Friday Fun: Kraft Cards + Foiling

Hi folks,

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

Today I am sharing a card using the same We Are Memory Keepers aqua foiled, kraft card stack. I really love this little mini stack!


I wanted to make a selection of cards using die cut circles and greetings.

Now as you may be able to tell, there is some slight warping to theses cards. I had used a new wet adhesive for the first time without pre-testing it. The kraft foiled panels are thinner than the card stock that I normally use and it absorbed the glue too much. This resulted in the warping and also the glue lines being visible in some places. The glue I used was Tombow aqua glue – it is an excellent wet glue with thick card and embellishments but is worth testing on the more lightweight papers first. I usually use tape on the thinner papers but like I said, I forgot to test it first 🙂

Okay, so here is a close up look of the finished cards:

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I stuck to a simple palette of colours running through all the cards – I used vellum to layer the foiled panel onto the kraft card base. This breaks up the kraft colour without overpowering the card.

I also used the same die set through out – Swirly Bird die set by Stampin’ up!, for the swirled and solid circles.

The papers and the card die cuts are both the focus and the embellishments of the cards:


Subtle shimmer has been added to the sentiment.


The papers are simple but still coordinate.


Thank you for stopping by today – I hope that you are inspired and have enjoyed todays post.

Take Care and Happy Crafting!





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Masculine Make Monday: Foil Stripes

Hi crafty folks,

I hope that you are all well and are fitting in some lovely crafting time.

For todays post I will be sharing another card designed for men. Although this series of shares is called Masculine Make Mondays, these cards can of course be used for anyone.

The card was designed around the Main panel of card – the kraft card with aqua foiled stripes. This is one sheet from a We Are Memory Keepers mini card-stack.

I wanted the card to have layers but not bulk. Here is what I came up with:


I started with a smooth, shiny grey card for the base and I chose A6 for the card size.

I layered a bright yellow onto the card base and then added the foiled panel. I layered a black die cut ‘hello’ onto three pennant/flagged patterned paper strips. These were then layered onto a die cut circle in the same yellow as used  before:


The die cut word and circle were both coloured with the clear, Spectrum Noir glitter pen for some subtle shimmer and dimension.

The overall effect is colourful and striking without being too busy or over the top.


For the cards interior I added a smooth, white card panel with a simple yellow card strip along the bottom, to co-ordinate inside with out.

I hope that you have enjoyed todays post, any questions please ask in the comments below 🙂

Take care folks and Happy Crafting!!





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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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