Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Fun fold wedding cards using Cup of Tea bundle

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea
 
Floral cards for special occasions are not my forte so when I happened upon this fabulous fun fold card idea from fellow Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator Terri Gaines, it was just what I needed for several special occasions. I fiddled around with her template and converted it for A4 cardstock and C6 envelopes – please read on for measurements, and an alternative version.
 
Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

I began by making a ruby wedding card for our neighbours. They love gardening and were holding a tea party so I filled a cup with red flowers. I used the Cup of Tea bundle for the cup and Quiet Meadow for the flowers. 
 
Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

I stamped the flowers in Stazon and coloured them using ink and water painters. The vellum leaves are stamped in Whisper White craft ink and left to dry for several minutes. The Garden Green leaves are stamped and die cut using the Cup of Tea bundle and the gold leaf just happened to be on the desk left over from another project so I stuck it in!

This fun fold card idea has lots of space for messaging, or to add different decorated panels. On the front I stamped Congratulations using my new Charming Sentiments stamp set. 
 
On the Charming Sentiments stamp set, the images on the front of the pack are slightly smaller than the actual stamps; this is something which tripped me up when designing this card, and I had to create a bigger panel than originally planned.

 

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

For the centre panel, I was glad I had held on to my Playful Alphabet Dies (now retired) as they were ideal to create the 40. I die-cut each number out four times and layered them on top of each other to give them a little depth.

The word Anniversary is stamped using the set which comes with For the Guys cardmaking kit (buy one get one half price in June!), as does “th” which I carefully inked using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker on the Birthday stamp.

The third panel uses a beautiful sentiment, again from the Charming Sentiments stamp set. This panel is also decorated with a Let’s Celebrate Embossing Folder. There are two mini folders in this pack – designed for the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine – but if you position them carefully and use the standard Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, you can emboss a larger panel as I have done here. 
 
Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

Finally, I embellished the card using tiny red hearts from the Teacup Dies set. Another tip coming up...

If you have ever bought a kit you will have seen those sheets of tiny glue dots. Honestly, they’re a bit fiddly so I don’t use them for my kits. However, as I am against waste, I do save them and use them for sticking very tiny elements such as these hearts, when a standard Mini Glue Dot is too big.

I hope you like this Ruby wedding card. Now for an actual wedding card – and it seemed crazy not to use the same design while I had all my supplies on hand...
 
Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

This is for a demonstrator friend who loves Pool Party (if I remember correctly). The plan was to turn those little black hearts into musical notes as she and her new husband are very musical. However, I confess I bottled out as I couldn’t make them look convincing on my scrap paper.

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

The card follows the same design, but I added some spatters using Quiet Meadow and this time I used some retired Designer Series Paper as I didn’t have anything new which was suitable. I did think the black and white stripes were reminiscent of a piano keyboard but maybe this is too subtle? 
 
Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

All the sentiments on this card some from Charming Sentiments, and all the flowers and leaves come from Cup of Tea. I hope they like it!

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea template

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea template

Cup of Tea fun fold Stampin Up card idea

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Even more masculine card ideas – simple designs which are easy to adapt

Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK
 
I’m continuing my theme of masculine projects with some more made with the fab He’s the Man Suite from Stampin’ Up!®’s new Annual Catalogue. These ideas can all be adapted to use the supplies you already have.

Apologies to the lovely ladies who are attending my Crafty Wednesday class at the beginning of June; this is very much a sneak peek as we will be making two of the projects I’m showing you today. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

I begin with my new Let’s Celebrate embossing folders. The really useful folder I’ve used here comes in a pack of two small folders which fit in the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. They both feature greetings in lots of different languages; this one is for birthdays, the other is for congratulations. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

It is perfect for those people you struggle to make cards for because the embossed panel provides the ideal backdrop for a greeting. When it comes to masculine cards or teen cards, this is really useful. Just emboss a panel, add some Designer Series Paper as I’ve done here and then top with a greeting label. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK
 
Instead of a greeting label, though, here I have used a pop-out image from He’s the Man Designer Series Paper. I don’t often do this but I strongly urge you to invest in a pack of this paper if you struggle to make masculine cards. There’s a bit of everything in it for the outdoors type, the barbecue type, the beer type, the handyman and more. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

My second card is a fun fold which I keep seeing around on Pinterest and Instagram. I made my own template for A4 cardstock and C6 envelopes and kept it really simple. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

It’s closed with a belly band but you could simply create a panel instead if that’s what you prefer. 

For the Designer Series Paper panels, to keep things simple again, I created two panels the same size as the fronts, then trimmed a little off the vertical and horizontal edges. No measuring, just a small trim – I find this a lot easier than trying to get things 100% accurate. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

Inside the card I used one of the cut-off triangles at the bottom to add interest. Don’t be tempted to stick one at the top as this will show through when the card is closed.

Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK
 
My third card is a fun roll-back technique. Again this one is doing the rounds at the moment but I was inspired by Alisa Tilsner’s Instagram reel which currently has an incredible 2.7million views! See her video here.

Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

This is a brilliant way of using up small pieces of Designer Series Paper – or making a favourite design go further. Simply create a front panel then tear along partway. You then roll back the centre piece – but the key is to remove most of it so the card isn’t too bulky. 
 
Masculine card ideas Stampin up UK

Place the torn panel over some Designer Series Paper to allow the design to show through, and finish off with a stamped greeting. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s really effective.

I hope I have inspired you with some more masculine card ideas, which can be adapted for anyone, including those tricky customers; teenagers. Don’t worry, I will be moving onto another theme very soon!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

More masculine card ideas – this time with Wildlife Wonder

Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder
 
I just can’t stop making masculine cards now I’ve started so I have another post of projects for you this week. All are birthday cards but all could easily be converted into Father’s Day cards if that’s what you need.

All the projects use the absolutely stunning New Horizons Designer Series Paper which I strongly urge you to grab now while you can, as it is in the January-June Mini Catalogue so won’t be around for much longer. 

They also use the beautiful Wildlife Wonder stamp set which thankfully has carried over into the current Annual Stampin’ Up!® Catalogue.
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder
 
First up is this fun owl card which I made in two different monotones; purple and blue.
 
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder
 
The first is in Blackberry Bliss, which you may not consider a masculine colour but how many purple shirts do you see out there? 
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder
 
Next I made another using some Misty Moonlight cardstock for a class where I knew the ladies wouldn’t know or care that this colour has now retired (plus I got to use up my stash!). 

Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder
 
I selected the appropriately coloured paper and cut four strips to stick on the card front, then simply wrapped some twine around, then added a die-cut circle (All That Dies) with a stamped owl. I finished off with a tiny die-cut label and a greeting stamped from the Light the Candles Card Kit. 
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder

The second card really shows off this beautiful New Horizons Designer Series Paper by covering the whole card front with a piece. I stamped some grasses and ground using Evening Evergreen ink and added a cut-out bear, popped up, stamped in Soft Suede. 
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder

It’s finished off with a hand-cut greeting flag, embellished with a little linen thread. The result is a card which looks like it’s taken a lot longer than it has!
 
Masculine Stampin Up UK Cards Wildlife Wonder

Finally I created a triple-fold card to show off the New Horizons Designer Series Paper and use the beautiful wolf from Wildlife Wonder. The wolf is stamped onto a label die-cut using Seasonal Labels dies and the greeting is from the hugely useful stamp set featured in the For the Guys cardmaking kit.

I hope I have shown you that masculine cards don’t have to be difficult – and can be fun to make, too.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Foolproof tips for masculine cardmaking

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK
 
Lots of crafters tell me they really struggle to make masculine cards. While there are lots of images in the current Stampin’ Up!® catalogues designed specifically with men and boys in mind, they can’t cover every hobby and interest. And, let’s be honest here, sometimes you don’t want to invest in a stamp set for just one card.

Rant warning: But first I’d like to get something off my chest about shirt and tie cards. I know they are really popular but does the man even like wearing a shirt and tie? Or will it symbolise discomfort or, worse, dressing for a job he hates?

So what’s the alternative and where do you start? In this blog post I have some very easy masculine projects to show you, all using the new He’s the Man Suite. Most of them just use the He’s the Man Designer Series Paper as it contains a sheet of pop-out images and elements which make cardmaking and scrapbooking really easy.

Take a look at the projects then read on for my top tips for making cards for men and boys, many of which use your existing Stampin’ Up!® stash. 
 

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

I love this camper van from He’s the Man Designer Series Paper. It comes from a sheet of pop-out images and greetings – and you get two in the pack so you use the other camper van for a gift label or scrapbook page. There’s absolutely no stamping on this card so it was made in a matter of moments. 

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

This card, too, features a main image from that sheet of die-cuts. I’ve added a stamped greeting and some die-cut flags and that’s it. 

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

This one involved actual effort! I die-cut the greeting and the argyle patterns using the new All That Dies from the He’s The Man Suite. Some Designer Series Paper and a bit of linen thread finish it off. Oh, and the words are stamped using that really useful stamp set from For The Guys cardmaking kit. (Tip: It’s worth buying this kit just for that stamp set!) 


Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

 
Adhesive sheets are really useful when using intricate dies like these. Adhere your cardstock to the sheet, then run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Your die-cut will be sticky all over so you won’t have to mess around trying to apply glue to tiny areas and getting it all over yourself (or is that just me?).
 

Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

Finally, I have this card, which is my least favourite of today’s makes. I feel it needs some ribbon but the ribbon I want to use is on its way and won’t arrive until later today. 

But it’s a good principle for masculine cardmaking; a few strips of Designer Series Paper and a label with a greeting. Very quick and easy and can be made with any papers.  


Masculine card ideas Stampin Up UK

Five tips for making masculine cards

1. Tap into their interests

This is the most obvious way of tackling a masculine card and is the reason I buy so many stamps with trees and mountains. But if you don’t have anything suitable, don’t despair: read on.

2. Serve up some food or drink

Beer, wine, cake, cookies... one of those has to float your fellow’s boat. Food and drink are perfect for masculine cards.

3. Spell it out

Still stuck? No relevant images or food and drink images? How about using words as your focal point? You could use alphabet dies or stamps to spell out their name, a greeting, a private joke or even something cheeky that you’d NEVER find in a Stampin’ Up!® catalogue. 🙈

4. Keep it simple

This is SO easy... just use a birthday greeting as a focal point on some patterned paper. One panel, two, three, four... the choice is yours.

5. Go geometric

A variation on the simple theme above... use shapes as your image, or create a patchwork of shapes using a punch. You can use Designer Series Paper or just plain cardstock if you don’t have anything suitable. Tip: If using lots of different patterned papers on a patchwork design, adding something subdued or even plain into the mix will make it easier on the eye.

Want more masculine cardmaking tips? Please follow me on Facebook or Instagram for lots more all week.

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Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Cup of Tea cards and In Color™ comparisons

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

Crafters everywhere are loving our new Stampin’ Up!® In Colors so I wanted to show them off using a brand new stamp set called Cup of Tea.

This is from the new Tea Boutique Suite from the new Annual Catalogue which goes live today. I will be using this suite at my Craft-Tea Day Out in June. 

I am taking bookings for this event and places are filling up fast, so if you live close enough to Derbyshire to attend, please go here for more information

 

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

Today’s cards are all the same design, and all on a monochromatic theme. Let’s begin with Starry Sky, a deep rich blue which I think you’ll love.

I’ve stamped and die-cut the cup, then coloured in the leaf pattern using my Starry Sky ink pad and a water painter. 

 

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

Next up is Orchid Oasis, a beautiful cornflower blue. With each of these projects, I am showing off as many In Color products as I can, including cardstock, ribbon, Designer Series Paper, Baker’s Twine and embellishments. 

 

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

 
Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

Tahitian Tide is the third blue in the new collection, although I know many would argue it isn’t blue at all. It’s a bright vivid turquoise which is sure to make your projects pop. 

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up

If you like your brights, you’ll also love Sweet Sorbet, which is reminiscent of the old Watermelon Wonder of days gone by. It’s red, but it’s a little pink too... not pink enough to offend me though. I really like it. 

Tea Boutique Cup of Tea Stampin Up
 

Finally my favourite of all: Parakeet Party, a zesty lime green which I believe fills a gap in our collection of colours. For this card I stamped the greeting in Gray Granite to make it stand out a little more. As much as I love Parakeet Party, I don’t think it’s designed for stamping fine greetings like this one. 

Each of these cards contains a little hidden greeting inside the cup – watch this being made in my video here.

In Color comparisons

If you’re wondering how our new In Colors measure up to Stampin’ Up!® colours past and present, check out these comparisons. 
 
In Color 2022 comparisons Stampin Up Sweet Sorbet

In Color 2022 comparisons Stampin Up Parakeet Party

In Color 2022 comparisons Stampin Up Tahitian Tide

In Color 2022 comparisons Stampin Up Starry Sky

In Color 2022 comparisons Stampin Up Orchid Oasis
 
 

Starter Kit offer

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Join Stampin Up UK In Color offer
 

The small print

This is my personal blog and my sole responsibility as an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. All images are © Stampin' Up!® All content including photographs, projects and text are © Helen Read, unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to copy my ideas for your personal use and inspiration - if you are a SU demonstrator you may use these ideas for your events but please give credit where it is due. Please do not use my ideas for monetary gain, competitions or publication. The images on this blog - including blog buttons - should not be copied and used elsewhere on the internet or on CDs.