Anniversary Cards, Birthday Cards, Friendship Cards, Get Well Soon Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Elegant Cards Using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies From The “Flower Garden” Collection!

Hey lovelies! ❤ I’m back with a couple more cards using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies, this time from the Flower Garden collection by Sharyn Sowell! I tried to keep these cards similar while changing things up just a little, I’ve been on a white and gold kick lately and these dies fit that style perfectly! 

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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“Botanical Butterfly”

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I created my A2 card base and cut my panel slightly smaller from white heavyweight card stock. I prepped my panel with my EK Success powder tool so my embossing powder would only stick to where I wanted it to. I took a thin embossing folder I got from a magazine a little while ago and coated the inside with Tsukineko Versamark ink (on the side with no ridges! This is so the embossed part would remain mostly white with only a little bit of gold looking slightly distressed on it!). I placed it towards the bottom of my panel and ran it through my die cutting machine before coating it in Papermania gold embossing powder and setting it with my heat tool. Once the embossing had cooled I took some gold peel offs from Love From Lizi and adhered them at the top and bottom of the gold embossed strip to neaten up the edges and give it an extra little shine. I then covered the embossed strip and the bottom of the panel in post it tape to protect it while I splattered some gold and white gold watercolour paint at the top of the panel. 

Once the splatter was dry I removed the post it tape and prepped the white space at the bottom of the card with my powder tool once again. I stamped my sentiment in Tsukineko Versafine onyx black ink in the bottom right corner of my panel, covered it in Papermania clear embossing powder and set with my heat tool. 

I grabbed some pretty floral pearlescent patterned paper from my stash and used the Botanical  Butterfly etched dies to cut out the body and wings using my die cutting machine (I ran the wings through twice so I could double them up as I knew I wanted some dimension here). Once all my pieces were ready, I took some strong double sided score tape and adhered the bottom wing, body and antenna with it over the left side of the embossed strip. I put some of the same double sided score tape on the top wing (where the wing joins to the butterfly) and used some mini foam squares to pop up the end of the wing to give some dimension. To finish I backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base. 

“Botanical Dragonfly”

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Once again I went with an A2 card base with a slightly smaller panel from heavyweight white card stock. This time I protected a strip of my panel along the bottom first and splattered again with gold and white gold metallic watercolour paint. I removed the post it tape once the splatter was dry and went with the gold peel offs on their own, choosing two different widths to work with this time. I placed a two of the medium sizes and placed a thinner one in the middle, to give that same sense of separation I have on the first card.

I used the same floral paper as I did with the butterfly, to cut out the botanical dragonfly using my die cutting machine. Again, I ran the wings through twice only this time I turned my paper over so I could create the wings for both sides of the dragonfly. I adhered the two lower wings to my panel using my double sided tape as I wanted them to be flat, for the two top wings I adhered the part that would be behind the dragonfly’s body with score tape and popped up the ends with mini foam squares. I adhered the dragonfly’s body down the middle of my wings, using score tape directly on top of the wings and a mini foam square to support the back of the dragonfly’s head. 

I took some black card stock and prepped it with my heat tool, I stamped my sentiment from Altenew’s Carousel stamp set in Tsukineko Versamark ink, coated it in Altenew pure white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool. I cut the sentiment in to a thin strip using my paper trimmer and adhered it across my dragonfly using the double sided score tape. I then backed the entire panel in double sided foam tape and adhered to my card base to finish up!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! I had a lot of fun playing with these dies, I want to say a special thanks to Spellbinders for reaching out to me once again and giving me this wonderful opportunity! The dies themselves are absolutely beautiful and great for making beautiful cards year round, no matter the occasion! The detail in these dies specifically had me in awe! Which of the two dies is your favourite? 

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Butterfly Etched Dies 

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Dragonfly Etched Dies

STAMPS:

Altenew Carousel 

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

INKS:

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

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Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

I Miss You Friendship Card Using Distress Inks!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Sharing another quick and easy card with you today, perfect to send to those you may not see every day!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I cut a panel from white card stock and picked which distress ink colours I wanted to work with (colours used & links will be listed at the end of this post!). The sun was shining so it only seemed right to go for some red, yellow and pink for that summery feel! I placed the inks directly on to my glass craft mat and sprayed with some water, then smooshed my panel on the surface to pick up the colour remembering to dry between each layer for a textured feel. When I was happy with how  it looked I splattered it with some gold metallic watercolour paint from my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” palette and set aside to dry.

I created my card base and top panel using white card stock and rounded the corners with a corner punch. I then cut some black matte paper larger than my top panel and rounded the corners for a cohesive look and adhered to my card base. To finish my top panel I die cut the stitched heart window with Lawn Fawn’s Outside In Stitched Heart stackable dies.

For my sentiment I decided to go with the “I Miss You” stamp from Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”. I treated some black card stock with my EK Success powder tool, stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Altenew Pure White embossing powder. I cut it down in to a thin sentiment strip and adhered it across the back of my stitched heart using my regular tape runner.

