Happy Valentine’s day!
What a beautiful sentiment this is for Valentine’s day or any other day to give your loved one. As I write this, I think of my parents, who are passed away. They were married for 39 years. I also think of Adrian’s Mum and Dad who were married for 54 years. His Dad still talks about his mum with so much love. Isn’t it beautiful to share such a love for so many years?
I just love the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper and here it is again. The Balmy Blue picks up on the Balmy Blue Flowers in the All My Love paper. I created some layers and frames with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
I made a wash with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and Flirty Flamingo ink refill. Using an aqua painter, I brushed this on Shimmery White cardstock. If you haven’t purchased rubbing alcohol before, here’s a photo of what it looks like. When I went to purchase this bottle, I did a few trips up and down the aisles and eventually found it in the medicine aisle.
Once dry, I heat embossed the leaves in white embossing powder and die cut them. I really like the non-green leaves.
I thread the ribbon through the die cut sentiment. The smaller ribbon worked perfectly for this. Do you love this look as much as I do?
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Whatever your plans are for today, I hope you have a very enjoyable day.
With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I’ve got an emergency Valentine’s card if you haven’t made one yet. This is suited for the person who is not partial to the reds and pinks. I’ve gone green today and really like the look of this non-traditional card for Valentine’s day. What’s more, it’s a gate fold card so you can create a quick card which is also a fancy fold the recipient will love.
Gate Fold Card Directions
Cardstock – 21cm x 14.8cm
Score on the long side at 5.2cm and 15.8cm
Designer Paper – 14.2cm x 4.6cm (2 panels)
I chose the Tropical Escape Designer Paper against the Pear Pizzazz card base. The colours blend so well together. The gold elements in this card are from the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers which were from last year’s Occasions catalogue. These are retired but the good news is that they are on the Clearance Rack and you can get them for just $4.90. There are some really lovely items on that Clearance Rack at some great prices so definitely check them out to grab a bargain.
I adhered the heart sticker to Very Vanilla cardstock. Although I did have the die to cut this out, I fussy cut it for this card. I also added some sticker borders to the Shaded Spruce cardstock. To make the 2 sides of the card sit together, I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies and embossed with the Subtle embossing folder which really gives it texture without being too busy.
A simple stamped sentiment in the corner and the card is ready to give for Valentine’s day. I think this is perfect to give a man as it’s not too girly (I’ve kept it ribbon and doily free!) and with the leaves and green shades it’s more masculine.
So glad that you could stop by Stamping Flair today. I’ve had quite a busy week and have also got something new in the works which I will be launching this week. So keep your eyes open for that. Super excited for this new venture.
With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, I thought this week’s Step-it-Up Sunday should be a Valentine’s Day card. With a name like Wonderful Romance, I really couldn’t go past this bundle. If you love florals, then this is for you. There are 15 coordinating dies and the leaves cut and emboss the veins at the same time – yeah! The Designer Series Paper includes some really pretty vellum sheets which I have incorporated in my cards. This suite also includes pretty embellishments and a very detailed Lace embossing folder.
For my Basic card I attached a strip of vellum Designer Paper to the card. As glue will show through vellum, just remember to add it to sections where another layer will camouflage it. In this case, I added it under my stamped panel. I stamped the floral image in Soft Suede ink onto Sahara Sand cardstock. Then I rounded the edges with the Detailed Trio Punch (my most favourite item from the Annual catalogue). This panel was then attached with Dimensionals.
The sentiment has been stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and attached with Dimensionals.
I trimmed 2cm off the top layer of the base card to highlight the leaf border. Isn’t it a pretty effect? If you look closely at this border you will notice the top row of the cutouts resemble hearts. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
I stamped the floral image and die cut it. The border has been die cut from Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Simple, quick and yet a very elegant Basic and Intermediate set of cards.
I stamped the floral image twice and die cut them then attached one image to the card with Dimensionals.
Whitewash Colouring Directions
- Take the other floral die cut and using your Aqua brush (with very little water) colour in all sections of the image using Whisper White ink refill. (it didn’t matter that my colouring was out of the lines because I was die cutting it anyway). Let it dry completely.
