Stepping It Up – ESAD, JAI263 & FMS187

Hello!!!  It was quiet on the blog front over the weekend because I got to escape!!!  3 wonderful days of a child-free mini-break in the big city with some girlfriends.  That’s right, I left Mr Papercraft and the little misses to their own devices and I ran away.

But, I couldn’t leave them (or the craft table) for too long … so I’m back with a bang – three challenges this week!

1. ESAD Demo Designs set by Rebecca McHaffie – to create a beginner’s/simple card and a ‘stepped up’ version of the same card

2. Just Add Ink are adding all things wedding this week, and …

3. Freshly Made Sketches have provided this sketch:

So, with these as my guidelines, I set to work.

This is the simple card I made using some of the products we’re not going to see after 2nd June including the “Your Perfect Day” photopolymer stamp set, Something Borrowed DSP (sniff!) and Labels Framelits:


And then I added some elements to ‘step it up’.


Which got me to thinking… What is it that takes a card from good to great?  And I’ve narrowed it down to 4 main things:

  1. Texture – by adding or enhancing your embellishments, you can add lots of texture to a card that gives it that little something extra.  On this card, I’ve added the bow, embossed the sentiment in gold rather than stamping in a matte colour and added in the patterned DSP.
  2. Layers – adding more layers to a card makes it look more ‘finished’.  Adding a background or mat to a piece of cardstock helps to give your elements more definition.
  3. Dimension – cards with only one layer don’t jump out as much as cards that have increased depth.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are your best friend and on this card I’ve used them to not only raise the ‘congrats’ sentiment but also the main rectangular centrepiece.
  4. Colour – the neutrals of the first card are lovely, but by adding in the gold, the card goes from lovely to special.  Gold is one of my favourite go-to colours for weddings!  I’ve also added in Very Vanilla hearts to complete the ribbon and give the card some balance.

I hope some of the tips above give you some food for thought when designing your next card.  You may also like my 10 tips for getting it right post for more ideas on creating cards to be proud of!  There is such a thing as adding too much to a card, so you want to be sure that everything you add has a purpose.

While on the wedding theme, I wanted to show you a cute little bridal shower gift I made using the stunning Something Borrowed DSP {I’ve said how much I love this DSP before – right?}.

This is made using the soon to be released Gift Bag Punch Board which is so easy to use.  To make up for some of the retiring favourites, you’ll want to add this to your collection!


I started with DSP that was 11″ (which equals the medium size for the punch board) by 7.5″.  I then followed the punch board instructions which gave me the basic bag design.  I cut the front panel out using my Big Shot & Labels framelits and fitted a piece of window sheet in behind to create a peek-a-boo bag.

So cute!!!  This one has some beautiful Body Shop shower gel & body lotion in it (perfect for the bride’s big day) or you could fill it with chocolates or tissues or lip gloss.  Whatever you thought the bride needed.  This would also be a great gift for a birthday, thank you, baby shower … Just a great gift really.  And so quick to make.

The Gift Bag Punch Board cuts all the flaps you need, scores in the right places and then makes holes in the top for ribbon.  And there are instructions for 3 great widths with heights from 4″ through to 12″.  I’m looking forward to seeing what clever ideas pop up on Pinterest for it in the next couple of months.

If you’d like to see the Gift Bag Punch Board (and lots of other new catalogue products) in action and you live local, please RSVP to my catalogue launch event.  I’d love to see you there!  Kelly x

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*** Items in green are only available to demonstrators.  They will appear in the 2015-16 annual catalogue which is available from 2nd June 2015.

*** Items in red are retiring or unlikely to be available after 2nd June (while stocks last).

*** Want to shop online? The hostess code for May is MAB6AJXN.

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