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My name is Natalie and I love anything to do with card/paper. I have been a papercrafter for many years now and I never get bored playing with all the wonderful products available. I've been married to my wonderful husband Nathan for 35years now and we are still very much in love with each other as the first day we met each other. We have 3 wonderful children and 5 gorgeous grandchildren so we have lots to be thankful for. Since joining Stampin' Up! in 2018 I've grown so much in confidence with myself and I even tackle technology, which for me is a huge step to have taken, but I'm getting there slowly.

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Trimming the town

Hello everyone, and welcome to yet another make it on Tuesday. Today I've chosen to use the really cute 'Trimming the town' suite. The papers in this suite are just so lovely you even have papers that are used along with the dies as well as the stamps giving you lots of scope to make some gorgeous and cute christmas cards......... but wait you don't have to just use these little houses just for christmas, they could be used for many occasions such has 'New home' or 'Moving house' so don't just think on the lines of christmas.
On saying that though I have chosen today to make a realtively simple (but I think a really cute) card for christmas so let's begin.........

Materials needed:

Whisper white thick cardstock

1pc - 14.8cm x 21cm scored on the longside at 10.5cm for the card base
1pc - approx 14.4cm x 7cm for the die cutting and embossing of the front layer of card
Scrap pieces to die cut out all of the houses and the 2 front trees so you can strengthen the dsp that you've used
Scrap pieces to mat behind the wordings to strengthen the dsp

Trimming the town dsp

1pc - 14.4cm x 8cm for the front of card layer
1pc - to die cut out the 2 houses and the 2 trees

Card recipe:

1. Cut, score and burnish your card base.
2. Cut your piece of dsp for the front of card and then glue this flat using wet glue to the front of your card.
3. Die cut all of your little houses and trees from your card stock and your dsp and then glue them together (pairing the pieces up accordingly) using wet glue (this strengthens your dsp for when you mount them onto dimensionals).
4. Fussy cut all of your wordings out that you require and then mat them on to pieces of your white card and cut them around the edge ( this not only strengthens the wordings but gives them enough of a lift to be glued flat on to the card front still looking raised).
5. Now you need to die cut your piece of white card for the trees and then once it's die cut you can run it through your embossing folder, making sure you leave the trees hanging out of the embossing folder as you don't really want these to be embossed.

6. You can now add a little bit of sparkle onto the 4 trees that will be showing using your wink of stella glitter brush (not sure if it shows up much in the photo but I have done this myself).

7. Using dimensionals glue your snowflake embossed piece to the front of your card.
8. Now place dimensionals behind the houses and glue them on to the front of your card tucking the large house behind the hill slightly and the small house sitting over the hill.
9. Glue your dsp trees into place using wet glue and a dimensional to hold it level with the other layers of card etc. The large tree has a star placed at the top of it.
10. Glue your wordings into place where you would like them to be and that is the card finished.
Hope you liked the make today if you have any queries about it please do contact me. If you'd like to know about joining my team again please do contatct me I'll be only too pleased to help you. Take care everyone see you again very soon with another make.

Big Crafty Hugs
Natalie xx

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Wednesday 23 September 2020

SUOC#258 - Sea world/Triple stepper card

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another SUO challenge with the theme this time being - Nautical, Coastal, Sea world and Marine. And I thought what a great opportunity to use the really lovely Whale done collection, it's so lovely I just couldn't resist........
So without further a do lets get crafting and create a triple stepper card!!!

Materials needed:

Thick whisper white cardstock

1pc - 5" x 10" for the card base
1pc - approx 5/8" x 2 5/8" for the sentiment
Scrap piece for stamping and fussy cutting 3 x seahorses

Pool party cardstock

1pc -4 7/8" x 6 7/8" for matting and layering on the front of your card
1pc - approx  3/4" x 2 3/4" for the sentiment

Whale of a time DSP

1 sheet for the matting and layering on the front of your card (blue piece)
1 sheet with the turtles on to be fussy cut out
1 sheet for the fussy cutting to mat and layer onto the front of your card

Brights Stampin' write markers

Granny apple green and Pacific point for inking your stamps with

Flowers for every season gems

Some of the clear ones to look like bubbles on your card

Card recipe:

1. On the short side of your whisper white card base piece mark from top to bottom with a faint pencil mark (needs to be rubbed out) 2 1/2" and 4 3/4".
2. Cut, score and fold your card base as in the diagram (remember to have the 2 1/2" section at the top of your scoring board/trimmer).
You're scoring on the 3"and 6" to the first line the 8" to the second line, on the 4" and the 7" you just score the middle section and on the 5" you only score on the bottom section.
Now you cut where the diagram shows you.
Fold the 3 score lines on the left away from yourself, the next 2 towards yourself and the last score line away from yourself (this will form 2 mountain folds and a valley fold in the middle).

