Bloom Where You’re Planted card.

Bloom Where You’re Planted card.

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share with you using products from one of my favourite suites in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – the Bloom Where You’re Planted Suite. To make this Spanner Panel fun fold card I fussy cut images from the Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper and featured the Paper Lattice accents.

I chose Merry Merlot for the card base as it contrasts nicely with the colours in the patterned paper. The Paper Lattice accents have got to be in my top 5 fave products from Stampin’ Up! right now. When I think of them on a card I think of a living wall; houseplants have made a great resurgence in popularity and are so in right now. To strengthen the Paper Lattice I adhered a piece of Window Sheet behind the lattice using a strip of Tear & Tape on each side. I was able to easily hide any adhesive with the plants and pots.

This fun array of houseplants were made using random combinations of pots and plants from the DSP pack. To fill up some of the pots I used different plants in different colours to add depth and interest. To create the sentiment piece I used the Potted Succulents Dies to die cut a large label in DSP, and a smaller label in Basic White cardstock. The ‘Kind People’ sentiment from the Simply Succulents stamp set was stamped in Merry Merlot. A length of Mint Macaron Soft Velvet Ribbon was adhered between the two labels.

A scattering of Elegant Faceted Gems finished off the card.

Happy crafting x


Let’s Celebrate You.

Let’s Celebrate You.

Inspiration for this card stemmed from wanting to experiment with the Stampin’ Blends and alcohol technique on Vellum. It is such an easy and addictive technique to do, that I actually made a number of vellum pieces varying in colours. To do the technique you will need your Stampin’ Blends, a Stampin’ Spritzer, and some scrap paper such as the Grid Paper. Lay your piece of Vellum on top of the scrap paper – this will protect your work surface – and colour randomly with your Stampin’ Blends. Next, spritz some Isopropyl Alcohol over the Vellum. The more you spritz, the more the colour will mix and run together. You can help the blending along by ‘smooshing’ the Vellum with an acrylic block. Put the Vellum aside to dry, and get onto making your card base and other elements. So easy!

To make the spanner panel fun fold card I cut the front into three flaps. On the two outer pieces I adhered a strip of embossed and the sponged Misty Moonlight cardstock. I just love the texture of the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, and using the Blending Brushes across the top helps to accentuate it. Next, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip pf Vellum, and adhered it to the two outer pieces of the card front. To hide where I had used adhesive behind the Vellum, I stamped, coloured, and die cut one of the flower images from the Colour & Contour Bundle and placed it on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I really wanted to make the spritzed Vellum panel the star of the card, so to highlight it I created a Gilded Leafing frame using Tear & Tape. Side note – how good is the Gilded Leafing?! So many ways to use it in your crafting. And to really make the colour pop, I adhered the Vellum panel to a piece of Basic White cardstock.

Have you tried this technique? What colours have you used? I would love to hear from you – be sure to leave a comment below.

Happy crafting x


Stamping Retreat.

Stamping Retreat.

This past weekend a good friend (Alicia Yap of Paper Muchkin) and I held a Stamping Retreat to highlight the new Jan-Jun 2021 Mini Catalogue release. We had such a blast sharing the day with our fab guests.

Alicia and I each showcased Stampin’ Up! products in a product demonstration, and taught two make and take projects. Our guests left with a goodie bag in hand, four complete projects using new products, and inspiration for their own crafting from our display boards.

I showed off the amazing Sand & Sea Suite of products, and had lots of fun creating with the items in the suite.

One if the two make and take projects I designed featuring the Pearlescent Specialty Paper. We die cut the seashells first, and then embossed the die cut piece using the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. We added colour by sponging with Sponge Daubers. I just love how the pearlescent sheen shows through the colours!

The second make and take project I designed was this fun fold. The card really showed off the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper

This rosette was one of the samples I showed in my product demonstration. Some Designer Series Paper, some stamped images, and the Opal Rounds embellishments made the rosette super cute.

I really enjoyed making non-card items with the Sand & Sea suite of products. This mini wreath was inspired by a dried flower workshop I attended here in Hamilton offered by The Spanish Bluebell. The wreath would make a great home decor piece for any beach lover, and would be a big wow piece to give as a birthday or Christmas gift.

Happy crafting x


Poppy Moments Fun Fold.

Poppy Moments Fun Fold.

Welcome to my blog! Today I have a fun fold card to share with you using the Poppy Moments dies. I hope you enjoy seeing this project. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube tutorial at the bottom of this post.

A group I am a part of has been doing card challenges during our time in Alert Level 4, 3, and now 2. We were challenged to make a sympathy card using a neutral colour as well as our team colours – Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight.

