Friday, 3 May 2019

Creating a Landscape Using Stampin' Up! Products

Hi Crafters,

I saw the current challenge over at the Global Design Project and had a ready-made entry all set to share!  I created this card a couple of weeks ago but with all the essay deadlines, I've been a bit lax in posting!  The end of studying is in sight with only two submissions left - I really can't wait!

I combined the Flowering Desert stamp set from the Spring/Summer Catalogue and the Waterfront stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.

Unfortunately the Flowering Desert stamp set is retiring on 3 June but you can still snap it up while stocks last.  Simply head to my online store using the link on the right to get yours.  

This card is all about the stamping.  I started by brayering the background in Blueberry Bushel and Grapefruit Grove on Whisper White cardstock.  This was light enough that I could stamp the cactus in Garden Green over the top with no discoloration.  I then masked off the cactus using a Post-it Note and stamped the hills in Early Espresso and the shadows on the land in Grapefruit Grove.   I finished off with a sentiment in Blueberry Bushel.  The card base is made from Crumb Cake and I embossed the front using the Subtle embossing folder.  I added Stampin' Dimensionals to my topper to give it some lift.  

I would like to enter this card into the Global Design Project Challenge 187 - Create a Landscape.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Flowers and Leaves

Hi Crafters,

The Global Stamping Friends are teaming up on another great blog hop and this month's theme is Flowers and Leaves.  

Stampin' Up! have a fabulous selection of floral products - it was so hard to choose which one to use!  I settled on the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder and some gorgeous DSP from the Share What You Love Suite.  This paper is super thick and the designs are beautiful.  I ended up making a set of three cards which are the same but different!

I actually started by making the card on the right and then the others followed quickly.  I embossed a Note Card with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder and then applied a piece of the beautiful Share What You Love Specialty DSP at a jaunty angle.  I like to call this design the tablecloth card!  I die cut my sentiments (hooray, thanks and miss you) using Whisper White cardstock from the Well Written Dies and adhered three layers together for extra dimension.  I thought about using a different colour for the centre card but decided to stick to the Whisper White in the end.  I did add a coat of Wink of Stella to the sentiments which doesn't show up well in photos.  I finished off with some of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in Rich Razzleberry which features in all three of the DSP pieces.  Here are the cards in more detail individually.  

I hope you like my no-stamping examples!  It has only just occurred to me that there is no stamping!  Maybe that's a good excuse to get inky soon!  To keep hopping just click the image below to head to Anastasia's wonderful creation.  If you get lost, there is a roll call below too.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Global Stamping Friends - Stamper's Choice

Hi Crafters,

We have another fabulous hop from the Global Stamping Friends and this month we are being let loose with a theme of Stamper's Choice.  This means we can go wild with whatever we decide to create.  

I have not one but two cards for you.  I used one background die to create both cards.  When I saw the Florentine Bundle in the new Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer catalogue, I just fell in love!  

I didn't actually use any of the Florentine stamps on either of my cards - there's time for that yet!  I have so many ideas and never enough time!

For my first card, I attached a piece of Double Sided Sticky Sheet to an A5 piece of Whisper White cardstock and then cut out the background die, saving the negative pieces into a pot on my craft desk.  I took off the backing to expose the adhesive and sprinkled with Copper embossing powder and then melted the powder with my Heat Tool.  I used a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and then scrunched it up to create crease lines.  I ran a Merry Merlot ink pad over the cardstock to create a distressed look.  

I didn't want to cover too much of the background so I stamped in Merry Merlot and die cut three of the sprigs from the Dear Doily Bundle.  I added a Coastal Cabana sentiment panel using one of the rectangles from the new Stitched Rectangle Dies and stamped my greeting in Merry Merlot from the Filigree Florentine stamp set.  

My second card features those pieces that were saved from the background.  In hindsight I should have embossed all the pieces at once but I did this separately for each card.  

I cut another background and secured it with removable tape to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I added glue to the open areas and then placed the pieces back into the gaps.  Once these were all in place, I removed the template background and then peeled off the sticky backing and added Copper embossing powder.  When heating, I put extra heat in some places to make the powder bubble on the Double Sided Stick Sheet. 

The topper was made using the Floral Frames Thinlits Dies cut from vellum.  I cut the word amazing from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies and added this on top using Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  I stamped a sentiment from the Forever Lovely stamp set and cut out the word You to complete the sentiment.  I found that the stamped sentiment worked better when the letter were all in the same case.  I know I shouldn't have favourites but I really love how this card turned out!

To keep hopping to Amanda's fabulous post, just click the next arrow below.

Let me know what you think of this technique and what else you'd like to see featured in upcoming posts.  I love to know if there is a technique you're itching to try but don't know how to start.

Happy crafting,

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