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

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Early release Carols of Christmas set

Do you like to get a head start on your Christmas cards? In addition to the Christmas sets in the annual Idea Book and Catalogue (see pages 112-123), this month we’re bringing you an early release set from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue that will launch at the beginning of September!

The Carols of Christmas stamp set and co-ordinating dies are available either separately or as a bundle (saving 10%) and you can get them right now!No waiting for the new catty to come out next month.

Here’s the stamp set (wood mount £25, clear mount £18):

And here are the co-ordinating dies (£27):

Or buy as a wood mount bundle (£46.75) or clear mount bundle (£40.50).

And if you qualified for a Bonus Days coupon in July, then don’t forget to use it against your purchases this month!

Happy stamping

Sara xx

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Bright and cheery Mini Treat Bag

While I still had the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits out on my desk from this project I decided to make a quick Treat Bag. They take no time to cut and assemble and are handy to have around if you need a quick gift when family or friends call unexpectedly over the summer. The Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist combo are bright and cheery enough to carry through the summer too.

The Mini Treat Bag was cut from Fresh Florals DSP and folded over at the top. A tag was created by cutting a banner from the set with Berry Burst card and trimming the flag from one end. The For You sentiment was die cut from Lemon Lime Twist card and adhered direct. After punching a 1/8″ Handheld Circle in the top of the tag it was threaded onto Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon and tied around the Treat Bag in a bow. The tag was finished with a few different sizes and shades of the Glitter Enamel Dots (although these are actually Old Olive the lighter shade ones work quite well with the Lemon Lime Twist).

The ribbon can be slid off the bag for it to be filled with a gift card or small chocolate bar then simply slide it back on again so that you don’t have to retie the bow.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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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

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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

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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

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Whole Lot of Lovely peek card

I’d seen a few variations on this style of card on Pinterest and decided to try my own version. I’m really happy with how it turned out and plan to use the same idea with other papers and colours – so don’t be surprised if they keep popping up on my blog now and then.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A panel of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP was adhered direct to the right side of the card front. Two panels of Basic Black card were edged with narrow strips of Powder Pink card. The wider panel was dusted with the Embossing Buddy and stamped with a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in Versamark before heat embossing with White EP. Both panels were popped up on dimensionals on the card front. The Lovely Words Thinlits were used to die cut two of the “friend” sentiment from Whisper White card, one of which was first backed with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet before cutting. The sticky backed word was adhered over the top of the non-backed word to give additional strength and then each end of the word was adhered direct to the panels.

On the Whisper White insert another sentiment and flower and leaves from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set were stamped in Archival Black ink and allowed to dry. The infill flower and leaves were stamped in Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz inks respectively.

Which papers would you like to see this card made with?

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Colour Blocked Wild About Flowers

Hand coloured watercolour paper provides a great original background for stamping on, having the advantage that no two pieces will ever be quite the same, due to the interplay of ink, water and paper. Here we used the edge of ink pads to ink the Clear Blocks but if you’re worried about muddying the colours of your ink pads, you could scribble direct to the Clear Blocks with markers instead and get a similar effect.

To prepare the watercolour background, a piece Watercolor Paper was lightly dampened using an Aqua Painter and some water. Clear Block E was inked with the edges of the ink pads in Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder and Berry Burst. This was spritzed lightly with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer then turned over and placed ink down on the Watercolor Paper. A heavy weight was placed on top of the block for 5 minutes to allow the water and inks to absorb into the paper. The block was lifted away and any puddles of ink blotted away with some kitchen roll before leaving the paper to dry overnight. As there is some waiting time involved with this technique it’s worth preparing a few pieces at the same time.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Tranquil Tide, matted with a card front layer of Berry Burst which had first been run through the Garden Trellis embossing folder. After dusting the prepared watercolour background with an Embossing Buddy, a set of leaves from the Wild About Flowers set was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White EP. Flowerheads from the same set were added in the same way and then a sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners set. The finished watercolour piece was adhered direct to a mat of Wisteria Wonder card and then one of Tranquil Tide before popping up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert the same leaves and flowers from the front were stamped with Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst inks respectively. Another sentiment from Thoughtful Banners was added with more Berry Burst ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Denim Carols of Christmas

Today’s card is a bit of a sneak peek. Really quick and easy to make, it still packs a punch, due to the rich mixture of Dapper Denim and Gold Foil.

It uses the Carols of Christmas stamp set shown in full below. This set is currently a special bonus stamp set added to the starter kit for anyone joining SU! in July (along with a bonus Essentials Gift Pack too!) – you can find more details here.

If you don’t fancy joining SU! this month, then you’ll be able to buy this stamp set (and/or matching dies in a bundle) in August … and you can use any Bonus Days coupons you’ve qualified for, for money off your purchase.

The sentiments in the set are in beautiful fonts and large enough to create a focal point all on their own.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Dapper Denim, matted with Eastern Palace Specialty DSP. Using Dapper Denim ink the Peace on Earth sentiment from the Carols of Christmas set was stamped onto Very Vanilla card and die cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. Wavy flourishes were stamped above and below the sentiment with the same ink. This piece was adhered direct to a scalloped Layering Circle die cut from Gold Foil and both were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, mini baubles from the Carols of Christmas set were stamped with Dapper Denim ink. A sentiment from the Oh, What Fun set was added in the same ink.

I’ll be back with more samples from the Carols of Christmas set when it’s available to everyone in August but if you’d like to get your hands on it before then by signing up, then please get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Moving birthday card

Today is my hubby’s birthday and I wanted to create a card with some movement so I turned to the You Move Me bundle.

This amazing stamp set and die bundle creates images that seem to flutter. This short video from SU! shows how this works.

This birthday card has a fluttering hummingbird.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Tranquil Tide. A mat of Pool Party card was die cut with the shutter window from the Move Me Thinlits. This mat was adhered on three sides to the card front, leaving an opening at the top. Tip – I adhered it direct and the panel fits a bit too snugly, I’d recommend adding a tiny gap by using dimensionals. A sentiment from the Window Shopping set was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink onto a panel of Whisper White card. This was adhered direct to a mat of Tranquil Tide card and then direct to the card front. On a panel of Whisper White the two striped hummingbirds from the You Move Me set were stamped, one in Tranquil Tide and one in Bermuda Bay. Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon was attached to the top of the slider to allow the card to be pulled through. The large flower was stamped in Daffodil Delight ink onto Whisper White card and die cut out. A stamen die cut from Crushed Curry card was adhered to the centre of the flower. Leaves were stamped onto Pear Pizzaz card with Tranquil Tide ink and die cut out. The flower and leaves were popped up on the card front with mini dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, sentiments from the You Move Me set were stamped with Tranquil Tide ink and the full hummingbird stamped with Pool Party ink.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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