Quilted Birthday

I know by now you have seen some of the amazing Christmas projects that are coming out of the new Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday catalogue and I am sure you have seen the gorgeous Quilted Christmas Suite and all the lovely cards made using the Quilt Builder Framelits!

I love these Christmas projects, however I decided to see what else I could create with the fabulous framelits and something non-christmas too …. so after playing for most of the day with the framelits I finally settled on new pattern using six cuts of the large square framelit.

At this stage I was going to pop this 6″ x 8″ pattern into a shadow box frame to hang on the wall … then I realised I was almost out of crafting time so decided to opt for a smaller card front.

I added a little interest and colour to the quilted pieces by using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set as well as the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

You may be wondering how I got the extra stitched squares which are not part of the Quilt Builder Framelit set. Easy! I used the Stitched Shaped Framelits to cut out squares to fit the new spaces created by the new lay-out – perfect!

I am still going to make a framed Quilt piece of art work with this new pattern but thought I would share this idea with you all in the meantime.


Color INKspiration #17

It is time again for another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this week  is extra fun for me as the colours are based on an image I suggested for the challenge.

Now you would have to agree that these colours together are just so darn adorable and the Design Team has outdone themselves this week with their amazing creations using this colour palette.

After a lot of tossing ideas around I decided to go with a CAS look for my card and resisted the temptation to go bold and bright with this combo.  I also decided to challenge myself to using only one stamp set and a set I have had in my collected for a long time and had never inked up … Bunch of Blossoms.

The design is very simple but the flowers did take a little extra time and effort with each of the petals stamped individually onto Shimmery White cardstock and coloured using an aquapainter before being punched out with the coordinating Blossom Builder punch for assembly.

Each of these beautiful creations was made for a lovely customer of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed creating each and every one of them.

What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge that anyone with Facebook can join.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator just join the Facebook page here and you can start to participate.

I really hope you will think about joining in on the challenge fun but before you do please be sure to hop around all the Colour INKspiration Crew blogs as you are going to be in awe of the inspiration this week. I really hope you are ready because Bronwyn Eastley is up next and will absolutely “blow your socks off” with her creation this week …. it is truly amazing!


Shopkins Birthday

Happy Friday everyone … and new catalogue day too!  However, today I am not sharing something from the new catalogue but instead a cute little punch art card I made for my adorable niece’s 4th Birthday which was just this week.

I went with a Shopkins theme this year for her gift so decided I needed a matching card – of course! And set about creating a Cherry Nice Cupcake card for her.

Now for those unfamiliar with all things ‘Shopkins’ this is Cherry Nice Cupcake and this was my inspiration image.

This punch art was much easier than I thought it might be as most of the pieces for the Cherry Nice Cupcake Shopkins are from the Coffee Cup and Frozen Treats Framelits with a few leaves from the Swirly Scribble set for good measure.  Now you will see in the image of the  pieces I originally thought I would use the cherry from the Frozen Treats Framelits to recreate the cherries in the image but once she was coming together I decided to use the circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch as they were a better size and I was already using the bow from that punch anyway.

I am pretty happy with how she turned out, I am calling it another successful punch art card!


Campfire Birthday

Another weekend another teenage boys’ birthday party and this one was a ‘camp out’ sleep over so of course that required a birthday card to match.

I had soooo much fun making the punch art campfire for the front of this card and was so pleased that Stampin’ Up! had all the wonderful stamps, dies and punches that I needed!  You may recognise a few of the pieces from the campfire including the ends of the branch from the Best Birds Stamp Set (I used the matching framelits to cut around each of the branches).  I have also used the Fox and Blossom Builder punches to make the flames using a little smoodging.  The branch for the marshmallows is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and those adorable marshmallows are from the NEW Hug in a Mug stamp set which is available in a few more days time.  

The little trees on the background of the card are made using the Swirly Bird stamp set and add a little ‘outdoor’ feel for the card.  One of my favourite stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is the Labeler Alphabet because it means I can make custom greetings whenever I need them.  I was able to use it to make the “toasty wishes” for the front of the card …

as well as the “on your” for the inside.  The inside of the card was also fun with a ‘pop-up’ tent to finish off the camping theme.  The tent is made using one of the 6″ x 6″ pieces of Dapper Denim paper from the Color Theory DSP pack.  There is a little video on how to make tent pop-ups here if you are interested, I adapted mine a little but essentially the video will give you the tips you need.

I even decided to use the linen thread from Stampin’ Up! to make guide ropes for the tent!  I loved making this card it was a lot of fun and the pop-up tent was super easy to do!


Colour INKspiration #16

Time again for another fabulous colour challenge from the Colour INKspiration facebook page.

I love the neutral tones of the Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray all together and the bonus is that this would be a super combination for Father’s Day which is right around the corner!

However, I have used this combination to create quick and easy little note cards to send to all my wonderful customers with a copy of the new Holiday catalogue.

