Saturday, 26 May 2018

Butterfly Basics No Longer

Hi!

I'm squeezing in an extra blog post this week so that I can show you some more cards that use very soon to be retired products. As is usual lately, I have two cards for you today. This pair both use the retiring Butterfly Basics stamp set. There were a lot of shocked people when they realised all of the current butterfly stamps and dies were being retired, me included. After a little thought though, I was OK with it, as it means new stuff, and the new butterfly die is gorgeous! Time for a change!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Painted Harvest, Butterfly Basics, Layering Squares Framelits

On to today's cards! The first card is a CASE of this card by Jenny Hall. I had a request from one of my class ladies to do it in a class, and I was happy to comply. There's not much I changed, apart from locating my main panel a bit higher on the card, and using the sentiment from Butterfly Basics instead of from Painted Harvest.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Painted Harvest, Butterfly Basics, Layering Squares Framelits

Sadly, the Painted Harvest set I used was faulty, so the detail isn't visible in the sunflower petals. Thankfully Stampin' Up! replaced the set with a brand new copy that wasn't faulty.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Painted Harvest, Butterfly Basics, Layering Squares Framelits

I also did a different inside to Jenny's card - it was a great excuse to stamp the sunflower again!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Number Of Years, Butterfly Basics, Layering Circles Framelits, Stamparatus

This second card was also a class card, designed to show my ladies how to do the wreath technique on the Stamparatus. We used the leaves and flowers from the also retiring Number Of Years stamp set. Can you see a new colour on the card? Grapefruit Grove is an early favourite from the batch of new In Colours.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Number Of Years, Butterfly Basics, Layering Circles Framelits, Stamparatus

It's a little easier to see in this photo that I used Soft Sky (retiring) to stamp some scattered dots in the gaps between the leaves. It's a subtle effect, but helps to reduce the stark look of the blank space.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Number Of Years, Butterfly Basics, Layering Circles Framelits, Stamparatus
 I really love the mix of fonts in the Butterfly Basics sentiments, especially the script font. It's so deliciously like old fashioned hand writing.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 24 May 2018

JAI #410: Just Add Inspiration

Hi!


Welcome back to a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jo has found an Inspiration photo for us to work with.


I must admit that I really struggled with this one. It's such an explosion of colour! In the end, I decided to use all of the colours, but in much smaller doses. That got the creativity flowing!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Painted Glass, Graceful Glass, Celebrate You Thinlits, Blends

I chose a square piece of the new Graceful Glass Designer Vellum and coloured it with my Blends markers. I went with a square to match with the squares in the side table. I chose pink, yellow, orange and aqua markers to go with the pom pom garland on the wall.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Painted Glass, Graceful Glass, Celebrate You Thinlits, Blends

The vellum piece is actually a window in the card. I took this photo with a battery operated tea light inside the card to show you how the light shines through. It's so pretty in real life - very hard to capture in a photograph.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Painted Glass, Graceful Glass, Celebrate You Thinlits, Blends

I used the coordinating Painted Glass stamp set to finish off the inside. I deliberately didn't stamp where the window sat so that when the card was closed it has a white backing. It makes the stained glass effect so much nicer.

The Design Team have had a fun time with this Inspiration Challenge. You can see their gorgeous cards over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can link up your card.

Bye for now,

Tina

AWH Blog Hop: In Colours

Hi!


Tonight the Art With Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring an “In Colour” theme. Check out the new 2018 - 2020 In Colours and let's not forget the current 2017 - 2019 In Colours, or the outgoing 2016 - 2018 set. If you would like a copy of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

I decided to do a bit of a colour sampler with the three sets of In Colours and to achieve this, I ended up making 4 cards for tonight's hop. I started by grouping the In Colours by colour rather than by year group.


scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

The first card showcases the oranges/corals. From bottom to top the colours are Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove and then Peekaboo Peach. I was inspired to make this card after I saw this card by Kristin Kortonick. I used her idea, but ended up slanting the spread of squares more to the right than she did.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

I kept the inside fairly simple, as I was really over cutting tiny squares by the time I got to the inside!

Next, I moved onto the pinks. As I said, I was over cutting squares, so I decided to do something a little different, but still similar, on this card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

The colours on this card are, from the bottom, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Sweet Sugarplum and Powder Pink. I simply cut strips of cardstock that were 1/2" thick and adhered them to the card base in varying lengths. The first and last strip are just over half the width of the rest - I needed to do this so that I cold have three strips of each colour.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

I had some off cuts after finishing the front, so I kept them to using on the inside. Waste not, want not! The card was inspired by a demonstrator called Karen Cate. She shared a card that used thin strips of card as a way of using up her scraps. Unfortunately she doesn't have a blog, so I can't link to her card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, Fabulous Flamingo, In Colours

Next was the greens! There were five colours in this group (the biggest), so I decided to stamp the colours instead of using cardstock. From bottom to top they are Tranquil Tide, Call Me Clover, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Pineapple Punch. I decided to sneak the Pineapple Punch into this card, as Lemon Lime Twist provides a lovely 'bridge' between green and yellow.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, Fabulous Flamingo, In Colours

I reminded myself the hard way while making this card that it's always best to stamp from lightest colour to darkest. Even when you think your stamp may be clean, maybe it's not quite clean!  Oops.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

Last comes the blues. I cheated a little on this card, as there are only two blues in the three groups of In Colours. To make up for it I added an extra two from the list of retiring colours. So from bottom to top I used Blueberry Bushel, Dapper Denim, Marina Mist and Soft Sky.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Sunshine Sayings, Bunch of Blossoms, In Colours

So there you have it, I managed to fit all but one of the 15 In Colours on my cards. Can you think which one I missed? For the life of me, I could not make it 'fit' into any of the colour groups I used on my cards.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rebecca.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Goodbye, Tranquil Tulips

Hi!

I have another pair of cards for you today, both made using the Tranquil Tulips Hostess stamp set. I think that it's been one of my biggest sellers this year! It's such a gorgeous set, and it's so easy use.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Milestone Moments, Lots Of Labels Frameilts, Naturally Eclectic DSP

This first card was my own design, and was made for a class during 2017. It's taken me a while to blog it! Looking at it now, I think just about everything I used on it is retiring! The DSP (Naturally Eclectic), sentiment (Milestone Moments), ribbon (Night Of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding) and dies (Lots of Labels Framelits) are all going alongside Tranquil Tulips. I can't recall what colour I stamped the tulips, but the stems and leaves are in Emerald Envy, and that's going too!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Milestone Moments, Lots Of Labels Frameilts, Naturally Eclectic DSP

I particularly loved the Crinkled Seam binding, mostly because it's so soft and easy to use. If you tied a bow you weren't happy with it was easy to start again - what's a little more crinkle in an already crinkled ribbon?

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Milestone Moments, Lots Of Labels Frameilts, Naturally Eclectic DSP

I just loved how easy it was to make cards look great with the set. The trio of stems gave the perfect placement for the flowers, making them look awesome every time.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Thoughts & Prayers, Delightful Daisy DSP

My second card was a more recent class card that was a CASE of this card by Wendy Aungst. Wendy's card was for Easter, but I liked it as a Sympathy card. I used the retiring Thoughts And Prayers for the sentiments. I thought that was a stamp set that would never retire!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Thoughts & Prayers, Delightful Daisy DSP

I didn't change much else from Wendy's card. I used a different sheet of DSP from the retiring Delightful Daisy pack, and also a different ribbon. I used the Whisper White Organza from the Occasions Catalogue. It's another fabulous ribbon that I will miss! I may need to stock up before it retires.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Tranquil Tulips, Thoughts & Prayers, Delightful Daisy DSP

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 21 May 2018

A Belated Farewell to Springtime Foils

Hi!

Today I have tow very different cards for you that feature the gorgeous Springtime Foils SDSP from the recent Sale-A-Bration promotion. I took a little longer than everyone else falling in love with these papers, so I didn't really use them much until they'd already retired.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Happy Birthday Gorgeous

This first card I made as a class sample to demonstrate the technique that was all the rage earlier this year. I can't recall what it was called, but you basically cut a slot in the front of the card so that the butterfly (which was adhered to the inside of the card) could pop through the slot. I teamed the Foils DSO with Berry Burst and some plain Gold Foil. Such a luxe combo!

After the class, I remade this card and gave it to my mum for her recent milestone birthday. I wish I'd taken a photo before I mailed it! I added a half circle under the 'celebrate' punchie and added the appropriate numbers. I won't reveal her age, but she looks young for it!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Here's a look at the side of the card so you can see how the butterfly pops through the card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Happy Birthday Gorgeous

And the inside. I love how the butterfly does most of the work for both the inside and outside of the card!

My second card also uses the Springtime Foils SDSP. Funnily enough, I used the same sheet of paper but got a very different look!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Beautiful Bouquet, Cookie Cutter Punch

My sister was invited to a wedding and asked me to make a card for her that wasn't 'girly'. She sent me through a pic of the invite, which was black with metallic leaves on it. Straight away I thought of this DSP. I coloured it black by rubbing my Memento ink pad over the paper and then buffing it with some paper towel to remove the ink from the foil part of the design. I repeated this process about 4 times until I was happy with the black. It looked too grey to start with! Just a tip - you can't use a permanent ink like Archival Black for this technique, as it won't buff off of the foil.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Beautiful Bouquet, Cookie Cutter Punch

I matted the piece on Gold Foil to add some extra luxe to the card. I used Vellum to go under the sentiment so that I didn't lose too much of the gorgeous black foil pattern underneath.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Foils SDSP, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Beautiful Bouquet, Cookie Cutter Punch

Isn't this sentiment great for a wedding card? I combined two stamps from Beautiful Bouquet and added some tiny gold hearts to help tie in the front of the card. They were punched from the Cookie Cutter punch.

So there you go, two different cards using the gorgeous Springtime Foils DSP. Even though it's retired, I hope I've given you some new inspiration for using it.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 17 May 2018

JAI #409: Just Add Eclipse Technique

Hi!

Hooray for Friday! Are you as excited as I am? The Royal Wedding is in less than 48 hours!


Let's pass the time waiting by checking out the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rachael has challenged us to add the Eclipse Technique to our cards.


The Eclipse technique has been taking the paper crafting world by storm - it's so popular lately! Never heard of it? You basically die cut over the top of a stamped image. Easy!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, The Ink Road, Simon Says Stamp, The One With All The Stamps, Lovely Words, Stitched Shapes, Double Stitched Rectangles

I just can't resist a lot of pop culture stuff, and when I found these Friends stamps by The Ink Road, they found their way into my shopping cart and in the post to my house. The set is called 'The One With All The Stamps', how cool is that? They are a whole lot of individual stamps that I used to make one big background. I placed the cardstock in my Stamparatus then laid the stamps all over and played until I was happy with the placement. I then used the Stamparatus plate to pick them all up, inked them and stamped all in one go.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, The Ink Road, Simon Says Stamp, The One With All The Stamps, Lovely Words, Stitched Shapes, Double Stitched Rectangles

To create the Eclipse effect, I die cut the 'friend' (what else?? LOL) from Lovely Words and then cut around the oval using a Stitched Shapes oval. This piece was then popped up using Mini Dimensionals. Can you see your favourite Friends quote on the front? How you doin'?, or Oh My God! would have to be some of the classics, and they are both on there.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, The Ink Road, Simon Says Stamp, The One With All The Stamps, Lovely Words, Stitched Shapes, Double Stitched Rectangles

I kept my two favourite stamps for the inside. I always longed to catch up with friends and drink a cuppa on that lounge. What about you?

I may have also purchased Pitch, Please from The Ink Road, so keep an eye out for that set in the future!

Now, we are just that little bit closer to watching the wedding of the year, but there's still plenty of time to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to check out the rest of the Design Team's cards. Will you craft while you watch the wedding? I will be sipping tea and eating scones with some of my friends. Can't wait!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Kelly's Birthday Blog Hop

Hi!

Tonight I have something a little different for you. I'm blog hopping with the lovely Kelly Kent and 18 of her friends to celebrate her birthday. What a fun way to celebrate!


Being a blog hop, you should travel around each of the blogs until you get back to the blog you started on. The blog before me was the fabulous Jacqui Crouch. We don't get to see what the other hoppers have created until the blog hop starts, but I'm sure she's bound to have created something gorgeous!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Celebrate You Thiinlits, Pick A Pennant, Waterfront, Picture Perfect Birthday, Nature's Poem DSP

I decided to make a birthday card using some new, returning and retired products. I especially loved saying a big 'welcome back' to Mint Macaron. I was sooooo happy to see that name on the list of returning colours! I was so happy that I couldn't resist sneaking a little bit of the retired Mint Macaron Glimmer paper onto the card. It's so pretty and sparkly, as are the retiring Glitter Epoxy dots.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Celebrate You Thiinlits, Pick A Pennant, Waterfront, Picture Perfect Birthday, Nature's Poem DSP

So, let see, what's new on my card? Look at that fantastic new butterfly die! It's so pretty! It's from the new die set called Springtime Impressions, and has a whole suite of products that it coordinates with that includes stamps, DSP, ribbon and embellishments. Speaking of DSP, the paper I have used today comes from the new Nature's Poem pack. It also has a whole suite of coordinating products! Finally, I've used a new stamp set called Pick A Pennant to stamp the sentiment.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Impressions Thinlits, Celebrate You Thiinlits, Pick A Pennant, Waterfront, Picture Perfect Birthday, Nature's Poem DSP

I was very happy to see that Picture Perfect Birthday is carrying over to the new Annual Catalogue. It's such a fun set!

Well, that's it for me now. The blog hop will now take you on to the blog of the wonderful Jan McQueen. Just click on the Next button to get you there. Once you've finished this hop, why don't you pop on back to Kelly's blog? She's actually running TWO blog hops tonight for her birthday, so there's a whole other 20 gorgeous projects to look at. It's like a set of steak knives - buy one, get one free LOL. Click here for Kelly's second hop, but do finish this one first!



Bye for now,

Tina