Adorable Viking Birthday Card

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Colouring Viking from Avery Elle

I was cruising around on Amazon the other day as you do every once and a while, just looking at random things. After some time I found this cute little Viking stamp from Avery Elle, now being from Scandinavia I just had to get this stamp! I ordered the stamp immediately and got it with next day delivery!

With a stamp like this, which needs colouring I always stamp on proper colouring paper first before making a card, so I can practice and try out different colours and see what combinations I like the best.

I preferred the ginger Viking, I also like the golden helmet, but it wouldn’t really work with the ginger beard. The grey bearded Viking is kinda cool too. I think the brown Viking is a bit too lumber jack like. And I think I need to work a bit more on the blonde Viking’s beard, maybe add another shade to it.

The background I made by blending distress inks and sprayed some water on it and dapped it off, which gave me an awesome pixelled look. I used a textured stamp around the edge and sprayed a few mists of bronze glimmer mist over it, just to give it a nice finish. The sentiment is embossed using white embossing powder.

Viking Birthday Card using Avery Elle by Bobcrafts

To make the card more fun I decided to add some balloons and I also put a layer of glossy accent on my little Viking to make him pop out.

I think the card is brilliant and what is more awesome than getting a Viking for your birthday?!!

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Viking (Avery Elle), Balloon celebrations, Timeless textures & Better Together (Stampin Up!)
Inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans (distress ink), Daffodil delight & Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!), Memento and Versamark
Dies: Stitched framelits (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper white (Stampin’ Up!)
Promarkers: Gold, Bright Orange, grey 3+4+5, Satin, Arctic blue, China Blue, Amaranth Red, Ruby, Coral, Henna, Almond, Pale Pink, Soft Peach, Putty
Tools: Heating tool, Embossing buddy, scissors
Other items: Balloon punch, dimensionals & white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), Bronze Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Card is from the 11th July 2017.

A Parade of Balloon Celebration Cards

Balloon Celebration card

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This time I thought I would mix & match new and old Stampin’ Up! together.

I used the 5 new in colours (2017-2019) and I used the Balloon Celebration stamp set which is still current. The new in colours are perfect for birthday cards and I hope my parade of them inspires you to make a bunch as well.

On purpose I made each card differently; different backgrounds, types of balloons and attached ribbon differently. Some things remain identical as in where sentiment, balloons and rhinestones are placed.

I love the way the cards look alike but aren’t quite the same. It’s great to have a bunch like this stashed away for any sudden birthdays!

Balloon Celebration cards

Here are the individual cards nicely spread out so you can have a closer look.

Supplies:
Stamp set: Balloon Celebrations (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: 2017-2019 in colours: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powdered Pink, Berry Burst & Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper White2017-2019 in colours: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powdered Pink, Berry Burst & Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up!)
Other items: Balloon punch, Dimensionals, Rhinestones, Bakers’ twine

Cards are from 26th June 2017.

Background bits cards

Background bits is definitely my first pick among Stampin’ Up’s host rewards. Here I made two very similar cards with the stamps in two different colours, Marina Mist and Tranquil Tide with a bit of a Moroccan feel to it.

Background Bits from stamping up

I used following items for these cards:

The background is straight forward stamping. I didn’t’t do it very carefully, but it was very easy and looks great. Cards are very quick and fun to make. I like the white border around the stamped background. It just adds a bit more of dimension. The tag and banner I stuck on with dimensionals. the bow can be a bit tricky to tie on the Tranquil Tide card I did add a glue dot just to hold the Burlap ribbon in place.

Cards are from the 27th of June 2017.

Flower Shop birthday card

I had sooo much fun making this card. I absolutely love the new in colours from Stampin’ Up!. Here I used Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and a dash of copper embossing powder!

Flower Shop Birthday card

I used following items:

I used a mix of the dots and the splats from the Timeless Textures stamp set to make the background with Lemon Lime Twist. I used the Versamark ink pad to “glue” around the edge of the background whisper white piece, then copper embossing powder and heating eat. The embossing buddy is used prior to make sure the embossing powder only sticks where versamark is applied.
Flowers are stamped on scrap Whisper white with Fresh Fig, then Punched out, added gems and stuck on with dimensionals.

The results is a quick and easy awesome birthday card. I love doing embossing, it just adds that little bit extra to your card!

Card is from the 25th June 2017.

Fun surfing pineapple card

I recently used the Pop of Paradise stamp set by Stampin’ Up! to make some flamingo cards. The stamp set is really great and I decided to use it for some quick and easy thank you cards.

Pop of Paradise by Stampin' Up!

For these fun cards I used following items:

I did straight forward stamping on scrap whisper white and then I fussy cut out the leaves and the copper embossed pineapples with scissors.
I did the copper embossing same way as with the flamingo cards (please click here to see).

I had lots of fun making these simple cards and will definitely be making a few more – thank you cards are always very handy to have at hand.

After started making my own cards, I realise how many occasions you can give a card for and I give many more cards now than I used to when I didn’t craft! My friends and family love getting cards from me, and I feel honoured when they let me know they kept the card. Something I didn’t expect. 🙂

Cards are from the 8th June 2017.

A whole lot of lovely butterfly cards!

I recently received the watercolor butterfly stamp set, and I love working with it. It’s very easy to stamp beautiful and unique butterflies. In this post I stick to a few colours and copper embossing to keep it simple but there are endless possibilities with this stamp set.

