Category Archives: Cards

Swirly kite thank you

swirly kite close up

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

Swirly boat thank you

swirly boat close up

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

A foxy notecard

fox close up

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

Ribbon balloon card

celebrate balloon close up

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

Affectionately Foiled card

affectionately foiled close up

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

Sweet Stack Interlocking Squares gatefold

interlocking gatefold close up

If you’re a regular reader then you may know that I’ve recently been taking my first year Acupuncture exams. My hubby has been really supportive throughout, including helping test me and making sure that I eat! So I made him this card (to go along with a little gift) to thank him.

interlocking gatefold

The card base is an A6 portrait gatefold of Basic Black, matted on each side with Pop of Pink Specialty DSP. Layering Squares framelits were used to die cut square frames from Basic Black, Melon Mambo and Whisper White card. A sentiment from Sweet Stack was stamped onto the small white square with Basic Black ink and again onto a scrap of Whisper White with Melon Mambo ink. The Hugs and Kisses portion was trimmed down and popped up over the original with a sliver of dimensional. The square and the frames were then popped up on the gatefold front ensuring that dimensionals were only added to the backs where they attached to the card front. They then fold together (but gently, they’re quite thin and fragile).

interlocking gatefold inside

On the Whisper White insert I stamped two more sentiments from Sweet Stack in Melon Mambo ink.

It’s nice to let those you love know how much you appreciate them 🙂

Sara xx

Affectionately Yours card

affectionately close up

As always, SU! have included some great DSP packs in the new catty and one of my favourites is the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP. Specialty because it includes two copper foiled sheets which are pretty and blingy but the “ordinary” sheets are also gorgeous. I especially love this Navy and Crumb Cake design and of course the Love & Affection stamp set matches perfectly.

affectionately

The card base is an A6 portrait of Night of Navy card, matted with Affectionately Yours DSP. A panel of Crumb Cake was stamped with flowers, leaves and a sentiment from the Love & Affection set with Night of Navy ink, matted onto more Night of Navy card and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Nothing else needed.

affectionately inside

On the Whisper White insert more flowers were stamped in the corners with Night of Navy ink.

Simple, straightforward and very elegant.

Sara xx

My clever crafty hubby

50 birthday close up

Yesterday was my birthday. Can you guess which one, lol?

Thank you to all who sent cards and good wishes 🙂

My lovely hubby had sneaked into my craft room and created this for me all on his own!

50 birthday

The card base is an A5 of Night of Navy. He’s also used Silver Foil, the Confetti Stars Border punch, Stars framelits, Party Pop-up thinlits and the Large Numbers framelits.

50 birthday inside

On the inside he used the Confetti Stars punch again and sentiments from Love & Affection and Tin of Cards in Night of Navy ink.

How lucky am I to have a hubby that supports my crafting habit … and gets how much a hand made card means to me!

Sara xx

Layering Love Shaker card

layering love shaker close up

I hope you’ve had a great bank holiday weekend. I’ve had great fun crafting. Still working with Layering Love but this time combining it with the Layering Squares framelits to create a shaker card.

layering love shaker

The card base is an A6 portrait of Dapper Denim. A card front layer of Smoky Slate was run through the Big Shot with the Boho Chic embossing folder. Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon was wrapped around the lower portion of the ambushed layer and tied in a knot before adhering it direct to the card front. Layers and frames were die cut from Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Dapper Denim and Window Sheet using the Layering Squares framelits. Using Dapper Denim ink, a sentiment from Layering Love was stamped onto the Whisper White square and a few hearts stamped around with Watermelon Wonder ink. New Foam Adhesive Strips were used to attach the layered frames after sprinkling a few (too many) Brights Sequins inside.

layering love shaker inside

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Layering Love was stamped in Dapper Denim and the heart coloured in with a Watermelon Wonder  marker.

Love how easy the framelits and the foam strips make shaker cards.

Just two more sleeps to go and the new catty launches!

Sara xx

Sneak peek – Layering Love

layering love close up

Another sneak peek for you today from the new catty, launching 1 June! This one combines the Layering Love sentiment stamp set, one of the new In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum and a new Specialty DSP pack, Pop of Pink.

The DSP is mainly black and white on one side, black and/or white with a pop of pink on the other and has two sheets of white with Gold Foiling on. We opted for a plain black and white pattern for this card, to show the Sweet Sugarplum off.

layering love

The card base is an A6 portrait of Sweet Sugarplum, matted with Silver Foil and then Pop of Pink Specialty DSP. Two labels were punched, one from Silver Foil and a slightly smaller one from Whisper White card, both using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. A sentiment from the Layering Love set was stamped on the white label with Basic Black ink and teeny hearts from the same set were stamped around in Sweet Sugarplum ink. After adhering the two labels together, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon was threaded through the labels and tied with a bow of Silver 1/8” Ribbon before popping up on the card front with dimensionals. It was finished with a few sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

layering love inside

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the Layering Love set was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend.

Sara xx