Posted in Card making, Gifts, Lettering sets

Make a difference

I’m a sucker for a pretty font and it was no different when I spotted this beautiful lettering set in the latest stampin’ up! Catalogue.

Make a difference is not just lettering but includes numbers, cute sayings for the back of cards and 2 different styles of fonts in full alphabets. It’s got a hashtag too #Fabulous

The 2 style fonts work really well together. I made these thank you cards for a christening for one of my customers. They turned out beautiful πŸ’•

The fairy stamp set is one of my favs and you can take a closer look at this set here

Next up I got my gold wand out and heat embossed the letters for this wedding card- making it extra special ✨

I used the stunning laser cut paper, a total must have for any crafter. Click here to lust after this paper πŸ–€

For my Etsy shop I get asked a lot to personalise cards, so for me this set is just PERFECT.

Totally great for dates of birth too.

What’s more you can stamp little sayings on the back of cards πŸ–€

To order any of these items I’ve used please visit my shop πŸ–€

Do more of what makes you happy!

G x

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Flower Power 🌸

Floral patterns is such a classic and has to be one of my favourite things from Cath kidston prints to flowery stamps, I just immediately get drawn in. And so the theme flower Power for today’s blog had me skipping to my craft room.

The first thing I explored was a sweet little set called varied vases. Cute stamps with matching punch. I made a set of 4 notelets that would be great for most occasions.

I couldn’t resist using this set to make up a memories and more page. I used a photo of a recent day out in the Yorkshire country side and teamed it with the delightfully detailed card pack and the varied vases.

My next make was a bigger flower from the beautiful day stamp set that I embossed in white on all my fav colour card stock.

I cut the flowers and made it into a flower garland for my little girls bedroom.

For more flowery makes visit these lovely ladies who have some fab ideas on their blogs today 🌸

Anna

Kelly

Elizabeth

Jennyfer

Hope you’ve been inspired to make some floral creations of your very own.

Happiness blooms from within. And from your craft room πŸ™πŸ»

G x

Posted in Memories and More

Memories and more

I absolutely love my little scrapbook album. It’s so nice to finally have photos actually printed off rather than just on my phone.

It’s nice to find time for yourself to look back on memories and to put them into an album that you can treasure.

It’s a great way of bringing a little creativity in to your life and you can do it all from your sofa with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Perfect!

The album I use is called memories and more by stampin’ up! It’s so easy to use!

Step 1 : choose your album. There are 2 sizes to choose from. Either 6 by 8 kraft journal or a leather 12 by 12 album

Step 2: select your photo pocket pages. This will depend on what size journal you get. Click here for 6 by 8 variety and here for 12 by 12

Step 3: choose your memories and more card pack. These make your pages look beautiful. There are lots to choose from. Click here to take a look.

My newest memories and more card pack is called delightfully detailed. It’s full of cute sayings, soft colours and laser cut paper. It has sweet little stickers too to jazz up any pages in your scrapbook.

What I love about the card packs is that you can choose to keep things simple by just using the cards and photos together or you can add other products and layering techniques to make a wow page.

With left over papers I made these monochrome pages. This is the great thing about memories and more. You can use what you have.

The lettering is an alphabet stamp set called labeler

The card packs can be used in other ways to make cards and home decor by putting them into photo frames to make cute gifts. You can certainly get your money’s worth out of the pack with a little imagination!

If you need anymore help with getting started give me a shout.

Do something for yourself and see how much you enjoy switching off and enjoying some creative therapy. You won’t regret it.

G x

Posted in Card making, craft class, techniques

Dreams can come true πŸ–€

I’ve had a lovely week chasing dreams with these pretty dream catchers from this gorgeous set follow your dreams…..

The set comes with matching framelits making it super easy to cut and add different dimensions. The card above was made using the garden impressions dsp. This paper is really pretty and I particularly loved the soft colours of this piece.

I’ve been exploring braying recently and made this gorgeous backing paper in mint macaron with an ombrΓ© effect πŸ–€ There are so many tutorials out there that really help but the main thing is just to experiment on scrap pieces of paper first. You can buy your own brayer by clicking here

I love a good embossing folder and the new ‘tufted‘ is no exception! It goes great with the prettiness of a dream catcher.

