Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Bella And Friends - Such a Cute Stamp Set

For today's card I used an old favourite - my Bella & Friends stamp set. 

I do love the illustrations of Bella in this set and also the cute sentiments.



I have kept it all very simple, using some DSP (Designer Series Paper) to colour coordinate with my card stock and the pretty ribbon.  That is what Stampin' Up! does so well and what attracted to the company and its products at the outset - colour coordinated products.

I think the sentiment heat embossed on black card stock looks cool and provides a nice contrast.



I used a Whisper White Note Card as my card base.  It's a size that I really like to work with.  I do like small greetings cards and these measure 5 x 3.5 inches.  They come in packs of 20 cards and envelopes for £6.

I did enjoy making today's card.  It would look great in different colourways too.  Think I might just go away and give that a try !

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Happy crafting and bye for now.

Linda

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Well Said Bundle - More than Just Words !

Well here is something a little different from me and well out of my comfort zone !

I do struggle with not going on auto-pilot and reaching for my favourite colour palettes when making cards.   I love subtle and not so subtle shades of pink and soft blues and neutral shades.

Working with stronger colours is something I do tend to shy away from and I tend to opt for pretty and elegant formats.


But I invested in a great bundle from the Spring/Summer catalogue and wanted to push myself.   The bundle has an abundance of sentiment stamps, and a brilliant and varied assortment of word dies that can be used in conjunction with the stamp set or as stand alone words for your projects.  But also among the many word dies are some really cute little flowers, a birdie, a butterfly, an Ampersand and exclamation mark and a teeny tiny heart.

So I selected the leafy die, the birdie, little heart and cute butterfly and lay down my design.  After moving things around my single layer card base a few times, I finally settled on a design that I was happy with.

I used some of my other staples, the Stitched Shapes and Layering Circle Framelits for the topper.




I am super pleased with the result.  I have been told I have a "signature style" although that baffles me because I am not sure I do ...... but if I do ....... then I am sure this is a whole world away from my "safe "go to".. more traditional" style of card making.   But it's so sweet, it actually makes me smile.

Of course, you don't have to invest the Well Said Bundle.  You could just opt for the dies separately if you have lots of sentiment stamps already.   I think that just the Well Written Dies offer so much versatility.  So, in the Product List below I will list both the bundle and the dies separately and you are welcome to take a closer look.

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Happy crafting and bye for now.

Linda

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Create Unique Crafty Recipes by Mixing and Matching

I have thrown a lot at this clean and simple looking card.

Would you think that by looking at it ?   Probably not.   But I can share that I used two Bundles (stamp sets with coordinating dies) plus a separate set of layering framelits dies. 



That is the beauty of gradually building up a craft stash and acquiring products that ultimately will all work harmoniously together to create unique cards from unique crafty recipes.

For today's project I used this recipe:-
  1. Sweet Storybook Bundle (although to look at this card you would never believe that).
  2. Well Said Cling Bundle (really versatile with sentiments and word dies for many different occasions).
  3. Stitched Rectangles (a fabulous way to frame your cards - the stitched look is so on trend).
  4. Heat Embossing (adds the wow factor - look at the word die which I heat embossed several times in order to achieve a really glossy enamelled effect).
I used girly Powder Pink card stock and white heat embossing, because I was wanting something some pretty and feminine.



Those gorgeous swirly leafy branches and blossoms are from a cute, some would say "twee", bundle The branches look really sophisticated used independently of the other stamps in the set.  You will see what I mean by looking at the Sweet Storybook stamp set in the product list below.  You could be mistaken for thinking it's just another cutesy stamp set with limited possibilities.  Using the leafy stamp in the way I have for this project hopefully helps you to see just how versatile that little set could be.

I am honestly not trying to "teach Granny to suck eggs" here.  My intention is to help you to look at your sets in a different way to appreciate the possibilities within them.  Challenge yourself and try thinking outside of the box.  Its really creatively rewarding.

Sermon over ! 

Popping back to my sickbed now.  Hope you have a lovely day.  Happy Monday everyone.

Happy crafting !

Linda xx

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