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Wood Textures masculine card

Today’s card is a quick and simple masculine card but could easily be changed up to a feminine card with a change of base colour and a different selection of DSP.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake. A 1-1/8″strip of DSP was cut from the Wood Textures DSP and measured. Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, lines were scored 1-1/4″ apart on the card front (from the back of the card front to create embossed lines) and scored again 1/8″ out from each original line. The DSP was a adhered between the lines. A sentiment from Vertical Greeting was stamped on the right of the card front using Early Espresso ink.

On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Early Espresso ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Lovely Words in metallics and black

Today’s card uses up some leftovers. Don’t you just love it when you can recycle your throwaway pieces?

When we made this card, we kept hold of the Copper Foil pieces out of the centre.

Today we’ve used them to make this card, using the negative of the design.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black, matted with a layer of Basic Black that had first been run through the Big Shot with the Hexagons TIEF. The largest  Layering Circle was die cut from Basic Black card which had first been covered with a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet. A circular frame was die cut from Basic Black card with two of the Layering Circles. After peeling away the backing from the Adhesive Sheet the frame was stuck in place. The negative of the Lovely Words, die cut from Copper Foil (including the centres of any individual letters) was positioned in the centre of the circles and then Silver Stampin’ Glitter was rubbed into any remaining exposed adhesive. The glittered circles were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Window Shopping was stamped in Basic Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Lovely Words in Copper and Lemon Lime Twist

Today’s card mixes the tangy fresh Lemon Lime Twist with bright Copper for a fresh look. It could be used for a variety of occasions or simply to let a friend know you’re thinking of them.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Lemon Lime Twist. A layer of Fresh Florals DSP was matted onto Early Espresso and both Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and Copper Trim wrapped around before adhering the layers direct to the card front. The Copper Trim was fanned out. The Lovely Words Thinlits were used to die cut the “hugs” circle from Copper Foil and this was then cut out completely with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted onto a Layering Circle of Lemon Lime Twist. These layers were popped up on the card front using dimensionals. Versamark was used to stamp a sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out onto Whisper White card. This was heat embossed with Copper EP and popped up on dimensionals over the “hugs”.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink.

You could add the Lovely Inside & Out bundle, Copper Foil and Copper Trim to your shopping basket and qualify for our Bonus Days coupon (£4.50 coupon to use in August when you spend £45 in July). Or perhaps it’s a good time to stock up on some of the new co-ordinating In Colour products.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Vertical Greetings with embossing paste

One of the new products in the 2017 Annual Catalogue is Embossing Paste (together with a few handy accessories). Initially I was going to steer clear of this because my previous attempts at cake decorating and plastering (really – they are similar!) have been epic fails 🙁

… but I decided to have a go … and I’m so glad I did. Even used plain, out of the pot, the paste adds some real texture and interest. And it wasn’t difficult to use, believe me if I can get good results with it, then anyone can.

It doesn’t take long to dry, I gave it about a couple of hours to be safe but it was touch dry within ten minutes.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. A card front layer of Flirty Flamingo was covered with a Pattern Party Decorative Mask and an area masked off before Embossing Paste was applied with a Palette Knife. A sentiment from Vertical Greetings was stamped in Berry Burst ink and a skinny strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper adhered before adding the layer to the card front. A topiary bush from the same stamp set was inked direct to stamp, then “huffed on” to freshen the ink and stamped onto Whisper White card. Tip – to get a better intensity of colour, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz ink pads were used to ink the lower and upper sections of the stamp respectively and then an Early Espresso marker added for the trunks in between. The stamped image was matted onto Pool Party card before popping up on the card front. To finish, a heart from the Subtles Enamel Shapes was added to the topiary.

Sentiments from Beautiful You were stamped in Berry Burst ink on the Whisper White insert.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

Layering Love in a Foil Frenzy

Today’s card is a super quick card with a touch of glitz.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Early Espresso, matted with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. A sentiment from Layering Love was stamped onto Lemon Lime Twist card using Early Espresso ink and die cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits. A larger oval of Early Espresso was matted behind and the layers popped on the card front with dimensionals. Three wooden hearts from the Hearts & Stars Elements were adhered direct to the card front using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

On the Very Vanilla insert, another sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso and the teeny heart added in a flower pattern in the lower right corner using Lemon Lime Twist ink.

The Hearts & Stars Elements are great value at 72 pieces for £5.50. They arrive stacked up inside each other and you just press them out to use individually.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

You Move Me Simply Stamped

One of the new bundles in the catty is You Move Me. This is an amazingly creative bundle. When you use the slatted die and the stripey images (see the full stamp set image further down) it looks as the the butterfly or the hummingbird are fluttering.

But you can also use the stamp set and thinlits in the more usual way as we did here for this card.

