Monday 27 March 2017

Stampin Up Butterfly card using Delicate Details

I love the simplicity of this card.  It makes it look really elegant. A simple card using half an A4 sheet for the card base and 2 pieces of whisper white cut 1/4 inch shorter and thinner to create an 1/8 inch border. I used coordinating ink for the Lace stamp from Delicate Details to frame the card front and on the inside of the card. Then I stamped the sentiment and cut out the butterfly using my die cutting machine.  Finally I stuck the Butterfly back into the aperture. Quick, easy and stunning.

Island indigo card stock (half a sheet of A4 scored in half )
Island indigo ink
Whisper white card stock - 2 pieces cut at 5 5/8 x 3 7/8 (inches)
Happy Birthday sentiment from Basic Butterflies
Large lace border from Delicate Details
Medium butterfly die from Butterflies Thinlits

If you would like any of these supplies please click on my shop in the side menu - remember that the delicate details stamp set is only available until Friday 31st March 2017.  To get this set you much spend £45 (before P&P) in my shop and then you will get the set for free - who doesn't like getting things for free?!

Saturday 25 March 2017

What a crafty day!

Had a lovely morning crafting before I went into the city centre to see the Weeping Poppies.


I stamped the paper my self using Touches of Textures from Stampin Up and Island Indigo, I really love this colour.

Friday 24 March 2017

Gift box using Avant Garden

Here is my latest YouTube video.  I decided to make a small gift box that could be used for Easter treats or a small gift. Watch the tutorial here! 

I made my own DSP (designer series paper) using the Avant Garden stamp set.  I love this flower from the set which is one of the free stamp sets as part of Stampin Up's Sale-A-Bration which is still available until March 31st. All you need to do is place an order for £45 and this set will be yours for free.

I wanted to design a box that would be made from half a sheet of A4 cardstock so you can get 2 box's from one sheet.  The original box I used Island Indigo and the one I made on camera uses Rich Razzle Berry.

Here is what you need, all measurements are in inches:

Base cardstock measures 7 1/2 x 5 5/8
Score on the long side at 1 1/8 - 3 3/8 - 4 1/2 - 6 3/4
Turn to the short side with the largest section at the top and score at  1 1/8 - 3 3/8 - 4 1/2

Belly Band in base card stock 3/4 x 7

DSP for box measure aprox. 8 1/4 x 3
Mats for box - 4 x (2x1) and 2 x (2x1) and mat for Belly Band 1/2 x 7

You will also need scraps for the topper you decide to do - I used the smallest stitch circle die for the Indigo Island box and a circle punch for the Rich Razzle Berry box and a scallop punch to frame it.

Here is a template showing the score lines and the shaded areas that need cutting out.

Once the cardstock is scored and sections cut out I then notched out the tabs and rounded all the corners of the front flap.

I stamped my own DSP using the Avant Garden flower stamp, I stamped first, second and third generation stamping to give 3 complimentary toning colours.

Once stamped I cut the mats and stuck in place BEFORE I stuck the box together.  I did make a mistake and stuck a mat to the bottom of the box instead of the top of the box! I will rectify this and add another mat to the top of the box.

Then you put fast fuse or any strong adhesive on the side flap, stick this down, fold in the bottom section and use fast fuse again on the bottom flap making sure you have the correct section so that the open end is at the back of the box.

The belly band is simply made by folding it around the box and pinching it at each edge, you then stick the DSP to it and burnish, add some adhesive and place around the box and stick.

For the topper I stamped a sentiment on whisper white, used a circle punch to punch out a circle and then I punched a scallop circle out of Rich Razzle Berry. I stuck the topper to the belly band with a dimensional.

Friday 17 March 2017

Card for Crafy Caroline's card swap

Crafty Caroline card swap

Caroline is doing a card swap so I created this card to send to her.

I have been playing with the Stylish Stems Framelits for a few weeks now and have made a few birthday cards and a mothers day cards with them. I have been using the 2016/2017 in colours from Stampin Up, but for this card I paired Sweet Sugar Plum with Rich Razzle Berry.  I really think these colours go really well together.

The dies cut the shape into the card and if you add the frame it will cut the flower out completely. I decided to add the flower outline on top of the cut out flower in the contrasting colour.  I think it is very effective.

Sticking these delicate flowers can be tricky, Stampin Up have a fine tip glue pen which works but sometimes the glue shows on the flower - this happened with the small flower so I used Wink of Stella on the flower so this would not show and added some bling to the card. The alternative way is to put some wet glue on a silicon mat and dip a sponge in it and dab the glue on to the flower.  This was a tip I got from Connie Stewart. Check out her tips on Tuesdays on YouTube.

The card swap is open to anyone see details here

3x3 cards and gift box using stampin up products

This is my first video in a very long time.  I left Stampin Up, got really busy at work and couldn't find the time to make and upload videos.  But then I decided to rejoin when I saw the amazing joining offer with Sale-A-Bration 2017.

I took inspiration from the Oh Happy Day card kit to make this set of 3x3 cards with a matching box.

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Tuesday 7 March 2017

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