The Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life’s challenges. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, this kind-hearted kit will allow you to soothe others’ sorrow and share your sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way! While you can create nine comforting cards—three each of three designs, plus coordinating envelopes—with the kit’s components, the versatile stamp set included in the kit can be used to uplift loved ones during trying times, any time. And, if you snagged a stack of Flower & Field Designer Series Paper during Sale-A-Bration, you can combine it with the kit’s extra elements and enjoy even more coordinated cardmaking!
BOUQUET OF HOPE
Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and coordinating envelopes.
Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
Coordinating colours: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Rococo Rose
Coordinates with the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper, a Sale-A- Bration item.
BOUQUET OF HOPE
$37.00 AUD | $44.00 NZD
The Bouquet of Hope Stamp Set: an exclusive stamp set not available anywhere else!
A Stampin’ Spot
Enough materials to create nine cards, including patterned card bases, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more!
Nine coordinating envelopes
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Here’s the finished card. For my background I’ve used Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party ink. This has been applied using the new Blending Brushes – so much easier to apply than with a Sponge. Check out the steps below on how to create this card.
Apply your ink so that the whole card front is covered. I have blending the ink more in some places than others to give a sense of depth.
Create a ‘template’ by die cutting (or punching) various sized circles from a scrap of cardstock. You could also use some Vellum Cardstock. I used the two smallest circles from the Layering Circles Dies.
Place your circle template on top of your card front then using a Sponge Dauber and White Craft Ink fill in the circles. Move the template around and repeat. Sometimes you can overlap the template on an already inked circle. If some circles aren’t dark enough place the template back over them and reink. I did this a couple of times – it helps to add more depth to your project.
Finish your card by adding a sentiment and some ‘bling’. I used Itty Bitty Birthdays and Tasteful Labels Dies to complete mine.
I trimmed my card front down to 9.3cm x 13.6cm and matted it on Basic White (9.5cm x 13.8cm) before adhering to a Basic Black card base. My trimmed off piece did not go to waste – I adhered it to the inside of the card 🙂
I’ve recently seen a few cards made using this fold but haven’t seen them been given a ‘name’ so I’m calling it a Book Card. It uses a standard card base – 10.5cm x 29.7cm and with one extra score line you get this fun card.
On the 3rd May the current 2020/2021 Annual Catalogue will finish which means the 2019/2021 In Colors will retire. I will be sad to see them go but you never know they may return to the colour palette in the future. One colour I haven’t used much off until late has been Terracotta Tile. I found I still had a whole packet of cardstock so have been basing a number of cards around this colour. For today’s card I teamed it with the Ice Cream Corner Suite as the colour is used in the Designer Series Paper (DSP).
The ice creams for this card are stamped in Terracotta Tile and Bumble Bee. The cone is Cinnamon Cider. The coordinating Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch made short work on cutting out my stamped images. For the sentiment I decided to ‘fussy cut’ it out rather than use a label die. It is adhered with dimensionals.
Even though summer is coming to an end here in the Southern Hemisphere you can always treat yourself to an ice cream. I had fun making this card so while I had everything out I made another card but changed the colours to Bermuda Bay.
There is one more paper design in the pack featuring Blackberry Bliss – so a great selection for your favourite flavour.
The ice creams are stamped in Bermuda Bay and Pool Party with Early Espresso ‘sprinkles’. The square behind the ice cream is a 2 1/4″ mat with a 2 1/8″ piece of Basic White.
Here’s a quick step by step on how to make this card.
Cut your card base (10.5cm x 29.7cm) then score at 11.5cm and 14.8cm
Apply adhesive – I used liquid glue – between the 11.5cm and 14.8cm score lines.
Adhere to the base of the card. Now you are ready to decorate. I cut two pieces of DSP – the first 3cm x 10cm and the second 11cm x 10cm (using a different design) to decorate the front.
This is another quick and easy card and a great way to use some DSP. The front of the card lends itself to all sorts of decoration and would be a good design for masculine of feminine cards.
Our Stampin’ Up! ink refills are great not only to reink your ink pads but to use for a number of techniques. Last Tuesday I shared the Baby Wipe technique and today I have another technique that uses the ink refills. You’ll also need some shaving foam – I use the ‘in house’ brand from the local supermarket. This technique creates a great background design or you could cut it up or die cut images from it. I’ve used mine as a background for my projects.
