As a single person I don’t really celebrate St. Valentine’s day, but the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hey Love’ release is soooo adorable, who couldn’t help but be inspired?
First I used the Stampin’UP! box die to create a box base out of Neenah Desert Storm card. I used my Simon Says Stamp love background stamp and Stampin’UP! Sahara Sand ink to create some subtle pattern on the box base.
The i die cut the love outline die from black card and the love word die from white card several times and created a stack of ‘loves’ and adhered them to the outline die, then positioned this on one of the box base panels.
The heart is the one that came with the box die. I originally cut hearts from reds and pinks, but on such a small surface it looked too busy, so I stuck with three hearts from Red Riding Hood card.
When I was happy with the positions of all the hearts and the sentiment I stuck them to the side of the box with HI-Tack glue and assembled the box. Last, but not least I popped some chocolates in and tied up the opening with some black and white ribbon.
Let me know if you get any St. Valentine’s Day treats/cards tomorrow in the comments section below!
Squeal!!! This was an uexpected surprise! I ordered some exciting stamps and dies from the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) ‘Hey Love’ release and misread one of the reservation dates – I thought it was 10th January, but actually it was 10th February!! SSS don’t ship until everything in the order is ready, so I thought that I probably wouldn’t get my delivery until after St. Valentine’s Day. However, the crafting Gods must have been smiling on me because I found my order on the door mat this evening when I got back from work!
I’m so excited to create gorgeous projects with my new stamps and dies – come back soon to see what I create!
Where does the time go???!!! I cannot believe my eldest Niece is in here teens!! (she was born when I was at University so that makes me feel REALLY OLD!) As it’s her ‘coming of age’ card, I wanted to make it feminine but not girly and I wanted to make it a bit interactive so I wanted to make another rocker card.
When the Tonic Studios Fairy collection was released Jodie was on Create and Craft TV demonstrating how versatile the fairies could be if you cut off their wings and when she showed a card made with Breena without here wings I HAD to make it for my eldest niece (so the idea for this card has been about 2 years in the making!!)
I die cut Breena from some 300gsm black card stock and embossed it so all the details were clear, then I carefully cut off her wings. To give her a dress I stuck some Centura Pearl in Teal behind the die cut and trimmed off any bits that peaked out from behind it. I wanted to just highlight her necklace and belt so I used a silver gel pen to colour in the cut outs for a little extra detail.
Having gone to all the effort of stamping 13s all over the card base I was loath to cover them all back up again with die cuts, so for the sentiment banner I die cut a stitched banner from vellum and adhered the Tonic die cut on top with Quicky Glue pen. Once I was sure the glue pen had dried I put glue pen on the reverse of the vellum banner over the back of the die cut so the glue wouldn’t show when it was stuck to the card base.
I had made some flowers that were all different colours and made the centres from nuvo Crystal Drops, left them to dry overnight and the Crystal drops had all cracked!!! 😦 I was so sad – they would have been so cute! But I didn’t want them on the card in the state they were in, so plan B kicked in… I die cut several ‘Camellia complete petals’ flowers from black card stock and the co-ordinating ‘Camellia open petals’ from Teal Centura Pearl and the leaves are from the ‘Camellia open petals’ in black card and the ‘Camellia complete petals’ from vellum (to tie in with the banner). The black stars are waste from another Tonic Fairy die set.
Just as a finishing touch I wanted to add some matching bits to the inside of the card too, so I added the same sentiment with the frame and a flower and leaf.
I hope you like this card? Crafty hugs everyone and come back soon for more inspiration!
