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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 23 February 2021

Simply succulents - Thanks for you card


Good morning and welcome to another Craftalong Tuesday. Can't believe this will be the last craftalong for February seriously where has the month gone. Today I have a rather lovely card made with an absolutely exquisite die within the ' Simply succulents' bundle, which you can find in the mini catalogue. The die, cuts a whole piece of card for the front of a card layer, which looks just like it's a laser cut piece, and it cuts out so beautifully that all of the waste bits just fall out, which is always great when you have lots of them to cut out!.................... I'm using the 'Oh so ombre' papers that are from the sale-a-bration catalogue which is coming to and end on 28th February so if you'd like to get it for free with a qualifying order of £45 you will need to get your order in quick or you will miss out!.

I'm going to be giving the instructions for the green card but I have also made a blue card in exactly the same way and I've included the products for this one also in the product list.

This is the blue one.

So let's begin.......

Materials needed:

Granny apple green cardstock

1pc - 4-1/8" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" - card base

Oh so ombre dsp

1pc - 4" x 5-5/8" for front of card layer

Basic white cardstock - 159228 (ooops forgot to add to list)

2pc - 4" x 5-5/8" for the die cut layer and inside of card

Small scrap piece for die cutting tiny tag from Hydrangea haven dies 

Small piece for the sentiment

Old olive cardstock

Scrap pieces for die cutting foilage and the sentiment banner

Mossy meadow cardstock

Scrap pieces for die cutting of foilage

Soft suede cardstock

Scrap piece for die cutting the flowerpot

Mango melody cardstock

1pc - approx 3" x 3" - punching out 2 lots of tiny confetti flowers

White twine

1pc - long enough to wrap round the flowerpot and then tie a double bow

Silicone mat 

Stamping sponge


1. Fold and burnish the card base. Glue one of the white pieces to the inside of card.

2. Die cut the piece for the front of card.

3. Place some glue onto the silicone mat and using a piece of the sponge dab into it and having the die cut piece on the silicone mat (use a glass mat if not got a silicone one but do clean the excess glue off quickly) dab the glue all over the reverse side of the die cut so that it's all covered.

4. Carefully glue the die cut piece to the oh so ombre piece of dsp and then turn it over and rub it with a bone folder to make sure that it is adhered all over.

5. Glue this whole section now to the front of the card.

6. Having die cut all of the foilage and pieces that are required (I infact stamped my flowerpot first with the corresponding image using the soft suede ink pad), tie the twine around the flowerpot, and using glue dots glue a bow in the middle, place dimensionals onto the reverse side of it, not too many as you need to tuck the foilage underneath  it, and attach to the front of the card.

7. Glue all of the foilage into place, some can be glued to the card itself, where others can be glued to the underneath of the flowerpot, this will give the foilage more depth, only glue using small amounts you don't want everything glued flat.

8. Punch out the tiny flowers and then glue them onto the foilage, use the take your pick tool to pick them up, I placed the glue onto the foilage rather than onto the flower, this is just easier to do.

9, Stamp the two sentiments, fussy cut the wording (form the succulents stamps) and die cut the tag one ( the die and stamp for this are in the hydrangea bundle), then using dimensionals glue them into place. After having attached the wording to the banner this can then be glued flat onto the front of the card.

Hope you enjoyed todays project, I loved the way the die cut laser effect looked on top the paper. The card is slightly smaller than normal but this was so that the die cut fitted nice and evenly on the front.

Thanks so much for popping onto my blog today and having a look I really appreciate it. Until next time, take care and keep crafting.

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie xx



Please remember if shopping with myself on line to use my host code for orders under £150 so I can send you a small gift in the post the following month.

Product List

Paper Trimmer
Paper Snips
Bone Folder

Monday 22 February 2021

Kylie's International Highlights/Winners Blog Hop

Hello again everyone. Well I'm very pleased to announce that with much thanks to all of you who voted for me in the Kylie Bertucci International highlights blog this month, I've managed to come in the top 10 and I'm therefore doing Kylie's blog hop with herself and 9 other very talented ladies, who also managed to come in the top 10, so well done to all!!. I'm so excited and also very grateful. The card I'm sharing with you all today is using products from the mini catalogue, the annual catalogue and also a sentiment from one of the stampsets from the sale-a-bration catalogue which will soon be coming to and end on 28th February, so if you'd like anything from it you'll have to be quick, remember items are free with qualifying orders of £45. So let's get onto the card which is why you're here, please don't forget to hop onto all of the other ladies blogs and have a look at their amazing projects.

Materials needed:

Basic white thick cardstock

1pc - 5" x 10" scored on the long side at 5" - card base

1pc - 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" - inside of card

1pc - 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" - front of card layer

Scrap pieces - stamping flowers and sentiment

Soft seafoam cardstock

1pc - 4-3/4" x 4-3/4" - front of card layer

Scrap piece - stamping leaves

Purple posy cardstock

1pc - big enough to die cut the whole of the brush stroke effect die out

Highland heather cardstock

1pc - big enough to die cut the whole of the brush stroke effect die out

Highland heather classic stampin'pad

Soft seafoam classic stampin' pad

Pear pizzazz classic stampin'pad

Rhinestone basic jewels

Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing folder

Card Instructions

1. Fold and burnish the card base.

2. Dry emboss the soft seafoam piece of card using the embossing folder and glue onto the front of the card base.

3. Stamp the basic white card piece for the inside of card, using the brush effect images, alternating the colours - Soft seafoam and Highland heather, glue the finished piece into the card inside.

Inside of card

4. Die cut the two different colours of card using the brush stroke effect die, if you make sure that it's die cut in the centre, you can then use these two pieces for two other cards(waste not want not as they say).

5. Now with the basic white piece of card for the front of card layer, place one of the coloured die cut templates over the top (don't glue it this is just to give you a guide), having removed the pieces that have cut out from it. With the larger pieces place glue on the back and place the matching pieces into the gaps of the template. Alternate the colours, you will only fit 4 onto the card layer and you can use the one template for both colours as they are both the same. The smaller pieces if you wish to use these then I used the Fine tip glue pen to put glue into the gaps and then my take your pick tool to place the matching pieces into place.

6. Stamp and die cut all of the flowers and leaves required, to get the lighter flowers I just stamped off twice using the same ink, that way you get a dark and a light one (for the leaves I've used Pear pizzazz ink onto soft seafoam card oooooops meant to use the matching ink, but I thought it still looked nice so didn't change it lol).

7. Give all of the flowers and leaves a slight curve using a bone folder and then glue into place, the larger flowers I have placed stampin' dimensionals on the back to give them a bit of height lifting them above the smaller ones.

8. Stamp the sentiment from Heal your Heart (free sale-a-bration item) one in Pear pizzazz and then another in Highland heather and then using my snips I cut one word from each colour and glued into place.

9. Place rhinestone jewels onto the card piece and then glue the whole thing onto the front of the card base.

Card finished I loved making this card, I hope you like it?. Once again thankyou so much to all those who voted for me making it possible for me to take part in this blog hop. Please now hop onto all of the other ladies blogs and see what fantastic projects they have to share with you all.

Take care till next time

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie xx

Product List

Paper Trimmer
Paper Snips
Bone Folder