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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LADYBUG BUILDER PUNCHHEARTFELT HEXAGON PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)TIMELESS ARRANGEMENTS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHDOUBLE OVAL PUNCHCOASTAL CABANA A4 CARDSTOCKCOASTAL CABANA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSMOKY SLATE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSMALL BLENDING BRUSHESCLASSIC MATTE DOTSRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSGLUE DOTS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Of Art & Texture Stamp Set

For last week’s Card & Cuppa project I used an Online Exclusives Stamp Set called Of Art & Texture.

It is based on a project I made many years ago, just using new products.

My main colours are Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Basic White.

The background uses one of the images from the Of Art & Texture stamped multiple times. This is a Stamp Set from the Online Exclusives Range.

Tiny flowers from the Heartfelt Hexagon Stamp Set are then stamped across the background. They are then coloured using Tahitian Tide and Azure Afternoon Stampin’ Blends. Wink of Stella gives a touch of sparkle to the centre of each flower.

A sentiment from the Beautiful Balloons Stamp Set is stamped and layered using Circle Punches, also from the Online Exclusives.

This sits on a length of coordinating Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon.

Finally, a few Rhinestones complete the project.

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OF ART & TEXTURE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETHEARTFELT HEXAGON PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)BEAUTIFUL BALLOONS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)1-3/4" (4.4 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKTAHITIAN TIDE STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKAZURE AFTERNOON STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKNIGHT OF NAVY 3/8" (1 CM) BORDERED RIBBONWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – New Year, New Stamp Set

Last week was my first Card & Cuppa class of the year, so I decided to use a new stamp set.

This is the Softly Said Stamp Set and it is an Online Exclusive product, available at my Online Store. The design is inspired by the project shown on the product page there.

For my version of the design, I chose to use Moody Mauve, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink and Basic White as my colour combination.

Along with the Softly Said Stamp Set, I also used the Cheerful Daisies Bundle (Stamp Set and Dies) from the Annual Catalogue.

The daisy outlines were stamped tone-on tone for the background. Another daisy was stamped separately in Petal Pink and cut out with the dies.

Using Blending Brushes and Flirty Flamingo ink, a piece of cardstock was coloured and the leafy shape was then cut out from this, again with the dies.

A sentiment from the Softly Said Stamp Set is then stamped with the ends cut using the Banners Pick a Punch.

Everything was then layered, with the sentiment raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, some Iridescent Rhinestones gave a touch of sparkle.

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SOFTLY SAID CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)CHEERFUL DAISIES BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BANNERS PICK A PUNCHMOODY MAUVE A4 CARDSTOCKMOODY MAUVE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADFLIRTY FLAMINGO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPETAL PINK CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 12

Today is the final week of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series.

This bright and cheery sentiment free card is a quick and easy project to make. The design can also be replicated using other stamps too.

For this project, I used Parakeet Party, Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

First, the trees from the Christmas Everywhere Kit were stamped onto the card. My top tip for this design is to stamp in the position you want the focal piece and then stamp the others around it.

An additional tree was stamped onto a separate piece and fussy cut, leaving a large enough piece at the top for the bling to stick to.

Each of the trees were coloured using the light Parakeet Party Stampin’ Blend Marker.

Stars were then stamped onto the background trees and dotted with Wink of Stella.

Next, lengths of coordinating Baker’s Twine were added to the left-hand side and a knot tied across the three strands.

The focal tree then had a Daffodil Delight Glossy Dot added to the top before being raised up on Mini Dimensionals in the correct position.

Finally, Iridescent Rhinestones were also coloured with the Stampin’ Blend Marker to coordinate with the project colours. They are dotted across the card for a touch of bling.

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CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE KIT (ENGLISH)PARAKEET PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACK2022–2024 IN COLOR BAKER'S TWINE PACKIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 6

How is it already week 6 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series?

For this project, I used the new Christmas Everywhere Kit. The kit includes all the items you need to create 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs). It also includes a stamp set and mini ink pad in Pretty Peacock too.

As you can see, rather than using the cards in the kit, I have used the stamp set to create my own design.

This is a monochrome Christmas Card in Night of Navy and Basic White.

First, the star background is stamped. Next, a circle is cut using the Online Exclusives 2″ Circle Punch. Two trees are then stamped onto the circle, with another stamped onto a separate piece.

The trees are coloured using a light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend marker with the separate one cut out and stuck in front.

This is then mounted onto a Night of Navy Circle, again cut out using a Circle Punch. The trees are then stuck to background.

What is great about this stamp set is the combination of words to allow you to create your own sentiment.

For my sentiment, I was able to pop it all onto my clear block and stamp the whole greeting at once.

I’ve raised this over the top of the trees using Dimensionals.

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some festive sparkle.

I intend to make up the kit and use the cards as instructed, but as soon as I saw the stamp set, I knew that it would be great for my own designs too.

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CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE KIT (ENGLISH)2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2-3/8" (6 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS NIGHT OF NAVY COMBO PACKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 3

Week 3 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series is this Christmas card.

If you’ve been around for a while you will know that I love a poinsettia project.

This one uses a combination of Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight, with Basic White.

The background is from the new Modern Garden Stamp Set with the dots given a touch of Wink of Stella for some festive sparkle.