To complete this project you will need:

  • Card base, Crumb Cake – 14.9cm x 13cm
  • Front panel, Crumb Cake – 10cm x 10cm
  • Cardstock layers, Soft Suede – 2.25cm x 14.6cm AND 9.75cm x 9.75cm
  • Card insert, Bermuda Bay – 10.25cm x 14.6cm
  • Card insert, Whisper White – 10cm x 14.4cm

Score the Crumb Cake at 10.5cm on the long side and fold with a Bone Folder.

Emboss the two pieces of Soft Suede using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Emboss once and then turn the pieces 90 degrees to get a crosshatch pattern. Adhere these to the Crumb Cake pieces of cardstock.

Line up the Crumb Cake front panel with the bottom edge of the card, and center left to right. Adhere to the inside to the top flap using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Die cut one large and two small solid and detailed flowers from the Poppy Moments dies in Whisper White.

Sponge the large solid flower with Night of Navy, and the two small solid flowers with Bermuda Bay using sponge daubers.

Repeat this with the three detailed flowers with Daffodil Delight. Colour the detailed flowers with Wink of Stella. Adhere the detailed flowers to the solid flowers using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere the large flower to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the two small flowers using Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape.

Stamp the sentiment ‘Words Are Never Enough’ from the Rooted in Nature stamp set on a strip of Bermuda Bay with VersaMark ink. Coat with white embossing powder and set using a heat tool. Trim the sentiment close to each word using Paper Snips. Adhere the sentiment pieces to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a 50cm length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the top of the card front.

Adhere the Bermuda Bay piece to the inside of the card.

Sponge the edges of the Whisper White piece with Bermuda Bay using Sponge Daubers. Adhere this to the inside of the card.

Happy crafting x


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Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Timeless Tropical Thank You.

Hello! Welcome to my tutorial post for this fun fold Timeless Tropical card. I hope you enjoy having a go at making this card. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel Made by Megan and subscribe to be notified of new videos from me.

I used the dimensions for this card from Alicia Yap’s tutorial over at her Paper Munchkin blog.

What you need to make this project:

  • Standard card base, Pear Pizzazz – 10.5cm x 29.8cm
  • Designer Series Paper, Tropical Oasis – 4 x 6 inches
  • Thin Strips, Tropical Oasis – 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Cardstock, Whisper White – 4 x 4 inches
  • Whisper White scrap

Start by scoring the card base at 3/8″, 2″, 3 7/8″, 5 /12″ and 5 7/8″. Use your bone folder to define the the fold on these score lines.

Take a strong adhesive such as Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape to adhere the thinnest section next to the center fold of the card to the inside of the card. This ensures the fun fold front of the card sits well when open.

Adhere the thin strips to the card front, in the smallest sections. Next we need to chop the Designer Series Paper (DSP) piece up to fit into the remaining panels on the card front. Using your Paper Trimmer, place the 4 x 6 inch piece of DSP on the trimmer in the landscape position. Make all cuts on the left hand side of the DSP. Cut at 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and you should be left with a 1 1/4″ piece.

Lay out the Designer Series Paper (DSP) pieces so that the printed images are all in order. Adhere the first three panels from the left hand side to the front of your card. The remaining piece of DSP will be the 1 1/4″ piece; this will be adhered to the inside of your card, on the right hand side.

On the Whisper White 4 x 4 inch piece, stamp the two tree image from the Timeless Tropical stamp set. Use Stampin’ Write Markers in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede to colour in the stamp. I went over the center of the tree top and along the leaf fronds a little with the Pear Pizzazz marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Using some Whisper White card stock scrap, punch out the Everyday Label punch. Stamp the ‘Thank You’ sentiment in Black Momento ink. Use the Pear Pizzazz marker again to colour the leaf stamp. Again, I went over the veins of the leaf a second time with the marker to add dimension to the stamped image.

Pop up the punched shape using Stampin’ Dimensionals being mindful to keep the left hand side of it open so that the flap on the card front will sit underneath freely. Adhere this to the Designer Series Paper on the inside of this card.

I originally made this card design with Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Floral Essence stamp set. I love how one card design can be mixed up to suit different occasions and people. This floral card is very feminine and soft, while the Timeless Tropical card above is a good masculine card. Mix it up again with a different colour scheme and it would make a wonderful card for a child.

View my YouTube tutorial video here.

Ornate Garden Suite early release!

From April 1st you can get your hands on some exciting new products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. Products include stamp sets, dies, ribbons, Designer Series Paper, a embossing folder and Gilded Gems embellishments!

Feel free to leave me a comment below with any feedback on this project, or for requests for future tutorial videos and posts.

Happy crafting x


View the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue online here.