Sunday, 31 May 2020

Share it on a Sunday - Bloom and Grow

Hi Everyone,

It was Donna's turn this week to choose a theme and she chose 'one stamp set 3 ways' and I have chosen to use the lovely Bloom and Grow stamp set and I've made three different cards, let me show you how:


1/2 a sheet of A4 card stock in Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight
3 pieces of whisper white 3 7/8" x 5 5/8" for the inside layers
1 piece of whisper white 3 5/8" x 5 3/8", 1 piece 3 5/8" x 2 7/8", 1 piece 5 3/8" x 2"
1 piece of Magenta Madness card stock  3" x 1 7/8"
1 piece of Bumble Bee card stock 5 5/8" x 3 7/8"
1 piece of silver foil 5 5/8" x 3 7/8", 1 piece 3 3/8" x 2 1/8"
1 piece of gold foil 5 1/2" x 2 1/4" 
1 piece of Just Jade In Colour dsp 5 5/8" x 3 7/8"
Bloom and Grow stamp set
Melon Mambo ink
Call me clover ink
Memento Black ink
Selection of Stampin Blends to colour in the image
Clear embossing powder
Embossing buddy
Versamark ink
Heat Tool
In colour ribbon in Misty Moonlight and Just Jade
In colour enamel dots
Multipurpose adhesive
Mini Glue Dots
Tear and Tape


Fold the three card bases in half and burnish well.  Add a whisper white layer to the inside of all three.

Card 1 - Just Jade

Adhere the dsp to the centre of the card front leaving a small border all the way around.  

Add a piece of ribbon around the centre of the card front with the cut ends at the front, stick it down with tear and tape. I've added it just to the ends of the ribbon that are visible on the front with a little overlap on to the back to keep it secure.

Stamp an image and a sentiment on the small piece of whisper white, I have used Call Me Clover ink as I don't have the new Just Jade yet.

Adhere to the centre front of the card using dimensionals and add an enamel dot in the bottom right corner.

Card 2 - Magenta Madness

Stamp some of the images on the larger piece of whisper white.  I have stamped four times across the corners using Melon Mambo ink as I don't have the Magenta Madness yet.  Add this layer to the silver foil layer and adhere to the front of the card.

Stamp a sentiment on the small piece of magenta card stock with Versamark, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  Add this layer to the smaller silver foil layer and add to the card front using dimensionals.  Add a couple of enamel dots in opposite corners.

Card 3 - Misty Moonlight

Stamp an image on the thin piece of whisper white using Memento Black ink and colour using a selection of Stampin' Blends (I have used daffodil delight, bermuda bay, granny apple green, lovely lipstick, poppy parade and flirty flamingo).

Stamp a sentiment to the bottom right hand corner of the Bumble Bee mat using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and heat set.

Add the coloured layer to the gold foil and then adhere to the top of the Bumble Bee card layer. 

Add a piece of misty moonlight ribbon underneath this and wrap around the back and secure.  Then adhere this layer to the card base.  Add a small bow to the left hand side of the ribbon on the front and secure using mini glue dots.  Add two enamel dots to the right hand corner of the coloured in layer.

There you are, 3 completely different cards using the same stamp set.  I hope that you like them.

Now hop over to see what Donna and Victoria have made this week:

Victoria Littlewood

Happy crafting

Karen XX

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Saturday, 30 May 2020

Sunflower Card in a Matching Box

Hi Everyone,

When I was looking through the new Annual Catalogue, I saw that there is a beautiful stamp set and dies featuring sunflowers. I haven't got them yet but it reminded me of some dies that I have in my stash so I made this box and card set which could very easily be reproduced using the new products when you get them.. Let me show you what I did.


1 piece of night of navy card 5 7/8" x 11 3/4" for the card base
1 piece of night of navy card 8" square for the box base and 1 piece 8 1/16" square for the lid.
2 pieces of whisper white 5 1/2" square
Daffodil delight card to make the sunflowers
Old olive card scraps for the leaves
Scrap of silver foil
Scrap of early espresso card for the centre of the large sunflower
Scraps of night of navy and whisper white for the flower centres and the sentiment mat
Forever Flourishing dies
2 1/4" circle punch
2" circle punch
Selection of small flower or circle punches for the flower centres
Beautiful Friendship stamp set
Die cutting machine
Dies for the sunflowers
Multipurpose adhesive


As I said above, it was the sight of the sunflowers in the catalogue that got me thinking and when I remembered the dies in my stash, I wanted to make a box and use the sunflower as a topper for it.  The card doesn't really need to be in a box, I just made that as something to go inside the lovely box.

