World of Dreams sympathy card

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Unfortunately it’s been one of those unhappy occasions where I’ve needed to send a sympathy card … and I’d used all the ones I’d made previously. This is not the sort of card you want to make under pressure. For inspiration I turned to Pinterest and saw a few sympathy cards made with the World of Dreams set. The silhouettes seem to work well with sympathy sentiments.

I decided though to add a little paper to the background for my version. We have a number of blacks to choose from now but this lace pattern from the Timeless Elegance pack fit the bill for me.

world sympathy

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black, matted with Timeless Elegance DSP. Memento Black ink was used to stamp the leafy fronds from World of Dreams onto a panel of Very Vanilla and the same ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, beneath it. After matting the stamped panel onto Basic Black card it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

Onward now to some happier crafting but I’ll be coming back to sympathy cards very soon, so that I don’t get caught without them again.

Sara xx

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Tips for using Little Letters thinlits

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On Saturday I shared this Little Letters Christmas card. I’m back today with hints and tips for using this set of thinlits.

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Tip 1 – Lay the Little Letters out on your card to “try out” the spacing. Where duplicate letters are needed, use a letter of the approx. size and shape as a “stunt letter” (here we used K to judge the spacing needed for the second R).

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Tip 2 – Use a ruler to ensure that the base of all letters are aligned.

 

 

 

 

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Tip 3 – Although we usually recommend the Magnetic Platform for dies, the small magnets tend to make the Little Letters jump around. Instead, washi tape was used to hold the Little Letters in place (remembering to remove the “stunt letter”).

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Tip 4 – Remove the duplicate letter and reposition the die, leaving all the other letters in place and using the ruler again to ensure that the repositioned letter is fully aligned with the originals.

 

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Tip 5 – Take care that some symmetrical letters do have a “right way up”, eg. the X is narrower at the top than the bottom.

 

 

Hope these tips help you get the most from your Little Letters thinlits.

Sara xx

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Christmas ideas – Little Letters

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Lol, hottest few days of the year and I’m sharing Christmas cards 😀

But I did mention a few weeks ago that from July onwards we will be bringing you a new Christmas project every weekend – sometimes a card, other times, gift box, wrap or tag idea.

Some of these will use stamps in the Christmas section of the catty (pages 67 – 72) and some will use stamps and other products that are less christmas specific. Today we’re using Little Letters thinlets and Merry Moments DSP.

Don’t worry if you don’t start your Christmas preparations this early, or even celebrate Christmas at all, we’ll have a suggestion at the end of each project for converting it for another occasion.

little letters

The card base is and A6 landscape of Cherry Cobbler, matted with Smoky Slate. Little Letters thinlets were used to die cut the sentiment from a mat of Merry Moments DSP (backed with Whisper White card for extra strength). We opted to use “XMAS” as it was easier to fit on than “CHRISTMAS”. A strip of Cherry Cobbler card was adhered direct below the sentiment and Silver 1/8″ Ribbon adhered across the top of it. This mat was popped up on the card front with dimensionals adding a strip of Silver Foil directly behind the sentiment. A bow of more Silver Ribbon was added to finish.

We’ll be back on Monday with some hints and tips for lining up and using the Little Letters.

Although we used them here to create a Christmas card, the letters could just as easily have spelled out BEST WISHES or CONGRATS and be combined with a different DSP to suit other occasions :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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Bonus Deals this month!

Bonus Deals

Woohoo! 1 July–4 August, we’re adding more items to the Clearance Rack and to Weekly Deals.

Save up to 30% on even more Weekly Deals, or up to 60% on extra items in the Clearance Rack (usually retired products, available while supplies last).

Please note: Weekly Deals discounts are current products and they’re available in limited quantities before the items return to retail prices – so grab ’em while you can!

These are the Weekly Deals available now and they’ll stay (unless the limited quantity amount is reached) until Tuesday night, 7 July when they’ll be replaced by a fresh set.

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Click here for Clearance Rack deals.

Have fun shopping!

Sara xx

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June thank you – sprinkles of life

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Here’s the card that is going/went out, as a sweet little thank you message to my customers in June.

sprinkles thanks june

The card base is a small square of Mint Macaron, matted with Early Espresso. Using Early Espresso ink, the basket/cupcake case from Sprinkles of Life was stamped onto a scrap of Crumb Cake card, cut out by hand and adhered direct to a square mat of Whisper White. Mint Macaron ink was used to stamp the flowers onto a scrap of Whisper White card. Marker pens in Mint Macaron and So Saffron were then used to colour in the flowers and leaves, before punching the flowers out with the co-ordinating Tree Builder punch. The flowers were popped up on dimensionals over the basket. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set in the top right corner. Finally Dazzling Details were added to the centres of the larger flowers.

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On the Whisper White insert, another trio of stems and flowers were stamped with Mint Macaron and So Saffron respectively. Again these were shaded with matching markers.

Want to collect my July thank you card? Just place an order face to face,  directly online using the shopping button below, or by emailing me.

