Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Offset mirrored seahorses using the Stamparatus

I have always loved seaside images, so the new Seaside Notions stamp set was always going to be high on my wish list. The fact that it comes with lovely and practical greetings is a bonus.

I demoed this card at my Launch Party and will be making this or something very similar at some of my events this month, too. It's a twist on the mirrored image idea and you can find all the instructions if you download the tutorial from here:

Get the offset look by moving the Stamparatus plate down one notch before stamping the second seahorse. And you can achieve two-tone seahorses by inking in Terracotta Tile then adding some Soft Suede with a sponge dauber. 

Monday, 29 July 2019

Masked Seaside Notions seashells on clear block background

Stamping, masking, clear block stamping... this is a fun technique card which is easy to create and looks pretty effective (in my opinion).

Clear block stamping is a really fun technique; just ink up your block (you can use ink pads or water-based markers), then spritz with water before pressing onto your paper. Bizarrely, despite this being a faux watercolour technique, it works best with Whisper White cardstock rather than watercolour paper.
The shells are masked using sticky notes so that the images don't overlap. The secret here is to work from the front to the back, so you stamp the large shell first, mask it, then stamp the images 'behind' it. Another top tip is to retain your masks - keep them in the stamp box for future use, as this will save you time when you revisit the technique. 

Friday, 26 July 2019

Bird Ballad wine bottle tags

Packaging a bottle to give as a gift couldn't be easier with one of these tags. It's so simple I won't insult you with measurements - just wing it, as I did.

The bird is cut out from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper; only the leaves, floral background and greeting are stamped. 

I rattled out half a dozen of these for my husband's classroom helpers, to mark the end of term. Easy to make, easy to transport on a bike, and hopefully much appreciated.

To make a bottle tag, you don't need a tutorial, just a strip of cardstock with a hole punched in it (I used the Pretty Label Punch), and a couple of score lines to help it sit nicely around the neck. Then decorate as you wish. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Mini pen holders/bookmarks

Browsing the internet for ideas, I found these really cute pen holders from The Papered Chef so adapted it for my launch party goodie bags. I wanted to make sure all my launch party guests had a pen to complete their order forms, after all!

I used the Delightful Tag Topper Punch and the gorgeous Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper but I'm afraid I don't have measurements, I just winged it (no pun intended). Without the pen, this can be flattened to use as a bookmark.
Using mini pens meant I could keep these small and stretch my Designer Series Paper further!

Monday, 22 July 2019

Magnolia Blooms note card

Introducing the Magnolia Blooms stamp set. This little set is great starter set... which is exactly why you will only find it in the new Experience Creativity brochure for new crafters.

This little publication is a great place to start someone on their crafting journey, so if you're in the UK and would like a copy to pass on to someone who needs crafting in their life, please drop me a line.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match products. The Magnolia Blooms stamp set is designed to 
co-ordinate with the Magnolia Lane Suite and the Magnolia Lane Designer Paper. However, I don’t have any of these products so used the Come Sail Away Designer Paper instead. It has a similar striped Mossy Meadow sheet which works just as well, and the fine print design is neutral enough to go with anything.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Beautiful Friendship flowerpot pocket card

It's all happening with the fancy cards this week, isn't it? Here's a flowerpot pocket card using Beautiful Friendship. 

The last time I made one of these was in June 2001 - a full decade ago! Check it out here – there's even a tutorial.
For a tutorial for this specific card, please follow this link

If you prefer your card to be free-standing, simply invert the card base. Instead of folding over the flower pot rim, cut these flaps off and set to one side. Shape your card so the widest part is at the fold, then cut a slit along the fold to allow the pocket section to be inserted.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

"Wow" card - Beautiful Friendship floral pop-up card

I don't often tackle fancy folds but I loved the idea of making a pop-up card using the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. What's so lovely about pop-up cards is the element of surprise – it looks like a perfectly nice but simple card on the front, then you open it and bam! You're hit by an explosion of flowers.

 Here’s a better picture but I took it before adding the greeting...

While assembling the inner floral section, keep closing the card to check your flowers don’t spill out over the edges. Not only would this spoil the element of surprise, it would prevent your card from fitting in the envelope! 

