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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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?

Best Wishes,

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Simple Sunday #16 – Flowers of Friendship

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 the Flowers of Friendship stamp set that you can purchase from the Annual Catalogue.

When you have stamp set that includes flowers as pretty as these, you don’t really need to do much to make a pretty card. That is why I had to include this stamp set as part of my Simple Sunday series. I could have quite easily added lots of jewelled embellishments or ribbon to highlight the colours on the card – but I don’t feel it needs it.

I used Stampin’ Blends to colour my flowers in, but you could swap out the blends for the ink pads and achieve a similar look – cater it to your own items in your stash. I coloured mine with Polished Pink and Just Jade, which look gorgeous together. The blends allowed me to add some dimension to the flowers and leaves, where ink may have stamped a flat colour.

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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.

Best Wishes,

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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.

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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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Bright Birthdays

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!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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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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