Saturday 25 April 2020

Hopping Around The World Blog Hop - Sketch

Hi Crafters,

On the last weekend of the month you'll find the Hopping Around the World team sharing their latest Blog Hop creations.  This month we have a sketch to follow.  I had the honour of designing this one and I can't wait to see everyone's projects.  If you've come from Rebecca-Jo's post, you are on the right track.  The full list of participants is also shown below if you get lost along the way.  

Even though I designed the sketch, I had some trouble coming up with the perfect combination of products for my card.  In the end I used a background I had made a couple of weeks ago and it became the perfect setting for my Piece of Cake stamping.  Can you guess what colour I used for the dotty background?   

Anyone who guessed Merry Merlot was right!  I certainly wouldn't have known that Merry Merlot would make such a pretty bubblegum pink tone when mixed with Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  After mixing the Merry Merlot ink with the Shimmery White Embossing Paste, I applied it through the dotty mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks pack.  I used a half sheet of A4 Whisper White cardstock for my card base and then attached the embossing paste background panel using fun foam.  This card will be mailed and I didn't want it to get squished.  I stamped the fun cake from the Piece of Cake stamp set in Merry Merlot ink and the cake stand in Gray Granite ink and used the co-ordinating punch to cut them out.  I coloured the ribbon on the cake using my Merry Merlot Stampin' Write Marker which is becoming a little dry.  I added colour to the cake stand using the combo pack of Gray Granite Stampin' Blends.  

I stamped the lollipops in Merry Merlot ink directly onto a small panel of Whisper White cardstock cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I embossed the bottom of the panel using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder so that the cake stand didn't appear to float.  My sentiment was from the same stamp set and was heat embossed in white on Gray Granite cardstock and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the panel and sentiment strip.  The Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon was the perfect grounding element behind my small cake panel.  

I hope you are inspired to give this sketch challenge a go too.  To keep hopping, head to Jennifer's blog for more inspiration.  

I would like to enter this card into the SUO Challenge 247 - Embossing.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Blog Hop Roll Call List
3.     Rachel Macleod (UK) *** You are here ***
5.     Mo Rootes (UK)
9.     Susan Simpson (UK)

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  1. What a great card - love that shimmery "Merlot" background :)

  2. Such a fun, cheerful card Rachel, love it x

  3. Wonderful Card ♥️♥️ I Love ist ♥️♥️

  4. This is so cute. First I thought the cake is the cutest thing about the card, but I like the way you did the background even more! Just fabulous!

  5. Ooh very pretty - I'll have to try that colour with the embossing paste! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Up Only challenge this week - hope to see you again next time

  6. Wow, Rachel - that background came out amazing - I love it! I need to get my embossing paste back our for some fun, this looks yummy! Thanks so much for playing at SUO!

  7. Great card. Funny how the embossing paste changes the colour of the ink. In this case it was perfect! TFS

  8. I absolutely LOVE the shimmer and entire design of this stunning card! Thank you so much for joining us at We would love to see you back tomorrow for our new challenge!

  9. I've never used the embossing paste, but I can't hardly believe that's Merry Merlot ink on there! Very cool. Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you again for our next challenge which starts tomorrow!