Watercolor Wings

Card made for a family member

For the stripey card I used following:

Watercolor wings

Birthday card to my Danish Grandmother

 

 

 

 

For the dotey card I used:

 

 

When embossing I find it much easier to use the embossing buddy to make sure the embossing powder only sticks where you want it. I like the embossing on the designer paper it gives it a feel of being like Stampin’ up!’s new specialty designer paper, if you haven’t seen it check it out here, here and here. It has some embossing on it and is slightly thicker than normal designer paper. 🙂
I used scissors to cut the butterflies out with and stuck them on with glue dots. The sentiment i stuck on with dimentionals to make it pop out.

Cards are from the 7th of June 2017.

 

Clear mount stamp hack

You are probably all hardcore stampers out there, but in case you have missed this, it’s worth a read.

Tired of your clear mounts not sticking to your clear blocks? Have you tried breathing and stick them on and find it doesn’t really work? Been there!
One solution is like many demonstrators not to bother putting stickers on the stamps. It works really great too and you save time by doing so. I just find I like having the sticker on showing whats on the stamp. It’s so much nicer when working.

I learned this trick from another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator online a long time ago. Unfortunately I have forgotten her name (I know, it’s not nice of me!). Important thing is I didn’t invent this technique.
The lady used Tombow glue and it is very important it is Tombow glue because unlike most other types of glue; Tombow stays tacky when dry.

All you do is apply a thin layer of Tombow – make sure its an even layer to ensure an equal amount of pressure can be applied to the entire surface when stamping.
Leave the glue to dry. The glue is dry and ready to use when transparent. – This is also the moment where you don’t want a cat rolling around on the desk in your tacky clear mounts!
When dry you can stick them on to clear blocks and stamp without the stamp falling off when inking or just after you have stamped.
Stamps are easy to peel off and can be reused over and over! 🙂

Clear mount stamp hack

1) Use Tombow glue 2) Apply tombow glue 3) Leave it to dry 4) Glue is now sticky and sticks much better to clear blocks!

Flamingos and new Stampin’ Up! 2017-2019 in colours!

Pop of Paradise Pop of Paradise

Apologies for not having posted in a while. Life has been very busy. Planing a wedding (yes! my wedding! or ours.. but mine too!) and finishing off doing up a house (to sell).

In the meantime Stampin’ Up has launched their new catalogue, yay! PDF is available here or under the catalogue tab. Personally, I love the new catalogue and got a huge wish list!

I love the new in colours (please see photo display at bottom of the post!) and had a quick play with them and the new stamp set Pop of Paradise which has flamingos of course. Flamingos are very popular at the moment. Copper has been popular in interior decorating for a long time in Britain and Scandinavia and has finally found its way into crafting. Copper embossing is the way to go.

I made the two cards by using following items:

I did the stamping on scrap whisper white card stock and cut out leaves, flamingo and banner with scissors. The watercolour background is very easy to make, just pick up colour from ink pad with aqua painter and apply to watercolour paper with lots of water. I like adding drops of colour to the wet paper for a splash of extra colour. Takes a bit of time to dry or you can cheat and gently dry it with heating gun.

If you haven’t seen the new colours please take a look at them right here 🙂 From left to right: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig.
Also if you havent seen; Helen Read has made a list of awesome colour combinations for the new in colours on Pinterest.

2017-2019 in colors, stampin up

New 2017-2019 in colours by Stampin’ Up!

Cards are from the 6th June 2017.

Tuscan Vineyard thank you cards

I recently got the Tuscan vineyard stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and made a few thank you cards with it. I combined it with the Succulent garden designer paper (retiring May 31st), but the stamp set is also great for colouring, gift tags or even masculine cards.

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I used following products from Stampin’ Up!
Card on the left:

Card on the right:

The card on the left is straight forward to make. I stamped the grapes with basic black from straight on to the designer paper and glued it on the smoky slate cardstock, put in on the card with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment straight on the whisper white and layered in on the Bushing bride before glueing it on to the cardbase.

The card on the right is simple to make to but has a few more steps. I stamped the grapes with basic black twice, first on the piece of whisper white and then on a piece of scrap designer paper. I cut the grapes (not the leaves) out from the designer paper with scissors and glued it on top of the stamped grapes on the whisper white cardstock. I used the old olive water colour pencil to colour in the leaves. I then stamped the sentiment in blushing bride, added pearls and layered the cardstock together.

I love the Tuscan vineyard stamp set and will definitely be using it to make more cards for my blog.

Card is from the 24th April 2017.

Petite Petals (retiring) card

I made this card for my fiance’s aunt in California to thank her for everything she did when we visited her earlier this year. We had a great time wine tasting and being spoiled!

I adore the Petite Petals stamp set and the matching punch which unfortunately are retiring soon or until stock runs out. I combined it with Timeless Textures and All Things Thanks stamp sets. I like how the sentiment springs out of the flowers. I also added Mint Macaroon, Blushing bride Glimmer paper and Blushing Bride Twine which all will be discontinued from 31st of May!

This card looks great and it’s very easy to make as well if you have recently started stamping this is a great card to make. i just like how the sentiment pops out of the flowers. Here’s the list of products I used:

The card is straight forward stamping. You can use the stampmajig to get everything lined up more precise, but I didn’t use it for this card.
1) I stamped the sentiment first, so it’s right where I wanted it 2) Stamp leafy texture stamp with mint macaroon, 3) Glued the front to the piece of blushing bride 4) Tied on twine 5) I glued it all on the front of the card base.
6) The flowers I stamped on scrap paper 7) Punched them out, if you got no punch then use scissors! 8) Folded the flower petals with a bone folder to give it a bit of shape 9) Attached them with glue dots 10) Added rhinestones.

Card is from 19th April 2017.