Forever Lovely Florals

This week, I’ve been playing with the Forever Lovely stamp set and the coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers. Whilst at first glance, this seems like a Valentine’s set with the hearts and sentiments, it’s actually quite a versatile set and is ideal for birthday, Mother’s Day, sympathy, get well, anniversary, wedding cards or even wedding invitations.

To begin with, I just used two of the dies, the fancy floral one and the floral edge one, to create simple two coloured cards bases.  The die produces a small amount of embossing on one side of the image but then cuts the other side to give a really interesting edge to the card.

The next one I tried out was to cut the floral die, then cut it again in two different colours and inlay the tiny pieces to create a coloured floral panel.  I really like the way this turned out.

The different colour combinations really change the feel of the card despite them being exactly the same design.  The inlaid card could have had the fancy edge too.

I deliberately left them all blank so I can use them for any occasion that may crop up…..just simply stamp and go!

Lastly, I used the stamp set which has 2 stamps, one floral and the other foliage, which will sit under the floral die cut.  I used these stamps and the various dies to create this card for my parents who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, adding in numbers cut out of gold glimmer paper.

The die cut frames the flowers when the card is closed….

…but then provides a fancy edge when it is opened exposing the nicely decorated inside.

 

 

 

 

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Crochet, Cards and….Christmas!

This week has involved a veritable feast of crafts!

Firstly, it was my Mum-in-Law’s birthday.   Despite her saying that she didn’t need anything, you can’t not get anything for your nearest and dearest.  I crocheted a blanket for her from a pattern called Rosslyn by Helen Shrimpton….

….and made her a set of birthday cards.

Next was her actual birthday card which was inspired by another SU! demonstrator from Mituso Crafts who kindly shared a YouTube video on how to make a pop-up wiper card without using any dies for the mechanism.

After making a mock-up of the mechanism to check I could make it work(!) I set to work stamping and colouring in frogs.  At this stage, I didn’t really have a design as such in mind, but I knew I’d need a few frogs!

The front gives nothing away about what’s inside.

This is the inside once it’s opened.

And this is the card in action!

Second this week was the start of the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee.  I LOVE watching this programme.  I’m not sure that having a limited time restriction would make the creating quite as enjoyable for me. I like to get started, shilly-shally about a bit, get distracted doing something else entirely, and then go back to what I was doing in the first place!  Anyway, it’s very apparent there’s a very talented bunch on the programme this year and I look forward to seeing what they create in the coming weeks. So, it got me thinking about sewing and whilst it’s not clothing, it is a sewing project that I’d planned to create this year in time for Christmas.  The project is hand embroidered ornaments depicting the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and I figure I’ve got 9 months to get them all done – now that’s my kind of timescale!!  There are 15 decorations as it’s only one per day plus a few extras (like the pear), not 12 lords a-leaping etc. as I’m certain that making 78 would put me well into my ‘I’ve had enough of this project’ zone!  The patterns are by Larissa Holland and are not cheap but they are comprehensive, very well written and the designs are beautiful.   A full blog post will be forthcoming later in the year but for now I have completed the First Day: the partridge and the pear.

The reverse side is not patterned but does have the day number embroidered in a lovely font.

The third thing this week was, of course, Valentine’s Day.  Mr. L Loves Valentine’s Day and had requested a few hours’ access to my craft room and some supplies.  He made a really cool pop-up card, with a design which he cut out with a craft knife, and bought me a lovely bottle of fizz.  I stamped a card for him using the Baby Bear set and pyrographed a fun little sign for his man cave.

 

 

 

Links:

Helen Shrimpton: https://crystalsandcrochet.com/

Mitosu Crafts:http://mitosustampin.blogspot.com/

Mmmcrafts: https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/

 

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Simple Stamping

Sometimes I get a bit focused on producing fancy and complicated cards and I lose sight of how I started in card making – just simply stamping.  I bought the Perennial Birthday stamp set purely for the birthday sentiments and hadn’t really considered using the other images to produce a card.  How very remiss of me!  After being inspired by Sally Bowman, one of the Inspiring Inkin’ team, I firstly copied her card to get me in the groove and then let my creative juices flow.  I cut a bunch of card fronts and just stamped away!

My version of Sally’s card

Some are a variation on a theme using different colours – it’s remarkable how just changing the colours can give a card a completely different feel.

For this card, I masked a section using a Post-it note to leave me a blank space to stamp the sentiment.

Others I did a bit more with and fussy cut the flowers and leaves, layering them onto an embossed stamped background.

I even managed a ‘male’ card by repeat stamping the large sentiment using a rainbow palette of inks.

The Stamparatus came in very handy for this technique.  Once I’d worked out the height of the stamp, I made myself a template so I can easily replicate the repeat stamping style in future.

This set has a whole new lease of life now and I’ve enjoyed getting back to basics again.   Win-win all round!

 

 

 

 

Link to Sally’s blog

http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sallybowman/blog

 

 

 

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Hello Cupcake!

My challenge to myself this week was to make a card using colours that I don’t normally reach for.  I like purple, grey, green and blue so tend to use those frequently and the other colours don’t get a look in. So, I decided to use some new purchases: Bermuda Bay, Lovely Lipstick and Sahara Sand.  I also used Very Vanilla cardstock too instead of my usual white, together with my new Buffalo Check background stamp and one of my prizes from a couple of weeks ago, Hello Cupcake.

The biggest job was working out the dimensions of the parts of the card as this is my first one of this design.  Once that was complete, the actual card only took about 15 minutes to create so it’s a great option for putting into card packs or making multiples.

For this card I used:

Sahara Sand:  card base4⅛” x 8⅝” (scored at 5¾”) and mat layer 4¼” x 2¾”

Very Vanilla: liner 5½” x 3⅞”, card front 4” x 2½”, mat layer 2⅝” x 3⅞” (you could use some DSP for this piece instead), sentiment 1¾” x 2”

First, I did all the stamping.  I did change my mind about the sentiment colour when it came to assembling the card as the Bermuda Bay didn’t stand out enough and had to stamp again using Lovely Lipstick – you can’t always tell these things until you’re at that stage!

I stamped the sprinkles down the liner edge and used the blender pen and some ink from the pad to colour them and then stamped the heart in pink to add a little pop of colour.

Once all the stamping was done, it was simply a case of sticking the pieces into place.

I fussy cut the icing so that I could pop it up on dimensionals.

On the smallest piece I cut the end using the Triple Banner Punch and then stamped the sentiment and cut it to size.  It seemed a little bare so I found an offcut of ribbon in a complimentary colour to wrap around the top.  This was adhered using dimensionals.

And that’s all there is to it!

 

 

 

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