Friday, 5 May 2017

May 2017 Card Group Projects

Card group came around really fast this month as we got together a week later in April - I expected to be scrambling at the last minute but surprisingly I managed to get three cards designed and kitted up in good time for our meeting yesterday!

Card one is a bright and cheery little number, I think yellow and blue is a happy combo and I've combined So Saffron and Marina Mist here.  I've seen many variations on this card design on Pinterest and I've been meaning to make a version myself for ages.  This pic shows the card closed.

In this pic you can see the inside of the card peeking through from the back.  I cut 1" off from the side of the A6 sized card base and stamped the Bubble Wrap background in Crushed Curry ink.  I popped up the sentiment oval and popped up each flower.  I embellished each flower centre with a So Saffron  1/4" punched circle. 

This pic shows the card fully open with the pretty decorative edge.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

The second card also features a decorative edge.  My good friend Jan made me a lovely card using the Yvonne Creations Spring-tastic 'Butterfly Border' die and I just had to get the die for myself!  I've used a favourite colour combo of mine - black and white with a dash of bright - in this case Tempting Turquoise.

Here's the card open.  The die cuts the fancy border at the top but there's no cutting edge along the bottom of the die so it's ideal for cutting a decorative edge on the front of a card base.  I added a strip of Tempting Turquoise 'ribbon' cut using a die from the Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set and I popped up the sentiment label.  The Tempting Turquoise fancy butterfly was cut out using a treasured punch - the Craft Tonic Multi Detail Butterfly punch.  This punch came out many, many years ago and became a 'must have' item.  It didn't seem to stay around very long and they became difficult to find.  I love the design, the size and the shape of the butterfly.  Knowing I can't get the punch again should it break I'm precious about this punch and so I punched out all the butterflies for my ladies!  

Here's the inside of the card.  I glued a white panel inside the card, rounded the top corners, stamped a sentiment and added a black grosgrain 'ribbon' strip.  

Here's the envelope.

Card three was CASEd from this lovely card made by Rina Meushaw I came across on Pinterest.  I changed the colour scheme and didn't use a doily or ribbon.  I stamped the dots in Sahara Sand ink, the leaves in Old Olive, the flowers in Bermuda Bay and the flower centres and sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  I used the SU! 'Layering Squares' Framelits die set to cut the squares and the frame.  I fussy cut the flowers, popped those up and added Bermuda Bay sequins to finish the card front.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.

We had two birthday girls at card group yesterday and they both brought in scrummy home made cakes - chocolate brownies and a Victoria sponge.  They looked so delicious but I'm losing weight following Slimming World so I was angelic and passed on the cakes!  I had a banana, yogurt and a Hi Fi bar instead.  I do hope my halo doesn't slip down and strangle me!

Supplies for flowers decorative edged card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flower Shop' & 'Rose Wonder' sets, Creative Expressions 'Bubble Wrap' background stamp, Hero Arts 'Yummy Treats' set
CS: SU! So Saffron, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Marina Mist & Crushed Curry
Tools: SU! 'Pansy' punch, 1/4" circle punch, SU! 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for butterflies decorative edged card:
Stamps: SU! 'Simply Sketched' & 'Birthday Blooms' sets
CS: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Tempting Turquoise
Tools: Yvonne Creations Spring-tastic 'Butterfly Border' die, Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set, Craft Tonic 'Multi Detail Butterfly' punch, SU! Project Life 'Cards & Labels' Framelits die set, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels

Supplies for frame and flowers card:
Stamps: SU! 'Avant Garden' set, Inkylicious 'Wonderful Day'
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay, & Whisper White (thick & regular)
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay, Old Olive & Early Espresso
Tools: SU! 'Layering Squares' Framelits die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Bermuda Bay sequins, Dimensionals


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Floral & Lacy Birthday Flip Card

This is the birthday flip card and envelope I made for my lovely friend Lesley using the SU! 'Jar of Love' set and papers from the 'Falling in Love' DSP pack.  I love the pretty flowers from the SU! 'Jar of Love' set and you don't always have to include a jar when you use them!

Here's the front view of the card.  I used Sweet Sugarplum CS for the card base and I stamped the flowers in Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry inks and the leaves in Sahara Sand ink.  I popped up the Very Vanilla stitched oval and all the flowers.  A touch of sparkle was added with some Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon.

Here's the reverse of the flip panel.

I glued a Very Vanilla panel to the back of the flip card so I had somewhere to write my message.

Here's the card flat ready to go in the envelope.

Here's the envelope.

Stamps: SU! 'Jar of Love' & 'Birthday Blooms' sets
CS: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Very Vanilla 

Patterned paper: SU! 'Falling in Love' DSP
Ink: SU! Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Sizzix 'Card, Fancy Frame Flip-its #2' Framelits die set, SU! 'Everyday Jars' & 'Stitched Shapes'  Framelits die sets, envelope punch board
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon, Neutral Candy Dots, Dimensionals


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Flag Banners Blooms & Wishes For You Card

This is a card I've made for friends to say thank you for my birthday gifts.  I wanted a bright and cheery little number made with the SU! Blooms and Wishes set.  I love the watercolour look these flower stamps have!

The flag banners were cut out from SU! 'Succulent Garden' DSP and I adhered them to the front of a Flirty Flamingo A6 sized card base.  I stamped the leaves in Old Olive ink - full strength and stamped off once.  I stamped the blooms in Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder inks - stamped off once.  I stamped the sentiment in full strength Early Espresso ink and stamped the flower centres in stamped off once Early Espresso ink.  I popped up the stitched circle and popped up the fussy cut blooms.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  I popped up the sentiment oval on the inside and covered the envelope flap with watercolour striped paper from the 'Succulent Garden' DSP pack.

Stamps: SU! 'Blooms & Wishes' & 'Flourishing Phrases' sets
CS: SU! Flirty Flamingo & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Succulent Garden' DSP
Ink: SU! Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive & Watermelon Wonder
Tools: SU! 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set, Sizzix 'Banners' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Butterfly Double Dutch Fold Card

I like creating a fancy fold card every now and then and when I came across a double dutch fold card on Pinterest I was determined to make one.  My friend Jan likes to try a new card type every now and then too so I'll be giving this card to her and will await her verdict with interest!

I made a Pool Party A6 sized card base first and cut 2" off the front panel.  Then I cut a 8 1/4" x 2" strip of Pool Party CS, scored it at 2 1/16" on both ends and glued it in place.  I cut my Island Indigo and patterned paper panels and adhered those in place before creating my butterfly.  I stamped the solid butterfly in Pool Party ink (stamped off once), stamped the wing edges in full strength Pool Party ink and stamped the pattern in Island Indigo ink (stamped off once).  After die cutting the butterfly wings I stamped the body in Soft Suede ink, die cut the stitched oval shape and stamped the antenna in Soft Suede ink.  I added some Island Indigo cotton ribbon to the top of the card, stamped the sentiment and popped up the oval.  I glued the butterfly body flat to the card but used Dimensional halves with the backing paper left on underneath the wings so they stay popped up.

Here's the inside of the card.

I just had to put a butterfly on the envelope flap!

Stamps: SU! 'Watercolor Wings' & 'Flourishing Phrases' sets

CS: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Pool Party, Island Indigo & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Bold Butterfly' & 'Butterflies' die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Island Indigo cotton ribbon, Dimensionals


Monday, 17 April 2017

Three Jars Of Hearts Love Card

It was my birthday recently and one of the gifts I received from Owen was the SU! 'Jar of Love' stamps and dies bundle.  Naturally, I couldn't wait to use my goodies and had to make Owen a thank you card!

I based my design on this fun card made by Nancy Amato that I saw on Pinterest.  I stayed faithful to Nancy's layout but used a black, white and red colour combo for my card and I embossed the white panel with the SU! 'Falling Petals' embossing folder - looks more like hearts to me than petals!  I stamped the hearts using Real Red ink and stamped full strength and stamped off once impressions.  I wanted to add some highlights to the hearts but I couldn't find a white gel pen in my craft room.  I think I got fed up with them not working and threw them away!  I found some watered down white acrylic paint and I used the end of an embossing stylus to add white dots to the hearts.  I popped up the jars and the black bow.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  Usually I place just a white panel on the inside of my coloured card bases but to make a change I matted and layered a white panel.  I liked how it turned out and happily, Owen loved his card!

Stamps: SU! 'Jar of Love' & 'Avant Garden' sets
CS: SU! Real Red, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Polka Dot Parade' DSP
Ink: SU! Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Everyday Jars' Framelits die set, SU! 'Falling Petals' embossing folder, embossing stylus
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals, watered down white acrylic paint


Friday, 14 April 2017

April 2017 Card Group Projects

We got together yesterday afternoon for our April card group meeting and the ladies made three cards.  I also took along another sketch layout to add to their collection.

I came across this card on Pinterest and really liked the idea of using two dies from the Window Box die set to make a flower trough card.  I just had to make a faux wooden trough using the Hardwood stamp!  I placed a panel of Pink Pirouette CS behind the floral cut out, inked the edges of the white panel with Soft Suede ink, stamped the sentiment, added the burlap ribbon and attached the panel to the front of a Crumb Cake A6 sized card base.  I inked the edges of the trough and the butterfly with Soft Suede ink, popped up the trough, glued the butterfly and added rhinestone jewels to finish the front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the gorgeous flourish from the SU! 'Flourishing Phrases' set in Soft Suede ink and inked the edges of the white panel.

This is Card Group Layout #2 and I used this sketch for the second and third cards.  
The layout is based on this lovely card I saw on Pinterest made by Tina Rappe.  I decided to CASE the card and I added a splash of sunny yellow (Daffodil Delight CS) to the crisp navy and white combo.   The card base is 7" x 5" so quite a large card.  I popped up the image panel and added three punched, shaped flowers with navy rhinestone gem centres.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  The verdict on this card was that it was very classy!

For card three I rotated the layout and made a landscape oriented card.  I used the oh, so lovely SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set for this card and some long neglected SU! speciality DSP.  I'd forgotten all about the 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP which was a 2015 Sale-A-Bration item.  When I came across it recently I thought it was high time I used it!  

I applied Sweet Sugarplum ink to the panel using a sponge brayer, applying more ink in certain areas to get some shading, rubbed the panel with a piece of kitchen towel to remove the excess ink, matted it onto a layer of Rich Razzleberry CS and glued that to the front of an A6 sized Pear Pizzazz card base.  For the image panel I stamped the honeycomb image a few times in stamped off once Sahara Sand ink, stamped the fern twice in Pear Pizzazz ink without re-inking, stamped the postmark in Early Espresso ink and stamped the flower in Rich Razzleberry ink three times without re-inking.  I stamped the sentiment and butterfly in Rich Razzleberry ink and inked the edges of the panel with Sahara Sand ink.  I die cut the butterfly, glued the body flat to the panel and applied half a Dimensional with the backing paper left on under each so the butterfly remains popped up.

More collage stamping happened on the inside panel and the envelope.  I inked the edges of the panel before gluing it inside.  I think this was the favourite card on the day!

Supplies for Just a Note card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flourishing Phrases' set, 'Hardwood' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Window Box' Thinlits dies, 'Bitty Butterfly' punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! burlap ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for Happy Birthday card:
Stamps: SU! 'Floral Phrases' set, 'Sincere Sentiments' free set from Cardmaking & Papercraft mag #169 Jan 2017
CS: PaperMania white 7" x 5" card blank, SU! Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Floral Boutique' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: Woodware small flower punch
Embellishments & accessories: 3D foam tape, navy rhinestone gems 

Supplies for Sending Wishes Your Way card:
Stamps: SU! 'Butterfly Basics' set
CS: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP
Ink: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: sponge brayer, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Avant Garden Thanks Card

The SU! 'Avant Garden' set was my final Sale-A-Bration choice.  The set didn't do a great deal for me until I saw lots of pretty 'Avant Garden' cards on Pinterest and now I've used it I realise what a lovely set it is!

The spring sunshine prompted me to go for fresh colours and I used Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride and Old Olive along with black and white.  As the stamps are photopolymer it was easy to see where I was stamping and so the card came together fairly quickly.  I attached a strip of narrow black ribbon to the stamped panel before adhering it to the black mat layer.  After gluing the mat layer to the front of the A6 sized Watermelon Wonder card base I added a strip of small rhinestone jewels to the ribbon to underline the sentiment.

More pretty floral stamping on the inside and the envelope.  A very happy card to make!

Stamps: SU! 'Avant Garden' set
CS: SU! Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Basic Black taffeta ribbon, rhinestone jewels