Wednesday 6 December 2023

Watercolour Wednesday Yeae to Celebrate

 Today I'm sharing a card inspired by bubbles! Don't you just love their ethereal beauty ✨️ I love the way they change colour and shimmer in the air. And I think they have a great party vibe! So I took the Year to Celebrate stamps and the circle pattern embossing folder from the Cheery Patterns duo pack and created a fun gift card holder. 

Cheery patterns stampin up fun watercolour gift card holder

So what did I do with these goodies? Well it started with a piece of white cardstock that I embossed with the circles. I then took my waterpainter and inks and added simple colour washes inside the embossed circles. I chose a light and airy colour palette of pink, blue and yellow.  Once Iddone a single layer of colour I let it dry before going back on to add more colour.

I then took my clear wink of stella to add a delicate shimmer to the bubbles. Now my photos really don't do them justice.  The shimmer in real life is sooo pretty  ✨️. If you have any tips on how to capture the shimmer in a photo please let me know below .

Year to celebrate stampin up watercolour bubbles gift card holder

I decorated the front of the card by stamping and fussy cutting a party blower. I then die cut a diamond shape from a piece of vellum and adhered the party blower and sentiment to it. The vellum layer helps diffuse the background so that the blower and sentiment stand out as they are stamped using the same colours  

Year to celebrate stampin up watercolour bubbles gift card holder

As it's a gift card holder I added a simple strip of card along the bottom of the inside of the card. I stamped on the inside of thevcard before adhering the stip. This way the card still looks like a card when the gift card is removed.

Year to celebrate stampin up watercolour bubbles gift card holder

I created a simple insert for the gift card to be adhered to using a simple glue dot.

Year to celebrate stampin up watercolour bubbles gift card holder

I hope you're enjoying this little series of gift card holders.

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Tips tricks and techniques Tuesday Year to Celebrate

 Just a quick post today as I'm of to my 4 year old niece's school Nativity 💖 She's a camel and Aunty Barry, as she calls me ðŸĪĢ, made her costume ! Anyway back to today's inspiration.  I have of course used the super Year to Celebrate and Throughout the Year stamp sets but I've also used the beautiful Winter Meadow pattern paper. 

Winter meadow pattern paper stampin up gift gard holder

This is of course a gift card holder. It all starts with a piece of cardstock measuring 14.85cm x 29cm scored at 10.5cm, 21cm and 25cm. The narrowest panel on the right hand side is folded over and just secured along the 2 short edges with narrow tape. You then mark 2.5cm in from each edge along the fold and cut a slit between these marks. This becomes the place to slip your gift card in to.

Now I went to town decorating this gift card the papers are just so beautiful 😍! 

Year to celebrate stampin up gift card holder card

Year to celebrate stampin up gift card holder card

Year to celebrate stampin up gift card holder card

Year to celebrate stampin up gift card holder card

Year to celebrate stampin up gift card holder card

Monday 4 December 2023

Make it simple Monday Year to Celebrate

 Hello 👋  hope you've all had a good weekend 😀 Well it's Monday again, doesn't it comes around so quickly!!, and I'm going to be sharing projects this week using my Christmas stash for non Christmas projects. I'm going to feature 2 stamp sets that haven't received any Christmas attention at all ðŸ˜ą Called  Year to celebrate and Throughout the Year both are sets that can be used throughout the year ðŸĪŠ .

Year to celebrate throughout the year stampin up simple stamping easy gift card holder

So what am I doing for today's #makeitsimplemonday?  Well another theme for this week's inspiration will be gift car holders! Beeded all year round, but especially at this time of year 😉, they don't have to be boring anymore. 

For today's sample I've used just stamps, ink and paper. I used a tent or top folding card base. I then took the gift card and laid it on the left hand side of the open card base. I then worked out where I was going to fold the card front over to create the pocket. Once folded over I reinforced the fold.

I then decorated the front and the inside of the card. Super simples 😀

Year to celebrate throughout the year stampin up simple stamping easy gift card holder

Year to celebrate throughout the year stampin up simple stamping easy gift card holder

Year to celebrate throughout the year stampin up simple stamping easy gift card holder

A super simple gift card holder perfect for when you need one in a hurry 😀

Friday 1 December 2023

Fun Fold Friday - Festive and Fun

 Well, here we are again it's Friday already! For my last card this week using the Festive and Fun stamp set, of course I have made a fun fold card. This is a very simple one again. I know, I keep on saying that but it truly is very easy. I started with a piece of White card 14.85cm high by 29.7cm wide. (The standard height and the full length of A4 piece of card) I made the first score line at 10.5cm (the normal width of the card base) and then 2 sets of 5cm score lines. So 10.5cm , 15.5cm and 20.5cm. The rest was just under the 10cm and I used that as it is. My last cut was across the first fold on the front left which was to cut down the score line to 10cm and then cut the piece off.

