Wednesday 24 July 2024

Watercolour Wednesday - Poised Peony

Hello on another warm Wednesday here. Today's card using the Poised Peony, I have made a faux watercolour card, ok...a cheats watercolour card! I did watercolour the peonies though! I wanted to use the round die that comes with the Charming Duck Pond dies, I love the effect that it gives and I also die cut some of the reeds to add to the inside and on the outer edges too. Using the lovely Pretty Peacock card for for the whole thing with a splash of white here and there.

Yes, it's a very simple card today and I embossed the WHOLE card using the gorgeous new embossing folder called So Swirly. It's swirly like the clouds are sometimes and also like the swirl of the water too. I thought it works really well. What do you think, any good? 


Tuesday 23 July 2024

Tips, Tricks and Techniques Tuesday - Poised Peony

Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today, using the Poised Peony stamp set I have once again co-ordinated it with the Frames and Flowers Designer Series Papers. Using a basic white card base, I added some mats in the rich green of Shaded Spruce. I had a piece of DSP left over from another card and it was too small for a card mat so I sliced it up equally and added the strips down the page. I stamped 2 of each of the medium and small flowers and fussy cut them out. 

My theory is that you don't have to just emboss a whole sheet, even little circles like I have used can be embossed too. I used one of the new embossing folders called Dotted Circles and added the circle to the centre each time. It just adds a certain something, I stamped the flowers and coloured them in using my Stampin' Blends pens.

 I rather like the effect it gives. What do you think?

  Frames and Flowers DSP

Monday 22 July 2024

Make It Simple Monday - Poised Peony

 Hello and thank you for stopping by. This week I am going to use a new stamp set called Poised Peony. This very simple but lovely set was not seen would you believe! I can't believe I didn't see it or take any notice of it! Anyway, I have joined it with the paper pack called Frames and Flowers. This set has 3 sheets of 12" x 12" die cut papers and 3 lots of patterned paper. It's great. 

Friday 19 July 2024

Fun fold Friday Simply Sparkling

 Wow where does the time go? This week has flown by! It's Friday already so it's the final post using the Simply sparkling dies and stamps. But because it's Friday it's Fun Fold Friday 😀

Today's Fold is a type of pop out card. What would you call it? I've got no idea 🤣 I just liked a picture I saw while surfing the web and decided to have a go!

It starts with a piece of thick white cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 28cm scored at 8cm, 14cm and 20cm.  Next mark at You then score diagonally between the 11cm and 17cm both top and bottom. Next score diagonally between the 11cm and 17cm marks top and bottom. This creates a diagonal cross over the center scoreline. 

To Fold the card valley fold on the vertical scorelines and mountain fold the diagonal ones. The folding will become more obvious when you see the pictures below 😉

When all folded shut the card looks like this..

Simply sparkling stampin up fun fold pop out card

Looking from the top down you can see the top of the pop out folds..

Simply sparkling stampin up fun fold pop out card

Now the fun part....

Simply sparkling stampin up fun fold pop out card

The center pop out is made using a little strip of cardstock measuring 1cm x 8cm and scored at 1cm, 2cm and 3cm from each end. Fold the scorelines as a valley,  mountain,  mountain from each end. Adhere the center portion to the back of the sentiment panel. Then adhere the first 1cm panel to one side of the center point of the fold and repeat on the other side. Now your sentiment panel will fold flat when closed but pop out when open.

Simply sparkling stampin up fun fold pop out card

I have to say I'm loving the cherries on this card 🍒 as well as the Sweet pink and red colour palette.

Well that it from me for this week. Using the Simply Sparkling stamps and dies has been such fun . Please join me here next week when Gill will be sharing her creations with us for more cardmaking inspiration. 

Hope you get to make time to craft this weekend but most of all...

Have Fun

Cary xx

PS. Sadly the Simply Sparkling stamps are no longer available here in the UK but the dies still are.


Thursday 18 July 2024

This or That Thursday Simply Sparkling

 Today's This or That is a question about shades of colour. Are you a bright and bold person? Or a soft and subtle one? Both are made using the fantastic Simply Sparkling dies

The first sample is the This card. Made using a soft shade of peachy orange called , rather appropriately, Peach Pie.  It features the cute peach die cuts.

Simply sparkling stampin up birthday card

The  background is made using a lovely 3d embossing folder called Distressed Tile.  Overall this card has a soft delicate feel that reminds me of a perfectly ripe peach 🍑 warm and fuzzy.

