk from the set was stamped onto Crumb Cake card and the leaves onto Very Vanilla card, both with Versamark ink and again embossed with Copper EP. These were both die cut out with the matching Beautiful Branches thinlits and popped up on the card front with slivers of dimensionals. Finally the two birds from the Thoughtful Branches set were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla card, die cut out and popped up in the leaves of the tree with slivers of dimensionals.
On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from Floral Phrases was framed with little leaves from the Thoughtful Branches set, all stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.
We have some Thoughtful Branches classes scheduled for August if you’d like to come along and work with this fabulous set and the matching framelits with me.
Have a great weekend.
I haven’t been running face-to-face classes due to my acupuncture study commitments and so this is a rare chance to come stamp with me before I head back to College again in the Autumn 🙂
This special Summer Stamp Class gives you the chance to make 2 cards and a gift box, using a variety of stamping techniques. We feature this month’s limited time stamp set – Thoughtful Branches – and you’ll have the opportunity to swap in different sentiments (e.g. birthday) if you wish.
We have a few dates and times to choose from:
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 1.30PM – 3.30PM
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 7PM – 9PM
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2016, 2PM – 4PM – class full
Location: My home, north Sheffield (I’ll email/PM details when you email to register interest).
The class costs £15.00 or is FREE with a minimum order and includes:
- all materials needed to make the cards, (along with envelopes) and the box;
- face-to-face instruction on the day;
- written instructions to take away;
To book your place, please email me no later than Monday 22 August – places are limited and allocated in order of RSVP date and payment options will be emailed back to you.
This month Stampin’ Up! have an exclusive, limited-time bundle. It’s available until 31 August or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (sorry for shouting but don’t want you to miss that last important point!). It’s the perfect set for birthday, thank you, general occasion and Christmas cards. Details of prices and links for ordering are here.
Here are the stamps:
… and the matching dies …
They’re so gorgeous, I’ll be playing with this set quite a bit this month I think so you may see a number of samples using it. First up, this thank you card.
The card base is an A6 portrait of Pear Pizzazz with the “leaves/petals” from Thoughtful Branches set stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink down the sides. A card layer of Sweet Sugarplum was run through the Petal Burst embossing folder and adhered direct to the front of the card. The stem and leaves thinlit from the Beautiful Branches set was used to die cut Pear Pizzazz card and these were adhered to the card front (with the end of the leaves unadhered to stand up a little). Using Pool Party ink, (with a little “thumping” added with a Sweet Sugarplum marker), the leaves/petals were stamped onto Whisper White card and die cut out with the matching thinlit. The same thinlit was used to die cut from Pool Party card and both flowerheads were crumpled to add a little dimension and then adhered above the stem, the Pool Party version direct to the card front and the stamped version popped up on slivers of dimensionals. Finally a sentiment from the set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Sweet Sugarplum ink, trimmed to a banner and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.
On the Whisper White insert, different stems, leaves and flowerheads were stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum inks (stamping off to give dimension to the flowers).
I’ll be back soon with news of a class that I’m offering this month using this same stamp set and dies.
A somewhat masculine card today, made with the Marquee Messages set and kept fairly plain with only a few layers.
It’s back to the Dapper Denim/Mint Macaron combo that I love, with the addition of a little Soft Sky to lift the darker colour.
The card base is an A6 portrait of Mint Macaron. A layer of Dapper Denim was run through the Lucky Stars embossing folder before adhering direct to the card front. Using Basic Black ink the open Marquee Messages image was stamped separately onto 2 pieces of Whisper White and one each of Soft Sky and Mint Macaron card. The “It’s Your” sentiment was stamped in the centre of a Whisper White version and the “Birthday” sentiment was stamped on the Mint Macaron banner, both with Basic Black ink. Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky and Crushed Curry were used to colour various elements. The Birthday Banner was trimmed from the Mint Macaron version and paper pieced onto the Whisper White version. Stars from a second white version were coloured in, trimmed and paper pieced to get the yellow stars. The arrow was trimmed from the Soft Sky version and popped up over the Whisper White layer with dimensionals and all were popped up on the card front. A few Soft Sky enamel shapes were added beneath.
On the Whisper White insert another sentiment and more stars from the set were stamped in Basic Black ink and the stars coloured with Crushed Curry marker.
I think I’ll have to have a go at making a girly version of this card too 🙂
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
On the inside the border was stamped again and a sentiment from Cottage Greetings added in Basic Black.
Thanks for stopping by.
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″
Step 1 – Place card on score board portrait ways (short edge at top) and score at 3/4″ and 5-1/4″.
Step 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″.
Step 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).
Step 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.