- With your Aqua brush and ink refills, colour in the image using Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam and Fresh Fig ink refills.
- Die cut and attach with Dimensionals.
Then I stamped 3 lots of extra leaves in Mossy Meadow on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock and arranged them within the 2 layers of flowers. I used a bit of liquid glue to insert it into place. I added 3 more leaves which were die cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock. What I love about these dies is that it embosses the veins of the leaves and makes them look so realistic.
I coloured the sentiment with Fresh Fig and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers, direct onto the stamp and then stamped it. Old technique but a great way to add multiple colours to projects.
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The All My Love suite has 2 great bundles and centres on the theme of love. Not just for Valentine’s day, it also celebrates friendship.The Designer Series Paper is a beautiful mix of hearts and florals and I really love the Crumb Cake addition in some of the sheets. Such a lovely colour combination.
I’ve been finding different ways to use my laser cut specialty DSP. The All My Love DSP pairs well with the lacy look of the laser cut paper. For this card, I cut around the oval free hand with paper snips. Then I attached this to the All My Love DSP. The Basket Weave embossing folder added texture and also highlighted the lovely flowers.
I added a border along the outside edge of the card with the Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write marker. This was totally out of my comfort zone as I generally like to have a ruler and mark things but off I went free handing it. It was fun just adding squiggles right around the card. I will definitely be doing that again.
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- Keep it simple
- Theme: Valentine’s Day
- Supplies: Stamps, ink and paper
- You may use a punch
This was the challenge given to us by Stampin’ Up!® for January #simplestamping
No embossing folders, no ribbons, no embellishments aaaah – this can get a bit tricky for me. I just want to add layers and detail but the whole idea of the #simplestamping challenge is to get everyone involved in this fun activity of stamping and enjoy the creative outlet it provides. It is so much fun and doesn’t have to be time consuming to get fabulous results.
I used to be so afraid of stamps and ink pads until I learned how to do it and it all started with simple projects. Simple doesn’t have to be boring and when you mix our stamps and inks with our gorgeous Designer Series Paper, simple cardmaking still produces beautiful projects.
This card will take you a few minutes to create. Cover the entire card base with the All My Love DSP. There are lovely sheets of flowers and hearts in this pack and I especially love this sheet.
Stamp the hearts right along the strip of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry. Punch out the Pretty Label punch from Mint Macaron cardstock, cut in half and attach behind the Whisper White panel. Adhere this to the card base.
My first #simplestamping project completed. It took me out of my comfort zone and I’m glad I gave it a go. Watch out for more #simplestamping projects in the next few months. Projects focusing on stamps, ink and paper.
A work colleague wanted me to make a card for a wedding he has to attend. He gave me the invitation to give me a bit of an idea of the theme. I like these challenges because it makes me work towards a particular idea. This is what the invitation looked like.
My immediate thought was Brushos – because I’m an expert – not! It would only be my third attempt at it. Anyway, I decided to give it a go. My first attempt I spritzed the shimmery cardstock and then tapped the Prussian Blue on. I added a touch of Brillant Red and it gave it a nice mauve appearance. This was too dark. So with the aqua painter I moved the colour around a bit and this lightened it.
Second attempt, I painted water lightly with the aqua painter and tapped the colours on. Then I left it. This made the colours burst. Then I spread it around with the aqua painter. Still wasn’t the look I was going for.
I wasn’t giving up. On my third attempt I spritzed the cardstock very lightly and dabbed off excess water with a tissue. Tapped out a little of the 2 colours. Using the aqua painter, I brushed out the colours, lightening the blue and the red merged creating a purplish blue which was pretty close to the colour on the invitation. The gold embossed dots added some sparkle for this card.
The blue/Purple Heart was die cut from Wisteria Wonder cardstock. As it wasn’t quite the colour I was after, I took to it with a sponge and Night of Navy ink. This made is just right to blend in with the rest of the card.
This was probably not a card I would generally make for a wedding but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do so. It was a whole lot of fun. I think I like these Brushos!