Roses & Dragonfly No°2 – Inlaid & Partial Die-cutting Birthday Card

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Roses & Dragonfly No°2 – Inlaid & Partial Die-cutting Birthday Card

And here I am again with Rose Wonder and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies!

My little sister (well not that little, she’s nearly 22 y.o. But hey! she will always be my little sister) came to last week and said she and her friends wanted me to make a birthday card for their girlfriend.

They really liked this card I’ve made a few weeks back…


…and wanted something similar hence No°2 in the title 🙂

The base colour they wanted was orange with silver details, as these are the colours their friend loves. So fun and challenging as I don’t create much in orange! But I love challenges. I love to sit down and design, create something unusual; not just grab a card, two or three colours one stamp and bah! – five minutes later the card is done! I do clean & simple sometimes but that’s not my concept of creativity 🙂 I am an artist at heart. It have to be a process, it have to be messy and a little bit crazy too; so when I’m done my soul sings…

…and this is exactly how this card came to life

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Roses & Dragonfly No°2 card dimensions:

  • Calypso Coral cardstock card base: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored in half at 5-7/8″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored in half at 14.8 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock: 5-6/8″ x 4″ (14.6 cm x 10.2 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock: 2 panels 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ each (14.3 cm x 9.8 cm); one for blending and one for die-cutting
  • strips of Calypso Coral and Whisper White cardstock for sentiment

First I adhered panel of Whisper White cardstock to the card base using snail adhesive. Next, I took one of the smaller panels and using ink pads and sponges I created a backing panel for the die-cut piece.

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As first, I blended in my darkest colour, Calypso Coral, followed by Pumpkin Pie and Peekaboo Peach. But you can start with the lightest shade first, it doesn’t really matter. I continued adding more colour until I was happy with the depth. To add more interest I flicked few droplets of water to my panel.

Water react with ink creating this beautiful, distressed look. Bear in mind that for the best results you have to do it when the ink is freshly blended.

I took the second Whisper White panel and arranged the dies how I wanted them to go. Next, I die-cut all elements, one at a time and put them away on a flat surface so I don’t lose any of the small pieces. Once everything been die-cut I adhered what’s left of the panel to the orange background. I’ve added some splatters of ink all over it and inlaid all my die-cut pieces back in. More detailed explanation can be found here ->

I added this panel to the card base with Foam Adhesive Strips for extra dimension.

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The sentiment I’ve used comes from Rose Wonder Stamp Set. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Versamark ink. I heat embossed it in silver, mounted on a slightly wider piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and add it to the card.

To make the card looks even more pretty, I scattered rhinestones all over the panel. To wrap it up, I stamped dragonfly image inside the card and on the envelope. It’s hard to see but I’ve used all three colours of ink on this little creature.

The card has been given already and I know the girl loved it to bits. That is my biggest reward 🙂 But I hope you like it too. Would love to hear your opinion it the comments below.

If you wish to purchase any of products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store and don’t forget to enter the hostess code for the month of April XMAJ4CYX to receive a gift from me.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day,

Just a note: the Dragonfly Dreams as a Bundle at 10% discount is available only until 31 May. After that date, you will be able to purchase Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies only separately, not as a bundle.

Don’t forget to check:

Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer & Annual Catalogue 2016 2017 Retiring List

Anna' Stampin' Cave Stampin' Up! Retiring Products 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the Annual and Spring Summer catalogues. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them before they’re gone. Retiring products will only be available until 31 May, or while supplies last. So if there’s something from retiring products on your wishlist, don’t wait until last day – once they’re gone, they’re gone. And they are selling fast! Click here for more details ->

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Blog Hop #6 – You Are My Person

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Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge!  We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!®  Catalogues*. Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping!

Today’s sketch was designed by very talented Debbie who sadly couldn’t take a part in Hop today. But we’re all hoping she’ll be back with us soon. I also wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to Sam from Sam’s Crafty Things as she’s celebrating today! Happy Birthday, Sam, have a good one!

But now let’s get back to the sketch.


My card for today is pretty simple and created using few favourites from Annual Catalogue. As Valentine’s Day is just one day apart I wanted to create something in this theme. I’ve made this card purely with my husband in mind. He is my partner and best friend. He is my person. He is a true blessing in my life.

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The base of my card is standard A6 in Very Vanilla. For the background, I chose Colour Me Irresistible Specialty DSP. I love this paper! Each pack contains 6 white sheets and 6 other colours sheets (one of each colour). And each sheet has a subtle embossing in various designs. For my card, I decided to use a white sheet with the geometrical design.

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To add colour to my background I’ve used a brayer. I bought it recently (finally) and it was the perfect occasion to open it and have fun adding colour. It’s so easy! The ink I’ve used is Bermuda Bay. When I was happy with my background I decided to add some twist to it. First I sprinkled few water droplets on top to lift some of the colour. Next, I stamped few splotches from Gorgeous Grunge. For this. I’ve used Pacific Point. I trimmed my piece so once adhered to the base I would have nice, clean border. I also added a tiny strip of Pacific Point cardstock.

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Next, I created the banner. I took a piece of Very Vanilla that measures 2 x 5-6/8″. To create this elegant edge I’ve used 3rd biggest of Lots Of Labels framelits dies. I die-cut a heart from Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. And die-cut it twice: once from my banner and the second one from Red Glimmer Paper. I glued these two hearts together and traced the edge with Real Red Stampin’ Marker. Before I put my card together I stamped the sentiment. Word “you” comes from Rose Wonder stamp set. It’s actually “Thank You” sentiment, but it was very easy to ink just that one word. To create the rest of my sentiment I’ve used Alphabet Rotary Stamp. Oh, wish Stampin’ Up! had “You are my person” sentiment in their offering. It’s such a beautiful thing to say. Not only to your partner but also to a friend. I stamped inside of my card as well.

Now was the time to put the card together. I adhered the background and a strip of Pacific Point cardstock using Tombow glue to make sure it will hold the paper really well. I added the banner with snail adhesive and I popped my glittery heart with dimensionals.

And what do you think? Do you like my card? Please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Now, be sure to hop along and see more inspiring projects. Your next stop is lovely Karen  go and see what she has made using our cute sketch. It’s her first blog hop with us, so please show her some love.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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Pootlers Spring / Summer Celebration Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us on another Pootlers Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

If you have arrived here from Jerim Dickins, a big welcome to you. To continue your journey simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I hope you had a chance to look through our Spring/Summer catalogue and you’ve got your favourites already. I have chosen to use Rose Wonder Bundle from page 18.

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I know I said that many times but I will say it again: I love everything about this bundle. I’ve played with this stamp set many times, but in today’s project, I incorporated watercolour with inlaid die-cutting. And yes, I’ve used these two techniques with this bundle already in this project.

This time I stamped my image straight onto watercolour paper with Versamark and heat embossed it in white. I’ve added water to the rose petals first and used Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride as my watercolours.

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I let the flower dry completely before I moved to the leaves. And again I added water first. For the leaves, I choose Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi and just a hint of Old Olive.

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When my rose and leaves were dry I added water to the background. I didn’t want it to be as intense as last time so I mixed Lost Lagoon with Mint Macaron. I love how these two colours complement each other.

When my background was dry I gave it a little spray with water, and “lifted” those water droplets with a paper towel. As you can see it lifted some colour from background too – beautiful effect.

When my card was dry I’ve used Rose Garden Thinlits Dies to die-cut rose straight from my watercolour piece.

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I separated the “frame” and put all these “inside” tiny pieces aside. I dabbed the frame in Versamark, added Heat & Stick powder and heat embossed it for a second. Enough to melt the powder. When it was nice and sticky I cover it with Gold Stampin’ Glitter and heat set it again.

My base is Whisper White. I trimmed the watercolour piece to be slightly smaller than the base. I added Gold Glitter to the bottom of my WW base so this gold will peek a little from underneath the panel.

Now I could assemble the card. I added background panel first, then the frame and all the little die-cuts at the end. I have to say it was really time-consuming but well worth the effect.

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For the sentiment, I choose “What a  beautiful blessing you are to me” but decided to use only part of the sentiment. I heat embossed it in gold on a strip of Whisper White and finish it with a piece of a doily.

