Tag Archive: Martha Stewart Crafts


On Sunday it will be my Granny’s 95th birthday, the card is in the post, so I thought I would share it with you. I’m afraid this post is a bit picture heavy due to all the different flowers I made for the card – sorry!

I really wanted to try out a cascade card because they look so amazing, I also wanted it to have a woodgrain base and I had some Kraft coloured Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Cardstock that I had bought ages ago, but just admired it and not used it, so I decided to use it for this project.

Note to self: when using someone else’s instructions for the first time, keep them right next to you instead of attempting to remember what they said or you WILL cut a slit in the wrong place and have to start all over again… AHEM!

So… with my kraft woodgrain base all slotted into place I started work on the front panel. I used Whisper White card stock and die cut the floral frame from the Samantha Walker Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Botanical Swirls and Accents’ set and used Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush stampin’ write markers to colour the embossed design. I also die cut the leaves/branch from the same set in Pistachio Pudding card. I used the Memory Box Parker Numbers dies to cut 9 and 5 from Pistachio Pudding card. I used Hi-Tack glue to attach the branches behind the frame and Quicky Glue Pen to attach the numbers to the cut out. I wanted to be able to open and close the card easily so I didn’t want to attach the frame to both front sections of the cascade base, so the frame was attached with Hi-Tack glue to the left half of the card, and the cut out was attached to the right half, so the two halves could still move independantly.

For the back of the card I cut a piece of white card to fit on the right hand panel and stamped the ‘Happy birthday’ sentiment from the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set and used roll-on glue to attach it to the back panel before too many flowers were added to the front panels and it would have been difficult to write on.

I used the four small flower shapes from the Crative Expressions ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ dies to cut lots of flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to make them more dimentional, then added some nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Buttermilk’ to the centres and left them to dry overnight. I also used the ‘Camellia – Complete Petals’ smaller leaves dies to cut some leaves from Pistachio Pudding card stock and attached these and the flowers to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

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When I saw the Heartfelt Creations ‘Blazing Poppy Petals’ stamp with matching die I couldn’t resist, so I wanted to use them on this card. I stamped the image on parchment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used my heat tool to dry the ink, then cut out the shapes with the die in my Grand Calibur. I coloured the petals with the chisel nib of my Spectrum Noir PP4 pen, which didn’t dry very nicely – a bit blotchy, but I figured it was just the joy of homemade… Again I used the HC Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to add dimention to the petals, then used Hi-Tack to hold the petals together (so glad I did – parchment is not keen on sticking!!!) When the glue had dried I added a generous blob of nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Ebony Black’ and sprinkled on a few black Rocailles, then left this to set overnight. I punched some leaves from Mossy Meadow card using the leaf punch in Ruth Hamilton’s Pick of the Bunch punch and stamp set ‘ Rose – Pansy – Camellia – Gardenia’, shaped them, glued a few toghether, then attached them with the parchment poppies to the bigger panels towards the back of the card.

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Having taken the leaf punch from the Pick of the Bunch set out, I figured I’d keep going so I created two pansies coloured with Spectrum Noir pens in OR2 and FL3.

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I had wanted to have a butterfly on the card somewhere because the Red Admirals and Peacocks are out in force in my Mother’s garden. I used a Martha Stewart punch to get a black outline, then stuck it to some parchment with Hi-Tack glue and when the glue had dried I coloured in the sections with DR4, then cut the parchment around the edges of the butterfly and stuck it to the card base.

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As per usual I had been taking my time, doing a bit here, a bit there, and suddenly I needed to post the card this week and the left side of the card was finished, the right… not so much – eek!! So, my lastminute.com nature kicked in and I decided to make some really quick and simple bits to stick on the panels – I had been planning to make roses, but that would have taken too long!

I used the Wplus9 ‘Fesh Picked’ stamps and matching dies to make some strawberries and leaves for the back panel. The flowers on the middle panel are the sepal punch from the Pick of the Bunch set punched in white with a dot of nail varnish in the middle, the leaves are Sizzix Susan’s Garden (658413) cut from Lucky Limeade.

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Phew!

Wishing you a lovely weekend, I hope you have some sun to get out in and enjoy!

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

A friend of mine that I went to school with had a baby this year – it makes me feel very old to know that other people my age are breeding! So this Christmas will be his son’s first Christmas, I made him a ‘first Halloween’ card, so I’m making him a ‘first Christmas’ card too!

I wanted this to be fairly simple card a) because the postage deadline is tomorrow and b) because Josh is only little & therefore doesn’t need loads of bling or ribbons etc.

I started with a white 6×6 card base. I cut a panel of Stampin’ UP! Mossy Meadow card for the sentiment, then using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched some branches from the same card so the bottom edge would be softened by some foliage.

I die cut two ‘Globe Ornaments’ from pearlescent red card and two ‘caps’ from gold mirror card. I adhered the caps to the ornaments with Quicky Glue and put them to one side to dry.

From Centura Pearl card stock I cut the sentiment using Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet’ and Cheery Lynn just the Christmas bit of the ‘Happy Christmas’ die set and some snowflakes, again a Cheery Lynn die. These were all attached to the mossy Meadow panel with Glossy Accents.

Using Glossy Accents again I worked out where the panel would be on the front of the card, then attached the branch punch outs underneath this. When the branch pieces were in place I attached the sentiment panel, then the globe ornaments. I drew some ‘string’ from the ornaments to the branches, and that was it!