3. Cut your pool party piece of card as in the diagram and then glue on to each section where it fits.

4. Now cut your blue dsp piece as in the diagram and glue these pieces into place on to the pool party pieces.
(I've used copier paper so that the measurements show up better).

5. You now have your last piece of dsp to fussy cut and then you need to cut it into strips that fit on to your card and glue them into place.
(only the bottom of the sheet is used for this card).

6. Fussy cut all of your turtles out and glue them into place flat.
7. Stamp your seahorses and sentiment using your stampin' write markers (this is a lovely technique to use giving you lots of different colours mixed in), fussy cut your seahorses out and attach them to your card. Glue your sentiment onto your pool party piece flat and then attach to the front of your card using dimensionals.
8. Glue your clear gems into place using a very small amount of wet glue this will give the effect of bubbles rising up.

That's the card finished, I really hope that you liked making it and all of the fussy cutting didn't put you off as it's very satisfying once the card is complete, and I personally find fussy cutting quite therapeutic.
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Tuesday 22 September 2020

Seasons greetings in the pines


 Hello again everyone. Welcome to another blog on yet another gorgeous day here in the UK the weather for this time of the year is absolutely amazing and we're so lucky to have the sun shining towards the end of september I'm feeling very blessed in deed.
Today I thought I'd share with you a card that is so simple you won't believe it. I love when you can make lovley cards without much effort actually going into the process of doing it. So lets begin............

Materials needed:

Thick whisper white cardstock

1pc - 5" x 7" scored in half on the longside - cardbase
1pc - 3 1/4" x 4 3/4"  - inside of card layer
1pc - approx 2 3/4" x 4" - white oval front of card

Coastal cabana cardstock

2pc - 5/8" x 4 1/8" - strips for front of card
1pc - approx 3" x 4" - scallop oval front of card

Snowflake splendor DSP

2pc - 1/2" x 4" - strips for front of card

Pool party sheer ribbon

1pc - approx 8" - bow on front of card

In the pines bundle

For the die cutting of the tree
And for the sentiment stamping

Card recipe:

1. Cut score and burnish your card base.
2. Cut your card piece for the inside of your card and glue into place.
3. Cut your strip pieces of card and dsp and then glue the dsp onto the card strips, glue into place on the front of your card.
4. Stamp your sentiment onto your card, I've made sure that I only ink one word at a time on my stamp so that I can ink one word at the top and the other at the bottom of my card (make sure that you cean and dry the stamp in between stamping each word so you don't get a slight image still appearing where you don't want it to).
5. Die cut both of your ovals and then die cut your tree in the centre of the white oval (the die that you use doesn't cut the wole tree out it just cuts the apperture of the tree out).
6. Using dimensionals around the edge reverse side of the white oval (so they don't show through the apperture) and placing one in the middle where your bow will cover it up from showing, glue this onto the centre of the scallop oval and then using dimensionals again glue it into place on your card.
7. Tie a bow, place a glue dot onto the back of it and then glue it on top of the dimensional that is showing through on the centre of your tree.
8. Place a rhinestone on to your card and thats the card finished.

Hope you enjoyed this card as I said it was a simple but I think a very pretty little card to make.

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Monday 21 September 2020

Mini catalogue swap 2020

Well hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I've recently taken part in a mini catalogue swap with some of the Pootler's team members, and this is the card that I made for the group that I was in. We had to use products from the then new mini catalogue to give each other some ideas as to how we've used them. Hope you like the card I made, I certainly had a lot of fun making it.

Materials needed:

Thick whisper white cardstock

1pc - 4 1/8" x 11 5/8" scored on long side @ 5 13/16" - card base

2pc - 2 1/8" x 3 5/8" for 2 x die cut tags - 1 tag 

Scrap pieces to stamp and die cut 1 x snowman  2 x trees

1pc - 5/8" x 2 3/4" for the sentiment banner

Purple posy cardstock

1pc - 3 7/8" x 5 9/16" for front of card layer embossed 2" from the bottom

Scrap piece for die cutiing 1 x fern

Silver foil sheets

 piece for die cutting 3 x ferns

Snowflake splendor DSP

1pc - 2 1/8" x 3 5/8" for 1 x die cut tag

1pc - 1/2" x 3 7/8" for the strip on front of card

Whisper white cardstock

1pc - 4" x 5 11/16" for the inside of card - snowflakes stamped in all 4 corners

1 1/2" (3.8cm) Metallic mesh ribbon

1pc -approx 8" cut in half length ways for the tag bow (only half used)

