Another Fun Fold

So I like trying new ways to make cards and as part of my fun folds classes we have made this one. It takes a little time but the Stampin Up trimmer makes it so much easier. The only stamping is the flower in the bottom right hand corner too so once you get the hang of making it they actually go together quite quickly.

Here’s the card standing up. You can see that the little square bits stand out but it folds totally flat for postage.

This is what it looks like from the top.

It’s been a busy week for us as we are moving our eldest daughter out of her university shared house into her new rented house where she will be living with her best friend. Unfortunately she is on crutches after damaging her ACL in her knee and my back is quite bad so between us its been taking ages.

She is currently home finishing her dissertation so we are keeping her fed and watered until she hands it in next week.

I will hopefully be back soon, until then

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Fun Fold Cards

Look at this cute little card I made. Sitting there looking all small and brown. Inside it has a secret……

What could it be? …….

Getting Closer…….

Tada! It’s a flip card. It folds flat and then twists as it opens to reveal lots of lovely pieces for you to decorate. I thought that the Love You More Than bundle would be perfect for this as the dies allow you to cut out everything and colour them all in.

Such a fun card to make and the colour inside is a good contrast to the monotone of the outside. What do you think?

I’m now off to cook some fajitas and watch some episodes of Scrubs.

Have a great evening and until next time

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Pressure Embossing Technique Blog Hop

Today is my first time joining the very talented people over a Crafty Collaborations for their weekly blog hop. This week it’s all about dry embossing using embossing folders. I have created 3 cards using different techniques

With this card I embossed the top and the bottom of the card and then drew a straight line using my simply scored board. I then cut out the butterfly from some of the gorgeous expressions in ink paper and then cut a solid image using gold mirror card. I then stamped the greeting.

This is a close up view of the butterfly, it’s so pretty

For this card I embossed the card base with the ornate floral embossing folder and then ran my ink pad very gently over the top to add some colour. I also embossed both sides of the envelope to add some interest there.

For my final card I used 2 embossing folders. I gently rubbed the new pastels over the embossed part at the top of the card and I then cut out the flowers using the meadow dies and gently coloured them using the pastels again. I put the flowers into one of the mason jar shaker domes.

I hope this has given you some different ideas of how to use embossing folders in your card making and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section.

Have a look at what the other talented crafters have come up with

Until next time

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A Card Sketch Challenge

I recently stumbled across a fellow Stampin Up demonstrators page on Facebook. Her name is Fiona Carson and I think she lives in New Zealand. She is a super talented lady and I found two card sketches on her facebook page with the question round or square?

Well, with such a lovely sketch to use I decided to try both. Have a look and see which one you prefer.

This is my round version, I used an embossing folder on the card base for this example and used both sides of the patterned paper.

For my square card I reversed the patterned paper and didn’t use the embossing folder. I really enjoyed making these cards. They are unfussy and simple but still beautiful.

I will make sure I check in to Fiona’s page again and try out more sketches in the future. If you have a go I would love to see your cards in the comments below.

I am now off to sit in the sun for a while.

Until next time

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Trying out the new pastels

Sorry for the unplanned absence, I have degenerative disc disease and I managed to damage the discs above my last fusion and ended up in hospital. I’m on the mend now and thankfully sitting is ok, standing and walking not so much, so the perfect excuse for sitting in my craft room…..

I had seen the new pastel set in the latest catalogue and wanted to have a go using them n a card. I have seen a lot of people using them with versamark ink but I thought I would try using them over an embossed image. It’s a bit like the rubbings I used to do as a child.

I used my embossing folder and then basically just rubbed the pastels gently over the flowers. They seem to blend really well as the flowers were a blend of the red and yellow and the leaves were a blend of the 2 greens in the set.

For this card I used a different embossing folder and then used the pastels to create a rainbow. I then cut out a frame and stamped the weird hello sing my stampin up markers as the ink. I then stamped the word friend in black. I used dimensionals on the back of the frame to raise if off the card a bit

These are lovely quick cards to create and I enjoyed playing with the pastels. What do you think?

I’m now off to put my feet up for a bit.

Until next time

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Designer Series paper

I feel like we have been thoroughly spoiled with the gorgeous designer series paper in the new catalogue. Because it’s double sided it can sometimes be hard to choose which side you want to use. To overcome this I decided to make a card that showcased both sides of the designer series paper.

This is such an easy card to make, I just cut out some circles and then scored them so they became squares when folded. I used the Hand Penned suite designer series paper as I can never decide which side to use.

What do you think? I am going to have a go at making a similar card using strips of designer series paper in the future.

Right now the sun is shining and I have 4 dogs looking at me expectantly so I am going to whip them up to the field for a run about keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain as soon as we get there.

Until next time

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Polished Pink

Today I challenged myself to use a colour that I wouldn’t usually use. I love Polished Pink but I am more of a softer, pastelly kind of girl. I embossed some polished pink cardstock and then I sanded it down to soften the vibrancy just a bit. I then took a small piece from the Expressions in Ink designer series paper. I ran the Flower Market die through my die cutting machine using the shimmery vellum and then created a white frame using basic white cardstock.

I “hid” the designer series paper beneather the raised frame and then used the gold foil paper to complement the gold accent from the designer series paper (you can just see the gold peeking through the frame)

Overall, I like the card and will make it again with different colours but I feel like I’ve accomplished my challenge. I do think it’s a godd idea to leave my comfort zone once in a while (though not too often ;))

Well the rain has stopped outside the front of the house but bizarely its still raining out the back! I am now off to sketch some card ideas.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day and until next time

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Expressions in Ink Suite

In the new catalogue there are some pastels, I’ve never used pastels before but hey, I’m not one to shirk from a challenge! For this card I stamped one of the images from the Artistically Inked stamp set using Versamark ink and then used a dauber to add the gorgeous grape and night of navy pastels to the ink. This created a beautiful pastel look which I finished off by adding some gold embossing powder.

I then stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen. I cut out the leaves die using the shimmer vellum and then added gold embossing powder randomly onto the cutout. I mounted the white card onto highland heather and then gold card stock to tie it all together. The frame around the word Hello comes in the Ephemera pack included in the suite. This suite comes with the most beautiful designer series paper which I shall be playing with over the weekend (hopefully).

I really enjoyed playing with the pastels and will come up with some more ideas over the coming weeks. The catalogue has so many gorgeous new items in it it has been very difficult to decide what to play with first.

Until Next time

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Team Swaps

Our team has decided to do a new catalogue swap and this is my card. It was very quick to put together which is always helpful when you have to make quite a few cards at once.

The card has the new clear epoxy resin gems in the middle of some of the flowers to add a bit of bling.

I hope you are enjoying the new catalogue and if you would like a “hard copy” please let me know and I can send one out to you. Remember also that there is a fantastic new joining offer available until 31t May where you can get £154 worth of goodies for only £99 with FREE P&P. I would love for you to join my team 🙂

I am currently surrounded by 4 wet doggies as they have been playing in the garden so I am off to dry then off a bit. Thankfully Friday night is Chinese night in our house so I don’t have to cook – more time to play in the craft room.

Until next time

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Queen Anne’s Lace

When I first looked through the new catalogue I fell in love with all the suites and the bundles and it was only when I looked again that I realised I had overlooked a gem of a stamp set. At only £16.00 this stamp set had lovely sentiments and a two step image that just called out to me.

With this card I stamped the flower in green and then embossed the second stamp using gold embossing powder, I then ran it through the tasteful textile embossing folder. I used one of the new stencils to create the background behind the white cutout. I then stamped and gold embossed the sentiment and used the gold simply elegant trim to “stitch” the holes in the die cut piece.

With this card I stamped the first step in green again and then embossed the second step in white along with the sentiment. I used the same embossing folder for the white background and then tied some linen thread around to give it a focal point. I then took my trio punch to add a bit of interest to the corners.

I really enjoyed making these very quick cards and I really love the stamp set so I am sure I will be using it quite a lot in the future. It just goes to show that sometimes the simplest sets are the most gorgeous.

I have been down to Gatwick this week to take our youngest daughter for her class 1 medical which she will need to become a commercial pilot. Thankfully she passed so that was good but I had to drive back up to the midlands in a very drawn out thunderstorm and torrential rain – not fun at all. Still we made it back home safe and sound.

Hope you are all safe and well and until next time

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