Switched Up Sunday: Lovely Layers

Hi Crafty Folks,

For todays Switched up Suday post, I am showing an alternative design to my previous post: Friday Fun: Fabulous Shoes!

Here is a quick reminder of that project:


I have kept the colour scheme the same but switched the base design. Instead of a base of clean white, I used a coordinating patterned cardstock:


The heart cardstock is from my stash.

I have kept the use of layers although I added an extra layer of colour. I like to use any stamp sets that I have in a multitude of different ways. Its a great creative exercise plus it stretches your stash to make many designs.

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Friday Fun: Colourful Cacti Cards

Hi crafty folks,

I hope that you are all well and enjoying some fun and crafty times 🙂

Todays shares are some fun and fabulous Cacti cards. In a previous post I shared that I had found some wonderful Flamingo sticker embellishments, at the same time I found some sheets of  amazing and colourful Cacti stickers. I knew that they would make amazingly bright and cheerful cards.

So, I got to it. I knew that I wanted the cacti images to be the main focus of the cards. I decided to keep the layers simple by matching them to one of the colours from the cacti stickers.

I had a lot of fun and here is what I created:


I decided upon 6”x6” card bases as I wanted to maximise white space to showcase the fun colours and I also wanted to use a selection of cacti stickers per card. Here is a closer look at the finished projects:

As you can see I added some light shading under each of the Cacti pots to ground each image otherwise they would of appeared to be floating in mid air.

For inside the cards I added some colour with more simple layers plus some coordinating stamped images. I did the same on the cards reverse with my name stamp:

With the addition of some clear gems or matching enamel dots the cards were completed.

I hope that you have enjoyed todays projects. Any questions please ask in the comments – I will be happy to answer 🙂

Thank you for stopping by folks. I have added a slideshow featuring extra images at the end of this post.

Take Care and Happy Crafting!



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Friday Fun: Fabulous Shoes!

Hi again crafty folk!

I hope that you have all enjoyed some fun and crafty times since my last post 🙂

I’d like to share a ‘Fabulous’ project today using the Fabulous Shoe stamp set by Stampin’ up! This is an older stamp set, and I’m not sure if it’s still current, but it is a very pretty stamp set.

I have had a few projects in mind recently with this particular set and today I’m going to show you one that I made into a card kit. I wanted something to do whilst waiting at my daughters horse riding lesson and decided that taking a card kit would be a great idea.

I pre-cut the panels, pre-scored the card bases and packed the inks plus some simple clear diamante gems. With a small kit of the basics prepared I was ready to go!

Here is the finished project:


All the images and the sentiment are from the one stamp set. I had also taken my Clear, Wink of Stella brush pen and used it with the ink as a watercolour effect.

I had chosen the card and cut the bases plus the panels to make a few different styles of cards, all using the same colour palette:

The ink colour I chose is also a Stampin’ Up! product: Sweet Sugarplum. The phrase is stamped in Tuxedo Black ink by Memento.

All the panels layered together simply with narrow borders. The inside of the cards are also stamped with the butterfly image and left blank for the sentiments to be added at a later date.

These cards are a quick and easy design to put together and would be great to make in larger batches.

I hope that you have enjoyed popping by,

Take Care and Happy Crafting!!

Jenny x








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Switched Up Sunday: Embossing With Dies

Hi again crafty folk, Ms.rabbit here!

For todays Switched Up Sunday post I shall be showing you an alternative way to use dies. Do you remember June 26th Masculine Make Monday post: In Laid Die Cuts using nested triangle dies? If not here is a reminder…


I hope that this has refreshed your memory, if not you can click back to the original post from the Home page.

This time instead of in-laying the die cuts I shall be embossing with them. To achieve this I left the dies nested and taped together and swapped my acrylic base plate from my die cutting machine, to a soft embossing mat. You can even use a couple of layers of fun foam or even material instead. Just play around until you get the correct ‘sandwich’ depth for your machine and this is what you can achieve:


Embossing with metal nesting dies.


As you can see above, the metal dies are pressed into the cardstock but do not cut through. This is a great way to get another use out of what can sometimes be expensive products to buy.

Now here is the finished card:


I used a thick cardstock – Linen texture, 310gsm, from The Range – this technique. It is important to remember that you may need to adjust your die cutting plates, by adding or removing shims, depending on the thickness of your paper or card. I definitely recommend using a scrap or small piece of your card/paper as a test run, before getting into your actual project. This definitely saves wasted materials, (prevents tears lol), and also prevents frayed tempers!!

Now here is another alternative method of using your embossed panel:


This card happened quite by accident! I had forgotten to remove a shim layer before die embossing a/this tester panel. This resulted in part of the outermost triangle, cutting through the card and the rest being embossed only. I decide to completely cut out the remainder of the outer triangle leaving a die embossed topper! I love it and plan on using this ‘happy accident’ technique again!

Once again folks, I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to my part of the blogosphere!

Take Care and Happy Crafting!!



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Friday Fun: Puffy Pineapples and Heat Embossing

Hi Crafty folk,

I hope that you are doing well!

Todays share is a quick and fun project that I had been planning in my head for quite a while. All I was waiting for was the right product to come along. That product was tropical Stickers, including Flamingos. I had seen a few whilst I was waiting but they hadn’t quite fit the requirements – being either the wrong size or aimed at very young children.

Eventually my wait was finally over. I had found the stickers I had been waiting for. The right size, style and bonus – they were gold foil, puffy stickers!

The dimension! The Glamour!! The flamingos!!!


Purchased from The Range.

