Lots of hearts

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Hello Peeps,

Today I want to share some examples I made with the Meant To Be bundle from page 6 of the new Spring/Summer catalogue. If you don’t have a catalogue, please get in touch with me so I van send you one or look here. The bundle consists of the Meant To Be stamp set and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits dies.

Meant To Be bundle and All My Love suite

The stamp set is a cling set (want to know more? Click here) and consists of 13 stamps. There are 6 sentiments, 6 hearts and a rose detail. This is a great set in itself with which you can easily make beautiful Valentines day, wedding or love themed cards. Combining them with the dies however opens up a whole new level of possibilities. The die set is made up of no less than 16 die. Most are heart shaped but there are some other (romantic) details inclueded. With these you can create moer depth in your projects, play with inlay techniques or make fun shaker cards. And because the bundle is part of the All My Love suite, there are even more coordinating products.

The Meant To Be bundle is one of two bundles that are a part of the All My Love suite. This also contains the All My Love Designer Series Paper, Cardstock Pack, Ribbon Combo Pack, the Heart Epoxy Droplets and the Forever Lovely bundle. Some of those products were used in my examples which is why I wanted to point them out. You can find all the information about these products on pages 4-6 of the Spring/Summer catalogue .

Cards

The first card I made, shows the inlay technique. By applying a layer of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of the cardstock. you make a sticker from your die cut, so to speak. It will still take some effort to place all the tiny pieces in the outline, but it will be considerably les than if you had to put glue on eacht piece first. After that I just needed to add an extra heart with a Dimensional and finish the card of with some sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment pack.

I wanted to make the second card in non-traditional colours. The All My Love Designer Series Paper has touches of Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Foam so I used those as a jumping off point. I combined the soft masculine colours with some Crumb Cake ink and Linen Thread. The Iridescent Sequins complete this card. As you can see, you can easily make a simple card without needing a lot of different materials.

Other projects

Because I wanted to show the versatility of the suite, decided to make a few 3D projects to round out the two cards. I decorated a mason jar and one of the Kraft Pillow Boxes which are listed in the annual catalogue

My largest project however was a sampler. This is a photo frame in which you display samples of all the parts of a suite. Of course you don’t need to limit yourself so you could make a sampler based on a season or a type of animal. There are a variety of examples to be found online. This was my first attempt and I am quite proud of the result. It was a lot of fun to create something using all of the papers, dies and stamps. I can certainly recommend making one if you find it difficult to make that first cut into new pretty paper. Once you are busy, the creative ideas will come in waves. I will certainly be making more of these in the future.

 

See you next time,

Leonie

 


Elves Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

Last year, my husband made our Christmas cards. Not the way I would have done, using stamps and patterned paper, but with a photo of our family wearing our Christmas sweaters. It was fun and we got some nice comments about it which is why my love wants to do it again this year. And all this while I have so many cute Christmas stamps in my stash. Oh well, if someone wants to make cards, in whatever way, I can only encourage it. So I decided to use my Christmas stash to make gift labels to further decorate our presents. I started by making these labels with these adorable Christmas elves.

I had stamped the elves from the My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves set with some Versa Fine Onxy Black ink ahead of time on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and brought them with me on holiday to colour them. Because I couldn’t take all of my craft supplies, I had to choose wisely. I took my Gelatos by Faber-Castell with me. I only have about 8 of them and they don’t take up a lot of space. With my waterbrush and a piece of kitchen roll, I was ready to relax and create. The colours I used are: Snow Cone, Acqua Dolce, Metallic Melon, Watermelon. Blood Orange, Margarita Mix, Raspberry and Squid Ink. I do think that I added a touch of yellow from my mini watercolour set to the bells, buttons and to the star on top of the Christmas tree. Once home, I cut out the images using the matching dies. Out of some Crumb Cake cardstock by Stampin’ Up I diecut 4 tag shapes with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the hole reinforcers from a scrap of Pool Party cardstock by Stampin’ Up. To give the labels some more interest I stamped an all over print on them. I used the ornament from the Santa’s Elves set for two of the labels and the gift for another one. I stamped a gift fron the Marianne Designs Joepie Geniet set on the fourth tag. On each of the tags I stamped a sentiment using VersaMark ink, which I covered with Pool Party embossing powder by Stampin’ Up and heat set it. The sentiments are from Clearly Besotted’s Sweet Little Sentiments and from My Favorite Things’ Ewe Are The Best and All About You. When I glued everything together using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue, I ended up with these 4 gift tags.

Obviously four tags aren’t enough, which is why I wanted to use the stamp again, but in a different way. This time, I chose the paper first and coloured the elves in matching colours. It makes for a very natural unity by using an existing colour palet. It is a method I will definitely use again in the future.

 

The images from My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves were stamped on some Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White, again, using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I coloured the images with Distress Ink in the colours Candied Apple, Spun Sugar, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough. Once they were competely dry, I cut them out using the matching dies. The tags were cut from paper from a DecoTime Christmas paper pad with number DS481-04, once again using the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It set. This time I used all four of the dies. Because one of the compositions, was too far outside the edges of the tag, I enlarged the largest tag with some measuring and cutting to be slightly bigger than the original. I paid extra attention to the pattern, trying to keep it fluent over both colours of paper. This way it doesn’t distract too much from the cute elf on the foreground. By using a combination of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue and 1mm thick foam squares, I managed to give the tags some depth without them becoming too bulky. I cut some of the plain hole reinforcers from a scrap op cardstock from my stash.

 

As you can imagen, I am nowhere near done, making gift tags for our Christmas presents. But it’s safe to say I’m enjoying making them. Next time I’ll show some tags I made uisng a different Christmas set by My Favorite Things?

Do you use tags to decorate your Christmas presents?

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