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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 28 April 2021

Male retro Happy Birthday card

Happy Wednesday everyone, thought I would come on very quickly and share a very quick male card with you all. I made this for a challenge that was set for us all over on Chatterbox Crafters, by Anne Ronsky. The group is open for all to join and you will find us over on Facebook, myself , Anne and Ruth Blackett.
So let's get on with this very simple card, I don't know about everyone else, but I do struggle to make male cards as easily as I do female ones, but I really loved how this one turned out and therefore thought I must share it with everyone! Don't know about you but it sort of reminded me of being a mod back in the day lol with the very retro look to it!

Materials needed:

Basic white thick cardstock
1 piece - 5 7/8" x 8 1/4" scored in half at 4 1/8" this is the card base
1 scrap piece to die cut a circle frame out of
1 scrap piece to stamp and fussy cut out the sentiment

Smoky Slate cardstock
1piece 4" x 5 3/4" for the inside of the card
1piece 4 1/8" x 2" for the front of card layer
1 scrap piece for stamping and die cutting the tie

Basic Gray cardstock
1 scrap piece to die cut the circle out of

Well suited dsp
1 piece 1 1/2" x 3 5/8" for the front of card layer

Matte Black enamel dots
3 for the front of card

Card Instructions
1. Fold and burnish the card base.
2. Adhere the piece of cardstock to the inside of the card, and the layers for the front of the card using glue.
3. Adhere the white frame circle to the basic gray circle flat with glue and then attach the two circles glued together to the front of the card using dimensionals.
4. Stamp and die cut the tie twice as you need to cut an extra knot out to give the tie more depth, attach the knot using a dimensional.
5. Attach the tie to the card using dimensional where needed and glue on the rest.
6. Stamp the sentiment and then fussy cut the words out separately and attach to the front of the card.
7. Add the enamel dots and the card is finished. Quick, simple but quite effective and great for a male birthday.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my blog post I really appreciate it.

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie x

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

SUOC 274 - Animal Kingdom


Hello again everyone and welcome to the SUOC#274 where this time the theme is - Animal Kingdom. When I saw what the challenge was I couldn't resist using one of my favourite stampset bundles 'Whale done', I love this set and I was delighted to see that it wasn't going to be retiring, so we have it for another year yayyyy!!. Unfortunately the beautiful dsp that went with this bundle was retiring and has now gone!......... I still have a bit to use up so have used a piece on my card.

The card I've made for you today is a relatively easy one, I've incorporated a piece of window sheet so that it looks like we're looking into the ocean through a window, so let's have a look at how I've made it................... yes I'm sorry but I have used a small piece of the dsp but I'm sure we could make our own background just as easily if we don't have this dsp.

Materials needed:

Pool Party cardstock

1 piece of A4 (UK size) cut in half on short side at 4 1/8" and scored on longside at 5 7/8"

2 pieces - 4" x 5 3/4" cut from the other half of the A4 sheet (1 die cut in the centre for the frame layer using the 4th largest rectangle die and the other is embossed for the inside of card layer)

1 small piece for the sentiment layer

Scrap pieces to stamp 6 of the seaweed and fussy cut out

Basic White cardstock (159228)

Scrap pieces for stamping 4 seahorses, 1 whale and 1 jellyfish all fussy cut out apart from the whale which can be punched out

1 piece for the sentiment

Whale of a time dsp (discontinued)

1 piece that I've used slightly smaller than the frame layer but you could just have another pool party piece this size and stamp images with the different ink colours to create your own background scene.

