Let’s Get Hopping 46: Anything But A Card

Let’s Get Hopping 46: Anything But A Card

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and the focus for this month is ‘anything but a card’. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come around from Alicia Yap. I hope you enjoyed what Alicia had to share.

On one of my many visits to a local dollar store recently, I found these cool wooden hanging pieces and was excited to get crafting with them. They have a raw bark edge which adds a fun textured frame. I have been working a lot with the products in the Peaceful Place Suite and thought they would make a perfect scene for the wooden hanging.

The Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper features designs with silver foil on one side. I chose the piece with a white back ground and large silver foil trees. I then cut out the cabin with the silhouette die as well as the detailed die in the Snowy White Velvet Sheets, and backed it with a silhouette cut in Soft Suede cardstock. To create more depth to the snowy banks I die cut the fox silhouette in the Velvet Sheets and then stamped the fox in Cajun Craze.

USEFUL TIP: Use your Stamparatus and the negative of the die cut piece to line up the fox stamp perfectly. Once the stamp is in place on one of the Stamparatus plates, place the die cut Velvet Sheet into place with the negative and stamp.

To introduce some colour and break up all of the white in the scene I die cut the trees silhouette and detail die in Evening Evergreen cardstock. I then lightly sponged VersaMark randomly over the die cut piece and set with White Emboss Powder to emulate snow on the branches. I then used the three stand along tree dies to cut a mixture of Garden Green and Old Olive cardstock. For these trees I sponged the edges using Sponge Daubers to add texture and dimension.

To bring the design together I die cut the timber fence pieces in Crumb Cake and sponged them. I placed lengths of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon, Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, and White Glittered Organdy Ribbon on top of each other and tied a large bow to adhere to the bottom corner. Finally, I scattered a few of the Subtle Shimmer Sequins around the sky, trees, and snow banks.

I do hope you have enjoyed the home décor piece I have made today. Please leave a comment below so that I know you have stopped by.

Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Shelly Wadge has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the not a card projects.

Happy crafting x


August 8×8 Sampler Class.

August 8×8 Sampler Class.

This months sampler theme was ‘Masculine’. My class tied in with Father’s Day, however this design is suitable for any male figure – brother, uncle, friend, etc.

We got extra creative and made the mini notebook from printer paper I had previously died with tea. Each page was stamped using images from the Beautiful World stamp set in coordinating ink colours. We then attached the pages to the cover by stitching them with some twine. The cover was embossed using the Subtles 3D embossing folder, and then aged using a sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink. It is then held closed with a length of Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim and a slide from the Antiqued Corner and Slides pack. To finish off the mini notebook, we adhered die cut elements and covered the spine and two front corners with Early Espresso cardstock.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white onto a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock. We stamped the quill onto a lighter sheet of patterned paper from the World of Good Designer Series Paper pack, and finished off the panel with a corner from the Antiqued Corner and Slides pack.

The globe was die cut using Brass Foil, Misty Moonlight cardstock, and Soft Suede cardstock for the stand. Again, the panel was finished off with a corner from the Antiqued Corner and Slides pack.

The best aspect of this sampler page was that the mini notebook could come off of the page! It was adhered with magnets which meant it could come off to have a photos glued in, or to have some memories jotted in – whatever the owner wanted to do with it really.

Happy crafting x


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Water Front Fun.

Water Front Fun.

Hello! Today I have four fun projects to share with you which use the Waterfront stamp set. The four projects have the same stamped mountain landscape scene, with a few added extras to change it up. I found inspiration for the scene and colours from Amy O’Neill of Amy’s Paper Craft.

For this first design I simply stamped directly onto a Whisper White Notecard. You really don’t need to have a large crafting stash to create gorgeous cards. With as little supplies as paper, ink, some ribbon, and a stamp set you too can make a card everyone would love to receive.

To create the scene I used the following colours:

  • Clouds – Seaside Spray
  • Sun – So Saffron
  • Mountains – Soft Suede
  • Trees – Garden Green
  • Fields – Old Olive
  • Water – Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy
  • Sentiment – Night of Navy
  • Ribbon – Braided Linen Trim

For this design I stamped the mountain scene onto a piece of Whisper White, and then adhered that to a Soft Suede card front. To add a bit of texture to the Soft Suede card front, I stamped the dots image in Soft Suede along two of the edges. I also added a longer piece of Braided Linen Trim and tied it around the Whisper White layer.

