Heart Happiness stamp set

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Hello Peeps,

Left and right I hear different stories with regards to Valentine’s Day. Some think it’s just a bunch of commercial nonsense. Others believe it should be Valentine’s Day every day and others still kind of like it. I definately belong to the latter group, although I also like the idea of each day being Valentine’s Day. I think it is important to acknowledge the people in our lives from time to time and let them know how special they are to us. If Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder to that, fine. The fact that commercial enterprises play into that, is natural. But the feeling people get about being obligated to express feelings they don’t have, is going a bit too far and I don’t believe it is in the spirit of the day. Anyway, I made some Valentine’s Day projects that I would like to share with you.

Treats

One of the most imporant groups of people, in my opinion, is teaching assistants and teachers. They get a little treat, several times a year, from me to let them know how much we appreciate them. This year it was a little box made from a piece of 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock on to wich I stamped a stamp from the Heart Happiness stamp set (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 20) with Real Red ink to create a background pattern. I cut the paper in 6″x4″pieces. Along the long side I scored the pieces at  1 1/4, 2 3/4, 4 and 5 1/2″. On the short end I just made a single scoreline at 1 1/4″. I cut up to the 1 1/4″scoreline along the score lines on the long side and cut away the little 1/2 x 1 1/4″ rectangle entirely. Next I added adhesive to the `1/2″ flap and glued it shut to create a tube. I folded in the sides and the back flap and added adhesive to the inside of the front flap in order to close it up and create the bottom of the box. I filled the box with 3 chocolate hearts and closed the top while pinching in the sides. Using a mini clothes peg from Action I secured the top. On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the striped heart in VersaFine Onyx Black in and the medium sized solid heart with Real Red ink.. After fussy cutting them out I adhered the little heart to the striped heart using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional and added them underneath the clothes peg. Cute, right?

Masculine card

I made 3 more cards. Two of them are very similar, but I’ll start with this one.

In my work space I have a tin containing projects that I’ve started. It contains extra stamp prints, backgrounds that I’ve made as an experiment and cards that I’ve started but don’t know how to finish. In that tin I found a pretty background I had made using watercolours. The colours beautifully matched some stamped images I had made with the Heart Happiness stamp set that I also had laying around. Now all I had to do was add some cardstock and tie a ribbon in order to complete a card. I used a rectangular die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr. 36 set to cut the cardstock to size. To add a little sparkle, I put a layer of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the green heart. A perfect masculine Valentine’s card.

Simple cards

The last cards are very similar. Again I used the Heart Happiness stamp set (page 20 of the Sping/Summer Catalogue). It is such a fun set. Using just 2 of the hearts you instantly have a cute card. I stamped the striped heart using the Melon Mambo ink.and stamped the floral heart in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used the watercolour pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit (page 15 of the Spring/Summer Catalogue). The pencils colours are: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry. Onto the Whisper White card base I repeatedly stamped the cluster of hearts with Rich Razzleberry ink. I adhered the pink heart with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the floral heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second card, the floral heart is created in the same way as the card with the pink heart. Only now the striped heart is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink. In the background I used the plus signs from the Oh So Eclectic stampset (Annual Catalogue, page 133). I thought the Blushing Bride colour was nice in combination with the rest of the colours. After fussy cutting the hearts, I attached them in the same manner as in the first card.

Sale-a-bration second release

Speaking of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set … as of  February 16th some new products will be added to the Sale-a-bration rangechoose from, when you order for €60 or €120. One of those additions is a stamp set called Eclectic Expressions. It matches the Oh So Eclectic set beautifully but is also great as a stand alone set. It includes several watercolour type images and some more graphic elements. and is combined with two commonly used sentiments namely Thank you and Happy Birthday. The set is available as a wood mount set (the stamps are affixed to a wooden block once and are always ready for use) or as a clear mount set (the stamps are used in combination with clear blocks and are removed from the clear blocks after us to be stored away). In my opinion this is a versatile must-have set with which you can make a great number of combinations. If you want to place an order and earn this set, please get in touch with me or leave a comment below. Sale-a-bration is a temporary event and after March 31st this campaign will be over.

See you next time,

Leonie


Adorable Elephants Card Set

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Hello Peeps,

Did you enjoy the holidays? Hopefully you were spoiled as much as I was this year. Since I had bought myself quite a few stampsets the past half year, I stamped them all out on some Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. This way, I can watch some telly in the evening and do some colouring at the same time. Then, when the kids are at school, I can turn the coloured images in to a nice card set. And that is exactly how these cards started out. For some colour inspiration I used the ColorThrowdown Callenge 462. I used Distress Ink as my colour medium because those colours matched the challenge colours the best, in my opinion. Armed with my waterbrush, four Distress Ink colours (Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Fired Brick and Tumbled Glass), a piece of kitchen roll and my piece of laminated white paper, which I use as a palet, I could colour whilest sitting on the sofa with my husband, watching a series on tv. Who says you can’t have it all?

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The first card is a Made by ME white card base with a piece of polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite papers pad. I cut the fifth largest cirkel from my Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 cirkeldies out of some paper from an Avec Colours Unlimited pad with number 4952436 and the third smallest from a scrap of plain pink paper. I stamped the sentiment on to a scrap of white cardstock and cut it to size with a banner end on one side. The addition of the elephant and the kite make this is friendly card.