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I hope his Mummy & Daddy like the card! Wishing you all a happy weekend, I will be busy seeing family, so I’ll see you in the New Year!

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Feliz Navidad

I went shopping for Christmas dies at the weekend in my local craft shop – The Art of Craft. I was moaning about how difficult it is to find Spanish sentiments & how I have to assemble them from scratch (I do have the Stampendous ‘Spanish Messages‘ clear stamps, but Feliz Navidad isn’t in it!) and the lady on the till said “How do you say Happy Christmas in Spanish then?” “Feliz Navidad” I said. “We’ve got that as a die from Memory Box.” was her reply – I won’t lie, I was gobsmacked!!!! Needless to say it went straight in my basket, as well as some bauble dies!

So this card is a celebration of the dies that I bought on Saturday…

I used some metallic teal card to cut the sentiment and solid baubles, then I cut the ‘Swirl Ornament’ from some velum. Using the top of the ‘Classic Ornament’ I cut two tops from gold mirror card. I cut several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock using my Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch.

I used a white 6×6 card blank as a base, I used a roller glue to attach the sentiment panel to the bottom of the card. I used my bone folder to bend both of the solid baubles so they were more 3D. I used Quicky Glue to go over the Swirl Ornament, then stuck it on top of the Classic Ornament. I used Quicky Glue to attach the tops to the baubles, then I added lines of Glossy Accents to the two sides of the baubles that would be attached to the card, so the middle of the baubles would be coming off the front of the card. I used tiny little drops of Glossy Accents to attach the branches to the top of the card.

Once I was sure all the Glossy Accents had dried I used a ruler to draw a ‘string’ for both of the baubles.

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I hope you like this card – I’ll be making lots in lots of different colours for all the Spanish staff and students at the Institute where I work.

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Christmas Card Swap Card #1

I’ve started on my 5 cards for the card swap!

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I really wanted to use the Lili of the Valley ‘Fur Cones‘ because I just think it’s such a cute image & whilst it’s not an all-out Christmas image, I love it! Now I must admit I’m not a ‘fussy card’ maker ie. I don’t use LOTS of flowers, bows and embellishments on my cards, but I do look at cards like that & think “wow, that must have taken ages!” so I just wanted to give it a go for this first Christmas card of the swap.

I started with a 6 x 6 inch kraft card base. I trimmed a 6 x 6 inch patterend paper from My Mind’s Eye ‘Snowed In’ and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I inked ‘Fur Cones’ and ‘Happy Circular Sentiments‘ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped them on Neenah Classic Crest Card (Crafter’s Companion). I die cut the image with the largest Spellbinders ‘Scalloped Circles’ die, then coloured the image in Promarkers. [TeaGreen, Pine, Umber, Henna, Walnut, Crimson, Cardinal Red, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5] I die cut the circular sentiment with the third smallest Spellbinders ‘Standard Circles Small’.

I really wanted the snow in the image to be sparkly, so I went over the snow on the branches and ground with Crystal Stickles (Ranger) and left this to dry overnight before continuing with the assembly of the card.

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Using the Martha Stewart ‘branch’ punch I punched several branches from Mossy Meadow card stock. I arranged three red roses (habico) under the circular sentiment & when I was happy, adhered them in place with Glossy Accents (Ranger). Then I started to place the branches where I wanted them & adhered them with Glossy Accents, once these were in place I adhered the image and sentiment in place over the metal rose stems and card branches.

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I hope the recipient enjoys the card & feels that even though there aren’t Christmas trees, wreathes, baubles or presents on this card, it still has a Christmassy feel!

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10th Birthday Card

Today is my eldest Niece’s birthday, but because I’ve been ill for the last few days I didn’t get her card completed until today!

I used a white 6×6 tent-fold card for the base. I cut the green square from some patterned paper I got as a freebee with Cardmaking and Papercraft and attached it with roll-on glue.

Next I stamped the Carousel horse from the ‘Summer Garden and Sentiments‘ Whimsy Stamps set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I fussy cut all around the horse and used my craft knife to cut out the bits between the tail, legs & ribbons. I coloured it in using my Promarkers:

The pole & saddle were ‘Summer sun’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Gold’. The Leaves were ‘Apple Cider’ and ‘Pear Green’. The flowers were ‘Tropical Orchid’, ‘Orchid’, ‘Blossom’ and ‘Rose Pink’. The ribbons were ‘Powder Blue’ and ‘Sky Blue’. The hooves, mane and tail were ‘Cool Grey 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5’. The body had some shading with ‘Cool Grey 1’ and Blender.

Next I used my Martha Stewart ‘Double Scallop‘ edger punch to create a carousel top & bottom section using Centura Pearl card. I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die with pale blue card and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies with the same card. I found some pink card and die cut out the 1 and 0 from the Memory Box ‘Parker Numbers‘ dies.

I attached the carousel horse with very shallow foam sticky fixers, then I wrapped the Habico Paper Roses’ stems together and used Glossy Accents to attach them to the card. Once the roses were dry I used thick foam sticky fixer pads to attach the top and bottom border over the top of the horse and roses.

I used Quicky Glue pen to attach the Happy Birthday and 10 in place and roll-on glue to attach the scalloped circle.

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