June 8×8 Sampler Class.

June 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. The theme for this month’s sampler page was ‘Plants, Plants, Plants’. I knew I wanted to create a page using the Simply Succulent stamp set and Potted Succulent die set, and when I saw the Bloom Where You’re Planted designer series paper it was a done deal.

The class attendees were able to stamp and colour the large group of succulents however they wanted, and they could also choose any of the plant and pot combinations to fussy cut from the designer series paper. Big choices such as these are always interesting to observe in a class setting. Some people are decisive and quick to piece the many options together, and some take a little more time to consider their options and try out different combinations. Either way, I allow plenty of time in the class so that there isn’t a time pressure forcing decisions, and so that no one is rushing putting their sampler page together.

To provide inspiration for the many different colour combinations for succulents, I simply Googled succulent images and printed of two which showed a mixture of colours. The class attendees found these handouts helpful on the day. We coloured the succulents using Stampin’ Blends. The alcohol-based pens were great for softening and blending even different colours like Blackberry Bliss and Pool Party.

For the two side panels we snipped a narrow piece from a sheet of Paper Lattice and adhered it to the designer series paper. After deliberating over the pots and plants and die cut pieces, and adhering them together, we adhered thin strips of Soft Suede cardstock to create shelves from three of the plants to sit on. For the fourth plant we made a faux macrame hanger using some of the Gray Granite from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack.

So that the large group of succulents and pot were grounded, we used a thin strip of the brick pattern designer series paper and adhered it to the dark green foliage patterned panel. We used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to make the base for the bottom sentiment and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent in behind the heat embossed ‘Extraordinary’ sentiment, and for the top sentiment we stamped and embossed the ‘Make the Ordinary’ sentiment then die cut it using one of the dies from the Potted Succulents dies.

To finish off the sampler page we adhered a number of the Genial Gems around the page, and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent on top of the centre succulent piece.

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


Forever Blossoms Mini Pizza Box.

Forever Blossoms Mini Pizza Box.

Today I have a gorgeous gift box to share with you. I’ve dressed up the Mini Pizza Boxes with the Forever Blossoms stamp set to make a soft, feminine gift box. Place some yummy chocolates or a few tea pouches inside and it makes a lovely gift.

To make this project you will need:

  • Mini Pizza Box
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Champagne Foil
  • Sponge Brayer
  • Sponge Dauber

Start by adding Flirty Flamingo ink to the Mini Pizza Box using the Sponge Brayer. Do this BEFORE folding on any of the scored lines. You can add as much or as little ink as you like, and you can make it as even or rough a coating as you please. I stayed light on the ink, and wasn’t too fussy about having a even coating.

Fold the Mini Pizza Box on the scored lines.

Stamp the large flower image from the Forever Blossoms stamp set in Tuxedo Black Momento ink. Stamp the individual and the two leaf stamp three times each.

Sponge the centers of the flowers with Flirty Flamingo and Cherry Cobbler using the sponge daubers. Sponge the leaves with Pear Pizzazz, and add detail using the Light Old Olive Blends.

NOTE: Take the Flirty Flamingo sponging out into the petals a little bit, and keep the Cherry Cobbler sponging just in the center of the flower.

Die cut the flowers and place to the side.

Using the detailed shapes from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies cut the third die up from the smallest in Champagne Foil and the second die up from smallest in Whisper White cardstock.

Stamp the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler in the center of the Whisper White piece. Ink up the flower bud image using Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz ink pads or markers. Stamp this off twice, and then stamp over top of the sentiment.

Adhere this piece to the Champagne Foil piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie a length of Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon around the Mini Pizza Box and tie a large bow in the right-hand side of the lid.

Adhere the large flower to the lid on the left-hand side using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Be sure to place the Dimensionals where they will sit either side of the ribbon.

Adhere the sentiment piece in the center of the lid using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Again, be mindful of placement for the Dimensionals.

Finally, adhere the individual flowers to the sentiment piece using Glue Dots, and tuck the two-leaf images underneath the sentiment piece using Glue Dots.

Happy crafting x


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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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