The card base is an A6 of Tranquil Tide, matted with Fresh Florals DSP. A Layering Oval of Whisper White was stamped with leaves from the You Move Me stamp set in Tranquil Tide, flowers in Flirty Flamingo and stamens in Berry Burst. A frame for the stamped oval was created using the Layering Ovals and Simply Stitched Framelits with Pool Party and Tranquil Tide card. This was popped up over the stamped image with slivers of dimensionals. The hummingbird was inked with Berry Burst and then a little Fresh Fig sponged around the edges and Early Espresso coloured onto the stamp for the beak, before “huffing” and stamping onto Whisper White card. This was then cut out with the co-ordinating Move Me Thinlit and popped up over the oval frame with dimensionals. A sentiment from the set was stamped in Berry Burst ink onto a strip of Whisper White card, matted onto Pool Party card and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The leaves and small flower were stamped as before onto Whisper White card, die cut out, a leaf trimmed away and the flower and remaining leaf adhered to the side of the sentiment.

This is the complete stamp set.

Some customers have wondered what the little stamp circled in red above, is for. Of course it can be anything you want it to be (crafters are very clever at repurposing items 🙂 ) but it is generally thought to be the sepal.

That’s how we’ve used it on our card, shown here circled in red above.

On the Whisper White insert the leaves were again stamped in Tranquil Tide, flowers in Flirty Flamingo and stamens in Berry Burst.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sara xx

Celebration Time birthday card

Today we have a birthday card to share. This uses another new bundle, the Celebration Time stamp set and co-ordinating Celebration Thinlits (save 10% when you buy them together). Ideal for birthdays, this set can also be used for weddings and Christmas if you combine it with other sentiment sets 🙂

The card base is an A6 of Berry Burst, matted with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. Using Berry Burst ink, the It’s Your Birthday sentiment from the Celebration Time stamp set was stamped onto Powder Pink card and die cut with the matching Celebration Thinlit. Another cake thinlit was die cut from Berry Burst card and just the base trimmed and adhered over the Powder Pink version. Candles were die cut from Whisper White card, coloured with Pool Party and Daffodil Delight pens and adhered behind the cake. An extended mat for the cake was created by partially cutting the plain label from Copper Foil Sheet, rotating 180° and partial cutting again. The cake was popped up on the mat with dimensionals and both were popped up on the card front. After die cutting the gift tag from more Copper Foil Sheet, the top and base of the tag were trimmed away to leave just the pile of gifts. These were backed with a scrap of Powder Pink card trimmed to size and the layers were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the inside the streamers from the same set were stamped in Pool Party ink and another sentiment was stamped in Berry Burst ink.

Looking forward to playing more with these tags!

Sara xx

2017 In Color Thank You cards

Whenever we get a new set of In Colors I like to make a set of cards, all identical, just switching out the In Color. It helps me get to know the new shades and start to plan what I might mix them with in the future. Here’s the full set of new In Colors:

  • Tranquil Tide
  • Powder Pink
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Berry Burst
  • Fresh Fig

I think that all these In Colors look great teamed with Smokey Slate. What do you think?

This new set of In Colors will be with us until 2019.

The card base is an A6 of Smokey Slate. A panel of In Color card was partially embossed with the Garden Trellis. A wide strip of Fresh Florals DSP was adhered to the non embossed portion of the card layer and a narrow strip of Whisper White card was adhered to the edge of the DSP before adhering the card layer direct to the card front. Two dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits were used to cut a medallion from In Color card and then the largest Layering Circle was used to cut out the medallion entirely. Another circle of the same size was cut from Smokey Slate and the two circles adhered together before popping up on dimensionals on the card front. In Color ink was used to stamp the sentiment and a circle motif from the Eastern Beauty stamp set onto Whisper White card and punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle before popping it up in the centre of the layered medallions on the card front.

The Whisper White insert was stamped in each corner with a spray motif from the Eastern Beauty stamp set with In Color ink.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Sara xx

Window Box Birthday card

A few days ago we shared a Window Box made in an Early Espresso and Lemon Lime Twist combo. It proved pretty popular on Pinterest and so we decided to make a birthday card to go with it.

The card base is an A6 of Early Espresso. A card front layer of more Early Espresso was die cut with the Window Box Thinlits, stamped with a sentiment from the co-ordinating Window Shopping stamp set using Versamark ink and heat embossed with Copper EP. Copper Trim was wrapped around the layer and a bow of the same Trim tied on to it. A panel of Lemon Lime Twist card was adhered direct to the card front before popping the finished card front layer up on dimensionals over the top.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and cake motif from the same Window Shopping set were stamped in Early Espresso ink and the flower motif added to each corner with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

The Copper Trim ribbon can be pulled apart to create a netting effect which is what we did with just the bow element here.

We’re loving this colour combo – does it make anyone else think of Chocolate Limes? 🙂

Sara xx

Lovely Words

The Lovely Words thinlit dies create wonderful positive and negative pieces that you can mix and match and/or trim down to just the words if you prefer.

After die cutting the “friend” from both Color Theory DSP and Wood Textures DSP, the ombre positive version was added to the front of a Dapper Denim A6 card. A strip of another Color Theory design DSP was added to the left side of the card front and a narrow strip of Whisper White was adhered to cover the join. The negative pieces from the Wood Textures DSP were adhered in place in the spaces. A sentiment from the coordinating Lovely Inside & Out stamp set was stamped in Versamark above the die cut area and heat embossed with White EP. The lighthouse from High Tide was stamped with Marina Mist ink.

On the Whisper White insert more sentiments from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set were stamped in Dapper Denim ink.