Birthday Card Tuesday?

Its Birthday Card Tuesday…. Only joking as I said yesterday this week its all about That Thing You Did stamp set.

Todays project is a 3d project but its really simple and I really had fun making it.

I just love the petite cafe gift bags you can get because they are great for putting little gifts in especially edible ones and they are so fun and easy to decorate.

So to decorate this one I used Chocolate Chip ink and repeatedly stamped the But Not In A Creepy Way stamp all the way down the bag. Then I took a piece of Cucumber Crush and a piece of Watermelon Wonder envelope paper and stuck them together then notched each end to make a banner shape. With that done I wound some Whisper White Baker’s Twine round the middle a couple of times. For the center piece I stamped You’re On My Mind in Mint Macaroon ink on some Whisper white and rounded the corners with the corner rounder and stuck some pearls on two of the corners. The whole thing is stuck to the bag using dimensionals just to give it a bit more lift.

I am really pleased with the way this project came out. It is one of those projects where I just sat and messed around till I was happy with it. Usually I plan out exactly what I am going to make and find it difficult just to come up with something at random and have to peruse pinterest for inspiration, but not this one. There may already be similar stuff out there but even so I am happy to be making stuff again.

Thanks for stopping by, have fun crafting.


Sunday Sketch- Hello Butterfly

Morning everyone.

Did everyone check out our awesome blog hop yesterday? If you didn’t you should as there were some amazing projects and videos from lots of wonderful demonstrators.

I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who did visit yesterday and left comments, I really appreciated the feedback and it’s nice to have people appreciate the effort gone into the things I make.

Now for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch.

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The overall sketch was really simple so I decided to keep mine simple too.

I love the Butterfly Basics stamp set you can use it in so many different ways and it has some lovely stamps that make great backgrounds and combine that with the thinlits and you can make some really beautiful cards. The idea for this card came when I was flipping through a monthly magazine us demonstrators receive. There was an example project that caught my eye that used the same colours as above. The original card used a heart stamp for the background, the tag on that card was positioned on the bottom right and the sentiment was that from Perfect Pennants. The original card was meant to show off the kissing technique but what I really liked about it was the color combination. I think thats the most fun part trying different color combinations to see what works and which colours complement each other.

Thats it from me today enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Pootler’s Blog Hop

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Hi and welcome to a Pootler’s Blog Hop. On this blog hope we will be showcasing some of the gorgeous new products from the new annual catalog that launched on 2nd of June. When you’re done perusing my site click on the button at the bottom of the post to head to the next post in the hop.

One of my favorite products out of the new catalog has been the I Think You’re Great stamp set and to show how fab it is I have created a little mini card collection to display its versatility. The stamp set consist of 5 stamps; three uniquely shaped sentiment stamps and 2 patterned stamps and what’s interesting about this stamp set is that it was designed with the kissing technique in mind. What that means is you take your sentiment ink it up and then press it to one of the patterned stamps to create a unique effect when you stamp your sentiment. This technique has been around for a long time so it’s nice to see new unique stamps being inspired by it.

To show off this wonderful stamp set I have created four 4×4 cards. I chose this size as it was perfect size to get out of a 12×12 piece of whisper white card stock. I could of gone for 3×3 but I thought it may have been too small for what I wanted to show.

So for the first card I started off simple and stamped one of the patterned stamps inked in Delightful Dijion straight onto the whisper white card stock. I then layered two strips of Tip Top Taupe envelope paper over the stamped image, I wanted to show of the different patterns on each side. For the sentiment I inked it in Cucumber Crush and just fussy cut it out and mounted on top of the strips of envelope paper using a dimensional.

Another simple card for you again. This time I have used a piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock and stamped that other patterned stamp in the center using Tip Top Taupe ink. I then wrapped some white baker’s twine round the middle of the card stock then mounded this to the white base using dimensional. To finish the card off I added a Hi cloud stamped in Mint Macaron.

For this next card I used so Cucumber Crush card stock and a piece of Cherry On Top DSP then stamped the I think You’re Great stamp in Watermelon Wonder and applied the kissing technique to this stamp using one of the patterned stamps. I was trying to go for a unique edge effect with the Cherry On Top DSP but I think I covered it up to much with the sentiment.

This final card is one of my favorites. I have layered a piece of the stripy Tip Top Taupe Envelope paper on top of some Watermelon Wonder card stock and stuck this to the base card. I then used some white baker’s twine to offset the sentiment that was stamped in Watermelon Wonder, I also used the kissing technique on this stamp too. After this point I still felt the card was missing something so I added a few flowers punched from the left over Watermelon Wonder card stock and added some rhinestones to their centers.

This stamp set I just one of the fabulous new stamps available in the new annual catalog and you can bet I will find ways of combining it with other stamps and projects so be sure to come back some time. Let me know in the comments which card design was your favorite.

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Can I make it?

So after reviving the 3d projects that I have made so far I realized for a lot of them I turn to more experienced crafters/ demonstrators videos to help with the instructions and this got me thinking why not actually use my 3d post to  highlight that demonstrator and the technique as well as having ago my self. I usually mention the demonstrator who’s video I have linked but I never actually talk about the video or the demonstrator them selves. So that’s what I am going to do each week find a video from a crafter / demonstrator, make the 3d project along side them then talk about why I picked their video and why you should too. There are a lot of excellent crafters out and I look forward to learning from them all.

So to kick of this weeks can I make it I have turned to my upline Hannah Wilks. The project she demonstrates in her video is a beautiful hexagon bag that is tied closed with a ribbon. I love Han’s videos they are so easy to follow and she always provides the paper measurements in her video and on her blog and there are in metric and imperial so you can follow alone no matter what measuring system you like to use.

The thing I love most about Han’s bag is that’s its simple and easy to make and you can decorate it anyway you want. I know you can probably do that with most people’s bag designs but the way Han has presented it I don’t feel like I am pressured into buying stuff for the sake of one project.

As in keeping with Hans original design I made one without any embellishments or tags just the paper and ribbon.

For mine I have used some of that lovely envelope paper. I had to really careful when scoring and folding as its a little thinner than our normal DSP. As I don’t have a hand held hole punch I ended up using the little star from the Itty Bitty punch pack to make the holes for the ribbon to thread through, it worked out OK but they’re a little bigger than I would have liked. The ribbon I have used is the 1″ Dotted Lace Trim that comes in 5 new in colors for this year. I would have liked to have used a thicker ribbon but they are currently in the post but this one does give it a delicate touch.

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Birthday Card Tuesday

Yay its Tuesday that means tonight I get to play baseball!

Have a very fun card for you this week.

I just love our new in colors!

To start with the base is the usual half of A4. To make the floral background I cut a piece of whisper white to be a 1/4 shorter than the base on all sides. I then picked out a stamp from the Petite Petals and stamped that repeatedly in Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon and Mint Macron. For the center piece I cut a strip of Tip Top Taupe envelope paper and Watermelon Wonder card stock to make small banners and then glued a piece of the Mint Macaron 1″ Dotted Lace Trim on top. The Butterfly is cut from Crushed Curry using one of the butterflies from the Butterfly basics thinlits die. The happy birthday sentiment is from the butterfly basics stamp set and is inked in Mint Macaron.

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Freshly Made Tree

These days pass in such quick succession it’s frightening but that’s also what makes those little moments special.

Finally used my tree builder punch!

Now I have had this punch and the matching stamp set sprinkles of Life since the pre-order began in may but I just haven’t had chance to use it and I was trying to come up with a card design that wasn’t CASED from somewhere. Theres nothing wrong with caseing in fact I do a lot of it but I really like this stamp set and wanted to make something that I came up with myself the first time I used it. I know I am using a Freshly Made Sketches for this card even though I say I want it to be original but they layout actually helps with that as they are different each week and the Sprinkles of life and punch have only been out a week so the competition would have been flooded with cards that use them.

So without further ado here is this weeks sketch.

And here is mine.

I found this weeks sketch rather challenging to be honest and struggled to come up with some that I 100% love. I think the reason I was finding it difficult was because of the circle as at the moment the largest circle I have is 2″ (really need to get those circle dies for my big shot). the whole idea behind the card is that it was meant to represent a hot summers day (don’t seem to get a lot of them here in the uk). I love the centerpiece I just think it’s a little small on this size card or I should of set it with a layer of white behind. I do love the way the sky and grass turned out, this was made using a piece of whisper white and two of the washi tapes from the Cherry on Top set.

Next time I think I will make a whole orchard of trees of a muffin or even an ice cream ooh I just love the versatility of the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

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Mini Tote Bags

Its Friday!

That means its time for this weeks 3d project.

For this weeks project I decided to have a go at making those cute tote bags everyone has been making but because I am so frugal with my supplies I wanted to get the most out of my paper so I made some mini tote bags with the help of the lovely Bibi Cameron and her wonderful video.

I love her video the process is so simple and easy to understand and it only uses one sheet of DSP for each bag, Embellishments require more of course but to make the initial shape you will just need a sheet of DSP that is 6 x 6 which is fantastic as that is the exact size of the new paper stacks. You can also make four from one 12 x 12 DSp which is great if you want to make lots for a party favors.

For me I made these lovely three below.

One of them is an impostor!

Yes I know very naughty of me to use a DSP that is no longer available but I had some left over and it was my test one and it turned out so well I posted it with the others. The other two are made from the new Cherry on Top DSP. If you have seen my Tuesday post then you know how much I love this paper stack and why it was the perfect choice for this project. One thing I will suggest is use a strong glue like Fast Fuse or Tombo as I used Snail at the time and they kept popping open.

If you have any suggestions for my next 3D project let me know in the comments below.

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