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Birthday Cards Created Using Stacking Dies

Hello crafty friends! This week I have felt totally inspired (as I am sure many of you have too!) by Jennifer McGuire’s video on creative uses for stacking dies. What I liked best about this technique was that it allowed me to create a number of cars in one go. So here I am sharing a few shots of the cards I created. The colour combo for the first three was more on the girly side. This one went out to my talented crafty-friend Zsofia (happy birthday, my dear!):

The following one will be going to my kind and thoughtful crafty friend Maria towards the end of the month of May (Maria, I hope you’re not reading this too early!):

And this one will be for my office mate mid-June (we share a love of cake and it shows on our waistlines, I’m afraid!):

All of these were created using the following products by The Stamps of Life:
stitched squares die set and birthday sentiment set.

The following two cards I’m sharing today are belated birthday masculine cards. Masculine cards are always so much harder to come up with for me (part of the reason these two are late!), and this technique made it as easy as finding two more “masculine” colours to match together!

One for my father-in-law:

And one for my brother-in-law:

I created these two using the stacked edges dies by Pretty Pink Posh, and the year two stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Leave me a comment below and let me know which one of them all is your favourite. Until next time, happy paper-crafting!

Holiday Card Series 2017 – Bastel Traum Challenge #59

Hi everyone! And welcome back to  another monthly challenge over at the Bastel Traum Challenge Blog. This is your chance to play along for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) The subject of this month’s challenge, which will run until 15 Dec. 2017 at 8:45 am GMT+2, is Winter/Christmas/Stardust.

This post is a very special one, since it’s a two for one. On the one hand I’m hoping to inspire you to play along in our Christmas-themed monthly challenge over at the Bastel-Traum blog, and on the other hand I’m kicking off my very first Holiday Card Series!

I’m not sure how many holiday cards I’ll be able to bring you this year, or how frequently I shall be able to share a video. But you can be sure I will do my best to bring you at least a bit of crafty inspiration this holiday season, both here and in the Bastel Traum Challenge Blog (where we’ve got a fun surprise for you all in the making. Stay tuned in the month of December!)

This month I’m sharing a very special card with you since, in a way, this card kick-started my online crafty journey. So, without further ado, here it is!

I look forward to all your beautiful Christmas submissions to the Bastel-Traum Challenge and wish you a beautiful autumn day. Until next time!

Two Rainbow “Thank You” Cards

Hello crafty friends! The autumn has well and truly arrived in Switzerland and all this rain makes me yearn for rainbows. And so it is that I have created these two rainbow “thank you” cards (in good time for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving!) which I’m sharing with you today.

The first card is really on the CAS side. I put it together by water colouring a rainbow on to some watercolour paper and then stamping on top of it (3 or 4 times actually, since watercolour paper is so porous!) using some Versafine onyx black ink and my super cool “Thanks4Maricela” stamp set by The Stamps of Life.

In true Stephanie Barnard style, I finished off my card design with some baker’s twine. I love the fact that this stamp set includes a “thanks” in so many languages (perfect for crafty friends around the world). And because it’s a single stamp, it’s also great for bulk card making!

My second rainbow “thank you” card design also features another awesome product by The Stamps of Life simply called “Rainbow Dies“. It was inspired on a project from their idea gallery which I personalised with my “Essential Sentiments” stamp set by My Favorite Things.

And that’s it for today. I hope you like my projects and that your day is full of reasons to be thankful for!

Big Word Dies

Hello crafty peeps! You  may have noticed recently that a bunch of new “big word dies” have landed in the crafty market and are all the rage! My personal favourites are the “Statement sets” by The Stamps of Life, since they include (1) the word die, (2) the word shadow die (for extra dimension!), and (3) a sentiment stamp set to coordinate with your word die.

Last night I played with my “Beautiful Statement Set“, which is great quality and awesome value (as all products by The Stamps of Life, really!) I repeatedly stamped a few of the little images in my “Bear and Bird Stamp Set” by Waffle Flower Crafts with Versamark Ink, clear heat embossed them and used my Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink to create an emboss resist background. I covered it with a piece of vellum cut out using my “Lacy Layers 2 Die” set (also by Waffle Flower Crafts) and adhered my black shadow die cut to it. I had cut out the actual word die from a piece of white card stock coloured with the same Distress Oxide Ink I used for the background. I pressed my word die cut against my Versamark Inkpad a couple of times and clear heat embossed it to give the pink “beautiful” a bit of dimension. The sentiment on the white heat embossed black banner is included in the stamp set.

And there you have it, a beautiful statement for a card for just about any occasion! Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful day.

Cele-bear-ate Mask-athon featuring Heffy Doodle

Hi everyone! And welcome to my last Heffy Doodle post of the month. Today I have 3 good reasons to “cele-bear-ate”: (1) it’s Friday!, (2) it’s my son’s last day at nursery school, (3) with 3 days left ahead on the Heffy Doodle Kickstarter Campaign, there are already 228 of us who will soon be playing with Heffy Doodle’s beautiful designs in just a few weeks. It’s been a pleasure taking part in the Heffy Doodle launch campaign and bringing you some inspiration throughout this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects too!

I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet, since I’ve got a video tutorial for you all about stamp masking (in fact, it’s a bit of a “mask-athon”!) If you have any questions about any of the products or techniques I use, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through my contact form.

In today’s project I simply wanted to remind you that if there is no reason to hold back from adding a stamp set to your collection simply because you already own a set from a different company with a similar theme (as if we needed an excuse to buy more crafty goodies, right?!) Most of the times you’ll be able to mix and match sentiments and images from the various sets and you’ll actually end up getting more out of your supplies. Not to mention the joy you’ll be bringing to your crafty heart!

I hope you enjoy today’s card and video, and that your weekend is also full of reasons to cele-bear-ate!

(To check out Sandy Allnock’s hex chart, click here.)