Basic Gray classic stampin' pad - to stamp the whale/punch out

Pool Party classic stampin' pad - to stamp the sentiment and bubbles onto the background

Shaded Spruce classic stampin' pad - to stamp the seaweed/fussy cut out

Calypso coral classic stampin' pad - to stamp the seahorses/fussy cut out

Bumble bee classic stampin' pad - to stamp the tiny fish onto the background

Granny Apple Green classic stampin' pad - to stamp the seaweed and the jellyfish/ fussy cut out

Window sheet 

1 piece smaller than the frame layer

Seashells 3D embossing folder

To emboss the frame once die cut out and for the inside of card layer

Whale of a time sequins 

Seashell sequins on the ocean background

Mini glue dots

Use these to attach the sequins on with

Stitched rectangle dies - to die cut the frame for front of card ( the middle piece is used on the inside of the card)

Foam adhesive sheets

Strips cut for on the reverse of the frame over the window sheet

Tear & tape adhesive

Use this to adhere the window sheet onto the reverse side of the frame

Now it's a case of assembling all of your pieces and having fun putting them all together. The jellyfish, whale and the sentiment all have dimensionals on the back of them just to give a bit of depth everything else I've attached flat with glue.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed the card I've made I really enjoyed putting this together 'cos as I have said I really love this cute stampset. Please do pop over to the SUOC#274 and take a look at what all of the other lovely designers have come up for you and maybe get lots of inspiration from all of their designs. Thankyou so much for popping onto my blog to take a look, take care till next time.

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie x

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Craftalong Tuesday - Snail mail pocket card

Hello everyone it's time for another Craftalong Tuesday and this week I have a rather cute card for you with 2 adorable little snails on, I love these guys I think they are just soooooo cute!  The card we are making today is a pocket card, and I think it is a great card to give to someone if you wanted to gift them with a giftcard, it fits perfectly inside the front card leaving the main card where you can write a message, so let's see how I made it..................

Materials needed:

Basic White thick cardstock

1 piece - 4 1/8 x A4 (UKSIZE) length scored at 5 7/8" for the main card base

1 piece 3 3/8" x 5 1/8" for the inside of front red card

1 piece approx 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" to die cut the postage stamp tag

1 piece approx 1 1/8" x 1 1/2" for the 'hello' tag

1 piece 3 3/8" x 2" for the inside of front red card (this forms pocket for giftcard)

Real Red cardstock

1 piece 5 1/4" x 7" scored in half at 3 1/2" for the front red card base

1 piece 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" cut from corner to corner to form front pocket on main card (you get 2 from this one piece)

Bermuda Bay cardstock

1 piece 3 15/16" x 5 11/16" for the inside of the main card base

1 piece 1 1/2" x1 1/2" cut corner to corner for the front red card base

1 piece 1" 1 1/2" for the 'hello' tag layer

Snail Mail DSP

1 piece 1 7/8" x 3 1/4" for the inside of the front red card base ( gift card holder)

1 piece 3 3/8" x 5 1/8" for the front red card layer

1 piece 3 3/8" x 3 3/8" cut corner to corner for the front pocket layer on main card (you get 2 from this one piece)

1 sheet to fussy cut the snails and letters out of (I like to adhere the different pieces onto scrap card before I fussy cut them out I just think it makes them thicker).

Card Instructions:

Fold and burnish both of the card bases and attach the cardstock and dsp to the front and inside where needed.

For the main card (white) attach the red triangle shape pocket piece into the left bottom corner, only glue the 2 sides (along the straight edges) as this is a pocket and you need to get our red card into it, attach the dsp to the pocket.

After stamping a sentiment I used the 'hello' and real red ink attach this to the bermuda bay piece flat and then attach to the corner pocket using dimensionals. Attach a pink bow using bakers twine and a small red resin heart. This card is now finished.

For the red card we now need to form the inside gift card pocket by adhereing th dsp piece to the white piece and then applying glue along 3 of the edges and attaching to the inside as below (again be careful only 3 edges it's a pocket).

Now onto the front of the red card, attach the white tag using dimensionals and slide the 2 bermuda bay triangles underneath, you might want to do this before you attach the white tag on top.

Fussy cut all of the cute little characters and letters out and attach to the front of the card, I glued the male one flat and used dimensionals for the little girl just be aware that the card still needs to slide into the pocket on the white main card so be careful where you place her. Attach a white and a red resin heart where you would like them, more if you wish and the card is finished.
Hope you enjoyed todays project and have fun making more with different papers for all sorts of occasions, I think they're such a great card to give as a present instead of just giving the gift card. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my blog, have fun see you next time on the next Craftalong tuesday.
Huge Crafty Hugs
Natalie xx

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