Monday, 17 February 2020

Shaker Cards | Let's Get Hopping Blog Hop

Hello and welcome. Today I'm hopping with the Let's Get Hopping team and this month we are sharing shaker cards. A shaker card is one of the first interactive cards I made when I first started card making and I often find myself making them for my kids to give to their friends. 

To create this card I chose to use the Little Ladybug stamp set, which is an exclusive host benefit set from Sale-a-bration. Aren't these lil ladybugs just the cutest? For the shaker element I used some fussy cut mini ladybugs, some diecut flowers and leaves and some silver sequins.

Next up in the hop is Teresa Brown. I can't wait to see what Teresa and rest of the Let's Get Hopping team have to share with us. 

Happy stamping
- Tan xx 

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Breathtaking Bouquet Meets The Annual Catalogue | Stamping Sunday Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Stamping Sunday blog hop. This months hop is a little different as we have all chosen a stamp set from the January - June Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue and are using it with products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue. Sounds simple enough but given that I have just received my order of new goodies from the Mini Catalogue it was really tough to choose just one stamp set!! I got there in the end and actually enjoyed reconnecting with my supply of Annual Catalogue products.

So in case you hadn't already guessed the stamp set I chose was the Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp. This gorgeous floral stamp has so many uses. You can make a feature of the image by colouring with blends or water colouring, the flowers can be fussy cut out to create your own beautiful bouquet, or the image also makes a stunning background for a project.

I chose to use the image to create a background but instead of stamping on plain cardstock or colouring the images I stamped and embossed the image on a piece of Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper which added extra texture and a variation of colour to the background. 

Because there was already a lot of subtle detail in the background I didn't want the focal point of the card to be too busy so I fussy cut some birds from the Bird Ballad DSP and mounted them over a Sahara Sand and Vellum Stitched Nested Label Die cut and some White Flax Ribbon. Layering Vellum over Sahara Sand cardstock is my favourite way of softening the neutral coloured cardstock.  The sentiment comes from the Free as a Bird stamp set and the card was finished off with some Linen Thread and Pearl Basic Jewels. 

This particular card is a special thank you card for someone and I wanted to give them a little thank you gift as well so I decided to make a coordinating gift box using a Mini Pizza Box. For the gift box I stuck to the same layout and products, just using a different bird image and sentiment and the White Flax Ribbon wraps all the way around the box and secures at the side of the box with a bow.

That's all for from me today. I can't wait to see what stamp set the rest of the design team chose to feature. To follow along the hop click the links below

Crafty hugs, Tan xxx

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Shaking it | Stampin Fancy Friday

Hi there. I am so excited today as I've been invited to join the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team, a team of past and continuing Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to inspire and celebrate creativity. This month we are "Shaking" things up and I've created this shaker card for the occasion.

I love shaker cards. They are so fun and make the perfect card for so many people but they are often my go-to for a fun card for a child. My youngest daughter wanted a special card for one of her besties and she specifically requested rainbow colours so a confetti shaker card seemed the obvious choice. What do you think? I've got a feeling the birthday girl is going to love it.

Just like this card we're also shaking things up this year on the Fancy Friday Design Team! This will be our last official 'blog hop' because we're moving in a new direction! We'll be posting a challenge on the first Friday of every month over on Instagram and Facebook. And then we'll show you our team projects as the month progresses. We can't wait to have you around so any time you're inspired by our challenge, tag us in or use hashtag #stampinfancyfriday. Ok, it's time! Go follow us on Instagram and Facebook - @stampinfancyfriday. But before you do don't forget to continue on the hop. Next up is the amazing Connie Collins from Constantly Stamping. I just adore Connie's work and this project is no exception.

Stay inpsired
- Tan xx