To finish the card I backed the stitched heart panel with foam tape and adhered it to the ink smooshed panel, then adhered it to my card base using my regular tape runner.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ Do you prefer simpler cards or cards with a lot of colour and images? Let me know in the comments below! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark “Watermark” Ink

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Birthday Cards, Uncategorized

Cute Alien Card Using Lawn Fawn “Beam Me Up!”

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today I’m sharing this space themed card using Lawn Fawn’s Beam Me Up stamp set. I have a soft spot for anything to do with space, and who could resist these adorable little aliens?! I used some stamps Lawn Fawn’s Out Of This World set too, specifically the planets! 🙂

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by stamping out my images and colouring them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (although for the glass in the space ship I did use a light blue coloured pencil as I don’t currently have a colourless blender!). I wanted them to be in bright, fun colours as I felt this card would be perfect for a kid’s birthday! For the alien in the space ship I stamped the ship first, creating a mask using a post-it note and stamped the alien over top to give the illusion he’s sitting in the ship! Once I had my images all coloured I added some details and highlights with my white gel pen before fussy cutting them out by hand. For the beam coming out of the space ship I knew I wanted it to be transparent, so the cake would be visible while the alien is sneaking it on to their ship! Sneaky! I achieved this by heat embossing on some heat resistant acetate with my Altenew pure white embossing powder then fussy cut around the embossed lines. I adhered the beam directly on to the back of the space ship so it would be popped up on the same level as the ship when I finished the card.

I created my card base and cut a panel slightly smaller from white card stock. I adhered some black matte paper to my card base for the black border. I wanted the card to be on the fun and colourful side but still with that galaxy sky feel, I knew I was going to adhere a circle panel to the bottom of the card for the sentiment (and for those sneaky aliens to be standing on!). I left a lighter blue aura around where the “moon” would be and blended purple/pink and blue together for the top to make it darker. I sprayed the background with my Ranger/Tim Holtz distress sprayer, then splattered the background with white paint and metallic watercolour paint from my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” palette for a little shimmer.

I die cut a circle panel from white card stock and adhered it to the panel, cutting off any excess from the sides. I prepped it with my EK Success powder tool so embossing powder would only stick to where I stamped my sentiment. I stamped my sentiment using versafine onyx black ink and coated it with Papermania clear embossing powder before setting it with my heat tool until it was smooth and shiny. I adhered all my images where I wanted them using my usual tape runner apart from the space ship with the acetate attached, and the earth which I popped up using foam tape. To finish I backed the entire panel in foam tape and adhered to my card base.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I loved getting back in to colouring with my alcohol markers with this card, it feels like I’ve been mainly focused on watercolour lately while trying to get used to the medium and then falling madly in love with it. For all you crafty geniuses, which medium is your absolute favourite to use? I want to keep trying new things as I move forward! ❤

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Lawn Fawn “Beam Me Up”

Lawn Fawn “Out Of This World”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm) 

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

Papermania Clear

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Thank You Cards, Uncategorized

Simple But Colourful Thank You Card!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a simple way to make a colourful thank you card! Most of us already have some backgrounds sitting around from previous projects that we either didn’t finish or didn’t fit what we had in store for what we were working on at the time. I had this background panel sitting around for a while, so I decided that I was going to use it for an easy card rather than having it collect dust in storage!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I had this background from experimenting with galaxy backgrounds, but I stopped half way through because I didn’t want to cover up the results from the ink smooshing with something darker! I splattered with my Gansai Tambi metallic watercolours from the “Starry Colors” palette to give it a little bit of shimmer and set aside for another day. When I picked it back up, I knew I wanted to make a relatively easy card so the colour here could be the main focus. I cut the panel in half at an angle so I could save the other half for another project.

I created my card base and cut a panel from white card stock slightly smaller than my base. I then adhered my ink smooshed panel to the bottom right of the panel using my regular tape runner. I took a gold peel off from Love from Lizi and placed it just above the coloured panel, creating a thin border between the panel and the white space above. I cut my sentiment from black card stock using the Lawn Fawn Thank You border die and adhered it diagonally across my white panel using my Ranger multi medium matte adhesive. I adhered some matte black paper to my card base, then adhered my panel to it using foam tape. I finished the card off with some tiny gems for a bit extra sparkle!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This was a really quick card to make, which is so far out of my comfort zone. I’m always obsessing over whether a card needs “more” (I know I’m not alone here! :p).

