Simple Sunday #13 – Dragonfly Garden

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 and punch bundle that you can purchase from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

I absolutely love a punch bundle – there’s nothing better than being able to sit there and mass produce cards / boxes with toppers that include punches. Don’t get me wrong, dies are beautiful, but I find a punch much faster and sometimes time is of the essence!

On this card, I didn’t want to use too many products as that would distract from the simple nature of the series I set out to create, but sometimes the Stampin’ Write Markers are overlooked – especially following the release of the Stampin’ Blends. So I wanted to make sure that new crafters could see that you don’t need everything right away. If you don’t have the inks, you can use the markers instead and they are cost effective to buy in bulk than the ink pads.

For some final dimension on this card, I lifted the dragonfly using dimensionals and coloured in the outline using Wink of Stella to bleed the ink and add some gorgeous sparkle.

What do you think? Are you going to try out the marker ink technique?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday #11 – In Bloom

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 and die bundle that you can purchase from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogue.

My main focus of today’s project was the dies, they are absolutely gorgeous and the pierced detail on the flowers really adds a beautiful touch to your project. The dies contain varying leaf shapes, flowers of varying size plus their middles so you can really build up a bouquet or arrangement or any shape or size.

I stamped my sentiment to the 3×3 panel and then just die cut flowers and leaves in vary colours to build up the floral arrangement. I took my colour inspiration from the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper which you can earn for free with a qualifying £45 purchase.

How gorgeous is the finished card?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Simple Sunday #8 – Art Gallery

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 weeks project is showcasing the brand new Art Gallery bundle, which is part of the new catalogue which launched on 5th January.

The stamp set is gorgeous and features beautiful two tone flowers, which are so easy to line up and create gorgeous designs. I love them! I’m not a massive fan of flowery sets, but this absolutely sung to me in the catalogue as it’s part of a larger suite (Fine Art Floral) with co-ordinating ribbon, dies, paper and golden speciality acetate

As you can see from this card, the flowers lend well to simplicity and the varying sentiments allow you to switch up the design for a large variety of occasions. I did a second colour way in my video – which one do you prefer?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Come back for these after the 5th January and they will be live!

Somebody Loves You

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The start of another week – how are we all doing?

Today’s project showcases a stamp set that may have been forgotten due to all the new goodies that have been released in the new Annual Catalogue (and I’ll be honest, I had forgotten about it too!).

The Parcels and Petals set has some great sentiments and stamps within it, and as you can see from this card, they’re great for making your own backgrounds or even your own Designer Series Paper.

Can you spot the error I made? Mint Macaron wasn’t meant to be part of this project, but I had put my Soft Sea Foam away and then noticed that the sentiment needed something more, so I grabbed what I thought was Soft Sea Foam, stamped and then realised it was darker. Mistake or not – I think it works! What do you think?

I hope you’re all keeping safe & well!

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Thankful Cabana Thoughts

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Coastal Cabana is a colour that made its return during the colour refresh back in June. It’s a beautiful blue, when you don’t quite want to be as bright as Bermuda Bay and co-ordinates with the gorgeous Team Room Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP).

The Team Room DSP is thinner than other suites, making it brilliant for projects where a thicker card don’t quite suit. It’s lovely floral patterns make it suitable for pretty much every occasion and you can 4 of each design, which makes it so much better than other packs of paper!

I wanted the paper to take the full focus of this card, so added very little to it. A separate layer added to emphasise the paper and a small sentiment to complete. Then finished a Polka Dot Tulle bow.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Mango Floral Card

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As the weather starts to get a little colder, thoughts go back to the warmer summery days that we were blessed to have for such a long period this year. To help keep that summer feeling alive, I set myself a challenge – Summer on a card.

Summer means bright weather and so of course, the brights collection suited this challenge perfectly. Mango Melody is a colour I haven’t used much as yet, so I used this as my main colour and for the card base. For this card, I tried to show that you don’t always needs Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make a good card. Instead, I used the Beautiful Bouquet set with varying colours to create a random pattern of flowers. So bright and so colourful, just the thing to bring some brightness back!

Have you ever stamped your own backgrounds in this way? Share them with me and perhaps we can inspire one another.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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