Saturday, 15 September 2018

Sympathy times Two

Today there are two cards as I had a phone call from my friends Father a couple of days ago thanking me for his birthday card, and letting me know that his brother who'd we met at a party a couple of weeks ago had passed away. So i wanted a card for him (he's the most lovely man) as well as for my friend.



The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Card One

Stamps: Hopeful Thoughts ®, Pocket Silhouettes ®, Teeny Tiny Wishes ®  Colours: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla Embossing Folders: Subtle Framelits:  Lebles Collection ®, Stitched Season’s ® Accessories: Delightfully Detailed Note cards & Envelopes

I stamped the leaves from the pocket silhouettes set across the bottom of the card as a background. Then I stamped the tree from hopeful thoughts and the sentiment from teeny tiny wishes. I die cut this using the small frame from stitched season’s framelits. Using mint macaron card stock i then cut a label from the labels collection to use as a backing for the tree and sentiment. Sponged both labels with mint macaron and layered using dimensionals.

Card Two

Stamps: Love & Sympathy ® Colours: Merry Meriot, Whisper White Accessories: Basic pearls, Note Card & Envelopes, Organza ribbon ®, Frost White Shimmer Paint  


The sentiment and flower were Stamped using the shimmer paint onto a piece of Merry Merlot card stock 3⅜” x 4⅞”. Then organza ribbon was wrapped round the Merry Merlot and tied a knot at the front. To finish it off I added three pearls below the sentiment.

Sorry for the use of so much retired stock in these two cards but they are stamps I particularly like. Soft and simple.

Will be back again soon with more cards
Love Annette x

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Birthday Girl

Well today is quite a dull day and the forecast say's it's also going to be wet. We're hoping for slightly better weather as tonight we're at my cousin's Wedding reception which is being held out doors in an adventure park.

I should have blogged this card before the last one as this little angels birthday is a few days before her sisters, but I had a senior moment and swapped the blog posts! Oh my, getting old.

The card it's self is made mostly of retired products but sometimes you get an idea in your head and just have to go for it (which happened in this case).

I'm sure you could come up with something similar using what's in the current catalogue as a starting point. 

The base base card is NSU as I like to use scalloped edging sometimes. With the background I started with two strips of card stock and a piece of the 17/8 In Colors paper stack, then using a mat of whisper white I stamped the cake in various colours and then die cut the number 8  from the 'Large Numbers' framelits and placed it on top of the cake using dimensionals. Next I stamped and die cut the 'TH' from the 'Number of Years' stamp set and die cut it using the same framelits I used for the number. Using a strip of card I stamped the happy and birthday also from the 'Number of Years' set, then cut them at either side with a pair a snips. Added some tinsel trim at the edge and that's it.



The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: Build a Birthday ®, Number of years ® Colours: Berry Burst, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink,Whisper White DSP: In Colors 17/8 Framelits: Large Numbers ®, Accessories: Love Mini Tinsel Trim ® 

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Shaker Card using the thumping technique

It's rather dull here again today yet when I got up this morning it was glorious sunshine. Just shows close your eyes for a second and the weather can change just like that.

The card I have for you today is again a nice easy one, and retired products can be swapped out for similar stamps in the current catalogue.

The thumping technique is so easy to do!!

First ink up your stamp with the base colour (for me that was powder pink) then using a different colour marker (for me it was balmy blue) gently tap up and down randomly across the base colour and then stamp.

I used whisper white thick card for the base and the mat is normal whisper white die cut using the balloon die, stamped, daubed with the stars using the mask and then embossed using the subtle's embossing folder.

The cat was shaded using watercolor pencils and then brushed out with an aqua painter. It was at this stage I embossed the mat. A bakers twine bow was then placed at the bottom of the balloon. I used our foam adhesive strips round the edge of the circle for height and placed the sequins on the base card and pressed down.

The party hat was  stamped coloured, fussy cut and then a glitter enamelled dot used as the pompom. 

Sorry the Granddaughter sentiment is not an SU product and it was this I stamped with powder pink and thumped with balmy blue. 

Just hope she likes it!!

Must go, as I've to get ready now for Evie's birthday celebration. 


The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: Balloon Celebration, Beautiful Bouquet, Hello ®, Pretty Kitty, Colours: Balmy Blue, Powder Pink: Embossing Folders: Subtle Framelits: Balloon ®  Accessories: Aqua painter, Bakers Twine, Fancy Frost Sequins ®, Glitter Enamel Dots ®, Hearts & Stars Mask ®, Watercolor Pencils 

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Z Fold Fridge Magnet Card

Today's card is based on one I saw on one of the blogs I troll each day and can't remember who's it was (Sorry). I love this sentiment from the "Layering Love" stamp set and thought it would make a lovely fridge magnet but never got round to using it until now (sorry it's retired) but here goes on how i made it.

Card base is a Z fold with a centre fold and then a 1¼” fold back for the front.

The sentiment is stamped using “layering love” and an oval stitched shape followed by a scalloped layering oval. 

The flowers and leaves are stamped from the “beautiful bouquet” and die cut using the “bouquet bunch” framelits. 

The close mechanism is formed using magnets, which in turn means the sentiment can be a fridge magnet afterward. 

Basic pearls were added to the centre of each of the flowers.

Hope you enjoyed today's card!

closed open

The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Layering Love ® Colours: Mint Macaron, Whisper White DSP: Tranquil Textures  Framelits:  Bouquet Bunch, Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes Accessories: Basic Pearls, Magnets (nsu)

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Birthday Blossoms meets Butterfly Basics

Well today I tried using the watercolour pencils to do the colouring for the flowers from birthday blossoms and was pleased with the results.

I started with a base of Flirty Flamingo then a layer of Whisper White stamped with the "happy birthday" sentiment from Butterfly Basics and embossed with the Softly Falling folder. 

Next I stamped 5 pansies, 2 in Flirty Flamingo and 3 in Peekaboo Peach using the VersaMark and colour combination embossing technique (place the stamp on the versaMark then again onto the colour pad before stamping, then add the embossing powder and heat) then coloured the flowers with the watercolour pencils and added the faceted gems.

The "Sister" was die cut and the rhinestones were coloured using the stampin' blends.



The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: Birthday Blossoms, Butterfly Basics Colours: Dapper Denim ® , Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach ®, Whisper White Embossing Folders: Softly Falling Embossing Powders: Clear Punches:  Pansy ® Thinlits: (nsu) Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Blends, Clear Faceted Gems, VersaMark, Watercolor Pencils

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Falling In Love

It was our friend's 30th Wedding anniversary last month and I didn't have a clue  what to do so went for soft subtle colours and this is what I came up with. 

A lot of the materials used are now retired but I'm sure there's alternatives in the the current catalogue. The only thing missing at the moment are number dies (hopefully SU will remedy that soon) we all use numbers don't we!




The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: floral phases, timeless love ® Colours: blushing bride, shimmery white, soft sky ®, fresh fig, versaMark DSP: falling in love ® Embossing Folders: falling petals ® Embossing Powders: clear Punches: tailored tag Framelits:  layering circles Thinlits: numbers (nsu) Accessories: basic pearls, lace doilies ®, sponge brayer

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Big Birthday, Boy

Today's card is a mixture of old and new again. The sentiments are old and the rest of it is the current catalogue!

I really wish the large numbers framelits hadn't retired. I think they're great for big birthday's don't you. It makes it so easy to create larger cards that make a statement. 

The card was quite easy to put together and it's size is 5"x7". 

The Simple stripes embossing folder doesn't really show up on the picture but is quite effective. 

The blueberry bushel card stock was stamped with the handwritten stamp using the Stamparatus and 3 layers (I think) in craft whisper white ink.

With the happy birthday I just snipped off the birthday and put it away to use on another project.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!


The materials used are:
® = retired, (sab) = Sale-A-Bration (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Stamps: Handwritten, Number of years ® Colours: Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White DSP: In Colour 18/20 Embossing Folders: Simple Stripes Framelits:  Large Numbers ®, Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes Thinlits: Happy Birthday Accessories: Rhinestones (nsu)

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x