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

DIES:

Lawn Fawn Thank You Border

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

CARDSTOCK/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

DIE CUTTING MACHINE:

Sizzix Big Shot

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBELLISHMENTS:

Love From Lizi Gold Peel Offs

Anniversary Cards, Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized

Simple Anniversary Card Using Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Today marks 8 years since my fiancé and I started dating, so I thought today I’d share the card I made for our anniversary with you! Hubby to be is a lil obsessed with stars, so I thought it was fitting to use Simon Says Stamp’s – Seeing Stars stamp set! I’ve been meaning to use this set for a while, I was just waiting for inspiration to hit!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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I started by creating my card base and adhering a black matte paper on top, I knew I wanted to mimic a night sky effect with this card (for obvious reasons!) so I felt like the black would tie everything in nicely. I cut my panel down to size and picked out the three distress ink colours I was planning to use (colours and links at the end of this blog post!). I blended the darker colours mostly towards the outside, making sure to switch between colours and overlapping my blending to make the result as smooth as I wanted it to be. I distressed the panel with some water and dried the water spots with a paper towel. I then splattered my panel with Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” metallic watercolour paints before leaving to air dry.

While that was air drying I moved on to my sentiment, I treated the black card stock with my EK Success powder tool so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick to anywhere I didn’t want it. I stamped my sentiment “When we’re together, I see stars” with Tsukineko Versamark ink and coated it in Papermania Gold embossing powder then set it with my heat tool. I used a circle die to cut out my sentiment using my Big Shot machine.

By this time my panel was dry! Once again using my powder tool I coated my entire panel. I stamped my stars and constellations randomly all over using Versamark ink and the same gold embossing powder as before, once heat set all that was left to do was put the card together! I wrapped two pieces of twine around my panel (adhering them to the back with some washi tape!) and adhered my sentiment circle on top using foam tape. I then backed the entire panel in foam tape and adhered to the card base, to finish I adhered tiny gems to my card using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive to give that extra little bit of sparkle!

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Thanks for reading lovelies! ❤ I really love how this card turned out, I know my fiancé will love it too! Let me know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “Seeing Stars”

CARDSTOCK/PAPER: 

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

INK BLENDING:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Papermania Gold

INKS:

Ranger/Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Ranger/Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

HEAT TOOL:

Papermania Multi-Purpose Heat Tool

Friendship Cards, Just Because Cards, Uncategorized, Watercolour Cards

Friendship Card using Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits”!

Hello lovelies! ❤

Happy May! This year is going by so quickly isn’t it?! To me it still feels like Christmas and New Year was last week!

Today I’m sharing a card I made for my best friend using the Simon Says Stamp – If The Hat Fits stamp set, who said witch hats were only for Halloween? I think we all have that little bit of magic in us all year round!

~Tools and products used will be listed at the end of this blog post!~

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After creating my card base and topping it with some matte black paper, I cut down a piece of watercolour paper to the size I needed and adhered it to the base of my stamping platform using washi tape and the magnets provided down the right side of the panel. I knew I wanted to do a lot of stamping down the left side of the card, so this gave me all the room I needed! I stamped three of the hats on some Simon Says Stamp masking paper and cut them out, I wanted to stack the hats on top of each other so in order to avoid all the lines crossing messily this is a necessary step. In order for the hats to look stacked, I started stamping from the top of the pile using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, masking with the appropriate mask each time and worked my way down until I was close to the bottom of the panel.

Now my image is ready to paint! I tried to stick to a Witch-ish colour palette as it suits my friend and I’s aesthetic, though you can use any colours you’d like to with these hats! I painted the actual hats themselves first, leaving some drying time before moving on to the ribbons/trims as to avoid any overflow and mudding of paints. I used my Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors” paints for the buckles. Once my panel was dry I removed it from my stamping platform and placed it on my glass craft mat to splatter with black paint for that extra grungy/distressed feel!

Leaving the splattering to dry naturally I moved on to my sentiment, after using my powder tool, I heat embossed “You say witch like it’s a bad thing” with white embossing powder on black card stock, then die cut it with a small circle die from my stash. For the inside sentiment I went with “If the hat fits, get the matching shoes and broom” in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink once again, knowing my friend will see the comical side.

To finish off the card I adhered a black ribbon down the right side of the panel, attached my die cut sentiment circle with foam tape towards the bottom of the panel then using my regular tape runner I adhered the panel to the card base!

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Thank you for reading lovelies! ❤ This card took a little while longer to make due to all the masking, but I definitely feel like it was worth it! This is possibly one of my favourite cards I’ve made to date!

xo

~Supplies & Links~

**Not all supplies can be listed as they’re from local craft stores, but you can easily find similar things online as they’re pretty common!**

STAMPS:

Simon Says Stamp “If The Hat Fits”

CARD/PAPER:

Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Card Stock (300gsm)

EMBOSSING POWDER:

Altenew Pure White

POWDER TOOL:

EK Success Powder Tool

FOAM TAPE:

3M Scotch R Double Sided Foam Tape

PAPER TRIMMER:

Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

STAMPING PLATFORM:

Tonic Studios/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

WATERCOLOUR PAINT:

Gansai Tambi “Starry Colors”

INK:

Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink

MASKING:

Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper