Adorable Hanging Garden Cards

Hello,

These adorable cards using Hanging Garden stamp set from Stampin’ Up! are really easy and quick to make. They can be used for many occasions – just pick one that fits you!

hanging garden card by stampin up using marina mist, berry burst and lemon lime twist

It feels like Christmas was ages ago even though it wasn’t. My sleep pattern hasn’t quite adjusted back into work-mode and my mind is everywhere else! I’m sure I can blame my phone for that even though I try to spend as little time using it because I just find myself in zombie-mode scrolling down endless Facebook posts! That’s what I like about crafting it gathers my thoughts and I focus on one thing at a time- with no scrolling!
Monday evening is my craft night. Fiancé cooks dinner and all I have to do is pop down from the attic to eat and then I go back! It’s amazing! I know not everybody is as lucky and has many other things to do around the house but if you plan a project in advance you can easily make it happen in an hour. The hanging basket with succulents is adorable and I haven’t really gotten over the succulent craze a year ago where we had succulents everywhere.

This card is easy and quick to do. It’s so quick I made 5 cards in one hour! – not all with wonky sentiments! Haha 🙂
Get all the card cut first, then get the inks out, colour and assemble – DONE!

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New Catalogs coming soon. Let me know if you need one!

year end sales 2017

Hello!

January is fast approaching. It will be here before you are able to say “I look forward to Christmas holidays to begin”. January means Stampin’ Up! is releasing new catalogs. I will be uploading catalog PDF’s on the 3rd of January but if you live in the UK, I would love to send you a Spring 2018 catalog along with the amazing Sale-a-bration catalog – it’s really good this year! I will be putting them in the post between Christmas and New Years together with a wishlist you can use and write down your favorite stamp sets on.

Please request your free catalog  here.

I order every month from Stampin’ Up! and if you live in or near Reading and would like to save postage then we can easily combine orders and you can pick it up from my house or I can bring it to you 🙂

Don’t forget that many stamp sets from the current Holiday catalog will retire on the 2nd of January. Check out the End of Year sales to get some of these stamp sets on special offer before they retire. Also check out other stamp sets here which will also be retiring.

Also if you need to get something before Christmas tomorrow, the 14th December is the last day to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas!

Happy shopping!

~ Christina

Pumpkin Card Mania!

Hello,

September was a busy month and can’t believe it has gone by so past and at the time of writing we are almost done with October as well! BUT autumn just started?!? At least Christmas will be here soon 🙂
I had a very successful Stampin’ Up! workshop in the beginning of September, my first one ever! People enjoyed it and had fun with the project and products. I was so surprised how it well it went. I also had some orders and as I always do when people order from me – I make thank you cards to give them with their orders 🙂

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These are note card sized thank you cards and I used the Gourd Goodness, All Things Thanks and Timeless Textures stamp sets to make these cards.
For the background I stamped the wood textured stamp from Timeless Textures with Crumb Cake. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to make tags out of designer series paper.  To the tag I tied on a bow out of Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine.
I cheated a tiny bit and used a Misti to mass produce pumpkins and leaves with. With that said I did fussy cut all of them out with scissors.
I placed all the bits out on the note cards and glued it down. I added a few sequins to each card and a tiny banner saying thank you.

Despite the fussy cutting it didn’t take me long to make a bunch of these cute little note cards. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to next time I need to make a bunch of similar cards. 🙂

Supplies list:
Gourd Goodness stamp set
All Things Thanks stamp set
Timeless Textures stamp set
Note cards – comes with tiny envelopes too!
Whisper white cardstock
Painted Autumn designer series paper
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Peekaboo Peach ink pad
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Wild Wasabi ink pad
Early Espresso ink pad
Scalloped Tag Topper punch
Fine-tip Glue Pen
Sequins
Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine

Glamorous Birthday Card

Hello!
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)
Vellum
Sequins
Blender Pen
Bundle of Love specialty designer series paper
Glossy Accent, alternatively Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Seasonal Lantern bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Hello,

