Special reason (retiring) thank you card

I am on a Blushing bride and Smokey slate roll, so here’s another one!
This time I added a bit of glimmer paper too. Blushing bride glimmer paper and special reason bundle are both retiring the 31st May 2017 or until stock lasts. Special reason bundle is one of my favourite retiring items and I will be using it in the future as well!

I have sent this card to my Aunt in Alaska who I visited on holiday in the States in February/March.

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For this card I used following Stampin’ Up! products:

This card is not the easiest card to assemble because you want the three squares lined up perfectly beneath each other. What I did was laying them out first as where I wanted them to be. I then glue top and bottom square and align them so the border to the two card edges are lined up with same distance. I then glue the middle piece and make sure it has same distance to the top and bottom squares and is lining up with the edge of the card as well. It is a bit fiddly.
Putting the sentiment on with dimensional stickers is easy. The flower I just glued on, and I used tombow glue, to glue the outline of flower to glimmer paper. Just saying because some has experienced issues sticking stuff to glimmer paper.

Card is from 30th March 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.

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.

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.

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.

Playing butterflies card

I think for the first time I made cards that wasn’t for someone I already had in mind. All these birthdays/special occasions coming up and I wanted to have some nice cards ready.
I made a bunch of the bottom card with different sentiments. The top card was a kind of demo card. I made it, I liked it and then mass produced it – I made like five cards!
I used “Garden in Bloom” stamping set, brick wall embossing folder and I used daffodil delight, marina mist and rish razzleberry ink pads from Stampin’ up! I used yellow metal thread from a jewelry kit and I used one of my mum’s dies to cut out the sentiment on the bottom card.
I cut out the butterflies with scissors and put dimensional stickers on the card where I wanted the butterflies placed, but before placing the butterflies I pierced the metal thread through the dimensional stickers, with a tool I made a small “fish hook” on the end bits of the thread so that they can’t be pulled or slip out again. I then placed the butterflies on top of the stickers. It was very easy and I like having the thread indicating butterflies swirling around in the air. I think this card could benefit from having a green card base, maybe stamp the sentiment in green too, but I also like it as it is. 🙂

Cards are from the 27th September 2016.

Don’t miss out on Pinterest!

After hours of watching Brandy’s cards videos I got hungry for more inspiration and my aunt recommended me using Pinterest. And oh my, there is a lot of pretty cards to be inspired by!
Petite petals punch used to punch out the flowers.
Scissors will do the job just perfectly as well!
This card was for my cousin’s birthday. She is danish therefore there is a danish happy birthday sentiment stamped.
This card was inspired by this pin, so very similar. I just loved the flower wreath and colours matching. I used a purple plum coloured ribbon to break the blue. The flowers are stamped with marina mist ink pad and the flowers are from the Petite Petal stamping set, both from Stampin’ up! I used whisper white and marina mist cardstock, also from Stampin’ up! I also, which might be difficult to see, embossed the middle of the wreath with a heart embossing folder.
I find it neat if you make a matching envelope to your card. It is very easy and finishes off the project nicely. I love this card and my cousin was very happy to receive it too 🙂
Card is from 27th August 2016. 

Wedding – Oh YES!!

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Inside

bobviously loved making this card, and I think it is one of my favourite beginner cards. I made the card so it matched the wedding invitation. I was inspired by hexagons, bees and blue so I repeated those features in my card.
I used stamps from “Floral Phrases” and “Honeycomb Hello”, marina mist cardstock and ink – all by Stampin’ up!
I used dimensional stickers to make a 3D effect on the front. I also used a heart embossing folder, gold ink, a heart punch and hexagonal dies.
The flower punch is by Floral Punch and it’s a two step punch. First you cut with one punch and then use another punch to emboss with. Please note the big flowers consists of two pieces each piece requires a punch set. Let me put up a link for them: small flower punch set & medium flower punch set. They are very good quality and punch fairly easy through thick cardstock.
It’s easy and gives you an excellent result. I used glue dots to stick them together and tacky glue to stick them to the card.
I like there is a lot of elements in the card, yet it looks simple.

Card is from the 27th August 2017.