Monthly Archives: February 2016

Stampin’ Creative February blog hop

Hello and welcome!

You may have arrived here from the wonderful Louise or started here, either way, thanks for dropping in to see today’s blog hop.

Our theme today is “Wonderful Women” – anything from mums to sisters to aunts to best friends – you name it, we’ve got it covered!

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I lost my mum last year.  And while I have a fantastic mother-in-law, I decided to make my card for my aunt, my mum’s sister Jill.  I’m very lucky to have an excellent relationship with her although it has suffered from geographical distance of late (I now live in Swindon, she moved to Northern Scotland).  But, we strengthened our bond again in the Autumn and I know I’ll be seeing her again soon.  I’ve always thought my aunt was awesome, so this card was an easy one:

Remarkakable You, Rich Razzleberry, Watermelon Wonder

My base is Rich Razzleberry and the top layer is Whisper White framed with a skinny Basic Black mat.  I stamped the flowers from Remarkable You (Annual Catalogue) in archival Basic Black although I quickly remembered it should have been Stazon, officially!  No matter, this worked.  If I’d had it, I would have stamped on the White Glimmer paper for that little bit of sheen.  But, I like this!  I used my acqua painters and Rich Razzleberry and Watermelon Wonder to colour in the flowers and then stamped the sentiment (also from Remarkable You) in Rich Razzleberry.  I tried a Watermelon Wonder base but it just didn’t work.

To finish off, I stamped this inside:

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The sentiment on the front works fine on its own, but this finished my feelings off perfectly.

Next up is Pip.  I know she will have produced something gorgeous!  Click on the button below to go straight to her blog post.  If you get lost, there’s a full list of all our blogs at the bottom.

Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

Hope you’ve enjoyed our posts.

Caro
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Lost without you for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello!

Today’s card is my Design Team card for challenge #162 at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Stef has given us a great sketch as her last challenge for February – 2 months of challenges have raced by!  Here’s the sketch:

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I played around for a while before I hit on a design I liked for this.  Sometimes that happens, I find.  I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be using a flower as I just do’nt have very many, either in stamp or punch form!  Here’s what I came up with:

Going Global, Going Places DSP, Mossy Meadow

I’ve only recently got the Going Global stamp set but I love it!  Even if the UK is missing from the map stamp 😉  My base is Mossy Meadow with a mat of Crumb Cake.  I cut two strips of map DSP from the “Going Places” stack – I think this one gets a bit overlooked as when I showed my card to my sister (she’s on the DT too, so could have an early view) she asked where it’s from and I know she loves this stack.  But the colours as well as the theme were perfect – Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow.  I stamped the compass from Going Global in Mossy Meadow on Very Vanilla, then cut it out using a circle framelit.  I cut another circle the same size in Mossy Meadow, cut it down the middle and backed the compass circle so just a small border is shown.  I stamped “I’m Lost Without You”, also from Going Global, in Mossy Meadow  onto the top Very Vanilla.  I put the layers together with tombow and popped the compass up on dimensionals.  The inside sentiment (from guess which set?!) says “You mean the world to me”.

I’m pleased with this – it could be an anniversay card, I thought, perhaps, or a “just because” for a friend.  Hope you like it!

If you want to play along and enter your own sketch card – please follow the link to the site, read the challenge rules and enter your own take – we’d love to see what you create.

Caro
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Birthday Balloon Celebration

Hello!

Today’s card is one I came up with for my “Fantastic Four” class yesterday.  I had a full house as five lovely ladies came along to make four birthday cards.  Birthdays are very much in my mind at the moment, partly because we have lots in our family at this time of year, including the brand new arrival of our first niece, Daisy Rae.  Congratulations to Dan and Kelly!  Birthdays are also on my mind as lots of people are getting involved with #imbringingbirthdaysback. The idea behind it is to get back into sending real birthday cards.  The hardcore devotees offer to send a birthday card to anyone that signs up, wherever they are!  As I struggle with getting my existing list done, I’m just offering to send a card to any class attendees that want to sign up – I have an additional three people on my list now!

So today’s card:

Balloon Celebration, It's My Party DSP

This is a nice easy one, aside from the placement of the balloon stings.  They need to be low enough that the balloons still have some white space above them, but high enough to allow the sentiment some room too.  It just takes a little thought.  My base is Melon Mambo, with a Whisper White mat.  I stamped the strings in Basic Grey and the sentiment in Melon Mambo, both from the Balloon Celebration stampset (Spring/Summer catalogue).  I punched balloons out of different patterns of “It’s My Party” DSP using the balloon punch (buy the stamp set and punch as a bundle and get 15% off) and played around until I had a look I liked.  I did have some balloons left over!  I stuck four down and popped two up with dimensionals, to give a more 3D effect.  I don’t think that really shows in the photo above, so here’s another angle:

Balloon Celebration, It's My Party DSP

I’m really pleased with how this came out, hope you like it too!

Caro
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Thinking of You for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello!

