Stampin’ Up’s Bloomin’ Love Valentines Card

So I am staying with the Valentine’s theme for today’s card. Recently one of the lovely ladies in our team came up with the idea of a card swap amongst ourselves, so we each had someone to send a card to. What a great idea!! It gives us such an inspiration boost and plus as the theme for this months swap was Valentines my husbands face was a picture when I opened up a Valentines card!!

So on with the card. I wanted to do something a little different so I got my card swatches and chose two very different colours that I normally would not go for or put together. I used Blackberry Bliss A4 Cardstock for my base cut at 4 1/8 inches and scored at 5 7/8 inches. I then added a mat of Pink Pirouette A4 Cardstock measuring 3 7/8 inches x 5 5/8 inches and adhered this to my card base using Fast Fuse Adhesive, which has fast become my go to adhesive!

For my card front I took some more Pink Pirouette cardstock and the absolutely gorgeous Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits Die and die cut my focal piece using my Bigshot. This die is so pretty, you don’t appreciate how pretty until you see it yourself. I adhered this to another piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock measuring 3 5/8 inches x 5 3/8inches using Multi Purpose Liquid Glue.  Taking some scrap Blackberry Bliss card stock I die cut some of the matching flower pieces. I covered these in some of the Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen and popped these up on some Stampin Dimensionals on to my die cut heart.

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For my sentiment I used the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set which with the thinlits comes in a Bundle saving you 15%. I stamped my sentiment in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink onto some Pink Pirouette cardstock and very quickly heat embossed this with my heat tool and some Clear Stampin’ Embossing Powder. Once this was melted I quickly again sprinkled on some embossing powder and heated it again giving a more raised effect. I then covered the heart on my sentiment in Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen.

To finish off I wrapped some Pink Pirouette 1/2 inch Seam Binding Ribbon around my card front. Taking my sentiment piece I tied some of the 1/4 inch Cotton Ribbon, in Rich Razzleberry, in to a knot. I popped my sentiment piece up on dimensionals to my card front and adhered this with dimensionals to my card base. Taking some Crystal Effects I covered my flowers and the heart on my sentiment piece to give some more dimension to them.

So that was my swap for this month, and I am looking forward to next months challenge and I hope you will join me by subscribing to my blog. I will too be posting how I made my cardstock swatches that helped me come up with my colour scheme for this card.

So thanks for dropping by, Louise xx

 

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration runs from January 5th to March 31st 2016, so plenty of time to place lots of orders and get as many of the free products as you can.  If you spend £45 on any Stampin Up products, these can be from the Spring & Summer catalogue or the Annual catalogue, you qualify for one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration products.  These are in our Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It doesn’t end there! You can earn a free product for every £45 you spend so if you spend £90 you can order 2 free products and if you spend £135 you can order 3 products!! I know it is fab!!!

It is also an AMAZING time to JOIN Stampin Up, if you have been considering becoming a demonstrator or just want to make the most of the joining offer now is the time to do it and I would be honoured to have you on my team, so click HERE and lets have some Stampin fun together and you can choose £160 worth of Stampin Up products for just £99!!! You then have until the end of June to meet the first required minimum of £270 sales/spend (and believe me it is easy to spend that on just the things you want for yourself!), there really is no better time to JOIN!

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Pootlers Spring and Summer Blog Hop

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Welcome to another Pootler’s Blog Hop! Today’s blog hop is all about Spring & Summer, Yay!!! I am so over Winter, I hate the dark nights. So to cheer us up we have a brand new Spring & Summer Catalogue which of course coincides with Sale-a-Bration (for more details scroll to the bottom of the page), so there really is no better time to spend your money! So you may have joined me from our lovely Hannah who is the lovely lady that organises the hops (much love to her!) or you may be working your way backwards and arrived from the lovely Karen’s blog. Either way we will be showcasing some of the gorgeous new products from the new catalogue.

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For today’s card I used the gorgeous Balloon Celebration Stamp Set which is available in a bundle, saving 15%, with the Balloon Bouquet Punch. This is such a pretty and delicate stamp set I knew I wanted to keep with more of a subtle colour scheme so I went with Mint Macaron A4 Cardstock for my card base cut at 4 1/8 inches and scored at 5 7/8 inches.

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I added a piece of the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack measuring 3 7/8 inches x 5 5/8 inches. To make my background for my cute balloons, I made a mask from some post it notes by stamping the cloud shapes on to them and cutting them out and using the tiniest bit of Snail Adhesive to stick them down temporarily on to a piece of Whisper White A4 Cardstock measuring 3 5/8 inches x 5 3/8 inches. Then taking some Soft Sky Classic Ink (appropriately named for this project) I sponged on some colour over my masks. Then peeling them away leaving some whiter clouds. To add a bit of depth to my clouds, using the cloud images I stamped over my white areas with some Smoky Slate Classic Ink, using the stamping off or second generation stamping technique so the colour was a little more muted.

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Now for my favourite bit!! Taking the two solid balloon images I stamped some in Blushing Bride Classic Ink and Mint Macaron Classic Ink on to some Whisper White cardstock. Then taking the shading images for the balloons, I stamped this on to them with some Smoky Slate Ink. I them punched them out using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I stamped the balloon strings on to my background again with some Smoky Slate Ink and popped this up on my card front using some Stampin Dimensionals. I then arranged my balloons, some I stuck down with Tonbow Mono Multi Glue and others I popped up using dimensionals.

