Feels Like Home And Gingerbread And Peppermint Sneak Peeks

by Joanne James26. July 2021 08:00

Happy Monday everyone! I had a little extra crafting time at the weekend so to start the week I have not one, but two cards that were inspired by some current challenges. My first card is using Amy's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I'm also linking up over at Time Out where the code word is 'hungry' and at Christmas Craft Creations where their theme is 'anything goes':

      

I didn't let myself be put off by Amy's diagonal lines and decided that some festive gingerbread was in order - take a look:

 

My card features two of the designs in the Gingerbread & Peppermint designer series paper set from the upcoming mini catalogue - the gingerbread cookies are cut out of one of the papers (the sentiment is from a retired set):

 

This suite makes me hungry just looking at it - I mean, is it too early to start baking gingerbread in July?!

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My second card uses the colours over at Color Throwdown and I went across the top row of Paper Craft Crew's tic-tac-toe board with trees/diecut/watercolour:

 

Following my AYSI team mate Amy's fabulous watercolour using this stamp set, I was itching to have a go at creating with a stamp called 'feels Like Home' that will be free with a £45 purchase in the upcoming Sale-A-Bration promotion. I though the Color Throwdown colours had a lovely Mediterranean feel to them, so I had visions of holiday isles as I watercoloured my simple scene. I added a sentiment cut with one of the label dies in another new set, Harvest Dies:

 

This set so reminds me of summer holidays abroad; such a distant memory, but whilst my own garden doesn't look anywhere near as Mediterranean, it is my happy place so will be just fine until we are able to truly travel far and wide again.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on this project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I hope you are enjoying my sneak-peek shares - I can't believe I'm feeling so in the festive zone when it's so warm and sunny outside, but the temptation of a box of new goodies is too much to resist!

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Colours And Contours Rainbow Glimmer Congratulations Card PP551

by Joanne James25. July 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Ann to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge for you to work with:

    

I had so many great ideas for this sketch! I also loved the rainbow of purples, blues and greens on that fabulous bird on the Color Dare inspiration photo, so decided to pair them with the stamp in the Colours & Contours set for a stem of rainbow flowers - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Colours and Contours - I coloured the infill stamp of the main flower stem in the Colours & Contours stamp set using my sponge daubers and a trio of blue and purple inks, the cut it out with the co-ordinating die. I added it to a panel cut with one of the Scalloped Contours Dies (and narrowed slightly), having stamped the sentiment directly onto this panel. I added another sentiment and additional flower from the same set to the inside of my card:

 

Rainbow Glimmer - The rainbow of colours that I used enabled me to use some co-ordinating rainbow glimmer paper for my horizontal strips to compliment flowers. Whilst there's only a little of it visible, I love the addition of that sparkle and glimmer:

Pattern Party - In order to allow my glimmer paper to really stand out, I chose a piece of neutral black and white Pattern Party paper for my background. The Pattern Party paper pack is a hostess reward that you can earn with purchases of £150+ and is such great value with a great variety of patterns and designs too. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I will be spending mine cooking and having a lazy day with the family. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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All Squared Away Miss You Card

by Joanne James24. July 2021 21:10

Yay, it's the weekend! So a quick post from me with a card I put together this afternoon for the following challenges:

   

I love the Global Design Project colour palette this week and wanted to finally make a card with my All Squared Away bundle which I've had for far too long without inking up, so the challenge over at AAA Cards gave me the perfect excuse since they are featuring 'twinchies' - take a look:

 

I didn't go with the optional twist of Christmas In July, instead stamping a background for my 'twinchie' in Coastal cabana, then adding the diecuts in the other two colours and finishing with a single pearl and a simple 'miss you' sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set. 

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

So simple but I just love it, unconventional florals and all!

Enjoy your evening and I'll be back tomorrow with another project for this week's new challenge over at the Paper Players. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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Harvest Die Rudbeckias Sneak Peek AYSI 255

by Joanne James23. July 2021 12:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for a colour challenge:

 

I was inspired not just by the colours but also the picture Jane chose for this week's challenge and decided these colours would be perfect for another sneak peek of new products from the upcoming mini catalogue - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Harvest Dies - These colours are perfect for some autumnal colour so I decided I would use them to sponge some rudbeckias that I cut out with my new Harvest Dies. If you like the Meadow Dies in the annual catalogue, then you'll definitely love these! Including grasses and flowers, these work well with the co-ordinating stamp set and stand alone too. I cut out some ears of corn in Crushed Curry cardstock, then cut two rudbeckias in white and used my sponges to add and build colour to them, finishing with a few dots to the centre added with a Stampin' Write marker. The leaves and petals also have a faint embossed detail, which I accentuated by adding colour with markers.

Ornate Layers Panel - I also used another die on my card today - the long panel piece was cut using my favourite in the Ornate Layers set from the annual catalogue. I love the subtle diecut and stitched detail it has.

