I love Mini Cards – there I said it. Whilst you can’t post mini cards because of their mini nature, they are the cutest thing to hand out. Perfect for keeping in a bag, pocket or drawer to hand out as necessary or as a random act of kindness. You can box them and gift the box of cards to someone for them to use themselves – so many different options!
The box and matching cards were designed when we were transitioning between catalogues and the one item I knew was going to be in the new Annual Catalogue was the 6×6 Colour Family Designer Series Paper stacks. Cherry Cobbler hasn’t featured on a project of mine in a little while, so it just had to be used.
It is made from a single sheet of A4 cardstock, including the hinge – which I love. I have seen a lot of hinged boxes like this where the tutorials show you how to make it with multiple pieces of cardstock or paper, but never where you can make it from a single sheet. So I’m pretty impressed that I managed to work out how to do it (I won’t tell you how many sheets of retired card stock I used whilst practising). But I figured it out and I LOVE the result.
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Welcome to my Butterfly Bouquet spotlight week – this week will feature 7 video tutorials posted back to back to spotlight this early release collection from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue. The collection is made up of several components – Stamps, Dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Specialty Paper.
Are you enjoying my showcase so far? I think this collection is absolutely gorgeous, so I hope you are taking inspiration from the projects I have made. Today is project number 4 and I thought I would mimic the layout of one of the Designer Series Paper layouts to form a card front, except onto a different background. As you will see in my video, I use the large die from the Brilliant Wings set to help form the layout and act as a template for placing the butterflies down.
Of the Ombre / Watercolour designs, I really love the one that looks almost like a rainbow effect so chose that one as the focus of my background. When you have such subtle colours like the ones in the Designer Series Paper (DSP), something needs to be added that ‘pops’ off the page. For me, that had to be the sentiment and the Well Said stamp set lends itself well to singular word placement.
I chose to emboss my sentiment to get that ‘pop’ off the page, bringing in the contrast of white on black. This one is based on a birthday, but the Well Said stamp set means you could adapt this to any occasion – it has so many singular words and phrases, it is definitely a great set to have amongst your stash.
Which project has been your favourite so far? I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow!
This Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t look as brilliant in the catalogue as it does in real life – the lesson here is to buy it if the thumbnails even slightly intrigue you. Not once has any of the products I have bought this way failed me. I’m sure you’ll agree by watching my video below, this paper is absolutely gorgeous!
I love the contrast of the bright colours against the black background, and I also love that the papers (and the stamp set) are one of the many options you can earn for FREE until the 28th February. The selection this year is one of the the best I have seen in my time as a demo! I’m not sure what the project I made is considered a box or a bag, but I love it nonetheless. They can store flat too, so for those who may mass produce them for sending treats or products, they can make them in advance and store them with minimal space required.
And don’t get me started about how good this stamp set is – I find myself reaching for it all the time. Just like the paper it is one of the choices available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration.
Have you chosen either of these as part of your freebies?
As part of the joining offer during Sale-a-Bration, you can earn a FREE set of Designer Series Paper (DSP). When I say set, I mean 5 PACKETS!!! of yet to be released paper from the upcoming Annual Catalogue in June. That’s right, you can get them ahead of everyone. Even demos can no longer get their hands on these, as the pre-order time period is over. So if you join my team before 28th February 2021, you can earn the paper that made this card.
Of the five packs, I chose to go with the Brights collection. I usually fall into the trap of sticking to the Subtles or the Regals, so took a bit of a lane swerve. I love the colours that I chose, they go together so well; Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.
I wanted to match the stamping to the strips in the background, so used the same technique seen yesterday on my Simple Sunday series by using Stampin’ Write markers to colour sections of the sentiment. Which I think stamped rather well!
Have you seen the joining offer and been tempted? Ask me how before it’s too late!
Now I’ve made no secret of the fact that this paper has to be my absolute favourite from all of the Sale-a-Bration events that I have been a demonstrator for – I just love it! The colours, the paper patterns, everything. Especially as one of the four colours is Blackberry Bliss!
My project was going to be a lidded box that was reinforced with a card base, but I couldn’t decide between the two designs, so opted for both (one for the lid, one for the base). The best part about using Designer Series Paper (DSP) for a project like this is the design on the inside of the box as well as the outside – winner!
I was able to use the Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon on this box, which is also one of my favourite ribbons (anything Blackberry Bliss is my favourite!). The bows you can tie with this ribbon are so beautiful, I love them!
Which of the four colours do you prefer; Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green or Bermuda Bay? Let me know in the comments.
When I get stuck in a phase of using the same colours, I take a good look at my ink shelves and take five colours that I haven’t used recently and use at least one of them on the next project. I did go through a stage of using Bermuda Bay all the time, it was my colour of choice – it’s also my daughter’s favourite Stampin’ Up! colour.
So with Bermuda Bay chosen, I set out to make a monochrome card. It’s pure coincidence that Bermuda Bay happens to be one of the colour choices in the Oh so Ombre FREE Sale-a-Bration paper, and I course went with my favourite design – the bubbles (as I call them!).
And rest, as they say, is history. The card brought itself together and made a brilliantly monochrome birthday card.
Mixing and matching is a big part of the fun when crafting. Grabbing different colours, stamp sets, dies etc and bringing them together to create final project. This particular project is a great example of that – where originally I wanted to make a plaid top to sit on a box lid, but then somehow created a card front fit for a daddy’s birthday.
The Plaid Builder dies have been in my stash since the Annual Catalogue launched back in June, but have yet to be used on a project. They’re the perfect size for a card front, so when I realised the size, my plan quickly changed.
One of the dies as part of the Plaid Builder has cute little squares as off cuts, so I recycled these and paired them up with the Playful Alphabet dies to spell out ‘Daddy’ and then teamed it with the Baby Pull Toys and sets to really finish the project off. I love it!
Have you used the Plaid Builder dies? Perhaps you could join my Crafty Hullahbaloo Facebook group and share your makes?
I mentioned on a post a couple of weeks ago that I struggle when making masculine cards. Which is still the case and even with a gorgeous suite such as ‘Well Suited’, I still find it takes me some time to bring a project together. However, this card came to me quite quickly and was put together in less than 10 minutes.
The vanilla panel in the middle gave me enough white space so the Paisley pattern on the Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t overwhelm, but then also somewhere for me to play my bow ties and sentiment.
Now I’m not sure who I’m going to give this too, but I have a masculine Birthday card prepped and in my stash ready for when I need it!
It’s sneak peek time! First up I wanted to showcase one of the gorgeous papers available in the Sale-a-Bration brochure and one of several options when you place a qualifying order over £45 / 60 €. Technically, this project contains two items available in the brochure, but the main focus of today is on the gorgeous ‘Oh So Ombre’ Designer Series Paper.
The paper pack has 4 different colours in it; Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green and Rococo Rose (see video for a peek at these!) and has 2 designs in each colour – which are absolutely gorgeous. All four are amongst my faves from the Stampin’ Up! colour families.
My project today is inspired by a treat box that Pootles first made approximately 5 years ago using the envelope punch board. Unfortunately, the punch board is now retired and so I wanted to find a way in which I could still make a treat box that looked the same, but only used a score board.
After a bit of playing with different techniques and measurements, I hit the jackpot and found the perfect technique for making boxes like this – please watch the video and you will see how easy the scoring is!
And look at the finished result, sweet and simple – just how we like our projects!