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 #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.

Best Wishes,

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Butterfly Wishes

There are times when I sit in my craft room and I have absolutely no idea what I want to make or have any plan behind the projects I finish up with. This card is a great example of that! When I made this card, all I wanted to do was stamp the gorgeous images from Touch of Ink stamp set and see how I can play with the blending of them and different colour ways.

On a separate thought pattern, I wanted to use the paper from Fine Art as a background on a card but didn’t know where to progress from there. So far, I had two separate ideas and no way forward – or so I thought.

As you can see, in the end I pulled the two ideas together (after my daughter suggested it – credit goes to Mia) and I really happy with the end result. Perhaps I should just let my daughter do the crafting next time?

What do you think?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday: Gnome for the Holidays

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 weeks project is showcasing the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set, which I think is so adorable!

I love colouring in images with my blends and this stamp set really offers some great opportunities to do that. I coloured in the cute little tree house and the gnome using various colours – my video details which ones. The great thing about Stampin’ Up! stamp sets is the stamped image gives you indications of where the light and shade should be, making blending even easier!

Once completed, I fussy cut around the gnome and used dimensionals to pop him onto the front of the card topper. Finishing the whole card with a small bow of braided linen trim. How cute?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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  • Card Base = 41/8 x 113/4 inches, scored at 57/8
  • Front Panel = 3 x 3 inches
  • Scrap of Whisper White for stamping

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Hooray for You

I was recently challenged to use the colour Pink more as it’s not a colour I reach for that often, unless it’s Magenta Madness. I took part in a team event that was based upon the Curvy Variety bundle and so used that as an opportunity to dip out of my comfort zone and used pink – in this case, Petal Pink.

A version of this card was showcased by Deb Toner using the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP), but I chose Peony Garden for my version. I love the finished outcome, especially the silver sprig focussed on the right.

Look at the detail on those dies, they emboss the leaves at the same time as cutting out the sprig. As I had used silver for the sprigs, I wanted to use the Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon but incorporate it with the pink theme. To do this, I coloured in the ribbon using Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, which I think looks amazing!

Which colour in your collection do you find is used the least? Why not challenge yourself to use it – you may be pleasantly surprised?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Happiest of Piggin’ Birthdays

How awesome is this giant sentiment in the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set? Whilst I love little sentiments that I can punch out and add to projects, I also love large sentiments which I can make a focal point on a card. The font is absolutely gorgeous!

I wanted to feature it alongside a background stamp, which in this sample is the Camouflage background. I love Camouflage, the stamp set has different textures giving you the impression of multiple tones of one colour – in one press of the stamp!

The characters are made using the Menagerie Mix Up stamp set and are so, so cute!

I mean how cute does that little piggy look? His face is so adorable! The Menagerie Mix Up set enables you to create a whole heap of different animals and the four on this card are only the tip of the ice berg.

What animal would you create?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Wild Hedgehog

This stamp set was the first one from the Annual Catalogue to make it on my ‘wish’ list. I absolutely love hedgehogs and this one is so cute! I love the sketched nature of the stamp set and the free reign it allows me for art materials – the imagery would suit Watercolour Pencils, Stampin’ Blends, using ink with an Aqua Painter or just left as outline images.

For this particular card, I chose to use Stampin’ Blends as I wanted to play around with the colours and the shading. The image shown is made up of three separate stamps – the mushrooms, the hedgehog and the leaf. Only the mushrooms came with grass as part of the image, but the versatility of my Stampin’ Blends allowed me to replicate under the hedgehog and leaf also – barely noticeable too?

I wanted to keep this card simple to show off the coloured image, so backed it onto a single piece of Just Jade – which I think it absolutely gorgeous. Don’t you agree?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Blends Gift Box

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I am absolutely loving my TFI Crafty Friday Lives – it’s nice to be online, crafting with like minded friends sharing ideas and inspiration. Hosted on Facebook at 7:30 every Friday, I bring a new project and showcase the items used to make it. Yesterday, I made this gorgeous gift box which holds 10 Stampin’ Blends pens.

I was inspired by the amazing Helzie over @ SlimmandStylish.com who used the ‘All Things Fabulous’ stamp set during a Youtube Live. It was a set that I had skipped past when I looked through the catalogue and hadn’t really paid much attention to it. Then I saw Helzie use it and immediately loved the dimension you get from the triple stamping.

It’s an amazing set to use to make your own version of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and you get a different result every time and because they’re stamps, you can change up the colours as you wish. As you’ll see on my video below – I switched the colours round to suit the feature colour of the box.

I love it – and the box is a great way to gift a set of blends (or other stationery) to a friend or family member.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

 

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Measurements:

  • Lid and Base = 81/4 x 73/4 inches
  • Coloured Cardstock for Lid = 6 x 61/2 inches
  • Whisper White for Lid = 61/4 x 53/4 inches

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  • Base and Lid = ¾ on all sides (using a shim for the lid piece)

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Penguin Fun

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I love cute stamp sets, especially ones that I can colour in with my blends alongside my children. When the Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue went live for demonstrators, my children flicked through the pages and immediately chose the ‘Freezin’ Fun’ stamp set used on this card as well as the ‘Have a Hoot’ and ‘Warm & Toasty’ stamp sets. They all have gorgeous outline images of animals which we can colour to our hearts content.

This card uses a great technique for creating your own backgrounds without the need for Designer Series Paper (DSP). Now don’t get me wrong, I love DSP – but sometimes you want to use something else or the papers don’t quite suit what you’re wanting to achieve.

The background was achieved by choosing 4 different inks – on this occasion it was differing shades of blue to create a snow flurry sky effect. The snowflake stamp I used comes from the ‘Snowflake Wishes’ bundle, using versamark to stamp them randomly before embossing them with white powder.

The ‘Freezin Fun’ stamp set forms part of the ‘Freezin’ Fun’ Bundle, which I absolutely adore as it means I can die cut each of the images to use on my projects. This card allowed me to showcase them perfectly against the blended ink background. The die set includes the stitched edge which forms the snowy hill on the background.

I absolutely love it and have made differing version already, one of which is shown in my video below. Hope you enjoy!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Card Base = 41/8 x 111/2 inches, score at 57/8 on the long side
  • Background Layer = 37/8 x 55/8 inches
  • Stitched Snow Layer = 37/8 x 2 inches
  • Scraps of Whisper White for stamping.