It’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy with organising wedding and making wedding stationary. I’ll be making a post about it after the invites have been sent out. Lots have happened in the meantime. I did have my eyes out for Srampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalogue and when I saw it I knew I had to get the Seasonal Lantern bundle as I could see myself using this bundle for a lot of cards! I think this bundle is not just useful for Autumn and Christmas but also spring and summer. I can see myself making pastel coloured lanterns for a summer bbq card.
Stampin up seasonal lantern bundle 2017 holiday catalogue
The two cards I have to show today made with this bundle and are inspired by current and upcoming Christmas season (I love Christmas! You have been warned for future posts now!).
For the first card I used some make-up sponges for blending inks together on a white heat embossed background. It was very easy the inks blend very well on Whisper White cardstock. I buffed the cardstock with a dusting cloth to remove ink from the white heat embossed images then I sprayed a bit of water on it and dapped it off with tissue paper. I added a wide vellum banner. On top I made a wreath by die cutting some branches. I glued the vellum underneath where the sentiment and wreath is so the glue wouldn’t show through. It’s a fun and quick card to make.

seasonal lantern bundle from Stampin up
The second card is much more simple but just as pretty and easy to make. It’s the size of a notecard. I usually just buy a bunch from Stampin’ up! they come with a matching little envelope. I used the Quilted Christmas designer series paper for the background. On top I used a Foil Snowflake, a circle stitched die cut and inside that I stamped and die cut the branch from the bundle. I used a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny bit of colour from the stamped edge to add a bit of colout to the leaves. I gold heat embossed and die cut a bow and added the sentiment on a thin banner strip. It’s a card which can easily be mass produced.

Seasonal lantern bundle Stampin up holiday catalogue 2017

Supplies list (for both cards):
Seasonal Lantern bundle
Garden Green cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
White embossing powder
Embossing Buddy
Versamark pad
Make-up sponges
Early Espresso ink pad
Garden Green ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Tranquil Tide ink pad
Blender pens
Vellum
Whisper White Bakers Twine
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Note Card
Quilted Christmas designer series paper
Gold Foil Snowflake
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Gold embossing powder

Cute Koala Birthday Greeting Card

Hello there,

August is a busy birthday card making month for me. I made this Koala card for one of my best friends. I thought the koala with the baby on the back suited very well as she recently had a baby boy, and the koala on the ground eating can be her other half! I can already say now if I was more talented (or more of a dare devil!) I would have put some rosy cheeks and eye lashes on the koala mum but as I didn’t do the best job with blending the background I thought I better stop before I mess the whole thing! 🙂

Koala greeting card by Bobcrafts

Anyway, I found the cuddly koala stamp set online and had to get them for card making and scrapbooking. I’m using promarkers to colour with as they are good quality alcohol markers and they are very affordable compared to other brands on the marked. For a beginner like me they are great for testing the waters with.
I find promarkers blend very well and all you need is good quality paper so you avoid the colours “bleeding” on the paper. I find paper from Stampin’ Up! is high quality paper which is also thick and suitable for cards. I always do test-colouring by stamping the images I want on to cheaper colouring paper for alcohol markers first, to find out which colours I like to use. It helps me practising but this paper is also cheaper, also much thinner and not suitable for cardmaking.

After colouring the koalas I use scissors to cut them out with. I stamp the tree where I want it on my background, then used the mini cloud stencil to make clouds with. It’s very easy and went well! I didn’t bother masking tree off. I did mask off the sky and added green on the ground, then masked off the ground and finished the blue sky all the way down, and this is where I need to practise more!
I simply coloured in the tree after adding the background. I thought it would work as I was colouring the tree with darker colours and the alcohol won’t blend with distress inks.

I added the koalas with dimensional stickers and added some white accent to nose and ears with a gel pen. I carefully cut a small pocket to put the small branch in the sitting down koalas arms. I added glossy accent to the leaves to make them more interesting.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on to black cardstock. I just love the sentiment, it’s very cute! I made it into a little banner and tied on a bow. On the inside of the card I stamped happy birthday.

I loved making this card and I have more koalas ready for more cards and will be continuing practising blending distress inks and making clouds like there is no tomorrow!

Thanks, and have a lovely day 🙂

Supplies:
Stamps: Cuddly Koalas (My Favorite Things) (took 4-5 days to arrive)
Inks: Memento & Versamark (TSUKINEKO), Broken China & Bundled Sage (Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ranger)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
ProMarkers: Walnut, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Pale Pink & Cool Grey 1-4 (Letraset / Winsor & Newton) (from Cowling and Wilcox art shop)
Tools: scissors, embossing buddy, ink blending tools, craft knife
Other items: White gel pen, glossy accent (Ranger), dimensional stickers (Stampin’ Up!), white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), mini cloud stencil (My Favorite Things), white baker’s twine (Stampin’ Up!)

Card is from the 1st August 2017.

 

 

Adorable Viking Birthday Card

Hello,

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.

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.

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.