I matched up the twinkle twinkle punch on this next card to cut the stars in each corner. It has a rustic feel to it with the twine and crumbcake card.

The feather stamp is so beautifully detailed I made a great backing paper for a baby frame using it.

Do you love PINK?

Then this next card is for you! Inspired by @stemplewise

To have a go using this set come along to mine and Anna’s dream catcher workshop where you can explore braying and making some super pretty cards. To find out more click here

If you can dream it you can do it πŸ’•

G x

Posted in Card kits, Card making

Soft sayings card kit

I love stampin’ up! Card kits as all the thinking is done for you.

Soft sayings is such a sweet kit full of lovely embellishments and soft colours. The kit literally comes with everything you need. Stamps, acrylic block, ink, twine, washi tape, cards, envelopes and embellishments. The only thing you will need to buy is glue.

It’s a great way to begin card making or if you are a card maker already I’d say it gives you some easy thinking creations that look fab.

The kit makes 20 cards which should help with all the birthdays and occasions the year brings.

You could easily use bits of the kit on other projects too. And when it’s all run out they sell refill kits! Perfect πŸ–€

Click here to take a closer look Soft sayings card kit

Hope you get some crafty time soon.

G x

Posted in Card making, craft class

Wedding season

So the wedding season is in full swing so I thought what better time to do a class based around a wedding theme.

The first project was this vintage wedding card using my fav colours petal pink and mint macaron. I chose to use some dsp from natures poem as it just screams romance with the textured back ground and minty green leaves. I measured out a small strip and attached to white card. I find this is a good way to use dsp as it makes it last longer and it’s not too over powering but adds a vibrant touch to cards. The next strip is much thinner and I chose glimmer paper in sparkle. I then used the petal palette stamp set and framelits. I used gray granite for the outline as looks softer than black, using my aqua painter I added petal pink and mint macaron. The sentiment is mounted on crumb cake cut with a stitched framelit. Finished off with white polka dot ribbon πŸ–€

Next we used the amazing new petal promenade dsp. Oh my this is so beautiful up close.

Using the white card and detailed floral thinlits tied with polka dot ribbon and a flower this makes such a pretty card.

Both these cards are quite versatile and can be used for weddings, engagements and anniversaries πŸ’•

Next up is this cute little confetti pillow box.

Made with sweet smelling petals 🌸 we used the gorgeous big flower from beautiful day and embossed in gold. Using the blenders just add a little colour, gradually building it up at the edges. Add some polka dot ribbon and you’re good to go!

“Throw kindness around like confetti”

The take home treat today to enjoy was a chocolate lolly with a big glittery initial on πŸ–€

Hope you get some crafty time soon.

G x

Posted in Card making

Animal Outing

I just love making new baby cards. It’s such a precious time for a family so it deserves a rather special card that’s been made with lots of love and thought.

The colour I chose for this card is Petal pink. Such a scrumptious colour! Perfect for a baby girl.

I used this new fab set pick a pennant to make the bunting. It comes with Alphabet and numbers and even a little hash tag!

This set is perfect for adding names and personalising your makes. Especially if you sell your creations. I added these cute little pearls to the bunting too πŸ’—

Animal outing

I’ve had this set for a few weeks and keep looking at it wondering just what to do. Luckily I saw some fab inspiration from costalcrafter and just knew I had to make a similar card.

I started by using my aqua pen to shade the kangaroo from animal outing in Crumb cake with a little petal pink on her tummy and the koala bear in gray granite. She sits on a stitched framelit in petal pink cardstock. I used a cutting of wood textures dsp at the bottom of the card. I think the natural paper really brings out the pink tones of this card.

A bit of crumb cake ribbon and ta dah…..

If you would like to know more about the materials I’ve used click my shop now button to download a catalogue.

Hope you get some crafty time soon.

G x

Posted in Blog hops, Home decor

A Hint of Mint

Today’s blog is all about the new colour mint macaron! I love this colour, it’s so dreamy and fresh and happens to go great with my other new fav colour pink petal. They make a great colour combo.

