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Hello (Waffle Flower / Stitched Roses)

Hi Everyone, a few weeks ago a friend surprised me for my birthday with a gift voucher from Waffle Flower. I was so excited as, up to this point, I hadn’t used anything from Waffle Flower. The first item I just HAD to get was the Stitched Roses stamp set. It is such a clever, not to mention, pretty stamp set.

Now, I’m not too good at stamping with layered stamps, even with the use of a MISTI, but I really wanted to give this one a go. The MISTI made things so much easier but I have one tip which was incredibly helpful (and I *think* I saw it on the Waffle Flower website) and I am sure this is why I was able to do it so easily.

Here’s the tip…

Place the cardstock in the MISTI. Position the first (largest) stamp on the cardstock where you want it. Lower the MISTI lid and ink and stamp as usual. Next, remove ALL of the stamps from the index sheet. Position the index sheet over your stamped image and line up the image which is next to be stamped. When you are satisfied it is in the right position, place the magnets over the top to ensure it doesn’t shift. Place the corresponding stamp on top of the index sheet. It can be a little fiddly lining it up but it is certainly easier than eyeballing it. When you are happy the stamp is in the right place, lower the lid of the MISTI to pick it up. Remove the index sheet. Ink and stamp the image as per usual. Repeat this process until you have finished stamping all the layers of the image.

As I had never tried to stamp layered stamps using this method, I wasn’t fully convinced I was going to be able to get one suitable finished image. I stamped each layer four times so imagine my surprise, and relief when all four turned out perfectly! If you are anything like me and you have trouble with layered stamps, please try this hint, you will be surprised at how easy it makes the process. Of course, this now means I have four cards to share with you today. I tried to keep the card designs very simple to make the image shine.

For the first card, I simply die cut the image and popped it up with foam tape. Adding a few rhinestones gave the card the necessary bling.

Here’s the card…
Hello

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – Stitched Roses (Waffle Flower), Dies – Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Altenew Inks; and Rhinestones.

The second card followed the basic design principle but with the taller sentiment stamp, I needed to use a larger die and liked the idea of having the panel butted up to the edge. I added some Wink of Stella to add just a little more shine.

Here’s the card…
With Love

With Love
Materials used: Stamps – Stitched Roses (Waffle Flower), Dies – Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Altenew Inks; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

For the next card, I had it in my head to create more of a table cloth look. The Blueprints 20 Die-namics die set from My Favorite Thing has a great chevron style die which I thought would be fun to use to create the edge. The only problem is that it cuts out the tiny dots but not the edge. I first tried to hand cut along the edge but it didn’t work too well. How I ended up getting a look that I was reasonably happy with was to tape the die cut in place, then die cut and then use a knife to cut along the edge of the die while it was still in place. It isn’t perfect but I don’t mind. I love how it looks. I didn’t have any pink cardstock which complemented the inks used. Instead, I grabbed an inkpad from the same colour family of inks used to stamp the image and coloured the cardstock directly.

Here’s the card…
Hello

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – Stitched Roses (Waffle Flower), Dies – Blueprints 13, Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Altenew Inks; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

Whilst I loved the softness of the pink cardstock in the above card, I wondered how it would look if I used one of the same inks I stamped with.

Here’s the card…
Hello

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – Stitched Roses (Waffle Flower), Dies – Blueprints 13, Blueprints 20 (My Favorite Things); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Altenew Inks; Wink of Stella and Rhinestones.

I LOVE this stamp set! Now that I know about that tip to make stamping with it easier, I hope to try a few new things. Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

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Ramblings

Hi Everyone,

Wow! It has been such a long time (again!) since I popped in to say hi and share what I have been doing creatively. Like many of you, I’ve spent A LOT of time creating Christmas cards recently. I make them for my work as well as for myself so it does take a bit of time. I had planned to use some of the new stamp sets from Lawn Fawn to create my cards this year – then I saw the card example on page 15 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue (using the Embellished Ornaments Clear Mount Bundle)! I knew immediately I wanted to make something similar. Seriously, it is a GORGEOUS card! Whilst I stayed fairly true to the example in the catalogue in terms of design I have mixed it up a bit – I’ve used distress inks, added some bling and used my printer and the Minc to add some pretty foiled elements. And yes, the Minc is totally awesome and my new favourite crafting tool!

