Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – More Ladybug Builder Punch

Following on from the previous week’s Card & Cuppa project, last week’s design again used the Ladybug Builder Punch.

I wanted to show how to use the punch in different ways, so created this cute butterfly card. During lockdown, we made this flower project using the punch too.

The main colours are Coastal Cabana and Fresh Freesia, with Basic White, for a happy springtime feel. Both Basic Gray and Smoky Slate are the accent colours.

To begin, a circle was punched out of the Basic White layer using the 2″ Circle Punch from the Online Exclusives range.

Next, the flowers and leaves from the Inked & Tiled Stamp Set are added to the background. These are second generation stamping and a scrap of Grid Paper was used to mask off areas we didn’t want to stamp on.

A sentiment from the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set is then stamped and punched out using the Double Oval Punch. It is given a touch of colour around the edge using a Blending Brush before being stuck to the project.

For the butterfly, a body was cut in Basic Gray and two wings in Basic White, all using the Ladybug Builder Punch.

The wings were coloured using Blending Brushes and ink, with third generation stamping in Smoky Slate using a stamp from the Timeless Arrangements Stamp Set. This created a delicate pattern on the wings.

Before attaching the wings to the body, the body was trimmed at the sides to avoid it overhanging the wings. Glue Dots were used to attach the wings to the body.

A couple of Dimensionals were used to attach the butterfly in the hole. Eyes from the Classic Matte Dots are then added.

Finally, a few Rhinestones are added for a touch of sparkle.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Ladybug Builder and Tropical Leaf Punches

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this colourful card.

tt uses both the Ladybug Builder and Tropical Leaf Punches, along with the coordinating Tropical Leaf Stamp Set. The sentiment is from the Hearfelt Hexagon Stamp Set, layered with the Double Oval Punch shapes.

You will find the Tropical Leaf Stamp Set and Punch Bundle in the Online Exclusives range at my Online Store.

For the background, the leaf shape was punched out and used as a mask to create the leaves in Granny Apple Green with a Blending Brush. Veins were then added in the same colour using the coordinating Stamp Set.

A flare of Lemon Lolly adds a touch of extra colour around the leaves.

Memento Ink then provides the black for the sentiment which is stamped and punched out. It’s layered together before being raised up on Dimensionals above a length of Gingham Ribbon.

For the ladybird, this is created using the Ladybug Builder Punch. By colouring Melon Mambo sequins from the Sequins Trio pack using a Stampin’ Blends Marker, the seven spots are created. The ladybird is then attached using Dimensionals.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Slight Grunge in Sepia Tones

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this slightly grunge-type project in sepia tones.

Having been asked recently for some more ‘generic’ designs, this one fits that brief.

My colour combination was Pecan Pie, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.

Using the splat image from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the leaf from the Inked & Tiles Stamp Set, the background piece is stamped.

Using a Blending Brush, the edges are given a touch of extra colour for a slight grunge effect.

The banner pieces are cut using the Nested Essentials Dies, but by drawing around the edge shape, rather than cutting them out. Another leaf is stamped onto the Very Vanilla shape and given a touch of grunge before the pieces are layered together.

Go To Greetings is the Stamp Set that provides the sentiment. This is cut out and stuck to the banner.

A length of coordinating Pecan Pie ribbon is stuck to the back of the banner before the whole piece is stuck to the project using Dimensionals.

Finally, some Classic Matte Dots in Very Vanilla are added.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Happy Hedgehogs without the hedgehogs!

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I used the Happy Hedgehogs Stamp Set without the hedgehogs!

My accent colour was Sweet Sorbet and I paired it with Basic White. The stamping was all in Basic Gray.

For the tree, I used the shrub image from the Happy Hedgehogs Stamp Set and stamped it twice to create extra height. The bottom was stamped first, with the top section of the image masked, followed by stamping the top piece.

Additional grass was then added to the bottom, along with a butterfly.

As you can see, there is not a hedgehog in sight! I used other images from the set to create the design.

All of the images were coloured using the Watercolor Pencil packs 1 and 2.

A sentiment from the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set is cut out and layered using both shapes cut from the Double Oval Punch.

This sits on top of lengths of coordinating Baker’s Twine using Dimensionals.

Finally, some small Iridiescent Pearls sit in the centre of each flower.

I like this design as it is a great any occasion card.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Masks & Masking

At a previous Card & Cuppa session I was asked about masks and masking, so last week’s class combined both techniques.

First it was using one of the Foursquare Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush to create the background in Fresh Freesia. The masks are like a stencil and you can apply colour in lots of different ways.

Next, using Masking Paper and the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set, we created a bunch of flowers.

The image was stamped onto Masking Paper twice and they were both cut out.

Then, the image is stamped onto cardstock once and then covered with one of the Masking Paper cut out shapes. Another image is then stamped next to the first, overlapping where needed. Once this has been stamped, the second mask is then used to cover the second image.

Finally, the third flower was stamped. When the masks are removed, you are left with a bunch of flowers. All of the flowers were stamped in Highland Heather to coordinate with the purple theme.

These were then coloured in using Watercolor Pencils, with the centre given a light coat of Wink of Stella. Fussy cutting was needed to cut the floral display out.

