Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Saying goodbye to the Lift Me Up stamp set and dies from Stampin' Up!


Thanks for stopping by my blog today, for my 3rd post in my series on stamp sets and dies that are retiring from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

These cards were for a class I taught in January 2017 using the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away dies.

For the first card I stamped and die cut the balloons and clouds from the set, and the background piece was cut using the edge die from the Detailed Floral die set (also retiring).

This card was my favourite from the set of 3 that we made, using the detailed balloon die and pieces to go behind the overlay piece.

The sentiment was stamped onto Vellum using Stazon and the vellum was wrapped around the matted front panel. The blue panel was embossed with the Seaside embossing folder, which is also retiring.

This last card was the quickest to make, and used some of the coordinating patterned paper from a Sale-a-Bration pack that year. A monochromatic card of Navy and White.

Here's another card that my good friend Tamara showed us how to make at one of our monthly get-togethers that year. Using some more of that same paper, this is a fancy fold concertina card.

I thought it turned out rather well, don't you think?

Here are some of the supplies used to make these cards. If you'd like to purchase any, just click on the image and you will be taken to my online shop.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Farewell to Dragonfly Dreams


Thanks for stopping by my blog today. This is my second post in a series of my favourite stamp sets and dies that are retiring from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

I created these cards for a class I did in 2017.

For this card the background for the dragonfly die cut is from a now retired paper pad, and the sentiment is stamped directly onto the paper in Memento ink.

You can't see on the photo, but the dragonfly has a subtle sparkle to it, thanks to a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.

I liked this card design so much, I created another card:

This uses another piece from the same paper pad. This time I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and used the Classic Label punch to punch it out. Then I layered this onto a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock and used my scissors to snip the ends to match the punched shape.

For this card I first stamped around the edges of the card base using one of the images from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set, which is also retiring.

To create the watercolour wash background for the little dragonflies, I first scribbled 2 of the watercolour pencils down the centre of the Shimmery White panel, then used my Aqua Painter with water to blend the colours together and give the wash background. When that was dry I stamped the greeting in black archival ink.

The dragonflies were also shimmered with Wink of Stella glitter brush.

For this last card I stamped the dragonfly outline image in Memento black ink, the wings in Rich Razzleberry, and the dragonfly body in Tempting Turquoise (retired) ink. You could use Bermuda Bay or Coastal Cabana. Then I die cut the dragonfly using the matching die and mounted it onto a stitched square with foam Dimensionals.

I remember being pleasantly surprised when this image was picked for an Instagram thing (I can't remember what it was, it was so long ago).

Anyway, I shall miss this stamp set and the beautiful detailed die cuts.

Here is a list of some of the supplies I've used to make these cards, if you'd like to make a purchase, please click on the link to be taken to my online shop. If you use my current host code as in the sidebar, I'll send you a freebie in the mail!

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Happy Stamping,

Monday, 22 April 2019

All occasions cards featuring Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Moments


Today I'm starting a series of posts showing some of my favourite stamp sets that are retiring from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 annual catalogue.

The first one I'm featuring is called Mediterranean Moments and contains 4 line-art sketch images that are great for different colouring techniques.

I held a class featuring this stamp set in 2017 where we made the 3 cards shown above.

On this card I brayered Night of Navy ink onto the Petal Burst embossing folder before putting in my panel of Whisper White cardstock and running it through the Big Shot - it creates a cool background for the laneway scene on the feature panel, a little like cobblestones.

The scene image was stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Shimmery White cardstock, and then I used an Aqua Painter to paint water along the lines in the scene to create a subtle wash effect.

On the second card I stamped the scooter scene onto Watercolour Paper using black archival ink, and then coloured in with Watercolour Pencils and used my Aqua Painters to draw the colour into the image. The background panel was from a limited edition embossed specialty paper that was sponged with Night of Navy ink, and then splattered with a few drops of water.

We didn't have our alcohol markers then, and I'd love to revisit this card using a different colouring medium. I may hang onto this set after it retires.

This one is similar to the previous card, but here I stamped the cafe scene image onto Shimmery White cardstock and used Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua Painter.

In a later class where the feature stamp set was Beautiful You, I used the laneway scene from Mediterranean Moments to be a background that the lady walks into. I had been inspired by similar cards I had seen on Pinterest.

I coloured the lady using our Stampin' Write markers, which are dye based markers. This was one of my most popular cards at the time, and one of my personal favourites.

The Beautiful You stamp set will come back in the next annual catalogue as one of the new cling stamps. At the moment it is available as a wood mount or clear mount stamp sets.

What do you think? Which is your favourite card?

Here are some of the supplies used to make these cards. If you'd like to purchase any, just click on the image to be taken to my online shop.

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Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Lace and Vibrant Vases for Kylie's Demonstrator Training Blog Hop


It's time for another blog hop with Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the world who are part of Kylie's Demonstrator Training group.

The card I'm sharing today is one I'll be teaching in an upcoming class which focuses on the Vibrant Vases stamp set.

This card incorporates an easy technique to use with embossing folders, and especially 3D Dynamic embossing folders.

As I was going to use Blushing Bride cardstock, I first inked up the embossing folder in Blushing Bride ink, by swiping the stamp pad over one side of the folder. Then I lightly spritzed the cardstock with water and placed it inside the folder and ran it through the Big Shot.

This gives a lovely two-toned effect in the embossing.

The vase and flowers were stamped with Memento black ink on Whisper White and then die cut with one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes dies set. I die cut a slightly larger scalloped circle in Basic Black for the mat.

I used Stampin' Blends to colour the vase and flowers and glued the circle to the scalloped circle.

I decided not to use a sentiment on the card, so it can be used for a birthday, thank you or any occasion.

A pretty feminine card that is easy to make, which is what I like.

I hope you enjoy hopping around today and be inspired by all the lovely ideas everyone is sharing. Here is the list:

If you'd like to make this card, here is a list of supplies I've used. Just click on any image to be taken to my online shop.
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Happy Stamping,