Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Handmade Thank You Cards

My very good friend asked me to make some thank you cards for her sons birthday.  I was only given short notice to make them as she was coming to visit me the very next day!  I have recently been playing around with emoji cards, so rather than come up with a new idea I went with them and made the following cards using Stampin Up's Note cards and envelopes, these are the perfect size for thank you cards and party invites.



I used Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy and Pacific Point card stock for the backgrounds. All the Thank You stamps are Stampin Up but some have now retired.

The faces are die cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits and I used Crushed Curry card stock.

Hope you like my thank you cards.

Global Design Project Challenge 096

This week Global Design project theme is Casing the designer, the designer is Tanja Kolar.  Her beautiful card is below

http://www.global-design-project.com/




I went for the layout of this card and used the Message in a bottle and Magical Mermaid stamp sets.




I started with Night of Navy card stock for my background layer.  Then using the Stitched Shape Framelits I die cut  a square in Whisper White and stamped the reeds from the Magical Mermaid stamp set.  I used Night of Navy ink for the reeds and the whale to pull the background in.  Soft Sky card stock was used for the bottle and the Layering Square Framelit behind my stitched white square.
I used my Stampin Markers to colour in the spout stamp for my whale, the heart was coloured with Read Red which looked great but then I needed to use the Real Red again somewhere on the card to pull it all together.  I decided on a small Real Red flag on the side.  I used my die from the Large Number Framelits but you could just as easily fussy cut a flag.  Happy Birthday was heat embossed in white.  

Hope you like my whale card.  If you would like any of the products used in my card please click on my shop tab above.



Saturday, 15 July 2017

Emoji Card and gift tags

I was recently looking at Pinterest, that makes it sound like I have an occasional flick through when really I look everyday!  I saw a emoji card on Sizzix and thought I should have a go at that one day...
Then I saw the Global Design challenge theme of kids and it popped into my head.  I was inspired by that card but my card is very different.



http://www.global-design-project.com/













I had such fun making these projects.


I've used Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Real Red and Marine Mist cardstock for these projets.

Please click on the shop above to buy any of the items used for this project.

Check out my Youtube tutorial coming out in a few days.


Monday, 3 July 2017

My Favourite Stampin Up items from June 2017

So the Stampin Up new Annual catalogue was really exciting and there are loads of things on my shopping list!  But for now I wanted to show you the items I ordered first, my favourites.

I love nautical stamp sets so Message in a bottle was my first choice.




This is a super easy project, I stamped the whale with Night of Navy ink on to a small piece of the Dapper Denim Colour Theory DSP, the whales spout was stamped using the Stampin Markers using Dapper Denim and Real Red for the heart.  I then used Glossy Accent to make the whale shine.  The frame was from Ikea.


Next up using the same set I made a cool nautical card.





Starting with a whisper White card base, scored and folded, I stamped the  ship directly onto the base using Island Indigo ink  I stamped the bottle onto some Soft Sky card stock, using Soft Sky ink, then stamped the Octopus in the bottle using Island Indigo and sponging some Dapper Denim round the edge of the octopus stamp.  Then stamp, in Basic black ink,  the bottle onto acetate, you need to be really careful as the stamp can slide, I had to stamp 3 times before getting a clear image.  I then put a small dab of Tombo glue on the neck of the Sky Blue bottle and stuck the acetate bottle on top.  You can then wind some Linen thread round the top of the bottle which hides the glue.  Another one of my  must have items is the Wood Texture DSP, I was really hoping for some wood look paper so was very very pleased.  Cut the Wood Texture DSP to the height of your card, and three inches wide, score at one inch then fold and burnish.  I love the wrap around look achieved with this, came up with this idea when I made a mistake!

Next item is In the City stamp set, this is a host set, found in the back of the catalogue.  I love love love this set, it has 60 stamps, yes 60!  I know its only July but I went for a Christmas card this time, also managed to include my favourite Wood texture DSP



I stamped the buildings and fussy cut these out then mounted onto the background.  I covered some whisper white card in Dazzling Diamonds for the snow on the ground, it has much more sparkle in real life.

Another Nautical stamp set, obviously, Magical Mermaid is next on my list.


Love this beautiful Mermaid, I have a turtorial on Youtube for this card!

Although used in the Christmas cards I forgot to mention these wonderful snowflake dies, and the good news is theres a whole load of great dies in this set Colourful Seasons Bundle, as well as an fantastic stamp set.  Again I've slipped into Christmas with a great set of gift tags and a cute box for storage.




Did you notice I managed to slip some of my favourite DSP in again? Bet you did.

The last item I've made is a Scrapbook page 12 x 12, totally out of my comfort zone here, this is my first scrapbook page!  Using some of my favourite stamps and pictures of my youngest boy walking on our local beach, totally in the moment.





Thanks for looking at this very long blog entry x



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Magical Mermaid

This Monday I received my order from the Stampin Up Annual Catalogue.  Very exciting, I managed to restrain myself and only brought three stamp sets.  I wanted to share this card as its so simple and really pretty.




I started by cutting some card stock to fit the front of a normal sized card, using Marina Mist and Pool Party card stock.  I stamped the mermaid and the sentiment in black archival ink.  So far very simple!  I then coloured the mermaids tail using my Stampin Up markers, I used pinks for one and blues and greens for the other.  Still easy peasy.  When ink is dry go over the whole tail with a Versamarker, like a ink pad but in a pen version.  I then covered the versamarked tail in bonding powder.  When the bonding powder is heated with your heat gun it gets sticky enough for you to sprinke your Dazzling Diamond glitter all over tail.  Tap the glitter off and again zap with your heat gun.  Your sprarkly, glittery, simple card only needs sticking to a card base.  Great card for young and older girls.

I have also made a Youtube video for this card, it should be on in a couple of days.  Just type in Linda Handford, there are a few other videos already there to watch.

Hope you enjoy making this card.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

60th Birthday Card and Wine Bottle Tag

My husbands boss turns 60 today, husband asked me to make him a card and actually gave me a few days notice, normally I get a day's notice!

I used the sadly retired set Here's to cheers die and stamp set.  The numbers were cut using the Large Numbers Framelits, and the squares were cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits, which are both available in the new catalogue.  Hope you like it.



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

SU Only Challenges

I have not entered this challenge before but like looking to get some inspiration.

http://suochallenges.com/






I brought the new stamp set Pieces and Patterns as part of my Demonstator pre-order, and really love this set.  I thought the retro camera image would work well for a masculine background.
I started with a crumb cake base and stamped in black ink all over, turning the paper as I went to make a random pattern.  I then cut a Basic Black stitched square and a smaller Whisper White stitched square.  I stamped the camera again on the white square and then coloured in with my Stampin Write Markers.  I popped the white card up with dimensionals and stuck to the black square which I then glued to the base.  I used Basic Black as the card base.  Hope you like!

All products used on my card are Stampin Up, if you wish to purchase any please click on my Shop above.  Stamp set not available until June 1st.