Hello, welcome back to my blog. Today I have a fun A5 sized card to share with you. I cook at a local kindergarten once a week; it’s super fun hearing the kids play and sing. The Head Teacher of this kindergarten was retiring after 30+ years of teaching in the same kindergarten, and I wanted to make something for the team to sign.
The ladies in the team gave me the direction of ‘floral and bright’, and I think I crushed it with this corner fold card. To keep the design fresh and floral I choose some patterned paper from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper. This pack features a nice mixture of soft pastels and rich colours; I chose to work with Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Fresh Freesia, and Very Vanilla.
To create the focal piece I die cut the large floral image from the Blossoms in Bloom bundle in So Saffron and Fresh Freesia. By leaving the centers of each flower in place I was able to adhere the two die cut layers together easily, and also have a decent area to add Dimensionals to adhere it to the card front.
The floral piece needed something extra to fill in the card front so I added some Gold Foil and Vellum die cuts from the Birds & More Dies.
The sentiment was made by stamping the ‘Amazing’ from the Create With Friends stamp set in VersaMark and setting in White Emboss Powder, and the ‘You’ in Crushed Curry on So Saffron cardstock. To make a full bow I layered Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon, Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim, and some Linen Thread on top of each other and then tied the bow. One of the Bumblebee Trinkets and a scattering of the 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels finished off the card.
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.
Hello, welcome to my blog. Inspiration for this month’s design came from Rebecca Hall of Bec’s House of Craft. I finally got my hands on some Gilded Leafing and was keen to try it out. There a few cool techniques for applying the Gilded Leafing to your projects; for this design I used the Heat & Stick Powder to adhere the leafing and the Art Gallery stamp set.
We worked with blues for this design, but it could easily be mixed up with a different colour scheme or even a different stamp set – a versatile design which makes a great gift as well as a home decor piece. The flowers were stamped in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight, and the leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz.
To make the stencil for the large letter I found a font I like on the computer and printed it out to suit the size of my frame. The class participants were able to choose the letter for their own designs.
We randomly stamped the filigree type image in the Tasteful Touches stamp set down the left-hand side of the basic white layer, and then sponged the edges lightly to break up the stark white. Next we stamped the flower heads and stems on the right-hand side, making sure that they would be seen from behind the large letter. The Art Gallery stamp set features fun two-step stamping images. A bit of texture and interest came from curling the top corner.
To decorate the large letter we stamped the flower heads and stem. On two of the flowers we stamped the detail flower stamp in Misty Moonlight. To add the Gilded Leafing to the stamped images we used the detail flower stamp. The Heat & Stick Powder works in the same way that embossing powder does – ink up the stamp with VersaMark, sprinkle with Heat & Stick Powder and melt with a Heat Tool. Immediately after this, push the Heat & Stick powder down into the Gilded Leafing. Finally, lightly brush off the excess Gilded Leafing and it is done.
A tip here is to tip just enough of the Gilded Leafing that you need for the project into a larger container. The leafing is incredible light, and wafts very easily out of the small container it comes in. An ice cream container or similar is perfect for working with.
We added some gold foil elements from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack to the background, and some of the leaf and berry looking branches in behind the large letter. This layer was then adhered to a piece of Misty Moonlight, which also had a curled corner. And this layer was them adhered to a piece of Basic White cardstock. We lightly sponged the Basic White base to soften the starkness of it.
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.