Sara xx

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Butterfly Basics with thinlits

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A few weeks ago we shared a Butterfly Basic card that had been simply stamped. As promised we’re back today with another version, that this time also uses the matching thinlits (buy together as a bundle to save 15%)

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The card base is an A6 portrait of Blackberry Bliss. Sahara Sand ink was used to stamp the fern from Butterfly Basics* repeatedly onto a layer of Very Vanilla, without reinking between to get a paler shade. Blackberry Bliss was used to stamp the striped lines at right angles along the left and bottom edges. Using the stamped lines as a guide, the honeycomb was stamped into the corner with Sahara Sand and then Blackberry Bliss wasted to stamp the sentiment over the top. After stamping the lacy butterfly onto a scrap of Very Vanilla, it was die cut out with the matching Butterflies* thinlit. This was adhered along the body, to a medium butterfly die cut from Blackberry Bliss card and then direct to the card front, with the wings lifted slightly.

*  Buy the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterflies thinlits as a bundle (Wood, Clear or Photopolymer) and save 15%

butterfly basics framelits inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from the set was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. The fern, honeycomb and postage mark were stamped in Sahara Sand ink.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Perfect Pennants banner gatefold

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This banner gatefold design has been very popular with my Pinterest followers, so I thought I’d update it with a splash of a new In Color and DSP.

The Bohemian DSP has the same paper in two different colours which works really well for this design :)

perfect pennants gatefold

The card base is a gatefold of Delightful Dijon, matted with Bohemian DSP. Using Island Indigo ink, the Hello from Perfect Pennants was stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and then die cut out with the smallest Banner framelit. This same framelit was used to die cut banners from another Bohemian DSP. These were all matted onto the next size of banner, die cut from Island Indigo card. Just one of the next largest banners was die cut from Delightful Dijon and the sentiment popped up onto it with dimensionals. The banners were attached to the gatefold in an interlocking pattern. To finish, Itty Bitty Accent stars punched from Gold Glimmer Paper were adhered to the corner of each banner.

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On the Very Vanilla insert, the Make a Wish sentiment from the same Perfect Pennants set was stamped in Island Indigo ink and the star stamped over the top in Hello Honey ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Baker’s Box video

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With each new catty, Stampin’ Up! release a bundle of great new videos to help showcase and show how to use the various new products.

I love sitting down with a cuppa and having a browse through them for some great inspiration.

You may remember that I shared this box with you in the sneak peeks ahead of the launch.

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One of the new videos shows how to assemble this new Baker’s Box. The box also comes with instructions of course but I find it easier to watch the video 😉

And here’s a detailed pic of all the thinlets that come in the Baker’s Box set.

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There’s a whole bunch more videos to choose from including kits, Project Life collections and the new gift bag punch board. Why not grab a cuppa and have a little browse :)

Sara xx

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Watercolor Wings

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We have a new butterfly stamp set on the block with this new catalogue … and it also comes as a bundle!

I love butterflies and although I already have the Butterfly Basics set I still couldn’t resist getting this one as it’s a very different style of butterflies. Called Watercolor Wings, it does give a very watercoloured effect :)

watercolor wings

The card base is an A6 portrait of Bermuda Bay, matted with a layer of So Saffron card that was first run through the Big Shot in the Fluttering embossing folder. Using So Saffron ink, the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings* was stamped onto Whisper White card. The wing tips were overstamped with Crushed Curry ink and the detail added with Bermuda Bay ink. After die cutting out the butterfly with the matching Bold Butterfly* framelits, the body was stamped over the top with Chocolate Chip ink. Bermuda Bay ink was used to stamp the sentiment from the set onto a strip of Whisper White card. The teeny butterfly wings were added with So Saffron and the butterfly body with Chocolate Chip ink. To turn the strip into a banner, it was punched at one end with the Hexagon and then popped up on dimensionals on the card front. A small butterfly die cut from Bermuda Bay card was added to the card front.

*  Buy the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly framelits as a bundle (Photopolymer) and save 15%

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On the Whisper White insert, the medium butterfly from Watercolor Wings was stamped with So Saffron ink. The wing tips were overstamped with Crushed Curry ink, the detail added with Bermuda Bay and the body and antennae in Chocolate Chip ink. A sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes was added in Bermuda Bay ink.

I can’t quite decide which butterfly bundle I like best; Butterfly Basics or Watercolor Wings :)

Sara xx

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Sprinkles of Life cupcake card

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The Sprinkles of Life stamp set is such a chameleon. It can turn it’s hand to all sorts of styles :)

We recently used it simply stamped, but for this card we added the co-ordinating Tree Builder punch – easy peasy.

sprinkles cupcake

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. A layer of Crumb Cake was run through the Big Shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder and a 2″ Circle punched from the top before popping up on dimensionals on the card front. The cupcake case from Sprinkles of Life was stamped onto a sheet of Cherry on Top DSP with Early Espresso ink, cut out by hand and adhered within the circle aperture on the card front. Blushing Bride ink was used to stamp the cupcake/cloud onto Pink Pirouette card, punched out with the Tree Builder and popped up on dimensionals above the cupcake case. The Tree Builder was also used to punch out the cherry/apple from Watermelon Wonder card and it was adhered to the top of the cupcake. Watermelon Wonder ink was used to stamp the cupcake sentiment onto Whisper White card. This was matted onto Pool Party card and then adhered direct to the card front. Finally, Dazzling Details was used to add a bit of frosting to the cupcake’s shaded areas.

sprinkles cupcake inside

On the Whisper White insert, the birthday sentiment from the set was stamped in the centre and the candle was stamped repeatedly along the bottom, all with Watermelon Wonder ink.

This is a great workhorse of a set – and for every purchase, Stampin’ Up! donates £2 to Ronald McDonald House Charities – bonus!

Sara xx

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