I truly hope you enjoyed coming to my blog and see my card. Now, be sure to hop along and see more inspiring projects. Below is the list of all the participants but you can also use the buttons to keep hopping. Your next stop is lovely Kathleen Rintoul-Waite  go and see what she has made using the new products.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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Full blog line up:

 Sam Hammond

Mandy Barton

Sandra Ronald

Camille Moriaty

Heidi Smith

Hannah McCurley

Louise Thomas

Karen Taylor

Jerim Dickins

Anna Krol –> you are here

Kathleen Rintoul-Waite

Angelina Clark

Thank You Notes Using Botanical Blooms & What I Love Stamp Sets

Today I decided to show you some thank you notes I’ve made using Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.

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I just love how these turned out! 

The idea behind these note cards was pretty simple. I wanted to create a panel card with floral design on one side and plain on the back, where you could leave a private message. Sentiments come from two different stamp sets: on the left from Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the other one is from Botanicals For You Stamp Set.

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As my note cards aren’t typical size, they measure 3×4″, I created little holders for them using envelope punch board.

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Now just a belly band to wrap it up together. Aren’t these A W E S O M E!!! I love love love these dies so much!

For a second lot, I have used the same idea just different stamp set and colours.

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To create these I’ve used What I Love stamp set.

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I love this three-step stamp set. It’s got a WOW factor without much effort. All I have done is to stamp step nr 3 & 2 in Mint Macaron, and nr 1 heat embossed in white. And voila!

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To “break” all that white I decorated the holder using sponges and one of Happy Patterns stencils. To decorate belly band I’ve used a border die from Botanical Builder and few punches: Petite Petals and Pansy punch. Super easy! As I was on the roll 😉 I also made these super lovely tags.


Hope you like my note cards. They are super easy and what fun to make! And you?

Have a blessed day,

Crazy Crafters & Pootlers Spring/Summer & Sale-A-Bration Catalogue Blog Hop

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Crazy Crafters / Pootlers Blog Hop. We are super excited to share with you lots of new products from the soon to be launched seasonal catalogue. We hope you’ll find great inspiration from our projects. If you have arrived here from Stephanie Fischer, a big welcome to you. Be sure to click on the buttons further down to continue your journey on this blog hop.

This blog hop is very exciting not only for the sneak peeks. This is our first collaboration with amazing Kylie Bertucci and her lovely team of Crazy Crafters all the way from Australia! We are thrilled that they invited us to play along. Thank you, Kylie and her team.x

In my project today I decided to incorporate two of my favourite techniques: watercolour and inlaid die-cutting. I have used a brand new set called Rose Wonder with coordinating Rose Garden Thinlit Dies – perfect for techniques!

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We’ve been given a theme ONE, to use only one stamp set, one ink pad, one DSP, one cardstock etc. Luckily we could also use heat embossing and embellishments. I had to come up with some smart idea how to create my watercolour card with just one ink pad.

For a watercolour panel, I’ve used Lost Lagoon ink pad. It’s such a beautiful shade of blue. But how to create a rose if you only have one ink colour? Perfectly Artistic DSP came as a rescue! All inner pieces of my flower and leaves were die-cut from this DSP and “inlaid” into the rose frame. I love this beautiful paper. It has a marbled effect design on one side, while the reverse side has a watercolour wash. And what’s even better, this paper will be available as a FREEBIE during Sale-a-bration!

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The frame of the flower, as well as sentiment, are heat embossed in silver. A glittery strip of paper is heat embossed too, using Heat and Stick powder and silver glitter.

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For my sentiment, I created simple, little banner with a piece of silver doily underneath to add some dimension. Don’t you just love this beautiful font? I’m in love with sentiments in this set.

I truly hope you enjoyed coming to my blog and see my card.

Now, be sure to hop along and see more inspiring projects. Below is the list of all the participants but you can also use the buttons to keep hopping. Your next stop is lovely Emilie Robinson – go and see what she has made using the new items.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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Full Blog Line Up:

Sam Hammond Donald
Angela Lorenz
Angelina Clark
Nicole Spicer
Lea Denton
Bruno Bertucci
Angela Westland
Wendy Boag
Jessie Holton
Camille Moriarty
Stephanie Fischer