Now I bought TWO packs of these as they are gorgeous and they only cost £1.50 per pack! I love the choice of stickers in each pack plus the fact that the flamingo pairs are in two different sizes.

So here goes with that actual project, (now that I’ve suitably gushed over the stickers lol!).


Two different styles of cards using the same products.


Now as you can see in the above picture, both cards have the same colour combination – white and soft coral pink, (Calypso Coral by Stampin’ Up!)

Of course this was inspired by the flamingos natural colour and as the actual flamingo stickers are gold, I had to add it in there somewhere!

The card bases and panels are essentially ‘flipped’ for each card. By that I mean one card has a white A6 card base and the other has the coral pink. This means that I only used two sheets of UK A4 size card in total. Actually there were some strips left over for future use.

I used the matching Stampin’ Up! ink in Calypso coral to stamp the backgrounds, using a Flamingo stamp. I then repeatedly heat embossed a pineapple image from a magazine free gift that I received last year. I did this on both background panels.


I then started  working on the main panels. I laid out the Flamingos on the larger white panel to find the right position and then adhered them in place. I used a glitter pen and the same ink as before to watercolour a Ground for the flamingos to stand upon. This is also adds depth to the card:




I felt the top of the Flamingo panel was too bare. Whilst I love white space on cards, in this instance it just felt plain. I added some tropical looking flowers, stamped in the coral ink. The flowers are actually Fuchsia. I once again used a glitter brush pen – Wink Of Stella, Clear, in this instance, – to add a watercolour effect  to the flowers. This subtle shimmer keeps the design simple and does not overwhelm the main image.

I did the same for the second card, just swapping the Flamingo for a Puffy Pineapple cluster:

DSCF1942For this card I cut the main centre panel into two pieces – one a narrow sentiment strip. I also removed a small strip from the larger panel so the design underneath would peek through. A gold embossed ‘Thanks’ sentiment plus some more stamped Fuchsia flowers finished the card front.

Here are the rest of the photos for your perusal:

Any questions please ask – I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned and spread the joy!

Take Care And Happy Crafting!!


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Masculine Make Monday: In Laid Die-Cuts

Hi folks, Ms.Rabbit here!

I hope that you are all well and enjoying some fun and crafty times 🙂

Today I shall be sharing a technique which is known as inlay die-cutting, (plus a bonus technique!). This involves die cutting a shape from one card panel and then die cutting it again from a different colour card panel and inserting it into the first panel:


Red, White and Blue inlaid die cuts.


As you can see from the above photo, I chose a red, white and blue colour combination – I changed this classic colour combination up by using both a light blue and a dark blue cardstock. I also used a linen textured white card. This adds extra texture and detail without detracting from the main technique.

Here is how they turned out:


A selection of the finished cards, including sneak peeks of future shares.


To achieve this fun look is actually quite simple:

  • Choose your die shape: Here I chose triangles. The easiest way to get consistently spaced triangles, is to lay them out, cutting side down, nested together and to then tape them all together. This essentially makes one large die and the nested triangles will all be cut identically from one colour to the next. This brings me to the next point:
  • Cardstock choice: I decided to use all cardstock for this project. Meaning that I did not want to include patterned paper this time. I wanted clean simple lines for this particular project. The second part of this step is deciding how many colours would you like? Do you want to keep the whole panel one colour or have a different colour for each section? I chose 4 different colours: red, textured white, a light blue and a dark blue.
  • Quantity: Are you only making one card or multiple? I decided to make four cards. I cut each colour card into a panel, the size was determined by my wanting to use A6 card bases. The panel was sized  to be smaller than the base so as to have a border. This means that all the triangle sections would be used for all the cards.
  • Start die cutting 🙂

Here are the close-ups:


I find this a very effective technique and it could be used for so many occasions and crafts. I’d love to try this for a scrap book page!

Each of the cards have been finished with a selection of either pearls, enamel shapes, dew drops or diamantes. I also added red and silver, metallic thread loops and a die cut sentiment.

Bonus Technique:

For the die cut sentiment I wanted dimension but I also wanted it to be sturdy. I decided to stack the dies. By this I mean I cut several of the same word die ready to adhere together in a stack. This gives the sentiment solid dimension.

For an added twist to this, I also colour stacked them. For each word, I die cut 2 red, 2 white and 2 each of the blues. Here is the effect that is achieved:


This achieves a fun and very dimensional sentiment.

I hope that you try these techniques; they are great fun and can be made as simple or as complex as you decide 🙂

Thank you for stopping by, see below for more photos.

Take Care and Happy Crafting!!


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Friday Fun: Nautical Cards

Hello crafty folks,

Welcome to another Friday Fun blog post!

Today I am going to share cards, lots of nautical themed cards, that I made using a free gift from a magazine – Quick Cards Made Easy, June 2017, Issue 166.

I combined the free gift with a fun fold card base that is also featured in the same issue: Triple panel cards.

The free gift was a set of Nautical themed papers, bases and toppers – which I love! I combined the papers with coordinating, coloured card to make the fun bases, plus the layers and to also highlight the patterned papers:


As the picture shows above, you can decorate the triple panel card in either profile – it has so many options to choose from on the decorating front!

Here are the rest of the cards that I have made so far:

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Yes, I said ”..made so far…”! I still have the original card bases, some papers and toppers left, at the time of writing this post, to play and create with!!

I kept the embellishments simple and limited so that the papers and toppers could take centre stage.

I hope that you have enjoyed popping by today; Any questions please ask away 🙂

Take Care and Happy Crafting!!



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