Painted Texture - I used a piece of retired ombre paper that I had in my bits box for my panel, but you could easily recreate this with some Crushed Curry ink and a blending brush. Before adding to my card, I ran it through my Painted Texture Embossing Folder for a little extra texture. You can see that more closely here:

 

A sentiment from the Quiet Meadow stamp set and twine bow finish my card.

Don't worry I am not done with summer yet, but these warm colours were perfect for today's more autumnal project. A fun fact for you - rudbeckias, or cone flowers or black-eyed susans as they are sometimes called, are pioneer plants and some of the first to grow following a natural disaster, such as fire. In the language of flowers they also represent encouragement - I'm thinking I should have read up on these before I made my card, I might have to switch out that sentiment now! Maybe next time ...

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  • In a colour challenge, black or other neutral can be used in outlines and sentiments but no other colours should be included. Stampin’ Up colours are used for reference but colours that are a close match are welcome.
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

It's forecast a little cooler here in the UK today with a chance of thunderstorms across the weekend. I had a new garden parasol delivered yesterday - I hope that wasn't me tempting fate! Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Thinking Thanks And Peace CAS Christmas in July Sneak Peek

by Joanne James22. July 2021 20:45

We might be in the middle of a summer heatwave here in the UK, but there's a pre-order in the house and lots of Christmas in July challenges out there currently, so I finally managed a clean and simple card for a couple of them:

   

Both Less Is More and SUO Challenges have a Christmas In July theme, so I decided to play with a new set from my mini catalogue pre-order called Thinking Thanks and Peace  - take a look:

 

This set features a selection of large sentiments for a variety of occasions. I heat embossed the Christmas one in gold onto Night of Navy, then cut out a panel with a rectangle stitched die, added a gold border and adhered to a navy card base. I paper-pieced a gold-on-white embossed dove, having first coloured with a white pencil but I couldn't get the bright white effect that I was after and I like this much better:

 

In fact, I love this card so much, I actually made two! This sentiment set is great for quick, clean and simple cards - I think I'll be using it a lot in the run up to the festive season.

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference: 

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your evening and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Tidings And Trimmings Tidings of Christmas Card Duo

by Joanne James20. July 2021 13:00

This is my second post today! Technically it is in lieu of yesterday's post, but having held this month's online class yesterday morning and spent some time with the James Juniors in the afternoon now that they are on summer vacation, I haven't got around to typing up until today. I am here now though and I'm sharing a couple of cards using the current sketch over at Just Add Ink:

I haven't found the time to play along with these ladies for a while (waves enthusiastically at the JAI team!) and this week's sketch was too good to pass up! It is a perfect sketch to showcase designer series paper so I grabbed one of the packs that are currently 15% off in the DSP Sale this month and with thoughts of Christmas in mind I made a couple of cards. Here's the first one:

 

Both of today's cards feature the Tidings of Christmas papers, and two different sentiments from the co-ordinating tidings and Trimmings stamp set. This is a great sketch that would work for simple, flat cards, but I decided to step mine up a little by adding in some of the gorgeous co-ordinating Evening Evergreen 3/8" Chevron Weave Ribbon and creating some statement bows. On my first card I went for an over-the-top triple looped bow:

 

Whilst I do think is rather fabulous, it isn't ever so post-friendly. As such, I went a little more conservative on my second card with a flat bow. Here's my card, showcasing the gorgeous deep green patterned paper:

 

And here's a close-up of that flatter bow, which is a little more mail friendly:

 

Excuse the light lines on the photograph - it has been so hot and sunny here this past week that it is playing havoc with photo-taking in my south-facing office. I'm not complaining about the weather, but am definitely having to be a little more organised about when I photograph to avoid these harsh lines! Here's a picture of both cards together:

 

Which one do you prefer? I love the patterns in these papers so much - I will definitely be snagging another pack whilst they are discounted before the end of this month. 

The Tidings of Christmas Suite features in the annual catalogue, so if you want to get started in earnest on your Christmas crafting, these products are available now - no need to wait for the launch of the new autumn-winter catalogue on 3rd August! Furthermore, I will be featuring the Tidings and Trimmings Bundle and the Tidings of Christmas DSP in my August Online Card Class, scheduled for Monday 16th August. If you would like more information or to join me for this class, please do get in touch - I would love you to join me! 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Back On Your Feet Get Well Soon Card CC&S 429

by Joanne James20. July 2021 12:00

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches. Holly is hosting this month and our this week's challenge is a colour challenge: 

   

For my card today I decided to use the sketch over at Fusion for my layout, but instead of going with graphic blues, I chose ombre greens for a 'get well soon' card featuring an out-of-sorts tortoise - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

I used some retired paper that featured the challenge colours to create a background frame to compliment my tortoise, leaving the central panel clear with nothing other than my one word sentiment to leave all the focus on my sweet upside-down tortoise that I coloured with a combination of Stampin' Write Markers and Blends in the appropriate colours: 

 

I love the fun expression on this tortoise's face, and it pairs perfectly with the remainder of the sentiment that I stamped on the inside of my card: 

