It’s time for the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue and I’m sad to say that a lot of my favourites are out ☹ Two of my faves are the First Frost stamp set and coordinating Frosted Bouquet dies. Whilst these will be disappearing from the catalogue, they’ll not be leaving my personal collection any time soon. There are two cards on the post this week, the second one was inspired by the liner of the first! Just goes to show that inspiration comes from all sorts of places.
First, I stamped and die cut a selection of flower and leaf images and heat embossed the sentiment on a pretty label punch.
I repeat stamped the thistle image on a Mint Macaron card front and dry embossed with the Layered Leaves. At this point, I realised that the card base wouldn’t be sturdy enough so I cut it down to make the front panel of my card.
The next job was to arrange the flowers and foliage elements around the sentiment to create my focal image.
I stamped the liner and envelope by stamping the flower and then masked the flower to stamp the leaf image.
To break up the card front, I attached a strip of burlap ribbon onto a strip of Lovely Lipstick and then mounted the focal on top. The panel was then mounted onto a Lovely Lipstick card base to make a very colourful creation.
Whilst I was making the liner for the above card, I really liked the liner so decided to make a card using that design. I repeat stamped the flower and then masked the images whilst I stamped the foliage between. To finish, I added a few rhinestones.
Unfortunately, when I posted these two cards, the minute I’d dropped them in the postbox, I realised that I forgot to put stamps on the envelopes. Doh!
As we approach the end of week 3 of lockdown, I thought a ‘thinking of you’ card might be appropriate to send to those you can’t visit at the moment. I know you can telephone and Facetime etc. to speak, but sometimes a handmade card means a lot. The monochrome colour scheme for this card makes it suitable for masculine or sympathy cards too so makes the stamp set, Stampin’ Up! High Tide, really versatile.
To begin, I stamped my images in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White card.
Whilst I waited for my image to dry, I cut a scalloped square of navy card and then used the frame to decide where I wanted my focal image and drew around the inside of the frame.
I cut out the square using my trimmer and then mounted the cut-out section onto the navy scalloped square.
I stamped some images on the liner and the envelope.
The front was mounted onto a Night of Navy card base and I used dimensionals to pop up the focal segment. The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with the highlight of my garden this week – the blossom on the Conference Pear tree. It’s just stunning and the bees love it!
I hope this blog post finds you healthy and well. It’s approaching the end of lockdown week 2 here in the UK but I fully expect that the lockdown will be extended as sadly, the number of Coronavirus deaths is still rising. I am quite enjoying the enforced staying at home time (in between my shifts) as I can do things as and when I feel like it, taking as long as I want as I don’t have to fit them around other engagements. My lovely Pilates teacher has taken her classes online too, which I am very pleased about! I am trying to concentrate on the things I can do, rather than the things I can’t, to stay positive in these strange times. For example, my hair is getting rather long but I was considering a style change anyway so this gives me a head start – no pun intended!
It was whilst I was out sowing carrots in the veg patch that the idea for this card came to me. Our soil is quite stony so we grow carrots in a large container filled with sieved soil. I know, mollycoddled carrots! Anyway, there’s a self-sown poppy growing in there so I’ve just left it to carry on but it brought to mind the Painted Poppies set I’d not yet used. I summoned up my mojo from wherever it’s been hiding for the past couple of weeks and got cracking.
I began by heat embossing the poppies in gold.
Next, I coloured in the petals using my polychromos colouring pencils.
The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments, a handy set to cover most situations. The front was mounted on a Whisper White mat and then onto a Poppy Parade card base.
I then tried a second card using white and colouring with a blender pen and some ink from the pad stamped onto a block.
This didn’t dry as quickly as I thought and I ended up smudging it in a lot of places so it’s not fit to send to anyone but I glued it with temporary adhesive so I could get the contrast with the black version.
It was Valentine’s Day on Friday and whilst we don’t buy big presents or go out and get fleeced for a distinctly average meal, I do enjoy making a card for Mr L. He generally gets his crafting on and asks for access to my craft room to make me a card too – which I LOVE! I don’t get many handmade cards. I’ve just got the This Little Piggy set and thought it would be perfect to use for my card using the mirror stamping technique. I wrote a blog post last March on how to do this technique, it’s linked at the end if you’d like a refresh.
To begin, I mirror stamped my pigs.
Next, I coloured them in using some alcohol markers and also drew in some more grass in the gap in the middle to unite the two images.
I then stamped the pig on the front and back of a post-it note and cut around them to create two masks. Note: The ink stamped on the adhesive on the back of the note stayed wet for a long time so I repeatedly pressed the adhesive part on scrap paper.
Using the bunch of hearts from Forever Lovely, I second generation stamped using Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick inks. I also stamped the trio of smaller hearts from the same set and then removed the masks.
I wanted a fun, pig-based sentiment for my card so I hand lettered one.
Lastly, I mounted the piece on Lovely Lipstick and Basic Black mat layers and then onto a Real Red cardbase. I finished by adding some epoxy heart droplets over some of the stamped hearts for some dimension and a couple of pink hearts to frame the sentiment.
The Stampin’ Up! Very Versailles set is a simple, elegant set which can be used to create cards quite quickly. I think it also lends itself to a vintage look. To achieve that on my card, I simply used a sponge dauber lightly on the edges to give a slightly distressed finish.
First, I stamped the lettering twice in Smoky Slate.
Next, using Mint Macaron, I stamped the leaf image twice into the gaps.
I often find the sentiments in the sets a bit “full on” as is the case with ‘Always thinking of you’ in this set. Normally I would do a bit of surgery and cut off the ‘always’ but I was concerned that the long crossbar of the ‘t’ in ‘thinking’ would lose some support and smudge so opted to cover it instead when I inked up the stamp. Then I removed the cover and stamped my sentiment.
The last job was to build my card by mounting the front onto a Mint Macaron mat and then onto a thick Whisper White card base and adding some self-adhesive sequins.