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closeup of flower card idea, dictating floral, Tim Holtz die by Sizzix
Cards, Die cutting

Create a layered flower

I’ve been playing around with some dies that haven’t been used for a long time… I like to be able to make cards with older products and give them a new spin – especially as I need my supplies to ‘work hard’ for their keep in my stash! Otherwise I’m afraid they’ll have to be donated!

So here’s a new card, that I made to show off a diecut layered flower…

flower card idea, dictating floral, Tim Holtz die by Sizzix

It’s a fairly simple design, but that fabulous flower is a real showstopper, so I think it doesn’t need much more ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made this flower by diecutting several flower shapes from patterned and plain papers, then layering up the shapes. I’ve had this die for ages – it’s a Bigz die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, called ‘Tattered Florals’ and there are 4 shapes on the die. So it’s easy to pass it through and get plenty of pieces that’ll layer up.
Time to dig it out of my stash and create something with it again!

closeup of flower card idea, dictating floral, Tim Holtz die by Sizzix

I inked all the petal edges with Distress Ink ‘Tea Dye’, for definition, then fixed the layers together with a coordinating fabric brad.

I found a couple of tone-on-tone style patterned papers that would be a good foundation for my card, and knotted a shimmery ribbon around the pink panel before sticking them down. Then I showcased my bloom as a focal topper on top.
Those papers are the perfect match without taking away too much from the flower.

It’s all just finished it off with a sticker greeting from the Shimelle #StickerBook by American Crafts. I bought mine from Hobbycraft ๐Ÿ˜‰

closeup of flower card idea, dictating floral, Tim Holtz die by Sizzix

A pretty and quick-finish card! And I had enough of the pink paper left to decorate a matching envelope.
Thanks for stopping by, Ruth x

closeup of birthday card idea, with decoupage layered topper and multi-step stamped flowers
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

A sweet birthday card

Phew, life has been so busy, I really need to catch up on sharing some crafty projects with you ๐Ÿ˜‰
Let’s just get to it!! Here’s a pretty birthday make I created for my mum recently. She loves bunnies so that was really important for this card!

birthday card idea, with decoupage layered topper and multi-step stamped flowers

I had this Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit decoupage layering pack, and have been saving the bunny scene thinking it would be perfect for using as a card topper that she would love. I think it is from the story, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny ๐Ÿ˜‰
I love this sweet scene, with the bunnies layered up on foam pads for dimension.

closeup of birthday card idea, with decoupage layered topper and multi-step stamped flowers

The whole thing is super-cute as a focal point layered onto a pretty gingham patterned paper.

Then I did some multi-step floral stamping with my fave flower stamps – I used WPlus9 ‘Fresh Cut Florals’, ‘More Fresh Cuts’ and My Favorite Things ‘Fall Florals’. With the matching dies, it’s easy to create lots of beautiful blooms and I love to mix-and-match the colours then build up different floral arrangements. This exact technique is why I can’t resist having plenty of different colour ink pads in my collection!

closeup of birthday card idea, with decoupage layered topper and multi-step stamped flowers

I layered them in clusters around the sentiment diecut on my card.

Then the whole thing is finished off with some little pearl gems.
Here it is again.

birthday card idea, with decoupage layered topper and multi-step stamped flowers

I love how it came together.
Thanks for looking! See you again soon, Rx

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly focal topper
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

Gatefold card idea

So this blog post is one full of mixed feelings – I really love the card… you know those makes where you’re so pleased with it and you had so much fun making it that you don’t want to give it away. Even though you made it with someone and a particular occasion in mind?! Maybe I will have to make another one…
It’s a pretty and inspiring project that I made as a Design Team member for Angela Poole. And sadly, added to which, I’m mindful that my time on the DT is now coming to an end. What a fab year, playing with fab products, I’ve been very lucky and am so thankful to have had the opportunity.

So it is fitting that my last DT card to share with you is one I really loved making!
(Disclosure- I made this card using plenty of goodies which were gifted to me free, for my work as a Design Team member.)

beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card using stamps and dies by Angela Poole, Design Team

I used the Flutterings range of stamps and butterfly dies to make this striking gatefold design.
I began by making the butterfly topper, using the ‘Flutterings Die Set – Butterfly’But rather than creating my butterfly with the interactive pull-tab to flap its wings, I decided to show off how the dies can be used to make a gorgeous topper, which works without the tab.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Die cutting butterfly pieces

I cut the lacy butterfly pieces once from the soft pastel blue/green card in the ‘Tropical Mist A4 Gradients Card’ pack. (I love that this product is available as a digital download now, too, so you can print out even more of your fave shades!)