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For my sentiment, as I wanted this to be a Valentine’s card, I used the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set. I stamped my sentiment again in Smoky Slate Ink on to some Blushing Bride A4 Cardstock and popped this up on my card front. Using a spare heart that I had embossed many moons ago (I tend to do a few at a time if I am doing one and keep them for a rainy day) I popped this up on to my sentiment.

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For the inside of my card I used another sentiment and small heart stamp from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set. Well that’s my card for today.

I really enjoyed making this card and I was pleased with how it turned out, I might try and step out of my comfort zone though and try a different colour palette! Don’t forget to hop on to my fellow Pootler’s for more inspiration!

Thanks for hopping by today, Louise xx

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Sam Hammond

Mandy Barton

Sandra Ronald

Camille Moriaty

Heidi Smith

Hannah McCurley

Louise Thomas (You are HERE!!!)

Karen Taylor

Jerim Dickins

Anna Krol

Kathleen Rintoul-Waite

Angelina Clark

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration runs from January 5th to March 31st 2016, so plenty of time to place lots of orders and get as many of the free products as you can.  If you spend £45 on any Stampin Up products, these can be from the Spring & Summer catalogue or the Annual catalogue, you qualify for one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration products.  These are in our Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It doesn’t end there! You can earn a free product for every £45 you spend so if you spend £90 you can order 2 free products and if you spend £135 you can order 3 products!! I know it is fab!!!

It is also an AMAZING time to JOIN Stampin Up, if you have been considering becoming a demonstrator or just want to make the most of the joining offer now is the time to do it and I would be honoured to have you on my team, so click HERE and lets have some Stampin fun together and you can choose £160 worth of Stampin Up products for just £99!!! You then have until the end of June to meet the first required minimum of £270 sales/spend (and believe me it is easy to spend that on just the things you want for yourself!), there really is no better time to JOIN!

Stampin’ Up Valentines You Plus Me Treat Boxes

Okay, Valentine’s Day is two days away now!!  I am making some Valentine’s treat boxes for my mom to use at a Valentine’s party that her residents are having at work on Saturday.  The boxes are going to be holding some cute sweets such as Haribo Heart Throbs, Marzipan Hearts and the good old favourites a few small packets of Love Hearts.  The boxes will be placed on each table in the room, which will be all decorated, and no I am not invited….booo!!!!

Valentine Treat Box

Valentine Treat Box

So to begin with I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler A4 cardstock and cut it down to 11 5/8 inches x 7 2/8 inches and then using my Simply Scored scoring tool I scored the cardstock on the longer side first at 1 3/8 inches, 5 inches, 6 3/8 inches and 10 2/8 inches.  Then on the shorter side I scored at 1 3/8 inches and 5 7/8 inches.  Holding the cardstock horizontally I cut up each score line up to the first horizontal score line, and on each small tab piece, you should have three.  One at each end and one in the middle I cut diagonally on each side of the tab to make them less square, if that makes sense!? Before putting the box together I die cut the two hearts on the top panel of my flat box with the heart die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from the Spring and Summer Catalogue.  Now I adhered the first two sets of tabs to the inside of the side panels making the bottom of the box.  I adhered the other two tabs to the inside of the side panel of the top piece of cardstock and you have your box.  I used two squares of Window Sheet to cover the hearts from the inside with Mini Glue Dots.

Valentine's Treat Box

Valentine’s Treat Box

I know I said I would try not to use the heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack but I couldn’t resist, I used it to punch three hearts from front panel of the top of the box.  For my decoration I used the Note Tag Punch to punch a tag from some Cherry Cobbler cardstock and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  On the Cherry Cobbler tag I stamped my sentiment from the You Plus Me stamp set with Versamark Ink and heat embossed this with White Embossing powder and my heat tool and offset layered them together with some Stampin Dimensionals and adhered my double tag to the top of my box.

Valentine's Treat Box

Valentine’s Treat Box

For a finishing touch to my treat box I punched two hearts from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack from the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and attached one to my tag and one in the top left corner of my box.  All that is left now is to fill your box with yummy treats!!!

Valentine's Treat Box

Valentine’s Treat Box

Seen something you like you can click on the pictures below or CLICK HERE!!! to go direct to my online shop.

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration runs from January 6th to March 31st 2015, so plenty of time to place lots of orders and get as many of the 10, yes 10, free products as you can.  If you spend £45 on Stampin Up products, these can be from the Spring & Summer catalogue or the Annual catalogue, you qualify for one of the exclusive Sale-a-Bration products.  These are in the Sale-a-Bration brochure highlighted “FREE”.  It doesn’t end there! You can earn a free product for every £45 you spend so if you spend £90 you can order 2 free products and if you spend £135 you can order 3 products!! I know it is fab!!! You can also qualify for even more, if you spend over £150 you can get £25 to spend on anything you like from any of the catalogues!!!

Thanks for dropping by xx

Glue Dots

Glue Dots

Window Sheet

Window Sheet

Cherry Cobbler A4 Cardstock

Cherry Cobbler A4 Cardstock

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Note Tag Punch

Note Tag Punch

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack

Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack

Stampin' White Embossing powder

Stampin’ White Embossing powder

Heat Tool

Heat Tool

You Plus Me stamp set

You Plus Me stamp set

Versamark Ink

Versamark Ink

Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies

Sale-a-Bration Catalogue

Sale-a-Bration Catalogue

Spring & Summer Catalogue

Spring & Summer Catalogue

Annual Catalogue

Annual Catalogue