Sunday, 10 September 2017

September 2017 Card Group Projects

On Thursday afternoon we got together for our September card group meeting and the September meeting is when I start on Christmas projects.  I designed three Christmas cards using some of the fabulous products from the new SU! Autumn/Winter catalogue.

It was love at first sight when I saw the 'Winter Wonder' large snowflake embossing folder, I just HAD to add that to my stash - along with the gorgeous foiled 'Year of Cheer' Specialty DSP!  I was inspired by the 'cheers to a new year!' card featuring three circles (shown on page 36 of the A/W catalogue) and I based my card on that design.  I spritzed a piece of  Whisper White thick CS with water before embossing with the 'Winter Wonder' folder.  I layered the white panel onto a mat of Early Espresso CS, added some sparkly silver ribbon and glued the entire panel to the front of a 7" x 5" white card base.  I punched a 2" copper foil circle and a 1 3/4" foiled design circle and adhered those to the card front.  I stamped and punched the 'Celebrate the Season' snowflake sentiment circle and I popped that up.  That stamp is a definite oldie but goodie - it's great to mix your old stuff with your brand new goodies!

Here's a view from a different angle so you can see the shine.  I love the mix of copper and silver on this design.  I placed a few rhinestone jewels to add seasonal sparkle to the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped a pretty snowflake border on the inside and on the front of the envelope.  I stamped the sentiment and used square dies to mat and layer the sentiment element.  I think this turned out to be quite an elegant, classy little number!

Card number two features a traditional festive red and green colour combo and was made using the SU! 'Carols of Christmas' bundle.  I think this is such an impressive, versatile bundle, there's so many things you can do with the different elements and you'll get varied looks even though you're using products from the same bundle.  

This card came about thanks to Teri Pocock's fab inspiration.  I love Teri's different coloured ornaments but I decided to simplify for card group and so I stamped my ornaments in Real Red ink only.  I made my A6 sized card base from Old Olive CS and added a Real Red mat layer.  Wow, that bold sentiment packs a real punch, I love the dimension it has!  I stamped the ornaments on a separate piece of white CS, die cut them and popped them up.  I embellished the ornaments with tiny punched Gold Glimmer Paper dots.  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I used the poinsettia dies from the 'Card Front Builder' Thinlits die set to cut the fancy corners at the bottom of the Whisper White panel.  I used the dies again to cut  out Real Red poinsettias, I inset them and added Gold Glimmer Paper dot centres.  I stamped the sentiment (from the 'Labels to Love' set), punched it out with the 'Everyday Label' punch and glued the label inside.  

Card number three also uses products from the 'Carols of Christmas' bundle - the sky detail and tree dies from the 'Card Front Builder' die set.  I love the dramatic black and white with a touch of Old Olive!  I made a Basic Black A6 card base and cut out the sky detail at the top of the card.  I die cut the trees and stamped and die cut the sentiment oval.  I used an MFT Die-namics 'Snow Drifts' die to cut my snow, I adhered the trees behind and popped up the oval.  In the SU! A/W catalogue I spied this 'make simple stars to add to your creations with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies' tip - a tip I acted on by cutting out Silver Glimmer Paper stars to add some twinkle!

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I cut a strip of tree design paper from the 'Merry Little Christmas' DSP pack.  This paper has black trees printed on a white background but I altered the paper.  I used a brayer to apply Old Olive ink over the white - being able to colour the paper with any ink colour is  marvellous eh?!  After gluing the strip of paper to the white panel I drew a line above it with a black Sharpie marker and stamped the sentiment.  The envelope is simply decorated with die cut trees.

A lovely afternoon and a few much needed Christmas cards to add to my box - time very well spent!

Supplies for snowflakes card:
Stamps: SU! 'So Many Scallops' set, Penny Black 'Beautiful Season', My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow!' set
CS: PaperMania 7" x 5" white card blank, SU! Early Espresso, Whisper White (thick & regular) & Copper Foil Sheet

Patterned paper: SU! 'Year of Cheer' Specialty DSP pack
Ink: SU! Early Espresso
Tools: SU! 'Winter Wonder' embossing folder, SU! circle punches, SU! 'Stitched Shapes' & 'Layering Squares' Framelits die sets, water spritzer bottle

Embellishments & accessories: SU! silver ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for 'Deck the Halls' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Carols of Christmas' & 'Labels to Love' sets
CS: SU! Old Olive, Real Red & Whisper White, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Real Red
Tools: SU! 'Card Front Builder' Thinlits die set, 'Layering Squares' Framelits die set, 'Everyday Label' punch, 1/8" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for trees 'Merry Christmas' card:
Stamps: SU! 'Hang Your Stocking' set, Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set
CS: SU! Basic Black, Old Olive  & Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Little Christmas' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Old Olive, black Sharpie marker
Tools: SU! 'Card Front Builder' & 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets, MFT Die-namics 'Snow Drifts' die set, brayer
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Roses Thanks Blueprints Card

My lovely friend Lesley gave me some M & C Boutique dies from the Works, a Rose Design die and a pack of Swirl Square nesting dies, what a sweetheart!  I used the pretty Rose Design die to make Lesley a thanks card.

I cut the die out of Whisper White CS and using sponge daubers I added Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry inks to colour the die cut shape.  I really liked the coloured outline but I decided to go a step further and use the outline die cut shape as a stencil so I could get coloured solid leaves and roses too.  I held the die cut in place on a piece of Whisper White CS, added ink colours, again using sponge daubers and then glued the outline shape on top.  Hmmm, because I'd used the shape as a stencil I'd got some ink haloing around the image.  It looked OK, just a soft smudgy halo but I decided I'd fussy cut around the die cut outline shape anyway.  A few quick flicks with daubers around the edges took care of any stray white bits!

Now I'd got my main image sorted I needed to design the card.  I turned to my trusty MFT 'Blueprints 14' die set which makes coming up with a layout SO fast and easy.  After making the Rich Razzleberry 5 1/4" card base and die cutting the card front elements I only had to arrange and adhere everything in place.  I popped up the roses and added a rhinestone jewel to the centre of each rose.

Here's the inside of the card.  I love that the Blueprints 14 die set elements are perfectly sized and proportioned, it really does make creating a card quick and easy!

I added a patterned paper strip to the front of the envelope and popped up a die cut name label.

Stamps: 'Thanks' from SU! 'Live Your Dream' set, 'Thanks So Much' from SU! 'Simply Sketched' set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry & Sweet Sugarplum
Tools: M & C Boutique 'Rose Design' die, MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 14' die set, Sizzix 'Card, Fancy Frame Flip-Its #2' Framelits die set, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Friday, 1 September 2017

Embossed Silver Heart Happy Anniversary Card

I have been so ill with a nasty cough and virus for the last 2 weeks which meant that due to being completely wiped out and feeling really unwell I have done absolutely nothing at all.  It was our wedding anniversary this week and, of course, I wasn't prepared and hadn't made a card in good time.  Working on the 'better late than never' principle I finally managed to spend some time in my craft room to make a card for Owen.

The SU! Memories and More 'Color Theory Card Pack' proved really useful and enabled me to create the card without having to think too much, thank goodness!  Once I'd chosen the elements from the card pack I made a Berry Burst mini gift bag as an envelope and made a card base to fit inside measuring 5" x 3 1/2".  To decorate the gift bag envelope I die cut the heart border from a strip of white CS, adhered a piece of white CS behind and inlaid silver foil hearts into the strip.  I offset two 'for you' die cuts to give a shadow effect.  Here's the card and the gift bag envelope together.

Here's just the card.  I attached the circle paper panel to the background panel using brads before adhering the whole thing to the front of the card base.  I die cut a silver foil heart and embossed it with the 'Falling Petals' embossing folder.  I cut two plain white hearts as well and stacked all three hearts together for dimension and I popped up the heart.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment banner, offsetting a silver foil banner behind the white one and popped that up also.

Here's the inside of the card.

Late though it was, at least Owen got a hand made anniversary card!

Stamps: 'Happy Anniversary' sentiment from SU! 'Cheer and Wishes' set, 'All My Love'  from 'Sincere Sentiments' magazine freebie set
CS: SU! Berry Burst & Whisper White, SU! silver foil, SU! Memories & More 'Color Theory Card Pack'
Ink: SU! Berry Burst
Tools: SU! 'Falling Petals' embossing folder, 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die set, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: silver brads, SU! Dimensionals


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snowflake Trio Merry Christmas Card

Snowflakes are very much a favourite motif for me and I always enjoy creating snowflake Christmas cards.  I've used pretty snowflake dies and stamps plus some Dapper Denim ombre paper, all products from the SU! 'Color Theory' suite of products.  Some silver ribbon and rhinestones add a touch of sparkle too.

I started off by making a Dapper Denim A6 sized card base and adhered the Whisper White CS and ombre paper panels plus the ribbon and bow.  I cut out three snowflakes using dies from the 'Seasonal Layers' Thinlits die set, punched out small circles and glued those behind the snowflake centres.  I popped up the snowflakes and the stamped and die cut sentiment oval.  Whilst I had all the supplies out I decided to make another card the same.  I'm also planning to make more of this design but in different colours.  I'm really going to have to make multiples of cards as I definitely won't have the time to make my Christmas cards all different this year!

Here's the inside and the envelope.  The snowflakes and sentiment label were stamped using Dapper Denim ink full strength and stamped off once to tie in with the ombre design of the paper on the front of the card.

Stamps: SU! 'Colorful Seasons', 'Hang Your Stocking' & 'Labels to Love' sets
CS: SU! Dapper Denim & Whisper White (thick & regular)

Patterned paper: SU! 'Color Theory' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Dapper Denim
Tools: SU! 'Seasonal Layers' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets, 'Everyday Label' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 1/8" silver ribbon, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Whitewashed Wood Background Tree Happy Christmas Card

This card is my CASEd version of a card shown on page 137 of the SU! 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue.  My friend Jan was part way through her version of this card when I called round to drop off her SU! order.  I thought it would be fun to also have a go at the design and then compare versions afterwards!

For the whitewashed wood background, I embossed a panel of Crumb Cake CS with the 'Pinewood Planks' embossing folder and applied Whisper White Craft ink over the top using a brayer.  I heat set the ink using a heat tool, added the ribbon and glued the panel to the front of an A6 sized Crumb Cake card base.  The catalogue card has a silver metallic doily but I substituted a fabulous silver foil snowflake - a new embellishment that will be available from the upcoming SU! 2017 Autumn/Winter catalogue - there's 24 snowflakes in a pack, 12 silver and 12 gold!

I cut the snowflake in half and adhered it to a die cut Whisper White circle so that the snowflake showed up better.  I stamped and heat embossed the tree with white embossing powder on a panel of Tranquil Tide CS, added some silver sequins and popped the Tranquil Tide panel up.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with an oval 'Stitched Shapes' die and popped that up to finish the front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

Stamps: SU! 'Lovely as a Tree', 'Labels to Love' & 'Greetings of the Season' sets
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Tranquil Tide & Whisper White Craft ink
Tools: SU! 'Pinewood Planks' Dynamic embossing folder, 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die set, brayer, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Whisper White embossing powder, Whisper White & silver metallic ribbon, Foil Snowflake, silver sequins, Dimensionals


Friday, 18 August 2017

Fluttery Butterfly For You Card

This is a thank you card I've made for my friend Jan using Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Whisper White as my colour combo.  I demonstrated the SU! 'You Move Me' stamps and dies at card group and Jan loved the look.  As I'd got a stamped image already from the demo I'd done at card group I decided to use it to make a card for Jan.

I die cut a mini treat bag as an envelope, die cut the grid and embellished the bag. I die cut the 'For You' twice, once from Lost Lagoon CS and again from Whisper White CS and I offset the two shapes when I adhered them to give a shadow effect.

Here's the card and treat bag envelope side by side.

Here's just the card.  I secured a loop of ribbon behind the Lost Lagoon mat layer to make it easy to slide the card out of the bag.

Here's the inside of the card with a trio of sweet stamped butterflies.

Stamps: SU! 'You Move Me' & 'Rose Wonder' sets
CS: SU! Lost Lagoon, Pool Party & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Lost Lagoon & Pool Party
Tools: SU! 'Move Me', 'Mini Treat Bag' & 'Rose Garden' Thinlits die sets
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Lost Lagoon ribbon, rhinestone jewel


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Wood, Burlap & Tulips Thank You Card

Finally I got some time to get inky in my craft room!  I took the chance to play with the gorgeous SU! hostess set called 'Tranquil Tulips' to make a thank you card for a good friend.  This is the first outing for the tulips set but the 'Pinewood Planks' embossing folder and the 'Burlap' background stamp are becoming firm favourites!

I stamped the tulip flowers in Berry Burst ink, full strength for the detailed images and stamped off once for the solid background images.  I stamped the stems and leaves in Lemon Lime Twist ink and the flower stamens in black ink.  I stamped the 'Burlap' background stamp over the top in Crumb Cake ink, trimmed the panel to size, inked the edges of the panel with Crumb Cake ink and layered it onto a mat of Basic Black CS.  I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake CS with the 'Pinewood Planks' embossing folder and dragged my Whisper White Craft ink pad down the CS piece a few times.  I heat set the craft ink with my heat tool and inked the edges of the wood panel with black ink.

After adhering the wood panel flat to the A6 Crumb Cake card base I popped up the tulips image layer.  I stamped and punched the sentiment label, giving that the burlap background look too and popped the label up.  The SU! 2017 Autumn/Winter catalogue has a fab new label punch and a couple of stamp sets that go with it and the punch and one of the stamp sets went on my pre-order wish list immediately!

Here's a closer look at the stamped image panel.

Here's the inside of the card and the envelope.  The striking black and white paper is from the SU! 'Merry Little Christmas' DSP pack - another 'must have' pre-order item for me!

Christmas will be upon us before we know it and I would've liked to have started creating my Christmas card stash a lot sooner.  I've made a start now though so I'll be sharing some Christmas cards here on the blog soon!

Stamps: SU! 'Tranquil Tulips', 'Flourishing Phrases' & 'Labels to Love' sets, 'Burlap' background stamp
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Little Christmas' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Berry Burst & Lemon Lime Twist, SU! Whisper White Craft ink, Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink
Tools: SU! 'Pinewood Planks' Dynamic embossing folder, 'Everyday Label' punch, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Butterfly Just For You Square Step Panel Card

The label on the front of the envelope was made using the Tonic Studios 'Beautiful Banner Invite Insert' die set.  The set contains 3 dies, the plain background piece, the fancy overlay piece and the banner.  Thank you for your kind comment!

During weekends at Wilko we have some lovely young people working with us. I so admire their energy and all of them have a great sense of fun!  One of the girls, Olivia, turned 18 earlier this year.  We've recently started giving everyone a card on their birthday but Olivia had missed out.  When another girl received an 18th birthday card a few weeks ago Olivia 'had a bone to pick with us' and registered mock outrage that she hadn't received a card.  I asked her would she like me to make a card for her and she said she'd love that.

I asked Olivia if she had a favourite colour and she answered purple so I've used SU! Fresh Fig for the square step panel card together with Powder Pink and Whisper White.  I'm loving using multiple step watercolour look stamps at the moment and I chose the 'Watercolor Wings' set - plus a favourite new background, the SU! 'Burlap' stamp.

The Fresh Fig square panel is popped up, the butterfly body is glued flat to the card but there are half Dimensionals under each wing with the backing paper left on so that the wings stay popped up.  The small Fresh Fig dots were cut from a die in the 'Mini Treat Bag' die set.  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the butterfly wings.

Here's the back of the card.  That fun sentiment is from Inkylicious, I couldn't resist it!  

Here's the back of the envelope.

On the front of the envelope I added a name label die cut using the Tonic Studios 'Beautiful Banner' die.

Olivia loved the card and said she would cherish it forever, such a sweet girl!

Stamps: SU! 'Watercolor Wings' set, 'Burlap' background stamp, Inkylicious 'Be Whatever'
CS: SU! Fresh Fig, Powder Pink & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Fresh Florals' DSP
Ink: SU! Fresh Fig & Powder Pink
Tools: SU! Simply Scored, 'Bold Butterfly' Framelits, 'Butterflies' Thinlits, 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits, 'Layering Squares' Framelits & 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die sets, Tonic Studios 'Beautiful Banner' die set
Embellishments & accessories: clear Wink of Stella pen, SU! Dimensionals


Friday, 11 August 2017

Oh So Eclectic Sending Wishes Your Way Card

I love the Happy Birthday card on the front cover of the SU! 2017 Annual Catalogue and since getting the 'Oh So Eclectic' set I've been wanting to CASE the card.  So here's my version - it's pretty similar, there's just a few tweaks.

There's a lovely cut out design die in the 'Eclectic Layers' Thinlits die set.  I stamped the birthday sentiment and then cut out the design from the Whisper White panel so that the Berry Burst card base colour shows through.  I added a few sequins to embellish.  I added leaves and a flower to the envelope flap to complete the project. 

I am really loving the watercolour look stamp sets and patterned papers at the moment.  I used the 'Watercolor Wings' set on Sunday and I inked up my new 'Tranquil Tulips' set on Wednesday.  I'll be sharing those cards soon!  

Stamps: SU! 'Oh So Eclectic' & 'Butterfly Basics' sets
CS: SU! Berry Burst, Night of Navy & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP
Ink: SU! Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy & Soft Sky
Tools: SU! 'Eclectic Layers' Thinlits die set, 'Pretty Label' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon, 'Fancy Frost' sequins, Dimensionals


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Butterfly Duo Thanks So Much Gate Fold Card

Last month at card group Wendy brought along some stamps and other crafty goodies that she no longer wanted and she very kindly let us choose whatever we wanted.  As soon as I saw some stamps from the old, retired SU! 'Touch of Nature' set I nabbed them!  I used to have that set but I sold it on eBay years ago and there have been a few times when I've missed it.  I remembered making a lovely blue and yellow gate fold card with the set during a Stamper's Ten Make and Take evening at Joanne's.  I mentioned the card but neither Jan nor Wendy could recall it.  I checked back and found the card on my blog and I decided it would be fun to remake the card using the stamps I nabbed from Wendy!

Here's the original card.

Blimey, it was made way back in July 2009! Here's the blog post for the original card.

Here's my August 2017 version of the card.  The original used Brocade Blue, a Stampin' Up! colour which has long retired, so I paired the So Saffron with Marina Mist.

Here's the card standing open.

Here's the inside.

I didn't decorate the envelopes of my cards back in 2009 but, of course, I had to make a matching envelope for my August 2017 version!  

I was going to give the card to Wendy at the August card group meeting but I forgot to take it with me so I'll give it to her next month.

Stamps: SU! 'Touch of Nature' & 'Sincere Salutations' sets
CS: SU! Marina Mist, So Saffron & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Marina Mist & So Saffron
Tools: SU! 'Ticket Corner' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! pearl jewels, Dimensionals


Sunday, 6 August 2017

August 2017 Card Group Projects

Finally, another blog post from me!  July was a hectic month plus I went on holiday so crafting was temporarily suspended.  I'm not working today and I was determined to spend some time creating and to also post on my blog.  My craft room was a complete and utter mess, I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon and evening tidying and cleaning so that I could get in there this morning and just create - fabulous!

Last Thursday it was our August card group meeting and I designed a tea bag sachet gift box and a matching card for the ladies to make.  See this blog post for instructions on how to make a tea bag sachet gift box.  It was a bit of a mad rush to get ready for card group and when I got there I realised I'd forgotten my SU! Simply Scored scoring board and tool so I had to go home and get those.  That made me feel stressed and I was already feeling very tired.  When I came to demonstrate how to make the box I made so many mistakes, I was mortified, so embarrassing!  I've made quite a few of these tea bag sachet gift boxes without any problems at all.  Typical that it all went pear shaped at card group but I think the ladies liked the fact that 'teacher' went wrong!  They are a very sweet and forgiving bunch luckily!

I started off by choosing the patterned papers, opting for two patterns from the SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP pack.  I used SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White CS to match the papers.  Here is the box with the card and envelope.

Here is just the box.  The label and the circle are both popped up.

Here is the card.  When I decided to make a card to match the tea bag sachet box I knew I just had to use my tea cup stamp!  I paper pieced the drink portion, fussy cut the tea cup and popped it up.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

I had a trying afternoon and said it was time for me to book my place at the Twilight Home for the Bewildered!  The ladies made their boxes and cards without any incidents so they enjoyed themselves!  I'll have more time to prepare for next month's meeting so I'm hoping for everything to go swimmingly!

Stamps: SU! 'Label Me Pretty', 'Best Yet' & 'Blooms & Wishes' sets, Kanban 'Coffee Shop' set
CS: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP
Ink: SU! Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! 'Simply Scored', 'Pretty Label' punch, circle punches, Memory Box 'Grosgrain Ribbons' die set, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Hot Air Balloon Square Step Panel Birthday Card

It was Owen's birthday on Sunday and for his card I took the opportunity of trying another version of  a step panel card.  After recently making an A6 sized step panel card I wanted to make a larger, square version - this card measures 5 1/2" square.

To make this sized card, cut CS to 10 1/4" x 5 1/2" and score at 5 1/2", 6 5/8", 8 5/8" and 9 3/4".  For the front panel cut CS to 5 5/8" x 4" and score at 4" and 5 1/8".

This style of card is perfect for showcasing patterned papers.  I love the different papers in the SU! 'Carried Away' DSP pack which match the 'Lift Me Up' stamp set and 'Up and Away' Thinlits dies so I knew exactly what I wanted to use for Owen's card!   I used the Dapper Denim ombre paper from the 'Color Theory' DSP stack to die cut the solid portions of the hot air balloon.  I cut the detailed balloon twice, once in Whisper White CS and again in Night of Navy CS and glued the navy shape on top of the white shape just slightly offset for a bit of dimension.  I embellished the balloon with small silver metal domed dots.  I mounted the balloon on an action wobble spring which adds a fun touch to the card.  To complete the card front I stamped and punched the sentiment circle and popped it up.

Here's another view from a different angle.  This card didn't want to stand up as well as the A6 sized card so I made a sleeve using Night of Navy CS and I slid that inside the 'box' at the bottom of the card which helped.

A message panel was adhered on the back of the card.

I made an envelope using the envelope punch board and a different design of 'Carried Away' DSP.  I popped up a name label to finish.  I'm very pleased to say that Owen loved the card!

Stamps: SU! 'Best Yet' set, Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy , Watermelon Wonder & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Carried Away' DSP
Ink: SU! Night of Navy & Watermelon Wonder
Tools: SU! 'Up and Away' Thinlits & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets, envelope punch board, Sizzix 'Card, Fancy Frame Flip-Its #2' Framelits die set 

Embellishments & accessories: small silver metal domed dots, SU! Dimensionals

Saturday, 8 July 2017

July 2017 Card Group Projects

Last Thursday we got together for our July card group meeting and we all had a great afternoon despite feeling like we were melting in the sultry heat!  I made three cards for the ladies to make - I even included a card this month that would be a good masculine card - but, unsuprisingly, butterflies and flowers feature on the other two cards!

I thought the ladies would enjoy making something similar to this card I made previously.  I've tweaked the design slightly but kept to the same colour scheme.  I applied Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks to Whisper White thick CS using ink duster brushes.  I stamped the water drops image twice and added a highlight of watered down white acrylic paint to each water drop using a very fine paintbrush.  I applied the same Distress Ink colours to a piece of SU! Shimmery White CS and then cut a solid butterfly shape - I love the subtle shimmer! - and a black fancy outline butterfly shape using dies from the SU! 'Move Me' Thinlits die set.  I love the shape of this butterfly, it's so pretty!  I popped up the sentiment oval and added a faceted gem to the butterfly to finish the front.

Some simple stamping decorates the inside of the card and the envelope.

For card two I used the fab new SU! 'Pinewood Planks' Dynamic embossing folder to create a wooden background panel.  I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake CS, lightly brayered Soft Suede ink over the top, edged the panel with Soft Suede ink using a sponge dauber and layered the panel onto a mat of Early Espresso CS.  I glued the entire layer to the front of my Very Vanilla A6 sized card base - made using the new Very Vanilla thick CS, I love that we have Vanilla as well as Whisper White thick CS now!  I stamped the oak tree in Soft Suede ink, used a blender pen to colour the trunk by just drawing the colour in from the stamped image.  I applied Old Olive ink, dabbing gently with a sponge dauber, to colour the tree canopy and the ground.  I glued the flagged sentiment banner in place before adhering my matted and layered tree panel.  I've used a square Stitched Shapes Framelits die as well as two plain square dies from the Layering Squares Framelits die set - they work so well together!  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I stamped the oak leaves in Old Olive ink and the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.

Card three was CASEd from a step panel card design I came across on Pinterest.  The card is made using two pieces of CS that are adhered together and the card folds flat to go inside an envelope.  Jenny very kindly shared the  measurements for the card that fits inside a C6 envelope on her blog post so I used those measurements to create my version of a step panel card.  A fancy fold card that's easy to make and folds flat to go inside a normal sized envelope - gotta love that!  I made my card with SU! Fresh Fig CS and used the SU! 'Oh So Eclectic' stamp set and matching 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP.  I stamped the leaves in full strength Lemon Lime Twist ink, used stamped off once Peekaboo Peach ink for the solid flowers and full strength Night of Navy ink for the detailed flowers.  I coloured the centres of the flowers with Peekaboo Peach ink applied with a blender pen and popped them up.

Here's an angled side on view.

Here's a straight side on view.

Here's the back panel of the card and the envelope.

Supplies for butterfly card:
Stamps: Inkylicious 'Water/Rain Drops' set, SU! 'Flourishing Phrases' set, Inkadinkado 'Nostalgia' set
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White thick, SU! Shimmery White
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress Inks
Tools:Go Kreate 'Frame Pointy #1' die set, SU! 'Move Me' Thinlits die set, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, Inkylicious ink duster brushes
Embellishments & accessories: SU! clear faceted gem, watered down white acrylic paint

Supplies for tree card:
Stamps: SU! 'Lovely as a Tree' & 'Wetlands' sets, Hero Arts sentiment set
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive & Very Vanilla thick
Ink: SU! Early Espresso, Old Olive & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! 'Pinewood Planks' dynamic embossing folder, 'Layering Squares' & 'Stitched Shapes' Framelits die sets,  MFT 'Fishtail Flags' Stax die, brayer, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for floral step panel card:
Stamps: SU! 'Oh So Eclectic' & 'Blooms & Wishes' sets
CS: SU! Fresh Fig & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Naturally Eclectic' DSP
Ink: SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy & Peekaboo Peach
Tools: SU! 'Eclectic Layers' Thinlits die set, 'Simply Scored', blender pen
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals