Thoughtful Branches August Stamp Class

I haven’t been running face-to-face classes due to my acupuncture study commitments and so this is a rare chance to come stamp with me before I head back to College again in the Autumn 🙂

This special Summer Stamp Class gives you the chance to make 2 cards and a gift box, using a variety of stamping techniques. We feature this month’s limited time stamp set – Thoughtful Branches – and you’ll have the opportunity to swap in different sentiments (e.g. birthday) if you wish.

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We have a few dates and times to choose from:

WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 1.30PM – 3.30PM
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 7PM – 9PM
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2016, 2PM – 4PM – class full

Location: My home, north Sheffield (I’ll email/PM details when you email to register interest).

The class costs £15.00 or is FREE with a minimum order and includes:

  • all materials needed to make the cards, (along with envelopes) and the box;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • written instructions to take away;
  • refreshments.

To book your place, please email me no later than Monday 22 August – places are limited and allocated in order of RSVP date and payment options will be emailed back to you.

Sara xx

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Thoughtful Branches thank you

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This month Stampin’ Up! have an exclusive, limited-time bundle. It’s available until 31 August or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (sorry for shouting but don’t want you to miss that last important point!). It’s the perfect set for birthday, thank you, general occasion and Christmas cards. Details of prices and links for ordering are here.

Here are the stamps:

thoughtful branches stamps

… and the matching dies …

thoughtful branches dies

They’re so gorgeous, I’ll be playing with this set quite a bit this month I think so you may see a number of samples using it. First up, this thank you card.

thoughtful branches thanks

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pear Pizzazz with the “leaves/petals” from Thoughtful Branches set stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink down the sides. A card layer of Sweet Sugarplum was run through the Petal Burst embossing folder and adhered direct to the front of the card. The stem and leaves thinlit from the Beautiful Branches set was used to die cut Pear Pizzazz card and these were adhered to the card front (with the end of the leaves unadhered to stand up a little). Using Pool Party ink, (with a little “thumping” added with a Sweet Sugarplum marker), the leaves/petals were stamped onto Whisper White card and die cut out with the matching thinlit. The same thinlit was used to die cut from Pool Party card and both flowerheads were crumpled to add a little dimension and then adhered above the stem, the Pool Party version direct to the card front and the stamped version popped up on slivers of dimensionals. Finally a sentiment from the set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Sweet Sugarplum ink, trimmed to a banner and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

thoughtful branches thanks inside

On the Whisper White insert, different stems, leaves and flowerheads were stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum inks (stamping off to give dimension to the flowers).

I’ll be back soon with news of a class that I’m offering this month using this same stamp set and dies.

Sara xx

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Masculine Marquee card

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A somewhat masculine card today, made with the Marquee Messages set and kept fairly plain with only a few layers.

It’s back to the Dapper Denim/Mint Macaron combo that I love, with the addition of a little Soft Sky to lift the darker colour.

marquee

The card base is an A6 portrait of Mint Macaron. A layer of Dapper Denim was run through the Lucky Stars embossing folder before adhering direct to the card front. Using Basic Black ink the open Marquee Messages image was stamped separately onto 2 pieces of Whisper White and one each of Soft Sky and Mint Macaron card. The “It’s Your” sentiment was stamped in the centre of a Whisper White version and the “Birthday” sentiment was stamped on the Mint Macaron banner, both with Basic Black ink. Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky and Crushed Curry were used to colour various elements. The Birthday Banner was trimmed from the Mint Macaron version and paper pieced onto the Whisper White version. Stars from a second white version were coloured in, trimmed and paper pieced to get the yellow stars. The arrow was trimmed from the Soft Sky version and popped up over the Whisper White layer with dimensionals and all were popped up on the card front. A few Soft Sky enamel shapes were added beneath.

marquee inside

On the Whisper White insert another sentiment and more stars from the set were stamped in Basic Black ink and the stars coloured with Crushed Curry marker.