This was the first one I created. My stamped image is from Friend Like You. The image is stamped in Old Olive, Coastal Cabana and Cajun Craze. The ribbon is the 1/4″ Crinkled Seam Binding and I have coloured it in with Bermuda Bay and Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends.
My second card uses a favourite stamp set – A Good Man – and has been coloured in using our Stampin’ Blends. I used Soft Suede for the shorts, Mango Melody for the T-shirt, Night of Navy (light) for the hat and (dark) for the chair, Crumb Cake for the sand and Ivory for the skin. The ribbon is the 3/8″ Denim Ribbon.
My third card uses images from Friends are like Seashells. The background goes really well with these images. The images have been stamped in Night of Navy then highlighted with Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends. The Braided Linen Trim has been slightly ‘teased’ apart to give a net effect. The sentiment is from Many Mates.
Here’s a quick step by step on how to achieve the shaving foam background.
Squirt shaving foam onto a paper tray – I used some brown paper. Smooth it out with the edge of a ruler making sure it is big enough for your card front to be placed on top.
Using a toothpick or bamboo skewer mix the shaving foam and reinker in a swirling motion. I’ve gone from one side to the other and repeated until I was happy with my design. Don’t blend the colours too much.
Place your cardstock on top of the shaving foam giving it a gentle press so that it sinks into the shaving foam. Make sure that the cardstock has come in contact with the shaving foam. Remove the cardstock from the shaving foam and wipe any excess foam from the cardstock with a ruler. Set aside to dry.
I put the excess shaving foam back on my original ‘pad’, smooth it out and place another piece of cardstock and repeat the process. You can get a number of card fronts from the one lot of shaving foam.
Here are the three different designs I got. Each time you place cardstock down you get a different pattern – heaps of fun. You can use any colour combination you want for this technique – no end to possibilities.
I hope you give this technique a go. Until next time …
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the different ways you can use the Baby Wipe Technique for your projects. Today I have the final card using the last two butterflies from my earlier card. This is another card that uses a standard card base to create a fun fold.
I first saw this card design on a US demo’s page back in 2015. I’ve made this a couple of times since but it’s good to revisit previous folds.
To create the fold you need to make two cuts in the card front as per the diagram below. Place your card base in your trimmer so that the fold is at 3cm. Do a vertical cut from 1.5cm down to 7.5cm. Turn the card 90 degrees to the left. Line the left edge of your card at 7.5cm then cut from 1.5cm to 7.5cm. Fold the top right corner towards the bottom left corner to create the fold. Make sure you burnish your crease lines with your bone folder. Secure the flap to the base of the card with either liquid glue or glue dots.
The square mat that the butterfly is adhered to measures 7cm x 7cm. The sentiment from Happy Thoughts is stamped in Flirty Flamingo on a strip of Petal Pink cardstock measuring 2.5cm x 10.5cm. To finish off the card I added some sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment. I will be sad to see these colours go. It’s a bit hard to see in the photo but I applied some Wink of Stella to my butterfly for a bit of sparkle.
Hopefully seeing the inside of the card will help you understand how the fold works. The final small butterfly has been added to the inside.
Well that’s it for Baby Wipe Technique – I hope these four projects have inspired you to give this technique a try.
I had so much fun with the Baby Wipe technique that I did up another multi coloured combination with the Butterfly Brilliance bundle.
I used 9 different colours – Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade and So Saffron.
After stamping the image on Shimmery White cardstock I die cut the whole image to get 6 individual butterflies. I adhered them to a standard card front of Shimmery White. After adhering them I decided my card front needed to have a mat so I trimmed the butterflies down to 9.5cm x 13.8cm and adhered this to a Bermuda Bay mat of 10cm x 14.4cm.
I love the colour variation that this technique gives – a real rainbow of colours. The sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set and has been punched with the Banners Pick A Punch similar to my Technique Tuesday card.
I kept one of the smaller butterflies for the inside of my card. I kept with the theme of the partial butterfly.
I have one more card to share using this technique so check back tomorrow for my Fun Fold Friday card.
As mentioned in yesterday’s post I used the colour combo from the Colour INKspiration challenge site for my Baby Wipe technique card. The colours were Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green (not used in yesterday’s post). When I stamped my image for yesterday’s card I did another one and have used some of the images (once die cut) for the colour challenge. Check back on Friday to see how I used the remainder of the images :).
The Butterfly Brilliance stamp set is a large image stamp set that when you die cut it with the coordinating Brilliant Wings die gives you six different sized butterflies. I’ve used 4 of the 6 butterflies on this card – 3 on the front and 1 inside. The card base is Flirty Flamingo with a mat of Shimmery White that has been stamped using the Birch stamp – another large stamp set – in Granny Apple Green.
The Brilliant Wings dies consist of 12 dies – one outline die that cuts all 6 butterflies in one go, 6 detailed butterfly dies to compliment the outline dies (or can be used on their own) plus 5 accent dies. For this card I die cut the detailed dies from Vellum Cardstock and then overlaid to the stamped images. This has given the effect of the butterflies in motion. The sentiment (from Itty Bitty Birthdays) is stamped in Flirty Flamingo and die cut using the Tasteful Labels dies. Instead of using some ‘bling’ I’ve used the gold Metallic Pearls.
Here you can see the intricate cutting of the overlay die and the butterfly which has been adhered to the inside of the card.
If you have some time over this long weekend why not have a go at creating a card using these colours from the Colour INKspiration challenge on Facebook.
Since starting my Technique Tuesday and Friday Fun Fold posts the weeks seem to go by faster :). Today I’m sharing the Baby Wipe Technique. This is a fun technique you can do with any stamp set or card design. All you need are some reinkers, a couple of baby wipes and your stamp. The colours I’ve used for this project are also for a colour challenge and I’ll share that card tomorrow night. The colours are Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and Petal Pink.
Here’s the card
Doesn’t that look cool? Keep reading and I’ll share the steps on how I got to this.
It looks a bit messy but it’s fun :). Layer a couple of baby wipes on top of each other. (I found some plastic wrap from a pack of cardstock and put that underneath to save my desk). Add drops of your reinkers randomly to the baby wipes so that you have an area big enough for your stamp – this is going to be your ink pad. As I was using a large stamp I had to cover a fair size. Once you have your ‘ink pad’ ready stamp your chosen stamp onto the baby wipe and then stamp onto your cardstock.
Here’s my stamped image – you get a beautiful variegation of colour – no two images will look the same. While I had my ‘ink pad’ ready I stamped it again – I’ll share those creations with you later in the week.
I trimmed my stamped image down to 9.5cm x 13.8cm and matted it on a piece of Melon Mambo measuring 10cm x 14.3cm. This was then adhered to a standard card base. I’ve used Shimmery White for my stamped image and the card base.
The sentiment is from Happy Thoughts and is stamped in Melon Mambo. To create the banner I used the Banners Pick A Punch. The width of the Shimmery White banner is 1.9cm. I then cut another banner the same width from Melon Mambo and cut it in half lengthwise before adhering top and bottom to the stamped banner. This was then adhered to the card with Mini Dimensionals.
Check back tomorrow for another card using this technique for a colour challenge.
When I make a fun fold card I like to be able to start with a standard card base so that you can get two of the design from one sheet of A4 cardstock. The Centre Step card fits into this category. Centre step cards require two cuts and four score lines to create.
I’ve kept the stamping to a minimum on this card, and let the fold and Designer Series Paper (DSP) do the talking. The Snail It Suite is perfect for this fold. I’ve been able to combine three different designs on the one card.
I stamped the image with Memento Black on a piece of Basic White then die cut it using the Postage die from the Snail Dies. I then stamped it again on a scrap piece of cardstock and coloured it in using the Stampin’ Blends. The coordinating die cuts only the image which was then adhered with dimensionals on top of the original image.
Using the diagram above as a guide place your cardstock in the trimmer with the short end at the top and lined up at 3cm. Cut a vertical slit from 3cm down to 13.5cm (red line). Rotate the cardstock around and repeat for the other side. With the long edge at the top (and cutting blade well out of the way) score three lines from the edge to the slits at 3cm, 6 cm and 13.5cm (blue line). Repeat on the other side. The final score line to do is the black line. With the long edge still at the top score at 10.5cm between the two slits. Now to fold the card on the score lines. Starting with a ‘Mountain’ fold at the 3cm, ‘Valley’ at 6cm and ‘Mountain’ at the 13.5cm. The 10.5cm is also a ‘Mountain’ fold and creates the centre of the card. Make sure you use your bone folder on all score lines to give your card crisp folds. (Thanks to Di Barnes for the diagram).
From this view you can can see how the fold works. My DSP measurements are: for the 2 sides 2.5cm x 7cm, the bottom panel 2.5cm x 14.3 and the centre panel 7.8cm x 9.5cm and the mat is 8.3cm x 10cm.
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I hope you’re enjoying the Technique Tuesday blog posts and are giving some of these techniques a go yourself. I must admit I hadn’t done some of these for ages so it’s good to revisit them. Today’s post uses a technique called ‘Josephs Coat’ – it uses lots of colours randomly sponged on a piece of white cardstock.
I wasn’t sure how this would turn out as it’s ages since I’ve done a card with this technique but I love the final result – the colours really ‘pop’ off the page. There’s really only three steps to this:
First colour your entire cardstock using a sponge to apply the ink – I used a piece of Basic White measuring 10cm x 14.4cm. The ‘Brights‘ family of colours is my favourite so I used all 10 colours to colour my cardstock. You don’t have to use this many but I thought ‘why not’ :).
Next wipe across the whole of the cardstock with an Embossing Buddy and then stamp your chosen image with VersaMark ink. Pour clear embossing powder over the top, remove any excess powder and heat with your heat tool. I hope you can see my stamped image – it’s the new Butterfly Brillance stamp.
Now you can see it. Using a dark ink (black or navy) and a sponge brayer cover the entire cardstock. For this card I used Memento Black and actually dragged the ink pad across the cardstock rather than using a brayer. Both methods work well. Wipe off any excess ink from your embossed images. You are now ready to assemble your card.
I decided that I wanted to mat my card front so tried a couple of options – Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay – but settled on Mango Melody as I felt it enhanced the colours of the butterflies. As I wanted to mat this I trimmed my stamped cardstock down to 9.5cm x 13.8cm – this allowed me to get rid of the excess black around the edges.
My butterfly at the bottom left was the only one that ended up being a solid colour so I covered most of it with my sentiment :). The sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set and has been die cut from with a die from Perfect Parcels. I trimmed the cutout top and bottom to create my own shape.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this technique and give it a go for one of your own projects.
Today’s fun fold is a style I’ve been wanting to make for ages and just never got round to it. I’ve teamed it up with the Snail Mail Suite from page 55. This suite combines a stamp set, coordinating dies, Designer Series Paper (DSP), twine and embellishments.
The card base is Bermuda Bay with a piece of 10cm x 14.4cm Snail Mail DSP. I used the Ivory Stampin’ Blend to colour the snail and Bermuda Bay for the shell. The snail on the inside is Crumb Cake with a Bronze shell. The parcels are Light and Dark Pool Party.
To create the card start with your standard card base – 21cm x 14.8cm scored at 10.5cm. Cut an additional piece of cardstock measuring 10cm x 14.8cm. Score on the short side at 1/2″. On the long side make a mark at the half way point – 7.4cm. With the score line on the right measure in 2 3/4″ from the top left and make a pencil mark. Repeat for the bottom left. Place the cardstock in your paper trimmer lining the pencil mark on the top and the middle pencil mark in the groove of your trimmer and cut – repeat with the other pencil mark. This will create the ‘point’ for the fold over flap. To create the ‘window’ I used the second smallest Stitched Circle from the Stitched Shapes dies but you could use any shape. Cut a piece of DSP to cover the front of the card. I cut mine so that the ‘Mail Snail’ would peep through the window when the card flap was shut. Attach the ‘flap’ to the back of the card. To hold the card shut I stamped, coloured and die cut one of the snail images and adhered it with dimensionals so the point of the flap would tuck in behind the image when closed.
This style of card would work well for any occasion. You could use plain DSP or even a dry embossed piece of contrast cardstock and then add a stamped image or sentiment to show through the ‘window’. Now that I’ve made this card (and worked out the metric measurements) I think I’ll try it with different shaped ‘windows’ – watch this space.
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Last Friday’s Fun Fold card used the Herringbone Technique for the front panels and today I thought I’d show you how to make this. This technique is a great way to use up your scraps of Designer Series Paper (DSP). I had some off cut strips plus I cut some more. These strips can be various widths although for this card I’ve used 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ strips.
