Monday 29 July 2019

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop - Masculine

Hello there and welcome to my blog for the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop!

This months theme is Masculine. This is the perfect theme as my Brother is having his birthday soon. He loves to be in his garden and works at a nursery, so I enjoyed creating with the Peaceful Place stamp set and my Stampin' Blends. I really enjoy colouring with the Stampin' Blends and with my Storage by Stampin' Up!® they are always close at hand.

I started with a Early Espresso card base measuring 21cm x 14.8cm scored and folded in half.

I then cut a piece of Soft Suede card stock to 10cm x 14.4 cm. Then a piece of the wood design form the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 9.8cm x 14.2cm. I glued this DSP to the Soft Suede. I cut a piece of the Hessian DSP to 10cm x 2.5cm and glued this to the centre.

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 7.5cm x 10cm. First I rubbed the card stock with the Embossing Buddy. I stamped the image in Early Espresso using the Stamparatus. Then, without moving the stamp or card stock, I cleaned the stamp with the Simply Shammy, then stamped the image in Versa Mark™. I heat embossed the image in Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with the heat tool. I have done this so that the image would not "bleed" ink as I coloured it with my Stampin' Blends.

I used the Stampin' Blends listed at the bottom of this post to colour the stamped image. To get a softer look for the larger tree on the left I used Mossy Meadow ink and a Sponge Dauber to create a softer look to the leaves on the tree. I sat this aside to ensure all ink dried before assembling the card.

I matted the stamped image with a piece of Early Espresso measuring 7.8cm x 10.2cm. Then a piece of Soft Suede card stock measuring 8.2cm x 10.6cm. I glued the Very Vanilla image to the early Espresso then the Soft Suede to the Early Espresso.

I ran the Linen thread around the Hessian piece of DSP twice and tied it in a bow on the left hand side with the Key from the Bird Ballad Trinkets.

I then popped the stamped image and  layers up on dimensionals and attached to the centre top of card. 

I have included a photo of the inside of the card. I stamped the sweet Squirrel and coloured him in as he was so cute! I stamped this and the sentiment in Early Espresso And that is my card! just coloured the Squirrel image with my Stampin' Blends. 

I hope that I have inspired you to create something today. I find it so relaxing to focus on creating a project for a particular subject and find that what I have in my mind is never what I end up with.

Make sure that you visit all the participants blog posts for this Blog Hop. I love getting inspiration from these creative folk. They never cease to amaze me with their talent.

Next in this months Blog Hop is the amazing Mo Rootes. Please click on the next button to go to her blog post!

Before I go I want to let you know about 2 current amazing offers from Stampin' Up!®

Do not forget about the Bonus Days offer that ends on the 31st July. For every $90 spent (before postage and handling) you will receive a $9 voucher to spend in August! WOW! That is a great offer!

There is also a bonus of $111 extra when you join Stampin' Up!® in July and August.
I certainly would love you to become part of our amazing team. You do not have to demonstrate unless you want to. You can just be a hobby demonstrator and get a discount on all future purchases.
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Thanks again for reading my post!

Have a great week!


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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Colour INKspiration #60

Hello and welcome to my blog post for the Colour INKspiration #60 Crew Challenge.

You may have come here from the very talented Jan Clothier. I love her card and how she has blended the challenge colours in the background. So pretty!

Below is the beautiful photo for this challenge. We are using Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock and Blueberry Bushel for this challenge. 

It is a great choice after looking at all the stunning photos the Stampin' Up!® demonstrators posted of their Greek Isles Incentive Trip! I would like to congratulate all the demonstrators that earned the incentive trip.

Here is my creation using the challenge colours. I was inspired by the photos from the demonstrators on the trip. I chose to use two stamp sets that I have not used as much as I would like to. Varied Vases and  Vibrant Vases. So easy as they have a coordinating punch!

The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock and measures 14cm x 21cm, scored and folded in half. The thicker card stock is a much stronger card base and I use it for all of my Whisper White card bases.

I created the Brick wall using the new Brick and Mortar 3D embossing Folder and a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 14cm x 10cm. I then used a Sponge Brayer to lightly colour the bricks in Terracotta Tile ink. I then cut this down to 12.5cm x 9cm to fit under the frame.

I created the frame in Whisper White card stock by using the largest and third largest Rectangle Stitched Dies. Such a great technique to get the most out of these must have dies. 

I popped the frame up on dimensionals then glued both the frame and brick layer to the front of the card base.

The two vases are stamped in Blueberry Bushel on Whisper White card stock and punched out using the Vase Builder Punch. I love how these two stamp sets have a coordinating punch. 

The flowers and leaves were stamped by using the Petal Pink and Pretty Peacock Stampin' Write Markers to colour the outline stamp then the Classic Stampin' Pads to fill the images with the stamps. I cut out the floral image with snips.

I stamped the sentiment on a 8cm x 1.3cm pice of Whisper White in Blueberry Bushel. Then angled my snips to cut the right end of this piece.

I glued the sentiment to the brick background then used dimensionals to pop up the vases and flowers.

I used three Terracotta Tile sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment to complete the card.

I enjoyed creating this card. I hope that I have inspired you to be creative today.

Make sure you hop over to the amazing Tanya Bell by clicking on the next button below for more inspiration. 

Hope you are enjoying your week!

Thanks again for visiting my blog!

I truly appreciate it!


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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Colour INKspiration #59

Hi there!

It is time for another Colour INKspiration Crew Blog Hop!

You may have come here from the amazingly talented Kelly Kent!

How gorgeous are the below images for our challenge this time. I love the wintery scenes.
We are using Seaside Spray, Smokey Slate, Very vanilla and Early Espresso for this fun challenge.

I have been enjoying using the gorgeous Bird Ballad Laser-cut cards over the past few weeks.
They are stunning and don't require a lot of work to make a beautiful card. They are the perfect thing to have in your stash to make a quick card.

I started by gluing a piece of Smokey Slate card stock to the back of the laser-cut front.

Next I stamped the bird from the Free as a Bird stamp set in Early Espresso on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I coloured it in with the Seaside Spray and Smokey Slate Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut this image out.

Using the Stitched Nested Label Dies to cut out a Very Vanilla and Smokey Slate label. I moved the larger die on the Smokey Slate back towards the centre of the die from the side to create a label that fit evenly around the sentiment layer. 

I stamped the Thank You from the Free as a Bird stamp set on the Very Vanilla label. Then glued the two labels together. Then gluing them to the front of the card. I also glued the Bird to the left side of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed reading how easily this came together. I love the simplicity of this card.

Make sure to click on the next button below to hop to the next Blog.

Next up is the talented Jan Clothier

Hope I have inspired you to be creative today!

Have a lovely week


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