Archive for ‘Spring’

July 23, 2014

All things bright and beautiful – handmade greetings cards …

Hi, and welcome to my blog.  

So I was in my craft room the other day, tidying my card scraps into some semblance of order … well, when I say tidying I mean playing. I loved how some brightly coloured card from the brights colour range by Stampin’ Up looked next to each other – tempting turquoise, melon mambo, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie and lucky limeade – lucky limeade is retired but I throw nothing away, and if you’re listening Stampin’ Up – I MISS LUCKY LIMEADE! (just sayin’).  

Inspired by the colours, I sat down and made some bright and cheerful greetings cards for upcoming family birthdays and events – my “string and blings”…

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Whilst tidying up, I found an old stamp set by Inkadinkado which has been in my stash for years. I just love the fun and funky images – they look rather like zentangle … 

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I stamped the images onto whisper white cardstock, added a sentiment using my stampamajig for perfect alignment, then distressed the edges of the cardstock a little …

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I used neutrals white and neutrals ivory cardstock to cut mat layers, stamped the edges with the unmounted stitches jumbo wheel (tutorial here), wrapped lengths of string around and then mounted the stamped images on top …

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I adhered these to coloured cardstock, then added lots of pretty sequins, beads and bling from my stash to complement …

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I love the way this particular sentiment from Stampin’ Up follows the lines of the fish – looks a little wave-like to me …

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I had so much fun!  All those gorgeous bright colours just make me happy! 

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I also made a couple in more muted tones (no sunglasses required …)

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All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated.

cardstock: tempting turquoise, melon mambo, pumpkin pie, lucky limeade, daffodil delight, whisper white, natural ivory, naturals white;

stamp sets: animal stamps by Inkadinkadoo, in stitches jumbo wheel, sentiments from various Stampin’ Up stamp sets;

inks: black stazon, sahara sand, lucky limeade, pumpkin pie, old olive, basic grey;

accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, tombo multi-purpose glue, stamp-a-majig, sahara sand stampin’ write marker pen, string from my stash (or rather my husband’s DIY box – sshhhh, don’t tell him). 

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Thanks for dropping by today.


March 27, 2013

Quick and easy punch art Easter bunny and tutorial…

With Easter being early this year, despite the snow outside, I decided to make some super cute punch art  Easter cards for my friends and family, using Stampin’ Up punches and some of their gorgeous designer series paper.

The first one for my best friend, Debs, using the Birds of a Feather dsp –

Punch art Easter bunny in crumb cake

I really like the pastel colours of the designs in this set of papers, and how cute the egg pattern looks on the flower pot.

I added a sentiment from the teeny tiny wishes set, stamped in marina mist, punched out with the word window punch and layered onto a modern label punched shape, with a few white gel pen doodle dots for highlights.  I also tied a small bow from 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon, and adhered it with a glue dot.

A close up of the eyes …

Punch art Easter bunny in crumb cake eyelashes

I loved this cute little guy so much I made another, this time a 6″ x 6″ card using the Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp from the spring/summer catalogue …

Punch art Easter bunny

I love those fluffy clouds and the pretty Easter colours of the striped paper too …

Punch art Easter bunny in soft suede

Would you like to make one of these cute bunnies yourself?  It’s really easy!

You will need the following Stampin’ Up punches …

extra large oval
large oval
small oval
narrow oval (retired)
¾” circle


and for the eyes and nose? ….


the paper doily sizzlit – found on page 191 of the main catalogue …

you know those bits you usually poke out and throw away?  Well don’t dispose of them … they are the perfect shapes for eyes and noses!  Cut one doily in whisper white, and one in basic black.  Not only will you have a large supply of punched pieces to use on your cute bunnies, but you’ll have two gorgeous doilies for use on your other projects too!

I have a free tutorial showing how to make the punch art bunny here.

And there you have it – a super cute, quick and easy punch art bunny to use on your projects.  Just change up the colours and the bunny could be used for baby or children’s projects too.  Hope you have fun making him!


Here’s what I used to make today’s cards – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: crumb cake or soft suede, whisper white, certainly celery, basic black, pretty in pink, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, lucky limeade; stamp sets: teeny tiny wishes; inks: chocolate chip, pretty in pink, crumb cake, marina mist; punches: ornament, word window, modern label, extra large oval, large oval, oval, narrow oval (retired), ¾” circle; accessories: paper doily sizzlit, big shot, stampin’ write markers in basic grey and tempting turquoise, white gel pen, stampin dimensionals, tombow glue, glue dots, 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon, paper snips, sponge daubers.

Thanks for dropping by today


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