As soon as I saw this set I fell in love with it, as I just love water colouring with inks! We made these Twisted Pop Up Cards at our recent Gr8 Southern INKers Retreat at Margaret River (thanks Kylie for your instruction!), but choosing whichever stamp set we liked to use to finish the card. Mediterranean Moments was one of the few new ones I took with me which I hadn’t used, and which lent itself to the inside of the card as well.
The inside of the card – I love the way the inside twists around!
This was the second card I threw together for our Stamp Club last week – yes, sometimes I do literally “throw together” cards! Getting up early in my job and working full time hours and often more I find I have little time to get organised for Stamp Club, so yes, these 2 cards were literally thrown together the night before! I first stamped the background in Soft Sky ink using the brush stamp from Work Of Art stamp set – I stamped this about 5 or 6 times down the front of the card, off setting each stamped image. I wanted to use the free Sale-a-Bration DSP “Carried Away” on this card, so I cut 3cm strips and tore each one diagonally to represent hills. These were next adhered to the card, then the clouds from Lift Me Up were stamped in Smoky Slate ink and the greeting stamped in Memento black ink. The black balloon was cut with the framelit and the colours behind the balloon are colours used in the DSP so then everything coordinated nicely. Again I used the sponge dauber and Tombow glue to apply the glue to the back of the balloon before placing the coloured card pieces on the back. Just a tip – start with the piece at the base of the balloon - then work your way up to the top of the balloon – you will find the pieces will fit just inside the balloon base and there will be a tiny border of the balloon left showing around the outside edges – this ensures all pieces fit together perfectly. Loving this set and the way it goes together!
I’m loving this bundle! I made up this card for one of our projects for our March Stamp Club. When I first took the framelit out of the pack, without thinking I put it down on some black cardstock I had sitting on the desk and the silver framelit on the black gave me an idea for a monochrome card. So out came the last remaining scraps of silver metallic cardstock (which I only just realised was retired!) and I managed to scrape enough together for all of our kits. The background is stamped with speckles from Gorgeous Grunge using Smoky Slate ink, the clouds in Memento Black (I prefer this out of all the black inks). I used Tombow Glue and a sponge dauber to apply glue to the back of the silver balloon and glued black cardstock behind and carefully cut around the outline of the balloon with Paper Snips, and then lightly sanded around the edges to neaten any tiny bits of black cardstock showing. The wording is embossed in silver embossing powder on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. Simple but I like it!
My second double z fold card I made recently - much the same as the first but I made the pickets narrower and used retired Natural cardstock sponged with Soft Suede ink – love this effect. I also “popped the tree and the pot with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Glue Dots. I’m happier with this card – there’s always room for improvement – I say!
Some time ago I promised my Stamp Club ladies a kit for their Thoughtful Branches bundle, and came up with a Trio of Cards – one stamp set three ways. here’s the apple tree….
and an autumn tree…..
After such a long break of not keeping my blog updated, I am going to try and do my best to post more regularly. A busy life working full time doesn’t leave me with much spare time to play. My monthly Stamp Club is still running, and I am so very appreciative of the lovely ladies who have supported me over the years by coming along once a month and putting up with my disorganised state! Needless to say, we still have a great time and make some lovely cards and projects. Proof is the Z Fold card pictured here! You’ll probably spot a few retired stamps and punches – it actually took me 3 evenings to put this together, as I visioned the brick work and a picket fence, but a lot of stamps just didn’t work with the size of the bricks! So the positives of being a hoarder – one can usually find something that’s retired that will fit the bill! I just love the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and matching framelits! I have also used the flowers from Avant Garden (current Sale-a-Bration freebie!) and lightly water coloured them with inks. Love the way it finally came together and look out – I plan to make more!
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