 

I made this card for a dear friend of mine who was out walking her sweet terrier dog when she was literally bowled over by an over-enthusiastic labrador that resulted in her falling to the ground to the sound of a loud 'crack' and a broken leg. Following surgery she is now confined to a wheelchair for at least the next 6 weeks, so this card seemed quite fitting and will hopefully raise a smile through the frustration she is most certainly feeling  at the moment.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

As a reminder, for our colour challenges, you must use all of the stated challenge colours. You may also use neutral colours; however, the challenge colours should be the most noticeable ones featured on your card. We use Stampin' Up! color names for reference, but you are welcome to use any other companies' products as long as you match the challenge colours as closely as possible.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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Quiet Meadow CAS Bee Trinket Card PP550

by Joanne James18. July 2021 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous LeAnne to host this week and she has a fun clean and simple challenge for you to work with:

       

I resisted the urge to go with something punny today and instead used Narelle's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches as the basis for a cluster of wildflowers to attract my solitary bee - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

I added a recessed panel featuring a piece embossed with the Bricks and Mortar embossing folder and used this as the backdrop for my trio of wildflower/grass elements courtesy of the Meadow Dies. Two of these I cut out of coloured cardstock and the third I sponged to create a cornflower-inspired bloom to attract my golden bumblebee trinket:

I added a sentiment from the Quiet Meadow stamp set to a banner piece that is included in the Meadow Dies set to complete the outside of my card. I also added a little more stamping to finish the inside:

 

I hope you like my shiny bee as much as I do! We look forward to seeing your bee creations, but remember this is 'clean and simple' week so ensure your cards have: 

  • minimal layers
  • little to no embellishments
  • lots of clean white space (minimal pattern)

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; the weather has been absolutely scorching here in the UK this last few days, so there's unlikely to be much crafting done today as my office becomes a furnace from about 11am onwards! I will definitely be taking it easy and enjoying it whilst it lasts! I'll be back soon with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Artistically Inked CAS Hello Card TTT122

by Joanne James15. July 2021 17:00

It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at TicTacToe! It's the turn of Team X to host this week and the lovely Betty is our featured designer this week. This is the fun board that we are playing along with: 

 

I went across the middle with diecut/sentiment/metallic for my card today and decided to use my Artistic Dies to create a pretty and clean card - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Artistic Dies - This main diecut from the Artistic Dies is so very pretty! I decided to go white-on-white today with a pop of colour peeking through beneath:

 

Artistically Inked - There was an experimental element to my card today, in that I wanted to see if I could get the floral stamps in the Artistically Inked to line up with the detail of the dies. So pleased to discover that this was quite easy to do and I’m looking forward to sharing how I did this, along with some tips and tricks, with the ladies that are attending my Artistically Inked class next week as we are going to do something similar.

A Trio of Metallics - For my trio of metallics, I heat embossed my sentiment in silver, and added some silver thread and a trio of sparkly rhinestones. Just enough to add a touch of metallic for a little extra detail.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

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i really like today’s card; lots of the cards I’ve made to date using this suite have included lots of elements and I think this pared back look is much more in keeping with my go-to style. That makes it a great card to link up with the girls over at SUO Challenges where they have a ‘Designer’s Choice’ challenge this week.

A tictactoe board offers so many creative possibilities - how does this week's board inspire you? Why not have a go? We would love to see you in the gallery and who knows - you might be selected for Designer's Choice and be eligible to be a guest designer on a future challenge. 

Enjoy your day; the James Juniors and I have been to the beach today which was a lot of fun - I’m sure we will sleep well tonight! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Whale Done Congratulations Card CCS 428

by Joanne James13. July 2021 12:00

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and Holly has asked that we include a diamond shape on the front of our card:

   

Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when making your card.

Holly's layout was perfect for the idea I had for my Card Concept card for their summer challenge too - check out that gorgeous inspiration photo! I was particularly taken with that tricolour whale in the inspiration photo but was also inspired by the white starfish and sand dollars, and the wavy design and texture of the white cushion in the background to create my clean and layered card today - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

I stamped my whale in Night of Navy onto both Basic White and Balmy Blue, then used my whale punch to punch out the various pieces and then pieced them together to create my fun whale. I positioned it on a square of (retired) Whale of a Time designer series paper featuring ombre waves and added some punched water from the same paper above the whale's blowhole.

 

I layerered this square onto a white square embossed with the (retired) Seabed embossing folder; you can't see much of this detail, but it has lots of little starfish, coral, seaplants and such on it and it adds a nice additional detail. I added another piece of the whale paper to create an ombre border between my base layers and finished with a 'whale done!' sentiment from the stamp set of the same name. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

A friend's daughter just graduated from university with a First in Psychology, so this card will be making it's way to her with our congratulations - I know she will appreciate the punny sentiment! With my own daughter and her friends having sat GCSEs and a few more friends having sat A-Levels this year, I'm going to be needing a few more congratulations cards in the coming weeks, so I think I need to get cracking!

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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