Lots of Heart Valentines Card

Hey crafters.  Today I have a handmade Valentines day card using the new 2021 Stampin' Up! Lots of Heart stamp set. It would also be suitable for a wedding, anniversary or engagement card.

Stampin Up handmade card using new 2021 Lots of Heart stamp set. Has 3 overlapping punched coloured hearts and a watercolour background. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I was inspired with this summery colour combination that was used in the Sweet Little Valentines cards and more in the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue. I have used Pool Party as the watercolour wash, and then Melon Mambo, Petal Pink and Calypso Coral for the hearts. I love the variety of patterns that the hearts can be stamped in.

Heart Colour
I have used our new Opal Rounds embellishments from the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue to embellish my card, and a white heat embossed sentiment on basic black cardstock. I didn't have the coordinating dies for this stamp set, so I used the smooth edged heart punch from the Heart Punch Pack. I managed to make it fit pretty well, with just needing to cut a teeny bit out with paper snips at the top centre of the heart.

Stampin Up handmade card using new 2021 Lots of Heart stamp set. Has 3 overlapping punched coloured hearts and a watercolour background. By Claire Daly Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia


The Lots of Heart stamp set has 5 great sentiments suitable for a range of occasions. It is also available to purchase in a bundle with coordinating dies.

Lots of Heart

 

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Dragonfly Punch Birthday Card

Hello friends. Today I have a handmade birthday card for you, featuring a dragonfly. This card is made with the Stampin Up Dragonflies Punch, the coordinating Dragonfly Garden stamp set, and the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper

I love dragonflies. My Mum gave my a crystal and wire one many years ago which I treasure. I have been doing some research about Dragonfly symbolism and found this at whatismyspriritanimal.com

"As a Spirit Animal, Dragonfly moves into our life often when we are taking things too seriously and losing our joy. This teacher restores lightness to our spiritual wings and mental processes. This animal spirit guide’s reminder is simple: find the positive no matter how dark it seems.

Dragonfly is tied intimately to your emotional state. It asks: what feelings are you having that you’re hiding? What feelings are self-created illusions? What feelings do you need to explore more deeply. Give yourself to the Dragonfly’s transformative power and sense of peace"

The dragonfly has beautiful symbolism don't you think?

Now onto my card. The primary colour on my card is Bumblebee, a really bright positive colour.

Stampin Up Dragonfly Gardens Bundle / Dragonflies Punch birthday card.

 

I have started my card with one of the pre-printed Dandy Garden Memories and More Cards & Envelopes. These are beautiful, come in a set of 20 cards and envelopes, and the envelopes have printed patterned liners which coordinate with the cards. They are a great size too (the folded card size is 10.8 x 15.9cm). The printing on the card is Bumblebee on white.

Dandy Garden Notecards - Available in my online Stampin Up store

I added a frame that I die cut from the Ornate Layers Dies (also in Bumblebee), and then added a piece of Bumblebee patterned paper from the Dandy Garden DSP in the centre of the frame (the size to cut is 5.5 x 9.0cm).

Stampin Up Dragonfly Gardens Bundle / Dragonflies Punch birthday card

 

Dandy Garden Designer Series paper (DSP) Availalable in my Online Stampin Up Store

For the Dragonfly, I have created three layers:

  1. The base layer is a dragonfly stamp from the Dragonfly Gardens stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Misty Moonlight cardstock, and then cut out with the Dragonflies Punch. This one is adhered directl to the card.
  2. The second layer is cut directly from the Dandy Garden DSP using the Dragonflies punch. Stampin' Up! is great with coordination. This one is adhered using Mini Dimensionals.
  3. The top layer is a double thread bow of the gold cord trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. I didn't plan to add this, but I had it left over from another project and it just worked. The bow is adhered with a glue dot.

Stampin Up Dragonfly Gardens Bundle / Dragonflies Punch birthday card

Dragonfly Bundle by Stampin Up. Available in my Online Stampin Up Store

The Dragonfly Garden stamp set has four great sentiments, but I wanted this for a handmade birthday card, so I have used  a stamp from the Best Year stamp set. I have stamped in Night of Navy onto white and just used my Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer to cut out the sentiment. Finally I have added two Gilded Gems near my sentiment.

Stampin Up Dragonfly Gardens Bundle / Dragonflies Punch birthday card

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Where do I get the products used today?

All the products I have used today are available NOW to Australian residents in my Online Stampin Up Storeif you are in another country, the products will be available from a local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. When you shop online with me in Australia, and use the monthly Host Code, you also qualify for a thank you gift mid the month after your purchase. My customers love getting these little gifts in the mail. Click the button below to go to my online store (individual products are linked direct throughout the post, and in the links at the end of the post). This month's host code is also listed below. If this isn't the current month (because you are reading the post at a later date), this month's code is in the right hand column or HERE. You can read about three ways to shop with with me, and all the benefits my VIP customers get HERE.