For this third design I stamped the mountain scene onto a piece of Whisper White and then adhered this to a Soft Suede A5 card base. The Soft Suede card front was stamped with dots as before, and I also added a layer of wood texture from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack. I popped up the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added a short length of Braided Linen Trim behind it.

This is a card size that I almost never make, but one that I find is super useful for lots of people to sign and write notes for the recipient. I encourage you to have a go at creating a larger card like this one :).

Finally, I made a decor piece that fits into a 6×6 inch frame, matted for 5×5 inches. The mountain scene is stamped onto Whishper White, which is then adhered to wood texture from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack, and then onto a Soft Suede layer.

Happy crafting x


Forever Fern To a Friend.

Forever Fern To a Friend.

Hello! Today I have this recessed panel card to share with you. I used products from the Forever Greenery suite to put this card together and had a lot of fun doing it.

Shopping by suite is an easy way to ensure you have craft supplies that coordinate and look fab together. Stampin’ Up! have given each suite its own product number to make ordering super easy. Or, if you only want bits and pieces, you can still use the individual product numbers to order only what you want. Check out the current suites here.

To make this project you will need:

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 29.8cm x 10.5cm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 14.9cm x 10.5cm
  • Pretty Peacock cardstock
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock
  • Champagne Foil Sheet

Score the Whisper White card base at 14.9cm along the long edge. Fold on this score line, using your bone folder.

Use your paper trimmer to cut the Whisper White layer on an angle. TIP: Make the first cut away from the top left corner, allowing plenty of space for a layer of coloured cardstock to be adhered. Repeat this for the second angled cut.

Use the two Whisper White pieces to trace a line on the Whisper White Thick cardstock base. This will show you where to stamp the leaf images.

Emboss the two Whisper White pieces using the Greenery Embossing Folders. Adhere a strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock to the inside edge of the two Whisper White panels using Seal or Tear & Tape. Trim these to the edge of the Whisper White panels using Paper Snips. Place aside for now.

Stamp three of the leaf images from the Forever Fern stamp set. TIP: I chose two of the big leaves, and one of the small leaves. Randomly stamp the leaves to fill in the space between the pencil lines. Colours to use are Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, and Pretty Peacock – use one colour per leaf stamp. TIP: Don’t forget to add some stamping to the inside of the card.

Stamp one extra of each leaf image onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Die cut these using the Forever Flourishing Dies.

Die cut four of the small sprigs in Champagne Foil, and two of the non-leaf filler thing (my scientific term :P) in Pretty Peacock. ‘

Adhere the embossed Whisper White pieces to the card front using Seal or Tear & Tape.

Adhere the die cut leaves and fillers using Glue Dots. TIP: Adhere one of the die cut leaves using Stampin’ Dimensionals to break up the layers.

Punch a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Everyday Label Punch. Stamp the sentiment ‘To A Friend…’ in Pretty Peacock onto the punched piece, to the right hand side. Feed the punched piece back into the punch to trim it closer to the sentiment. TIP: Watch my YouTube tutorial for how to do this if you are uncertain.

Adhere the sentiment on top of the die cut pieces using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a bow using Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and adhere it below the sentiment using Glue Dots.

Happy crafting x


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February 8×8 Sampler.

February 8×8 Sampler.

February’s 8×8 Sampler was designed using the theme ‘butterflies’. I love the look of this sampler page because it is not overly feminine in the colour scheme and shows off the awesome large butterfly die from the Butterfly Beauty die set.

I just love the colour scheme in this sampler design. The base is Garden Green, all panels are matted on the Blueberry Bushel sheet from the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper and then Mint Macaron. Two of the panels are in contrasting designs from the Designer Series Paper pack Garden Lane.

The project is finished off with butterfly wooden accents, Silver Metallic Thread, Garden Green bakers twine in a bow, and Peaceful Poppies Sequins scattered around the page. I used Wink of Stella on the top layer of the die cut butterflies.

I used a small length of Braided Linen Trim behind the sentiment strip on the bottom panel. This linen trim is brilliant because you can use it as it is, or simply pull the braid apart for added texture.

The Beauty Abounds stamp set and the Butterfly Beauty dies were the focus of this sampler page. This set of dies is incredible value. There are multiples of the smaller butterfly dies, so you won’t need to do as many passes through your die cutting machine. The large butterfly dies layer on top of each other to create amazingly detailed die cut butterflies.

Happy crafting x