I love sending out birthday cards and try to get as many in the post as I can for my friends that I don’t see so often. I’ll confess now – they are very often late! I hardly ever allow enough time for the postal service to do its thing!
I also have problems planning across the borders of months, which means birthdays in the first week of the month almost always catch me out! The “little-bit-late” stamp from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set is an absolutely perfect solution for my tardiness!
I’ve stamped the sentiment in white on Basic Black cardstock and then added it to a card full of colour!
The card front is Whisper White cardstock with Bumblebee, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight ink blended with makeup brushes. Once that was dry, I layered 3 sunflowers in Whisper White (Sunflowers Dies) and then trimmed the edges.
I love this stamp set and think you will too!
Stop back in tomorrow when I share another card we made at a recent class using the gorgeous ‘wishing you the happiest of birthdays’ stamp. Big stamps can be intimidating but I’ll share a fun (but easy) way to make it the feature.
Welcome to week 12 of Social Stamping. The theme today is ‘travel’.
With three young kids in the mix at Papercraft HQ, my travel plans at this point of my life are not extensive, elaborate or far reaching. A girl can certainly dream though! On my list of places I’d like to travel are the Maldives to one of those resorts on the water, Croatia to see it’s magnificent coastline, Japan to see the cherry blossoms and Vietnam for some more South East Asian Culture. What’s on your bucket list of travel destinations?
With COVID-19 changing how we all travel for the immediate future, I’m excited about some travel around the state I live in – which is huge and a major internationally appealing travel destination, so I’m very lucky!
My project for today is inspired by the time honoured tradition of sending postcards while on holiday. Nanna Papercraft holidays more often than I do and always sends lots of postcards along the way to include us in the fun. International holiday related happy mail is always fun to receive, even if they do beat some of them back!
The stamping for this card is black heat embossing on Whisper White cardstock using the boy from the Silhouette Scenes stamp set. I love the symbolism of the boy looking into the future. I imagine him searching for the great adventures that lie ahead.
I used my Stamparatus so I could get the boy in the same place on every panel. The panels are coloured with different inks (Real Red, Bermuda Bay & Crushed Curry) and splattered with water to add some texture.
This is the reverse side that turns it into a postcard…
How awesome are the Swirly Frames stamps for creating a postcard theme!!!
I feel like this might be the start of a new phase! Postcards are fun to send through the mail because not just the recipient gets to enjoy them on the way!
I’m having one of those weeks, months, or is it years?!? where I can’t believe it’s the end of May! Time is just rushing by!
My stamping friends have now joined me for ten Social Stamping Blog Hosts – a big thank you to them for sharing in this with me. What started as a way to connect and share during COVID has now become a Saturday ritual.
The theme for today is hearts. You can see the whole list of designers who are participating by clicking here for the Blog Host post, or keep clicking on the next button to take the trip around.
The colours and styling for this card started with wanting the heart to be printed on Crumb Cake cardstock. So far, all the cards I’ve made and many of the ones I’ve seen other share have printed the sentiments on Whisper White cardstock. I wanted to try it out on Crumb Cake – and I love it!!! The sentiment is cut using the solid heart from the Heart Punch Pack.
One of my favourite combinations for Crumb Cake is Mint Macaron and Whisper White. I had the Forever Fern bundle delivered this week and I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous leaves from the Forever Flourishing Dies. These dies were available as an early release to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. They can be purchased by customers from Wednesday (3rd June).
I’ve added in some Vellum leaves because I love how this softly fills out a leafy flourish. There’s also Nature’s Twine and Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon behind the heart for some lovely texture.
Here’s my little cheat trick for getting the twine on each side without looping across the back. This saves a lot of ribbon for big shapes! Add some Tear & Tape (or other double sided adhesive) to the back of the shape. Make a circle with the twine or ribbon and then fold it back on itself From the front, it will look like it loops across and back, but you’ll save yourself a heap of ribbon or twine (especially for large shapes).
You can add more ribbon behind the twine loops for extra texture, like I’ve done in my card using the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon.
While I was taking photos of my cards today (because last minute is how I roll!), these little guys appeared on the fence. Native to Australia, Kookaburras have the most amazing ‘laugh’. We often hear them in the trees but we don’t see them as much.
One more share, since hearts are all about love – here’s an anniversary card I made for the Social Stamping May Kits.
The theme for today is sunshine. Summer is my favourite season. I love hot weather and I love the warmth and light that the sun brings to a day. The sun for me is a symbol of hope and positivity. I initially chose this theme to coordinate with the Share Sunshine digital stamp set brought out by Stampin’ Up as a special release to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. Many of the sentiments in the download are uplifting and quirky and make for great rays of sunshine to brighten someone’s day (hence the title of the set!!).
This is my card using the Share Sunshine PDF images with a blended rainbow on Shimmery White cardstock.
The colours are all from the Brights family – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape, blended with a makeup brush.
The ‘sending love & paper hugs’ is one of my favourites from the digital stamp set – and just perfect to let someone know you are thinking about them. Since the set is being sold as a download to my computer, I’ll have this set forever, without needing any physical storage and I can just print the pages I need, as I need them.
I’ve added another sentiment from the download to the middle of the card with more of the rainbow card I made.
This theme inspired me to create another card, using the bright yellow of the sun as the main feature – with some white clouds and a ‘hello sunshine’ sentiment.
The stamp set is a retired favourite (I can bear to part with that hello) called Hello. It was a Sale-A-Bration stamp set many years ago, but I often pull it out because of the awesome fonts and cool sentiments.
Since I’ve decided I do like gingham after all (slow but steady seems to be the craft style here!), I’ve used Pineapple Punch DSP in the gingham pattern from the 2018-2020 In Color DSP. The cloud die is another retired favourite – Rainbow Builder Dies.
Speaking of rainbows, do you remember my rainbow window from week three? I updated it again yesterday with balloons for my birthday. I was convinced it was going to fall down as soon as I put it up, but over a month later, it has survived everything including the most intense storm I’ve seen recently.
I most often craft in the afternoons while Little Master Papercraft has his afternoon nap, and then again at night when all the Little Papercrafts are in bed. So I didn’t realise, but when the sunshine is coming through the window in the morning, it projects a silhouette of the rainbow wall onto the wall behind my computer. What a beautiful sight!
I hope the reflections you see this weekend are beautiful and you take the time to stop and notice. If there’s one thing that this pandemic has allowed me to enjoy, it’s a a slower pace and enjoying the little details!
Next hop to visit for more sunny inspiration is Nicole Wilson. Nicole is one of the brightest and joy spreading humans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. She’s vibrant and generous and radiates positivity. Everyone is better for spending time with Nicole!
With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit. You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive. Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself. As it turns out, I can and I did!
The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.
How cool is that??? I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size. From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”. Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo. To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.
I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock. The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make
Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in. And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic. To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.
Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…
Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…
Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home. For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.
LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half
To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″). Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.
The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.
I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know! Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.
Just one week til Valentine’s Day! With three kids in the mix, our recent celebrations have extended only to a card – which is a task I can live up to!
This Valentine’s Day card was the make & take project for our recent team meeting. I wanted to share the From My Heart suite with the team and also my current obsession with ink blending.
The background for this card was made using Stampin’ Up! Classic Inks – Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick & Real Red. I applied them using make up brushes – which are perfect for ink blending, and also super easy to clean.
Start with the lightest colour, making sure to swipe the brush on scrap paper first before adding ink to your cardstock. This helps to avoid harsh marks where you first put your brush. I find working in a combination of left to right and swirling circles helps me to build up the colour evenly.
Once you’ve got the desired depth of colour, ink up the brush with the next darkest colour and blend to overlap the first colour. Continue until you’ve got all colours. You can always go back and add more ink if you think certain patches or colours need it – but the trick to ink blending is to get your project to a point where the colour has been applied but it still looks a little rough and leave it to dry – that’s when the magic happens! The superior quality of our Whisper White cardstock makes it ideal for ink and it absorbs and settles beautifully. So, in this case, the advice to put down the brush and step away is worth listening to!
Although I love the smoothness of the ink layered together, I love the texture created by adding water droplets once you’ve finished with the ink blending. There are many different ways to achieve this effect – I like to squeeze water to the end of my Aqua Painter and then flick the brush end of the Aqua Painter across the lid and let the water flick everywhere. I find this gives me varying size water droplets.
With my background completed, it was time to assemble my loved up card. I cut the ink blended background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and mounted it on a Thick Whisper White base (half an A4 sheet). I then cut the Detailed Hearts Die on Whisper White and trimmed a portion to lay across my card. I love this die! I left some of the hearts in the die cut, rather than popping them all out.
And finally the sentiment – HVD was stamped from the Heartfelt stamp set in Flirty Flamingo and the arrow in Smoky Slate. I’ve cut the hearts using the Heart Punch Pack – it has both smooth and scalloped heart bundles. Buy the punches in a 2 pack ($A59), or together with the stamp set (bundle = $A80).
The Just Add Ink Design Team start every new year with a whole team blog hop. This year we’re celebrating extra hard – 10 years and 1000 followers. What a great achievement! Congrats to past & present Just Add Ink contributors – to my wonderful design team colleagues and especially to the wonderful crafters to join in our challenges every week. We appreciate you being part of the JAI magic!
The theme for the challenge is “Celebrate”. I’ve made an interactive birthday card using a present Santa slipped into my Christmas stocking.
The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die set cuts all the pieces needed (in the right proportions) to make a spinner card that reveals 4 different sentiments when you spin it around. I’ve used the coordinating Lawn Fawn stamp set for perfectly sized sentiments.
The rest of my supplies are Stampin’ Up! – featuring a Birthday Bonanza theme. This is my favourite suite from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.
Using an oval shaped makeup brush with a handle, I applied Granny Apple Green ink to the top half of my cardstock and Garden Green to the bottom. I then flicked the whole piece with an Aqua Painter filled with water to add some texture. I am currently obsessed with this style of ink background!
I then cut with the die and added a koala and lion cut from the Birthday Bonanza DSP. While I don’t mind fussy cutting (and you certainly could), these little cuties are cut with the Bonanza Dies. They cut the coordinating stamp from the Bonanza Buddies stamp set – but they also cut quite a few of the DSP images.
I love not having to worry about the colouring! This die set also has the super cute bunting you see. There’s also an awesome tag die that I haven’t used in this card. I had planned to use the toucan DSP die cut on the card too, but it ended up being too busy, so I popped him in the middle.
Next stop on our DT hop is my gorgeous bestie Lou Kitzelman who has made the sweetest garden card.
Please join the challenge on the Just Add Ink blog and share any project you’ve made with a celebration theme. We just love seeing what you’re making! Just Add Ink welcomes any brand of supplies, any style and from any online platform. Don’t have a blog, Facebook page, Instagram or Pinterest where you share your projects? Email it to the Just Add Ink admin team and they’ll upload it for you!
As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift. We’ll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also – to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop – 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags….
PLEASE NOTE: Prizes are only eligible to South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) entries – sorry to those of you from all around the world, postage prices are very steep these days. However, Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive their prize regardless of which country they live in.
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This sketch could take you anywhere! The design team have had such fun with it – flipping it, rotating it, stretching it and making it into wonderful cards! We’d like you to do the same – share your project inspired by this sketch to the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog.
I’ve added a touch of magic to the sketch with the unicorn from the Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set. I’ve been having fun with this sweet set – it’s perfect in a house with lots of girls!
The unicorn is heat embossed in silver and then had its mane coloured with Watercolour Pencils – Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Bermuda Bay.
For the background, I clear heat embossed the stars on Shimmery White and then blended inks – Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape & Bermuda Bay .Before adding ink.
Add in a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Ribbon, a Melon Mambo lace border, a white heat embossed sentiment and a couple of pearls – and we’re done!
This card will be perfect for the next girly party we go to! It’s always handy to have some cards on hand for when life gets a bit busy and there’s more parties than craft time!