The Petal Park Stamp Set provides the leaves that were stamped in Shaded Spruce and cut out using the coordinating Petal Park Builder Punch. They were also coloured using Watercolor Pencils before being stuck to the flowers.

The whole piece was then raised up using Dimensionals.

Finally, some gold Festive Pearls are dotted around for a touch of bling.

As the design has quite a lot of detail, I’ve deliberately left it sentiment free. This makes it a great card for any occasion.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Masterfully Made DSP

Last week’s Card & Cuppa used the beautiful Masterfully Made DSP to create this any occasion card.

This gorgeous DSP was the star of the show.

A coordinating Lost Lagoon base card and Basic White layer showed off the DSP really well.

Using the Double Oval Punch, the shape for the sentiment was cut out, then stamped with the ‘for you’ from the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set. This was in Melon Mambo, another coordinating colour from the DSP pack.

There isn’t a Melon Mambo Baker’s Twine, so we created our own using the White from the Essentials Baker’s Twine and colouring it using a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blend.

This then sits behind the sentiment in a swoosh, with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals.

It was a really quick and easy project and is a great one if you have a stash of DSP.

You can also add embellishments, Wink of Stella and more as you would like, depending on the DSP and the occasion.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Nature’s Prints Coordination

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this any occasion card. It used items that coordinate with the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set.

A colour combination of Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla gave the project a pastel feel.

The background was made using the Fern 3D Embossing Folder. This was then given some extra tone-on-tone definition using a Small Blending Brush and a Petal Pink Stampin’ Pad.

Next, the various images and the sentiment were stamped and cut out using the coordinating Natural Prints Dies.

Then, a ribbon swoosh using the new Calypso Coral Braided Linen Trim from the September-December Mini Catalogue was added.

The cut out shapes were then layered with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, some Iridescent Pearls were added to the flatter sections of the embossed piece.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Autumn Vibes

Last week’s Card & Cuppa session was my first one back after my break.

Before I went on holiday, I was asked for something autumnal when I returned. So this any occasion card fits the bill.

It uses a colour combination of Copper Clay, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry. These are perfect colours to represent the changing colours of the leaves.

To begin, leaves from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set and the Modern Garden Stamp Set are stamped across the Very Vanilla background.

Next, using Blending Brushes, a diagonal strip of Crushed Curry is added down the centre with Mossy Meadow on the outer edges.

 

Using a Blender Pen, the Copper Clay outline leaves are given a touch of colour. Doing this after adding the colour with the Blending Brushes allows the leaves to be different colours.

The sentiment, also from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set is cut out with the Modern Oval Punch. This is part of a bundle with the Modern Garden Stamp Set in the new Mini Catalogue.

A length of coordinating Textured In Color Ribbon is stuck across the centre, with the sentiment raised above it using Dimensionals.

Finally, some Adhesive-Backed Speckled Dots in Copper Clay, also from the new Mini Catalogue are dotted across the project.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set & Punch

At last week’s Card & Cuppa class, I used a coordinating stamp set and punch I hadn’t used at class before.

It’s the Sweet Songbirds Stamp Set and coordinating Songbird Builder Punch. The project is based on a design from the Annual Catalogue.

The design uses a lot of different colours, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lolly, Pecan Pie, Basic Gray, Parakeet Party, Fresh Freesia and Pumpkin Pie, along with Basic White.

To begin, a background is made using cut out shapes from the Cloud Punch, a Small Blending Brush and Balmy Blue Ink.

Next, the branches and leaves are stamped onto the background.

Then, the bird is stamped and punched out. The beak piece is punched out and coloured using a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker.

Once the eyes have been stamped, the wing and beak are glued to the body.

Notes are also stamped onto the background along with the feet.

The sentiments are stamped onto a separate piece of cardstock and cut out. Each one has the end shaped before being stuck to the project.

A touch of Wink of Stella is dotted in the centre of each flower.

Finally, the bird is attached using Dimensionals.

I love how cute this project looks. It’s a great project for celebrating a happy occasion.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Layering Leaves

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I wanted to make something neutral that would be suitable for anyone.

When I create projects like these I tend to use leaves or shapes. This time it was leaves, with the new Layering Leaves Stamp Set from the Annual Catalogue. This Stamp Set coordinates with the carryover Bough Punch.

I then chose shades of green with Garden Green, Parakeet Party and Mossy Meadow, with Basic White.

The design is one that I have used many times before, starting with stamping a ‘splat’ from the set diagonally across the page.

Next, the various leaves were stamped both tone on tone and onto Basic White, before being cut out with the punch. The larger Mossy Meadow leaves were cut out by hand.

A length of Garden Green Ribbon from the combo pack (listed below) sits across the project, with a length of the Parakeet Party In Color Metallic Wovoen Ribbon sitting on top of it.

The sentiment is stamped and punched out using the 2″ Circle Punch. If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen the punch in the Catalogue, it’s because it, along with some other circle punches are now Online Exclusives.

Using Multipupose Glue, the leaves are then attached, with some of then stuck to the back of the sentiment. As the sentiment is added using Dimensionals, this give the project more layers and depth.

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