Glamorous Birthday Card

My neighbour asked me if I had time to make a birthday card for her mum and of course I had time for it. She told me her mum was turning 80, her favourite colour is pink, she loves shopping and crime stories.
I thought crime stories was difficult to fit in with the other topics and decided to use the Beautiful you stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I also used a couple of retired Stampin’ Up! products (unfair I know!) as it just went really well together.

Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful you birthday card

The main colour for this card is Blushing Bride by Stampin’ Up! It’s a beautiful soft pink and gives the card a very feminine look. I coloured the lady by using a Blender pen to pick up colour from the blushing bride ink pad. I then covered her dress in glossy accent, you can also use the fine-tip glue pen from Stampin’ Up! for this, then I used tweezers to add sequins to the dress with.

I used my Cricut to cut the numbers with and I believe it was with the Story Book cartridge. I mainly use my Cricut for scrapbooking but it is also good for the odd job here and there when making cards.

I had lots of fun making this card and I love the way it turned out. My neighbour’s mum loved the card as well. It makes me happy knowing the receiver appreciated the effort I put into making this card, a whole lot of LOVE!

Supplies list:
Beautiful you stamp set
Blushing Bride cardstock
Vanilla cardstock
Blushing Bride ink pad
Memento ink pad
Blushing Bride glimmer paper (retired)
Blender Pen
Bundle of Love specialty designer series paper
Glossy Accent, alternatively Fine-Tip Glue Pen


Cute Party Animal Gift Card

IMG_5715My aunt in Denmark gave me a gift card she had made and I thought it was awesome and had to make a similar one with Stamping’ Up! of course! I have added all the measurements for this card in this post too! I like how the sentiment on the front looks like a cloud and the Better Together birthday greetings goes so well with the Party Animal Designer Series Paper.

I used following supplies: (I know huge list, but some of it is retiring so check it out!)

A how to guide is below these pictures..

This is how I did it:
1) Glue DSP on the card base 2) Fold the 12 in on the score lines. You want it folded like if you wanted it pop out of a box.
3) Add DSP to pocket piece and use an oval framelit to make the “incut”. I use a magnetic plate for this on the big shot, but you can also use tape to keep die in place. 4) Add snail adhesive to the edge of three sides of the pocket and stick it on the last bit of the folded piece. Make sure you do not cover the whole thing in glue or glue the opening. You want to make sure you can put something in the pocket. 5) Optional: stamp 2 small balloons just above the pocket in So Saffron.
6) Stamp the “Wishing you happiness on your special day” and party hat in Smoky Slate on the middle piece. To be honest I used the Stampamajig to make sure the hat was stamped in the right place.
7) Glue on the front DSP piece. I also trimmed the sides a bit because I didn’t fold it that well. I cut off whatever could be seen from the front when folded. 8) Stamp “Happy Birthday” in Smoky Slate on Sending Love Glassine sheet (make sure it’s dry) and cut out with oval Stitched framelit
9) On a piece of scrap Whisper White stamp 3 small balloons in So Saffron, 2 small balloons in Pear Pizzazz, 1 big balloon in So Saffron, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride. On the big balloons I stamped the dotted shading in same colours. Use punch to punch out balloons.
10) Position where you want the sentiment and glue on with a tiny bit of snail adhesive at the edges. Note too much adhesive might be visible from front as it’s see through. 11) Lay out balloons as you want them. The small balloons I positioned at the back and glued on with tombow glue. The big balloons I positioned so the overlay the sentiment a little. I put these on with dimensionals.
12) Fold and tie on the ribbon. Position where you want the ribbon. I wanted it to tie in the balloons, so pretty much in the middle. Then glue it, with ribbon tied, on to the card base. You can now untie and add gift card.
13) Finito!

If you wanted to you could make the card base into a card too. You would then need to cut the Whisper White card base 10 x 5 in and score it at 5 in. Or you can leave out the stamping in the middle and write a greeting there. Or write greeting on the back! So many options!

Card is from the 25th April 2017.

April Colour Challenge

Colour challenge

Every month my team leader gives us a challenge which we can participate in. We then make a card or a project and post it to inspire each other. April’s challenge was a colour challenge with the above colours. other requirements were using current stampin up products. We were allowed to add Whisper White, Black, gold, silver and copper. I don’t have Tangerine Tango, so I used a shade from the Calypso Coral ombre ink pad instead.

I came up with this cardIMG_5685

I think this is a fun and vibrant card. I usually like working with subtle colours, so I felt like I had to think outside of the “box”.

I used following stuff to make this card:

I don’t think I could have made this card without the stampamajig! This is how I made the card:
1) I stamped the turquoise flowers first on the piece of Whisper White for the front of the card, by using the stampamajig I was able to line the petals up perfectly. I then stamped the orange flowers by using the middle colour from the Calypso Coral ombre ink pad using the stampamajig again. last I stamped three flowers with Daffodil Delight.
2) Glue the front on to the Tempting Turquoise cardstock, and then glue it on to the front of the card.
3) Cut out two leaves with die from Stylish Stems on scrap Whisper White.
4) I dip the leaves on the versamark ink pad and then dip in copper embossing powder, tap of excess powder straight in the little jar.
5) Use the emboss buddy to run over the piece of scrap Whisper White for sentiment. Stamp the sentiment from Beautiful You stamp set with versamark. Put a piece of notepad paper underneath and pour some copper powder over the stamped sentiment. Gently tap of excess powder on to piece of notepad paper and use the notepad paper to pour powder back into the little jar.
6) Use heating tool to melt embossing powder. Be careful can be a bit warm for the fingers and don’t hold the heating tool to close you, some of the powder risks getting blown off. I heated the cardstock with sentiment from bottom then I avoided blowing off powder.
7) After cooling down I cut out sentiment with an oval stitched die.
8) I glued leaved on to sentiment
9) Use dimensionals to stick sentiment on to the front of card.
10) Voila! Done

I would say this is for advanced beginners. It can be fiddly, but when you get the hang of the embossing and stampamajig it’s much easier! If you don’t have a stampamajig, and like me you can’t stamp anything in a straight line, then you can just stamp the flowers on scrap paper, cut them out and glue them on the front!

