Hand rolled flowers on Stampin Up pink fan fair card

Good morning blog friends, have you had enough of these grey, cold mornings here in the UK? I have, and am hoping that with the advent of March tomorrow then we will begin to see some spring sunshine :) Whilst waiting I've been getting lots of inspiration for spring & summer trends and colours and the idea for this card came from an article on lazy dazy summer afternoons - ooh yes please! 

I love the layers and colours and have entered this card into the Pals Paper Arts sketch 153 challenge which is all about layers this week as well as the Less is More Paper Piercing week 108 challenge.

For layer #1 I have used Fan Fair designer series paper which I've also used for the hand rolled roses - I just adore the vintage shabbiness of these paper designs. I have used the scallop edge punch to give the designer series paper a pretty edge.

Layer #2 is pink pirouette cardstock, layer#3 is basic black cardstock which the leaf is also from using the bird builder punch, feature #4 is the vellum jar and stalk stamps from the now retired Perfectly Preserved stamp set which have been stamped in black Stazon ink which is perfect for permanence on non porous surfaces and then die cut through the Big Shot using the cannery framelits. Layer #5 is the vellum overlay which the Happy Birthday sentiment has been stamped onto, again using stazon ink. To finish off I have paper pierced around the edges of the sentiment banner and popped 3 basic pearls to hide the sharp edges. 

Very simple mix of colours and products but very pretty! Here's a closeup of the paper piercing and banner detail ..

And of course, the cards ingredients ...

Fan fair designer series paper set 
Cannery set of framelits

Bird builder punch

Paper piercing set of templates to suit every occasion

To create this card yourself you will need the following products:
  • Pink pirouette (116203) & basic black (121688) cardstock both £6.25 for 24 sheets of A4 11
  • Fan Fair designer series paper 126918 £9.95 for 12 x 12"x12" double sided design sheets
  • Scallop edge border punch 119882 £14.25
  • Cannery set of framelits 127822 £20.95
  • Stazon black ink 101406 £5.95
  • Bird builder punch 117191 £15.50
  • Basic pearls 119247 £4.50 for 150 assorted sizes
  • Vellum paper 106584 £5.95 for 20 A4 sheets
  • Paper piercing pack 126187 £7.25 & paper piercing tool 126189 £3.50
I would be happy to order any of these products for you, just drop me a line at lisa.barton@hotmail.co.uk and I can arrange delivery directly to your door. 

Check back tomorrow to see what I have in store for you, or subscribe to get my crafty creations delivered straight to your email in-box!

How to use Stampin Up spritzer tool for splatter backgrounds

Good morning readers and today I have a challenge entry to quickly share with you. 

It's for the Create with Connie & Mary CCMC240 and is a colour challenge using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight & Basic Grey. 

Here's my entry ..

I have used a retired Stampin Up! set Easter Blossoms which although not current has one of my favourite blossom branch designs that I keep returning too. I also made a cute little birdhouse featuring the same set which I will show you another day :) 

I stamped the images in Basic Grey onto Whisper White cardstock and then coloured the blossoms in with Stampin Write Markers in Melon Mambo & Daffodil Delight and used the blender pen to enable me to fade and mix the colours. The markers can be purchased individually, in sets of 10 in the Stampin Up colour collections or as the whole range of 38 which I am the very proud owner of!

The sentiment was stamped in Basic Grey then I used the Colour Spritzer tool to splatter the marker inks over the page as it looked too bare without something! The spritzer literally blows air onto the marker nib which creates the spotting effect on the paper (also a brilliant way to hide smudges and mistakes!) I was determined not to use designer series paper on this challenge as I'm overly fond of it ;)

So there you have it, wish me luck! Catch up soon with some more Easter themed crafting.

3D dress card using stampin Up dress up framelits

Good morning readers, I have a little treat for you today inspired by one of my favourite things .. chocolate ;) 

My thoughts have been turning to spring and Easter and I was playing with my new dress up framelits and thought how wonderful it would be to make a dress of chocolate, a constant supply all day lol. So this card was crafted with a dress made of mini eggs!

