Happy Birthday Gorgeous balloons

The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is part of a bundle that comes with the Happy Birthday Thinlits, but of course you can use (and buy) just the stamp set on its own. For this birthday card we’ve teamed it with the Birthday Bouquet punch which is also part of the same Foil Frenzy suite of products.

For our colour combo today we’ve mixed two of the new In Colors with two of our core colours. I do think that Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist go together very well. What do you think of the combination?

The card base is a 5″ square of Sahara Sand, matted with layers of Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. Using matching inks, the spotty balloon and the sentiment balloon from Happy Birthday Gorgeous were stamped onto Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party card and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet. Strands of Silver Metallic Thread were adhered behind each balloon. Three of the balloons were adhered direct to a square of Whisper White card and any overhanging areas trimmed away. Another three balloons were popped up on dimensionals and the threads gathered and adhered to the card front. Tranquil Tide ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set onto a panel of Whisper White. Outline flowers were added in Pool Party ink and then the solid ones added with Lemon Lime Twist ink. After matting the sentiment onto Sahara Sand card, Silver Metallic Thread was wrapped around the panel and secured behind, positioning in line with the threads from the balloons before popping the panel up on dimensionals on the card front. Metallic Silver Thread was tied in a bow around the sentiment balloon in Sahara Sand and a further thread left hanging down before popping the balloon up on a dimensional on the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment, outline balloon and threads were stamped in Tranquil Tide and the spotty balloon added over the top in Pool Party ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

 

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Crafting Forever birthday card

Our card today uses just one of the pens from the Crafting Forever set to make it look as though we added handwriting to a birthday card.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Dapper Denim, matted with a layer of Berry Burst. Using Dapper Denim and Berry Burst markers, the sentiment from Birthday Blooms was stamped in two sections onto a card front layer of Whisper White. The “t” in “Happiest” was extended a little using the Dapper Denim marker. A panel of Colour Theory DSP was adhered to the card front layer underneath the sentiment and skinny strips of Berry Burst card were added above and below. After stamping the pens from Crafting Forever onto a scrap of Whisper White card, one was coloured using Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Smokey Slate markers, then fussy cut out and popped up on slivers of dimensionals. A few Glitter Enamel Dots were added as ink spots to finish.

On the Whisper White insert, a single pen was stamped in Dapper Denim (I’ve cut my pens apart and can reassemble them on the block if I want to use them as a trio again).

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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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

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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

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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

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Join SU! now for Christmas in July

We miss Christmas so much that we decided to have another one right now.

Between 1 and 31 July, everyone joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator gets an Essentials Gift Pack (worth £47) plus the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (worth £18) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue added to their starter kit for free! This means that new recruits get products and business supplies worth a whopping £195 for just £99 – and free shipping!

The Essentials Gift Pack includes:

  • D block (for mounting clear stamps) x2
  • Grid Paper
  • Paper Snips
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Bone Folder

And you still get to choose up to £130 of extra tools and products for just £99 – make it your starter kit, choose from any of our products.

If you’d like to have a chat before signing up (which I’d recommend so that I can answer any questions you may have) just email me and I’ll give you a call to chat about all the kit options.

If you can’t wait, then you can go ahead and sign up now!. You can do it online with just the following information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Credit card payment information

You’ll receive a welcome email from Stampin’ Up! and from me, followed up by a welcome package from me by snail mail!

Hope to chat to you soon.

Sara xx

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Treat Yourself – Earn in July, Spend in August

Stampin’ Up! is running a Bonus Days promotion.

The good news? For every £45 you spend on Stampin’ Up! goodies between 1 and 31 July, they will e-mail you a £4.50 coupon to use in August!

The even better news? There’s no limit to the number of bonus day coupons you can collect and use.

If you have a long wish list from the new catty then this is a great time to treat yourself to a few (or more!) items and then next month you can use your coupon to treat yourself again 🙂

Click here to have a browse.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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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

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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

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Tip for testing DSP patterns

A top tip when designing your cards is to cut and assemble all your layers but don’t stick them all in place until you’re sure you’re happy with the design.

You may already know this but most of Stampin’ Up!’s DSP is double sided (the rare exception is some of the Specialty DSPs). The great thing about this is that if you don’t much like the pattern on one side, you can choose to use none of that and twice as much of other 🙂

Even if you think you like a particular pattern, it’s worth testing the other side out to find out whether it will work better. I used to waste a lot of DSP once upon a time. I’d have lots of card fronts made up with DSP because I cut them, stuck them down and then decided they weren’t what I needed. Nowadays I check my layout before gluing anything in place.

Originally the card above was going to look very different. I liked the white leaf spray pattern on the other side of the DSP.

But when I tried laying out the card above it just seemed too “busy”. None of the pieces were stuck down, so I flipped the DSP over to check the other design.

And the design immediately felt more grounded, I could see the flowers and the hummingbird more clearly.

I hope that this tip helps you find new DSP patterns to enjoy, while saving you a few pennies here and there.

Sara xx

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