Monday, 22 January 2018

Another Petal Palette card using Colour INKspiration challenge #125 colours

As I said yesterday... I liked this colour combination so much I had to go on and make a couple more cards whilst everything was out...

So a simple aperture card today... using the Sale A Bration promotional Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes (which can be yours for free with every £45 ordered) These are rather nice!
As Stampin' Up! says... Let these spring-colored card bases and envelopes inspire you to make fabulous projects!

* 16 preprinted card bases and envelopes 
* 4 each of 4 designs
* Folded card: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" | 14 x 10.8 cm
* Envelope: 5-3/4" x 4-3/8" | 14.6 x 11.1 cm

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Again the card mainly features the gorgeous Petal Palette bundle... though this time I have coloured in the "main event roses"... colouring details in yesterdays' post...

Picture Perfect Birthday greeting on the largest Stitched Shapes die cut square... and the aperture/frame is cut using the same Stitched Shapes square and the largest scallop square from the Layering Squares dies...

Finished off with a Stampin Blends coloured piece of White Organza 1/4" ribbon... I think I may be using quite a lot of this ribbon as it colours so beautifully and easily...

And here is a photo of my INK spirations colour challenge Petal Palette duo... lovely and fresh... and creating a very happy corner in my display...

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Petal Palette for Colour INKspiration Challenge #C125

So a New Year brings a new intent and some changes to ways of working... So I have decided to do as many a good Stampin Up! demo does... and start to enter a few creative challenges during 2018...

So first up... a colour challenge... care of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group... Tricia Raineri chose this yummy & summery inspiration pic for #CI25. And we could also other neutrals such as Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand or metallics in the challenge project.
I can't tell you how happy I was working with this combination... light, bright, summery and right up my blues and greens street.... love it! So much so... that I couldn't stop with just the one project that I entered for the challenge... so more to come...

But for today... my entry to the Challenge... a small Bridge U Fold card as per this Tutorial I shared last year... though I only used the one box section/insert for the birdie perch.... so that was scored at 1.5cm from each side from a 11.5cm x 2.5cm high panel...
Featuring mainly Petal Palette... a lovely stamp and die bundle...
Along with Tutti Frutti papers... which have a fabulous range of colours on the "plain side". Great 6x6 pack to have in stock...
Stamped greeting from Picture Perfect Birthday... a greeting that I just can't stop using...
And finished off with a doubled die cut greeting from the fantastic Sale A Bration promotion die set, Celebrate You (yours for free with a £90 order) and which is, for the first time, a Sale A Bration  item that will continue for sale into the new Annual Catalogue come 1st June so long may it reign!
And some details for you...

I didn't colour in many of the flowers and leaves as I preferred the lightness of the marker duo inked flower images... but where I needed them... I used the Lemon Lime Twist watercolor pencil found exclusively in the Lots of Happy card kit... and just a Blender Pen and Night of Navy ink pad 

The long leaf spray was inked in Lemon Lime Twist... and "marker thumped" with Old Olive to produce some texture/veining... and then fussy cut! The other images being die cut using the Petals & More dies...
Come back tomorrow for another bright and summery card to lighten your day... which I think we all need with all that white stuff tumbling down outside round here....


Picture Perfect Birthday Gift Bow Narrow Gift card

I am loving the new Whisper White Narrow Notecards and Envelopes... and great seeing as my class ladies seem to be on their "do it small" kick for the New Year!

So a simple little card for you today... with Berry Burst and Pool Party/Bermuda Bay gift bows using the two-step stamping pair from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set... love the wording in this set... truly great little set...
And again those little Stampin Spots work a treat... aren't these a lovely little colour set...
Spot that I stamped off my Berry Burst inked "filler" stamp onto scratch paper before stamping/filling in the bows... ie using the top right stamp in the set image above
As Stampin Up says about these notecards...
Make someone smile by sending them a note on one of these cute little cards. 
* Small and narrow 
* 20 Thick Whisper White cards and 20 envelopes 
* Note card: 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" (6.4 x 11.4 cm) 
* Envelope: 2-3/4" x 4-3/4" (7 x 12.1 cm)


And as my local Post Office says... 
Fine to post in the UK... but be aware that smaller envelopes can get lost in the system more easily... so you may wish to pop into a standard sized envelope if it is something important...
And an admittance... my ladies last week didn't realise these were gift bows.... which is code for a completely different usage for these coming sometime soon... 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Class Favourite....

I think a new phase has entered a couple of my card classes... as we go small!!

So this simple dinky little 3" Square card to pop in one of the carryover 3" Square Envelopes... was one of the Picture Perfect Party class favourites this week... and this was the other one out of interest...
And I had to laugh as these are both just stamped... and before Christmas I had promised them faithfully that I would use more papers as per their request.... lol! Like that turnabout myself!!

