Saturday 23 November 2019

Hopping Around The World Blog Hop - Favourite Stamp Set

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to the second blog hop from the Hopping Around the World team.  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and this month we are sharing our favourite stamp sets.  You're on your way to much more inspiration and have hopefully landed here from Rebecca-Jo Unwin's post.  

I had such a hard time choosing a favourite!  Then the Leave A Little Sparkle stamp set just called out to me and I knew it was the winner!  I have created three cards featuring my favourite stamp from the set.  I've also used my favourite patterned paper - See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper.  I can't make a card without my favourite glue from Tombow either!  

I stamped each of the unicorn images in Versamark ink directly onto the See a Silhouette DSP and then heat embossed in white.  I stamped the unicorn again on printer paper and fussy cut so I had a mask to protect my image.  I squeezed some ink from the Craft Stampin' Refill which is almost like a thick white gel.  I added water with a Stampin' Spritzer and then used a paintbrush to splatter each of the pieces of DSP. 

I finished the green version by roughing up the edges of the DSP with the edge of my Paper Snips.  I attached a piece of vellum cardstock which was stamped in Garden Green ink using a sentiment from the Stargazing stamp set as this perfectly co-ordinates with the unicorn image on the galaxy background.  I added three small white stars from the Twinkle Builder punch to hide some liquid adhesive behind the vellum.  I left the top right corner unglued and curled over for added texture.  

The blue version was the easiest and quickest as I simply added some white stars from the Twinkle Builder punch and left the card sentiment free.  I would add an appropriate die-cut sentiment before mailing.  I love the variations in colour in the background on this card.

The final design was a little bit more adventurous!  I embossed the front of the card blank using the Swirls and Curls embossing folder.  I cut the DSP on an angle to create a "tablecloth" style layout.  I added die cut words from the Well Written dies in silver Glimmer Paper using liquid adhesive.  You could definitely add more bling with gems or sparkly stars.  

I've used so many of my favourites in these cards and I can't wait to see what everyone else has chosen.  To keep hopping, head to Jennifer Downey's post to be inspired.  If you get lost, you can continue to hop along using the list below and don't forget to let us know your favourites too.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

1.      Claudiasecke (D)
2.     Rebecca-Jo Unwin (Australia)
3.     Rachel Macleod (UK) ***You are here***
4.     Jennifer Downey (USA)
5.     Mo Rootes (UK)
6.     Sandra Herzog (AT)
7.     Margriet Siekman (NL)
8.     Melanie Igelbrink (D)
9.     Ma├» Chapelain (France)
10. Susan Simpson (UK)
11.   Maureen Rauchfuss (USA)
12. Sheila Turner (Canada) 

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Thursday 21 November 2019

Alternative Christmas Colours with Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters,

I have a super simple Christmas card today featuring ink blending and stamping.  This is an alternative Christmas colour scheme but one that I really love.

I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and used Rococo Rose and Rich Razzleberry inks to create a blended look.  It would be much easier to start with Rococo Rose cardstock though!  I stamped the tree image from the Stampin Up! Winter Woods stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from the Stampin' Up! Free Skate stamp set with white embossing powder.  I added white splatters by squeezing some white craft ink refill onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and then picked it up with a paintbrush and flicked it all over the card.  I tried to concentrate the splatter towards the top of the card.   I simply added the panel to the Whisper White card base, leaving a border showing all the way around.  You could definitely add some bling with sequins or by using Stampin' Up!'s metallic ink.  

I'd love to know your favourite alternative Christmas colour scheme.

Happy crafting,

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Saturday 16 November 2019

Inspirational Butterflies with Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are all doing well.  I have a card today featuring an inspirational sentiment that makes me so happy.

I made a card blank from thick Whisper White cardstock.  The inked layer is made from Shimmery White cardstock which holds up well to water-based inking techniques.  I added ink in Rich Razzleberry and Mango Melody with a sponge brayer and then applied a layer of water to one of the decorative masks featured in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and placed it firmly on top to remove some of the ink.  The effect is subtle but great for a background.  I cut one of the base butterfly dies an then three of the intricate layers in Whisper White cardstock from the Butterfly Beauty Dies and adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I stamped the sentiment from the Above the Clouds stamp set in Versamark ink on Basic Black cardstock and then heat embossed in white.  I fussy cut the words and added them with more liquid glue.

I hope this card makes you smile.  Let me know if you try out the ink lifting technique using water.  You can also do this technique by stamping in water over an inked background.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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