In Colour Monochrome Sending Hugs Friendship Cards

by Joanne James17. June 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 Felicita our fearless leader is our featured designer this week. This is the fun board that we are playing along with: 

 

I went with the first column with Friendship/Any Colour/Sentiment and decided to make a set of cards for my in-colour club using one of my favourite new bundles - take a look:

 

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

Sending Hugs - This is the second time I've used the Sending Hugs bundle - you can see my previous card here. Today's card is similar in layout, but today I went full-on monochrome, stamping the large floral cluster tone-on-tone before adding my diecut sentiment. This is a great way to use this stamp set if you don't want to do a lot of colouring of the individual elements. 

Layering Hugs Dies - The Layering Hugs Dies are so beautiful and really do all the work on this card to turn it into something special. I paired my 'HUGS' with a stamped 'sending you', this time cut with a little label die that also comes in the set - so useful! How pretty is the layering on this card?

 

In-Colour Club - Whilst Fresh Freesia is my personal favourite of the new 2021-23 In-Colours, I made this card in each of the new in-colours to include in last month's In-Colour Club packs. Here are some of the other colourways (minus Soft Succulent):

 

Do you have a favourite new in-colour? Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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. 

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 evening; 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.

Suite Sampler Fine Art Florals Just To Say CCS424

by Joanne James15. June 2021 12:00

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

   

For my card today I decided to highlight a stamp set that will soon be leaving us, but you might not have even noticed in the January-June mini catalogue. Do you recognise this flower?

 

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

Suite Sampler - The flower stem on today's card looks like the flowers in the Art Gallery stamp set that is part of the Fine Art Florals Suite, and don't worry - those stamps have been carried over to the annual catalogue so they're not leaving anytime soon! - but it actually comes from the exclusive host set, Suite Sampler. This stamp set has a selection of images, each of which co-ordinates with one or other of the suites that feature in the mini catalogue. I really like this double-blossomed stem; not only does it give more mileage to my Art Gallery set, but it is also great for clean and simple cards. This set will retire at the end of the month, so if you like it you still have time to put in a big order or gather some orders between friends and earn the hostess rewards needed to be able to add it to your shopping basket. 

Ink Blending - I loved Shannon's colour choices this week and I thought the Mango Melody and Polished pink would make a lovely two-tone flower, so I used a combination of ink, Stampin' Write markers direct to stamp and a sponge dauber to gently apply the ink and blend the colour. I loved the effect so much, I cleaned my stamp and repeated the stamping, both on my envelope and the inside of my card:

 

Just To Say - I paired my flower with a negative 'just to say' cut using the large single die in the Floral Gallery Dies set. I will pair it with a stamped sentiment on the inside of my card from the Art Gallery set but for the time being I have left it blank so that I can stamp it to suit when my card is needed. Don't you just love that Polished Pink peeking through?

I really like the simplicity of this card - if I can find the time I'm going to make a few more in alternative colours. It's a great one to have on standby so that the greeting can be adapted as needed.

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:

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

Perennial Petals In Bloom Birthday Card PP545

by Joanne James13. June 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 Claire to host this week and she has a colour challenge for us to work with:

    

I am a big lover of 'Brights' so Claire's colour choices this week were right up my street! I decided to pair them with this week's TGIF Challenges sketch to create a (slightly larger) birthday card for someone rather special who will be sweet sixteen this week - take a look:

 

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

I decided to get another use out of my Perennial Petals Dies before they retire at the end of the month and used them to cut a large layered flower and leaf stem to flank a Bermuda Bay label cut with the Tasteful Labels Dies that is the basis for my sparkly diecut 16 numbers (retired Large Numbers Framelits - still so, so useful!). I overlaid my three elements with a heat-embossed sentiment from the 'In Bloom' stamp set that I cut in half horizontally, adding the upper portion to the outside and the lower portion to the inside of my card:

I love the TGIF sketch this week; I did take a more liberal interpretation on this one, although I think you can clearly see how it influenced the layout of my card this week. I'd like to give a shout out to the TGIF team who selected this card as their winner for Bree Renwick's Stampin' Blends challenge a couple of week's ago - thanks ladies!

 

This card is for the oldest of the James Juniors who turns 16 on Tuesday - where did that time go?! I'm safe to blog today as she doesn't read my blog, but I won't be sharing it to my social media channels until the big day; she has been helping me get to grips with Instagram and so checks that feed every day, so no spoiling the surprise!!