I have a lot of Welsh friends and wanted to make Christmas cards using the Welsh sentiment dies I have from Tattered Lace. Unfortunately (as per usual) this card was WAY more intensive to create that I had anticipated and I’ve only been able to create one as opposed to several…
I die cut the ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ dies by Leane Creatief from green card and the berries from red card (I think I ended up needing 7 of each size of the leaves/branches to make the full wreath, which properly broke the TODO in!). I used a circle die to line up all the die cuts in a circular shape (I wouldn’t get it right by eye and would end up with an oval!!) and adhered them on to a white card base with HI-Tack glue, only attaching the bases or spines so there was still lots of dimention and they all stuck up in a more organic way. I inked the edges of the mat with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The sentiment was cut from red glitter card, which is just brilliant – it really sparkles, but with no mess!!
I adhered the mat to a kraft card base; bish, bash, bosh, done!
Are you feeling Christmassy yet?
My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.
Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.
For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.
Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.
I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.
Now that she is at Grammar School, my eldest niece has become a complete ‘tweenager’ and her younger sisters are ‘so childish’ and she is desperate to be seen as a big girl, so I had to make her a birthday card that wasn’t ‘girly’, but more refined/edgy/grown up. All three of my Nieces love their dance lessons. Last month my eldest Niece performed in a dance show that was put on by her school – the children from all years (11-18 years old) were given the opportunity to either dance, choreograph, do lighting and sound or costumes and the show was amazing. Because of her love of dance I decided to make my her this card with a dance theme.
I like the song by Daft Punk called ‘Lose yourself to dance’, so I thought it would be a really nice sentiment to use on a card. Unfortunately I don’t have that sentiment as a stamp, so I used my new Crafter’s Companion ‘Contemporay Alphabet’ dies to create the sentiment from some white card.
Everything on this card is a die-cut! I have seen the Tonic Fairy dies used on cards with bits cut out to make them appear as women rather than faries and so I used both the ‘Rococo Fairy Lilly’ and ‘Rococo Petites Fae Ella’ dies and snipped thier wings and flowers off to create silhouette dancing girls.
I bought the ‘Bohemian Designer Series’ 12×12 paper pack because I loved the colour combinations. As I think the colours are lovely and the patterns are very trendy in fashion at the moment I decided to use this as my background. The Ikat pattern paper made me think of the light-up dance floor in Saturday Night Fever in the dance scene with John Travolta, so I thought it was apt for a dance-themed card. I started with an 8×8 white card base and layered the ikat pattern paper on the card front and attached the die cuts and stuck them down with Nuvo Glue Pen.
Enjoy your weekend and I hope you get a chance to do some crafting!
I’ve made my Christmas thank-you cards, at last, so I’m going to share them with you. I’m always trying to look for novel thank you card ideas.
I learned Spanish for a year at school, but because I was struggling in other subjects I was forced to give it up. So my Spanish has never progressed past really basic phrases, but I love the language, so when I find the thime (ha ha ha!) I will try to start learning again. I got the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters on the Farm’ set a while back, but haven’t used it yet. So I decided to combine farm animals and Spanish sentiments to get: Moo-chas grass-ias!
I tried to make these cards in a conveyor belt fashion, so each step was performed in bulk, then I moved on to the next step.
First, I started with some white A6 card blanks. I cut some pale blue layers to go on the front of the cards and stuck them on with roll-on glue. Next I did all my stamping on Neenah Classic Crest Card by Crafters Companion with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The cows were from ‘Critters on the Farm’ and the presents were from the ‘Baaah Humbug’ set. I coloured the cows and presents with Spectrum Noir pens.
I tried to do all my die-cutting in one session. The cows and presents were die cut using the corresponding Lawn Fawn dies. The speech bubble is from the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me’ die set, the grass is also a Lawn Fawn grass border die that I cut from textured green card and dark green patterned paper (I think it was from a Crate paper 6×6 pad). The cloud die is by Joy! Crafts.
I decided that instead of fiddling about with stamping the sentiment in the speech bubbles I would hand write it instead.
When I had all my pieces ready I started to construct the cards. The grass sections were glued to the blue panel with roll-on glue. The presents and clouds were attached with glue pen and the cows and speach bubbles were attached with foam squares.
Enjoy your weekend before most of us have to go to work for the first time in the new year!