To make the box, score each of the pieces of square night of navy at 1" on all four sides and then fold and burnish the score lines.  Cut up the score at each corner to form the tab and notch both sides of each tab.  Add adhesive to the tabs and bring the cut side to the fold on each corner and press in place.

Because the lid is 1/16" larger all round, it should fit beautifully on top of the base.  You can put a thumb notch in either side with a small circle punch if you like.

Die cut some sunflowers to add to the top of the box.  The one I have used has two sizes and I've used both of them to make it fuller.  I've added the centre with a dimensional and used dimensionals to secure it to the box lid.

To make the card - fold the night of navy card stock in half to make the base and burnish it well.  Stamp a sentiment on the whisper white for the inside layer and then add using multipurpose adhesive.

Add the other whisper white layer to the card front.

Die cut some leaves and smaller sunflowers and arrange on the front of the card.  I have used mini dimensionals to pop some of the layers of the flowers up.  I have used several tiny punches to punch out shapes to use as the flower centres.

The silver foil layer behind the sentiment is another part of the sunflower die but you could leave that out of use some foil to cut out the sunflower from the dies.  I've stamped a sentiment using night of navy ink and layered that on a 2 1/4" circle cut out of navy card.

There you are a pretty card inside an even prettier box, I hope that you like it and it has given you an idea to use with your sunflower dies or any other flower dies that you may have.

Happy crafting,

Karen XX

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Friday, 29 May 2020

Fun Fold Friday - #17 Peaceful Poppies Pop Out Card

Hi Everyone,

Today's card is a simple pop out card. I wanted to use the beautiful Peaceful Poppies designer series paper for one last time as it retires in a few days.  The new Stampin' Up! catalogue is available to order from soon and it is filled with some awesome new dsp's and stamp sets, so if you would like a copy let me know.  The dsp that I have used for the front of this card is one I have been hoarding, it's so pretty I didn't want to cut it, but here goes...

There is a video tutorial over on my YouTube channel, click the link below:


1 piece of  blackberry bliss card stock 10" x 7" and 1 piece 6" x 4"
1 piece of whisper white 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
1 piece of dsp 4 7/8" x 6 7/8"
2 pieces of contrasting dsp 4 7/8" x 6 7/8"
Scraps of whisper white, old olive and blackberry bliss
Blackberry bliss ink
Painted poppies stamp set
Sending You Thoughts stamp set
Pretty Label punch
Paper snips
Leaf punch
Simply scored
Bone folder
Multipurpose adhesive


Score the larger piece of blackberry bliss at 5" on the long side and fold and burnish to make the card base.

Score the smaller piece at 1/2", 3" and 5 1/2" on the long side and fold and burnish to make the pop out mechanism for the inside.

Adhere the dsp layers to the front and inside of the card.

Add adhesive to the 1/2" tab sections on either side of the smaller card piece. Attach to the inside of the card so that the fold in the mechanism is level with the fold in the card. The tab pieces fold under and the centre fold will pop outwards (see picture).

Stamp a sentiment on the piece of whisper white and adhere to the left hand side of the pop out section.

Stamp three of the large poppies on the scrap of whisper white using the blackberry bliss ink and then fussy cut them out.

Stamp the sentiment for the front on a scrap of whisper white and punch out with the pretty label punch.  Punch a second pretty label shape using a scrap of blackberry bliss card stock.  Cute the blackberry bliss one in half and arrange on the back of the stamped one so that an edge of the colour can be seen top and bottom of the label (see picture).  Add to the front of the card with dimensionals.

Punch out 3 leaf shapes with the leaf punch from the scraps of old olive card.

Arrange the flowers on the right hand side of the pop out section with the leaves around them, I've added dimensionals to the flowers and tucked the leaves around them.  make sure that the flowers don't overhang the edges of the card when it's closed.

I hope that you will give this a try.

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Happy Crafting,

Karen XX

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