I snipped the wings apart, to separate away the tab which I knew I wouldn’t need.
Then I cut the wing backs and body back piece all from vellum.
It was easy to then stick the bits together, layering up my pretty butterfly topper!
I also cut a couple of extra butterflies as embellishments.

Now for the card blank… I use an A4 sheet of black card – also from the Tropical Mist Gradients pack, to fold an A5 gatefold card. I wanted to go for a bold background for my butterfly. I created a background pattern with heat embossing using the ‘Flutterings A5 Photopolymer Stamp Set‘.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Heat embossing white on black gatefold card blank

From the outset I was tempted by the artsy look of the flourishes, and also the fun ‘mixed media’ style of the circles and dots. The arty look without the mess haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

It inspired me to ignore my anti-static bag… I would usually reach for it, wiping the card surface carefully before stamping with my embossing ink, taking care to avoid stray specks of embossing powder. And I deliberately avoided my fine paintbrush that I usually have handy to flick away those rogue specks!
I kept all those little extras in as an artsy accent. Plus, I even added more random detail dots with my embossing ink pen.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Heat embossing white on black gatefold card blank

I used a ‘tinsel’ effect embossing powder which is white with little silver sparkles in it – you can see them in the tub of powder… it’s a shame they don’t show better in my photos ๐Ÿ™

Now just time to assemble my card – I stuck the topper to the left front of the gatefold only, taking care to leave the edge of the wing flying free, and the whole of the right side lies over the card opening.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly focal topper

I went to town with some silver droplet gems, to sparkle-up my butterfly and couldn’t resist them on the bodies of the mini butterflies too.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly embellishments

Finally, to give the whole card a professional finishing touch, I cut a white paper panel for the inside, so I can write my message inside. I rounded the corners with a punch, and stamped a greeting as well as a bonus butterfly – by using two ink colours, these coordinate beautifully with my overall design.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of inner panel of card blank, with stamped accent

I love how the whole thing turned out – a good way to end my DT placement ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hope it’s inspired you today!
Thanks for stopping by, Ruth x

closeup of birthday card, stamped and watercoloured flower
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping, Watercolours

Birthday card for the stash!

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately, with not much time for crafting ๐Ÿ™ But I found this birthday card in my photos that I’ve not shared with you, so it’s a good time to enjoy the inspiration!

birthday card, stamped and watercoloured flower

I had a strip of textured card left over from another project so folded it to make a top-fold, narrow card blank. At the time, I had my sewing machine out so when that’s the case, it’s always a good opportunity to do a quick bit of sewing-on-paper.

I can’t keep my machine out all the time – there’s just not enough space around here – so it gets unpacked and packed away again every time. So when it does come out to play, I make sure to make the most of it, and do a bit of extra here and there… sewing some wiggly texture borders and attaching papers and other bits! This one is a good example as I found a bit of fun pom-pom trim that had been waiting for the perfect project. Finally it got sewn into place on this card!

Then I found a bit of spotty paper – it’s hard to see but the dusky pink circles have a faint blue outline that’s the perfect match for the card blank. It was meant to be!!

closeup of birthday card, stamped and watercoloured flower

Then with the pom-pom ‘blobs’ and spotty paper, I went for another layer of mini polka dots to bring the theme together. I diecut the pennant shape, using the Simon Says Stamp ‘Bundle of Stitched Shapes’ die set.

The whole thing is fab to show off a simple stamped flower. It is in the set by Stampin’Up called ‘Remarkable You’. (Sadly, now a discontinued one as I can’t see it on their site.)
I stamped it on watercolour paper and painted in soft colours… pastel pink to match the patterned paper.

It’s fussy-cut and tied with a snippet of pink-and-white baker’s twine, then raised up on the card front with sticky foam pads.

closeup of birthday card, stamped and watercoloured flower

A few pastel gems in pink and pale green, plus a simple greeting sticker, finish it all off.

It thought it’d make a handy card to have in my stash of birthday makes, and will be suitable for any age.
I’m hoping to find some creative time again soon… we have been having a new kitchen fitted so the house is a bit all over the place lately, and I can’t reach my crafty stash shelves for boxes! I hope it won’t be for much longer, anyway.

Hope you get to enjoy some crafty time this weekend, or sometime soon ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ruth x

closeup of clean and simple card idea, for congratulations
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

A quick congrats card

With lots of graduations and summer weddings, amongst other happy occasions happening at this time of year, I found this week that I’d run out of congratulations cards to send… It’s one of those card themes that I try to have ready-made, so that I can quickly send good wishes off in the post when needed, but with lots of busy life things going on right now, well… I had to rustle this one up at short notice!

clean and simple card idea, for congratulations

Luckily, I had the flower motif ready-stamped from when I did a bit of ‘spare-time stamping’. It’s so handy when you have a little extra crafting time without a particular project in mind, to stamp a few images to have on hand for an emergency like this!

