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


Santa Gift Tags

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Hello Peeps,

As promised, here are the gift tags made with the Santa set by My Favorite Things called Jingle All The Way. From the first time I layed eyes on this set, I adored these Santa images. I stamped all the images with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Crafter’s Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card in Solar White and coloured everything using colour combinations from two different paper pads. After that, I cut the images using the matching dies and turned them into gift tags.

 

This is the first set:

The paper that was the inspiration for this colour combination was from the DecoTime paper pad DS481-05. I used Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain and Crushed Corduroy to colour the images. Next I cut them out using the matching dies and I cut tag shapes out of the DecoTime paper with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies. I cut the reinforcers from some scraps from my stash. To finish them off, I stamped the sentiments from the Jingle All The Way stamp set in Coffee coloured Archival Ink by Ranger. However, the colour was too flat for my taste, so I triple stamped the sentiments. At the bottom of this blogpost you can see some more individual photo’s of the gift tags, but seeing as I made some more, I’d like to show you the second set now.

This set’s colour combination was also inspired by a DecoTime paper pad. This time it was DS481-01. To colour everything I used Stampin’ Up ink inWatermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. The process was pretty much identical to that of the gift tags above. The DecoTime paper is cut with the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It dies, only this time using both sizes, and the reinforcers were cut once again from scraps. The images were cut out with the matching dies. This time, howerver, I chose to leave out the sentiments because the background papers were quite a bit busier.

Finally, I have one more set of Santa tags, but these are quite different. In my search for inspiration for using my coffee stamp set by Stampin’ Up I came across a card, where the maker had used the Coffee Cup Framelit dies, that coordinate with that stamp set, to make a Santa. So cute! However, seeing as I don’t need any Christmas cards this year, I decided to copy the puppets but turn them into tags instead.

I only used scraps to make these, as a project like this is ideal to do so. The body is the small coffee cup, the face is the shape of a clear plastic lid only upside down, the hat is the same shape only rightside up. The white edge of the hat is the regular plastic cup lid and the beard is made of the whipped cream die. The ball at the end of the had is one of the coffee beans. The nose is the heartshaped lidstopper and the belt is cut with the straw die and embellished with the teabag label as a belt buckle. The eye were made with the Owl Builder punch. After assembling the santa’s I glued them to a piece of cardstock that I had scored and folded on the top side. Now I could easily cut out the shape of the puppet and my tags were done.

Which tags do you like best? Set 1 with the sentiments, set 2 with the busy backgrounds or set 3 which was made by  using a die set completely different to how it was originally intended? I would love to read about it in the comment section at the bottom of the blogpost,

See you next time,

Leonie

Set 1:

Set 2:

Set 3:

 


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


Magical Unicorn Card

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Hello Peeps,

One of my daughters friends birthdays was coming up. My daughter has known her since daycare and now, in primary school, they are still friends, eventhough they aren’t in the same class. This girl LOVES unicorns so when I saw the Magical Unicorn stampset, I had to buy it, to make a card for her.

I enjoyed using a colour combination set by a challenge blog last time, which is why I used this colour combination from the My Favorite Things Challenge: Stone Gray, Blueberry, Berrylicious en Bubblegum. However, because I don’s have any MFT ink, I adjusted it to similar colours Tim Holtz Distress ink: Pumice Stone, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass en Spun Sugar. The blue isn’t as bold as the original combination but I still think the card looks very cute.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up, I stamped all the images from the set. Next, I used the second largest rectangle die from the CreaLies CLNest XXL nr. 36 set to cut 3 panels. By playing with the placement of the clouds and using both sides of the panel, I was able to create 4 layers of paper using the Puffy Cloud Border dies. I used Distress Ink in the colours Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar and my mini ink blending tool to give the cloudy background a magical look. I coloured the images using all four colours and my waterbrush. Eventually I decided not to use all the unicorns as it would be too busy. I fussy cut the images and ran them through my Xyron Stickermaker to give them a sticky layer on the back. After that I played around with the placement of the elements and choose where to stamp the sentiment, which I did using VersaFine Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress In in Blueprint Sketch. Next I attached the images. Some are flat to the page, while others are attached using foam tape to give some more depth to the card. I attached the panels to one another using my ATG gluegun. The front panel is attached using foamtape. To finish it off I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle to some of the elements. You can’t see it that well in the photo’s, but it’s very pretty in real life.

She was very happy with the card when she opened it at the school gate. It’s fun to see the reaction to something that was made so specifically and especially for someone.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to read them in the section below the post.

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


Gift Card Holder

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My niece, who just had her birthday, wanted a gift card for her favourite clothes store. As it happens, I have the perfect die set to make a fun card for such an occasion. And on the topic of clothing, the Loads of Fun stamp set by Lawn Fawn would be ideal to decorate the card. Unfortunately I was unable to attend her party in person, so I didn’t see her reaction to the card, but I’m assuming she liked it.

This was the front of the card.

And this is the inside. The gift card is underneath the flap.

To start of with I cut a panel to the same size as the card. In to this I cut the largest flap of the Lift the Flap dies. I stamped and masked the Dryer Sheets, next the Suds and finished by stamping the clothes hamper. Then I stamped the sentimant. The top part is in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, just as the images and the bottom part is in Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink. On the front of the card I stamped the images and only used a mask for the clothes hamper. I drew the washline with a black pen so I could stamp the clothes on it. Next I coloured everything using my waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Watermelon Wonder and Rich Razzleberry. I adhered the gift card to the inside of the card and glued the panel on top of it. I cut off any overhanging paper using my scissors. I put a few drops of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue on the bottom corners of the flap because I noticed it kept wanting to open. Finally I put some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the bubbles in the washing machine.

 

What a fun way to give a gift card, don’t you think?

See you next time,

Leonie