Thursday, 28 September 2017

Stampin Up! Tis the Season Christmas Card



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So for my first project I went for the Christmas jumper look!

I stamped the Tis The Season stamp in Cherry Cobbler and then stamped the word Season in versamark and then used Emerald Envy Gitter powder on it.  I really like how these colour go together for Christmas. 


When using the heat gun with this powder it is not like other embossing powder it is not  as obvious when the powder has melted. 

I cut the sentiment out using the stitched oval and added the 'to be jolly' sentiment

Then I took some DSP from ..... I chose paper that looked a bit like a Christmas jumper in Cherry Cobbler.  The sheet measured 3 3/4 x height of card.  I decided to flag the ends.


To flag the ends I found the centre point and cut up straight, then I cut diagonally fro each corner to the top of the cut line.
I then added some Emerald green ribbon and a bow to finish it off.

The DSP, Ribbon and Emerald Glitter powder is all from the clearance rack so you can make stunning cards even on a small budget.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Stamping Up! Carols of Christmas Card



To make this card I cut the layers as below - these are my standard way of cutting layers and they give 1/8th border all round.

I used some Extra Thick Whisper White as my base - A4 cut in half and scored in half, this makes a C6 card 5 7/8th x 4 1/8th
I cut a mat in Silver card stock just 1/4" smaller on each side - 5 5/8th x 3 7/8th
I cut some standard Whisper White 1/4" small on each side again -  5 3/8th x 3 5/8th


I love the way these layers look when put together it really gives your cards a bit more of a 'wow'.


The Whisper White top layer was embossed with the winter Wonder embossing folder - I did this at a slight angle to give it a less uniform look. 


To save card stock I gutted the silver for card and used the part I cut out for the mat of the sentiment. 


The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and covered with Silver Embossing powder
This was then heat embossed - just love watching the magic happen!
The sentiment was cut until I was happy with how it looked - I cut mine down to 2 1/2 squared and then the silver mat was 2 3/4 squared - but it does depend on personal preference on this one.



I used Tear and Tape to stick the Metallic Edge Ribbon on the card


I used my grid mat to make sure it was stuck on straight. 


I really like how it turned out - I especially like the embossed snowflake in the background as I think that really sets it off. 

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Mini Milk Carton Snowflake gift box



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I love the effect of heat embossing, when I saw this stamp set Snowflake Sentiments, I  knew I wanted to heat emboss the snowflakes in silver.  The size is perfect for this box and I think looks really effective, and its really easy to make too.

I used Whisper White card stock and silver embossing powder with VersaMark.

Card stock measures 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 - this means you can make 2 from one sheet of A4
Sore on long side @ 1 7/8 - 3 3/4 - 5 5/8 - 7 1/2
Score on short side @ 1 7/8 - 3 3/4 - 5 

Sore on long side 1 7/8 - 3 3/4 - 5 5/8 - 7 1/2
Score on short side @ 1 7/8 - 3 3/4 - 5 


The snow flakes were embossed in the middle section, ensuring that they are centred in each square.
Score lines were burnished and cuts were made as shown in the picture.

The box is assembled and holes are punched - I use a crop-a-dile

The ribbon was threaded through the holes and tied in a bow
The Merry Christmas stamp was heat embossed and punch with the label punch
A Christmas bell was cut using the die from Trim Your Stocking just to finish it off.
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Simple book mark using Vertical Sayings from Stamping Up

This a quick little project that uses up little scraps.



I used Fresh Fig measuring 5"x1"
2 pieces of Whisper White measuring 5"x7/8"
A tab was punch out of Fresh Fig using the Tab punch 
Stamp set used were Vertical Sayings and Tabs For Everything

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My son was really happy with his book mark - I made a second one for my other half who also loves to read.

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Night of Navy Snowflake gift box

I love Night of Navy, its such a rich stunning colour, and when combined with silver its simply gorgeous.

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For this box I used 2 pieces of Night of Navy card stock measuring:
Lid = 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 scored @ 1" on all 4 sides
Base = 7 3/16 x 7 3/16 scored @ 1 1/2" on all 4 sides

The box is decorated with a 4x4 inch piece of thick Vellum which is embossed with the large snowflake embossing folder - Winter Wonder Textured Impressions.

The snow flake is attached using the Mini Dimensional's and the second smallest Clear Faceted Gems cover these up nicely and make the box that bit extra special.

To finish off I used the Seam Binding ribbon in Night of Navy.

I think you will agree that this is a very stunning box.







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Friday, 15 September 2017

Heat Embossed Wedding card: How to rectify mistakes!

I cannot believe that I took 3 goes before this went right ... well almost! When I did this card in practice it was perfect - oh well at least you got to see how to rectify mistakes because we all make them don't we?!

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I used some Extra Thick Whisper White as my base - A4 cut in half and scored in half
I cut a mat in Silver card stock just 1/8" smaller on each side
I cut some standard Whisper White 1/8" small on each side again

I wanted the layers to have a very small margin.

I also wanted the card to be quite simple, this big rose stamp just makes a card on its own I think.   heat embossing just finishes it off perfectly - well when it goes right that is!


I chose to make this a wedding card but it could also easily be a birthday card, anniversary, thank you - any occasion really.

Tips to get this right
1. Measure your yardstick properly
2. Get an embossing buddy so you do not get stray flecks
3. Hold the card stock when heating it up so you do not accidentally rub off the embossing powder
4. Invest in an embossing pen!
5. Don't panic!

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Stampin Up Snowflake Embossed Card

Thank you for reading my blog today - this follows from the last blog where I made a large cube snowflake box.  Today I am making a card to match it. I have made 2 cards, a simple one and a similar one that is 'stepped up'.

