Friday, 31 July 2015

Pop-up Gift Card Holder Tutorial using Crazy About You from Stampin' Up

Pop-up Gift Card Holder Tutorial using Crazy About You from Stampin' Up


I seem to find it increasingly difficult to come up with gift ideas for friends birthdays these days - is it just me or does everybody have everything all of a sudden?

I therefore love the theory of gift cards but they can often seem a little underwhelming when you hand it over. 

Today's project is one solution to that problem - it looks like an ordinary card but when you open it up, the gift card pops up - adding that wow factor.


I've used one of the more subtle patterns from the Bohemian DSP for this card. As you may know, I don't really 'do' DSP but I can't seem to stop using these papers at the moment!


The flowers come from the ever useful Crazy About You set, the matching Flower Medallion punch makes cutting these out super simple. 

I've also used my favourite sentiments stamp of the moment too, Cottage Greetings.


The colours? Rich Razzleberry and Bermuda Bay.

Here is a quick video to show you just how to do - please excuse the major blooper!
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Dimensions:

DSP measures 5 inches by 5 inches.

Score on one side at 1-1/2, 2-1/4, 3-3/4 and 4-1/2 inches. - be careful to make sure your pattern is in the right direction!


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gorgeous Grunge meets Papillon Potpourri Note Card Gift Set Tutorial.

Gorgeous Grunge meets Papillon Potpourri Note Card Gift Set Tutorial.


Thank you for all the comments on yesterday's post showing you these gorgeous little note cards I made to show off the 2015-2016 In-Colours.

Me being me, I just had to make a little gift box for them so they can be given away as a lovely little set.


I chose to focus on two of my favourite new in-colours and probably the two that go best together, Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe.


These two colours were just made for each other and together, they are so elegant.

I love the idea that you can actually make something quite elegant using Gorgeous Grunge!

Enjoy the video and I do hope you give it a go!
 

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Dimensions:

Folder Card Stock: 9-1/4 by 5-3/4 inches
score on the long side at 4-1/4 inches and 5 inches.

Box for cards, Card stock: 8-7/8 by 3 inches
score on the long side at 3-5/8, 4-1/8, 7-3/4, 8-1/4 inches.
score on the short side at 1/2 inch

Monday, 27 July 2015

Butterfly Splats Notecards - Card ideas using Papillon Potpourri and Gorgeous Grunge

Butterfly Splats Notecards - Card ideas using Papillon Potpourri and Gorgeous Grunge

Today I am sharing a fabulous set of notecards I made recently to show off the in-colours for 2015-2016.

We have Delightful Dijon 


Mint Macaron


Cucumber Crush


Watermelon Wonder


Tip Top Taupe


Come back tomorrow and I will share a video on how to make a lovely matching gift set for the notecards. 




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Friday, 24 July 2015

Handmade Pocket Notebook using Bohemian DSP by Stampin' Up

Handmade Pocket Notebook using Bohemian DSP by Stampin' Up


Do you ever seen something on the internet and think - that is too easy - it will never work!

I'd had the idea of making a sweet little covered notebook for a little while and while I was searching the web to try and buy some small note books, I came across quite a few articles talking about how to make your own.

Well it all looked far too simple but before I splashed out and ordered some on line, I decided to give it a go.

Well can you believe it, it really was that simple - as you will see in the video. I was mightily sceptical that it wouldn't work and expected to come back in the morning to a pile of loose paper but nope - they were perfectly stuck together.


So the little notebook inside this super cute folder is also handmade using the ultra cheap copier paper you can buy in huge quantities for not a lot of money :)

The folder is also super easy to make - and of course it gave me another opportunity to use my favourite DSP of the moment, Bohemian.


Just how gorgeous is that paper.

I did make three others but between me making them and getting around to filming the video and taking the pictures, little fingers had decided they were all hers!

Hope you enjoy the video and would love to see your versions if you give it a try.


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Dimensions:
DSP measures 7-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches
Score along the longer side at 2-3/4 and 6 inches.





Thursday, 23 July 2015

Leafy Kinda Eclectic Birthday Card - Idea using Stampin' Up Products

Leafy Kinda Eclectic Birthday Card - Idea using Stampin' Up Products



Today's card uses the leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic to create a border around a sheet of Whisper White card stock.


The sentiment is from the very useful Sassy Salutations, a set I haven't used enough recently. 


I've punched some cute little flowers out and scattered these around the card, used a few pearls as highlight accents.

A mat of Perfect Plum on a Wild Wasabi card base and it is done. 


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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Slide on lid Gift Box, Card Set Tutorial using Flower Patch from Stampin' Up

Slide on lid Gift Box, Card Set Tutorial using Crazy About You from Stampin' Up


As you know, I love creating card sets and today's project is originally designed to hold the set of notecards I shared with you yesterday, but this box is so pretty I think you could use it to gift a lot of other things too.