I’d used the ‘Fall Florals’ stamp set and die by My Favorite Things… these kind of multi-step layering stamps are my fave, I think for quick inking and building up colourful blooms and bouquets! (Though I can’t see this set on their site right now, I wonder if it is discontinued…)

closeup of clean and simple card idea, for congratulations

I picked out a few pieces of textured card and simple patterned papers from my off-cuts stash that would work to make a simple collage on my card front. A torn edge adds some interesting texture, too.
Then the flower is just layered up with sticky foam pads.

A smattering of sequins fixed with Glossy Accents, and to match the gold sticker sentiment, finish the whole thing off.

closeup of clean and simple card idea, for congratulations

Phew, I made it to the postbox in time, too! Just a simple little note to send some friends cheer on their good news ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you find time for getting creative this week! Ruth x

close up of pretty shaped card using Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

Try a shaped card

Here’s some new card inspiration for you! I made this one after doing something similar for a Christmas card last year, or maybe even the year before. I knew it would be a fab one to recreate here.
[Ad, gifted – As part of my Design Team work, I used some products for this project from Angela Poole, which were supplied to me for free.]

I think it’s a really pretty card design that would be great to showcase the Buds to Blooms ‘Perfect Peonies’ stamp setโ€ฆ

Pretty shaped card using Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole

I began by stamping the multi-layered peony – it’s made up of 4 photopolymer stamps. First, for the detail outline, I used a soft grey ink to get a more delicate finish than black. Then I used two shades of pink for the petals’ layers, and finally picked out the stamens at the centre of the flower in yellow.

Here you can see the stamps separate in the stamp set – there are two different sizes of the peony, and I went for the larger one to make this card.

Angela Poole Designs photopolymer stamp set 'Perfect Peonies'

Here you can see a close up of the lovely detail in the flowerโ€ฆ

close up of pretty shaped card using Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole

It’s popped up the foam pads on the card front to get dimension in the petals.

I made the card front by die cutting a scalloped oval from pink card to match the peony. The die set is ‘Framelits – Ovals’ by Stampin’ Up (now sadly, retired). And the scalloped oval is the largest in the set. I love that Stampin’ Up also made a piercing template set: ‘Occasions Paper Piercing Set’, one of which goes with this oval. So I added a pierced detail to the scallop edge using my pokey tool.
The rest of the nesting dies are plain ovals so I cut the white card layer and a patterned paper piece. The soft sage green patterned paper is printed from the Angela Poole ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM.

I diecut a second scalloped circle to create the back for the card. I scored a line at the top of it close to the edge to make a hinge, and stuck the two pieces together at this point. It’s a clever way to create a shaped card!

Then just a matching sentiment – it’s also printed as one of the toppers from the same DVD-ROM, and diecut into a circle shape. A good flourish bow, tied in white seam binding, adds an elegant look. The whole design is finished with some gem embellishments, including one on the peony to look like a dewdrop ๐Ÿ˜‰

close up of pretty shaped card using Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole

Hope you liked this card – this one’s a super summery look but, as I mentioned, the basic design idea can be used for different occasions!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon, Ruth x

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos
Die cutting, Scrapbooking, Stamping

Holiday memories

We’re just back from a gorgeous week away – hence the blog’s been a little quiet! – but I’m sharing a scrapbook page today that I made before I went away. It’s fab inspiration for holiday memories, on those days when you take lots of pics. Holiday days out or any kind of day trip, in fact ๐Ÿ˜‰
It features lots of photos that I took one day on our holiday last year, in Pembrokeshire, south Wales…

scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

I took so many photos that day – it would have been hard to take a bad photo, I think, these gardens at Aberglasney were so glorious! – and I have already made a couple of other pages about the day.

This one has several pics of different sizes. I decided to ‘nestle’ them together in a kind of block arrangement. There are a couple of 4x3in, one trimmed to around 3x3in, and a couple of 2x2in.

With the fantastic floral theme, I couldn’t miss the chance to use one of my fave paper collections from last year – the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘More Than Words’ range. I couldn’t resist this one, I bought up lots of it from Ella Bonella. For my page, I chose a beautiful dainty, springy background and a watercolour-style wash paper layered onto that.

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

I used pastel turquoise ink and pink to stamp a couple of doily motifs (Waltzing Mouse Stamps ‘Dainty Doilies 2’, now out-of-business ๐Ÿ™ ) and diecut them with Spellbinders scallop circles. A couple of little floral stamped images from here and there in my stash tooโ€ฆ I thought they’d be cute layered up in the mix.

