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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Simply Elegant Magnetic

This was actually the first project I made with the Simply Elegant Suite when I received my pre-order. It was meant to just be a play around that got me my crafting mojo back, but it turned out to be a nice project that I really liked and so here it is. I’ve changed a few small things in my tutorial video, but the underlying box template remains the same and I love the use of magnets on the closure.

I think this Art Deco inspired piece of Designer Series paper is my most favourite from the pack, it really gives the box impact and meant I could focus on other elements – such as the punch tag closure – instead. Speaking of the punch tag closure, how gorgeous is the Elegant Tag punch? I really love the decorated top of the tag, it really lends itself to multiple uses.

I originally heat embossed the sentiment, but looking back, I wasn’t so happy with it and so swapped it for stamping on my second box – which I think looks much better, it pops the sentiment off the box and makes it much clearer to see.

Like any project of mine, I brought out the embellishments and ribbon – both gold to match the foiling in the Designer Series Paper. I have fallen in love with the Bumblebee trinkets, LOVE them. In fact, more of them may have fallen into my latest order!

Have you got your hands on this set yet?

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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?

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Gothic Elegance

I’ve always had a bit of gothic streak, stemming from my teens and whilst it isn’t as prevalent now, I still love the gothic style and some of the flourishes that form part of it. The Simply Elegant suite caught my eye the first time I flicked through the new Annual Catalogue pages and it hasn’t disappointed me on bit.

The background of the card can be made in one of two ways – the way that I made is using blending brushes and ink after random stamping the large motif or you could get a similar finish by random stamping using the tone on tone technique. I preferred the blending brushes as I wanted to have areas darker around the edges and add shading.

The Ornate Frames dies really tie in with the gothic theme – don’t they? With some added ribbon and a double layered heart, I think it has completed the gothic theme really well. And the best part? I still have another three card fronts so can make more to go with this one!

Whilst I chose Rich Razzleberry, which colour would you have used for this? Let me know in the comments.

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Simple Sunday #16 – Flowers of Friendship

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 Flowers of Friendship stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

When you have stamp set that includes flowers as pretty as these, you don’t really need to do much to make a pretty card. That is why I had to include this stamp set as part of my Simple Sunday series. I could have quite easily added lots of jewelled embellishments or ribbon to highlight the colours on the card – but I don’t feel it needs it.

I used Stampin’ Blends to colour my flowers in, but you could swap out the blends for the ink pads and achieve a similar look – cater it to your own items in your stash. I coloured mine with Polished Pink and Just Jade, which look gorgeous together. The blends allowed me to add some dimension to the flowers and leaves, where ink may have stamped a flat colour.

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You are so turtle-y loved!

Whilst I love teeny tiny small project, I do love it when I can create a large project – something that requires multiple pieces of card and can fit plenty in it. As you can see from the picture, that’s certainly what today’s project is – it barely fit in my photobooth! But I felt I had to create a large box as I wanted to show off the FREE hostess reward paper Pattern Party.

Pattern Party is gorgeous paper and whilst it is a reward choice, it is a large pack with 48 double sided sheets. One side is colourful, a mix of patterns and colours which are bright and cheerful. The other side is monochrome – black and white – and allows you to work with it in whatever way you please. I chose to blend some of mine with ink that co-ordinates with the cardstock.

You’ve seen me use this stamp set already and before I made the box I knew I wanted to feature these cute little turtles on it. I hadn’t used Evening Evergreen much, so chose to make that the feature of my first box (the second in the video uses Soft Succulent) and to say I wasn’t overly keen on the colour when it was first announced, I have loved using it – the matching ribbon by the way is so easy to work with, makes the most gorgeous bows!

…and these little guys, well it goes without saying that they’re just the cutest. Bit of a note here – the punch only cuts out the larger turtle. To make the smaller ones, I stamped the images and then fussy cut around them – totally worth it!

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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.

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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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.

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Succulent Contours

From the new 2021-2023 Incolors, I think Soft Succulent is my favourite. I’m not normally a green fan, but there’s something about the muted green shade that I simply cannot stop using. When the demonstrator pre-order opened up, the first things to go in my basket were the new incolor ink pads, card stock, ribbon and the Colors & Contours stamp set.

I teamed Soft Succulent up with another green shade from the new Incolors, Evening Evergreen, acting as an accent colour for the stamped layer and sentiment. I know you don’t get many green flowers, but I wanted to keep my card to just the two colours (and white).

In the stamp set, you do get both the outline stamps and the inner shading – but I chose to colour mine in using Stampin’ Blends. Keeping it quite simple so that the main card base would be the focal point using some tone on tone stamping. I think it has come together pretty well.

What is your favourite colour from the New 2021-2023 set?

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays project.

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Simple Sunday #15 – Puffin Party

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 Puffin Party stamp set which you can purchase from the 2021 Annual Catalogue.

Aren’t the puffins so cute? They’re so adorable, especially this little guy who is clearly in the party mood. As is the theme every Sunday, I like to keep things simple to show that you don’t need a craft room full of items to make pretty cards. Each of the images have been stamped with the same Memento ink pad – which is the best ink for using alcohol markers. Then just two colours of Stampin’ Blends, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight.

As this stamp set isn’t part of a bundle, I’ve shown how you can achieve a similar look by using your scissors to fussy cut around the image. Popping them up on dimensionals to give some impact to the card. Doesn’t he look so happy with his party hat and cake?

And the best part about this card? You can switch out the colours, the stamp set or sentiment to make completely different designs each time!

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.

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)

Supply List:

Please take the time to follow my blog, subscribe to my Youtube channel or visit me over on Facebook at Crafty Hullahbaloo, where you can share your inspiration too.