Monthly Archives: July 2016

Stampin’ Creative July blog hop – Cool for Kits


Hello!

Welcome to the July Stampin’ Creative blog hop – this month our theme is “Cool for Kits”.  You may have arrived from Emma or started here – either way, you are very welcome!

Kits are brilliant way to try card making or paper crafting, without a large investment.  Stampin’ Up! always have a kit or two (or more) in each catalogue and they vary in what they come with.  The Watercolour Wishes kit, which I’m going to talk about, comes with everything you need to make 20 cards, including a couple of cute little ink spots and the stamp set.  You might need to buy some glue but that’s it!  If you decide you like this kit and order it though me (click on the link on the right), I’ll throw in a tombow glue for free to say thank you.

I love the font of the stamp set that comes with this kit and I’ve found the sentiments to be very versatile.  I came up with a very easy card design using washi tape a while ago and made multiple versions – if you’ve not seen them click here and here to go to my previous posts.

For today I’ve decided to focus on the stamp set.

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I recently got the Baker’s Box framelits, so I wanted to play with them.  I cut the two pieces out of the gorgeous Floral Boutique DSP – I love the Night of Navy and Whisper White patterns.  I stamped “Just for You” in Delightful Dijon, added the tiny heart from a strip of three (also from Watercolour Wishes)  on Whisper White and then used a Baker’s box framelit shape to cut it out.  I cut another out of Night of Navy, cut it in half and framed the sentiment and used Tombow to do that and adhere it to the box.  It’s finished with the beautiful mini striped ribbon in Delightful Dijon.  I didn’t notice this at first in the catalogue – it’s a must-have.

For the card, I did a sort of reverse of my washi tape cards.  Quick, simple and easy!

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I cut an A6 piece from another pattern of the Floral Boutique DSP, then cut it on the diagonal using my trimmer.  I moved it over and cut another strip.  I lined them up on a thick Whisper White card base and then stamped the “Thanks” from Watercolour Words in Night of Navy.  I adhered the DSP with tombow – job done!  Quick and easy to reproduce and it really shows the DSP off.

Now onto Mikaela  – I know you will enjoy what she has to show us!  You can click on the button below, or the full list of links is at the bottom of this post.

Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post – please do hop around to see what everyone else has created – see you on Tuesday!

Caro
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Early Christmas card for CAS Colours & Sketches

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Sorry for the gap in my posts – life intervened in the form of a weekend away, work and general “stuff”!  But I’m back today with my Design Team card for CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week Karen is hosting and she’s given us this great sketch:

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A great, versatile sketch, I think, with lots of possibilities.  I tried a few things out and decided I wanted to flip the image (allowed) and I’ll admit, I went a little bit off piste because my image isn’t centred!  But it is most definitely inspired by the sketch:

CC&S #184, Christmas, Joyful Nativity

This is a clean and simple Christmas card, using new DSP and a new stamp set from the annual catalogue.  It’s not long until demos get to see the Autumn/Winter catalogue, which will have lots of new Christmas goodies in and I can’t wait!  We’re currently getting little sneak peaks on the demo website of what is coming.  If you want that too then join up, I’d love to have you on my team!  Back to my card – although you can’t see it, the base is Cherry Cobbler.  I added a full card size of the This Christmas Specialty DSP, rather than fiddle around with strips, although I’ll admit that was extravagant!  I added a Very Vanilla mat, thinner but the same width and then heat embossed the angel from the Joyful Nativity stamp set in gold.  Finally, I added a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler from the same set.  I’m pleased with this and if you got stingy with the DSP it would be a quick and easy one to reproduce in numbers without using loads of material (always good, when you have 90 – 100 Christmas card to make every year, as I do!).

Hope you like it!  See you on Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative blog hop – we are featuring kits.

Caro
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Baby Bear just because

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Today I should have a Design Team card for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – Stef is hosting and has given up this lovely colour trio to play with:

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Isn’t it great?  Sadly, I’ve had a very busy week and just didn’t have time to create my card for the challenge.  I hope you’ll have a look at the rest of the Design Team’s card and have a go yourself.  I’ll still be looking at the entries and commenting as normal.  I do have a card I can share today, though – we made this in my class last Saturday and it features the Baby Bear stamp again – hope you like it:

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I really feel I’ve nailed the technique for getting the bear precise now – start with the most detailed stamp, rather than the order the stamps are numbered in.  I’ll be back with the colour details etc. later.

