So good to have you stop by Stamping Flair today. How are you doing? I especially think of those of you who have had a hard week. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Today’s project would make a great encouragement token to give someone who may be going through a bit of a rough patch. I’m sure whenever they see this pretty bookmark their spirits would be lifted to know they have a friend who cares.
Step-up a bookmark? Oh yes you can. All of these versions would make great little gifts for anyone. Handmade, cute, pretty and delicate. I have used the Botanical Bliss bundle for this project which I received in my last order. It’s already a favourite. I love that the tag toppers can also be die cut to use as images by themselves (stick with me, I’ll explain further on what I mean).
- Cut Thick Whisper White cardstock to a width of 5cm and whatever length you like
- Place the floral die on the top of your bookmark and run through the Big Shot machine
- Round the bottom corners with the Detailed Trio punch
- Stamp the vine in Soft Sea Foam all the way down the bookmark (I just gauged the distance between each vine).
Side note – I am loving this vine stamp.
- Add double sided tape and attach ribbon right around bookmark Tie bow separately and attach with a glue dot – it’s much easier this way.
- Stamp sentiment in Call me Clover
- Stamp bird in Pineapple Punch on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut and attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Take a piece of Wood Textures DSP and colour with Pineapple Punch ink using a sponge dauber. Attach to the back of the flower with liquid glue.
- Repeat above step for leaves using Soft Sea Foam and a little bit of Call me Clover
- The attaching of the paper at the back leaves a messy back so attach a piece of Whisper White cardstock at the back to neaten and trim around the edge of the flower.
- Die cut 3 flowers from Whisper White cardstock and attach together with liquid glue and then attach on top of the bookmark
The benefit of this die is that it has a matching die which cuts the bottom section where the leaves are, so that the flower and leaves can be added to a project separately (see photo below). This is what I was referring to earlier.
- Use Brusho Crystal colours Yellow and Moss Green to add colour to a small piece of Shimmery White cardstock which has been die cut. Layer this onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock.
Die cut and punch leaves and arrange under the bird
This is quite a cheerful project with it’s bright colours. I have a friend in mind who I’d like to give it to. You could make a few and give it ‘just because’. Contact me if you have any questions or comments and I would love to chat with you.
When I look at our range of Designer Series Paper, I see many different occasions that each one can be used for. The advantage of using double sided paper is the option of 2 sides and if 1 side relates to a particular season or suite, usually the other side is fairly general.
Today’s project uses the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper This is a promotional paper which can be earned free during the month of September with party sales or purchases of $400 prior to shipping. I have used both sides of one sheet to decorate this mini pizza box.
To add colour to the entire box I sprayed it using an aqua painter which was filled with water and a few drops of Daffodil Delight ink refill. I did this before I put the box together. Leave it to dry and then fold all the score lines. The box folds in easily.
The flower was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured it in with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I’ve layered it on a piece of Tea Room DSP and the new Black Foil from the Holiday catalogue. This has been embossed with the Leaf embossing folder. The centre of the flower was coloured with the Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend and then topped with a Tinted Faceted Button. As the button is transparent, I really wanted the colour to show. When you add the colour to the centre of the flower it makes the colour of the button stand out.
The leaves were punched out using the Lemon Builder punch on the side of the DSP which has the stars on it.
Hope this project inspires you to try out new ways with your Designer Series Paper.
How are you all doing today? I trust your week has gone well and you are keeping well.
For today’s Step-it-Up Sunday I am focusing on a birthday gift package idea. I’ve gone with the birthday theme because it’s my birthday this week and I thought it would be a bit of fun to do something with the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes. These were new to the Annual Catalogue this year and were an addition to the Silver ones we had from the Occasions catalogue last year. I have had this pack for a while and opened it to complete this project. I missed the ‘lustrous’ bit and thought it was just white but these boxes have a beautiful shimmery look so you could put a ribbon and sentiment and gift it without doing much to it. The look is classic.
I have used the Broadway Bound Speciality Designer Series Paper on this project. I just got it in my last order and I tell you it’s one of those items that is so much better seeing the real thing. The paper is beautiful and it has a look of glamour in it. I will feature it in projects in the coming weeks. Very classy and great for men’s cards too.
To decorate this box you need a length of 12″ paper cut at a width of 1½”. This is a little bit shorter than the length of the box but attach it so that the join is in the front. The punched circles from the DSP and Basic Black cardstock hide the join.
For the sentiment, I worked in reverse this time. I first punched the tag shape from the Duet Banner punch. Then take your sentiment and manipulate it a little to give it a slight curve and then stamp the image. This is the beauty of photopolymer stamps – you can adjust them a little bit.
To keep this nice and simple, tie off your ribbon in a double knot – not a bow in sight!
The Intermediate level has been stepped-up with some stamping with the Star of Light stamp set. This is a Christmas stamp set with some lovely sentiments and images but there are images that can cross over to birthdays and other occasions. I really love the flourish with the little stars and that’s what has been used here along with little ‘fireworks’ look stamp in black. Stamp the flourish alternately so you have some going upwards and others facing downwards.
Add a border from another sheet of the same DSP and this ties in with your stamped stars. Top off your bow with a cute Binder Clip in Lovely Lipstick.
Add some heat embossed stars in Lovely Lipstick to add some extra texture to this gift pack. Stampin’ Up does have a pack of the 2018-2020 In-Color Embossing Powders. However I don’t have them yet so the way to get around this is with a Versamark pad and your Lovely Lipstick ink pad. Ink up the stamp in Versamark pad and then directly into the Lovely Lipstick ink pad and then stamp. Keep repeating this step. In between each stamping, I stamped off the excess Lovely Lipstick on scrap paper. It will still stain your Versamark ink pad and that’s why I have 2 of them – one clean and the other not so clean.
Lovely Lipstick ribbon and Sequin Trim have been added to the Mini Binder Clip. These are held together with glue dots. Fussy cut a party hat and attach with a mini Stampin’ Diminesional and attach a sequin with a glue dot.
Hope you have a good week with some creative therapy included.
Melbourne is in the footy finals frenzy at the moment but our family is not really that into it, So much so that I have planned an all day crafting event on Grand Final day and yes, I know there are others like me who are not that into the footy, who’ll making cards with me that day. We are going to have some good fun and fellowship with morning tea and lunch included as well. So, if you would like to join us on Saturday 29th September, please contact me to book your place.
We’ll be decorating the Distressed Card Tin from the Holiday catalogue and creating 6 varying Christmas cards to go in it. So you are in for a treat. Click the photo for details.
I’ve got 2 weeks off from my ‘regular’ job at school so school holiday fun, family time and crafting is lined up.