Watercolour Friendship

Being a crafter means you explore different techniques as a way of finding the best finish for your project. I haven’t done much of this lately, so decided to branch out into water colouring by ordering some Fluid100 paper and some water painters, and diving straight in. The great thing about Stampin’ Up! is you can use the ink pads or refills as paint. Pop a bit of ink onto a block and use that with your water painter to create a water colour look – it’s messy but fun!

I wasn’t too sure what I was going to produce when I first started, but felt a floral set was a good place to begin. Flowers of Friendship has a lovely large floral piece in it, so I kicked off by creating a watercolour background that would help the flower to ‘pop’.

Experimental playing then produced the card on show today, it was fun and I would certainly recommend it! You might just see more watercolour cards from me in future. Or perhaps I will push the boundaries and experiment with other techniques cos I’ve been bitten now.

What is your favourite technique?

Best Wishes,

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Friend Forever Fold Flat Box

There are occasions when you need a box that’s already prepared and ready for you to pop a gift inside. Perhaps you know you are gifting multiple items in the future and need to store the boxes ahead of buying the gifts to go inside? Box storage can take up quite a bit of space within a craft room, so these boxes are ideal for that purpose as they fold entirely flat and can be made up when ready to gift.

Don’t be scared by it’s small size, it can fit a nice amount in and is very easy to open and close. Made from Designer Series Paper, it means you can switch out the paper to suit the occasion, along with the sentiment, colours – absolutely everything! Very, very adaptable and customisable.

There aren’t many boxes that I make from paper, I usually make bags or pouches with paper. But it works really well and holds it’s shape with the belly band. The sentiment makes me giggle too! Which colour way did you prefer and will you be making one?

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

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Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

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Simple Sunday #18 – Count on Me

Welcome to my Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features the Elegantly Said stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

The cute little animals in this set are what drew me towards it in the Annual Catalogue. I’ve said previously that my son is a massive fan of penguins, so having a penguin included in the set was also a bonus. This is my first time using this stamp set as although I was instantly drawn towards it, I wasn’t sure how to use it on a card. When I hit blocks like this, I turn to my Simple Sunday template / style as it allows me to be minimalist and get the ideas flowing.

In the end, I made three different versions of the card using the bear, the kangaroo, and the penguin. All of them with blended backgrounds to help them ‘pop’ from the card base. I didn’t really need to do much more than that to the cards as the blended background gave them enough dimension (as well as added dimensionals). Very quick to make and can be a range of colours with the sentiments mixed up with the images to make numerous different variations.

But which one is your favourite? I think mine is the penguin, I love how he pops from the blue background.

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Heroes in a half shell…

Flashes of inspiration, I love them! That’s exactly what happened with this card. I had made a differing turtle card (which will also be on my blog) and whilst making it, a TV show I watched as a small child came to mind.

If you are a child of the 1980s / 1990s (or had small children during that time), then you may recognise where my inspiration came from. Four turtles by the names of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael alongside their mentor Splinter and friend, April were one of my favourites TV shows.

Whilst there is a punch for the turtles, I decided to fussy cut mine so that I could accommodate the additional of the eye masks, coloured using my Stampin’ Blends in Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. I absolutely love them!

If you watched the turtles, which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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You’re out of this world!

Eeeeek – how darn cute is this card? Now I’ll be honest, this card first grabbed my youngest son’s attention before it did mine. He is absolutely mad about anything to do with space – rockets, the planets, stars etc. But when you look at it, how can you not add it to your shopping basket?

Now for this particular card, I promised my son that I would make it so that the astronaut was based on him, but there is also the option for a little girl too (oh and don’t forget the dog!). I chose to colour mine in with blends, then fussy cut them. I’d had an idea for background in my head that was just rhinestones as stars, but I changed my mind and use the star stamp in the set with some heat embossing for a gorgeous starry sky.

I did add some rhinestones into the final design, which I think give it that twinkle that you associate with stars. Finished with a heat embossed sentiment and some beautiful silver cord and it all comes together to make a beautiful card. Love it!

Did you see this set in the catalogue, if yes what have you made with it?

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Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

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Succulent Contours

From the new 2021-2023 Incolors, I think Soft Succulent is my favourite. I’m not normally a green fan, but there’s something about the muted green shade that I simply cannot stop using. When the demonstrator pre-order opened up, the first things to go in my basket were the new incolor ink pads, card stock, ribbon and the Colors & Contours stamp set.

I teamed Soft Succulent up with another green shade from the new Incolors, Evening Evergreen, acting as an accent colour for the stamped layer and sentiment. I know you don’t get many green flowers, but I wanted to keep my card to just the two colours (and white).

In the stamp set, you do get both the outline stamps and the inner shading – but I chose to colour mine in using Stampin’ Blends. Keeping it quite simple so that the main card base would be the focal point using some tone on tone stamping. I think it has come together pretty well.

What is your favourite colour from the New 2021-2023 set?

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays project.

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Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

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Simple Sunday #15 – Puffin Party

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features Puffin Party stamp set which you can purchase from the 2021 Annual Catalogue.

Aren’t the puffins so cute? They’re so adorable, especially this little guy who is clearly in the party mood. As is the theme every Sunday, I like to keep things simple to show that you don’t need a craft room full of items to make pretty cards. Each of the images have been stamped with the same Memento ink pad – which is the best ink for using alcohol markers. Then just two colours of Stampin’ Blends, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight.

As this stamp set isn’t part of a bundle, I’ve shown how you can achieve a similar look by using your scissors to fussy cut around the image. Popping them up on dimensionals to give some impact to the card. Doesn’t he look so happy with his party hat and cake?

And the best part about this card? You can switch out the colours, the stamp set or sentiment to make completely different designs each time!

Best Wishes,

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Details below are for the colours and products used in my project today. Please remember, if you purchase from my store to add the host code (displayed in the top right sidebar) for orders under £150.

Colours Used:

Measurements:

  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 6 inches
  • Belly Band = 6 x 11/2 inches
  • Scrap for stamping & flowers

Scoring:

  • Notch @ 2, 3, 4 inches on all four sides.
  • Join the notches each with a score line diagonally (see video)

Supply List:

Please take the time to follow my blog, subscribe to my Youtube channel or visit me over on Facebook at Crafty Hullahbaloo, where you can share your inspiration too.

Simple Sunday #12 – Nothing’s Better Than…

Welcome to my new Sunday series, affectionately known as Simple Sunday! The aim of this series is to showcase projects using minimal supplies, ideal for the beginner crafter or someone new to Stampin’ Up! Each project is a white card base with a 3×3 panel decorated using a single stamp set or die set. This week’s project features a stamp stamp that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

We all have a vice in life, which we either unwind with or feel we need to function. For some that is chocolate, for others it is coffee or alcohol. This stamp set caters to all of the above, plus cookies! I love the stamp set, it features some comedy sentiments to feature alongside the imagery and really seems to be on my wavelength.

Two cards were made ahead of my video, with a third being made on the spot. I love all three – they are quick and simple to make and each one can be linked to a friend who has that sweetness for that particular item – whether that be cookies, chocolate, cocktails, coffee or ALL of the above!

If you had to make a card for yourself, which of the 4 items in the set would be featured?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Plaid Daddy

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?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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