I spent a lovely day yesterday making cards (make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to read more). I challenged myself to use an uninked stamp set – yes, I have a few (cough cough) of those and it was lovely to start fresh and be inspired by new images. Now I know you all have unused stamps or products sitting there in your craft area so I’m challenging you too, to make a card or two today using some products that you’ve never used before! I’m sure you’ll have fun
This is a really simple card, not much to explain about it. You will notice though that the bird image is the same as the Stampin’ Up! Two-Step Bird punch – very handy that! The stamp set I’ve used is called Punch Potpourri and it coordinates perfectly with Stampin’ Up!’s punches. You might notice there’s no ribbon on my card – instead of ribbon I added a small strip of Marina Mist patterned paper - this is a great way to use up those scrap pieces of patterned paper that you can’t bring yourself to throw out
Style tip: sponging the edges around a punched image as I did with the heart, softens the image and adds interest and depth.
All products are by Stampin’ Up! and available for purchase through me.
Punch Potpourri (cannot be bought, but can be received(!) with all orders over $300 (own order or combined with a friend at the same time)
Cardstock & Paper:
Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack (Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist)
Full Heart Punch
Two-Step Bird Punch
Basic Jewels (self-adhesive rhinestones)
Crystal Effects (used to glue the cardstock to the back of the Hodgepodge)
I don’t usually share family stuff here on my blog because I figure it’s all a bit boring for my readers – but I thought I’d post some photos of the lovely view I had yesterday while I was making cards. Looking outside my craft room window I can see our huge mango tree (I had to use my long lens on the camera and zoom in as I’m upstairs). Now look closely, can you see something in the tree?
Here’s a closer view:
My darling husband along with the eager help of my two boys built a fab hangout in our mango tree. In the middle there you can see my son Thomas lying on the platform reading an e-book on his iTouch, escaping the heat and humidity (and no doubt his brother and sister!) by enjoying some time in the mango tree.