Just want to say…

It is the last day of February, I cannot believe we are about to go into March. February has been a fantastic month for me crafting wise. I have hosted two Social Stamping sessions at the Taste of Dalyellup and held three successful card classes at home. Busy but fun! For my card classes at home, we created a double front flap card using the Fine Art Floral Suite.

Double Front Flap Card

I was inspired to make this type of fold after watching Jan B’s video on YouTube. I really liked the layout so I decided to give it a go with the Fine Art Floral Suite. One of my favourite suites from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalogues. If you have not seen the catalogue, you can view it online here. Some subtle changes were made to make this card using the Australian sized cardstock.

You will need the following to make this card:

1 x 4 1/8″ x 11.5″ Merry Merlot (Card Base – Score at 2 7/8″ and 5 3/4″)
2 x 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ Merry Merlot (make sure you make one of these pieces slightly smaller for the inside – refer to the video above)
2 x 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ Basic White (these are the 2 white pieces for the stitched rectangles)
1 x 2 3/4″ x 4″ Basic White (inside piece)
1 x 2 3/4″ x 4″ Fine Art Floral DSP
1 x 5 5/8″ x 4″ Fine Art Floral DSP
1 x 3″ x 3″ Gold foil
1 x 3″ x 5 1/2″ Basic White (or just use scraps for the flower and stem inside the card)

Inside view of the Double Front Flap Card

The flower stamped on the inside of the card was done using Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride and Merry Merlot sponge daubers. I really liked the effect of the darker shading to the stamp. The flower, stem and leaves were stamped in Blushing Bride and Mossy Meadow then die cut out. Versamark ink was used to stamp the smaller stamp from the stamp set over the flower with heat and stick applied with the heat tool. Then we dipped our flower cut out using tweezers into the gilded leafing. Oh my! This embellishment is my favourite! It can be a little messy with gold bit of gorgeousness floating everywhere but the effect on your craft project is divine. We used a sponge to gently brush away any excess but I usually just used my fingers to rub away the excess. Both ways work just as well.

Look at that gilded leafing sparkle! So much prettier in real life.

The Art Gallery stamp set is so versatile with the numerous sentiments with a lovely font. So many options to go with the awesome, “Just want to say” die.

Art Gallery Bundle #156227 you will save 10% if purchased as a bundle.

I just want to say… I love this set! So versatile and so pretty. I just know that you will love it too.

I hope this long weekend brings some time in the craft room. I have a bit of a clean up to do then I hope to be back in there creating.

Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends today! For any last minute orders, head to https://www.stampinup.com.au/ click on “Find a Demonstrator” in the top left hand corner. Search my name “Mandy Depiazzi” location “Dalyellup” and this will ensure you are shopping with me. All order receive a special little something from me.

Goodbye February! Lets see what creativity I can share with you in March!

Social Stamping Brights

I am a totally last minute addition this month to the Social Stamping Blog Hop. I was writing up my blog and thought, this card that we made last week at my card class, kind of fits the theme of brights! I say kind of as this card only uses 2 colours in the brights colour family with Stampin’ Up! and the other colour (Real Red) is a regal. But I think on this card, it is pretty bright so I hope you will forgive me for this.

I love strawberries! I hardly ever get to eat any though as it turns out all of my kids are strawberry fans too. So I am very lucky to get any! Food just seems to disappear in this household…

Sweet Strawberry Bundle comes with a handy punch

The Sweet Strawberry stamp set is a two step stamping set. This makes it easy for adding colour, or my favourite…water colouring! I love water colouring, it is so easy and forgiving and I love how every time you get a different effect.

Watercolouring effect with Sweet Strawberry Bundle

This card had to be made in stages, with time in between to dry. First we created a water colour wash background using Pool Party ink and an aqua painter using shimmery white card stock. I like to use a generous amount of water to create my backgrounds but it always turns out different every time I water colour. I think that is what I like the best. Every card is going to be different.

Next, we stamped our strawberries, again on shimmery white card stock.We used sponge daubers with Real Red, Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight inks to add colour onto the photopolymer stamps. Once I was happy with the amount of ink, I grabbed my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and gave my stamps a few good sprays of water. Stamp this down pressing firmly onto a strip of shimmery white cardstock. The photo below shows the water coloured effect.