I think I’ll have to have a go at making a girly version of this card too 🙂

Sara xx

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Elegant Swirly Scribbles

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I’m back to the Swirly Bird stamp set today but this time teaming it with the Swirly Scribbles thinlits (buy both together and save 10%). I’ve also used one of my favourite colour combos: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry. The new enamel shapes add a sweet accent to the flowers.

scribbles

The card base is an A6 portrait of Bermuda Bay. Using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits the “wave” was die cut from more Bermuda Bay card and adhered to a layer of Pool Party. A sentiment from Tin of Cards was added to the side of the wave with Rich Razzleberry ink and the layer was adhered direct to the card front. Leaves of both sizes from the Swirly Bird set were stamped onto Whisper White card with Pool Party ink and then the veins stamped over the top with Bermuda Bay ink. Small swirly flowers were stamped in full strength Rich Razzleberry ink and the larger flowers were stamped off first and then stamped again for a paler shade. All the flowers and leaves were die cut out with the Swirly Scribbles thinlits, popped up on the card front with dimensionals and then finished in the centres with Subtles Enamel Shapes.

scribbles inside

On the inside a sentiment from Cottage Greetings was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and a flower and leaves to match the card front were stamped direct to the Whisper White insert.

Aren’t the Swirly Scribbles thinlits elegant? And this isn’t all of them yet 🙂

Sara xx

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Detailed Floral birthday card

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Aren’t these Detailed Floral thinlits just gorgeous?

I’ve been itching to use these and with a friend’s birthday coming up I got my chance. The matching Floral Phrases stamp set is designed more for wedding and thank you cards but I didn’t let that stop me, lol. They’re perfect for any occasion!

flowering

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. A layer of Real Red card was run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral thinlits. On a panel of Whisper White card a sentiment from Balloon Celebration was stamped in Basic Black then masked off and the border from Floral Phrases stamped over the top in Real Red ink. The layers were adhered direct to the front of the card.

flowering inside

On the inside the border was stamped again and a sentiment from Cottage Greetings added in Basic Black.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Tutorial for creating a mini pizza box

swirly box open

Over the last few posts I’ve shared some small thank you cards and matching gift box to package them in.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for making the “pizza style” gift box.

The thank you cards were small square cards, 4″ x 4″ and the envelopes sized just a little larger. Although the envelopes were a snug fit, I was able to make the box from an A4 sheet of card rather than needing to start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet.

The A4 card was cut to 11-1/4″ x 6″

pizza box 1Step 1 – Place card on score board portrait ways (short edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″.

 

 

pizza box 2Step 2 – Turn card on score board landscape ways (long edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″. Rotate card 180° and score again at 3/4″ and 5-1/4″.

 

 

pizza box 3Step 3 – With card landscape ways, snip along vertical score lines as far as horizontal score lines both top and bottom (four snips on both top and bottom). Snip a small “v” on outer snipped edges and just one of the inner snipped scorelines, matching top to bottom (see pic) (three snips on both top and bottom). Punch a small semi-circle from the centre of the vertical edge on the side that has a “missing” “v” (see pic).

swirly box openStep 4 – Fold and burnish with a bone folder along all scorelines. Fold in and adhere all small squares to box edges. Allow adhesive to dry before adding envelopes and cards.

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps.

Sara xx

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Swirly Bird thank you gift box

swirly box close up

Today I’ve got a boxed gift set of cards to share. A mini pizza style box with four thank you cards and envelopes.

I’ve already shared these two cards with you.

swirly duo navy

And I made another duo in Real Red, switching the reds and blues round within the images as well as for the background layers.

swirly duo red

The mini pizza box was made in Night of Navy card and is a snug fit for the envelopes sat in the bottom.

swirly box open

To decorate the top of the box with the kite and boat were combined on a single topper matted onto Real Red card before popping up on dimensionals on the box lid.

swirly box closed

I’ll be back soon with a quick tutorial on how to make the box.

Sara xx

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Bonus Days

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Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and I have some great news for you!

For every £45.00 you spend in between 7 July and 31 July (before shipping and handling), you’ll get a £4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite products now or later in August with your coupons!

Please note that an email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. And I strongly recommend that you both save the email you get containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place. Codes cannot be resent if the email is lost, and lost codes cannot be recovered (I won’t be able to help you 🙁 )so best to be belt and braces 🙂

Tip – for absolute best value, put a bundle in your shopping cart – you save on the separate items now whilst also qualifying for your coupon next month!

Sara xx

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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

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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

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