Monday, 15 July 2019

Beautiful Friendship swap cards

I’m going to spend this week celebrating Beautiful Friendship, an oft-missed stamp set hiding on page 123 of the catalogue.  I've been using this gorgeous stamp set in all my events this month, so it was the obvious choice to use for a swap, too.

Swapping isn't usually for me but I thought I'd give it a go so I could show my customers a greater variety of project. The brief was to use at least two new In Colors, so I turned once again to Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray and Pretty Peacock and the Beautiful Friendship stamp set. 

When you need to make several of the same card, the Stamparatus really comes into its own. I set it up to stamp the background and the greeting on the stitched ovals, but stamped the foliage on the ovals freehand. 

Friday, 12 July 2019

Simple, Casual, Avid... a Beautiful Friendship card for every type of crafter

One design, three stages of crafting. A single-layer card for the time-strapped crafter, a casual crafter project with the addition of a punch and some embellishments, and one for the avid crafter who is definitely not short of supplies! Which one are you?

The same basic design can be adapted to suit your supplies. If you're just starting out, the #simplestamping project just needs a pack of Note Cards & Envelopes, one stamp set and some ink pads. But #simplestamping projects are just as useful for crafters in a hurry. If you need a big batch of these, you can stamp them using the Stamparatus and get them done in a fraction of the time it would take to stamp them by hand.  

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Nautical but nice in Mossy Meadow

Lovely Mossy Meadow gives you new options with the Come Sail Away Suite, instead of the predictable Night of Navy. Soft Sea foam provides the perfect contrast. What do you think? Makes a change from the traditional Night of Navy look, doesn’t it?

This card employs the “rule of thirds”, with the Designer Series Paper taking up the bottom third of the main layer. If you imagine a noughts & crosses grid splitting the card into nine, aim to have your major elements falling where the lines cross. This will give you a universally pleasing layout. 

Monday, 8 July 2019

Birds of a feather... earn team rewards together

Sometimes I struggle with Designer Series Paper because it’s too pretty to hide. This batch of cards solved that problem - and resolved the issue of needing several cards in a hurry, too.

They were made for those members of my Stampin' Up!® who have gone above and beyond this month; Petal Pink for the ladies, and Pool Party for the gentleman stamper in my team. Yes, men can be demonstrators, too!

Don't be afraid to mix things up. You wouldn’t expect to use a stamp set called Seaside Notions with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper... but the greeting and speckled stamp are ideal to finish off these cards. 

Friday, 5 July 2019

Beautiful Friendship with muted Pretty Peacock

The muted, vintage shades of Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray, from our new In Color collection, are perfect for this new stamp set, Beautiful Friendship. Here I've fussy cut flowers stamped in these new colours and overlaid them onto some of our new Pretty Peacock Designer Series Paper. 

Look at that ribbon! Isn’t it gorgeous?

The Pretty Peacock Designer Series Paper was the colour I had in mind but was a bit overpowering in this context, so I muted it by adding a layer of vellum. This is just one of many ways you can use vellum in your projects – and I avoided the potential issue of glue showing through by applying it where I knew the flowers would hide it. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Memories & More cards... not just for scrapbooking

Memories & More Cards are not just for scrapbooking; they are ideal for the crafter in a hurry.

Having said that, I added quite a few extra elements to this card so it's not exactly a Simple Stamping project. I used two cards for this project; yes, the green background is a Memories & More card, cut down to fit on the front of a standard A6 card. 

The wheel is die-cut and the anchor is from the Memories & More stickers which come in the pack of cards. The words are stamped onto a stitched circle and mounted onto another sticker from the Memories & More pack. You really do get loads of elements in these handy packs. 

The lighthouse from the Smooth Sailing dies fits this Memories & More card perfectly, so I could die-cut the lighthouse and pop it up with a Mossy Meadow background to create the popular ‘eclipse’ effect. 

Monday, 1 July 2019

Free as a Bird and Birch Background - a match made in heaven

Bird Ballad is one of the stand-out suites in the new catalogue, with loads of lovely products including this Free as a Bird stamp set and Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper. It goes perfectly with the lovely new Birch Background stamp, too; a match made in heaven!

To get a subtle look from the Birch Background stamp, I stamped it in Crumb Cake onto scrap paper once first, before stamping onto my Whisper White cardstock. This process – known as ‘stamping off’ – removes some of the ink to give you a paler look. 

The small print

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