As always, I like to include some of the new exciting products on the card that I pop in with the catalogue and even though it is a ‘holiday’ catalogue I can always find a way to get more than just Christmas cards from the products in it.  In fact, that gorgeous embossing on the Dapper Denim card stock strips is using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions embossing folder is for so much more than Christmas.  I mean who doesn’t love a good embossing folder pattern … at any time of year!

The stamp set I have featured on my cards is called “Hug in a Mug” and was actually spotted by my 16 year old daughter who thought it was just adorable and so fitting for many different cards and I agree. Here I have used one of the mug images and placed a little tea bag on it with the “enjoy” sentiment … which is exactly what I hope my customers do when they get their new catalogue – sit, have a cuppa and enjoy the read!

Whilst there are a couple of sneak peak items on these note card there are certainly a number of old favourites that I am sure you will recognise … yes I am using the Stitched Shaped Framelits again!

Now it’s time to pop over to the lovely Nicole Wilson’s blog to she her amazing project.


Eclectic Layers Lattice

Over the last few weeks I have been having so much fun using the Eclectic Layers Thinlit Dies – especially the little quilted pattern piece.  One of the great things is that you can make really large panels with this die simply by cutting out the pattern multiple times.

So what do you do with a whole sheet of little box lattice cut-outs?  Well you can make a super quick and easy card by placing it in a window cut in a standard card front.  Here I have attached a piece of Sahara Sand card stock to the back of the window and cut out a simple “Happy Birthday” greeting and attached it with dimensionals.

Have a bit more time and ‘fiddly’ is your thing? Well you can easily create a super design but cutting out more of the die in different colour so that you can use the ‘negative’ pieces (the little diamonds) to fill in a fun pattern.  I have used the same greeting for this card but added a shadow but cutting two of the greeting (one in white and one in navy) and adhering them together a little offset before attaching to the card front with dimensionals.

I hope you have fun playing with this idea, the possibilities are endless and the end result is really stunning.


Colour INKspiration #15

Time for another fabulous colour challenge for the Colour INKspiration Facebook group and these colours are sensational.

There are some amazing projects (as always) from the Colour INKspiration Crew this week and you probably have arrived here from the talented Lou Kitzelman?’s blog and making your way around this great Blog Hop.

Who knew how well Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party could work together, certainly not a combination I think I would have ever chanced.

For my card this fortnight not only did I use the colours to create this fabulous card as my monthly Customer Thank You Cards but I also took my inspiration from the image.  There was something about that gorgeous door that I just couldn’t resist.  Now you may be wondering where that lattice work panel has come from … or you may have already worked it out.

The lattice piece in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits can be repeatedly cut to create large panels of lattice and it is so so so easy to do! You may also be wondering where I got my black accents from – well with the help of a standard black sharpie permanent marker I was able to turn my Stampin’ Up! White Perfect Accents into Basic Black ones which finished off my cards perfectly.

Now it is time to head over to the blog of our wonderful Guest Design Erin Gunson who has a beautiful creation to share with you.


Laser Tag Skirmish

Having teenage kids certainly keeps me on my toes in many ways but also in my crafting.  With all the latest phases (and crazes) they go through I am constantly challenged when it comes to birthday cards and gifts for friends and today’s card is another one where I almost thought I was going to have to admit defeat.

Today my son and his friends are off to Laser Tag Skirmish for his friend’s birthday party and so (of course) the challenge was set to create a card to celebrate this event.  Now I have done everything from Dr Who, to Pokemon and Star Wars for my boys but we are getting older so the themes are certainly changing.

To get the exact look I needed for the camo background I did have to reach into my retired Stampin’ Up! stash and bring back Gorgeous Grunge for this card (one of the best stamp sets EVER).  My Layering Circles Dies were perfect for creating my target and laser beams are so simple using strips of card stock.  The “happy birthday” creating is embossed in silver as I didn’t want to add too much white to the card with the only white being the flag for the “th” as I thought it kinda looked like a surrender flag.

In the end the card really only took minutes to pull together – my thinking time however was a little longer


Wood Words Welcome

Today I have decided to do something very different for me and participate in a challenge that I normally wouldn’t consider but I am so glad I decided to push myself to try it.

So the challenge is the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge and even though I have been stalking the Facebook challenge site I have never joined in – well that is changing today with this card I have made for a new team member I am welcoming to the Craft-T-Crew.  I have ‘stepped up’ my card a little from the one on page 27 of the catalogue but I think you may be able to see the resemblance.

The interesting thing was that even though I didn’t even have a lot of the items used in the catalogue sample I was able to create a card using the key elements that I had and substituting for what I did have on hand – and I think it turned out pretty nice.

So I have tried something new and you know what I kind liked it!


Beautiful Bike Ride

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  

Today I thought I would quickly share a sweet card that I made as a Make-and-Take project for my Craft-T-Crew this past month.  I have used this cute Bike Ride stamp set in the past to make some fun note cards that you can see here, but this card is all about the bike and coordinating Bike Builder Framelits.

The Bike Ride stamp set doesn’t have any greetings in it but I always seem to have plenty on hand and found the perfect one for my card in the Climbing Orchid set.