Here is the first of the two styles of Christmas cards inspired by the design in the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue…

Merry Christmas (Blue) Materials used: Stamps - Embellished Ornaments (Stampin' Up!), Dies - Delicate Ornament Thinlits (Stampin' Up!), Triplits - Banner (Sizzix), Blueprints 13 (MFT), Cardstock - Stampin' Up!; Card Base - KaiserCraft; Inks - Distress Ink; Minc - Foil, Toner Paper; Wink of Stella; and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Merry Christmas (Blue)
Materials used: Stamps – Embellished Ornaments (Stampin’ Up!), Dies – Delicate Ornament Thinlits (Stampin’ Up!), Triplits – Banner (Sizzix), Blueprints 13 (MFT), Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!; Card Base – KaiserCraft; Inks – Distress Ink; Minc – Foil, Toner Paper; Wink of Stella; and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

And the second card…

Merry Christmas (Red) Materials used: Stamps - Embellished Ornaments (Stampin' Up!), Dies - Delicate Ornament Thinlits (Stampin' Up!), Triplits - Banner (Sizzix), Blueprints 13 (MFT), Cardstock - American Crafts, Stampin' Up!; Inks - Distress Ink; Minc - Foil, Toner Paper; Wink of Stella; KindyGlitz, Metallic Thread, and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Merry Christmas (Red)
Materials used: Stamps – Embellished Ornaments (Stampin’ Up!), Dies – Delicate Ornament Thinlits (Stampin’ Up!), Triplits – Banner (Sizzix), Blueprints 13 (MFT), Cardstock – American Crafts, Stampin’ Up!; Inks – Distress Ink; Minc – Foil, Toner Paper; Wink of Stella; KindyGlitz, Metallic Thread, and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

And with that my Christmas cards were made. Yay!

On a completely different note, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about becoming a consultant with either Close to My Heart or Stampin’ Up!. They both seem like really great companies and offer product which I like. Would love to hear any opinions about each company. I do know consultants for each of the companies (and I would sign up under them should I decide to proceed) but I’d love to hear any words of wisdom from my friends in blogland, including whether you would actually be interested in seeing any cards I made using stamps/products from these companies.

I hope you are all happy and well and I am so sorry for the long absence! I’m sorry too that I’ve not been visiting your blogs too! I’ve missed seeing all the fabulous things I just *know* you’ve been creating!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Best Wishes (Gorjuss)

Hi Everyone,

Today I have three cards to share using the Gorjuss stamp set Toadstools. I have had so many ideas buzzing through my head for this set but I’ve decided to limit it (for now!) to three cards. For this series, I have essentially used the same card design but I’ve switched up the colour schemes for each. I think this card set illustrates that simply by changing the colour palette you use, without even changing the design too much, you can end up with a completely different feel. Imagine how many different card looks you can get when you switch up the design as well?! I totally love how versatile stamps are!

For my first card, I had been playing around with the blues and greys on her outfit which prompted me to put her in a winter scene.

Here’s the card…

Best Wishes Materials used: Stamps - Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Circles (Sizzix); Copic Markers, and Distress Inks.

Best Wishes
Materials used: Stamps – Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn), Circles (Sizzix); Copic Markers, and Distress Inks.

I decided then to add a bit more colour and a dark night sky was born along with rich green rolling hills. Love the colours of the background.

Here’s the card…

Best Wishes Materials used: Stamps - Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders, Let's Bokeh (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

Best Wishes
Materials used: Stamps – Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders, Let’s Bokeh (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

For the final card, I realised I had yet to use the little critter and the toadstools from the set. Of course that had to be remedied immediately. The toadstools are super cute. I had been tempted to go with a darker colour palette but eventually decided on more of a spring time theme.