This card is another Made by ME cardbase that is covered with a checked pattern from my Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastel pad. I wanted to place the elepant in to some grass, but I didn’t want to introduce green as another colour. Therefore I cut the fourth smallest circle from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33 once from some Coastal Cabana and once from some Pool Party cardstock, both from Stampin’ Up. Next I cut the Coastal Cabana circle with one of the grass dies from the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders set., after which I could rebuild the circle and place the elephant and the flowers. I used the same Coastal Cabana cardstock along the left hand side of the card to make it al little less flat. Since the card was looking very blue and I still had a piece of the polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad laying on my desk, I used it as a background. But it was still lacking something. I rumaged through my stash looking for a piece of orange cardstock that matched with the orange in the dots. On to this I stamped the sentiment and added a sliver of orange along the side. As far as I’m concerned that was exactly the right amount to give some contrast and balance to the layout

This card uses a lot of the same elements as the cards above. The white cardbase is from Made by ME, the polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 inch petite paper pad (this time cut out with the third smallest circle die from the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33), a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up (cut to the same size as the polka dot paper) and the checkered pattern from the Avec Colours Unlimited pad nummer 4952436 (cut with the fifth smallest  circle die the Crealies CLNestXXL nr 33). The sentiment was stamped directly on to the card base with some VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I tried to bend te stamp so it would have the same curva as the circle. Then I just needed to add the elephant and the butterflies.

The position of the elephant was leading in determining the layout of this card. I couldn’t just place him in in the middle of the card because he so clearly wanted to stand in the bottom right hand corner. I wanted to keep this card as minimal as possible. The pink background is a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock by Stampin’ Up. But leaving it like that was a bit too basic for my taste. I cut two pieces of dotted paper from the Simple Stories Sn@p Life and stuck them on either side of the Made by ME cardbase so that only a row of half cirkels would show. I stamped the sentiment at the elephant’s feet to ground him, whilest keeping the rest of the card light and airy.

I was amazed how quickly these cards came together. Of course it took me a while to settle on the layout of each card but that always takes me longer than I anticipate. However by doing everyting step by step, it all went rather quickly

Finally I want to wish everyone a happy new year. May you achieve all your goasl in good health with lots of love.

See you next time

 

Leonie


Latte Fun Birthday Card

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Hello Peeps,

Do you find it difficult to make cards for men? Do you find them boring because you are limited in your colour palet and the choice of stamps? This time, thankfully, I didn’t have that problem. A friend of ours birthsay was coming up and since he enjoys a good cup a Joe, it was easy to choose stamps and colours. There are so many different coffee and tea sets out at the moment that there was a flood of products to choose from. For me things only started to get difficult when it was time to turn it into and interesting card. I think I managed to give it a surprising twist.

On a piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the coffee cup from the Fresh Brewed Blueprints stampset by Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holts, using Early Espresso ink by Stampin’ Up. I gave it some colour using my Distress Markers in the colours Picket Fence, Old Paper, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans, Shabby Shutters and Weathered wood. On another piece of kraft paper by Craft Unlimited I stamped the Triangle Turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th using my MISTI. To do this I used Stampin’ Up ink in Tip Top Taupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Soft Suede. I stamped the fourth impression with VersaMark in order to be able to sprinkle gold embossing powder by Raher over it and melt it with my heatttool. I used the third largest rectangle die from the CLNest XXL nr 36 set to cut the triangles paper to size and the sixth smallest to cut out the coffee cup. Because I needed some contrast between the layers, I cut a piece of paper with a woodgrain print with the sixth largest die from the CLNestXXL nr 36 dieset. The paper was from a 6×6 paperpad from Simple Stories Daily Grind collection. Because I still missed something, I decided to add a coffee filter as a layer. The ribbed edges gave it some more texture and interest. All of the layers are attached with ATG to the Made by ME kraft card base with the exception of the focal image. It really pops because it is attachted with foamtape. As a finishing touch, I glued some wood veneer stars from Xenos to the card using glossy accents.

And that’s how you get a fun, masculine birthday card with a touch of sparkle because of the golden triangles in the background. The addition of the coffe filter is unexpected but in this case, very appropriate and humorous. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever added to a card?

See you next time,

Leonie


Circles Crocodile Card

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Hello Peeps,

This time I was inspired by a colour combination from the ColorThrowdown challenge blog. The colours were bright blue, bright green and white (CDT460). An ideal colour combination for a boy celebrating his second birthday. I did have to struggle a little to find an interesting layout, but I really think this card worked out nicely.

I started by applying double-sided tissuetape to the back of a scrap piece of white paper and to four different pieces of green paper. This is so it would be easier to puzzle everything back together, after I diecut it using the Large Ringlets die by Memory Box. I removed the paper from the dies very carefully, trying to keep it all in tact as much as I could. Because the shape was quite large, I decided to cut away a few of the cirkels from the white outline. I proceded to stick the white outline to a white cardbase, using the outside (negative) shape to minimise the warping of the cirkels. Now it was merely a matter of puzzling the green circles into the outline, making sure no two of the same green paper are next to each other. From another piece of white paper I diecut the third smallest circle die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr.33 dieset. I stamped the crocodile from Wild For You on to it and used a black pen to give him a partyhat and a balloon. I coloured the image using Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point ink by Stampin’ Up and my waterbrush. From a scrap of blue paper I cut a bannerstrip on to which I stamped the sentiment happy birthday from the Happy Everything stampset by Lawn Fawn with VersaMark ink. I covered it with Super Fine Detail embossingpowder by Ranger in white and melted the powder. I tried out where to place it and cut it to size and gave it a flagged end. I attached the circle with the crocodile to the card using some foamtape as well as the sentiment.

All in all it is a reasonably simple card. Only the puzzling of the circles took some time. The result is pretty and those who have seen the card all ask the same thing: how did you do that background with the circles?

Should you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

See you next time,

 

Leonie