Spring Jar of Flowers Card

by Joanne James11. March 2021 14:51

Today I've another quick post to share a card using the glorious colours over at TGIF Challenges this week and the sketch at Fusion (rotated through 90 degrees):

    

I loved these bright colours and thought they would be perfect for a bunch of spring tulips - take a look:

 

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

Jar Of Flowers - My card uses the spring florals from 'Jar of Flowers' - but as per the title of my blog post, without the jar! I made a bunch of flowers and tied them with some paper and twine to cover the join between the florals and stems. I coloured the blooms with my Stampin' Blends, adding in another purple alcohol marker to give me the Gorgeous Grape colour, as we don't have Blends in this colour unfortunately.  I think these colours are so lovely together:

 

Purple Passion - Given that the Fusion inspo photo was all about green, you may well have thought I would use this for the base of my card today. Truth is, I love purple and I think Gorgeous Grape is one of my favourites, so I made it the main colour on my card today and used it for my card base, designer paper panel and the oval that backs my flowers. Too much? I think you can never have too much purple!

The Joys of Spring - I decided to use a sentiment from the new 'Springtime Joy' stamp set which compliments my florals perfectly. This set has some lovely sentiments for this time of year - here's another on the inside:

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 later with this week's post for our new challenge over at TicTacToe. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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All Dressed Up Gift Bag and Creative Escapes Craft Retreat Keyring Gift

by Joanne James26. March 2020 17:02

As promised I have another quick make to share with the lovely team over at TGIF Challenges as they are featuring the Best Dressed Suite this week:

This time a fun gift bag using the papers from the Best Dressed suite along with some Purple Posy cardstock and a fun keyring made from shrinky plastic - take a look:

 

The sweet little bag was easy to create using the All Dressed Up Dies - just diecut everything and put together. I used some scraps of gold foil for the button and buckle clasps - I just love that added detail! - and added a tag stamped and punched with the new Label Me Fancy Punch and just tucked it into the pocket. My little bag houses this cute keyring that I also stamped using the 'Dressed To Impress' stamp set then coloured with Blends and punched out using the other new label punch, the Label Me Lovely punch, before putting into the oven to shrink and adding to my keychain with a co-ordinating ribbon - here's a closeup of my keyring:

 

In hindsight I should have taken a 'before' they went into the oven photo too so you can see how much smaller they are - I will try and remember to take one next time! I love that sentiment - I thought it would be perfect for a little keyring embellishment. It has become customary for the ladies attending my Creative Escapes Weekend Craft Retreats to receive a keychain like this at the end of the weekend - the regular attendees have quite the collection now! Here's a photo of all of them jumbled before packing:

 - to be updated -

And one last one of both the bag and keychain together:

 

So what do you think - have you ever used shrink plastic in any of your projects? Better still, would you like to receive a keyring just like this one, or to be more precise the one that I will be designing for my next residential weekend craft retreat? If you need something to look forward to (and right now, I'm thinking we could all do with a little of that!) my October retreat, to be held 3-4th October 2020, is now open for booking and I'd love you to join me! You can see full details on my website here or just get in touch with any questions.

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. 

Back tomorrow with another project for our new challenge over at As You See It; Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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It's All About The Shoes!

by Joanne James26. March 2020 11:12

 

Hi all! Apologies for the lack of posting (again!) I have been rather under the weather for a week or so and have just not managed to muster enthusiasm for crafting (I know - shocker!) - it has been all I could do to keep the James Juniors 'on task'. I was feeling a little better yesterday though so decided to spend a few hours giving my craft room a much-needed spring clean and then I sat down and made a card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge - a retro sketch of their first ever sketch! I didn't play then but I can just squeeze in under the wire if I'm quick! Here's the sketch:

      

I had a few ideas as to how I could use this sketch (love this sketch - it's so versatile!) and I debated whether or not to use the circles literally. I decided not and came up with this using what has turned out to be my favourite sets and sentiments in the Spring catalogue  - take a look:

 

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

I must confess I had a little packet of shoes and handbags that I had fussy cut previously from the Best Dressed DSP, with a view to CASEing the card on page 54 of the catalogue, but I hadn't got around to it (please tell me I'm not the only one who does that!) The sketch was perfect to create my little shelf of purses, handbags and shoes; I used a piece of DSP for some 'wallpaper' backing on my white cardbase, then added my shelf (I used the die in the set but shortened it to fit my card) and added my bags and purses, popping my pink shoes up on dimensionals since they are the item I wanted to highlight. I finished with my sentiment stamped below in Blackberry Bliss - I also rather inadvertently created an entry for Color Throwdown this week too, where they are featuring pink, purple and white as their colours of choice this week. I'm also linking up with TGIF Challenges as they are featuring the Best Dressed Suite this week; I actually have another project to share with those lovely ladies too, so come back later if you would like to see that.

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. 

This card actually uses very little in the way of supplies - all it requires is a little patience for the fussy cutting!

How are you finding your days of lockdown and social isolation? The James Juniors have adapted quite well with their distance learning and only seeing their friends online. I count myself lucky at times like this that they remain each other's best friends so at least can enjoy each other's company and make their own fun. Enjoy your day and I'll be back later with a Sale-Bration update and another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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

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