The Stampin’ Spritzer is a handy tool when water colouring.

Drying time next, you want to make sure that your water colouring is completely dry before the next step. You could use the heat tool to speed up this process but I figured it is the perfect excuse to have a break, move onto another card or eat cake!

I hold monthly card classes in my home at Dalyellup. These classes usually last 2 1/2 hours and we make 3 cards. We always enjoy something home baked for morning tea. Perhaps I should have baked a strawberry cake but they just never last long in this house. Instead, I made a date and walnut cake.

After a short break, our watercolouring is dry enough to proceed with the next step. Memento black ink is used to stamp the background stamping and the outline of the strawberries, flower, stem and leaves. The handy punch punches these out in one quick step due to the stamps being lined up on the block. I stamped the sentiment, “just for you” in versamark on basic black and heat embossed this using white embossing powder. Punched out with a the retired 1 inch circle punch. Next is my favourite part, the putting it altogether! My strawberries are glued down flat with the strawberries up on dimensionals.

Pretty rhinestones added for the centre of the flowers.

Add some white bakers twine with some rhinestones for the centre of the flowers and your card is done!

Water colouring is fun! So tell me have you tried water colouring before or have I inspired you to try? I hope so!

Thanks to the Social Stamping bunch of lovely ladies for allowing me to jump in on the blog hop today.

Next up is Kelly Kent, I wonder what gorgeous bright project she has to show us. The header at the top of this post is also the master list for all blog participants so make sure you click on that and check out everyone else’s creations.

Thanks for stopping by,

Social Stamping ~ A Touch of Ink

Yesterday I shared with you a card we made at last week’s Social Stamping. If you missed it, you can view it again here. For the second card, I decided to use some Sale-a-Bration products which come free on qualifying orders. I will explain a bit more about that later.

For this card, my inspiration came from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Katie Drew from the UK. You can view Katie’s cards if you click here. I just loved the way Katie had coloured her hummingbird and butterfly and the gorgeous colours she used. I couldn’t help resist to make some cards like this to. As always though, I always like to change it up a bit. I added an embossing folder and a smaller strip of DSP.

At Social Stamping, everyone was given the choice of either the hummingbird or the butterfly.

Colours used on this card, Rococo Rose, Granny Apple Green, Petal Pink and Pool Party. The sentiment, thinking of you, seemed so appropriate on such delicate cards. This was stamped using Bermuda Bay with matching card stock cut out with a layering oval die.

I must admit, the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder is becoming a favourite of mine. I love texture on cards and this folder ticks all the boxes. I love the white on white layering with the strip of Oh So Ombre 6 x 6 papers. The only way to get your hands on this pretty paper is to place an order worth $90 before shipping and you can select this paper for FREE! Or if you spend over $180 before shipping you can order the A Touch of Ink Stamp set. This offer is only until stocks last and finishes on 28th February 2021. I am always happy to assist you with your orders, you can shop with me here or contact me by email.

I decided these cards needed some extra sparkle, because no card is ever complete without a little sparkle! Wink of Stella was the perfect addition to these cards. I just love how these turned out. So tell me, are you team butterfly or hummingbird? I love them both and totally can’t choose! So great to have both in my crafty card stash.

It is hard to see but the wink of stella adds such a fun amount of sparkle to the flowers and the hummingbird or butterfly.

Kelly Kent and I are really enjoying the Social Stamping on a Monday morning at Taste of Dalyellup Cafe. The sessions are heaps of fun and a great way to socialise. There is no Social Stamping next week due to the public holiday but we will see you again from 8th March. Almost March already! Where does the time go???

I hope your long weekend includes some crafting time.

Social Stamping ~ Friends are like Seashells

Gosh last week just flew by and I hadn’t got around to taking photos of my cards we made last week at Social Stamping. Social Stamping is held every Monday at the Taste of Dalyellup Cafe which is a lovely cafe local to me. I had planned on doing another live video to show you how we made these cards but my iPad had a major accident and now needs some surgery done. Never a dull moment in this household!

So I decided to give my Friends are like Seashells some inky love and we made this beautiful card. My inspiration for this card came straight out of the mini catalogue and if you haven’t had a chance to view it yet, you can download a digital copy here or I can send or deliver one to you if you do not already have a demonstrator. I always prefer a hard copy personally. So much easier to look at!