The lid and the base of the box are pretty much the same size, the lid is just a tiny bit bigger so that it can slide on really snuggly. You do need to use a trimmer to do the scoring however in order to get that really tight slide on fit.

There is quite a lot of scoring involved but I hope you agree the results are certainly worth it.


I really love the way this set has worked out. The simple, single image from Flower Patch is so striking and, you know how I love Blackberry Bliss - It is an in-colour from Stampin' Up so will probably retire next year :( what am I going to do? If you haven't tried this colour yet then you really should.

Hope you enjoy the video and as always, I love seeing your versions.
 


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Dimensions

Card Stock base - 10 inches by 6-1/4 inches
Score long at
1, 4-3/4, 5-3/4, 9-1/2 inches
Score short at
5-1/4

Card Stock lid - 10-1/4 by 6-5/16 inches
Score long at
1-1/16, 4-7/8, 5-15/16, 9-3/4
Score short at
1-1/16

Card Stock wrap - 4 by 10-1/2 inches
Score long at
1-1/16, 4-7/8, 5-15/16, 9-13/16

Card Stock belly band - 1-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches
Score long at
1-1/16, 4-7/8, 5-15/16, 9-7/8

Monday, 20 July 2015

Flower Patch Notecards - Striking effect with just one stamp.

Flower Patch Notecards - Striking effect with just one stamp.



Today's post is a bit of a teaser for tomorrow's post but it all started with this note card.

I just love how striking this little note card looks - it is made using just one stamp, but what a stamp? How gorgeous is that single image? I just love the way it has turned out, less certainly is more in this case. 

Of course, you know me, I couldn't stop at just one card so I made a little set and of course a matching gift box - tomorrow I will share a video to show you just how to make this. 


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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Buttons and Pennants Happy Birthday - Card Idea Using Stampin' Up

Buttons and Pennants Happy Birthday  - Card Idea Using Stampin' Up


Today's card is so a pretty different style for me but I needed a male birthday card, which are always a bit tougher for me so here we are. What do you think?



Super easy to put together using the new build a banner punch.

And how about those buttons? Island Indigo, Crushed Curry and Old Olive, which is also the focus colours in the DSP strips. 


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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Swedish? Beautiful Bunch Card Idea - Stampin' Up Beautiful Bunch

Swedish? Beautiful Bunch Card Idea - Stampin' Up Beautiful Bunch


It was my husband who pointed out that this card is very patriotic, if you're a Swede - it wasn't intentional, I just love yellow and blue together. What do you think? Does it make you think of Ikea?


My blue is Pacific Point and my yellow is Crushed Curry.

The background is embossed using the Lovely Lace embossing folder from Stampin' Up.

The flowers are from the Beautiful Bunch set, still can't believe I completely missed this set in last years catalogue and thought it was new this year!

They both have coordinating punches which mades all that layering super simple. 


Three little candy dots just finish the whole thing off and balance out the 'Thanks' banner. 

My husband wasn't too happy with my 'Swedish' card - he is Danish and shall we say there is a friendly rivalry between the two countries!

I quite like it though!

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Wine Bottle Gift Box Tutorial - Using Flowering Flourished by Stampin' Up

Wine Bottle Gift Box Tutorial - Using Flowering Flourished by Stampin' Up


We we're going away recently and a good friend offered to look after Eva's goldfish. Yes, Humphry who she won at the fair a good few months ago is still going strong. 

I wanted to give them the thank you gift when we dropped him off, because well, he is a goldfish and you know....

The only thing was it was a really hectic week in the run up to our trip and didn't really have time to buy them something.

Wine to the rescue. We really like wine in our house so always have a few decent giftable bottles knocking around.

Only problem is that coming up with a nice way of wrapping a full size bottle of wine can be tough for a crafter. 

Unless you want to start sticking peices of card together - it can be difficult to pull off. 




Today's project uses a single sheet of 12 by 12 card stock to make a gorgeous wrap-around box.
 
I've used Night of Navy Card Stock and Whisper White stamped randomly with Flowering Flourishes from Stampin' Up.
 
I was inspired by an old Danish blog - you can view the original here http://litenpus.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2011-08-14T16:35:00%2B02:00&max-results=7


It went down really well so must have done something right.

Here is the video tutorial if you'd like to give it a try yourself, which I hope you do.
 

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Dimensions
 
Wine bottle with 3-1/8 inch diameter base.

Card Stock - 12 inches by 11 inches

Score along the 12inch side at 2 inches and 10 inches. 