I chose paper this time from A Walk In The Forest DSP for today. It goes beautifully with the Beary Cute stamps of course but I think it goes so well with the Festive and Fun too. All I added was a few of the different patterns onto each of the individual panels. That was it. The fun part as always was the colouring in of all of the animals and then the fussy cutting!! I know that many of you don't like to fussy cut around images and for those of you who don't, punch or die cut around the characters and add them to the card on panels instead. I added the front mat of Balmy blue card and embossed it using the Christmas Tidings embossing folders. I love them! Sadly, they have now sold out so are no longer available. :((

My centre panel was a die cut from the Deckled Rectangles dies. For the colouring of my characters I used the Stampin' Blends pens.

Well, as I said at the start, that's it from me for this week. Thank you for stopping by and for those of you who do celebrate this time of year, I hope you are all getting ready to celebrate Christmas in just a few weeks. For those who are not enjoy the time anyway. 

Cary will be back on Monday to share her cards with you. Until I return, take care, stay safe and well

but most of all as always, 


xx Gill xx

Thursday 30 November 2023

This or That Thursday - Festive and Fun

Today's Festive and Fun cards were exactly that. I really had a great time. The first card or THIS is on Poppy Parade card base with white mats which were embossed with the Stars At Night folder. I love the texture and dimension that an embossing folder can make on a plain mat. It is absolutely stunning! I stamped several of the images onto plain white circles of card using the Deckled Circles Dies. Once stamped, I started colouring, more fun! I die cut some more circles using a larger die but this time I used some of the DSP from the same papers as yesterday, Merry, Bold and Bright. I had made the card a gate fold card base and I added the circles onto the front and one on the inside with a few sentiments it was done.

The next one is my THAT cardI used the same products again bar the coloured card. I used the fresh bright green of Granny Apple Green.  This is my favourite green of all time I think, it's just so lovely.
The process was also the same except this time I die cut several Deckled Rectangles in white and another piece of the DSP. I made a larger card and made a DL card this time. it's 21cm high by 21cm wide and scored at 10.5cm (8,1/4" by 8,1/4" and scored at 4,1/8" in Imperial). I added a piece of DSP on the front of the card and some matching strips of the paper used for the rectangles too. 

Now it is up to you to decide which is your preferred one! Please 😍

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Watercolour Wednesday - Festive and Fun

 Welcome back and thank you for stopping by. Today I really had fun with the water colouring and Festive and Fun stamp set. On Fluid 100 watercolour paper, I stamped the giraffe to one side of a whole piece of paper and then had loads of fun watercolouring it. I cut a C6 card base and added a piece of the beautiful fun Designer Series Paper (DSP) and added it to the card base. I cut off the giraffe and then cut a mat 8cm by 11cm. Using the softest pale greenish blue of Pool Party, I added some ink to a block and added some water on top from my water brush and proceeded to wash it across the mat. Once dry, I embossed it with the Christmas Words embossing folder. I fussy cut the giraffe out and using Dimensionals, (foam Pads) adde it to the card base and placed everything together.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Technique Tuesday - Festive and Fun

 Hello, today's card is another which can follow on from yesterday's #simplestamping card. Using the Festive and Fun stamp set, I stamped the Hippo with his sledge 3 times, though not all completely. I lined the card mat straight along the grid lines on my gridpaper and taped it down with some low tack tape. I then started stamping the Hippo across the page. I used Memento Ink pad for this as there is a lot of detail in the picture and I needed to see all of it. I decided to colour the images in using my water colour pencils. No water, just pencils. I wanted to see the effect of the pencils along the line of colour. I have a post it roll of sticky note paper and I laid it across the bottom of the 1.5cm of the image and cut the post it roll in half across the length. I then placed the other half across the top of the images and covered the top 1.5cm up too. I aimed to colour in only a 2cm band across the whole image and I am rather pleased with it. I could have placed the strips of Real Red tribbon across the top and bottom of the images but decided against it. What do you think?