I’ve used the In Good Taste DSP and gone with a mix of textures and wood grains. The sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts set on page 28 of the January-June Mini Catalogue.
I always start with a piece of scrap cardstock bigger than I want my finished panel to allow for trimming the excess paper off – for this card it measured 8.5cm x 14.8cm. The finished panel measures 7.5cm x 13.8cm. I’ve also found using our Adhesive Sheets to adhere the DSP saves time and isn’t as messy as using liquid glue. Follow the steps below to recreate this technique.
Finally add your panel to a card base, adhere some ribbon – I used the Faux Suede Trim – a sentiment and you are done.
I’ve had fun creating these cards – I hope you’ll give this technique a go too.
A couple of weekends ago we had our annual Creative Inkers Stamp Camp in Rotorua. It was great to be able to get together with my fellow demos. The last time we were all together was Stamp Camp 2020 so there was much to catch up on.
Over the weekend we made 5 projects using products from the January-June Mini Catalogue. On Friday night we were entertained by Sylvia who shared the Dandy Garden Suite from page 24-27.
The Dandy Garden Suite has two bundles and we’ve used a mix of both bundles along with the coordinating Designer Series Paper and the really cute Ladybug trinkets. The Dragonfly has been stamped, coloured and punched from Basic White cardstock and then a second Dragonfly has been stamped and punched from Vellum. This was attached just on the ‘body’ so that the wings ‘float’. The Matte Blacks Dots are from the Love You Always Suite on page 11.
On Saturday morning Jan shared the Sand & Sea Suite from pages 40-42. I hesitated in getting this suite but am glad I purchased it. I love the look you get when you combine the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder with the Friends are like Seashells stamp and coordinating die.
This suite is unique in that selected stamps coordinate with the die and then the die fits perfectly into the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. For this card we’ve used the embossing folder as the background then layered our ‘sea’ scene onto a panel of Coastal Cabana. The shells have been individually stamped, fussy cut and then dry embossed to give a real 3D effect. The background ‘sand’ and ‘sea’ have been sponged using the new Blending Brushes from page 70 – they make blending colours a breeze.
Our next project taught by Jacque features the Hydrangea Haven stamp set from the Hydrangea Hill Suite on pages 18-20. The colours in this suite are Rococo Rose, Highland Heather, Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight and Old Olive. When a stamp set has coordinating DSP we often find it hard to use that stamp with other colour combinations. Jacque’s card takes us away from the suite colours – we used Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.
The main image has been stamped in Sahara Sand on Basic White cardstock then using the Blending Brushes Sahara Sand ink has been applied to give an ombre look. Using an Aqua Painter filled with water we flicked drops onto the cardstock – it’s a very neat effect. I also dry embossed my card front using the Subtle Embossing Folder. The background mat also started out as Basic White and has had the small image stamped in Blushing Bride and then Blushing Bride ink has been applied with the Blending Brushes.
Our last project for Saturday was taught by Karen – she went out of her comfort zone and taught this cut 3D box and gift card using the Simply Succulents bundle on page 39. I love making 3D projects.
The gift card is a 3′ square card and coordinates with the box – both have been made using Gray Granite cardstock. We created our own design on the box stamping the large succulent stamp and stamping it in Gray Granite all over the box. This bundle has a coordinating die set with dies to match the stamp and one large lattice die. The succulents have been coloured in with our Watercolour pencils using Granny Apple Green and Rich Razzleberry around the edge. The Blackberry Bliss Striped ribbon is from the Ice Cream Corner Suite.
On Sunday Tee Jay presented the final project featuring the Love You Always Suite – again this suite has two bundles and can be found on page 10-13. This suite is packed full of additional elements – foil sheets, treat boxes, ribbon, charms, dots, Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper.
The big flower and leaves stamps are from the Forever & Always stamp set while the small stamp is from the Always in my Heart set. The foil sheets come in a pack of three colours – Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose and Sahara Sand. My card uses the Rococo Rose foil. I changed my sentiment to a Happy Birthday so I can use this card for a special lady who has her birthday later this month. The stamped images have been coloured in with Rococo Rose and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. To create the ‘speckles’ on the background I used the end of the Stampin’ Blend and flicked it against the lid – just make sure you don’t have items in the ‘firing line’ other than the cardstock :).