Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Thank You (Summer of Stamping)

Today I'm sharing another card from the Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping release for this week.

This time, I stamped it off the 4 corners of a panel of white cardstock. I used Copic markers and coloured all the leaves the same shade of green, and then I used multiple shades for the rest of my rainbow of flowers.

There was a 'bald patch' in the middle of my panel, so I used an Essential Oval and cut it out. I performed some stamp surgery on the Thank You For Being a Friend sentiment and stamped it with Versafine Onyx directly onto my cardbase.

Then I popped up the floral panel for a bit of 'reverse' dimension. And that's it for this simple, but happy, rainbow card!

Monday, 13 July 2020

Using Tags to Make Cards

Good morning, campers! It's week two of Ellen Hutson's Summer of Stamping and we have another release!

Today, we have 3 new Essentials by Ellen sets - You Should Know, Thanks for Being a Friend and Mondo Pansy. I'm not in the hop, but here's the link to Ellen's blog, where you can start and hop along for a chance to win!

I started by stamping the floral image from You Should Know onto Arches Hot Press watercolour cardstock. I watercoloured it with my Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers, adding lots of layers of colour for depth and interest.

Then, I watched a video from Justine and was completely inspired to turn this panel into tags and get 4 cards from 1!

I admit I was very nervous about cutting into all that work, so I did a test run with a piece of scrap paper that I had stamped with the image, just to be sure that all 4 tags would get 'enough' flowers on them. I was not happy about 'losing' the diamond bit in the centre, but I think I'll survive!

Also, my watercolour cardstock panel was a 1/4 inch shorter than required for that 4 in 1 Shipping Tags die, but that worked out well - I just backed each one onto a full-sized black tag and that gave me stability plus a little border at the bottom! Almost like I planned it!

To finish the cards, I stamped the flowers off 2 corners of my white square panels, using second generation Twilight ink, and backed them onto black cardbases.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Super Duper Birthday

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Karen (karensallen).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Karen's:
-metallic accent
-scalloped edge (look way left!)
-birthday theme
-round focal element coming from right

I changed:
-fewer dots
-rainbow colours
-black instead of red
-silver instead of gold
-no fun fold

I was initially drawn to the 'rounded' balloons on Karen's patterned paper, as well as the scalloped edge. I started by using the negative edge of a Pretty Pink Posh die to scalloped die on the edge of a panel of white cardstock.

Then I used a small Essentials by Ellen Essentials Circle die to cut out a circle from each scallop. I blended a rainbow of Catherine Pooler inks on them . I cut the circles again from silver sparkle cardstock and used the frame portion, and popped up the colourful circle in the middle of each.

My sentiment is in an Essential Oval, also with a silver frame, and is meant to represent the balloon circle portion of Karen's card, which would move when you fold her card together. Mine doesn't move.

Finally, I put my panel on a black card base, leaving a narrower strip of black visible on one side than the other. This mimics the red around the middle panel of Karen's card.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Light-Up Christmas Cards

I'm on the Birch Press Design blog today showing how I added lights to some Christmas cards I made with various layering dies!

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Monday, 6 July 2020

S'more Shaped Card (Essentials by Ellen Summer of Stamping Release!)

Good morning and welcome to Ellen's Summer of Stamping!

Today is release day for our exclusive Lawn Fawn set, The S'More the Merrier, and we're having a blog hop to celebrate (details below).

I decided to make a fake shaped card. 

I started by creating my s'more. I cut strips of Kraft cardstock for my graham crackers. I stamped them with one of the Pattern Play stamps for a little texture.

Then I used the Landscape dies and more Kraft cardstock, to cut my melty chocolate. I inked it with Icing on the Cake ink to get my chocolate colour.

Finally, I cut a rectangle for my marshmallow, and I rounded the corners with an old punch. I blended Sand Castle and Shea Butter ink on the edges to give it some toasty colour and dimension.

When I put it on a 4.25 square card, you could still see the card base where the marshmallow corners were rounded, and I didn't really like that look. So I just cut the cardbase to 4 inches wide (I left the height at 4.25). 

Here's a view from the back so you can see what I mean:

Blog Hop Details: 

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Sunday, 5 July 2020


Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Mary Fran NWC.

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Mary Fran's:

I changed:
-more white
-die cut setneimtn
-more solid colours

I love these colours together and this was a perfect opportunity to show how Catherine Pooler's inks blend together so beautifully! I started with a panel of white cardstock and blended It's a Boy from the bottom left and Pixie Dust from the top right, blending them together in the centre.

I die cut my Essentials by Ellen Folk Heart die from the centre of the panel so that it would show the transition from the blue to the purple. I popped it up on my 4.25 square card, letting it extend over the top (it will still fit in an A2 envelope!)

Then I cut a bunch of little flowers from Wild Garden - some from white, some from the rest of the blended panel, to scatter over the card (that was the hardest part - 'random' scattering! lol!)

I added a Letterboard Script sentiment and some green jewels from Pretty Pink Posh's Citrus Mix just to the white flowers for a bit of sparkle.

Rather than having my stripes in the background, I put one one each side by trimming my white panel to 4x4.25.

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