Card recipe:

1. Cut, score and burnish your card base.

2. Cut, stamp and glue into place your inside of card layer.

3. Cut, emboss and glue to the front of your card your purple posy cardstock layer.

4. Cut and glue into place the dsp strip for the front of your card.

5. Die cut your 2 x white tags and emboss 1 of them. 

6. Die cut your dsp tag and then glue the other white tag that you've cut onto the reverse side (this makes the dsp tag stronger).

7. Stamp, die cut and colour your snowman, just die cut the trees they don't need colouring (stamp 1 x 1st generation ink and then 1 x 2nd generation ink).

8. Your 1st generation tree you need to cut into two seperate trees, glue the large one onto the embossed tag (over to the left side).

9. Glue your dsp tag over the embossed tag moving it to the right hand side a bit so that your tree shows.

10. Glue your snowman on to the tags using dimensionals, now glue the small tree under the snowman on the right hand side. Cut the 2nd generation tree in to two and glue the larger one under the snowman on the left hand side.

11. Take your piece of ribbon and thread it through the tag hole and tie it into a bow.

12. Glue the whole tag topper on to the front of your card using dimensionals.

13. Die cut all of your ferns and then gue them into place on the front of your card tucking them under the tag topper.

14. Cut your sentiment banner and stamp the sentiment on it, now using dimensionals glue this on the front of your card.

Hope you enjoyed the project, like I say I really loved making it the snowman is just so gorgeous. It's really hard for me to resist a snowman and when I saw it in the mini catalogue I just had to have it.

Take care till next time

Big Crafty Hugs

Natalie xx

Product list:

 Snow wonder bundle 155185

North pole wonder dies 153523

Winter snow embossing folder 153577

Thick whisper white cardstock 140490

Purple Posy cardstock 150887

Whisper white cardstock 106549

Silver foil sheets 132178

Snowflake splendor DSP 153512

Smoky slate classic stampin' pad 147113

Highland heather classic stampin' pad 147103

Neutrals stampin' write markers 147158

Regals stampin' write markers 147155

Balmy blue stampin' blends combo 154830

Highland heather stampin' blends combo 154887 

Just Jade stampin' blends combo 153107

Stampin' dimensionals 104430

Multi purpose liquid glue 154974

1 1/2" (3.8cm) Metallic mesh ribbon 153550

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Snowflake wishes

 Hello again everyone hope you're all keeping well and having as much fun with all of your crafting projects as I am.  Those of you who know me will know that I absolutely love making christmas projects and here is another very quick and easy, but i think a very pretty little card.

Lets get started..........

So todays card starts with a piece of thick whisper white card which measures 4 1/8" x 8 1/4" scored on longside in half, giving you a very cute 4 1/8" square card. I've cut a piece of thick whisper white measuring 4" x 4" and stamped a few of the images from the 'Snowflake wishes' stampset on to it, then glued it flat to the inside of the card.

Now I've cut a piece of the Balmy blue glimmer paper so it measures 4" x 4" and then glued it flat to the front of your card. The next step is using a piece of thick whisper white cardstock and die cutting the large snowflake from the 'So many snowflakes' dies.

As you can see from the picture it's a die that leaves an apperture rather than cutting the whole snowflake out. Now I've placed dimensionals all over the back of the snowflake piece and then put a little wet glue onto the dimensional after the backing has been removed, this will just make sure that the dimensional gets a grip on to the glimmer paper. This whole piece is now attached to the front of the card flat with wet glue.                I've now cut myself a piece of thick whisper white cardstock that measures 3/4" x 4 1/8" and using balmy blue ink I,ve stamped the sentiment, now using the Banners pick a punch I've punched both ends of the card piece giving me a nice and even punched banner. I've now given this sentiment piece a slight curve and then attached it to the front of the card using wet glue just on the two ends giving it a bit of depth. I've used 1 of the largest beautiful 'Blue adhesive backed gems' and placed it into the middle of my snowflake. Card finished, it's a very quick and easy card to put together which if you have a lot of cards to make this christmas is going to be very helpful. Hope you liked the project, all the products I've used are listed below just click onto the highlighted links and it will take you straight to that item in my on line shop.
Thanks so much for popping by and taking a look at my blog, I really do appreciate it.
Big Crafty Hugs
Natalie xx

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