Simply sparkling stampin up birthday card

The That card is made using a far bolder shade of orange called Pumpkin Pie. The feel of this card is bolder and in someways Mediterranean. 

Simply sparkling stampin up birthday card

The zesty fruit and the bright bold colours certainly make it one that stands out!

Simply sparkling stampin up birthday card

Simply sparkling stampin up birthday card

Both This and That will suit different people that's for sure. But which do you prefer? 

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Watercolour Wednesday Simply Sparkling

A softer colour palette and cleaner lines make for a very different card using the amazing Simply sparkling dies . The card starts with a smooshed watercolour background. 

Watercolour smooshing is a fun technique to add ink to paper. All you need are waterbased ink pads, paper, water spritzer and a place to dab and spritz your ink. You can dab the ink pads onto your glass cutting mat , a silicone mat or even just a cello bag! Then just spritz water over the ink and dab your paper into the wet ink. The colours will smoosh together and create beautiful backgrounds. For today's card I used a light lilac colour and a turquoise colour.

Simply sparkling stampin up watercolour background die-cut birthday card

Next die cut using the bubble 🫧 die from the Simply Sparkling die set cut twice from a mat of white cardstock measuring 14.85cm x 10.5cm. This panel is going to cover the entire front of the card. 
Move the now dry watercolour background around behind the appature until you get a pleasing result. Then adhere the 2 pieces together. 

Simply sparkling stampin up watercolour background die-cut birthday card

Now decorate!  I due cut several more of the bubbles and adhered them together . Then inserted them into the appature. 

Simply sparkling stampin up watercolour background die-cut birthday card

Using the circles that come out of the die cut and small dabs of adhesive add further texture and interest to the card front.

Simply sparkling stampin up watercolour background die-cut birthday card
A simple sentiment on a strip of white cardstock popped up on 3d foam and the card is complete.

Simply sparkling stampin up watercolour background die-cut birthday card

Tuesday 16 July 2024

Tips tricks and techniques Tuesday Simply Sparkling

On this wet Tuesday here in my small corner of the world I just needed some brightening up and today's project does just that! Bright zesty colours and the coordinating Dies to the fun Simply sparkling stamps make for just such a card!

The dies not only cut out the images from the Simply Sparkling stamps but also have stand alone dies as well which is always extra fun!

Simply sparkling stampin up fun die cutting background paper piecing tequniques card

The brights colour family from Stampin' Up!  Are just what they say in the title bright 🌞 so prefect for a sunny card. I chose to use bright yellow, bold green a basic white to creat this crisp zingy colour palette. 

Simply sparkling stampin up fun die cutting background paper piecing tequniques card

To create a texture for the background panel I used the citrus slice dies in the same shade as the panel and adhered them randomly all over. I call this a faux embossed technique. You can use any dies the same way just die cut from the same colour cardstock. 

Simply sparkling stampin up fun die cutting background paper piecing tequniques card

The second technique used on today's card is an oldy but goodie.  Called paper piecing it's where you stamp an image onto pattern paper then fussy cut it out . Stamp the original image where you want it then adhere the fussy cut piece back over the image. Top tip use a marker the same colour as that which you stamped the image in and run it around the edges of the fussy cut piece. This stops any unwanted white bits showing. Also always work from the back of your piece so if the pen slips it doesn't mar the front 😉

Simply sparkling stampin up fun die cutting background paper piecing tequniques card

So there it is a bright and refreshing card to bring a little taste of summer sunshine to you 🌞

Monday 15 July 2024

Make it simple Monday Simply Sparkling

 Hello and welcome to the 1st post of this weeks inspiration.  After a very busy weekend full of grandson craziness and team crafting I sure needed a simple card fir today! Simple stamping doesn't have to be plain or boring especially when using a fun stamp set such as the Simply Sparkling one!

Simply sparkling stampin up simple easy stamping fruity card

This fab set is an online exclusive and not in any catalogue so be sure to pop over to our Online shop and explore all the other amazing online exclusives 😉

Any way back to the  card. Simple stamping isn't always the easiest for those of us who are more experienced or as we would say avid crafters.  So the challenge of creating a #simplestamping project is always fun!

Today's project is a SIP card. Stamp, Ink and Paper. The images are stamped directly onto the card base and coloured using pencils. The thing that adds a little something something to this card is that a strip of sticky note was place across the center of the card and the images stamped over the edge of the tape. Then repeated on the other side of the tape.