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5 Stampin' Up! Punches every Card Maker Needs.

Hello crafty friends. You know the saying 'everything is easier when you have the right tools?'. Well that applies to card making too, and one of my most common 'go-to' tools is a paper punch. Punches are quick and easy to use, yet small so they are easy to store and don't take up too much room on your craft desk. They are also a great alternative to die cutting when you are going away on a craft weekend or crafting in a caravan.  Stampin' Up! has a great range of really great quality punches, so today I wanted to tell you about my top 5 picks for punches for card makers. These are my most used and most versatile punches I seem to use all the time. In a couple of instances I couldn't split between two punch types so I have a couple with two choices.

Stampin Up Punches and a card being put together using punched shapes.

 

1. Large Circle Punches

Circle punches are a must for cardmakers. I particularly like the large ones because you can use them to cut out a stamped images,or  add some elements with patterned paper, or visually break up the rectangle shapes on a card. They are also great to cut a circle window for a shaker card. My favourite in this category is our biggest circle punch, the 2 & 1/4" Circle Punch.

 

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

2. Banners or Lovely Label Pick a Punch

These two punches are a really versatile pick, as they allow you to cut sentiment labels in 3 widths, any length you choose, and you can select one of two different ends for the labels. So in effect you cut cut 6 different sentiment labels of any length from each punch. We have two in this cataegory, so adding one of these punches to your cardmaking supplies will really add versatility for sentiments.

This first one has two different decorative ends, and is called the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

The second one in this category has banner ends (both inward facing and outward facing) and is called Banners Pick a Punch.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

3. Tag Topper Punches

The next punch category that you need is a tag topper punch, and we have 3 different designs to choose from, that basically do the same thing. Tag Topper punches are amazing because they allow you to turn a strip of cardstock of any length into a tag with one punch! The hole for the ribbon or trim is included in the punch design so it's so quick and easy. In addition to gift tags, you can use tags on cards and on scrapbooking pages.

As I mentioned we have 3 different Tag Topper punches, so choose which one you like best. My personal favourite is the Delightful Tag Topper Punch (shown top in the picture below), because it allows you to cut tags in widths of 1", 1& 1/2" and 2". The Scalloped Tag Topper (shown bottom in the picture below and used on the tag pictured) and the Fancy Tag Topper (shown middle in the picture below) both cut 2" wide tags, and the hole for ribbon or trim is a little wider in case you want to add wider trim.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

4. Label Punches

Every cardmaker needs a versatile shaped label punch in their card making supplies. These are punches that will fit a variety of sentments and also add a bit of statement on their own with their shape. We have lots of label punches in our punch collection at Stampin' Up!, but these are the two I think that are my top two choices in this category.

My first suggestion for a label punch is the Double Oval Punch, which is a new punch in the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue. I love this because it has two layers of the label in one punch, so it's great value and gives great dimension with layering. You can mix up the colours to vary the effect as well. 

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

My other suggested option for a label punch (if you prefer a different shape) is the Label Me Fancy Punch. This is a real multi-tasker when it comes to punches. You get the great decorative label shape, and you can also use other parts of the punch to punch a hole for twine, or a slot for ribbon. These parts of the punch can also be used on other labels too - so clever!

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

5. Corner Rounder

My last must-have punch is a corner rounder. This is great for adding some softness to the card design by taking away some of the sharp corners. In true Stampin' Up! style, our corner rounder doesn't do just one thing, it does three. The punch actually has three separate sections. One gives a perfect rounded corner, another cuts a decorative floral corner (which works in combination with the rounded corner if you choose), and the other section cuts a small oval shape for twine or ribbon. Another really versatile punch that I use a lot.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

I hope you have found this run-down of my most used punches handy. You can purchase any of the punches using the links in each section, and can view the entire Stampin' Up! punch collection HERE in my online store or contact me to get the paper catalogues sent out.

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Punches are better with coordinating stamps! Quickly cut out stamped images and save 10% (on both the punch and coordinating stamp set) with convenient stamp & punch bundles. There are 14 different stamp and punch bundles (including several of the punches we have used today), and you can find them HERE in the online store.

 

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Thinking of You card using Touch of Ink stamp set from Saleabration and new Double Oval Punch

Hello friends. Today I have a new 2021 Stampin Up card idea featuring the two step stamping technique, two new Saleabration products you can earn for FREE during January and February, and a brand new Stampin' Up! punch available for purchase. It's called the Double Oval Punch and is going to be a graet addition to your punch collection..

The Saleabration items I have used on this card are the Flower and Field Designer Series Paper Pack (free with a $90+ order during January and February), and the A Touch of Ink stamp set (free with a $180 + order in Australia during January and February). 

