Artistic Thanks

Sometimes the prettiest things happen by accident, you had something completely different in mind or you didn’t know what the finished project would look like but you had a play anyway. Today’s card is one of those moments, whilst on the phone to a friend I was distracted by the conversation taking place and randomly stamped images from the Artistically Inked stamp set on a sheet of Basic White card stock, then cut them out with the co-ordinating dies.

I didn’t know where I was going from here, but I knew that I loved the colours used and the stamped images – they are so pretty and they’re ‘disinktive’ which means a single stamp gives you all the different layers and texture with very little effort, which is the best kind of crafting.

Whilst placing the images onto another sheet of Basic White, I couldn’t help but think it was missing something, so I stamped So Saffron on the background to give some dimension to the other flowers. But again, it was still missing something and then I remembered the Expression in Ink Suite comes with an ephemera pack!

The Gold frames and floral shapes as part of the ephemera pack really gave the ‘wow’ factor to the card and finished it off – I absolutely love it! The sequins are also from the ephemera pack, so really ties the whole project together. A beautiful suite and one well worth the money, I can see myself making a lot more of these cards and gifting them to friends / family / work colleagues.

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.

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.

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Pastel Love

Sometimes I really struggle for inspiration and sometimes inspiration comes at the craziest of times. My daughter Mia is currently studying Art as part of the option set she chose for GCSE and their current material of choice is watercolour. It was one of her recent pieces of work that inspired this card and the colour choices.

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Whilst I didn’t do watercolour myself, I went with three similar colours to blend a background going for the more subtle pastel type shades. These were applied using the blending brushes from the Mini Catalogue, which allow you to blend onto card much more evenly that daubers or sponges do.

Mia decided to use a black outline for each focal point – the eye. However, I felt I didn’t need that due to the muted shades that I chose for my background. So simply punched out a Basic White heart and popped it up on dimensionals with a die cut sentiment.

My final touch was a few of the pearls from the Hydrangea Suite – gorgeous!

Where do you go when you need inspiration?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Rainbow Stars

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The Rainbow Glimmer paper is gorgeous, so gorgeous I didn’t know how to use it initially as I didn’t want to cut into it. Technically, I didn’t cut into this as whilst it isn’t a full piece of 12 x 12, it is a full piece underneath the top layer of Whisper White. I wanted to show the rainbow glimmer off in a way that was subtle but pretty at the same time.

Using the Happy dies, I die cut a number of randomly placed stars across the top layer of white. Whilst randomly placing them, I was also making sure I was capturing the full ombre of the Rainbow Glimmer to really show it off – but leaving space for a sentiment to be added.

I kept it quite simple by layering the white onto more white and stamping my sentiment in Magenta Madness for a pop of colour alongside the rainbow. Which I absolutely love! Do you love the Rainbow Glimmer too?

Best wishes,
Suzanne

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Beautiful Leaves

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Sometimes a simple card says its all. You don’t need to throw every craft supply at a card for it to get the message across, simplicity is beautiful too. This card demonstrates exactly that! I am in LOVE with the Gathered Leaves dies, the detail they have on them for a small die is absolutely gorgeous especially when teamed with the Brushed Metallic card stock.

I wanted the gorgeous leaves to take centre stage, so with two sets of leaves I created a border for my sentiment. Layering up with some Early Espresso and onto Thick Whisper White – no ribbons, no embellishments – just the sentiment and the metallic leaves. Beautiful.

The inside of the card has been left blank so when the time comes to gift it to someone, a personalised message can be added. I love it!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Never Ending Birthday

Birthday Party Live – Project #4

Yesterday was my birthday, so I had to make sure the project done on my birthday was a special one. Neverending cards have been around for some time – they’re certainly nothing new BUT I have never tried to make one myself, so what better occasion?

I went for one of my favourite colours for the first one – Cherry Cobbler and teamed it up with the Regals 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper stack. This alone gave some nice texture / difference on the differing sections of the card. To decorate it, I used a multitude of dies available in my collection, stamping any sentiments or images with matching Cherry Cobbler ink.

