Artistic Thanks

Sometimes the prettiest things happen by accident, you had something completely different in mind or you didn’t know what the finished project would look like but you had a play anyway. Today’s card is one of those moments, whilst on the phone to a friend I was distracted by the conversation taking place and randomly stamped images from the Artistically Inked stamp set on a sheet of Basic White card stock, then cut them out with the co-ordinating dies.

I didn’t know where I was going from here, but I knew that I loved the colours used and the stamped images – they are so pretty and they’re ‘disinktive’ which means a single stamp gives you all the different layers and texture with very little effort, which is the best kind of crafting.

Whilst placing the images onto another sheet of Basic White, I couldn’t help but think it was missing something, so I stamped So Saffron on the background to give some dimension to the other flowers. But again, it was still missing something and then I remembered the Expression in Ink Suite comes with an ephemera pack!

The Gold frames and floral shapes as part of the ephemera pack really gave the ‘wow’ factor to the card and finished it off – I absolutely love it! The sequins are also from the ephemera pack, so really ties the whole project together. A beautiful suite and one well worth the money, I can see myself making a lot more of these cards and gifting them to friends / family / work colleagues.

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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Hand-penned Thanks

Everybody loves getting more value for their money – which is what this project originally was themed around. I had started to make a One Sheet Wonder and got about 6 cards in when I didn’t like how the remaining few would look, so I stopped. The pictures of the other cards haven’t made it onto my blog today and I’m still a little undecided whether they should.

So whilst I’m unsure on the other pics, and the fact my One Sheet Wonder didn’t work, I did get to play around with the new Hand Penned paper. It is absolutely gorgeous – if you’re not a fan of the flowers then the opposite side with its muted subtle shades and less busy patterns will suit better.

Once the paper was added to my card bases, I finished it off with some stamping, fussy cutting around my sentiments and finishing off with the most gorgeous bee embellishments (if you don’t have them, you seriously need them – they are so cute!)

How amazing is this suite of Designer Series Paper and stamps?

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project.

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:

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Floral Thanks

I first made this box on the day my pre-order from Stampin’ Up! arrived. The grey background on the paper with the bright colours instantly drew me in. I didn’t know what I was going to make, but knew it had to be with that particular pattern. The grey background contrasts beautifully with Coastal Cabana, so that formed the colour theme of my box.

Using Fine Art Floral and some two step stamping, the picture really shines on the box. The colour theme also allowed me to bring out one of my favourite sets in the Annual Catalogue – Playing with Patterns, using both the embellishments and the ribbon.

And the best part? The darker shades on each of the flower heads is the same stamp. It has been designed to work with all three flowers, which I think is pure genius! And the box itself, well as the video shows – this can be made in bulk as it’s easy peasy to put together.

Which colour do you prefer, Coastal Cabana or Real Red?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 91/2 x 71/2 inches
  • Designer Series Paper = 6 x 12 inches
  • Cardstock Scrap = 31/4 x 23/4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap = 3 x 21/2 inches

Scoring:

Cardstock:

  • Long Side = 3, 41/2, 71/2, 9 inches
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches

Designer Series Paper

  • Long Side = 51/4 inches on both sides
  • Short Side = 11/2 inches on both sides

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After Eight Teacher

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How is already that time of year? Schools are getting ready to break up for the six weeks of summer (for those year groups that have been able to return following Covid-19 closures). For my eldest son, this is his last year in Primary School and he moves onto the scary world that is High School from September. Even though he will have only been back mere weeks, he wanted to get his teachers something to say ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’.

Inside these boxes are 10 After Eight chocolates, just the right amount to say thank you to each teacher without overloading them to the point they need a gym membership to work off the extra pounds gained from end of year gifts.

My son chose the Whale of a Time paper stack and a fish pattern in Shaded Spruce – which works well as the After Eight’s choc box is also a dark green. At first we tried stamping and colouring in the apple from Harvest Hellos with Stampin’ Blends, but something just didn’t quite sit right. A quick look on Instagram showed lots of stampers embossing their apples on coloured card stock, which has worked brilliantly on these boxes.

Finished off with a little note inside & a bow of ribbon on the front, these are gorgeous little teacher gifts without breaking the bank. My son can’t wait to give these to his teachers on the last day of school!

Where is this year going?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

Colours Used:

AfterEight

Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 77/8 x 9 inches.
  • Scrap of cardstock for the stamped apple.

Scoring:

  • Long Side (9″): ½, 21/2, 43/4, 63/4 inches.
  • Short Side (77/8″): ½, 23/4 inches on both sides.

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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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Rainbow Thanks!

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I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow too. Rainbows are pretty and are one of my upline’s favourite things. Each month, myself and other members of the team are rewarded for our achievements – be this a title promotion or hitting a sales target. This card was my thanks for those rewards and to show my appreciation.

For this, I combined a series of colours from the Brights & 2018-2020 In Colour DSP stacks to create both the background on the card and as part of the oval for the sentiment. The sentiment itself is hand stamped using the Lined Alphabet stamp set, where I chose to keep it simple with just the outlines finished with Wink of Stella.

I’m really pleased with the finished product and only hope the recipient is too.

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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