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Friday, 2 April 2021

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Rainbow

Hi crafters,

It's the first Friday of the month and that means a Global Stamping Friends blog hop.  We are a group of international Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to share our passion for creativity through our monthly hops.  I'm one of the European demos, based in the UK.  This month's theme is Rainbow If you've come from Amanda's wonderful post, you are on the right track.  There is also a full list of participants at the end of this post.  


I love anything with a rainbow so I was super happy to see this theme on our list.  I wanted to make something different and decided on a scrapbook layout.  This layout is really simple and I could have done so much more but I wanted the butterflies and the photo to really stand out.  


The girls in the photo are my Mam on the right and my Auntie on the left.  I have their permission to use the photo.  

I started with a sheet of 12" x 12" Basic White cardstock.  I cut a strip of the True Love DSP to ground the photo which is matted with Basic Black cardstock.  I used the butterfly image from the Floating & Fluttering stamp set and inked this with Stazon.  I placed a piece of Rainbow Glimmer Paper which was cut down to 6" x 6" into my Stamparatus to repeat stamp the image  rotating each time.  The Fluttering Dies were used to cut out the images.  I cut the sentiments from Basic White cardstock three times and adhered together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The upper case letters come from the Playful Alphabet Dies and the forever sentiment is from the Sweet Silhouettes Dies.  I added a heart from the Resin Heart Embellishments pack to finish off the design.  

I hope you are enjoying our Sweets and Treats blog hop.  To continue hopping, just click the next arrow below to head to Kimberley's great post.  



Blog Hop Roll Call

1. Amanda Farlinger

2. Rachel Macleod ***You are here***

3. Kimberley Anne Morris

4. Tricia Butts

5. Jan Musselman

6. Marieke Bart

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Monday, 29 March 2021

Vine Design Thanks from Stampin' Up!

Hi crafters,

It's been a hot minute since I last posted!  I have been creating but haven't got around to sharing all that much.  I have a die cut card to share today using the Flowering Vine Dies which are part of the Vine Design bundle.  Each bundle in any of the Stampin' Up! catalogues offer a 10% saving.  The stamps and dies are also available individually too.  


I love the intricate dies in this bundle and the sentiment stamps are great for a variety of occasions.  I just used the dies today but I have plans for a stamped project soon so stay tuned.  


I made a side-folding card base using Thick Basic White A4 cardstock.  I cut the main rectangle die from Night of Navy cardstock and then I used Petal Pink cardstock to fill in the design for a die cut inlay look.  I used the thanks die from the Well Written Dies and cut this four times - three from Basic White cardstock and once from Silver Foil Paper.  It doesn't show up well in the photo however.  I used Liquid Multipurpose Glue to adhere all these die cut pieces.  You could also add some bling but I decided to leave it off this time. 

It's an exciting time to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator as this week is the pre-order for the new Annual Catalogue opens on Thursday 1 April.  If you would like to join the Stampin' Up! family, all the details are over at my store under the Join tab.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Friday, 5 March 2021

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Sweets and Treats

Hi crafters,

It's the first Friday of the month and that means a Global Stamping Friends blog hop.  We are a group of international Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to share our passion for creativity through our monthly hops.  I'm one of the European demos, based in the UK.  This month's theme is Sweets and Treats If you've come from Jan's brilliant post, you are on the right track.  There is also a full list of participants at the end of this post.  


I really wanted to think outside the box for this theme and I'm so pleased with how my project turned out.  Even though I forgot to emboss the background before I attached the sweets!  Oh well, I'll just have to make another one!


I used the Circle Celebration stamp set and stamped one of the dotty images in rainbow colours onto Basic White cardstock using inks in Melon Mambo, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape.  I added some tone on tone blending with the Blending Brushes to make the circles appear curved.  Next, I used one of the Layering Circle Dies to cut out the stamped image and then edged the die cut with the co-ordinating Stampin' Write Marker.  I then used an embossing tool to dome the circles for added dimension.  I pulled out the Stitched Triangle Dies and cut two each in co-ordinating cardstock.  I originally attached the triangles to the circle using one Stampin' Dimensional but this meant that one of the triangle didn't have anywhere to stick so I ended up placing a dot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue between the layers to make sure the triangles were securely attached.  I added the sweets onto my card panel in rainbow order.  I stamped the sentiment from the Brushed Blooms stamp set in Versamark ink onto Basic Black cardstock and then poured on white embossing powder before tapping off the excess.  I heated the powder with my heat tool until it was smooth and melted and then trimmed the strip to size.  I attached it with some more Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally I added a layer of shimmer to each of the circles using a Wink of Stella brush pen.


But I also have a bonus card featuring the Cute Fruit stamp set.  I think any kind of just because card is a treat in the mail.  


I cut a panel of Basic White cardstock to size and then stamped the orange image in Pumpkin Pie ink all over to create a background.  I ran the panel through the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder for added texture.  I stamped each of the fruit images onto Basic White cardstock and then fussy cut out.  I used lots of Stamping Dimensionals to create the look that the fruit was popping off the page.  To create the sentiment I stamped in Garden Green ink onto Basic White cardstock and then cut out using the Layering Circle Dies.  I offset the circle and trimmed off the excess before attaching to the card base.  To finish, I used a small heart die cut from the Stitched Be Mine Dies and coloured using the Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blend Marker.  

I hope you are enjoying our Sweets and Treats blog hop.  To continue hopping, just click the next arrow below to head to Tricia's great post.  



Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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