To create the poinsettias, these are also from the Modern Garden Stamp Set. They have been stamped and then cut out and layered.

There is a coordinating punch with this Stamp Set, but unfortunately, it’s the Modern Oval shape I used for the sentiment, so the poinsettias all had to be fussy cut!

As I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, it’s safe to say that if you receive this card from me you’re someone special!

Using the Christmas Classics Stamp Set, another new product from the Mini Catalogue, the sentiment is stamped onto the punched Modern Oval shape.

The sentiment and flowers are then stuck together and raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, some Iridescent Rhinestones add a bit more sparkle.

I think this project would look great in other colours too for a non-traditional look.

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MODERN GARDEN BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CHRISTMAS CLASSICS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)CALYPSO CORAL A4 CARDSTOCKCALYPSO CORAL CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 2

Week 2 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series is this quick and simple Christmas card.

It copies this previous design I made using the Biggest Wish Stamp Set.

This new More Wishes Stamp Set in the September-December Mini Catalogue is additonal words in the same font and size as that set, so the two coordinate perfectly.

For this design, I’ve stayed with the monochrome look and used Sweet Sorbet for the pop of colour.

‘Merry’ is stamped multiple times in a combination of first and second generation stamping. The project is then rotated 90 degrees and the ‘Christmas’ part is then stamped.

What is great about this project is that it can be portrait or landscape, there is no right or wrong way round.

A strip of coordinating cardstock is then added, along with a length of the In Color Baker’s Twine, also in Sweet Sorbet.

Finally, triangles of Rhinestones sit either side of the ‘Christmas’.

I really like this design as it is quick and easy to make and you don’t need lots of products.

You can also use multiple colours, ribbons, bling and much more to add your own style.

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MORE WISHES PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)SWEET SORBET A4 CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCK2022–2024 IN COLOR BAKER'S TWINE PACKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Wedding Anniversary Wishes

As there wasn’t a Card & Cuppa last week, today I’m sharing a card I made for friends for their 1st Wedding Anniversary.

The card is a nod to their wedding stationery that I helped them design and make. Fresh Freesia and Gray Granite are the colours used in their stationery too.

For this design, I used the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set to create a background.

The strip of cardstock across the middle represents the belly band that went around their stationery bundle.

Layering circles cut from the Online Exclusives Circle Punches sit above this with hearts cut from the Country Bouquet Punch on top.

I used a Blending Brush to add some shading to the large heart, and the smaller heart is coated in Wink of Stella. There was Wink of Stella on their wedding stationery.

Finally, some Rhinestones add a touch more bling.

Here is the card I made for their engagement, and the card I made for their wedding.

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COUNTRY BOUQUET PUNCHQUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SET1-3/4" (4.4 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Christmas Card Club – August 2023

Today I’m sharing August’s Christmas Card Club project.

Christmas Card Club is where those who sign up make 2 of a pre-designed card using the class kit and instruction from a YouTube video tutorial. The projects are made in their own time with a new video released on the 25th of each month (July-November).  See July’s project here.

For August’s project, I chose to make this fun Christmas tree. It’s inspired by a project in the new Mini Catalogue.

I chose Parakeet Party, Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for my tree, with Pecan Pie for the trunk. These are all paired with Basic White to allow the bright greens to stand out.

Each strip of card is embossed using the Basics 3D Embossing Folders from the Online Exclusives range.

The strips are cut to different lengths and arranged to create the tree shape, with the trunk at the bottom.

Finally, a Glossy Dot in Daffodil Delight is added to the top of the tree, with Iridescent Rhinestones as baubles on the end of some of the branches.

This is a very quick and easy sentiment free project and great for using your scraps of Cardstock and DSP.

If you want to join us and make a future Christmas Card Club project, make sure you have booked your place by the 9th of each month.

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BASICS 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERSPARAKEET PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKGRANNY APPLE GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKPECAN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKGLOSSY DOTS ASSORTMENTIRIDESCENT RHINESTONES BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Petal Park in Pinks

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was also the project I used for the Card & Cuppa for Children session too.

The pink colours were Melon Mambo, Berry Burst and Bubble Bath, with Granny Apple Green.

For the background piece, it is stamped tone on tone using the Petal Park Stamp Set. It is then cut into strips to create a trump l’oeil effect.

At the children’s session, they cut their piece into 3 using the Paper Trimmer. I gave the adults the choice of cutting theirs into more strips and having 5 as the background.

All of the flowers and leaves are stamped in Berry Burst and Granny Apple Green. They are then punched out using the coordinating Petal Park Builder Punch. The outline images are given a touch of colour using a Blender Pen and Wink of Stella centres.

Using what I refer to as a ‘helper piece’ – I chose an oval cut using the Double Oval Punch, each of the flowers are then stuck to this piece. The leaves are then stuck behind. This ‘helper piece’ allows the flowers and leaves to work as one. You can also use a scrap of cardstock for this.

A sentiment, from the Circle Sayings Stamp Set is stamped and added to the project. The bunch of flowers is then stuck on top of the sentiment.

Finally, some Iridescent Rhinestones add some extra sparkle.

The design of this project is one that can easily be recreated using different colours and stamp sets for a variety of occasions.

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