Simply sparkling stampin up simple easy stamping fruity card

Then using a black marker pen draw a line either side. This creates the perfect place to add your sentiment.  The black line gives the effect of a strip of cardstock being put ontop of the stamped images with out the bother of cutting up more cardstock! 

Simply sparkling stampin up simple easy stamping fruity card

A simple card with something extra... bubbly! 😅 and a great way to use those smaller elements in the stamp set.

Friday 12 July 2024

Fun Fold Friday - Sketched Butterflies

 Hello from me for the last time this week, I must say that I have absolutely loved working with the Sketched Butterflies and I will continue to play with them in weeks to come. My fun fold Friday card today is a reverse double gate-fold card. I guess that's what it's called anyway. 

I used White Thick card for the card base and covered the relevant places with paper from the Full of Life pack of DSP. They really are so full of colour too, I love them! Using some of the left over pieces in the pack I have coordinated them with some of the Petunia Pop cardstock. Some squares placed diamond shape on the front and lots of butterflies scattered around made this a very simple card. 

I started with a piece of card 27cm by 14.85cm (10,5/8" wide by 5,7/8" high) I scored at 3.5cm and 8.5cm (1,3/8"  and 8,3/8") from both sides of the card base and burnished all of the score lines. The rest was decorating and sentiments. I used Stylish Shapes for the Stitched Squares and the coordinating dies from the Sketched Butterflies. I completed the card by adding some of the matching 2024 - 2026 In Colour Resin Dots. I do hope that you like it?

 Thank you for stopping by. Cary will be back on Monday to share some more of her creations with you so please come and join her too.
I will return the following week but as always until I return please 



 😍😍 xxx Gill xxx 😍😍

Thursday 11 July 2024

This or That Thursday - Sketched Butterflies

 Hello from me on a warm Thursday. Today's 2 cards were very straightforward for me today. I had the ideas in mind and just went ahead and made them! That's a first for me! The only difficulty ... deciding where to place the butterflies of course! The Sketched Butterflies have rapidly become one of my very favourite stamp bundles. I had some scraps of Designer Series Paper from the In Colour DSP and quickly took 2 colours and die cut the group of butterflies and the 2 smaller ones. I actually chopped the the group of them up and carefully finished the edges off with my Stampin' Snips (scissors), one of my favourite tools. I used the 2024-2026 In Colour DSP stack for both of today's cards, they are such gorgeous papers.


I cut some DSP into 3 strips 2.8cm deep by 12.5cm wide. (5" by 1,1/8th") I turned the card base a way that I never do for some reason ..tent fold, but it just seemed right on this occassion. I adhered the 3 strips to the white mat and then added a strip of ribbon in Pretty In Pink to one side. The sentiment is on one of the circles from Spotlight on Nature as was yesterday's and the butterflies fluttered across the card and simply adhered where they landed. I used Memento ink pad for the sentiments today.



There is something about a card folded in this way that I just love. So, starting with the card base in Petunia Pop, I cut from the front edge to the centre fold at 5cm from the top and 5cm from the bottom edge too. I cut the centre piece off and added it onto a band of white card. I embossed both the card front and the middle panel using the gorgeous embossing folder called Layered Florals. It really is a cracking folder. I love it! Once embossed, I added Dimensionals to the rear of the front panel and balanced it onto the card front. Then I added the sentiment to the centre panel and inside. As with my THIS card, I scattered the butterflies across the card and then adhered them into position too.  I had some little strips of DSP left over so I trimmed them finely down and added them along the edge of the inside. I like the finish it gives.

 Now it's up to you to decide which you prefer please... 😁😄

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Watercolour Wednesday - Sketched Butterflies

Hello. Today's card has had me going around in circles. Literally! Each time I started to make something, I went off in another direction, constantly going around and around in circles! That was it...I needed circles! Using the Sketched Butterflies stamps today, I started with several differerent sets of images in lots of different colours, even throwing many away! In the end, I decided on some pretty Boho Blue ones I had watercoloured and restamped over the images. 

I then remembered that I had bought the dies to go with the Spotlight On Nature stamp set, (the stamp sets are out of stock 😢). That was what I needed. So rumaging through my order that arrived on Monday, I found them. I die cut a circle from a piece of DSP from the Thoughtful Journey Designer Series Papers and then several different sizes of circle in the same design onto white card. I took a card base in Boho Blue, a gorgeous In Colour from last year and embossed the whole card with another new embossing folder called Dotted Circles. It suits it just perfectly. I hope that you agree with me. My first thought was it reminded me of the planets in the universe! Oh well!!