For my hint of mint challenge I decided to do something a little different. I’ve been inspired by lots of great crafters doing pretty paper crafts on embroidery hoops.

It’s my sisters birthday so I thought I would make this little gift for her to hang on her dressing table πŸ’—

I used this beautiful paper from natures poem to back the embroidery hoop. I used multipurpose glue which is strong enough to hold it all together. I then used the petal palette stamp set to stamp out these vintage flowers and birds in gray granite. Then with my aqua pen I softly added mint macaron.

The framelits for this set cut them all out perfectly. The framelits also have the cutest little detailed flower that I cut using petal pink card stock.

A few pearls here and there make it look super pretty πŸ’—

To personalise it I painted up a wooden mdf letter and decorated it with a rose here and there. I stuck this down using dimensionals.

Laura’s birthday treat

Today’s blog is a blog hop with some fellow crafters. These ladies are soooo super talented so be sure to hop over!

Check out their blogs for more hint of mint creations πŸ‘‡πŸ»

πŸ–€ Anna pickering

πŸ–€ Elizabeth Richards

Hope you all get some creative time soon.G x

Posted in Card making

Large letter framelits

This set of dies are a total game changer.

I wanted the large letter framelits for so long and after saving up a while (as they have quite a hefty price tag) they were so totally worth it! I would definitely recommend adding these on to your Christmas wish list ❀️

I LOVE creating personalised cards and gifts using my trusty large letters. They are so big and bold, they literally do all the talking.

Today I wanted to make a new home card. I used the framelits to spell out home and cut them in petal pink cardstock. One of my new buys is the gorgeous petal palette set which i knew I just had to use.

I went for soft sea foam card with a little wood textures dsp to make the colours stand out.

I love this little sentiment “some things are just meant to be” perfect for lots of different occasions. I think the gray granite ink makes the card look really vintage and romantic ❀️

Here are a few other cards I’ve made with the large letter framelits. These go down so well on etsy.

In my next craft class we will be using the large letter framelits along with the gorgeous petal palette set.

Wishing you lots of creative time soon. And remember money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy craft supplies and that’s pretty close.

G x

Posted in Card making, craft class, Home decor

Fabulous flamingo

I adore this gorgeous set and I couldn’t wait to get designing projects for my upcoming craft class.

Watercolour flamingo

The first project was a beautiful water colour background for a very bright pink flamingo to sit upon.

To create this back ground you need an aqua pen and ink. I wanted a really bright teal/green to go with the vibrant pink so I chose call me clover. Pop some ink onto your aqua painter and have a little practice on some scrap paper. Once you feel confident get some white card cut to size and have a go at making brush marks going back and forth. Build up colour in some areas and leave it subtle in other areas.

To give extra dimension I used the bubble stamp from magical mermaids in lemon lime twist and scatter it around the water colour.

The flamingo stamp set is a photopolymer set of stamps to give a build up of texture and colour tones. It makes it look so effective.

I stamped the flamingo out in powder pink and flirty flamingo and then cut it out and place it on the watercolour. I chose to emboss the ‘thanks’ sentiment in white powder onto vellum. Place a few silver trinket leaves at either side. Doesn’t she look fabulous?

One thing I have started to enjoy is to make envelopes. For special cards, a homemade envelope just finishes it off.

These are so simple to make. I used my envelope punch board and trimmed a piece of whisper white card 12 by 12 down to 9.5 by 9.5. The punch board tells you all the measurements you need to know and when to score making it so easy. Once I trimmed my card down I used the botanical leaf stamp from the fabulous flamingo set to print different colour leaves all over the card. Once again I used inks call me clover and lemon lime twist.

Candle delight

The second project was a 3D creation.

First I used the coral paper from natures poem dsp to cut a belly band to go around the candle.

Stamp out the flamingo and leaves onto card and cut. I then used some gold sequin trim and the new gorgeous leaf trinkets. I chose rose gold and then decorated the belly band with all the above and ta da…..

Tickled pink for you

This card is super gorgeous! The pink and gold together just gets me swooning every time!

I used the new ruffled embossing folder for my background to give my petal pink card some pretty thrills.