Here’s the card…

Just Because Materials used: Stamps - Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders, Let's Bokeh (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

Just Because
Materials used: Stamps – Toadstools (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (My Favourite Things), Stitched Hillside Borders, Let’s Bokeh (Lawn Fawn); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

So, there you have it – one stamp set, one basic card design and three different cards. They were so fun to make and I hope you enjoy viewing the cards today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

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On Top of the World (Gorjuss)

Hi Everyone,

A while ago I purchased the Gorjuss – On Top of the World stamp set. Not long after I saw some other card makers had used this stamp set and I thought, “Oh I cannot do anything as lovely as that” and so it went back into the stash. Such a silly attitude! Recently when flicking through my stamps I came across it again and thought it was about time I used it! Even better, I had quite a number of ideas running through my mind. Hooray! So, today, I am sharing FOUR cards using this gorgeous stamp set.

Here’s card one…

For this card, I stayed with the original intention of the stamp set. The little gorgeous girl is sitting on a wire in the sky with her little bird friends. I used the sentiment which came with the set.

On Top of the World Materials used: Stamps - On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth;  Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 22 (MFT); Rhinestones - Clear (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

On Top of the World
Materials used: Stamps – On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 22 (MFT); Rhinestones – Clear (KaiserCraft); Copic Markers, Distress Inks and Wink of Stella.

While I was colouring the above card, it crossed my mind that with a few lines, the little girl could easily be sitting on some stairs…and card idea number two was born.

Here’s the card…

Hello Friend Materials used: Stamps - On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth;  Designer Paper - Black & White (Glitz); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Die-namics Blueprints 20 (MFT); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.

Hello Friend
Materials used: Stamps – On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Black & White (Glitz); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Die-namics Blueprints 20 (MFT); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers.

So why stop at stairs? Maybe the little girl could be sitting on a brick wall?

Here’s the card…

Hello Sweet Friend Materials used: Stamps - On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Six-Sided Sampler (Stampin' Up!); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth;  Designer Paper - Black & White (Glitz); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, and Distress Markers.

Hello Sweet Friend
Materials used: Stamps – On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Six-Sided Sampler (Stampin’ Up!); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Black & White (Glitz); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, and Distress Markers.

And just when I was going to put the stamp set away, it popped into my mind the little girl would be the cutest little witch. (OOOH IDEA! I should have masked the bird and added a cat…maybe next time). This time I thought she could be sitting on a fence. I have to say this is my favourite of all four cars. The idea just came together effortlessly…although she really does need a black cat, doesn’t she? lol Maybe next time! (Edited to add: Tell me she wouldn’t look super cute as a witch with GREEN skin!!)

Here’s the card…

Happy Halloween Materials used: Stamps - On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), Crazy Things (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), Vintage Fence (KaiserCraft); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth;  Designer Paper - Black & White (Glitz); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 7 (MFT); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Wink of Stella.

Happy Halloween
Materials used: Stamps – On Top of the World (Gorjuss/DoCrafts), Crazy Talk (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), Crazy Things (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), Vintage Fence (KaiserCraft); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Black & White (Glitz); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 7 (MFT); Copic Markers, Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Wink of Stella.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards today.

Happy Stamping!

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Friends are the Sunshine of Life (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

For a while there I thought this card would never see the light of day. If something could go wrong, it did! The original design concept came together effortlessly but the actual execution – yeah, not so effortless! lol I got ink on my fingernails when inking up the stamp which I transferred onto the card, then I got ink onto the block which I also transferred onto the card. I ruined my masking (there’s a lot of masking!) and ended up with blue and green ink on my pretty pink flowers. The stamps are acrylic (which, to be honest, I’m not a fan of – I prefer photopolymer.) and so they can be quite squishy when you stamp and don’t necessarily hold their shape perfectly so I had some imperfect stamping. Finally, after the fourth (!) start, I managed to get through to the end and I must say I am pretty please with the card. I’m totally loving the bright colours – they’re so happy and fun!

