Monday, January 30, 2023

Spellbinders | Dad's 94th Birthday Card + Clearance Sale

My dad celebrates his 94th birthday later this week and I make him a floral card every year so the January 3D Embossing Folder of the Month provided the perfect background for all of these elements! This particular card is a custom size at 4" x 7". I laid out the design before cutting the card base.

Just like yesterday's post, I used the retired numbers from Birthday Wishes for Everyone and I also included the superscript ordinals here. Similar to yesterday's design, I layered matte gold foil over gold glitter numbers to provide both shine and sparkle.

The Glimmering Build a Banner is also a Clearance Sale item and so versatile. It works for so many occasions and you can make it as short or as long as necessary. You can see that I added three extra banners to accommodate the numbers. Be sure to grab it while you still can!

I heat foiled the Glimmering Build a Banner sentiments with Gold Hot Foil on Lagoon cardstock. The stripes on the backside of the banners were heat foiled with Gold Hot Foil on Blue Spruce cardstock.

The flowers and leaves are from the Mini Blooms and Sprigs set, a small but mighty favourite. All of the pieces were cut from Teal Topaz, Pomegranate, Peridot, RainforestFern, Lilac Blossom and Royal Amethyst cardstock.

Be sure to grab the Glimmering Build a Banner before it's gone! There are so many other fabulous products that are part of the Clearance Sale and I hope you'll check it out by clicking on the image below.

Here's a list of kits I share each month and some of the value kits:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Spellbinders | More Chinese New Year Card Inspiration

I'm back with more cardmaking inspiration for Chinese/Lunar New Year and this time I'm using a mix of products from Spellbinders, including the Floating Bunny which is part of the current Clearance Sale! I'm quite sad that this adorable bunny may no longer be available soon but there's another version available in the Open House Spring set.

I made two variations of the same card, swapping out the embossing folder and the order of the matte gold foil and gold glitter numbers. The large numbers are from a retired set, Birthday Wishes for Everyone, which is still one of my favourite sets ever because it's so versatile. I've linked to an alternate set, Be Bold Lowercase Alphabet and Numbers, but the numbers are considerably smaller.

I cut a panel from Pomegranate cardstock and heat foiled the New Year sentiment from Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips using Speckled Aura Hot Foil before partially embossing the panel with the Optical Arches Embossing Folder and I love how this background works for so many occasions. 

The second card features the Geo Screen Embossing Folder. I made two sets of 2023 numbers, one with the gold glitter cardstock on top and the other with the matte gold foil on top. Then I mixed the numbers for each of the cards.

I had to add the little oranges, tangerines or clementines from Delicious Decorations because they're commonly given as gifts for Chinese New Year. They're believed to bring good luck and happiness since the Chinese words for orange and tangerine resemble the words for luck and wealth. I literally squealed when I thought of the idea and again when they fit into the bunny's paws!

To create even more texture and dimension, I popped all of the numbers up on foam squares. To make it easy to add the Pink Sand nose and Onyx eyes to the bunny's face, I used a 1/4" hole punch to add tiny pieces of coloured cardstock behind the die cut head.

I just love all of the details on these cards and hope to make a few more before Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival on February 5, 2023. I hope you're inspired to give these a try and I hope you'll tag me on social media!

Be sure to grab the Floating Bunny before it's gone! There are so many other fabulous products that are part of the Clearance Sale and I hope you'll check it out by clicking on the image below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Fresh Floral Cards feat. Garden Variety Dies

Today's Second Chance Release from Taylored Expressions includes past monthly freebies and products that were exclusive to fall's Stamp Joy events! The products I'm featuring in my latest video feature the latter and include the Garden Variety Dies, Garden Variety Bouquet BuilderAntique Pails Dies and Rustic Pail Die. All of these products are sold together in the Garden Variety Bundle and includes a drip drop freebie from January 24-29, 2023.

It takes me a long time to get floral arrangements just right so I cut out all the dies from white cardstock first and played with them behind-the-scenes. Once I knew how I wanted the arrangements to look, I knew how many colours I needed and chose accordingly. Colours included in these projects include: Mint Julep, Granny Smith and Cilantro for the leaves and foliage; and Salt Water Taffy, Spearmint, Lavender Glaze and Eggplant for the flowers.

My first A2 card features the Garden Variety Dies and Rustic Pail Die on a Sugar Cube card base with a silver foil mat cut with the Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets, and a Spearmint mat cut with the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets.

After assembling the floral arrangement with a combination of tape and liquid glue, I pop it on to the Spearmint panel with foam tape and add a few Matte Silver Enamel Dots, also new to the shop!

I pulled a few sentiments from my Simple Storage for Simple Strips, which came in handy for these projects. This particular sentiment from Mini Strips - You're the Best was white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock and die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die.

My second card is in a mini slim size and features a Mint Julep card base with details created with two of the Diagonal Stitch Mini Slim Stacklets. The two thin frames in Sugar Cube and Spearmint were cut from the  Mini Slim Thin Frame Cutting Plate.

The combination of the large bouquet created with the Garden Variety Dies and the tall Antique Pails Die lends itself nicely to a mini slim card size. Once again, I added Matte Silver Enamel Dots to the centres of the flowers, leaving the bottom flower empty since an odd number always looks best and the pail balances out the large cluster of silver dots above.

This particular sentiment is from the Mini Strips - Easter was white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock and die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die. I made sure to feature all seven of the colours, aside from Sugar Cube and Black Licorice, on each card, ensuring a balance and to create the perfect set should I choose to gift these as such.

My third and final card for today's video is another A2 design. It features a Spearmint card base, a Mint Julep frame cut from the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate, and a Sugar Cube insert detailed with the Diamonds Piercing Plate.

I absolutely adore the shape of this Antique Pail because it allowed me to come up with a creative floral arrangement. I just love the way these Garden Variety Dies sit in there so nicely. It was also satisfying to find the perfect placement for the Matte Silver Enamel Dots.

Again, this sentiment is from the Mini Strips - You're the Best and white heat embossed on Black Licorice cardstock, then die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die. Who wouldn't love a card with this sentiment? ;)

Be sure to check out the Second Chances Release HERE. Thanks so much for watching!