Flower Patch Pop Out Swing Card

While I liked my first proper attempt at a Pop Out Swing Card, made using the Butterfly Basics set, I have to say that I am really pleased with this version. The Flower Patch photopolymer set (with matching Flower Fair Framelits) from Stampin' Up! are just gorgeous!

Flower Patch pop out swing card

I used the Hardwood background stamp for the front of the card again, using Smoky Slate ink to create a tone-on-tone effect on the Smoky Slate cardstock. The flowers stamp very easily in bright colours to create a very cheerful card overall.

Flower patch panel close up

I decided to add an extra 1" flap to the inside of the pop out mechanism at the bottom only to give more stability to the front panel, particularly as the main flower die cut was overlapping with the aperture.

Pop out swing card inside view

I hope you like my contribution to the collection of pop out swing cards that can be found all over pinterest and many Stampin' Up! demonstrators' blogs. There's even been a Create with Connie and Mary blog hop featuring them – why don't you hop around for some more inspiration?






Thank You With A Whole Lot of Lovely

Thank you cards are the most frequently requested cards at my classes, and the new A Whole Lot of Lovely hostess set from Stampin' Up! has a gorgeous thank you sentiment which is perfect as the focal point of a card.

A whole lot of lovely thank you

I used Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe (I've seen that colour scheme around a lot recently, and with good reason as it's lovely), with Very Vanilla to stamp on. I stamped the sweet little flower in the stamp set as randomly as I could to create a pattern for the base layer. I cut the banner using the Triple Banner punch, and then embossed it with the Large Polka Dot textured embossing folder. 

I hope you like this simple card. It's a clean layout that I can see working with lots of different stamp sets.






Layered Stamping with Sheltering Tree

While I've not gone as far as triple time stamping, I wanted the try a layered stamping technique to make a simple card with the Sheltering Tree stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Layered sheltering tree

With my craft room all boxed up so that the room could be repainted, I managed to lose ALL of my Whisper White AND Very Vanilla cardstock. So you'll have to forgive me for using some of the retired Naturals Ivory cardstock for the neutral layer! I used Crumb Cake for the mat, and Blushing Bride to stamp the blossom for the tree. It's the same colour combination as I used for this z-fold card.

Hopefully I'll be unpacking all my stuff soon. I kept the newest bits out, but whatever I try to make there's always something I need that I can't find. At least it'll give me a chance to have a good clear out!






Bright Butterfly Basics

This was a card we made at a recent class. I was quite proud of myself for pulling some Melon Mambo off the shelf and really making it bright and cheerful. It goes just as well with Crumb Cake as more muted shades.

Bright butterfly basics

It was also really easy to decorate the inside of the card. The Butterfly Basics set has such good stamps for creating stylish background accents, and the sweet little butterfly is the perfect finishing touch.

Bright butterfly basics inside detail

I'm holding at least one monthly class at the moment, so I have to be more efficient at blogging about my projects as I'm falling behind!






A Petite Gift

This was going to be my swap at a recent team training weekend, but as I couldn't go in the end, I added it to my monthly class. Let's just say I think they were too excited about the mini Green and Black's chocolates on offer!


As I think I've said before, I'm really NOT a fan of yellow. But as I am a fan of white chocolate, I had to reach for some Daffodil Delight to pair with the Smoky Slate cardstock I started with. The top is cut with the Ornate Tag Topper punch, which makes a change from the Scallop version that I usually reach for! There were many sentiments to choose from in the Petite Pairs set, so my class ladies could make their versions fit what they needed (although they all joked that they might not be able to give their chocolate away!). I layered a vellum flower punched using the Petite Petals punch with an Itty Bitty Accents flower cut in Smoky Slate as an easy embellishment.