Make It Monday – My Heart Smiles ….

Make It Monday with Stampin' Up!

Welcome, to a brand new series on my blog – Make It Monday!

Each week on a Monday I’m going to guide you through making a card (or some other papercrafting project!) in either photos or maybe even a video. I’ve got out of the habit of filming my makes over the past few months and really need to pick it back up again.

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I thought I would start this week by showing you my little work space. I actually had to tidy before I could even start to create today, I’m a naughty crafter and I don’t always tidy up when I’ve finished making something! I haven’t actually stepped foot into my craft room / office for well over a week and so the remnants of crafty 2 weeks ago where still on the desk! oops! Oh well, it’s tidy now… ish!

Make it Monday

I needed to make a card for my Granddad (Pops) today, the reason I haven’t crafted in over  a week is because we went to visit him last week. Pops lives about 300 miles away and isn’t all that well at the moment, but we had a lovely few days with him and I love sending a card to him once we get home to let him know.

So, I needed a manly-ish card today, and grabbed for Suite Sayings for the sentiment. I have been wanted to play with small stamp stamping again recently, so also selected Endless Thanks, before selecting four colours; Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Garden Green

Stampin' Up! UK Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig SAMJ

I love this sentiment, and know that it something Pops feels too. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was very small and I know that Pops remembers those years fondly, we love reminiscing about things we used to get up to; dressing the dog in Grandma’s beads or walking to the park at the end of the street.

In order to get the sentiment straight on the card I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I love this tool, and use it so much more than I thought I would. Its super easy too. I have a video on using the Stamp-a-ma-jig on my YouTube channel.

Stampin Up! Stamping tips and tricks

One of the joys of Make It Monday is being able to show you some of my Stampin’ Top Tips! I love using photopolymer stamps, but they tend to go missing on my messy desk, so…. I stick all the stamps I want to use on a dedicated clear block, that way they all stay together. I also use this idea when using alphabet stamps, and use a clear block to arrange my letters (and check my spelling!)

Make it Monday Using Small Stamps

OK, so the card. Once I had stamped the sentiment in the centre of the top two thirds of the card, I started to add a ring of small stamps around it, forming a loose wreath design. You could draw a faint circle in pencil as a guide, but I prefer to free hand stamp. Here I stamped the yellow flowers first, then the blue, before adding the leaves. These things also look better if each stamp is stamped in odd numbers, so there are 5 yellow flowers, 9 blue and 7 leaves. Then I go back and add in smaller pieces to add detailStampin' Up! UK Make it monday

It’s it cute! I’m sure that Pops will love it!

Stampin' Up! UK Suite Sayings Endless Thanks Card

I hope that you have enjoyed this first Make It Monday, I will be back with anther next Monday probably slightly fatter from eating too much Easter chocolate! I would love to hear your thought and suggestions, or something you would love to see on Make It Monday, just let me know in the comments section below.

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