This week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge is a colour challenge and Stef has chosen three gorgeous colours:

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Now, I don’t know if I’ve read too many Georgette Heyer novels, but purple does have a tendency to make me think of sympathy cards, even though I love the colour.  Sadly, I need a sympathy card this week, so I came up with this:

Hopeful Thoughts, Work of Art, metallic heat embossing, Sympathy

The base is Elegant Eggplant, with a skinny Whisper White mat behind the top layer of Wisteria Wonder.  I did try a skinny Basic Black layer but it really made the overall effect too dark and sombre.  I stamped the tree in Versamark and added silver embossing powder.  A few seconds with the heat tool made it pop! I masked the edge beneath the tree and stamped part of the swoosh (well, that’s what I call it) from Work Of Art in Wisteria Wonder and finally stamped “Thinking of You” from Hopeful Thoughts in Elegant Eggplant by just inking up half of the stamp.

Simple but effective, I think.  Hope you like it.

Caro
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Love This Life for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello,

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches, it’s a sketch challenge – here’s what Stef came up with:

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I really like this sketch layout – sometimes I do struggle to interpret them, but Stef has confirmed we can use other shapes (although need to take the differing sizes into account) and I found that an idea came into my head quite quickly:

Enjoy the Little Things, What I love, CC&S # 160

To start with, I did try this with a square card, as the sketch is square.  I love square cards, but it just didn’t work with my design.  So (again, the rules permit this), I went with a traditional A6 layout.

My base is Mossy Meadow, with a mat from the Botanical Gardens DSP in Hello Honey.  A skinny Hello Honey mat surrounds the Whisper White top layer.  “Love this life” from the Enjoy the Little Things stampset (Spring/Summer catalogue) is stamped in Mossy Meadow. I stamped the leaves from the Sale-a-bration set What I love in Mossy Meadow and also the flowers, one in Tangelo Twist and the other in Crushed Curry, as the brighter yellow worked better than Hello Honey here. I put the layers together with tombow.

Hope you like it!

Caro
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Quick and easy Birthday cards

Hello!

Inspired by the quick and easy Christmas cards I made using DSP as the main feature (an idea I got from my sister Liz – her blog is here), I decided to make some birthday cards:

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As you can see, the main feature of the cards is this gorgeous DSP, a Sale-a-bration (SAB) freebie you can have if you spend £45.  But you’ll need to hurry – although SAB lasts until the end of March, this paper is only available until February 15th! Stampin’ Up! have a few items that are available for 6 weeks, then they introduce new ones.  So these really are limited edition, get them now type items.  This paper is called Perfectly Artistic and comes in lovely colour-ways, with a different pattern on the other side.  I love this marbled effect though, don’t you?  Interestingly, I’ve found that sometimes it’s a different colour of card that looks best framing the paper, which is very unusual for Stampin’ Up!

Anyway, as you can see, there are two slightly different takes on the design – I really think the yellow and navy makes a great masculine card.  I hope so, as we gave one to a male friend today!

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The card base here is Night of Navy and I’ve matted the DSP on Whisper White.  I stamped “Happy Birthday from the SAB “Perfect Pairings” stamp set (this one is around til the end of March) in Night of Navy and cut it out using the oval framelit dies and big shot.  I then cut another same sized oval in Night of Navy, cut it in half (by eye) on the trimmer, and then framed the white oval.  I constructed the layers and then popped the ovals up on dimensionals and stuck that on to finish the card.

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This card’s colours are Rich Razzleberry with a Tip Top Taupe mat;  even though the DSP is Crumb Cake, it just seemed to work better.  The “Happy Birthday” (one of my favourites) is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.  Construction was the same as above.

So, two quick and easy cards!  If you have a mountain of DSP you love but aren’t sure what to use on, make it the main feature of a card, as I have here!  Beautiful paper like this deserves centre stage.

Hope you like them.

Caro
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More hearts for CAS Colours & Sketches

Hello!

This week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge is a colour challenge:

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I like this colour combination! Although my final card was not achieved without some drama. I sat down on Sunday, with plenty of time to spare, and came up with a card I really liked. And then I wondered if the stamp set was retired. It was. Now, I could have used it, but it’s not very helpful, if people want to CASE it and don’t have the stamp set. And with that particular card, it wasn’t one that could easily be replaced.  So, it was back to the drawing board. And time ticked away. Until tonight, when there wasn’t any time left!  Did I panic?  Um, a bit.  But as my husband Ben said later, creativity can’t be forced, so you just have to be patient. Fortunately, once I sat down and played with a few things, this card came easily. And yes, I checked that these stamp sets were current before I started stamping!  Here’s my card:

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I almost never make one layer cards, but I really like this. Before Stampin’ Up! introduced the thick Whisper White cardstock I would never have made a one layer card with a Whisper White base. This thicker card is perfect.

So, you won’t be surprised to see Watercolor Words if you’ve been looking at my blog recently – I’m a bit obsessed. I stamped the hearts in Melon Mambo, moving from partial down to whole deliberately and then adding a couple of Pink Pirouette shadows. I love the sentiment from “Perfect Pennants” – it’s so true.  Ok, a bit sappy, but so am I. I used the Stampin’ Write markers in Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie and blended them a bit, aiming for them to meet in somewhere in the middle of “perfect”.  I really like the effect.

This is a quick and easy CAS card that could be a bit of a different Valentine’s card (as long as your loved one has a good sense of humour!). I thought I’d finished with hearts and what have you after last weekend’s blog but I’m apparently still on a roll (and I notice I’m not the only member of the Design Team). I hope you like it.

Caro
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