I have chosen chocolate chip and pink pirouette cardstock which are two of my all time favourite colour combos anyway and then cut the dress shape from the dress up framelits using paper from the Birds of a feather designer series paper which features show designs just perfect for Easter & spring crafting. Here they are .. 

The colours coordinate with most of the new In colours for 2012-2014 primrose petals, raspberry ripple, summer starfruit, midnight muse as well as shades of crumb cake and . These papers also look fab for baby crafts & girlie creations. 

The little butterflies are punched with the Bitty butterfly stamp and the sentiment is stamped in chocolate chip with one of the 3 Little Greetings stamps which fits perfectly diagonally across the bitty butterfly :) The dress is finished with some So Saffron ribbon and a little chocolate chip ruffled tulle (now retired) under the skirt to give it a net underskirt effect. 

I slightly scored the skirt part of the dress with my scoreboard and tool so it looked pleated, and did the same with the banner that showcases the sentiment. I cut the flags using the corner of the square punch which makes them really nice and matching! I'm very much looking forward to getting my hands on the new borders scoring plate to sit on my scoreboard next month to add some extra detailing to my projects! 

I would just love a dress like this! 

To make this card you will need the following which I would be happy to order for you and don't forget there's free products to be had for every £45 of orders in the Sale-a-bration offer which runs until the end of March 2014. 

  • Chocolate chip card stock
  • Pink pirouette card stock
  • Birds of a feather designer series paper
  • Dress Up framelits
  • Bitty butterfly punch
  •  little greeting stamp set
See you again soon with some more creations

More uses for Stampin Up owl punch for baby clothes washing line card

Good morning readers and I hope the start of the weekend sees you well :)

I have spent the last few days working on a card for the Paper Players CAS challenge #133 which is: 

I was instantly drawn back to the Tea for Two designer series papers (again!) which the duck mobile in the badge above inspired me to use colour wise and the Tea for Two papers are just perfect! Here's the card to see if you agree ..

I've used the new in colour summer starfruit cardstock as the base layer as yellow is such a gender neutral colour but such a sunshiney, bright & fun colour and then I have tried to keep my little washing line of baby clothes gender neutral as well so the card could be for a girl or boy or even a set of each! The challenge prescribed the use of buttons and bows which I have used on both the mini clothes pegs as well as the brads which compliment the curves of the sentiment which I have layered to look like sunshine from behind a cloud (hopefully not too cloudy a day to dry the washing!). The sentiment is from the Sale-a-bration Bloomin Marvellous set and perfectly describes the feeling when welcoming a new baby into the world :)

The little outfits are cut from the Tea for Two designer series paper with the owl punch, then strung along the linen thread washing line. The bows are all Stampin Up ribbons from past and present and the Designer Builder brads are enhanced with a little more Tea for Two dsp under the epoxy bubble. I just love these but was a bit afraid to use them at first as they are quite big!

To make todays card you will need the following ingredients which I would be happy to order for you ..
  •  summer starfruit cardstock 127542 £6.25 for 24 x A4 sheets
  • whisper white card stock 106550 £7.50 for 40 x A4 sheets
  • owl punch 118074 £15.50
  • Tea for Two designer series paper 129311 £9.95 for 12 sheets of 12"x12" double sided paper
  • Linen thread 104199 £3.95 13.7m
  • Striped organdy ribbon in Old Olive 129291 £8.95 for 9.1m
  • 3/8" Taffeta ribbon in So Saffron & not quite navy
  • 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Regal Rose
  • Scallop oval punch 119856 £15.50
  • Designer builder brads 129329 £6.25 for pack of 16 including 20 epoxy bubbles

Be back soon with another project to show you, until then!

Owl aperture card using Stampin Up owl punch & woodgrain embossing folder

Hi crafters, I've been having lots of fun this week with the owl punch which I find perfect for creating childrens birthday cards (in particular boys cards as I have to think out of the pink box for a change!)

This card also is my entry to two of this weeks online challenges

I have used a host of punches and embossing folders for this card with just a tiny bit of stamping :) The crumb cake card was run through the woodgrain embossing folder in the big shot and then three circles using the circle punch were punched out to make the peekaboo windows for the owls. 

The owl punch then came into play to make the little cuties along with the leaf and branch from the bird punch. The sentiment was stamped with A little greeting from the spring/summer catalogue and layered onto the modern label punched shapes.

