Stamp Focus

Two for Tuesday – Masculine Rainbow Stripes!

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a wild, wet and windy day here in the North East of the UK and feels like summer has been and gone 🙁

We’ve only a week left of the school holidays too, which leaves me with a mix of emotions. As much as I want The Beans to go back and get back into some form of normal routine, I am going to miss having them around again!

Today they have been playing nicely with Lego and gadgets in their playroom, which meant I had a little time in between housework to finish these two cards!

From a recent poll over on Instagram, asking if you wanted to see masculine or feminine cards, masculine came out on top, so that’s what I have started with. Though they do have a little bit of a feminine flair ‘maybe’ with my rainbow colour scheme.

I have a few ‘go to’ clear stamps when it comes to making masculine cards these are the Background Blocks and Background Builder stamps that are often more geometric in theme.

For this first card I have used a favourite of mine which recently came back in stock, Background Builders Wonky Stripes. This is such a fun and focal point stamp that all it needs is a little simple accessorising. Like I have done here with the balloons from Balloon Bash and the Celebrate sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

I have a ‘thing’ for rainbow colours at the moment and I couldn’t resist using them, even though I knew I was making a masculine card. I do have a few male friends that love a rainbow!

I continued my theme of rainbows and stripes for my second card. This time I used the Background Block Wonky Stripes to create an angled strip up the side of my card.

For this I decided to accent with the striped stars from Background Builders Seeing Stars and the Happy Birthday sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

That’s all from me today. Hopefully I will find some more creative time this week, I need to make two 6th Birthday cards for The Beans! Can you believe they turn 6 next week?? Where have those 6 years gone?!

Thanks for stopping by & stay safe.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Hello Sunshine

Happy Monday!

I thought I would pop by and share a Spring themed card to brighten up your day, put a spring in your step and start the week off on a positive note.

This is one of the cards I made over the weekend, when I found some creativity 🙂 I was totally inspired by the comments left on my Sending Hugs post HERE and it got me to thinking about ‘enjoying what we have’ and not what we don’t or want.

So, I took that on board and looked through my favourite challenges online and then to my stash for something I haven’t used for a while. One of the challenges I love to join in on is Freshly Made Sketches. So I decided to join in with the sketch seen HERE and below.

As you can see I was inspired to ink up the heart wreath from Originally Organic Additions. I love this set for Spring & Summer themed cards and I chose to use some yummy The Stamp Market inks, Leafy, Bubble Gum & Melon.

The ‘Hello Sunshine’ sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Tulips and I added some of my favourite Nuvo Drop embellishment to finish my card off. I stocked up on some stamps prior to lockdown & we have a post box just around the corner, so I hope to send some happy mail out this week to spread some cheer.

I hope you have a lovely day & thank you for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs

Stamp Focus… Season Of Beauty Part 1

Happy Friday!

I thought I’d pop in today with a trio of cards I have made using the NEW Season Of Beauty clear stamp set and show you a little more of how the foliage stamps in the set can be used. This set is so fun and has so many possibilities all year round.

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First up I was inspired to use some non-traditional foliage colours and really wanted to join in on the current colour challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below my card.

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I love a bit of colour blocking and foliage silhouettes, the result is a simple one layer card. I paired the large foliage silhouette with one of my favourite sentiments from Originally Organic clear stamp set.

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Next I decided to go for something more ‘foliage traditional’ with a trio of Altenew greens…

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This card was inspired by another challenge, this time the current sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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I felt the foliage silhouettes suited the movement of the elements of the sketch. Some simple stamping and fussy cutting with sentiment stripe adhered with foam adhesive. Plus my favourite Nuvo Drops accents to finish the card.

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Lastly for today, a rainbow…

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Who doesn’t love a rainbow and how cute do the small foliage silhouettes look in a rainbow of colour? I used a selection of Catherine Pooler inks for this card and I just love how the colours look together. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II.

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I hope my cards have shown you how this clear stamp set isn’t just for Christmas and can be used all year round. If not, I have some more cards to share in part 2 coming in the next few days!

Until then, thank you for stopping by & have a wonderful Friday.

Crafty Hugs


Stamp Set Focus – Background Builders Classics

Hey!

I had planned on writing this blog post last night, but the motherhood exhaustion hit post Bean bedtime and I just chilled instead – sorry!

Anyway, this is one of those types of post that I keep meaning to do more of and then life/other work gets in the way. I had also envisioned I would use more of the stamps from the clear stamp set I am focusing on, but I kinda got hooked on just one of the stamps! Please tell me it’s not just me that has these problems 😉

For my first ‘Stamp Set Focus’, I wanted to use the recently released Background Builders Classics. I felt it needed a little more inky love.

For my first two cards I used the same layout (inspired by Jane’s Uniko DT post HERE). I used the horizontal stripe stamp from the set more as an accent, rather than to build a background too.

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For this first card I dusted off some older clear stamp sets. The large bold HAPPY is from All Occasion Sentiments #2 and it is so much fun to stamp it in a rainbow of colours! The flowers are from Flower Power #7 and the smaller script birthday is from Simply Said Birthday. I added a few Nuvo Drops to finish of my design.

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As I still had the horizontal stripe stamp positioned in my MISTI, I stamped up another to create my next card. This time combining it with a sentiment from the recently released Sentiments Outlined and accented with some blooms from Beautiful Blooms II.

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I love how quick this card was to make, just a little bit of simple stamping and masking for the blooms and a little dimension for the stamped panel.

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Next I switched up the orientation of my card and used another of my favourite techniques and paired the stamp with some other ‘older’ Uniko stamps.

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Using a stamping tool means your stamp is always in the same place for repeated stamping. This is handy for this technique, where I have used water  based markers to colour my stamp. I have done this technique quite a few times, like HERE.

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I used Stampin’ Up! markers in Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Costal Cabana for a lovely tropical palette to go with images from Paradise and Paradise Leaves.

Lastly, I wanted to ‘build’ a background and this is the result…

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Having created a bold background I wanted to showcase it in a way not to take too much focus from it and it also needed a pop of colour.

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I used Stampin’ Up! dies to create the HAPPY, which I die cut each letter 3 times and adhered them together with glue. I wanted them to have some dimension but not too much to make the card bulky. Again I used the partially stamped sentiment, script birthday from Simply Said Birthday.

I hope I have inspired you a little and given you some new ideas and techniques to try out. I sure had fun using this one stamp!

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs