Card Crafting with Stampin’ Up!

Card Crafting with Stampin’ Up!

Who’d have thought that four years after securing my two A-grade Art A-Levels, I’d reach heights of using a card crafting kit? Ha, no but seriously, although my day job definitely doesn’t utilise my arguable talent, I love content creating and I love crafting. Although the two are distinct, I view them in a similar way; I want both to be enjoyed, by both myself and others. Whether my online content is enjoyed by a few Instagram followers or my home crafting (be it in the form of making cards or undertaking DIY projects: no matter how small those may be) is enjoyed by a few friends and family, I find that the enjoyment is what makes it worthwhile.

With Fathers Day looming, and with my own two year anniversary having just passed, I’ve had the opportunity to make the most of my Stampin’ Up! ‘Lots of Happy Card Kit‘*, so I thought I’d share it and a few of my own card creations with you. If you’re a regular, you’ll know that I think gifts are all the more special for including personal elements. Hand-crafting cards is a definite gold-star for effort. Honestly, they say ‘I care’ about a hundred times more than a card you picked up from Tesco. A bonus of spending time and effort on celebrating your loved ones is that being creative is often enjoyable. It can also be pretty therapeutic (just don’t get too stressed out if you accidentally colour outside the lines).

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The Kit

Apart from a Pritt Stick, the kit comes with pretty much all you need to create Stampin’ Up!’s own card designs. You get your card templates, pencils, labels, and ribbon etc., but if you’re into crafting, you’ll probably already have optional extras like glitter, stickers or in my case, red felt love hearts (mine are from the Waitrose Valentines range). Although its fine to copy the designs already created for you, don’t be afraid to think outside the box, you’ll have a much greater sense of achievement at the end of the process if the design is unique!

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The kit contains a stamp block. As I’ve never used one before, me being me, made life much harder for myself by struggling to cover the stamps with a pretty small ink block (getting ink all over myself in the process). If you’d like to avoid making a mess then I’d definitely recommend using the stamp block. Just give it a quick YouTube search if you’re unfamiliar with the process. Because of the difficulties I had with the stamps, I had to go over the stamp work. I used coloured pencils and a black pen just to give the words a better clarity. Hopefully, if you use the block you won’t have this issue!

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I absolutely love the plain floral accents that are included in the kit. I had so much fun colouring them to feature under the greetings section of the card. The dimensionals are a really beneficial inclusion as they enable you to create layered looks. I think that a greater depth can make greetings cards look so much more interesting. If you’re curious about this kit then I’d definitely recommend checking out Stampin’ Up!’s video which gives you a great overview of the boxes contents, and some handy tips on how to make the most of its features!

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The Verdict

I had so much fun making these cards, and it really wasn’t overly time-consuming either. I think that the kit is a really handy thing to have around. Even if you’re not a craft enthusiast, we’ve all have those oops moments. The ones in which we realise we haven’t bought a card for a birthday! No worries, because you can whip one up and get extra brownie points for putting all the effort in. Jamie loved his Valentines card, and hopefully my Dad will appreciate his too!

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* This post contains PR Samples which I have been sent to review and give my honest opinion about. All words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.

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41 Comments

    • May 17, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      The kit is so easy to use and such pretty designs! Thanks for reading lovely x

  1. thecuriouslemonblog
    May 17, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    These are so cute! I think making your own card sounds is the best idea for a personal, really sweet touch! Thanks for sharing Sophie!
    Kaitlin || http://www.thecuriouslemon.com

    • May 17, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      I love incorporating more personal elements into gifts! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! x

  2. May 17, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    I love your cards!
    It looks like you;ve had a blast making them too.
    It can be so relaxing to dive into something that can you so much creative inspiration.
    You kind of become one with the project. A creative flow. Have you thought about selling them as well?
    love,
    Rose
    http://www.rainbowsdreamcloud.com

    • May 17, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Aw thank you lovely! I completely agree. No, definitely not thought about selling them, for one I don’t think they’re quite good enough and I wouldn’t have the time to do too many of them! Thanks so much for reading lovely x

  3. May 17, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Yay for card making! 💖 I had fun with this kit a few months ago and thought it was really easy to use. I also found I had to touch up the stamp with pen, but I think I need more Stampin practice he he! I enjoyed colouring in the flowers the most. I love how you used hearts too, that’s so creative and unique. Great post Soph, thanks for sharing your creations! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • May 17, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      Its such a fun kit isn’t it! Oh its interesting that you had the same issue, I thought it was me just being a novice haha! Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment lovely!xx

  4. Lisa's Notebook
    May 17, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Oh these look so wonderful, Sophie. I completely agree with you that making your own cards is a lovely personal touch but I’m not at all creative, sadly. However, Flora is very much into this kind of thing, luckily, so we have at least one talented crafter in our family 🙂 x

    • May 18, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you! Haha so Flora is the card maker of the family then!x

  5. May 18, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    I love stamping and creating your own cards is so nice. Seeing something you’ve made be appreciated is such a great feeling. It allows you to really personalise them too.

    Lovely post.

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

  6. May 19, 2018 / 3:51 am

    It’s so cool that you’re creating your own cards! I like how there are so many occasions for you to make cards for. DIY projects are the best because it gives the end product a unique styling. I LOVE your goodies from the kit. The branch leaves are adorable!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  7. May 20, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Your cards are gorgeous! I’m not creative at all so have never tried to make my own cards, although I agree Personalised items are so much nicer than shop bought! It’s a shame you had teething problems with the stamping block hopefully practice makes perfect and will be easier next time .

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  8. May 20, 2018 / 9:30 am

    When I was younger, I used to love making cards with my brother in law’s mother, who bought me an entire kit to create my own eventually.. 🙊 I love the ones you’ve created here, especially the ‘sending you lots and lots of happy’ which is super cute! 😍

    • May 20, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Aw, its so fun isn’t it, I used to make so many things but this kit has gotten me into it again! A bit of a throwback!

  9. May 20, 2018 / 9:33 am

    Ooh I would love to have one kit, too! It’s always fun to make your own cards and look at how pretty they are once they’re finished, isn’t it? Your cards are so pretty I’m sure your dad will love it 💖 Thank you for sharing your creative card!x

    Tyas | wepsgallery.wordpress.com

  10. May 20, 2018 / 9:34 am

    How adorable!! I am quite the keen crafter (lol how nerdy does that sound) but I never share anything I make as it’s usually all presents. I’m hugely sentimental when it comes to gifts so this would fit perfectly into my already overloaded collection of tissue paper scraps and whatnot.I’d love to see more posts like this to see what you create!
    Alice Xx

    • May 20, 2018 / 9:47 am

      I am too! I struggle to find time, but when I do manage to get into it its so relaxing and rewarding too! Its such a fab kit!xx

  11. May 20, 2018 / 9:39 am

    These look really cool, nice work! I’d love to give one of these kits a go, I’ll check them out.

    http://www.mjw.wales

  12. May 20, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Your cards look fantastic!!! It sounds like alot of fun too, I love craft projects. I actually just made a mother’s day post were homemade cards are a great idea because everything is better homemade!! I really want to try out this out!

  13. May 20, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun and a great way to add a really personal touch to a gift. I have never attempted to make my own cards before but I don’t see how I could go wrong with an all inclusive kit like this!

    • May 20, 2018 / 10:23 pm

      Its so fun and literally the easiest cards to make with this kit! x

  14. May 20, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    these look so good! I’d love to personalise these for my friends birthdays. I always write tons of memories in their cards to make them a bit more personal, but these would take them to the next level! xx

    G

  15. May 22, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Amazing post! I love card crafting too, though I’m nowhere near as talented as you haha! I agree a handcrafted card is worth so much more than a quick pick up from a supermarket! Well done on a fab post x

    • May 22, 2018 / 8:50 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! The kit makes it sooo easy! x

  16. pinarrawlins
    May 22, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    I love arts and crafts and making homemade cards. I think it is such a great hobby to have and your cards are so cute. Why not branch out a little and sell some of your crafts…I love supporting small businesses especially arts and crafty ones. xo

    Pinar | http://www.beautybakingbella.com

    • May 23, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Aw thank you lovely! I’d love to but I just don’t have time to do it large scale! If you ever need one similar to these though I’m happy for you to drop me a message and I’ll make one for you! xxx

  17. May 24, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Love this idea! So cute! xx

    Hannah | byhannahlouise.com

  18. amerzwithlove
    May 24, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    This card kit is so cute! I love all things stationery and arts & craft, it reminds me of when we used to do art in school. I’d love to personalise cards for my friends and family, it’s such a great gift idea! xx

    amerzwithlove.com

  19. June 2, 2018 / 9:30 am

    This is so cute and such a good idea!! <3 xx I'm really enjoying your blog so far

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