I made sure to use lots of bits of the ephemera pack and accent stickers from the same CVS ‘More Than Words’ collection, as well. My foam pads were great to help get dimension in the layers.

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

I’d made sure to leave a big area for journaling as I had lots of say about the day – it was really helpful to plan out what I wanted to say first, on scrap paper, so I knew it would all fit in properly! Then I used some ancient alphabet stickers in sparkly red, by Making Memories to build my title.

Plenty of dinky puffy stickers and faceted gems finish it all off. And I used a mini wooden peg to clip the map of the gardens that I’d saved, onto the back of the layout. I love attaching tickets and maps from days out like this <3

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

Hope you liked seeing my page today. Here’s to lots more gorgeous sunny, flower-filled days like that one!
Happy crafty times, Ruth x

closeup of interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team
Cards, Die cutting

A new interactive card idea

Hello crafty friends ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here’s a bit of inspiration for an interactive card, with a beautiful hummingbird theme, using the new Flutterings collection from Angela Poole.
[Ad – gifted. Since I am a Design Team member, some of the products used in this card were supplied to me for free. For disclosure, I am not under obligation to share this post but definitely wanted to, as I love playing with these items!]

So here’s my fun card todayโ€ฆ

Interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

Follow me for how to make this wow-factor greetingโ€ฆ
First, I made the hummingbird centrepiece, using the ‘Flutterings Die Set – Hummingbird’ by Angela Poole.

step-by-step tutorial for interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

I cut the two lacy hummingbird body and wing-plus-tab pieces in white card, and then two background wings and a background body piece all in red card. The dies are ready-made so that they create the score lines needed to fold the interactive elements.

I added some detail to the lacy hummingbird pieces with ink blending, using one of my soft blender brushes and Ranger Distress Ink in ‘Picked Raspberry’.

step-by-step tutorial for interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

I layered up my red base pieces and the inked lacy pieces just with PVA glue. Then it was easy to assemble the flying hummingbird by following the step-by-step on the die set packaging – easy folds on those score lines, plus strong double-sided tapeโ€ฆ I use redline tape!

step-by-step tutorial for interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

Now for the rest of my cardโ€ฆ
I used a pretty floral patterned paper downloaded and printed from the Angela Poole ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM. I mounted a panel on a sheet of hot pink ombre cardstock from the Tropical Mists A4 Gradients Card Pack, folded to make an A5 card blank.

I diecut a scalloped circle from pink glitter card to create an exotic-looking flower, along with some mini blooms using the die in the same Flutterings hummingbird die set. The leaves were handcut from some fancy handmade paper that I thought would look great for texture!

closeup of interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

The mini floral clusters are super to embellish my card without distracting from the show-stopper hummingbird who’s mounted centrally on the front, with a hole punched and ribbon loop added to the tab.

Then it’s all finished with a little glitter glue using Stickles in ‘Pink’, accenting the card border.
Now just a gentle pull of the tab will make the hummingbird’s wings flutter in style!

closeup of interactive hummingbird card, with wings that flap. Using interactive 'Flutterings' dies by Angela Poole, for Design Team

I’m looking forward to seeing the look on the face of the lucky recipient of my card as they see my tropical beauty fly!
Hope my card’s inspired you today – do let me know if you’ve created a card made with the Flutterings Dies. They’re super-special ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time, Ruth x

Close up of floral congratulations card for a wedding anniversary. Flower made using multi-step stamping, using Perfect Peonies photopolymer stamp set by Angela Poole.
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

Congratulations card for an anniversary

Here’s an idea I’ve been wanting to share with a wedding anniversary in mind. Since the happy recipients have been celebrating today, I don’t need to wait any longer! I went for a elegant floral theme, with touches of gold, to send joyful wishes to a special couple ๐Ÿ˜‰

[Ad – gifted. Some of the products I used to create today’s card were gifted to me for use as part of my Design Team work for Angela Poole. I’m featuring this card here for your inspiration and although it was made with some of those items, I’m not obliged to do so. I’ll only ever feature products on my blog that I love and want to recommend!]

floral congratulations card for a wedding anniversary. Flower made using multi-step stamping, using Perfect Peonies photopolymer stamp set by Angela Poole.

I folded an A5-sized kraft card blank and stamped tone-on-tone for a background effect of subtle, elegant script handwriting. I used a Hero Arts background stamp from an old cling set in my stash, called ’19th Century French Script’.
Then I added a die cut doily, diecut from vellum – top tip, secure the vellum piece with glue which will be later hidden! The vast majority of glues will show through vellum, so I planned for where my sentiment banner would be and where I’d add the gem embellishments later so they’d conceal any tiny dots of glue.

