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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.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Well suited - Blog hop Touches of ink


Today I'm participating in a blog hop with a bit of a difference, and the difference is that it's being run by my lovely friend who lives in Germany. I first met Simone Kleine through the Kylie Bertuccis winners blog hop, we face timed through messenger and had a really long and lovely chat,  Simone helped me set up my blog for the winners hop, so a huge thankyou to Simone for helping me out in my hour of need. Whilst on our face time with each other Simone very kindly asked me if I'd like to join in with her regular blog hop....... and the rest as they say is now history, although Simone did need to lend a hand again so thanks once again to Simone.

The theme for the blog hop this time was to use the 'Well suited' suite, so let's have a look at what I made for you, then you can go on the links and have a look at what all of the other lovely ladies have made for us to see............

My card is a very lovely fold that I like to go back to now and agian and it's called an easel card.

Materials needed:

Basic white thick cardstock

1 piece 5" x 10" scored on the longside at 2.5" and 5" this is the card base

2 pieces 4-5/8" x 4-5/8" for the front of easel layer and the base of card

2 pieces 1" x 2" for the base sentiment

1 piece approx 1/4" x 4-1/2" for the underside of the dsp blue strip

Piece to punch out 2 x 1-1/2" circles from

Basic gray cardstock

2 pieces 4-7/8" x 4-7/8"  for the front of easel layer and the base of card layer

1 piece approx 2" x 3" for die cutting the pocket and buttons

Well suited dsp

2 pieces 4-3/8" x 4-3/8" for the easel layer and the base of card layer

1 piece of the blue check to die cut the long stitched strip for the easel section

Selection of different patterns to die cut 3 ties, 3 extra knots and 2 bow ties

Basic Gray classic stampin' pad

Pacific point classic stampin' pad


Mini dimensionals

Card Instructions

Fold and burnish the card base, the folds are both going the same way.

Having cut all of the different layers of dsp and cardstock that are needed, glue the 2 dsp pieces to the 2 white pieces. One of these glue to one of the basic gray pieces and then glue to the base section of the card flat. The other piece once it is dry punch a 2" circle out of the left of card (left when facing you).

Place dimensionals all over the reverse side of this piece and adhere to the other basic gray layer. Now glue this onto the card (this is the easel section of the card), only putting glue on the bottom half as you don't want to glue the card shut.

This is how it will look finished

Die cut the blue check section, once cut you can move the die along a bit and cut again so that the strip is short enough for the layer you are placing it on top of, now glue this flat to the easel section.

Die cut the ties and knots, place a mini dimensional behind each knot and attach to the ties. I placed dimensionals on the red tie, glued the other ties flat to the easel section and then attached the red one in the middle.

Punch out a 1-1/2" white circle once sentiment stamped I used basic gray ink , glue flat in the centre of the punched out circle, I then stamped the same sentiment in pacific point ink punched it out and then cut just the words that I needed using my snips, then place mini dimsensional on the reverse and attached over the same words. 

The easel section is now finished and so we need to finish the base section giving it a stopper for the easel.

Die cut the pocket and the extra strip for the top of it, glue this extra piece into place on the pocket, place mini dimensionals on the reverse and then attach to the base of the card (this will now be your stopper).

Die cut some buttons and add 1 to the pocket, I then actually added 3 to the blue strip on the easel section.

I used the red dsp and pacific point ink to stamp 2 bow ties onto, I then die cut 1 of them out and fussy cut the other, using the bone folder I curled the ends slightly and then with wet glue only on the middle section of it I glued it flat to the die cut one. Place mini dimensionals on the reverse of either end of the bow tie and attached to the card base.

Stamp the sentiment out again using both colour inks, cut out the word 'Birthday' and attach flat to the other sentiment, I just think this gives the wording a bit of interest having used 2 colours. Attach this to the base of the card and that is the card finished.

Thankyou so much for hopping onto my blog and having a little look I really do appreciate it. Take care and keep crafting till next time.

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie xx

March Host Code


Please use this host code when shopping with me and you live in the UK so that I can send you a small thankyou gift in the post the following month.

Now please do go and have a look at all of the other amazing projects that all of the very talented ladies have made for you to look at thanks x Next is Anja Ehmann - Bastelanja 

Simone Kleine - derdiedasKleine bastelt
Nina Unbehau - NiNas-Kreative-Welt

Katja Martins - Stempelpfau 

Christiane Knapp - StempelPalast

Iris Philipps - Der Papierhimmel

Tanja Frühling - Stempel Frühling

Angela Köber - Stempelfamilie

Liane Gorny - Jungle Cards

Gabi Appelt -  Bastelbande

Daniela Klotzsch-Fiehn - Kreativierend

Ramona Schneider - Stempel, Stanze und Co 

Vanessa Mühleisen - Nessis-Kreativwelt

Natalie Arnold (UK) - Craftyhunnypots

Anja Ehmann - Bastelanja 

Sabine Leclerc - Kreativwerkstatt Julamé

Lu Fischer - Stempeljagd Lisa Mattes - StempelMOMent

Product List

Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Paper Snips


  1. So lovely! It reminds me of my fathers closet in the late 80s! ;-)
    Thanks for being our UK part of our young blog hop!
    So glad to have met you!
    Have a nice evening, Simone from Germany

    1. Many thanks Simone for all of your help and for inviting me to join your blog hop very kind of you loved taking part x Natalie

  2. Your card is so wonderful 😍👍, greetings from germany Sabine

    1. Thankyou so much Sabine very kind of you x hello from the UK Natalie

  3. Replies
    1. Many thanks Karen I love this suite it's just great for mens cards x Natalie

  4. Beautiful card Natalie. We both had the same idea and yet each card is unique.
    Liane from Germany

    1. Thanks Liane yes we did have same idea but as you said each of our cards are different I'm loving this suite for mens cards x Natalie

  5. Another great card Natalie....thank you for sharing all you wonderful ideas

    1. Awww thanks Debbie love sharing with all of you keeps me going lol x Natalie

  6. Vielen Dank für die tolle Idee mit diesem vielseiten Set. Und ganz besonders Dankeschön für diese ausführliche übersichtliche Bastelanleitung. Ich bin begeistert. GLG Angela von der Stempelfamilie

    1. Many thanks Angela for your really lovely comment glad you could understand my instructions loved making this card x Natalie