This suite is gorgeous! I am pretty sure I always say that! But it really is a perfect set if you have anyone who loves the beach. Personally, living only about 1 km away from the beach, I can see I will use this quite a bit.

The Sand & Sea Suite Collection includes the stamp set and dies, papers, embossing folder, stickers and pearls.

I wanted to use the pretty Pearlescent Specialty Paper but not knowing how many people would come along to the Social Stamping means I needed to be careful to make sure I had enough to work with. So I provided an alternative. We die cut out our shells with white card stock. Stamped our shells using Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Highland Heather ink pads. Added some greenery using soft sea foam blends then we used our embossing folder to give the shells a 3D impression. This step really makes these pop! To create a shimmer effect, kind of what you would get with the pearlescent paper, we used frost white shimmer paint with a sponge dauber to add some shine!

All that was left to do was some finishing touches, subtle embossing folder for the Seaside Spray card base. Oh I will be so sad to see this in colour go this coming June but that also means that we will enjoy 5 new in colours. I can’t wait to see what they will be!

The sentiments in this stamp set are so pretty, the font is so gorgeous and delicate. Some linen thread and an opal round pearl added to the card front with some shell stamping on the inside and on the envelope completes this card. So so pretty!

I would like to try this again using the pearlescent paper just to see the difference but for now at least the frost white shimmer paint provides a similar look using products you may already own.

Our Social Stamping sessions (held by either Kelly or myself) are not happening until the week after the public holiday. We will be back from 8th March. We hope you can join us!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Hearts

February is all about love this month, I have been creating lots of cards with love hearts. Hearts just happens to be our theme for our Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. I would like to extend a very warm Paper Adventures welcome to Leonie Stuart who is our Guest Designer this month. So happy you could join us Leonie!

Last Saturday we were invited to an Engagement Party which actually turned out to be a Wedding! I must admit I had high suspicion that this would be the case but it was a wonderful surprise nonetheless. The weather was perfect, the location was fabulous, food was delicious and it was wonderful to celebrate with the happy couple. I have never been to a surprise wedding before so it was something new for me.

For the Engagement ummm Wedding Card, I used Basic Black Card stock paired with the gorgeous True Love DSP from the current mini catalogue. This pack of 12 x 12 paper is packed with just black and white themed paper which means you can add colour if you want to. I choose to keep my flowers and leaves black and white and they are fussy cut out.

True Love 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper.

Even though, I wanted most of this card to be black and white, I also wanted a pop of colour. The Love You Always Foil Sheets just gave that pop of colour I was looking for. I love using foil, this pack comes with six sheets of three colours (2 sheets of each colour included), Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose.

Love you always foil sheets
The Rococo Rose Foil is so shiny, it was hard to capture a good photo without shadows.

I love any dies with stitching on them so I used the Be Mine Framelits. Not only does this die cut out the scalloped outline as well as the heart. I have separated the two to make two love hearts which to me, (without sounding like an English essay) represented the love of two people coming together.

Sentiments are from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.

I love the sentiments in the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set. Always and Forever seemed just perfect stamped on some basic black card stock and embossed in white. I have added some retired rose metallic thread just because it looks amazing with a bit of thread behind the flowers.

The middle sentiment, also from the Forever Blossoms stamp set, worked well for this happy occasion. I added a small foil heart to the inside and also to the outside of the envelope just so everything matched nicely. On the envelope, inside the stitched heart is where I wrote the new Bride and Groom’s name.

I also created a cute little envelope out of the Love you Always 12 x 12 DSP. This paper is SO GORGEOUS! I used the retired envelope punch board to make a 3″ x 4″ envelope. This was so we could put money inside but this would also work well with a voucher.

I was so happy to be at this wonderful couple’s wedding. I wish them all the best for their future together.

My husband Ryan and myself at the wedding last weekend.

I hope that my blog today fills you up with love, be sure to click on the next button below see what other heart projects the rest of the team have created. Next up is the lovely Siobhan. I always look forward to her creations.

Much love,

Mandy x

Participants List
Kelly Kent
Leonie Stuart (Guest Designer)
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead
Mandy Depiazzi – You are here 🙂
Siobhan Fitzsimmons