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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 25 January 2022

Craftalong Tuesday - Artfully layered birthday card

Hi everyone, and welcome to this weeks craftalong! This week I thought we would have a play with the 'Artfully layered' bundle and some of the products that go with this bundle too. 

I've tried to use lots of different layers and textures within this card, along with the gorgeous leaves cut out from the dies, so let's see how we make it...........

Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock 14.8cm x 21cm scored in half at 10.5cm for the cardbase.
Cut two pieces of Basic White cardstock 10.2cm x 14.5cm attach one to the inside of the cardbase, emboss the lower section of the other piece using the Stripes EF (this is attached to the front of the cardbase once finished).
Cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock 8.8cm x 12.7cm and then with the 8.8cm sitting at the bottom measure up the right side and mark at 6cm. Cut from the mark down to the left side corner and then cut the remaining piece, with the short straight edge flush with the top of the trimmer, into strips that measure 2.2cm.

Cut a piece of the Basic White cardstock 8cm x 12.4cm and then cut the same way as the Old Olive measuring 6cm up the right and cutting into left side corner, this time do not  cut into strips (this is going to be a template to use for the angle cutting of the DSP).
Cut 4 strips of the DSP about 13cm long x 2cm, place each different patterned strip onto the white template and cut to the required length and angle.

Curl the ends of the paper strips slightly, using a bone folder and then attach to the Old Olive strips using glue, only applying glue to the top section, this will give depth to the papers.

Attach these strips flat to the Basic white embossed piece of cardstock applying glue to the backs of them.

Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock 2.2cm x 10.2cm.
Cut a strip of Old Olive cardstock 0.7cm x 10.2cm.
Cut a length of the ribbon approx 11.5cm and fray one end, keep fraying until you have a section about 1cm not frayed, cut the length of thread frayed off.

Apply some tear n tape to the reverse side of the Old Olive strip and wrap the loose thread around about three times, making sure the tear n tape catches it.Apply glue to the reverse side  and attach to the upper section of the white card piece.
Cut a piece of the GOLD Brushed Metallic cardstock 1cm x approx 10.2cm, die cut using the border die from the bundle, you will have another piece leftover from die cutting with a zig zag edge, it just won't have the stitched effect on it, but it can still be used on a different card. Glue the stitched edge border to the opposite edge of the white card piece.

 Die cut the leaves using Old Olive, Evening Evergreen and Gold metallic cardstock. 
Place tear n tape onto both sides of the top unfrayed section of ribbon, take backing off one side and attach the leaves to it. Remove backing from other side and attach to the piece just prepared with the gold border on. Attach this to the embossed piece of cardstock, leaving a small section of the papers showing at the top.

Attach the whole embossed piece to the front of the cardbase using dimensionals.
Stamp the sentiment using Evening Evergreen ink and Basic White cardstock and cut into a banner.
Cut a piece of Pale Papaya cardstock slightly thinner but longer than the sentiment piece, glue these together and attach to the card front using dimensionals.
Attach three of the pale green Faux Sea Glass shapes to the card front to finish the card off.

Hope you enjoyed todays project, I loved how these leaves looked so pretty on top of the frayed ribbon giving lots of depth and texture to the card front.
Until next time
Huge Crafty Hugs
Natalie x

List of all the products used are below please if ordering on line from me and you live in the UK remember to use my Host Code for January x

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Paper Trimmer

Tuesday 18 January 2022

SUOC#293 - Clean and Simple

Hello again and welcome to another SUOChallenges . This week the challenge was to make something that is clean and simple, this is my take on the challenge.

I've used the really pretty and clever Wildflower Path stampset, why clever I hear you ask, well the stampset is a two step stampset which means there are two stamps that are stamped on top of each other to form the image, now you can use the same colour ink and different ink strengths, this is what is known as 1st, 2nd generation ink, and basically you stamp the image once for 1st generation and then you stamp again giving yourself the 2nd generation of ink to be used. For this card however I have used the Coastal cabana ink for the first image that's stamped and then Bermuda bay for the second image stamped on top of the first one. I love the way the flowers look in the two tone colour I think it makes the flower pop and it looks really pretty too!

So I have cut myself a cardbase that opens up from the side, and then I have cut myself a layer of Bermuda bay cardstock which is slightly smaller and attached this to the front using glue. The next white layer, that is again slightly smaller, I have brushed a very watered down solution (which is made from a drop of the bermuda bay ink refill and lots of water on a stamping block), all over using the largest of the water painters, I haven't brushed over it lots as I'm not using watercolour paper, and it will make the card warp if too much water is put on it. This is then attached to the card front flat with glue. The images are all stamped onto a piece of white card and then die cut out using the largest of the circle dies.

Three strips of card have been cut to 1/2", the white has the sentiment stamped onto it and the edges cut at angles to the length required. The bermuda bay and coastal cabana strips are cut to two different lengths and again the edges are cut at angles, these two are then glued together offset from each other and glued falt to the front of the card base. The circle is attached using dimensionals and the sentiment is attached using dimensional on the one side of it. The last thing I did to finish the card off was to attach five of the clear beads that are found in the sparkle and shine sequins using tiny dots of glue.

That is my 'Clean and simple' card. It was quick and easy to make and would be great for batch making cards. Hope you liked it?

And now please do hop over to the SUOC#293 and see what all of the other designers have created for your inspiration.

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie x



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Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder

Craftalong Tuesday - Daffodil Daydreams


Hello and welcome to another Craftalong tuesday. Hope you're all keeping well and having lots of time to spend crafting with all of your favourite products. Well today I decided to play with the rather lovely 'Daffodil daydreams' bundle, this is a bundle that comprises of not only pretty stamps but also a die set that consists of 24 dies WOW! alot of dies, and they make such beautiful daffodils, so let's have a look at what I made for you.

The card I made for 3 different occasions, the basis of the cards are the same, I just changed the way the flowers sat for each one!

Card base in basic white - 14.8cm x 21cm scored in half at 10.5cm

Daffodil delight cardstock layer - 10.2cm x 14.5cm

Daffodil Afternoon dsp layer - 9.7cm x 14cm

Old olive cardstock layer - 7.5cm x 12cm

Largest stitched rectangle die in basic white

Old olive, Daffodil delight and Crushed curry card for the flowers

I cut and scored my cardbase and then attached the card and paper layers onto the front flat using glue. The stitched rectangle was stamped using Old olive ink for the splodges effect and Tuxedo black memento for the sentiment, this was then attached to the old olive layer using dimensionals then attached to the front of the card flat using glue.

After having die cut all of the flower, leaf and stem pieces out I glued them altogether matching them all up with their co-ordinating pieces. 

         These are how the pieces co-ordinate together
This is how they are glued to make the flowers 

Linen thread was tied around the flowers after they're glued together to make it look like a bouquet of daffodils.These were then attached to the card front using glue on the stems and dimensionals behind the flowers. The last thing I added to the card for a bit of sparkle were some of the new Irridescent rhinestones, which are so pretty and finish my card off just perfect!

The sentiment for this card came from a different stampset called 'Flowing flowers 157880 pg. 36 mini catalogue.

Hope you enjoyed todays make and give it a go yourself, these dies are just so wonderful to create with and the great thing is that the papers are one of the free items you can obtain from sale a-bration with a qualifying order of £45 (not including p&p). You'll find a full list of all the products I used for this weeks card down below.

Until next time

Huge Crafty Hugs

Natalie xx

Please don't forget if placing an order with me under £150 and you live in the UK to use my Host code for this month to receive a small gift the following month from me x 


January Host code


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Linen Thread
Paper Trimmer