Sending Love Hearts, Hearts And More Hearts!

by Joanne James29. January 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! I am your hostess this week and I have a sketch for you to work with:

 

When I came up with my sketch I had an idea about what I was going to do with it, yet when I came to make my card ended up going in a completely different direction -go figure! I'm still loving those patterns in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack and just had to feature another one on my card today  - take a look:

 

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

Sending Love - My sketch allowed me the opportunity to showcase another of these gorgeous red and white patterns in the Sending Love stack; the large panel is perfect for a bigger pattern, so I decided to go with the white hearts on a red background. This was the starting point for my card, my mat, base and embellishments followed from there. 

This Card Is All Heart - I decided to replicate the heart pattern in my embellishment shapes and represented each of the diamonds in my sketch with a layered heart. Having heat-embossed the white stamped heart onto red and layered this onto white to echo my mat border, I felt it still needed a little something; I decided to add in an additional background heart in red glimmer paper and bingo! I backed my tiny hearts with a red glimmer one too; all cut with the Sweet & Sassy framelit dies.

Hugs And Kisses - I heat embossed my sentiment in white directly onto my card base. I love the delicate scripted font and it was perfect for the recipient of this card; my daughter has a love of all things sparkly so with the addition of the glimmer paper this has to be her valentine's card. I paired my 'hugs and kisses' with an 'I love you' on the inside - and finished with the flourish that is also featured in this set.

I've a second little project for you today - I can't give Miss Rebecca a Valentine's card without a chocolate treat , so here's a little something that took me just minutes to put together:

 

I took one of our clear boxes, filled it with chocolate hearts and added a belly band, some Sending Love red ribbon and a tag with some sweet Sending Love heart embellishments. I love that with just a few basic supplies I can turn a few chocolates into something special that I know my daughter will love. 

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:

The Paper Players Design Team
 
These ladies have created some amazing cards to wow you with this week and have interpreted my sketch in a ton of different ways.
 
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! 

 

I look forward to seeing what you create with my sketch this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; we have our usual morning of sport but have an unexpected free afternoon; both of the James Juniors have had sports fixture cancellations this weekend, so we will be able to enjoy some unexpected additional family time together - I'm looking forward to it already! 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.

Stylish Stems Layered Negative Space Friendship Card

by Joanne James22. January 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the lovely Jaydee to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for us to work with:

             

I decided that for today's card I was going to try and come up with a CAS card that featured a single flower. I originally started out stamping and played around with lots of different combinations before settling on a card using the negative space created using the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies. Here's my final card:

 

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

Unorthodox Floral Colour Combination - I took my colour combination from this week's challenge over at Fab Friday. I love how the pale blue and warm vanilla tone down the Sweet Sugarplum, which I sometimes find a little stark when paired with stronger colours. For the original card I was making, it worked perfectly (I'll share that card with you tomorrow and explain more then!) It does look slightly unorthodox here granted, given the simplicity of the design - what flower has a blue stem?! - yet I decided that since I love the colour combination and the card has a clean and contemporary feel, I would go with it. Who knows, maybe I'll start a new trend!

Layered Negative Space - When I first saw the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies in the Spring-Summer catalogue, I thought - do I really need another set of flower framelits? The answer though on closer inspection was a definite 'yes'; I'm a big fan of using the negative space created when using framelits and dies this set is actually designed with that in mind; the flowers and stem can be used both to cut a positive shape, by layering the outline with the inside shape together, but the inner piece can be used alone to make the negative space itself the focal point. So many creative possibilities! Using the layers of this week's sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch for inspiration, I cut through a single layer of Very Vanilla cardstock to reveal my Sweet Sugarplum flower, then cut the stem through both the Very Vanilla and Sweet Sugarplum layers to reveal the Soft Sky cardstock layer below. All that cutting makes this CAS card great for the challenge over at CASology this week too.

   

For A Good Friend - Lastly, I added a sentiment from the co-ordinating 'Special Reason' stamp set that is perfect for a special friend. My placement is not strictly as per the sketch, as I needed it to have more prominence so stamped it on the Very Vanilla top layer. My card is destined for one of my very best friends to say thank you for entertaining the James family for dinner yesterday evening.

A super-simple clean and simple card with minimal supplies - I just love this 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 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:

The Paper Players Design Team
 
 
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! 

 

I look forward to seeing your clean and simple creations in the gallery this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; 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.

Celebrating A Happy Birthday

by Joanne James18. January 2017 17:00

I've had my first classes of the new year this week and a team meeting today, so I'm finally getting back into the swing of things and it's been busy busy! I'll share some of my class cards another time, Today I have a card I made using one of the new Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - take a look:

 

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

Deboss Happy - For a great letterpress look, this embossing folder creates a great bold, debossed sentiment. Use with the swishes of the co-ordinating stampset or 'naked' as I have here for a sentiment that is subtle at the same time.

Vintage Bunting - The vintage bunting flags on the slim piece of Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper tucked behind my debossed sentiment are just enough to provide a flutter of colour without detracting from the overall clean feel of my card. 

A Happy Colour Combo - I took my colour inspiration from the Cupcakes and Carousels Paper and went with a subtle colour scheme with some pops of bright turquoise - here's the colour swatch if you would like to use it for future colour inspiration:

 

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. 

I'm linking up today's card with the current challenge over at SUO Challenges where they are looking for embossing - wet or dry - on your project.

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.

Sale-A-Bration 2017

Check out the Sale-A-Bration leaflet for offers when you shop, join or host between 4 January - 31 March.

Spring Summer 2017 Seasonal Catalogue

Click here for the electronic version of the new Stampin' Up! seasonal Spring-Summer catalogue available until 30 June:

Please contact me by phone or email me at joanne@thecraftyowl.co.uk to place an order!

Shop Online

Access my online shop 24 x 7, 365 days of the year:

Current March hostess code:

YGG3DNUC

 

Shop Online

Join My Team

Ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? For £99, you can create your own starter kit worth £130. That's £31 OF FREE PRODUCT! Stampin' Up! has something for everyone: join my growing team and benefit from my support to enjoy Stampin' Up! however you choose.

Join during Sale-A-Bration between 4 January-31 March and you will also be able to choose two stamp sets of your choice FOR FREE! If you're interested, call me for a chat to understand how I can help you realise your goals. Alternatively, if you have already decided to sign up and you just can't wait, please click here for the link to the online form where you can sign up and order your starter kit right away!

2016-17 Annual Catalogue

 BROWSE THE CATALOGUE

Click on the catalogue for a full list of current SU! supplies - if you would like to order any of the items featured, please drop me a line at joanne@thecraftyowl.co.uk or give me a call on 07773 421446 - I'd be happy to help.

About Me

Hi I'm Joanne and live in Northampton and when I'm not looking after my husband and two beautiful children, am an avid crafter with a passion for all things Stampin' Up!

I must confess that I have never been a big rubber stamper - until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is. I love the fact that I can get such great results with co-ordinating stamps, inks, papers and punches - the possibilities are endless! Join me on my stamping journey as I share the things I love and be inspired to create amazing things yourself!

Follow Me

Follow on Bloglovin

Product Table Builder

Are you a fellow SU! Demonstrator?

Click the button above to buy your copy of the Product Table Builder today and make light work of your blog links!

Box Builder

Click the button above to use Box Buster to create your custom box design using the Envelope Punch Board!

I Design For

 

Monthly Newsletter

Month List

Stampin' Up Stuff

This is my personal blog and is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up! I hope you find it a plentiful source of ideas and personal inspiration but please don't copy my designs for contest submission or use for classes, publication or sale without express permission.