Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Thinking of You in Green and Blue

Last week’s Card & Cuppa project was this Thinking of You card.

I regularly ask my attendees what sort of cards they would like to create, and was asked for Thinking of You, so here it is.

For this project, I chose a combination of green and blue with Soft Sea Foam, Lost Lagoon and Balmy Blue, along with Very Vanilla.

The delicate background is created in Soft Sea Foam using one of the Foursquare Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush.

Next, leaves from the Layering Leaves Stamp Set are stamped in Lost Lagoon and punched out using the coordinating Bough Punch.

The flower from the Two-Tone Flora Stamp Set is then created using Balmy Blue, with first and second generation stamping to create the layers. It is cut out using a Circle Punch from the Online Exclusives range. A gentle touch of sparkle is added to the centre of the flower with Wink of Stella.

Thinking of You is from the Go To Greetings Stamp Set.

Each piece is then layered together onto the background, with the flower raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally, some Pearls are coloured using Stamping Blends and added to the project.

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Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Christmas Stripes

Our final Card & Cuppa project of the year was this pretty Christmas card I’m sharing a day early with you!

It is one of my favourite stripe designs made with my favourite stamp set, DSP and Ribbon of the season.

Sadly these items are on the Last Chance Products list, so we won’t see them again when our Spring Catalogue releases in early January.

The bottom of the card is made with stripes of the Joy of Christmas DSP laid side by side.

A length of the gorgeous Iridescent Ribbon sits across the top of the pieces. This ribbon has a lovely shimmer to it and appears to change colour in different lights.

Two circles are then punched using the Online Exclusives Circle Punches, one from Basic White and one from Shaded Spruce cardstock.

The holly image from the Christmas Classics Stamp Set is then stamped in coordinating Shaded Spruce and coloured using a Stampin’ Blend.

It is given a touch of extra festive sparkle using Wink of Stella before the layered circles are stuck across the ribbon.

Finally, some Festive Pearls are added to create holly berries.

This design is great if you have offcuts of DSP or just need to de-stash. It also works with cardstock too.

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CHRISTMAS CLASSICS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)JOY OF CHRISTMAS 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER1-3/4" (4.4 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSHADED SPRUCE A4 CARDSTOCKSHADED SPRUCE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SHADED SPRUCE COMBO PACKWHITE 1/2" (1.3 CM) IRIDESCENT RIBBONFESTIVE PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

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 11

Can you believe it’s the penultimate week of this year’s Countdown to Christmas series already.

This project is one you can make fairly quickly so great for anyone who may have forgotten to send a card to.

It uses Shaded Spruce, Sweet Sorbet and Crushed Curry, along with Basic White.

Holly leaves from the Christmas Classics Stamp Set are stamped at the top of the piece and coloured using a matching Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blend. Berries are then added. Everything is given some festive sparkle using Wink of Stella.

I think you can tell that the Christmas Classics Stamp Set has been my favourite stamp set of the season so far. I’m sad it’s on the Last Chance list, get yours while you still can.

For the stars, I’ve used the stamp set from the Christmas Everywhere Kit. This is such a versatile little stamp set.

The sentiment is then stamped and punched out using the 2″ Circle Punch from the Online Exclusives. It’s layered onto a larger circle cut from the 2 3/8″ Circle Punch.

Next, a length of In Color Baker’s Twine in Sweet Sorbet is added to create the hanging bauble effect.

The bauble is then raised up on Dimensionals.

Finally a bunny ears bow sits at the top of the bauble.

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CHRISTMAS CLASSICS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE KIT (ENGLISH)2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2-3/8" (6 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHSWEET SORBET A4 CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUSHED CURRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSHADED SPRUCE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SHADED SPRUCE COMBO PACK2022–2024 IN COLOR BAKER'S TWINE PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Christmas Punch Art Rudolph

As we’ve now reached December, the Card & Cuppa class designs for this month are all Christmas cards.

I love punch art, so couldn’t resist making this Rudolph. I’ve made several versions in the past, but here is the one for 2023.

It starts with a snowy background using Balmy Blue and the ‘splats’ from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set.

Next a Pecan Pie circle is cut using the 2″ Circle Punch from the Online Exclusives.

Two Early Espresso antlers are cut using the Bough Punch and the piece for the eyes is then cut out using the Little Monkey Builder Punch. There are also two shorter ‘ear’ pieces cut from the Bough Punch too.

The nose is from the Stylish Shapes Dies and is cut from Poppy Parade. It is coated with Wink of Stella to make his ‘very shiny nose’.

Using the Modern Garden Stamp Set (on the Last Chance List), the eyes and mouth are stamped.

Next, the bottom part of the antler is cut off and the ear piece is attached in the same place. You could just glue the ear over the top of the other pieces, but I preferred it this way. Remember to mirror the antlers.

Rudolph is then assembled, apart from his nose, and the ‘ho ho ho’ from the Alphabest Stamp Set is stamped at the bottom, leaving enough room for him to be added.

He is then attached to the project and his nose is raised up on Dimensionals.

I do love a fun Christmas Card and this would be suitable for young and old.

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ALPHABEST PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETQUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETMODERN GARDEN PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)STYLISH SHAPES DIES2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHBOUGH PUNCHLITTLE MONKEY BUILDER PUNCHEARLY ESPRESSO A4 CARDSTOCKEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPECAN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

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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Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 8

Week 8 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series is this non-stamping project.

If you have lots of pretty papers sitting around, it’s a great stash buster.

The DSP I’ve used is the Joy of Christmas pack, on the current Last Chance Products list and retiring very soon.

Don’t forget that Last Chance products are only available while stocks last, so grab them while you can!

I used the sheets to create a split background and covered the join with a piece of the Gold Trim from the Online Exclusives range.

I’ve then used the sheets to create the Christmas tree. This is made from 3 triangles, cut from the DSP. They are folded in half and then glued together to create the pop-up effect. As there are only three triangles, the tree lays flat for posting.

Each triangle is given a coating of Wink of Stella for some festive shimmer.

These then sit on a snowball shape cut from the Decorative Circle Punch, backed with a Real Red shape cut from the 2 3/8 Circle Punch.

The project sits on a Basic White layer, onto a Real Red base card. The colours are taken from the colours in the DSP.

Finally, a Brushed Metallic Gold embellishment sits at the top of the tree.

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JOY OF CHRISTMAS 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERDECORATIVE CIRCLE PUNCH2-3/8" (6 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKGOLD & SILVER 1/8" (3.2 MM) TRIM COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHBRUSHED METALLIC ADHESIVE BACKED DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 4

The project for week 4 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series is this fun holly card.

It is a CASE of a project I’ve made previously. Check out my video all about the concept of CASE-ing.

This card uses Crumb Cake with Real Red, Garden Green, Early Espresso and Basic White.

All of the images are from the Christmas Classics Stamp Set from the September-December Mini Catalogue. I’m really enjoying this set as there are lots of different sentiments and a few images too, so it’s quite versatile.

To begin, the holly leaves are stamped in Early Espresso, then the berries are stamped in Real Red.

Next, using Watercolor Pencils, the leaves are coloured. If you wanted to, you could stamp a full sheet of cardstock, colour, then cut the sheet into 4. Great if you want to create a few in a production line style.

A touch of sparkle is added to the berries with some Wink of Stella.

For the sentiment, this is stamped in Garden Green and punched out using the 2″ Circle Punch. This punch is available from the Online Exclusives range.

To mirror the berries, a larger 2 3/8″ circle is punched out to layer the sentiment.

Using the Real Red and Garden Green Ribbon Combo Pack, two strips of the Garden Green Ribbon are added, with a length of the Real Red across the middle.

Finally, the sentiment is stuck to the project using Dimensionals.

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CHRISTMAS CLASSICS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2-3/8" (6 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED A4 CARDSTOCKREAL RED CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGARDEN GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADEARLY ESPRESSO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 1WATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2REAL RED & GARDEN GREEN 3/8" (1 CM) RIBBON COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' 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

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