Wednesday 17 April 2024

Watercolour Wednesday - Botanical Beauty

 Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today, using the gorgeous stamp set Botanical Beauty, I really went to watercolour heaven! I stamped the image in Lemon Lolly, one of the last years new colours. It is soft and subtle but can be bright too. I lightly stamped it onto White card and then I started with many of the green inks from Stampin' Up! I used  Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Pretty Peacock and a touch of Old Olive. I stamped an acrylic block onto the ink pad and using my fine water brush, started to colour in the leaves and ferns in different ways. I repeated this with all of the colours until I was happy with the depth of each colour. I went on to cut the white stamped mat down to 9.4 cm I left the width at 10.5 cm. 

I then chopped it up randomly from top to bottom at different angles. I added the pieces onto a mat of the Lemon Lolly card. Once the last piece was ready to go I was able to trim the width down to fit my card base. I adhered the mat to a black mat a few mm larger than the yellow which I think has made the colours stand out so well. I mounted it using Dimensionals on the back and added a piece of yellow ribbon from the Sheer Ribbon Combo pack. 3 gorgeous colours in the pack, Lemon Lolly, pink of Bubble Bath  and the bright blue of Azure Afternoon. A sentiment inside and a few extra leaves etc. and I was finished.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Tips, Tricks and Techniques Tuesday - Botanical Beauty and Botanical Layers

 Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today's card is one that I had in my mind last week when it wasn't my turn for the blog but here it is. Another very easy card if you don't mind some fussy cutting! As many of you know...I LOVE it! I started by stamping the Botanical Beauty onto a white mat in lovely shed of green called Shaded Spruce. Then using my trimmer I gutted the centre out of the card and kept it to the side. I left 2cm all around the outer edge and then mounted the paper onto a piece of the gorgeous blueish green of Lost Lagoon which I had first embossed using the lovely Fern embossing folder. 

I stamped the Botanical Layers onto another piece of white card and fussy cut them out. Sadly there are no dies! They were added onto the Lost Lagoon mat over the stamped border. I then adhered all of them to the Shaded Spruce card base. 

Monday 15 April 2024

Make It Simple Monday - Botanical Beauty

 Hello and thank you for stopping by to see my cards this week. I will be using Botanical Beauty stamp set this week in particular but I will be coordinating it with Botanical Layers and Berry Harvest...possibly! The Botanical Beauty and Berry Harvest are what are called Background stamps and they do make excellent backgrounds too. However, with a little addition they can adopt a different look too which is what I aim to show you this week. 🤞🤞🤞

Today's card is a simplestamping card of course. One ideally suited for the new to stamping, or beginner crafter. It's perfect as all it needs once stamped is a sentiment. Yes, I did add a few extra layers flat onot the previous card layer and then some of the little cut outs from another stamped image. They were stuck to the back of the sentiment. which came from the Botanical Layers stamp set.

Friday 12 April 2024

Fun fold Friday Everyday Details

 Yay it's Friday 😃 and here that means fun folds are the order of the day! The fold that I have chosen  for today's card is one of the first fun folds I ever attempted when I first started making cards! Called a stand alone pop up card it is really rather easy. Made using the Everyday Details and a soft colour palette it turned out beautifully. 

The card starts with a piece of cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 29.7cm that is scored at 2.5cm, 7cm and 9.5cm from each end. Then score the center at 14.85cm. You will also need a piece of cardstock measuring 14.85cm x 8.5cm in the same colour and 2 pieces of white cardstock measuring 14.4cm x 10cm. 

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card

Start by decorating the white panels, first marking lightly up 2.5cm . This ensures that your decorations are not hidden inside the fold. Make sure that you don't add dimension to the decorative panels as they will be folded up inside the card when closed. Once completed adhere the decorated panels to the colour panel. 

Next take the card base and fold all the scorelines as mountain folds. Measure in along the 14.85cm scoreline 1cm from both ends. Now cut a slit along the scoreline between the 2 marks. This is where your decorated panel is going to slip through. Check that it slips through easily.

Now place the card base down flat horizontally and fold the first panel over and apply adhesive on to the uppermost area. Next slide the panel through the slot and carefully line it up onto the adhesive. Then fold the left hand first panel and apply adhesive in the same way then close over top of the other small panel sandwiching the decorated panel between them.

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card

Now the card is closed for postage.

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card

When you pull the center panel and push the other parts down the card will stand alone. 

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card

I used the nest for the front of the card and decorated the panels with a soft check pattern paper. 

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card
For the reverse I used the vase stamp from the Everyday Details stamps but positioned it so that the vase was below the card base when open.

Everyday Details stampin up stand alone pop up card

Well that's all from me for this week. I hope you've enjoyed the sample and have been inspired to create for your self.

Next week Gill will be sharing her creations with us so please pop by and have a peek.

Have fun

Cary xx

Thursday 11 April 2024

This or That Thursday Everyday Details

 Gill and I host several regular monthly card evenings both in person and via zoom. We take it in turns to design the projects that attendees make. The last class we held was last Friday evening and Gill , as always, designed some gorgeous cards. The theme for her selection was embossing folders. Her designs inspired me to create today's samples using the Everyday Details stamps.

It all starts with an embossing folder. The one I've used for today's samples is from a trio of folders called basics 3d embossing folders. This trio has 3 oh so useful textures to add that little something extra to any card.

Everyday Details stampin up 3d embossing folder card

Gill loves spots and dots so I chose to use this one of the folders for today's cards.

Both samples start of with a basic white mat embossed with the dots. Then take 1 of the mats and cut it into random strips.  There is no measuring for this but do take care to keep them in the order that you cut them. Next adhere them onto a panel of card the same colour as the card base. Now trim the panel to fit on to the card base .

Here is This  version...

Everyday Details stampin up 3d embossing folder card

The card is finished with the flowers in vase image and the sentiment is die cut out using the coordinating Everyday Details dies. 
For the That version cut the second mat using a trimmer into neat strips starting at 1.5cm, then 2cm, then 2.5cm and so on. Once again place the strips onto a panel of cardstock the same colour as the card base and trim to fit .

Everyday Details stampin up 3d embossing folder card

Again I've used an image and sentiment from the Everyday Details stamps and dies to decorate this version. 
Which do you prefer 🤔 random This ? Or organised That?  

Everyday Details stampin up 3d embossing folder card

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Watercolor Wednesday Everyday Details

 Wow Wednesday already!  How time flies when you're having fun 😁 and Watercolour Wednesday's are always fun! If you know me you'll know that I love checks of all types madras, gingham, tartan all are fab! So for today's inspiration I called upon my inner check to create a background for another card using the Everyday Details stamp set.

The background is very easy to create just go with the flow and don't try to be too precise. I added a few drops of pink reinker onto a palette then added just 2 drops of water. Using the largest waterpainter simply swipe the colour in one direction onto a piece of white cardstock.  Now this is what I'd call a dry watercolour technique very little water is used so working on basic white cardstock is fine. I would recommend creating a few panels so that you can get a feel for the process. 

Next add 2 drops of memento tuxedo black reinker on to the palette and add a few drops of water. This time use the medium size brush from the waterpainter trio. Now add lines in the opposite direction to the first lines. Again don't worry about being perfectly straight this is an impression of a check not an exact piece.

Everyday Details stampin up watercolour check background card

Put the pieces to one side and start to create the card. Using the nest stamp stamp in a bright pink onto white cardstock then fussy cut it out. Using a piece of vellum die cut a circle from the coordinating Everyday Details dies. These dies offer so much to any card !

Next stamp a sentiment and create a A6 card base and put the card together.

Everyday Details stampin up watercolour check background card

A few matte black dots and the card was complete... but there was another background on the work space and it was just asking to be used along with a purple butterfly from another project so.....

Everyday Details stampin up watercolour check background card

Today's check watercolour background card turned into 2 🤣

Everyday Details stampin up watercolour check background card

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Tech for stampers blog hop

 Hi 👋 

Today I'm taking part in my first Tech for Stampers blog hop 🙈. For those who don't know a blog hop is where a group of creaters agree to create a post, usually to pre agreed theme, and share links to each other's posts. The idea is to share the inspiration of fellow creative and in doing so share the love of what we do . So once you've had a look at my post please click the link at the end of this post which will take you to the next creative blog post. While you're there don't forget to leave a comment and share your appreciation 😉

So back to the crafty part. The theme for this blog hop is men and boys. Always a tricky theme for many of us cardmakers this blog hop will give you great ideas for sure.

The card I created for this theme is definitely for the younger man in your life but I just couldn't resist his cheeky grin. 

Tech for stampers blog hop men and boys card

Made using nesting circles dies this is a fun rocker card that is sure to put a smile on the recipients face.

Don't you just love the bright bold colours and shapes? Mr Snail is certainly having fun 😁 

Don't forget to hop over to the next blog and gather lots of inspiration as you go.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Have fun 

Cary xx

Tips tricks and techniques Tuesday Everyday Details

 After yesterday's simplicity today's inspiration is a little more full on! The colours are bild and bright and the images are full of possibilities.  Once again the stamp set being used is the Everyday Details set. 

The image being highlighted today is the cute teacup and flower arrangement. The technique used to create the card is often called masking. Masking is where you stamp the image onto a piece of masking paper then either die cut or fussy cut the image out. Top tip cut on the external line rather than around it it allows the next part of the process to happen with cleaner lines.

Everyday Details stampin up masking technique card

Now stamp the first of your images. Remember this image will appear to be at the front of the finished piece. Now take your mask and cover the stamped image. If you use masking paper Remember it has a backing cover so remove that and your piece will stick nicely down. It is removable but another top tip is if it grabs a little too much to the paper gently warm it with a heat gun to loosen the adhesive and it'll peel off no trouble.

Stamp the second image over top of any part of the masked area. Remove the mask reposition and repeat. Next colour your images as desired. 