Card is from 19th April 2017. 


Where’s my cake?!? birthday card

Yes, Where is the cake?!? Chill out, it’s on it’s way.. by hot air balloon. 🙂

I couldn’t resist making this card out of the Lift me up stamp set. The sentiment is from the Tasty trucks stamp set (page 12) and is only available by spending £45 on Stampin’ Up! products and you can get it for free! This will last until end of March 2017.

I used following items for this card:

It seems like a lot of stuff, but you could do all the stamping in one colour and it would still look good. I had a piece of scrap from the Carried away DSP as banner. It doesn’t have to be. It could be Smoky slate or scrap from Cupcakes and carousels DSP. This is why I love Stampin’ Up! products; it is so easy to match.  
I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp with to make sure cupcake was stamped perfectly. It works absolutely wonders. I don’t think I can live without this gadget. I also used scissors to cut out the balloon and used stampin dimensionals to make it pop. By tilting the white cardstock it makes it looks like the balloon is in motion I like that. 
I added a bit of baker’s twine because it is so easy to work with. I am rubbish at tying bows. I can’t do it like everyone else does it. I do it just like my sister taught me it when I was like 5. I still remember it: “You make one doggy ear with one string. Do the same with the other string and tie them together in a knot. Ta dah!” I bet the person who invented the wheel had same feeling inside as me in that exact moment – and from that day I could go rollerskating without bothering my parents.  
Card is from the 15th February 2017.

Thinking of you or HOTDOGS!

Front of cheeky birthday card

This is a birthday card I made for a cheeky bugger I know. A cheeky bugger as in a person who teases you in a loving way, it’s not a mean person. Just friendly banter. 🙂

Basically this is a mashup of Tasty Trucks from SAB catalogue (page 12) and the hostess “Time of year” stamp set which is still available and you can qualify for it by spending £150 on Stampin’ Up! – then you get the option of adding it for free. Or host a party and if that party accumulates enough rewards by spending you can also qualify for this stamp set. Note SAB ends at end of March. Both stamp sets are free goodies!
On the inside of the card I used a sentiment from the  Cool treats polymer stamp set.

Anyway I cheated a bit with this card and used a cardstock already pre-scored from Hobbycraft, but by all means please use Whisper white or Very vanilla.

The inside of the card

I used following items to make this card:

It’s a very easy and quick to make and doesn’t require any skills. I used the blender pen to work the water colour into the paper. Washing tape I cut into thin strips.
You can make the card fancier with some layers. i just like it plain and cheeky.
I like the way the sausages looks like a smile and I hope it brings a smile on the face of the cheeky bugger too 🙂
Card is from 15th February 2017.

Delicate details birthday card

A card with lots of stamping and it doesn’t need to be that precise!
This could also easily be converted in to a wedding card and colours can be changed too. I just love Marina mist because it gives it a porcelain look and I chose to make it a birthday card as I have many birthdays coming up.

The delicate details stamp set is a free stamp set as long as you spend a minimum of £45 on Stampin’ Up! products during Sale a bration which lasts until end of March. You can find delicate details on page 9 in SAB catalogue.

I used following cardstock:

I also used:
I love the delicate details stamp set. It is very versatile and I will be using it a lot more in the future for like baby cards.
Also I love Marina mist; it was the first Stampin’ Up! colour I invested in and it is well worth buying ink and cardstock at the same time. Everything just coordinates so much easier!

Card is from 13th February 2017.

Special reason card

I love the Special reason bundle. It’s very versatile. Leaves can be used for all seasons, not just spring. I would combine the bundle with other sentiments though.

Cardstock I used:

I also used:
The magnetic platform is not essential for the dies in the Special reason bundle but it is very handy. You can use tape too to hold the die in place in the big shot. Die just need to be secured somehow so it doesn’t move.
It’s a very simple card but also very lovely. I like it’s crisp and clean.
Card is from 8th February 2017.

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.

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.

punched flower wreaths

My mum left me a lot of punches, and what do you do with those? you can put them together and make a wreath for example. I like a good flower wreath and played with different colour combinations.
I used punches from Floral Punch (big pop-up flowers) and some unknowns (sorry, I am not sure where they are from, but google flower punches and a million similar ones will show up!).
The wreaths are not perfectly round, but I don’t mind so much because then they look more homemade – in a good way this time.
I punch all the flower and green bits and lay them out before glueing. I dot small amounts of tacky glue on the pieces and stick them down one by one. I am am not too bothered by the flowers being complete covered with glue. It gives them a 3D-like effect. I am more bothered by the border not glued properly!
This type of card is easy and fairly quick to make. Always takes time to cut borders and pick the right colours. I use a guillotine/trimmer to cut with. It makes cutting a lot easier and quicker, especially if you have measurements on guillotine.
But now I have a nice stack of birthday cards to give away 🙂

Cards are from 27th September 2016.