Spring and Easter

One stamp, four ways – Penny Black Spring Day

Happy Sunday friends!

I’ve been making Easter cards for the past couple of weekends now – they are such fun to make, especially after last year when I only made a few…

Penny Black kindly sent me a fabulous Easter stamp set from their Daydream collection – it’s called….Spring Day (30-805). I could not wait to start creating with it!

Now, this is a big stamp, especially for me – I’m a CAS cardmaker, I rarely use large images and I love all my white space. but I also love stretching my supplies and I knew this stamp had a LOT of possibilities!

First of all, I created a card using a ‘regular’ card base – UK A6 size (4.1″x 5.8″). As the image takes up almost the whole card base, I decided to leave the background completely white… although I really wanted to add some green splatters… I may still do that! The sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set (30-423).

When I want to use large stamps for a CAS card, I usually increase the card dimensions. My next card uses a 7″x5″ base but I still wanted more white space…. So, I created an oval mask and stamped a section of the image. I coloured the image with distress inks and Twinkling H2Os before removing the mask. The sentiment from the Spring Day set; I simply masked off the words as I stamped them – there is no way I can ever bring myself to cut a stamp, especially a brand new one!!

My third card uses LOTS of masking again! My card base is 5.5″ square and I masked a rectangular section before stamping part of the image. Then I masked off the image itself. The flowers and eggs are actually really easy to fussy cut; I didn’t worry about masking the stems. Then I gently blended some Pumice Stone distress ink before stamping the Brick Wall background stamp (40-137) using Pumice Stone distress oxide. I waited for the ink to dry before removing the masks and colouring the image. To complete my card, I added the sentiment from the stamp set.

My final card (A6 size again) uses a frame from one of my favourite Penny Black die sets (Dainty Dashes – 51-636) and more masking. I actually stamped part of the image a second time so that I could get three egg images under the daffodil rather than two…. In hindsight, I wish I’d coloured that egg in purple or orange or any other colour as it doesn’t really stand out from the very light blue wash that I applied to the background….

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AAA Cards Along the edge with die cuts only twist

Hi there!

It’s time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using just one edge of your card. Our optional twist this time is ‘die cuts only’.

This is one of my favourite twists – I absolutely love using my dies! Although this card was a little nerve-wracking…

It’s almost cherry blossom season, so I pulled out my Penny Black Swinging die set and used the branch and flowers to create a little spring scene! I coloured all the die cuts with my distress inks and added a little detail to the blossoms with a coloured pencil before adhering them to the top of my card.

Now for the nerve-wracking part…

I had originally decided to use a die cut sentiment on my card, but they all looked a little heavy with the delicate die cut… so rather than stamp a greeting, or leave the card blank, I decided to use a Simply Graphic die to cut a sentiment into the card base. That late decision meant I had to put the assembled card through my Gemini to cut the sentiment…. Yep, I held my breath when I fed those plates through!! I was so relieved when it turned out exactly as I’d hoped and my die cuts were intact. Phew!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by a previous challenge winner Wendi who has some really cute inspiration on her instagram feed!

Hope you can play along with us!

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Leaf -trimmed egg

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown which has a St Patrick-themed palette for us this week (gold, light green, dark green and white).

As you know I’m in the throes of Easter cardmaking and when I saw the colour combo I was a little perplexed – how could I use this in an Easter card. Then I stumbled across some amazing Easter cards on Instagram. The designer had used some leafy die cuts on an egg – suddenly inspiration struck! I pulled out the Poppystamps Sylvan Sprig, a Memory Box egg die and distress inks and got to work!

I was originally going to add a die cut gold sentiment, but in the end I used the Marianne Design Art Texture Mesh die for the gold accent and a stamped sentiment by Taylored Expressions.

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A Nest of Eggs

Hi there!

As you know, I love playing along with challenges whenever I can but this week’s Freshly Made Sketches really made me think! You see, I wanted to use it for an Easter card but everything I tried just looked odd! I toyed with rotating the sketch so that the focal point would be in the bottom right corner, which I use all the time…. but my competitive side didn’t want to give up on that top left corner…

I flicked through my Easter supplies and spotted the Memory Box Twiggy Nest that I bought last year but sadly never got round to using. I knew it would be perfect for this sketch! I blended some Frayed Burlap distress ink on my card base and then adhered the nest, some eggs from the Poppystamps Folk Decorated Eggs set and branches from a Sizzix set. The sentiment is also by Memory Box.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2021!

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share one of the cards I gave to my lovely mum today!

My mum adores all cats and so I knew one card I made for her would have to be kitty-themed. I pulled out another unused die that I bought when it popped up in Simon Says Stamp’s ‘deals and steals’ section – the Kitty Cat die.

I made three cats, colouring them with distress ink and adding a little face to each of them. Their whiskers are from the cats in the Penny Black set – I just love those curly whiskers, don’t you?

Finally I added an Avery Elle sentiment… and a few small gems.

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Starting on my Easter Cards

Hi Everyone!

I didn’t manage to make many Easter cards last year because, well 2020! So when I received my very first Easter card yesterday, I knew it was time to pull out all my Easter supplies – I have a lot and they need to be used!!

So here is my first Easter card for 2021. I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Tulip Collage background die and added the Poppystamps Folk Decorated eggs and a couple of smaller eggs from a Marianne Designs set. The sentiment is from a Your Next Stamp set.

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