Monday 27 November 2023

Make It Simple Monday - #simplestamping - Festive and Fun

 Well hello and welcome back, thank you for stopping by. I hope you were all inspired by Cary's creations last week. I was! This week, I'm continuing the Christmas theme of course as it's under a month still to go yet! I'm using a fun stamp set called Festive and Fun. I love it. It was one of the first Christmas sets that I bought this year. As it's #simplestamping Monday, I have made a very simple and straitghtforward card but I have still used a mat inside and outside to give a little depth to the card. For those of you who are new to crafting, a mat is a layer on top of the card base itself and you can go as crazy as you would like and add as many mats as you would like or not, whatever the occasion is. I stamped the giraffe into the centre of the mat using some ordinary, water based black ink called Memento. Then as I often do on a Monday, I have used some ordinary colouring pencils to colour it in. I like to add a little colour especially when I use white on white, so I walked the edges of the white mat onto a bright blue ink pad. This then shows more dimension to the card. A few sentiments inside and out an it's complete. I really is that simple. 

Friday 24 November 2023

Fun fold Friday Saint Nicholas

 My final card for this week is a combined card and gift card holder. It's a super easy fold . The fun comes when you decorate it! I used the dies from Saint Nicholas and pattern paper that coordinates with them Traditions of St Nick

The card starts life a as a piece of A4 cardstock scored at 14.85cm and then rotated and scored at 10.5cm. ( basically you take the cardstock and score it into quarters) you then, with the cardstock in a landscape orientation,  remove the bottom left quarter. Now fold the bottom right-hand panel up and the left-hand side over to create your card. As I said this fold is super easy and no fuss!

Now the fun part decoration! I want to use the amazing scene building dies to create a fireplace complete with logs and flames. So I decided to cut an appature into the front panel of the card. Top tip if you're going to cover the panel with pattern paper do so before cutting the appature .

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

I then decorated the panel that showed through the appature.  I decided to create a room scene complete with flooring and wall paper. 

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

Once that was done I went to work on the inside panels.

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

 The one that falls down is where I placed a pocket to add the gift card. 

Saint Nicholas stampin up gift card Christmas card fun fold

All in all a simple but fun card perfect for gift cards or money.

Well that's all from me for this week . I have a crafty weekend starting with a team chat on Saturday morning 😀. Gill will be sharing her inspiration here next week so please join us.

Have fun

Cary xx

Thursday 23 November 2023

Donating advent calendars

 Today Gill and I had the honour of delivering 100 advent calendars to a local community food bank . Our amazing crafting community came together to allow us to do this on their and our behalf  . We collected donations of money and advent calendars and are amazed at the amount we were able to take along to the foodbank. 

 The food bank is called FreeShop Crawley and they offer support to 160 customers in our town.

 The wonderful thing about this community group is that it offers the customers a shopping experience. They have their shop set up like a farm shop and customers take a basket and go around and pick up items that suit them. They even have a till which helps the customers feel like customers and the shop with stock control. 

The shop doesn't just offer food it offers clothing, household essentials as well as a warm welcome and support to those who are in need.

We are so lucky to be able to support this wonderful community with the help of our amazing crafting community ❤️ 

A huge thank you to all those who donated you're going to bring a smile to so many this December 😍

This or That Thursday Saint Nicholas

 Do you use sketches? If you don't know what a sketch is it's  a layout that you can follow to the tee or adjust as you desire. They are there to inspire you and are a great way to kick start your mojo if it's lost. The sketch I'm using for inspiration is one that I often turn too when I'm looking for inspiration.  So I thought I'd share it with you and share 2 cards using the Saint Nicholas stamps and the coordinating pattern papers called Traditions of St Nick

The sketch below is one that can be used in many ways. You can turn it so that it's landscape, you can change the shape of the circle, you can alter the direction of the strips.... and on and on!

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card

I decided to use the traditions of St Nick papers. They coordinate with the stamps and general feel of vintage/  traditional  style that the stamps evoke beautifully. 

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card

Now if you've been here before you'll have noticed that this colour palette is a little out of my wheelhouse... but you'll also know that I like a challenge 😆 So with that said here are 2 cards using my go to sketch and the papers.

The first card follows the sketch but I've added layers and texture. I adhered my pattern paper strips to a mat of red cardstock then ran it through my cut and emboss machine with a gorgeous 3d embossing folder called Distressed tile. I am a little obsessed with this one at the moment 😉

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card

It's just so gorgeous and useful! 

Any way back to the card.. By embossing the paper and the cardstock it give a subtle feel of fabric to the panel in my opinion. A few layers a stamped, coloured and die cut image and a sentiment and the card was done.

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card

For the second version I flipped the sketch in to a landscape orientation.  I also placed my stips at angles and over lapping each other. I also die cut out a Santa from the papers for the focal point.

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card

The other thing I played with with these cards was the card base colour.  I think the first card with it's white core colour has a more modern feel. Whilst the vanilla of the second card has a distinctly vintage feel! Isn't colour amazing? 
So with the same sketch and materials these two cards are both are still very different! Which do you prefer ?

Saint Nicholas stampin up sketch layout ideas Christmas card