Score along the 11 inch side at:

1-3/4, 3-1/2, 5-1/4, 7, 8-3/4 and 10-1/2

Notch along the 11 inch side at

7/8, 2-5/8, 4-3/8, 6-1/8, 7-7/8, 9-5/8
 
Cut Whisper White into strips, 1-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Simple Banner Punching Above Its Weight? Card Idea using Stampin' Up Products.

A Simple Banner Punching Above Its Weight? Card Idea using Stampin' Up Products. 


Some times in card making, knowing when to stop can be the hardest part.

I made this very simple card by punching out cute little banners using the banner punch from Stampin' Up. 

They are layered onto a Crumb Cake matt using dimensions and then I've ran over the top of them with a piece of linen thread.

I then wanted to keep going and was trying to find ways to add more focus to the card. 

I went for a cup of tea, came back to my desk and you know what - I decided to just add the sentiment and then stop. 



What do you think? Enough? Needing More?

I think I am pretty happy with this under-stated little number. I think these little banner punch outs come together and punch well above their weight as the end card is well above the weight of its constituent parts.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Picnic Style Double Flap Box Tutorial, Handmade Box Idea

Picnic Style Double Flap Box Tutorial, Handmade Box Idea


My nearly 3 year old daughter is at the stage when she just wants to be exactly like mummy and she always wants to carry a handbag just like mine.

A few weeks ago we were off on a family picnic and she got a little upset (read - threw a whopper of a tantrum in the style that only two year olds can), because she didn't have a picnic basket of her own.

I managed to placate her by promising to make her a picnic basket when we got home and that is a rather long winded way of explaining just how today's project came about!


This box is big - I wanted it big enough so that Eva could fit her own little sandwiches in it along with some other snacks. She has however elected to use it to carry necklaces and 'lipsticks' - did I mention she is also incredibly girly! 

It is 7 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches deep - so you can certainly fit a lot in.


I had to use my favourite DSP again, Bohemian, this paper has really sparked a little mini love affair with DSP for me, you obviously just need to meet the right paper to see what all the fuss is about!


The other DSP is called Pretty Petals and that comes in a 6 x 6 inch stack and I must admit to loving that stack too - what has happened to me? I don't 'do' DSP!

I hope you enjoy the video - I think I make it look a little more complicated than it actually is, if you do give a go, I'd love to see your version.



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Dimensions:

Box Base Card Stock: 10-15/16 by 7-15/16 inch
score at 2 inches on all four sides.

Box Lid Card Stock: 11 by 8 inches
Score on all four sides at 7/8, 2 inches
Score on the long side at 5 and 6 inches.

DSP pieces 
2 bits of 2-3/4 by 3-3/4
1 bit of 3-3/4 by 3/4

 Metric

Box Base Card Stock: 27cm by 20cm
score at 5 inches on all four sides

Box Lid Card Stock: 27.2cm by 20.2cm
Score on all four sides at 2.3cm and 5cm
Score on the long side at 12 cm and 15.2cm



Monday, 13 July 2015

Bright, Bold, Brilliant, Birthday Balloons! Card Idea.

Bright, Bold, Brilliant Birthday, Balloons!


Like most card makers, I find making card for males a lot more 
challenging than I do making cards for females. 

But I think this card is suitably manly enough yet equally could be used for children and for ladies too.

The balloons are super easy to cut out with the Balloon Framelits from Stampin' Up.



I did start embellishing the balloons but honestly - I think it looked better when they were just left bright and plain. 

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

A Cottage Garden Flower Patch, Card Idea using Flower Patch and Cottage Greetings by Stampin' Up

A Cottage Garden Flower Patch, Card Idea using Flower Patch and Cottage Greetings by Stampin' Up


Isn't it great when you fall in love all over again with a stamp set you haven't used for a while.

That certainly happened for me last weekend with Flower Patch. I'll have a few more creations to share with you over the coming few weeks.

This lovely card combines my favourite sentiment set of the moment, Cottage Greetings, can't get enough of that gorgeous curly font, with Flower Patch. 


This card uses Lost Lagoon, Smokey Slate, Blackberry Bliss and a touch of Island Indigo for the flowers with Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow combining for the leaves. 

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Pretty Thankful Bright and Modern Cards - A Closer Look at cards made with Stampin' Up's Pretty Thankful


Pretty Thankful Bright and Modern Cards - A Closer Look


Thank you to everybody that got in touch to say how much they liked yesterday's project. I'm really glad I made so many of you look at this set in a completely new light.

As promised I am back today to show you the four cards I made in a little more detail. I got all four modern looks from the Pretty Thankful Stamp Set. 

If you'd like to know how to make the matching gift box, check out yesterday's post HERE





Which is your favourite?

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, my husband is playing golf today so my daughter and I are hitting the shops as we're off on holiday soon and both need a few bits (don't we always!).

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