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; we spent the day at hockey and cricket respectively yesterday, so are looking forward to a day at home today, catching up on garden jobs and enjoying more of this glorious weather we are having before it breaks later this week. 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.

A Cut Above Pair For Father's Day AYSI 252

by Joanne James11. June 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 theme challenge:

    

With Father's Day around the corner our masculine theme this week gave me the perfect opportunity to get organised and make my cards. It also allowed me to take some time out of my super-busy week to spend some time relaxing with my Stampin' Blends and indulge in a little colouring. I actually have two cards for you today, featuring each of the main images in the 'A Cut Above' stamp set. Take a look at the first one:

 

This is the card I made for my Dad and I coloured the hair, etc. accordingly - I love how you cam customise when you stamp your own card! And here's the second card I created:

 

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

A Cut Above - Both of my cards today feature images and sentiments from the 'A Cut Above' stamp set, a stand-alone stamp set that features in the January-June mini catalogue and will be retiring at the end of the month. Whilst I'll be sad to see this set go, as I think these images work for lots of recipients, so if this set is on your wish list, snap it up now before it's too late! These images are great to colour - I've listed all of the blends I used in my product table below. I don't profess to be an expert colourist, however I do find it wonderfully relaxing.

A Growing Garden - The layout for my card today was inspired by a TGIF Challenges sketch from a few weeks ago that I didn't play along with, but kept because I thought it would work well with my image panel. I added a strip of sky at the top of my panel, then below my image I added a number of strips of Granny Apple Green grass (cut with a retired Picnic Builders Die - you could also create something similar with fringe scissors or your paper snips if you don't have a grass die) that I had lightly sponged on the tips. Given that both of the images feature grass, I thought this was a fun way to add extra detail. I'm also linking up over at Global Design Project #GDP295 this week where their theme is 'Growing Garden' - I don't know about you, but of all the things in our garden, the grass is definitely the thing that grows the quickest, closely followed by the weeds! During the early summer months, our grass definitely resembles my card:

I know my husband will definitely see the funny side of this card - he spends many hours mowing the lawn!

A Die Comparison - The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed I used two different stitched scalloped rectangles on my cards. The card above uses one of the stitched rectangles in the Stitched So Sweetly Dies set; the card below uses one of the new stitched rectangles from the Scalloped Contours Dies. You will notice that the scallop detail is much larger on the card below; in addition to this detail, some of the other dies in this new set have cut outs or alternative stitched patterning, in addition to the overall sizes being larger. I wanted to show you the difference on two similar cards so that you can see how the new dies differ:

 

Here's both cards together - which one do you prefer? I like them both but would love to hear your thoughts, so do leave me a comment below.

 

The lovely team over at SUO Challenges are asking us to create projects created using markers, so I'll also be linking up over there too.

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

 

 And my second card:

 

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

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We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your day; mine is set to be filled with housework, laundry and all that to the background of my piano being tuned - wish me luck! 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.

 

Friends Are Like Seashells Monochromatic Pink CAS Card CCS423

by Joanne James8. June 2021 12:00

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches. Apologies that I'm a little later going live with my post this week - I'm blaming the sunshine! This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and Shannon has asked that we use a trio of shapes to anchor a horizontal strip. Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when making your card.

          

For my card today I decided to go pink and create something that suits the 'Beach' challenge over at Addicted to CAS too - take a look:

 

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

Sketch Liberties - I did take a couple of liberties with Shannon's sketch this week: I decided to use 2 shells and a stitched circle for my trio of shapes and instead of using 3 shells and adding my sentiment to the horizontal panel, I stamped it onto my stitched circle. This was primarily because I wanted to use this specific sentiment and it fitted better on a circle! The basic elements of the sketch are all visible though and it's easy to see how it inspired my card. I used another of the sentiments from the 'Friends Are Like Seashells' stamp set on the inside of my card - this set has such lovely sayings:

 

A Question of CAS - I used a piece of Sand and Sea designer series paper for the horizontal panel of my card. There is a school of thought that says DSP shouldn't be used on a CAS card, however this patterned paper lover is of the view that it's ok if it's used sparingly, and there is still plenty of 'white space' on the remainder of the card and other general rules of clean and simple card making, such as minimal layers and embellishments are also adhered to. What do you think? Is there a place for DSP on a CAS card? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Monochromatic Pink - One of my favourite techniques to maintain a CAS feel to a card is to use a monochromatic colour scheme. Today's card used the Flirty Flamingo pink that features in my patterned paper. I stamped my sentiment in it and heat embossed my sand dollar and starfish in white onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock, adding varying degrees of sponged white kraft ink to mute it and create some subtle colour variation. A trio of tiny (retired) white and pink faceted gems complete my card:

 

I am also linking up today's card over at Less Is More where it's lucky dip week and they are asking us to feature our favourite CAS card technique - I think using a monochromatic colour scheme is a useful technique when creating a clean and simple card (I'm just hoping they think there's enough white space to justify that DSP - the LIM team have high CAS standards!)

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. 

Right - off to prepare the dinner prior to the school run, piano lessons and an extra hockey match on the schedule today - thank heavens for in-car air conditioning! 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.

Ice Cream Corner Treat Yourself Birthday Card PP544

by Joanne James6. June 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 a seasonal theme challenge for us to work with:

    

We have a fun challenge for you this week - 'signs of summer'. As the weather has warmed up here in the UK this past week I am definitely seeing signs of summer in my garden! The swimming pool is out, the parasol is up and the BBQ is lit. One of my main indulgences when summer comes is ice cream - I love it! - so I decided that should definitely feature on my card today. I paired mine with the sketch layout over at Global Design Project to create a card good enough to eat - take a look:

 

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

Sweet Ice Cream - My triple-scoop ice cream cone comes courtesy of the Sweet Ice Cream bundle: a stamp set and co-ordinating ice-cream cone builder punch. Punches are great for quick and easy cards and my ice cream came together really quickly as a result. I added some spots to the scoops and waffle detailing to the cone and fussy cut a sentiment from the same set for the front of my card, which I finished off with a birthday greeting inside:

Ice Cream Corner - The colours on my card today were taken from the Ice Cream Corner designer series paper. Whilst the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and punch is carrying over into the annual catalogue, the paper isn't. This is now sold out in the UK; there are lots of bundles carrying over from the suites that feature in the January-June mini catalogue, but the papers and accessories often don't. Lots of them are now discounted whilst stocks last, so if you like any of them, now is a good time to stock up before they are gone for good.

Ice Cream Texture - Once I'd stamped my scoops of ice cream, I ran them through my diecutting machine with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder for some added texture and detail - you can just see it on the photo below:

I don't need any reason to treat myself when it comes to ice cream, so I might need to send this card to myself!

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'll be spending my day in the garden hoepfully enjoying the sunshine before the James Juniors are back to school again tomorrow. 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.

Lots of Heart in Blue Ombre and a FREE Card Class TTT116

by Joanne James3. June 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 LeAnne is our featured designer this week. This is the fun board that we are playing along with: 

    

I went down the first column with Friendship/Blue/Heart and decided to get my ombre on for the current challenge over at Addicted to CAS - take a look:

 

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

Blue Ombre - Keeping with my theme of 'hearts are for all year long, not just for Valentines' I have another 'Lots of Heart' card for you today and once again deliberately not in a pink/red colour theme. The large solid heart stamp with the swirl pattern is perfect for an ombre colourway; I used a trio of Balmy Blue, Pacific Point and Night of Navy, going from light to dark to light on my heart and using a sponge dauber to blend the colours. I also used the line of hearts stamp to create an ombre border on the inside of my notecard:

The White Details - I love the way the swirl of the heart stamp echoes the line of the horizontal heart diecut, so used this to anchor my heart (I also added a white outline heart die to give my heart a more finished look). I decided to add a bird too - for no reason other than he is also in the same die set and I thought he would add additional interest without making my card too fussy.

A Neat Trick - I stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy onto my Balmy Blue card base, but the sentiment is designed to be centred. The right side followed the curve of my heart, so in order to level up the left side and ensure good alignment, I added a tiny white resin heart embellishment. This both ties in with the heart theme and improves the symmetry and lines if my card - perfect, even if I say so myself!

 

I'm also linking today's card up over at SUO Challenges where they are looking for favourite retired/retiring/current stamp set; I'm including today's card because this is a set that I 'discovered' rather late in the current January-June mini catalogue, and it's not carrying over so will retire at the end of the month. I really like it and am finding so many ways to use it outside of the valentines/love/pink genre of card that I think it may end up being a keeper for me. If you like it too, now is the time to snap it up! What's more, both stamp set and dies have 50% off in the retiring sale so if you buy individually you can save big time - a stamp set for £8? Now that is a bargain! 

I have an extra offer for anyone else buying the 'Lots of Hearts' stamp set and co-ordinating Many Hearts Dies from me this month: if you buy both items, I will send you a written tutorial for 3 cards using this bundle for FREE. What's more, if you buy the items in the Lots of Heart bundle and spend £50 or more in my online store during June, I'll throw in the materials to make the cards too - a complete FREE card class in the post! Tutorial/materials will be sent out separately to your order at the start of July.

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. 

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; it's cooler here today so has been a good day to get some household chores done. I'm hoping the sun returns tomorrow when I'll be back 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.

Sending Hugs with New 2021-23 In Colours

by Joanne James3. June 2021 11:00

Today I'm sharing a card for the current challenge over at Fab Friday that celebrates Stampin' Up!'s new 2021-23 in colours: 

    

It also gave me the opportunity to play along over at TGIF Challenges this week as they are all about the Blends - love me some Blends!! I've been trying to find time to play along for over a week and had my idea ready, but life - and sunshine! - just got in the way! I couldn't resist going with the whole collection of colours on my card - take a look:

 

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

Sending Hugs - The 'Sending Hugs' bundle was one of the first on my new catalogue wishlist. With a variety of sentiment possibilities and everything from simple stamping to stepped-up card possibilities if you include the dies, along with some great colouring opportunities, this is the kind of set that appeals to me.  On today's card I used both the large 'hugs' stamp and the large die overlay and individual letters to create my card. Check out the lovely effect of the layering:

 

2021-23 In Colours - This year's in colour collection is a winner! Whether used individually or as a collective, these colours co-ordinate beautifully and alongside the existing Stampin' Up! colour families. This year's colour launch came with a fun quiz to determine which colour you most identified with; mine came out as 'Evening Evergreen' but on reading the descriptions I think I'm much more a 'Fresh Freesia'! If you would like to find out what colour you are, then hop on over to my Facebook page and have a go!

Beautiful Blends - I love a spot of colouring and this stamp is great for those who like to colour but don't consider themselves particularly skilled in the art. With lots of small areas, you don't have to be an expert at blending to get a good result. It works in loads of colourways and I am especially pleased that all of this year's new in colours have a Blends combo 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 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

If you're a fan of these in-colours and would like to add them to your collection, then my In-Colour Club may be of interest to you. You can read all about it here and I do still have one spot remaining in one of my clubs so if you would like to join, then do get in touch.

I like this card so much I have adapted it for the cards that will go out with my in-colour club this month - I will share those with you another time.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back later with another project - this week's card for our new challenge over at TicTacToe. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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

Last Chance To Buy - January-June Mini Catalogue Retiring List Is Here!

by Joanne James1. June 2021 19:00

 

It's here - the list of products that will be retiring from this year's January-June mini catalogue has been officially announced and any price reductions are live!

You can see and download the full list of items retiring from the current January-June mini catalogue by CLICKING HERE or alternatively view the information in a filterable Excel file HERE (this is often easier as you can filter by language, for example)

Retiring products are only available WHILE STOCKS LAST, so if you've still items on your wish list from this year's mini catalogue, you need to check the retiring lists and if they're on it put an order in pronto! Don't forget to add this month's online hostess code: UC3HGBHT 

This year's mini catalogue will finish on 30 June 2021; hop online to get the latest on stock availability and place your orders. Some retiring items are discounted by up to 50% so these may well be snapped up quickly.  Time is of the essence!

 

I will be back tomorrow with a creative post; until then, happy shopping!

Stampin' Up!'s New Kits Collection is Here!

by Joanne James1. June 2021 18:50

As if the launch of the January-June mini catalogue retiring list and a creative post wasn't enough for you today, I also have more great news - Stampin' Up!'s new line of all-inclusive craft kits launches to customers today! Designed to be the perfect introduction to paper-crafting, the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up! is great for the beginner crafter or the crafter on the go.

You can now go online and choose from a variety of affordably priced, versatile kits for multiple occasions. Whatever your skill or experience, the kits are designed for you, the customer, to be in control and and choose the kit experience that is most comfortable for you. 

Kits are all-inclusive, pre-cut, and ready to use with complete step-by-step instructions; plus, new kits will be added to the online store regularly, so remember to check back often! The following kits are currently available in the online store: 

 

Kit prices range from just £11.25 to £18 each - why not head on over to the online store and check them out? Happy shopping!

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