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!
I love Steampunk, so when I saw the Kanban ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Cameo Clock’ toppers I grabbed them up! But then I just kept them and got them out to look at them rather than use them. Until now…
My friend is an acomplished seamstress and loves gaming so she makes her own costumes for gaming and comic book conventions – they are amazing!!! Today is her birthday and I put the card in the post at the weekend so I’m sure it arrived on time, so I’ll share the card I made for her now.
I love this ‘Cameo Clock – Divas’ image and tried to pick up on the colours and theme of the image. I used some Early Espresso card and embossed it with the Crafts Too ‘Geared’ embossing folder. Because the card was bigger than the embossing folder I embossed it twice and stuck some teal ribbon over the join using double sided tape and attached a peacock feather to the sticky tape under the ribbon. I attached the embossed panel to the front of a C5 cream card base, then I attached the image over the top of the embossed panel with clear foam pads.
Using my Bow Maker I made a little bow out of the teal ribbon and attached it to the card with Hi-Tack glue and used clamping tweezers to hold it in place whilst the glue dried.
I used the Xcut ‘Chronology’ dies to cut a pocket watch from gold mirror board and Sahara Sand for the watch face and Early Espresso for the watch hands. To attach the watch hands to the face I used a Doodlebug mini brad in antique brass. To attach the pocket watch to the card I used 3mm foam pads.
Using my Cheery Lynn ‘Happy’ and ‘Birthday’ word dies I cut the sentiment from teal card stock and attached them to the front of the card with Quicky Glue pen.
Finally, to the inside of the card I attached the ‘Time Machine – Verses’ sentiment with roll-on glue.
Here is the finished product.
I hope you found this inspiring and your week is going well!
My youngest Niece turns 7 today! How time flies!!
I’ve seen so many cards using watercolour techniques that look amazing & I keep jealously thinking “hmmm, mine would never look that good – it would run everywhere and look aweful”, but then I thought to myself – I have watercolour paper, water-based inks, paint brushes, I should just go for it, splash some colours all over the place & see how it looks! So I just went for it!
I cut a piece of watercolour card to 6x6in, then taped it down to a firm surface so it wouldn’t warp too much when it was wet. I used a large watercolour brush to thoroughly wet the card, then I used a small bit of ink on a mixing plate and experimented with water to get contrasts between dilute and more intense colour. Several inks were used at various dilutions on this project, so I might not remember them all, but I think I used Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point.
When I was happy with the look I had created I let the card dry. Removing the tape was easier than I thought it would be, but I cut off all the edges anyway because I wanted the panel to be smaller than the front of the card base. I tied a knot in some Pool Party ribbon and attached it with double sided tape.
The ‘Sweet’ die is from Whimsy Stamps and I die cut it from watercolour card so it had the same texture as the background. The sentiment is from the Wplus9 ‘Fresh Picked‘ stamp set that I stamped with Versa Fine ink in Onyx Black. The sequins are from the Doodlebug Designs ‘Tangerine’ set and I attached them with Glossy Accents.
I made a tag to match from Waltzingmouse ‘Stitched tags dies‘ and Cheery Lynn ‘Happy‘ and ‘Birthday‘ dies.
I will be seeing my Niece tomorrow for her Birthday party, so I can give her her card & present then.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead x
Hmm… Somehow I’m only on card #3 and the postal deadline for the swap is 30th November!! I’m dreadful at getting things done before a deadline!!!
I went for a CAS card a) because I wanted to make it before the deadline and b) I found out what the postage was for Card #1 and it was an eye opener!! I bought ‘Penelope’s Blossoms‘ with matching dies back in the summer & just never got around to using the set, which is dreadful! I’ve seen so many gorgeous wreath cards on other people’s blogs and pinterest that I wanted to try to build my own from leaves I already had, so this stamp set really fits the bill!
Using Old Olive, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade and Gumball Green inks (Stampin’ UP!) I stamped the various elements from the set in a circle and gradually filled in the gaps until I was happy with the design.
I inked the banner from the same set in Real Red, then I used the sentiment from the Waltzingmouse set ‘Gift Card It‘ and stamped in the banner. I used the matching die to cut out the banner and adhered it to the front of the card with clear dimentional pads.
I thought I had a die that looks like a bow, but I couldn’t think what set it was in, so I used some red gingham ribbon and attached it to the front of the card with Glossy Accents (Ranger).
I’m going to a wedding this weekend, but I will post out all the cards I’ve made so far this weekend to be sure they get there before Christmas, but I have checked & the ABSOLUTE deadline for postage to the USA is December 12th so I should be able to post out all my swap card in plenty of time, even if I don’t post them all by the date we were told in the swap!
It will be a friend of the family’s birthday on Saturday, so I’ve made her a card to celebrate. She has lived abroad in some very exotic places & I made her an exploding box card with orchids for her 60th birthday. This birthday card wasn’t going to be any less exotic, so when I saw this GORGEOUS set by My Favorite Things, I had to use it on this project!
When I first got the set I just played around with stamping & embossing the plumeria to make sure I was able to get the yellow bit where I wanted it (harder than it sounds when you’ve embossed white embossing powder on white card!) but eventually I had enough flowers that I liked so I cut them out. The petals are ‘Seafoam White’ Papermania embossing powder and ‘Yellow Blush Blaze’ Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.
The leaves are clear embossed on Gumball Green card stock – I love the way they turned out!
I have seen lots of ways to make your own enamel dots & I think I will try the clear embossing of card stock some time, but for this project I used nail varnish. I dropped neon yellow nail varnish onto my silicon craft sheet & left the dots for a few days to harden & they just pop off the sheet, then they can be applied to a card with some Glossy Accents.
When I bought this ‘black’ card in the craft shop, I was convinced it was black, but the second I put it next to black it was obviously a very dark navy…. Grrrrr…. But, hey we all make mistakes, don’t we?! So I cut out a square from the navy card & attached some yellow ribbon over it, then I stuck the panel on top of a white layer I had gutted earlier & attached this to the black 6×6 base card.
I arranged the flowers & leaves on the card, then when I had them where I wanted them I attached them with Glossy Accents, but they still had lots of dimention.
I stamped the sentiment from the Tropical Sensations on some white card, then used the Spellbinders labels die to cut it out. Because the flowers & leaves were so dimentional I attached the label with sticky foam pads. Last, but not least I attached my nail varnish dots to the navy panel. What do you think?