I even though the little arrows on the sentiment were a little like feathers and as owls are birds credited with wisdom I though the "thinking" part suited them perfectly :) They could even be the Stampin Up! modern day equivalent of the three brass monkeys ;) Not just random coincidence eh! 

 To make this card yourself you will need the following supplies, any of which I would be happy to order for you:

  • Cardstock - crumb cake, not quite navy, daffodil delight, marina mist all £6.25 for 24 x A4 sheets
  • Owl punch - 118074 £15.50
  • Bird builder punch - 117191 £15.50
  • 1 3/4" Circle punch 119850 £15.50
  • Woodgrain embossing folder 127821 £7.50
  • Big Shot 113439 £87.95
  • Modern label punch 119849 £15.50
  • A little greeting stamp set 129111 £6.95 set of 3 wood mount stamps
Until next time, happy crafting! 

Stampin Up Elegant Butterfly punch art card

Good morning everyone, today I have a simple, quick and clean card to show you that I created to enter two online challenges ..

As you can see I think it meets both the challenge criteria nicely! Clean & simple, using just two colours and upholding the up in the air theme (and by using the scallop trim border punch I hope this might just fit the clouds category too!) Even the shadows from the bitty butterflies fit in with the blue/black theme! Fingers crossed for a winners badge this week ;)

To make this simple card you will need:
  • Bitty butterfly punch from new Spring/Summer catalogue 129406 £14.25
  • Whisper White cardstock - I used shimmery white cardstock for a bit of extra sparkle 121717 £7.25
  • Scallop trim border punch 118402 £14.25
  • Basic Black cardstock 121688 £6.25 for 24 A4 sheets
  • Tempting turquoise cardstock 108598 £6.25 for 24 A4 sheets
  • Bloomin Marvellous sentiment stamp - free sale-a-bration set
  • Ticket builder duo punch 126883 £15.50

Will keep you updated so watch this space!

Easter bonnet gift box & matching card made with Stampin up tea for two paper

Good morning readers, today I am popping by to show you a little something I made for the CCMC239 sketch challenge

 And here it is ..

I chose So Saffron cardstock and then used the new honeycomb embossing folder just on the right hand side of the card to give texture and depth finishing it with some certainly celery taffeta ribbon to follow the sketch layout.  

I then cut a flower shape from the hexagon pattern on a piece of Tea for two designer series paper (this has got to be one of my all time favourite Stampin Up papers with its gorgeous array of spring colours and patterns :) ) and the lovely cream flower button in the centre is courtesy of the Artisan Embellishments pack of vintage style buttons, brads and ribbons which are new in the Spring/Summer catalogue. 

Tea for two designer series paper

Artisan Embellishments kit

The sentiment is from the Bloomin Marvellous free sale-a-bration product range and for me sums up the cheerfulness of the colours in this card.
To complete the picture I then crafted a little Easter style bonnet (with the help of a template from Paper Crafters sampler) entirely from Tea for two designer series paper to match the card, the little hat top lifts off and inside I plan to pop a few cadburys mini eggs for an Easter treat :). The hat is die cut using the large scallop circle die run through the big shot and then finished with so saffron ribbon and one of the Vintage Trinkets brads in pewter. 

A lovely little Easter ensemble I hope you'll agree?

If you'd like to CASE this card and bonnet then you will need the following products which I would be happy to order for you, just drop me a line and let me know what you'd like :)

  • Tea for Two designer series paper 129311 £9.95 for 12 x 12" x 12" double sided patterned sheets
  • So saffron cardstock 108611 £6.25 for 24 x A4 sheets
  • Honeycomb textured impressions embossing folder 129378 £7.50
  • Certainly celery taffeta ribbon 119963 £6.25 for 9.1m
  • Certainly celery classic ink 126958 £4.95
  • Artisan Embellishments kit 129328 £8.95 for 26 embellishments/decorations 
  • Scallop circle bigz die 113468 £16.95
  • Big Shot 113439 £87.95
  • So saffron taffeta ribbon 122982 £6.25 for 9.1m 
  • Vintage trinkets 118764 £5.50 for 48 mixed pieces
Until next time, happy crafting!