Eclectic Expressions birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Recently I was busy making a year plan. A handle for my blog and my other tasks as Stampin’ Up demonstrator, if you will. In doing so I came across a site listing all sorts of special days. Some of them were known to me. Others were completely new. It seems as if every disease, minority, occupation and kind of food has their own (inter)national holiday. It all went a bit too far for me. Still, I did pick a few that spoke to me, creatively. And that is how the cards in this article came to be.

Circles

On the 14th of  March (or 3.14 as the Americans would say) it is Pi-day. This of course beacuse the first digits of Pi are 3.14. My first association to Pi is circles And so I made these birthday cards in honour of Pi-day.

Card number 1

As I mentioned before in a different post, the Eclectic Expressions stamp set is a good, basic set. You can choose it as a free gift when you purchase for €60,- during Sale-a-bration. The pretty circles with theis watercolour effect represent the Pi-elements in this card. The colour combination was one I found on Pinterest:: Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. By stamping the smaller images in the darker colours and using the lighter colours for the larger images, a beautiful balans is created. I stuck the stamped piece to a card base made from half of an A4 sheet of Tangerine Tango cardstock, folded in the middle, using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I used a sliver of Bermuda Bay cardstock to accentuate the contrast but chose to heat emboss the Happy Birthday sentiment on a piece of Pool Party cardstock. After melting the white embossing powder, I added some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party to complete the festive look of this card.

Card number 2

This card was started by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment in Tangerine Tango on to a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment above and below the orange version but now in Pool Party ink. Next I created the background by stamping several of the images from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set. By tying a piece of Bermyuda Bay Shimmer Ribbon around the cardstock, it started to look like a present.
The Shimmer Ribbon is another article you can choose during Sale-s-bration. The pack also contains Basic Gray ribbon (6.4 cm wide) and Calypso Coral ribbon (1 cm wide). The Bermuda Bay ribbon is 3.2 cm wide  You can find this product in the sale-a-bration brochure on page 9.
I glued the stamped element on to the Tangerine Tango cardbase. As a finishing touch I stuck on some Tutti-frutti adhesive backed sequins in Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party.

I think both cards turned out as fun and cheerful cards. I’m super excited about the stamp set and I can imagine lots of different opportunities to use it.

What is your favorite sale-a-bration product this year? I would love to read about it in the comment section below this blogpost.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area


Picture Perfect Birthday cards

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Hello Peeps,

Have you taken a good look at the Picture Perfect suite in the Spring Summer catalogue? You can find it on pages 4 and 5. The first thing that spoke to me were the cheerful colours. The stamp set was one of the first things I ordered from this brochure, as well as the Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots. Wow! The name is bigger than the product itself! They are a set of mini ink pads with the same ink in them as the large pads. The colours coordinate beautifully with this suite: Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party. The handy thing about these tiny cubes is that you can easily take them with you on the go and that you can use them precisely. So that when you use a stamping tool like the Stamperatus or MISTI, you don’t end up with ink all over the door of your tool.

Paper with photo’s ?

The only thing about this suite that I didn’t immediately love, was the papaer. I wasn’t at all crazy about the photo’s on the one side of the paper. Luckily the back side is beautiful designed print paper…
Boy, was I wrong!
The more I looked at examples on Pinterest, the more I appreciated the fun photo-side of the paper. When I decided to order it and play with the paper, I was transformed.This paper is so much fun! And it’s so versatile. The pictures are so pretty that you just need to add a sentiment and you’ve already got a nice card. But that’s not all. You can cut out the different parts for even more combination possibilities. Now you can layer the different elements and because there are 4 sheets of each of the designs in the pack, you never have to worry about running out. Of course the ‘simple’prints on the back sides of the papers are gorgeous too and once I’m done playing with the photo-side of the papers I will still have plenty of opportunities to use the rest of the paper. Below you can see the three cards I made using this fun paper.

Treat yourself

The first card features donuts. It’s making me peckish just looking at this paper. The Berry Burst layer behind the donut paper is the reverse side of the paper with the large confetti photo. Both layers are attached to a Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base. I used Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the very appropriate Treat yourself sentiment. I used my MISTI just to be sure. Now I could be certain about the placement of the stamp and if I needed to stamp it a second time, I would get exact placement in the exact same place. As I finishing touch I stuck down some of the Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins around the sentiment. The sequin colours match the rest of the Picture Perfect Party suite beautifully. There are 50 sequins each in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie and yellow. A total of 250 adhesive sequins for just € 8,50.

 

Happiest of Birthdays

For this card I used a sketch. I used the balloon paper as the main feature. At the bottom of the card is another little accent grouping with a stamped gift bow. It is stamped in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White cardstock. Next I fussy cut it and attached it using Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of the three little strips of paper in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and the reverse side of the balloonpaper, which ground it The sentiment happiest of birthdays to you in Bermuda Bay ink finish the card.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate you

The observant viewers amongst you probably noticed it straight away. I didn’t. I didn’t notice until I was taking this picture. I stuck the paper upside down on my card!! You can tell by the pink streamers but seeing as it’s only noticeabel there I decided to just leave it and hope that the recipiant isn’t as observant. Anyhow, learn from my mistakes. These gorgeous photographed prints definately have a distinct direction.
I chose to keep this card simple. I stuck the paper to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock card base and cut some Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Whisper White cardstock in to banner shapes. I ended up chopping of one of the points of the banners from the coloured pieces. I stamped the sentiment Today we celebrate wonderful, briljant fabulous you! on to the Whisper White banner in Peekaboo Peach ink. I finished the composition by placing the flags and attaching everything with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue.

Hopefully I have given you some inspiration and have made you excited about trying these papers yourself. Should you have any questions or comments, I look forward to reading them in the comment section below. Should you wish to get in touch with me for any other reason, you can do that as of today using the contact form on the contact page of this site.

See you next time,

Leonie

Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area