Here’s the card…

Friends Are The Sunshine of Life Materials used:  Stamps - Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Triplits - Banners (Sizzix); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Unknown; Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Rhinestones (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

Friends Are The Sunshine of Life
Materials used: Stamps – Fly Free (KaiserCraft); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13 (MFT), Triplits – Banners (Sizzix); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Unknown; Distress Inks, Copic Markers, Rhinestones (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

TIP: I usually recommend colouring the item that you have the most difficulty with first so that you don’t ruin your project after a lot of work if it doesn’t go well. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice with this card (mainly because I just love colouring those gorgeous flowers) and ended up with the bird as the final part of the card to colour. What I did was stamp up the image a number of times on a separate sheet of cardstock and then tried a number of colour combinations. I roughly trimmed out the image so I could put it on top of my card and get a true idea of how it would look. When I found one I liked, I was then able to finish my card in a way I was happy with. Hope this helps!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

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Hope Your Birthday is Unforgettable (WPlus9)

Hi Everyone,

A super quick post today (mainly because it is getting late and I need to get to bed! lol). I totally forgot it was my boss’s birthday today and I’ve always given her a card for her birthday. I felt so bad even though I did actually wish her a happy birthday in person. So tonight, the plan was to make a birthday card. (Turns out I don’t actually make a lot of birthday cards so I need to remedy that too and put a few away for days like these). At first I thought I would use the WPlus9 stamp set Unforgettable as it has a couple of sentiments related to forgetting birthdays but when I sat down I decided to just make a regular birthday card.

Here’s the card…

Hope your birthday is unforgettable Materials used: Stamps - Unforgettable (WPlus9); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Cardstock - American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper - Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Distress Inks, Copic Markers and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Hope your birthday is unforgettable
Materials used: Stamps – Unforgettable (WPlus9); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Cardstock – American Crafts, Knights Smooth; Designer Paper – Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Distress Inks, Copic Markers and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Life is Good (Lawn Fawn)

Hi Everyone,

Usually when I make ‘scene’ type cards I fussy cut out my stamped and coloured images and pop them onto the base cardstock. My cards tend to have a lot of layers and dimension. This also gives me the flexibility to move items around. As it had been quite a while since I experimented with masking, I thought it was time to give it another go and this time my goal was to create a one layer scene card. The Lawn Fawn set Year Five was still on my table so I decided to create another card using this image. The logical pairing (in my mind) was the Life is Good stamp set, also by Lawn Fawn. I had a rough idea of my design before I started but I still mixed up my layers twice before I finally stamped them all in the correct order. The scene turned out to be super cute, I think. The scene itself is flat but I couldn’t help myself – I *had* to pop the panel up using mounting tape! lol

Here’s the first card…

Life is good Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; and Copic Markers.

Life is good
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; and Copic Markers.

I couldn’t just stop at one card though as it was just too much fun to colour. I made another card which was almost identical to the one above so I won’t share that one. I then decided I wanted to spice the card up a little more.

Here’s the second card…

Life is good Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper - Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), Twine (Stampin' Up!) and Copic Markers.

Life is good
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, Doodlebug Design; Designer Paper – Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), Twine (Stampin’ Up!) and Copic Markers.

Of course, I couldn’t stop with this design so I had to make another. Whilst this card does have a few layers, I didn’t pop up any of them – how unusual! lol

Here’s the card…

Relax Materials used: Stamps - Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies - Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper - Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), and Copic Markers.

Relax
Materials used: Stamps – Life is Good, Year Five (Lawn Fawn); Dies – Die-namics Blueprints 13, Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper – Sunkissed (Doodlebug Design), and Copic Markers.

I had so much fun creating these cards and I really hope you enjoy them too. I had recorded a video to go with this post but it went a little wonky. Hopefully I will have another video to share soon. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

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