Caro
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A twist on Hearts

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Last week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge was a really fun one – you have time to enter as it doesn’t close until tomorrow evening, UK time.  My Design Team card for it is here if you want to see it.  I decided to make a variation on it as I had a card class on Saturday and needed it to be C6 sized, as I didn’t have any matching envelope paper to make the square shape the original card required.  Sometimes, necessity really is the mother of invention!  I also made a couple of other changes.  But first, here’s my card:

Layered Love, Sweet & Sassy framlelits, CC&S #182

My other changes were to add a bit of bling with the single diamante and to clear emboss the sentiment.  I’ll admit we didn’t do that in class, I decided to do it later, when it was too late to share it with my attendees.  They loved the effect (I did it while they were making their own cards, as an experiment), so I’ve promised we’ll use it next time.  My sister Liz (her fab blog is here) mentioned that she’d seen a post by Pootles where she talked about this – you use embossing buddy as normal, then stamp in Versamark, followed by the ink colour you want.  Finally, add clear embossing powder and heat.  I’ve done clear embossing before, just by adding the powder to wet ink (you have to be fast!), but this gives a better image as you’re using Versamark.  I think it looks great, so thanks to Liz and Sam!

I have to admit, I think this card is better than the original, although not quite so clean and simple  What do you think?  Hope you like it.

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.

Caro
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Baby Bear for a baby girl

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Sorry to be so late with my post today – we’ve been to a T20 match in Cheltenham, the first time either of us has been to a professional cricket match.  It was a lot of fun and what really struck me was how friendly and sociable it was.  People had babies in prams, dogs, epic jealousy-inducing picnics and basically had a great time.  We’ll be going again!

On to today’s card – our neighbours had a baby girl on Monday so I needed a card for them, and their as yet unnamed daughter.  She was known as “Chip” during the pregnancy and that seems to be continuing for the time being.  I was very pleased to have an excuse to break out the Baby Bear stampset again:

Baby Bear, Baby Girl

My card base is Melon Mambo with a Whisper White mat and a Crumb Cake top layer.  I’ve found it easier to stamp in the reverse order to that suggested, so most detail first, ending with the solid body.  I mentioned this to my sister Liz, who agreed she finds that order easier.  It’s much easier to line the stamps up – I use the bottom and the arm gaps.  I stamped the detail in Early Espresso, middle layer in full strength Crumb Cake and the final solid body in Crumb Cake again, stamped off once.  I was really pleased with the precision on this one!  “Welcome to the World” is from the same stampset and I finished it off with a little bow in the gorgeous striped ribbon, again in Melon Mambo.

I posted this to Helen & Russell yesterday, I hope they like it!

See you on Tuesday.

Caro
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Hearts for CAS Colours & Sketches

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This week Jane has set the challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and it’s this great sketch:

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I really like the simplicity of it and the many ways it could be used.  I decided to stick with the square shape and to break out my Sweet & Sassy framelits and feature hearts.  I also decided to go with in-colours – one from last year – Watermelon Wonder and one new one – Dapper Denim, rather than go all traditional with red and black:

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The sentiment is from the new Layering Love stampset, which co-ordinates with these framelits.  I stamped it in Watermelon Wonder on Whisper White.  My card base is thick Whisper White, although now I look at my card again I could probably have gone with Watermelon Wonder.  I decided that the card was just a bit too stark with just the elements in the top left corner, so added a couple more hearts (all cut out using the Sweet & Sassy framelits – what a great new set!), which finished it perfectly, in my eyes.

Hope you like it!

See you on Sunday.
Caro

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Another twist on curved “Celebrate”

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Just a quick post to show you my final twist on one of my recent cards for CAS Colours & Sketches.  The original post is here and I have already posted one alternative.  This one is so similar to the original that it does feel a bit like cheating, but it really does demonstrate how just changing one element of a card can really make it look different:

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The difference?  No Daffodil Delight – I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black.  I think this card is really very CAS and stylish, how about you?

Welcome to my new subscribers from the past week or two – lovely to have you here.

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.

Caro
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