The second one in the video below was made in exactly the same way, except this time I used Bermuda Bay card stock and Designer Series Paper. Now, I just have to overcome my addiction to making them then sitting there flipping them round and round and round again!

Keeps the children entertained too! Bonus…

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Good Luck!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Coloured cardstock (4 pieces) = 6 x 3 inches
  • Whisper White (8 pieces) = 27/8 x 27/8 inches
  • Designer Series Paper (8 pieces) = 23/4 x 23/4
  • Whisper White (10 pieces) = 13/8 x 27/8 inches
  • Designer Series Paper (10 pieces) = 11/4 x 23/4 inches
  • Whisper White (8 pieces) = 11/4 x 11/4 inches

Scoring (cardstock only):

  • Long side (6) = 11/2 inches on both sides

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The below supply list only contains the items to make the card without decoration – you can of course use any sets you wish to decorate:

Simple Friendship

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Today I have a #simplestamping card for you made with one piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP), one stamp set, one colour of card stock and one colour of Ink. This features the First Frost paper which was wildly popular last year and is a returning favourite in this year’s Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue.

The First Frost paper has two differing sides to the paper, one being a foiled patterned side and the other being gorgeous snowy / winter images. I chose the latter and picked this gorgeous snowy sunset over a forest. I didn’t want to take anything away from the stunning image, so layered it quite simply onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss and stamped my sentiment straight onto the paper in the bottom corner.

The Stamp Set used is Snowflake Wishes, part of a new suite which has just been released in the catalogue and is proving very popular.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Glimmer Snowflakes

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How pretty is this card? I can’t take the credit at all, I only glued the bits down – but the star of the show has to be the Balmy Blue Glimmer paper, its so glittery and a lovely colour. I had to make it the star of the show, so didn’t want to do too much to distract away from the glimmer.

The dies and stamp set form part of the new Snowflake Splendour suite, which has just launched in the new Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue.  With the addition of a Stitched Rectangle Die, this card was made with a focus on the glimmer paper. The dies are stuck onto the glimmer using the adhesive sheets, I prefer to use them for intricate dies as multi purpose or fine tip glue always find a way to sneak out from under the item and show up on the card front. This way, the adhesive stays hidden – where it should be!

To finish off the card, I used matching Balmy Blue ink and the Blue Adhesive Backed Gems, bringing a little bit of bling to the card. I absolutely love it and I’m so happy the photograph was able to show the glitter on the background.

Are you going to invest in the suite?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Gleaming Christmas

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Weeeeeeeee! Another sneak peek of product from the Mini Catalogue which launches next week! Some of you may recognise the paper I have used in this project and that’s because it carried over from last year!

I absolutely adore this paper, every single pattern in the pack is gorgeous and I bought so much of it last year and used it for practically every gift I made boxes for. This year, I decided to make a box and mix it up with some other sets available. This box was made for my work colleagues last year, it housed trophies for award winners who had gone that extra mile for our customers.

The box is made up of two sections, the copper foil inner section and a wrap on the outer made from the Brightly Gleaming Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP). I decorated the box with a copper foil tree using the Pine Tree punch and finished with touches of Night of Navy in the sentiment and ribbon.

It makes a gorgeous box and an item I would love to receive if made by someone else.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) = 111/2 x 21/4 inches
  • Copper Foil = 61/2 x 91/2 inches

Scoring:

  • Long Side (91/2): 21/4, 41/2, 63/4, 9 inches
  • Short Side (61/2): 21/4, 31/4 inches

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Mint Friend

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I do love making cards using just two colours – they’re so simple and use very little supplies!

Today’s card was made using a stamp that’s not often used from the Beauty Abound’s stamp set, the bubble style motif is often overlooked in favour of the flowers or butterflies. I think the same can be said for my colour choice – Soft Sea Foam.

The subtle green shade is often a touch too light for people’s tastes and is often shunned in favour of Mint Macaron. But I like it – and so decided today’s card was going to be made showcasing the two items and bring them into the spotlight.

To give it a focal point, I’ve layered up several shapes to make the sentiment stand out and finished it off with some gorgeous – good for all occasion – pearls.

I hope you like it?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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