Storage box for embossing folders

I am starting to build up a small collection of Stampin’ Up! products and wanted to organise some of it in a nice way. I got the idea of making this storage box from tutorial by Pootles.

I simply followed the same instructions. I cut a piece of whisper white in 12 x 11 inch.
On the short side I scor at 2″ and 9″. On the long side at 4″ and 6″.
fold the cardstock on the scor lines with a bonefolder.
Then cut long thin triangles on the little square in the middle – much easier to see in the video tutorial which is great by the way.
I then glued it together like in the video.
On the front I used 6 x 3 inch Smoky Slate and 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 designer paper from Succulent Garden. Burlap ribbon and Sending Love embellishments.

The box is very simple to make and it takes about 10 mins.

Made on the 29th January 2017.

Succulent Garden

I thought by having a craft room in the attic I would have peace and quiet from three cats, but apparently not! The youngest cat has found out how to climb the metal ladder up to the attic. Elise now thinks the attic is the perfect place for the best cuddles which means I often have a kitty on my lap while crafting. She is very adorable but also very demanding and very often also in the way of my projects 🙂

Elise on my lap! a 3 year old Kurilian Bobtail.

With Elise’s help (lying on my lap) I wanted to make something simple. I decided to do some water colouring with one hand – the other hand busy stroking Elise. I coloured a flower from the “So in Love” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! with Rich Razzleberry/ Real Red/ Daffodil Delight water colour pencil and blender pen to work in the colour. Very easy and very quick.
I coloured the flowers with different techniques. The flowers on the right; I coloured around the edge and blended the colour in small circular movements towards the centre of each leaf. Flowers on the left; I did the opposite, I coloured inside the leafs and blended toward the edge. I applied colour twice to give the flowers more intensity.
I loved using a blender pen instead of an aqua painter. I feel I have more control over the colour with a blender pen, but I also feel it is easier to get more colour with the aqua painter. I think for bigger projects the aqua painter is better, but it might really just be an individual taste.
The flower itself is stamped with Cherry Cobbler or Daffodil Delight ink pad. I used whisper white, smoky slate and cherry cobbler cardstock, smokey slate ink pad for sentiment and smoky slate ribbon. And I used designer paper from the Succulent Garden series. I love the papers from that range, very versatile and very pretty.
The cards are not as big as you might think, approx 5.5×4.5 inch and you can pretty much use any sentiment you like. I think my favourite is the bottom left one. I like how the flower pops out, But I do also like the yellow flower, very suitable for a birthday around Easter.

Cards are from 22nd January 2017.

Colouring with ProMarkers

Christmas is all done and dusted for most, but I thought I would like to share some of the bulk card making I did during that period. This is a simple, fun and easy card to make.
The angel comes from Stampin’ Up!’s “Wonder of Christmas” stamp set. The cardstock I am using (from Amazon) is not specifically made for alcohol markers you can get better quality paper/cardstock where the colors blend easier and better.
For colouring the wings I used three shades of the same colour for the rest I used one or two shades of the same colours. All the angels and wings are different. I either blended the colour slightly different or used different colours.
For this type of cardstock I used the darkest shade first. On paper dedicated for alcohol markers, colours mix well if you start with the lightest shade first, but as this cardstock and not designed to be saturated I found it easier to get a good blend by using darkest shade first. You just have to be aware by starting with the darkest shade first it is easy to over colour i.e. make shades larger than intended.
On the wings I colour one line with the darkest shade then I colour with the next darkest shade. I colour one line over the darkest then I colour a line beneath. Finally I use the lightest colour to go over what I just coloured with the second colour and colours the rest of the area with that colour.
Do small areas at a time and be fairly quick you don’t want the colours to dry unless you don’t want to blend.
Also you might notice that the colours on the bottom right angel isn’t great, but that is how it looks on this paper when it is not completely dry. Letting it dry makes it easier to see the final result.
For the hair I used two colours, yellow and orange. I coloured with yellow first, I then made highlights with the orange and I then went over with the yellow again to take some of the edge of the orange and make it blend.
The picture below shows the final Christmas cards. Normally I like when everything matches that’s why I love Stampin’ Up! They make sure everything goes together. But with that said on a simple white card like this you can do as you want and it still looks great!

Cards are from 5th December 2016.

Cute baby card for boy or girl

Every Monday evening is normally my hobby night. My fiancé makes dinner, which gives me extra hobby time! Yay!
Tonight I wanted to make a cute baby card that can be used for boys and girls.
For this card I used “made with love” stamping set. Pear pizzazz ink pad, water colour pencils, whisper white and pear pizzazz cardstock. I also used designer paper from the tasty treats collection. For the washing line I used a stamp from “ballon celebration” – all from Stampin’ Up!
Pssst.. The peg I found in hobby craft, but don’t tell anyone!

