Category Archives: Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Masculine Star Elements

I think that stars work well for masculine cards. What do you think?

I’m also making more of an effort not to hoard my supplies so much this year. Did you notice that I’d had my Fancy Foil Designer Acetate for a year before using it? So I’m making an effort to break out the Hearts & Stars Elements and not just “save them for best”. With 72 pieces in a pack, I can afford to use them more often, so I decided to make a bit of a feature of the star motif and realised that there are a few of them in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Soft Sky, matted with Sahara Sand and more Soft Sky. A card front layer of Fresh Fig was die cut top and bottom with the line of stars from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set and with the large star, positioned a little to the right lower half of the layer. This layer was popped up on mini dimensionals as they’re small enough to get between the small stars. Four different size stars from the Hearts & Stars Elements pack were adhered to the card front with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Using Fresh Fig ink, a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set was stamped separately onto two teeny strips of Sahara Sand which were then popped up on the card front at angles, using mini dimensionals.

On the Sahara Sand insert, another sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set was stamped in Fresh Fig ink and then a frame stamped around it.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

Foil Acetate birthday card

Today’s card uses the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate. This fabulous patterned acetate is gold on one side and silver on the other. It comes in three different designs (2 sheets of each, 6 in total) so you have plenty of choice.

I purchased my Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate last year and this is the first time that I’ve used it (anybody else keep materials “for best”?). When I did, I initially had difficulty getting the scored edge to stay glued down. The more I pressed it, the more it lifted. I discovered that this was because there was a protective film on one side of the acetate that can be peeled off!

The card base is a 4″ x 4″ square of Thick Very Vanilla. A 4″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Fancy Foil Designer Acetate was scored at 3/4″ on the long edge. Tear and Tape was added to the narrow scored edge and it was adhered behind the card base. A Layering Square was die cut from Thick Very Vanilla and prepared with the Embossing Buddy. Using Versamark ink, a sentiment, flowers and leaves from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped and then heat embossed with Gold EP. A scalloped Layering Square was die cut from Gold Foil and adhered direct to the card front with Tear and Tape, keeping the Tape confined nearer to the centre of the square. The embossed piece was popped up on dimensionals on the Gold Foil.

Using Versamark ink, another sentiment from the same set was stamped and heat embossed again with Gold EP. A Layering Square of Thick Very Vanilla was added behind the scalloped square on the card front so that the Tape would not be on view.

To tidy the reverse of the card, a strip of Gold Foil was adhered over the folded acetate.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

High Tide birthday card

Today’s card is a masculine birthday card with very few layers, so that it’s good and flat for posting. The stamps do all the work in providing depth and perspective to the image.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Sahara Sand, matted with Night of Navy. On a Whisper White card front layer the large sand splotch from High Tide was stamped in Sahara Sand, once the right way up and again upside down to fill more of the area. The solid lighthouse was stamped in Real Red and then the lighthouse details stamped in Basic Gray ink over the top. After masking the edges of the lighthouse the waves were added in Marina Mist and Pool Party inks, turning the stamp to avoid repeated patterns. Grasses were added in Old Olive ink and birds in flight in Basic Gray ink. The wading birds were stamped in Early Espresso. A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Night of Navy before adding the layer direct to the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, more sentiments from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped in Night of Navy ink. The small sand spot and the wading birds from High Tide were stamped in Sahara Sand and Early Espresso inks respectively.

High Tide is a great set for creating masculine cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx