Simple Sunday #19 – Artistically Inked

Welcome to my Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features the Artistically Inked Bundle that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The suite that this bundle forms part of caught my eye immediately, it is absolutely gorgeous. The stamps, the dies, the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the ephemera are individually and collectively stunning. It was the first thing that went onto my wish list – mainly because it features on the front cover of the catalogue itself. But that side, it is simply gorgeous.

With its dist-INK-tive stamps, you get a lot of texture and layers on your card with the smallest amount of effort, and beautiful results every time. I don’t think I’ve made a card using this set that hasn’t looked nice because of the stamp set.

Have you bought anything from this suite yet?

Best Wishes,

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Watercolour Friendship

Being a crafter means you explore different techniques as a way of finding the best finish for your project. I haven’t done much of this lately, so decided to branch out into water colouring by ordering some Fluid100 paper and some water painters, and diving straight in. The great thing about Stampin’ Up! is you can use the ink pads or refills as paint. Pop a bit of ink onto a block and use that with your water painter to create a water colour look – it’s messy but fun!

I wasn’t too sure what I was going to produce when I first started, but felt a floral set was a good place to begin. Flowers of Friendship has a lovely large floral piece in it, so I kicked off by creating a watercolour background that would help the flower to ‘pop’.

Experimental playing then produced the card on show today, it was fun and I would certainly recommend it! You might just see more watercolour cards from me in future. Or perhaps I will push the boundaries and experiment with other techniques cos I’ve been bitten now.

What is your favourite technique?

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Printed Welcome

Now isn’t this a fabulous sheet of patterned paper? I’m not a massive fan of pink (or animal print), but this piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) really stood out to me when I flicked through the packet. The best part? This is a sheet from a pack of paper that you can earn for free with Stampin’ Rewards.

Stampin’ Rewards are earned when you spend £150 or more on a single order via my online store. Once you hit the £150 value, you get 10% of your order back in rewards. For this particular pack of paper (called Pattern Party), you need £17 of rewards to redeem – that means a minimum order of £170. Which, let’s face it, is easily done on the Stampin’ Up! store as the items are so lovely and the quality is amazing.

I hadn’t used vellum in a long time, so decided to pull out a sheet and add that onto the card too. Thrown in with a few of my favourite embellishment – the bumblebees and you have a bit of a different card, a little quirky but fun nonetheless.

Now did you spot the Playful Alphabet dies? Have you got them yet? If not, why not? They should be a staple part of every crafters stash. They’re listed below on my supply list, grab yours and fall in love with them just like I did!

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Simple Sunday #18 – Count on Me

Welcome to my Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features the Elegantly Said stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The cute little animals in this set are what drew me towards it in the Annual Catalogue. I’ve said previously that my son is a massive fan of penguins, so having a penguin included in the set was also a bonus. This is my first time using this stamp set as although I was instantly drawn towards it, I wasn’t sure how to use it on a card. When I hit blocks like this, I turn to my Simple Sunday template / style as it allows me to be minimalist and get the ideas flowing.

In the end, I made three different versions of the card using the bear, the kangaroo, and the penguin. All of them with blended backgrounds to help them ‘pop’ from the card base. I didn’t really need to do much more than that to the cards as the blended background gave them enough dimension (as well as added dimensionals). Very quick to make and can be a range of colours with the sentiments mixed up with the images to make numerous different variations.

But which one is your favourite? I think mine is the penguin, I love how he pops from the blue background.

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Triangular Mini Cards – Part 2

Whoop, Part 2 of the triangular hinge box and mini cards is here – today being the turn of the mini cards. If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can view my previous post which contains all the details of the hinge box including the video tutorial. Today’s tutorial focuses on the mini cards to fit inside the box – six of them to be exact.

The great thing about the cards is you can change the colours and sentiment to suit any occasion. I focused on birthday cards for this particular box, but there’s nothing to stop anyone from turning them into thank you cards, invitations or cards ready for a random act of kindness. They’re such a good size you can keep them ready for any occasion.

Now which colour do you prefer – the first example is Cherry Cobbler and the second is Misty Moonlight. I think I prefer the Cherry Cobbler ones, I’ve always been a fan of Cherry Cobbler and the Designer Series Paper combined with the cardstock looks brilliant.

So, which do you prefer?

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

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Triangular Mini Cards – Part 1

I love Mini Cards – there I said it. Whilst you can’t post mini cards because of their mini nature, they are the cutest thing to hand out. Perfect for keeping in a bag, pocket or drawer to hand out as necessary or as a random act of kindness. You can box them and gift the box of cards to someone for them to use themselves – so many different options!

The box and matching cards were designed when we were transitioning between catalogues and the one item I knew was going to be in the new Annual Catalogue was the 6×6 Colour Family Designer Series Paper stacks. Cherry Cobbler hasn’t featured on a project of mine in a little while, so it just had to be used.

It is made from a single sheet of A4 cardstock, including the hinge – which I love. I have seen a lot of hinged boxes like this where the tutorials show you how to make it with multiple pieces of cardstock or paper, but never where you can make it from a single sheet. So I’m pretty impressed that I managed to work out how to do it (I won’t tell you how many sheets of retired card stock I used whilst practising). But I figured it out and I LOVE the result.

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

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Heroes in a half shell…

Flashes of inspiration, I love them! That’s exactly what happened with this card. I had made a differing turtle card (which will also be on my blog) and whilst making it, a TV show I watched as a small child came to mind.

If you are a child of the 1980s / 1990s (or had small children during that time), then you may recognise where my inspiration came from. Four turtles by the names of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael alongside their mentor Splinter and friend, April were one of my favourites TV shows.

Whilst there is a punch for the turtles, I decided to fussy cut mine so that I could accommodate the additional of the eye masks, coloured using my Stampin’ Blends in Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. I absolutely love them!

If you watched the turtles, which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday #17 – Elegantly Said

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features the Elegantly Said stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

If you’re a regular to my blog, you will see just how much I have used this suite of products over the past month. I absolutely love every element of it and will shortly need to buy more! However, as usual today’s focus is on the stamp set, which I personally believe is overlooked because of the foiled beauty that is the Designer Series Paper.

As soon as I saw this stamp set the large flower and paisley style motif both stood out to me, so I wanted to make them the focus of today’s card. I love using contrasting colours and Smoky Slate paired with a bold colour is a favourite of mine. So this time, I paired it with Cherry Cobbler – one of my favourite colours which I don’t get to use enough except at Christmas.

And as Simple Sunday is about limited supplies and making beautiful cards with what you have, the sentiment is added onto a flagged label cut by hand. Flagging is so easy and adds something new to your cards.

What is your go to colour combo?

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You’re out of this world!

Eeeeek – how darn cute is this card? Now I’ll be honest, this card first grabbed my youngest son’s attention before it did mine. He is absolutely mad about anything to do with space – rockets, the planets, stars etc. But when you look at it, how can you not add it to your shopping basket?

Now for this particular card, I promised my son that I would make it so that the astronaut was based on him, but there is also the option for a little girl too (oh and don’t forget the dog!). I chose to colour mine in with blends, then fussy cut them. I’d had an idea for background in my head that was just rhinestones as stars, but I changed my mind and use the star stamp in the set with some heat embossing for a gorgeous starry sky.

I did add some rhinestones into the final design, which I think give it that twinkle that you associate with stars. Finished with a heat embossed sentiment and some beautiful silver cord and it all comes together to make a beautiful card. Love it!

Did you see this set in the catalogue, if yes what have you made with it?

Best Wishes,

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