Posts tagged ‘In stitches’

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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May 28, 2011

Faux mother of pearl…


I saw a tutorial on the Slitcoaststampers website for the faux mother of pearl technique which was totally new to me.  The tutorial was really easy to follow and I was so pleased with the results.  It gave a very luxurious, expensive feel to the background paper I made.   

You can just about see how the shimmer mist paint makes the background shiny …

I made a full A4 size sheet using whisper white cardstock and so had plenty to make several cards…


I used my favourite Nature Walk stamp set, distressed the edges by sponging with crumb cake ink and used the In Stitches stamp to stamp a stitching line up the sides of the card which I think looks just like a row of little bird footprints!  Love it! 


Stampin Up supplies used:

Cardstock: whisper white, basic black, very vanilla, crumb cake; Inks: basic gray, crumb cake, black stazon, pink pirouette, champagne mist shimmer paint, bashful blue, certainly celery, so saffron, perfect plum; Stamp sets: in stitches, nature walk, sweet swirls, sincere salutations, occasional quotes (level 3 hostess set); Punches: decorative label; Accessories: blender pen, stampin’ dimensionals, glue dots, whisper white organza ribbon, basic pearls, pretty in pink taffeta ribbon.  


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