Card is from 16th January 2017.

daffodil delight thank you card

Daffodils are some of my favourite flowers, and since I couldn’t find a specific daffodil stamp I have combined stamps to look like daffodils.
I used the Garden in Bloom and Banner For You stamping set, Bakers twine, Daffodil Delight and Garden Green ink, Crumb Cake and Garden Green cardstock – all by Stampin’ Up!
I stamped the flower once on a piece of scrap paper and then on the cardstock to give it a less bright look. I did the same with the flower stem and leaves.

Card is from the 10th January 2017.

Can’t wait for Christmas – even though it’s January!

I used Boughs & Berries textured embossing folder and stamp from Holly Jolly Layers by Stampin’ Up! Designer paper, dimensional stickers and ribbon are from Hobbycraft.
The golden background I made by embossing a white piece of cardstock. I then used gold Pebeo artist marker to colour over it. It’s oil based marker so it can be a bit messy. I then dapped it with a black ink pad just to give it a bit of an aged metal effect. Any excess ink I wiped away with kitchen roll. I then carefully with me finger added some renaissance gold gilding powder and left it to dry. By doing this it gave the card nice aged metal-look which I liked combining with the stamp which looks like an old school Christmas stamp.  

Card is from 13th October 2016.

Winnie the Pooh b-day card

This card was made for my danish niece’s birthday. I used a stamp with Winnie the Pooh, ProMarkers by Letraset and broken china distress ink by Tim Holz.
I used white cardstock I found on Amazon, it’s good quality paper and pro marker’s blends nicely and doesn’t bleed.
I am not experienced with using alcohol markers in any way. I used the pictures on the packaging of the stamp as guidance and I watched a few youtube video’s about using pro markers, and it is surprisingly easy. ProMarkers are quite cheap too. I would recommend using Cowling & Wilcox to buy ProMarkers because they have the best offers.
I found the edging of the image was too crisp so I gently circled a sponge with a bit of broken china distress ink on around the edge. I stamped the sentiment (happy birthday in danish) with distress ink too.
To make the card more fun I stamped Winnie twice, cut out the ballon and stuck it on with dimensional stickers.
I love this card and will definitely be making it again!

Card is from 17th November 2016.

Xmas practising

A simple Christmas card inspired by This card from Pinterest.
I used a snowflake stamping set from Martha Stewart, silver ink and blue ribbon. Sentiment is from “Peaceful Pines”, tempting turquoise ink and cardstock by Stampin’ up!
Very easy card to make and can be made in a million different combinations equally beautiful.
If I made this card again I would make sure that the sentiment and bow was more balanced. Right now the balance of the card is off to the right. By moving sentiment further left it would balance the “weight” of the elements better, I think. 🙂  

Card is from the 27th September 2016.

Pinterest inspired

A card made from Stampin’ up! products inspired me to make this card. I don’t have everything from Stampin’ up! So I compromise and use similar style products. My mum did leave me a ton of stuff so I have plenty to choose between. The leaf border is by Martha Stewart, flower’s by Floral Punch and Sizzix. Cardstock (marina mist), ink (marina mist) and greeting is by Stampin’ up!
In fact with this card you can put any sentiment in you like. It could be a nice wedding card too.
It’s an easy card and can be built up in many ways. To be honest some of the flower parts are from scraps, pieces I didn’t use on other projects but saved because maybe I can use it for something else. And by now I have a huge piles of scraps; Christmas scraps, flower scraps and random scraps 🙂
I find it difficult making something only out of scraps, my creativity isn’t that flowing! Maybe one day I will overcome that bobstacle.
I like being inspired by Pinterest it is a great help. At this point I have been crafting for almost 6 months and it is obvious that I have become better and better at it – and thank God for that! 🙂

Card was made 27th September 2016.

Picture Perfect

I was inspired by Brandy’s hummingbird card when making this card. I used Picture Perfect stamping set, sparkle textured embossing folder, Pool Party and Crumb Cake cardstock by Stampin’ up!
I like the way Brandy added more wings and tail to the hummingbird. It makes the bird come alive and it was very fun to stamp and cut! The hummingbird is a multi stamp process where you start with the base of the bird (the blue) and then you add details on to that. I stamped 5 birds and only one was good, so it takes a bit of practice to get completely perfect. If you have no patience you might want use some tools to make it perfect. like MISTI or a stamp-a-ma-jig. Misti is very expensive in UK (I am sure it can be found cheaper elsewhere), I am not sure if it is worth it, but my craft aunt raves about it so must be good. It is however much cheaper in America.
I like this card but I would probably reorganize it next time. I think it would be more eye pleasing if the bow lined up with the bottom or top of the sentiment. Beautiful sentiment too “Dream without fears, love without limits.”. I am considering using it in my wedding invitation. Stampin’ up! makes in my opinion the best sentiments for card making and scrapbooking. 🙂

Card is from 27th September 2016.