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I took a piece of Extra Think Whisper White card stock and cut it 4 1/8th down on the long side keeping the shorter side in tact. The card can then be folded and scored in half and you are left with the square card measuring 4 1/8th square.

The card was then embossed with the snowflake embossing folder, a rhinestone was stuck in the middle and viola a simply stunning card.

Simple Card
To 'step it up' I decided to emboss the snowflake on a 4x4 square of Whisper White card sock and then attached this to the card using dimensionals. Again I placed a rhinestone in the centre - I think you will agree this is another stunning card.


Same card 'stepped up'



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Friday, 8 September 2017

Large Cube Snowflake Gift Box



I love the new snow flake embossing folder Winter Wonder Textured Impressions, as soon as I saw it I pictured this project in my head!  Ideally I wanted to make it out of Whisper White and do tone on tone but alas I needed 12x12 card stock and I had run out.  So instead I used Very Vanilla and Smokey Slate. 

I used Smokey Slate as the lid and Very Vanilla  as the base with Very Vanilla for the embossed snow flakes.

The measurements are:

Lid in Smokey Slate - 12 x 12 - scored @ 4" & 8"
Base in Very Vanilla - 11 7/8ths x 11 7/8ths - scored @ 4" on all 4 sides - its important to rotate the paper as you score 
Snowflakes in Very Vanilla - 3 7/8th x 3 7/8th (you need 5 of these) all are embossed with the snowflake using the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Folder


When cutting up the score lines its important to rotate the card stock  90 ยบ

Glue is added to all the corner sections and they are stuck down again rotating the card stock - this was each side of the box has 2 layers of card stock so it is a very sturdy box.






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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Stampin Up Stocking Gift Card Holder





The first one of these stockings I made with the DSP I was disappointed with how it looked at the back, so the second one I decided to stick the DSP to the Cherry Cobbler card stock I had used for the pillow box.  This gave it the same uniform colour on the back plus a bit of added strength.  I am planning on making 25 of these for an Advent Calendar so want them to last for years!

I have used last years retired Christmas DSP that is still on the clearance rack - Warmth &Cheer £3.60 you can get 2 stocking fronts from one sheet of 6x6 so that would be 96 stockings!

I love the colour palette of this DSP.

I used Cherry Cobble card stock for the back of the stocking - I love this rich red for Christmas projects.

The possibilities to decorate your stocking are endless with the amount of elements in this Trim Your Stocking die set. For this stocking I went with Whisper White card stock, the snowflake and a pompom trim - simple and stylish - well I am a member of Crafty Caroline Creates' Simply Stylish Stampers!





You need to trim the top of the DSP off following the score line before you adhere it to the Card stock
It is much easier to decorate your stocking before you assemble it!

Cut the little slit for the ribbon - make sure you do it on the right side!
Ribbon attached to the inside of the back - I secured it with very strong tape - you don't want the stocking to drop from the tree!

Make sure you put your glue right to the corners the pillow box is correctly assembled - I think liquid glue works best as you have time to wiggle into place.
I think the stocking looks better from the back when the DSP is stuck to the card stock and it matches the pillow box so worth doing IMO!



I think these stocking would look great as Christmas decorations, give them as a gift and the gift just keeps giving every year!


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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Stampin Up Painted Harvest Card



I think this is my favourite stamp set of the catalogue. In this card I go for the sunflower look but have also done it in other colours too and it seems to look stunning in what ever combination I try.

In this video I have tried to line the two flower sections up but actually I am not sure it really matters. I have also since making this card read that some people stamp each twice and rotate the flower for the second imprint. I have tried this and it looks good too. I think its just a matter of having a go and basically they all look good and each flower will be unique.

I used a basic card bland in Early Expresso to match the centre of the flower - this is A4 cut in half and scored in half (standard American card stock would follow the same principle you just need to adjust the size for the mats accordingly)

2 Mats in Whisper White one for the from and one for the front.

3 inks - Peekaboo Peach, Tranquil Tide and Early Expresso.

Painted harvest stamp set and co-ordinating Leaf Punch.

Pretty Label Punch

Linen Thread
When stamped it is supposed to look like this! Its a water colour look.

When the second stamp is stamped over the top the flower really comes to life.  The effect reminds me of the Tulip set in that it has depth and dimension yet no stamping off required.

Centres do not need to be perfect, this is not a photograph its a water colour look. 

Edges sponged as I think that makes it stand out more and adds to the water colour effect. 
Sentiment stamped and cut out using Early Expresso and the Pretty Label Punch .  I think this punch works really well with this sentiment, I like the way the curve of the 't' mirrors the curve of the punch. 


This was sponged in Peekaboo Peach to match.

This is also 2 step tamping - the skeleton of the leaf was stamped in  the first generation of ink, the second stamp of the whole leaf was stamped off first as I liked the slightly lighter look but you can do what ever you like.


Leaf is then lined up with the punch and punched out. I love co-ordinating stamps and punches.


I like to lay things down before I stick anything to see what they look like, that way I can change things around if necessary.

Leaves are stuck directly to card stock.

Linen Thread is wound round 3 times and dimensionals are added to give the card some 'pop'. 

For added security the thread is secured by some strong tape.  You don't want it to unravel!

Sentiment was also popped up on dimensionals. 

Finally the inside of the card was stamped. The sentiment was in full strength Early Expresso and the flower was stamped off first so it was more subtle. I think it looks better that way for the inside.  I also like to stamp a matching envelop too in this way.
The final result!



I made the card again for a Pootles team card swap but change the colours.  Here I used Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugar Plum for the flower and Peekaboo Peach for the centre of the flower, the leaves are in Emerald Envy.



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