Everyday Details stampin up masking technique card

As you can see above I made a mistake 🙃 but it wasn't the end of the world it just gave me a place to add my sentiment!

I fussy cut the entire panel leaving a small white boarder around. Next I created the card base. It is a piece of cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 29.7cm scored at 14.85cm.  Then mark the bottom edge on both side in at 2.5cm then repeat along the scoreline. Now cut the 2.5cm panels from each side of the card front. Adhere a piece of pattern paper to the inside of the card base. Then decorate the slim front panel using the tower of teacups.

Everyday Details stampin up masking technique carEveryday Details stampin up masking technique card

Create dimension by using 3d foam as well as adding ribbon and gems. 

Everyday Details stampin up masking technique card

The card folds flat for postage as well as standing well on the mantlepiece. The reverse of the card is where you would write your personal message. 

Everyday Details stampin up masking technique card

Monday 8 April 2024

Make it simple Monday Everyday Details

 Hello and welcome to the first of this weeks posts from me Cary. Spring has most definitely sprung in my small part of the world.... Yay 😃 . I love the spring and all it's promise of good things to come. It is especially lovely when the world takes on a greener hue with the trees getting their leaves 🍃 . 

So this week's inspiration will be featuring the Everyday Details stamps. The set has 3 focal images , a small texture one and 3 lovely sentiments. 

Everyday details stampin up simple stamping easy one layer card

I chose to use the vase of flowers for today's #simplestamping card as it needs little to make it look good. The bright and fresh shade of green called granny apple green seemed super appropriate for today's #simplestamping card.

Everyday details stampin up simple stamping easy one layer card

The small texture stamp has been used to to ground the image of the vase .
The sentiment was stamped in basic black above the green layer.

Everyday details stampin up simple stamping easy one layer card

Pop back tomorrow for more inspiration using the Everyday Details stamps .

Friday 5 April 2024

Fun Fold Friday - Lifetime of Love

 Hello once again. For my last card this week, I have made another of my favourite cards. I saw this on Susan Campfields site and have adapted some differently but this one is like hers. A very clever and talented lady, I love her cards. Using Lifetime of Love for the last time today, I have coordinated the fold with the amazing Gold Foiled Flowers cards and envelopes from Stampin' Up! They are so gorgeous, a real must have. You can see the envelope in the pictures too.

I started by taking 2 cards without folding on the prescored lines and then I scored them at 5.8cm, 10.3cm and 15.8cm. One of these will be flipped over so if you are using a one directional card, think about the score lines first. I then scored the 2 shortest ends and burnished them well. Then butting them up together with the patterned sides facing me. The 2 pieces to join together will now show the plain side of the card.  I added Tear 'n tape across the 2 edges at the front. where you can see the centre panel on my card, the panel itself is adhered to the piece that was butted together.

 I cut a panel to fit the front and embossed it using the lovely Layered Florals embossing folder. Once I added the centre Vanilla panel to the front, it made it look so different. I die-cut one of the large dies in some gold foil and vanilla card. I stamped the sentiment onto the vanilla centre and added it to the gold frame, then joined them together using some tear and tape. I used Dimensionals to adhere it to the centre panel. Yes, once again, I used a retired ink pad it was an Encore Gold pad.

To finish off, I stamped some more sentiments onto Vanilla card, die-cut them out and added them to a piece of gold card and fussy cut roughly around them. That was it, my card for this week is completed. 

Thank you so much for stopping by this week. Please stay safe and well. Cary will return on Monday with more inspirations for you. Until I return, as always.....


XX 😍😍 Gill 😍😍 XX

Thursday 4 April 2024

This or That Tursday - Lifetime of Love

 Well, yesterday we actually saw the sun! That was very unexpected and lovely! Here's hoping for some more today too please? Today's 2 cards for this and that Thursday with the Lifetime of Love stamp set, I have actually made 2 wedding cards for this summer. I have also used the coordinating dies too today. 


For my first card, THIS, I have used simply white on white and added a dash of colour in the form of a retired Ink pad in Silver. 


My THAT card is similar in that I have again used only white on white card but I know that my friend wants white daisies with a splash of red in them too. 

On both of the die cuts, I have added the centre back into the shape. On THIS I taped behind it and raised the whole mat up and on the THAT card I used Tombow multipurpose glue to the die cut and Dimensionals to the centre mat only. They both were embossed with different folders. This, has Layered Florals and That, I used one of the 3D Basics folders with tiny star shaped flowers on. Brilliant embossing folders are there can be no doubt!

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Watercolour Wednesday - Lifetime of Love

 Hello on yet another wet Wednesday! Yes, it's pouring cats and dogs once again here! We really should all have webbed feet, we would all get around much easier! Anyway... today's watercolour card is a very simple one. Using the same type of die cut as I did yesterday from the Thoughtful Expressions set, I stamped several flowers and watercoloured them in. Very straightforward and simple but mostly though it was fun.  I added a mat of DSP (Designer Series Paper) to the card blank from the Subtles range of papers. A sentiment from the stamp set of Lifetime of Love onto one of the Natures Prints dies completes today's card.