Now, for that show-stopping flowerโ€ฆ
It’s where I got to have fun with my Perfect Peonies stamp set from the Buds to Bloom collection by Angela Poole. It’s a multi-step stamp design, with one outline stamp, two layers used for the shading in the petals and then a fourth stamp for the anthers in the centre. Wow for all that detail!

Close up of floral congratulations card for a wedding anniversary. Flower made using multi-step stamping, using Perfect Peonies photopolymer stamp set by Angela Poole.

I made sure to wipe over my white card piece first with an anti-static pad, to get good results with my heat embossing. No stray flecks or static bits, please ๐Ÿ˜‰
I used clear embossing ink for the outline definition layer, and heat embossed it using WOW! embossing powder in ‘Metallic Gold Rich Pale, Super Fine‘. The gold edges on the petals looks super-crisp.

Then I went for two peachy ink shades for the peony petals – aligning the multi-step layers of these stamps is easy because of the notch on the edge of the stamp, so you know exactly which way is ‘up’.

Close up of floral congratulations card for a wedding anniversary. Flower made using multi-step stamping, using Perfect Peonies photopolymer stamp set by Angela Poole.
Here you can see how that gold embossing really shines!

The whole flower is fussy cut then popped up on foam pads. Then I just needed to tuck my banner sentiment at the side.
I made it with some patterned paper from the Angela Poole ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM, and a piece of white card, layered and with the ends trimmed to a fishtail effect. Then just a matching shiny gold greeting sticker, and those glitzy gems scattered around finish the whole thing off.

Close up of floral congratulations card for a wedding anniversary. Flower made using multi-step stamping, using Perfect Peonies photopolymer stamp set by Angela Poole.

Here’s hoping my brother and his lovely wife – the happy couple who are celebrating their anniversary today – will treasure this card, along with memories of their happy wedding day.
And I hope this card idea brings you some fab inspiration for a special greeting to send to a loved one. It’d be easy to recreate and switch up for a different occasion, even if you don’t have a family anniversary to celebrate.

Until next time, Ruth x

Close up of rainbow butterflies card, using stamps and dies from the Flutterings collection by Angela Poole
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping, Watercolours

Rainbow butterflies

Hello crafty friends! I have a bit of colourful card inspiration for you today – so cheery! I absolutely adore including butterfly motifs in my crafting, they’re a real go-to for me. For today’s card, I used the gorgeous ‘Flutterings’ collection, by Angela Poole.
(Ad – gifted. It is a card I made as part of my Design Team work, and as such some of the products used were provided to me for free. I’m sharing this with you though without obligation, so I hope you’ll love the inspiration!)

Let’s take a lookโ€ฆ

Rainbow butterflies card, using stamps and dies from the Flutterings collection by Angela Poole

I began by making a card base using the rich Tropical Mist A4 Gradients cardstock pack, especially designed by Angela Poole to work so well with the exotic butterflies and hummingbirds from the Flutterings collection. The ombre shades from rich coral to yellow are ideal for showing off my butterflies.

I die cut a white lacy-effect border using the die in the Flutterings Die Set – Hummingbird set, and fixed this on the left side. I also die cut three flourishes from holographic silver card, this time from the Flutterings Die Set – Butterfly to use as butterfly flight trails.

Close up of rainbow butterflies card, using stamps and dies from the Flutterings collection by Angela Poole

I stamped three of the butterfly stamps from the Flutterings photopolymer stamp set, using black ink. My must-have black ink for crisp results is Versafine ‘Onyx Black’.
I coloured each one in rainbow shades, painting them using my watercolour pencils scribbled onto a craft mat and picking up the colour with a wet brush.

Then I fussy cut them out and raised them up on the card with foam pads, adding the shimmery, swirly flight trail diecut pieces tucked under the body of each.

Close up of rainbow butterflies card, using stamps and dies from the Flutterings collection by Angela Poole

Then, I added a couple of extra mini butterflies diecut from hot pink cardstock before finishing with the gem embellishments and a ribbon length tied around the card spine. The greeting topper is printed from the Angela Poole ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM and diecut into a circle layered with a scallop circle.

The whole thing is a cheery inspiration card that’ll be great to add to my stash as a birthday greeting or simply to wish a loved one well.

Rainbow butterflies card, using stamps and dies from the Flutterings collection by Angela Poole

Hope you enjoyed this idea today – thanks as ever for stopping by. I truly appreciate you spending a little time here!
Take care until next time, Ruth x