I find it fitting that the verse on this card “So hard to find the words” describes just what my brain was thinking…. It’s so hard to find a good introduction to this blog post! This blogging thing can be tricky.
Today’s post is part of the INKspired Sketch blog hop that I hold with my Stampin’ Up! Downline every second Sunday, I design a sketch that all the team use to design their card. Here is the sketch the INKspired Artist’s are working with this week, a good simple layout that has lots of room to get creative.
I did drop off one of the flags at the top, I played around with a few different options, glimmer paper, Kraft cardstock and even ribbon but they all looked wrong! I did add a button, maybe that could count for the missing flag
I have used watercolour paper, first stamping the bird image then watercolored with Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon re-inkers, I watercoloured a scrap of watercolour paper that then was used for the banner.
The next blog is Barbara Williams, aka my Mum with a very colourful birthday card that she is very proud of.
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Babies are coming! I find myself in a position were so many friends are pregnant which I am delighted about but the day side is that is a LOT more cards to make, I know it’s not all about me. Last week baby Dylan was born, I cute little man with a funky mumma! This baby card could not be over the top baby and to me delight Stampin’ Up! have a collection in the Occasions Catalogue that is prefect, the stamp set in Little Sunshine with coordinating printed paper, Sweet Dreams. I was set for all the “baby” cards that are coming my way.
You know what I love the most with this card is the lettering, I can so easily personalise my cards with Simply Pressed Clay and the NEW Alphanumeric Mold, oh yes my friends you will never run out for E or A’s again. You press the clay into the mold, I then pop my mold in the freezer as this helps it set then pop then out while still cold. I use a little Tombow gule to attach them to my card. I left mine white but you can colour the clay with re-inkers before pressing into the molds.
This post is part of the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team, for more ideas click the button below and head over to Vicky for the UK.
I know what your thinking, Easter already! We are in February still. I know and I am posting a disclaimer that this post is not intended to place any pressure on you, I am simply giving your “food of thought” so when you are ready to take on Easter project maybe I have helped a little.
One of my favourite products in the current Occasions Catalogue is the Berry Basket Die, I have always loved little Berry Baskets but I LOVE the die because I can cut them out in cardstock that suits my project. I have used Kraft cardstock with Strawberry Slush dot printed paper for the scallop band holding the sides together and added a bow made from the Bow Builder Punch.
I have to say I just adore the framelets from Handpicked, I wanted them a little stronger then simply cut from cardstock so I have cut them from 2.5mm Balsa Wood and attached the stamped image to the front, I love it having a wooden element. I should not that you do need to pass the framelet and Balsa Wood through the Big Shot a few times for it to cut but totally worth it.
Well I hope you enjoyed this simple Easter idea, I am making a bunch more and sitting them on the table for Easter Sunday family lunch with everyone’s name in place of Happy Easter, acting like place cards but WAY cuter.
Don’t forget that We Stamp For Lara starts March 1st and you going have a few days left to get the early bird rate. It is a wonderful cause and looks of inspiring ideas.
Next up on the Artisan Blog Hop is Vicky, I always so excited to see what she creates.
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I love when INKspired Sketch Sunday rolls around, it is a blog hop made up of talented stampers part of my Stampin’Up! Team, I design a sketch and we all take inspiration from the sketch to create a card. I will admit that every blog hop I also make a joke of who designed this sketch, it’s too hard or I don’t like it I guess its good to challenge yourself, we would love to have you join in and create a card using our sketch.
Here is my card I created based on this week sketch, a lot of paper was wasted in the creation of this card! I had no idea what I was doing and started a few different ones but they were just not working for me. If you look at the sketch it does have a banner coming of the circle but as I stamped a quote in the circle it looked funny with the banner so I stamped the butterflies and I have them coming off the circle to make up the lack of banner. I am quite the rule breaker this week!
I had double inspiration for my card this week, taking the layout for the INKspired Sketch and colours from the We Stamp for Lara Flyer, myself and 30 other demonstrators are joining together to create a tutorial each for a online fundraiser event for Lara Dunn the daughter of my Stampin’ Sister Madonna Dunn, read more about Lara HERE. The quote even is so fitting for Madonna, I just adore her, she has so much happening with Lara’s health and 3 other children but she always has a positive outlook.
You will not be disappointed with the tutorials and you are helping out a good cause. Please join the fun!
I am giving away a ticket to We Stamp For Lara for this INKspired Blog Hop, simply leave a comment here to go in the draw to win 31 days of tutorials to your email box. If you have registered and win, you will get a refund.
Next up is Barbara Williams on the blog hop
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I must confess I have a terrible habit….. hoarding embellishments! Its really bad, I buy pretty little kits like the current Artisan Embellishment Kit with the sweetest little resit roses! They are so pretty I was not sure I could part with one of them, however my friend receiving the card is very dear and not a cardmaker herself but I know she adores receiving my handmade cards so I guess I should be happy to share my “Pretty Little Things”
I have used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies cutting the shape from Kraft cardstock, behind the butterfly is Filter Paper for a light layer and then Champagne Glimmer Paper, I wish the photo showed the sparkle of the glimmer paper, I LOVE this stuff. I placed the layered butterfly on ticket tags from Celebration Basics Kit.
Here is the inside of the card, like the front I have Crisp Cantaloupe dots, sawing and a little glimmer paper. The butterflies stamped are the CUTEST and from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar and perfect for this card.
Next stop on the Artisan Blog hop is the talented Vicky Hayes waving the flag for the UK.