This time the flamingo outline and the leaves were embossed with gold.

Layer up just like the candle with the gold trim behind.

Use the stitched framelits on white card with powder pink leaves on and then put the sentiment in flirty flamingo with a few cute pearls scattered around.

And there you are one fabulous flamingo looking Pretty perfect.

It was such a pleasure to show the girls these little projects. We had a great few hours crafting whilst talking love island and wedding outfits. Sometimes you just need a few hours out with lovely people.

Next craft class

As we are in the thick of wedding season, my next class in July will be focused on some romantic makes. Keep a look out on my Instagram page for the details.

Hope you enjoy some crafty time soon and remember to ‘be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons’

Gemma xx

Posted in Card making, craft class, techniques

Embossing Paste Party

Embossing with Paste is one of my favourite techniques. I learnt this in one of my craft classes when I first started out with the lovely Anna Pickering

I enjoyed it so much I wanted to treat my ladies to the fun Paste.

We made three cards using Embossing Paste and the decorative masks

The easiest way to use the masks is to stick it down at the top with the good old washi tape. Slide your paper or card underneath and the washi tape will stop the mask from moving around or smudging.

Once your set up get the palette knives and start spreading. It’s very therapeutic so try and enjoy the process! You need a thin layer covering your mask and when you peel it off you will probably squeal in delight.

Leave it to set for around 10 to 15 minutes and then you will be good to go.

The decorative masks come in 4 designs which are all lovely and make great backgrounds.

We used the cloud mask to make a new baby card using the wood textures dsp. The white clouds really stand out on the natural backgrounds.

We then used the brick mask to make a children’s birthday card on Crumbcake cardstock. This colour is just an essential part of most of my crafty projects, I just LOVE it.

The third card used the diamonds mask and instead of white embossing paste we used the glitter embossing paste which adds a sparkly shimmer to any project.

We made a U fold card using pool party card stock and pasted the diamonds at the back of it. We used the rainbows and unicorn to hold up the front.

This card was a little more technical than the others so took the longest time but it was so worth it!

Back at home I was asked to make a christening card. I used this design and attached the large letter framelits to personalise this already beautiful card. I cut the letters using my big shot and sparkle glimmer paper and I just LOVED it! I made a special gift bag for it to go in so it really did look the bees knees. The customer was so happy with her bespoke card.

You can also use the masks with the sponge daubers by putting ink on the ends. Just push them down into your ink pads and dab away.

This creates a really dreamy back ground and the possibilities are endless with all the amazing colours stampin’ up! do.

One of my more recent cards using the paste was for a new baby. This time I used the foxy friends set in crumb cake ink. Doesn’t he look the cutest?

My next craft class is all about the fabulous flamingo set and takes place on June the 24th @BrewsBitesBooks cafe in Wakefield. For anyone local pop on down.

For anyone not local who just wants to drool over the new catalogue here’s the link craft goodies

Thank you for reading and I hope I have inspired a little Paste Party at your house!

Gemma xx

Posted in Card making, Gift Tags

Brushwork Alphabet

I’m always using my trusty Brushwork Alphabet stampsetΒ to personalise my makes.

These beautiful stamps have really helped my etsy shop take off with a bang!

I use them not only for cards and gift tags but also on my frames. They are a must have essential in the world of craft!

As well as my orders I use them to make my friends and family personalised cards and gifts which means so much more than buying a generic shop bought card.

I get lots of questions from fellow crafters about these stamps. The main thing to tell you is that they are so simple and easy to use.

All you need to get started is an acrylic block and some black ink and of course the Brushwork Alphabet stampset

In this stamp set you get upper case and lower case and they come as individual stamps for each letter. I mount my letters one at a time onto my acrylic block and then stamp onto the card. I do this with each individual letter I need and take time to line it up which is easy when the acrylic block is clear and so is the stamp.

Gone are the days of using wooden stamps and trying to line them up by guessing and getting all those horrible lines round each letter.

Here are the days of beautiful hand stamped names that look so effective and professional.

So what are you waiting for ?

Order any of the items featured in my blog by clicking on the item name and following the link to my shop.

Hope you all enjoy some crafty time soon πŸ’Œ