Stampin Up 2021 Thinking of You card using Touch of Ink Saleabration stamp set.

I love the messy look of the two step stamping technique in this set. I have use Flirty Flamingo (stamped off once) for the flower, and Just Jade (also stamped off once) for the Hummingbird. The solid layer of the two step stamping has some great texture to it and is designed to not be a perfect fit. Love sets like that. The outline image can also be used to colour as well, ao it's a really versatile set. Some great sentiments too. You can choose this set as a free Saleabration gift choice with an order of $180+ in January or February.

Stampin Up 2021 Touch of Ink Stamp Set

I have also used the brand NEW Double Oval Punch which debuted in the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue. It punches both the sentiment label and the outer scalloped shape in the one punch - much better than two separate punches. It's a great size for many sentiments too, including the ones in the Touch of Ink stamp set.

Stampin Up 2021 Thinking of You card using Touch of Ink Saleabration stamp set

 

The Double Oval Punch is definitely a GREAT versatile punch to add to your collection.

Stampin Up 2021 Double Oval Punch

 

It's also available as a bundle with a new 2021 stamp set called Oval Occasions. You can save 10% on both the stamp set and the punch by purchasing them together as a bundle.

Stampin Up 2021 Oval Occasions Bundle

I really love the Flower & Field patterned paper pack I have used on this card too. The dark florals are a really great contrast to lighter colours and it has 12 great coordinating colours including Bumblebee, Flirty Flamingo, Cherry Cobbler, Granny Apple Green. Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Shaded Spruce and So Saffron. This paper is only available in January and February and you can earn it free during Saleabration with a $90 order.

Stampin Up 2021 Saleabration Field and Flower Designer Series Paper

 

Where do I get the products used today?

All the products I have used today are available NOW in my Stampin' Up! Online Store. When you shop online with me in Australia, and use the monthly Host Code, you also qualify for a small thank you gift mid the month after your purchase. My customers love getting these little gifts in the mail. Here's the shop link (individual products are linked direct throughout the post), and this month's host code (if it's past January 2021 when you are reading this, this month's code is in the right hand column or HERE). You can read about three ways to shop with me HERE.

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Sponge brayered sky and moon with Stampin' Up! Mountain Air and Very Versailles Stamp Set

Hello stampers. Coming to you safely at home during the Melbourne curfew hours of 8pm to 5am. Honestly, today was so cold, there was no way I wanted to be outside anyway! It even snowed in the outer suburbs, and it was 7 degrees at 3.30pm in the afternoon. Brrrr.

Today's card was inspired by a photo I took in Rome last year, at dusk. I loved the colours of the sky so much I wanted to try and create a similar look using sponge brayers.

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Here's what I came up with. I added a moon in there too, and because I didn't have any stamps of the Rome skyline, I used the mountain scenery stamps from Mountain Air which I absoutely love and must play with again very soon.

Brayered sky & moon technique. 2020 card uses Stampin' Up! Very Versailles and Mountain Air stamp sets. By Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I've used the retired Purple Posy ink pad, as well as a combination of Petal Pink and Blushing Bride for the sky. For the other stamping I have used the Very Versaille stamp set and the Mountain Air stamp set, with Memento Black ink.

Brayered sky & moon technique. 2020 card uses Stampin' Up! Very Versailles and Mountain Air stamp sets. By Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I have also used the Very Versailles stamp set for the sentiment (Stamped in Basic Grey), and some stamping from the same set on a strip of Purple Posy cardstock. The embellishments are from the Elegant Faceted Gems embellishment pack.

Brayered sky & moon technique. 2020 card uses Stampin' Up! Very Versailles and Mountain Air stamp sets. By Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I created the banner ends using the fabulous new Banners Pick a Punch, which punches two different banners in 3 different sizes, so it's really 6 punches in one! Great value and a huge timesaver for perfect banner ends every time. 

Stampin Up Banner Pick a Punch. Buy in Australia from my online store.

Here's a closer look at the two stamp sets I have used today. First up Very Versailles which is one I have used quite a bit.

Very Versailles stamp set Stampin' Up! Buy in Australia from my online store.

Here is Mountan Air. This is my first creation with this stamp set, but I can't wait to play some more. I have shown it here with the coordinating Majestic Mountain dies. This is one of the current bundles where if you purchase them together you will get 10% off.

Stampin Up Mountain Air Bundle. Buy in Australia from my online store.

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I'm really pleased how this card turned out. Hope you like it too. The sponge brayers are such a cool tool. If you have never used sponge brayers to combine colours before THIS VIDEO I created to go with one of my weekly tutorials, gives you a good run down of the technique to do the sky and moon (it is essentially the same card using different colours).

Brayered sky & moon technique. 2020 card uses Stampin' Up! Very Versailles and Mountain Air stamp sets. By Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

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