And I also laughed at the fact that these were stated to be the favourites... but (as usual) it was the 2 simple but Fancy Fold ones that had their attention (as they flicked them back and forth proudly) at class close-up...
Stampin Up Products used
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies
Picture Perfect Birthday stamps
3" Square Envelopes
Stampin Spots - Picture Perfect Party, Tutti Frutti 

Recipe 
Thick Whisper White 3" square Card Blank
Bermuda Bay mat 7cm Square
Die cut Stitched Square 6.5cm Square


Friday, 19 January 2018

Picture Perfect Party Pop Out Swing Card for Fancy Fold Friday

Wow... that's a tongue twister! Think I may have to come up with a new name in class!!

So this card tutorial has proven very popular for the last 6 months in the 6" form... so thought I should remake a 5 1/2" square one using A4 (or US Letter size) card... and show you where that tutorial is...
Though I have had to make the central square cut out differently this time... as sadly those larger Square Framelits are no longer available.... so I also took the opportunity to make the border slightly wider....
So here is how I cut out that central square (which I did after I stuck the paper onto the card)... the rest of the details are as per the original tutorials...

Using the trimmer- go in 1”/2.5 cm from each side – aka line up on the Top Bar at 1”/2.5cm (or 4 1/2"/11.5cm as relevant as you turn it round!) on the Top Bar and cut from 1" to 4 1/2" (2.5 to 11.5cm) … on all 4 sides... 
Click here for the 5 1/2" square A4 (US Letter) tutorial..
Click here for the larger 6" version tutorial... [note cuts for central square would be at and from 1" to 5" (2.5cm to 12.5cm) on this one]
SU! Products Used
Picture Perfect Party Papers
Picture Perfect Birthday Stamps
Inks- Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach

And whilst I am talking inks... a quick product highlight for those of you that have not spotted them in the new Spring Summer (Occasions) catalogue...

Stampin Spots are back! 1" cubes of juicy bright inky goodness...get them whilst you can... just £8.25 for the 4 colours in the pack... 2 packs to collect...





Thursday, 18 January 2018

Heartfelt Blooms #3 - in Bermuda Bay

Now I think this has to be the favourite of my Heartfelt Blooms cards... simple to produce but stunning in the flesh...

Will work for any colour you fancy! I think my customer thank you cards for this month just maybe a rainbow of colours! Just so I can test that out for you...

In fact if you place an online order... drop me an email telling me your favourite colour and I can make one personally just for you! And I promise to use my trusty Stamp A Ma Jig... which I didn't with this one!! Oops... lazy me...
Simply inked up in Bermuda Bay and stamped onto a Stitched Shapes die cut square (largest)... with an Archival Black stamped greeting from the set matted onto Basic Black (7 cm/2 3/4")...

Then matted onto a small square Bermuda Bay card (10.5cm or I'd use 4 1/4" in US)... which has been stamped around the edge with the image in Bermuda Bay... amazing subtle looks-textured detail... which you can see best on the first photo... 

Finished off with a little bow in the new 1/4" Organza White Ribbon... love this one... especially as I can change it to any colour I like... 

And oh look ... here is the Bermuda Bay duo... now you can tell how small yesterday's card is!
More product details on yesterdays post too... 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Heartfelt Blooms #2 ... in Bermuda Bay

Now this one is small... only being about the height of my bricks! With a special little detail!

A little 3" square card designed to fit in the 3" Square Envelopes... which are a carryover item from the Autumn Winter catalogue
As they say... the best things come in small packages! I love this image just in mono-colour on something small like this... sets it off nicely...

And the extra little detail... look closely...
Yes 3 little dew drops in the morning sun... care of the new Glitter & Epoxy Shapes... so the one on the right/centre is just clear... whereas the other 2 have a slight glittery sheen... beautiful subtle finishing touch!!

Oh and spot the teardrop shape in these Shapes too... love them!
But I can't take credit for the dew drop idea... there are a couple actually designed into the Heartfelt Blooms stamp ... such is the detail in this image...

And the card recipe for you...
3" (7.5cm) Thick Whisper White Square card...
2 1/2" (6.5cm) Square Bermuda Bay mat...
2 5/16" (5.9cm) Square Basic Black mat...
and 2 1/4" (5.6cm) Whisper White panel...
Want to see more of the Heartfelt Blooms stamp (that can be earned for free during Sale A Bration with a £45 order)... available in clear mount... or wood mount

Well here is the set image...
And here is a video from the Home Office for you if you want to see even more... just click on the picture below... 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday Gift Bows card...

Quick little card using the lovely Picture Perfect Birthday stamps and a couple of the new ribbons in the Spring Summer catalogue... 3/8" Lemon Lime Twist stripe in the Tutti Frutti suite and 1/8" Bermuda Bay Satin (which is one Sale A Bration free item that can be earnt with every £45 order)
First and second stamping of the Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay gift bows to achieve the four... then same again but the other way round with the filler in stamp... finished off with the lovely greeting in Archival Black

I used the largest Stitched Shapes frame...a 7cm square Lemon Lime Twist mat... and set on a small Bermuda Bay 9.9cm square card

Monday, 15 January 2018

Baby Pandas...

So when the partying is over for the Party Pandas... the baby pandas can play!

So a cute mini panda for you... now I just need to find a stamp set with the words Welcome Little One...
And a sweet little card made to celebrate a one year milestone for someone very cute I know! It was perfect as his first cuddly toy was a Panda (not that I knew that until they got the card! But there were tears!!)

And yes... I just fussy cut my standing Panda from the Party Pandas Sale A Bration set... just like this!
And then popped the head down onto the body to make my mini one... the top of the "note" forming the bottom of the head in the mini panda....

Also note that you need to trim the top of the baby panda body... behind the arms at the left and right hand side... you can see the left hand part needing trimming below...
Also used Milestone Moments and Picture Perfect Birthday stamps.... and Stitched Shapes dies...

His little hat is in Picture Perfect Birthday... and also the Happy (on the candle) and Birthday (centre bottom) stamp... I just inked up each word separately with the Basic Black marker pen and stamped separately... with a good clean in between!






Sunday, 14 January 2018

How to make the Lots of Happy Kit Hexagon card stand up...

I have seen lots and lots of comments about the hexagon shaped card in the Lots of Happy Kit card not being able to made so it stands up...

So I thought I would quickly share that it can... and how it can!

The instructions with the card show it as a non-standing version...
So you would colour the panel and assemble it like so...
So just ignore that!!

You want to do this instead... as the centre all gets covered up in any case...
Or more accurately... I would assemble it like this! So then you know it is going to stand up when you finish! So this would be the photo to pin!
Then you can add the other parts... The gold foil banner and ribbons...
The stamped panel...
And finishing off with the little die cut flowers... although I decided  not to hide mine under the stamped panel like the original...
And there you have it... one hexagon card that can stand up... 
Isn't it pretty! And a beautiful envelope for it too...
Beautiful card kit... has to be the best one yet!  First kit refill I have ever bought! So more on this kit another day... as there is plenty you can do to get creative with the base kit...
And I LOVE the box it comes in... reckon my Stamparatus will look fabulous in there! 

But in the meantime... here are all the contents... to make 20 cards... 4 each of 5 designs... I would just recommend adding (or having on hand) a Blender Pen... Paper Snips ( to cut the ribbon) , Tear n Tape and (optionally) Tombow adhesive...
And the lovely stamps... some lovely sentiments in here... and more on the one I won't use as is another day...
Love it all... Just £31.50 for the full kit... and only £19 for the 20 card refill! Bargain... and wouldn't it make a lovely gift.... And ooh... buy both for £50.50... 40 cards to make.... and you get a Sale A Bration promotional item for free too!

And oh a video for you too... just click on the pic... but ignore the assembly orientation of the hexagon card... unless you don't want it too stand up...
Full kit contents as follows...

Lots Of Happy Card Kit146388
Price£31.50
There’s lots to love in this all-inclusive card kit. Create all-occasion cards, then add your own colour using the included Watercolour Pencils. 

* Makes 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs, using the included Lots of Happy Stamp Set 
* Folded card sizes: 2" x 3-1/2", 2-1/2" x 4-1/2", 4" x 3-1/2", 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (5.1 x 8.9 cm, 6.4 x 11.4 cm, 10.2 x 8.9 cm, 10.8 x 14 cm) 
* Includes set of 7 photopolymer stamps 
* Clear stamp block 
* 20 printed card bases and coordinating envelopes 
* Giftable kraft box 
* Printed, gold foil, white, and vellum die-cut accents 
* White/gold foil labels
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot 
* Full-size Watercolour Pencils in Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry 
* Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ombre Ribbon 
* Stampin’ Dimensionals 

Coordinating colours: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand

Refill Kit as follows...
Lots Of Happy Card Kit Refill145605
Price£19.00
Use the stamp set, ink, and Watercolor Pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit with this refill kit to create even more cards! 

Includes: 
* Card bases 
* Envelopes 
* Accents 
* Embellishments 

Supplies for 20 additional cards.