Saturday 30 May 2020

Hopping Around the World Blog Hop - May

Hi Crafters,

I am taking part in another exiting blog hop with the Hopping Around the World team and our theme this month features our favourite product from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2020-21 which goes live on 3 June.  Only four sleeps to go!  If you have come from Rebecca-Jo's favourite, you are on the right track.  However, if you get lost along the way there is a full list of the blog hop participants at the end of this post.  

The products I've used for my card were not my first favourites but this is the very first card I made using any of the new goodies and I really love how it turned out.  I've used the Birds & More Dies and the Lovely You stamp set.  

I started with a half sheet of A4 Whisper White cardstock for my card base and then added a panel of Balmy Blue cardstock on top to create the illusion of a sky behind the bird.  I used another panel of Whisper White cardstock and the Birds & More dies to cut out the circle die cut.  This does not cut out from the cardstock but instead leaves a beautiful aperture.

I cut the bird from Whisper White cardstock and then coloured with Stampin' Blends in Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Basic Black, Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight.  I added a layer of Wink of Stella sparkle on top and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I also threaded a branch die cut through the aperture for added texture before adhering to the card.  I stamped in Night of Navy using my Stamparatus and the sentiment is from the new Lovely You stamp set.  

I hope you are enjoying seeing all the new favourites and I'm sure there will be lots more over the coming months.  To keep hopping, head to Mo's blog post.  Don't forget to let us know your favourite too.  The Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for 2020-21 can be viewed electronically from 3 June or get in touch if you would like a hard copy and I'll send one in the post direct to your door.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Blog Hop Participant List

1.      Claudia Christensen (D)

2.     Rebecca-Jo Unwin (Australia)

3.     Rachel Macleod (UK) ***You are here***

4.     Mo Rootes (UK)

5.     Sandra Herzog (AT)

6.     Melanie Igelbrink (D)

7.     Susan Simpson (UK)

8.     Sheila Turner (Canada)

Sunday 17 May 2020

Floral Friend Card with Stampin' Up!

Hi crafters,

I have a floral friend card for you today.  It features the retiring Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) so if you want to get your hands on any of the current patterned papers, shop before 2 June 2020.  They are all while stocks last.  

I started with a half sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock to make a side-folding card blank.  I added two panels of the Magnolia Lane DSP which had been left over from another project.  I cut the large poppy from the Poppy Moments dies in Petal Pink and Whisper White cardstock.  I coloured the outline die cut with the dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  I glued all the pieces back together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and ran the die cut though the Subtle Embossing Folder for added texture.  I cut the leaves from Mossy Meadow cardstock and then added a layer of dark Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends to the bottom layer.  The ribbon came from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack.  I traced the outline of the friend die onto vellum and cut out with Paper Snips before added the die cut in Cajun Craze on top with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I finished off by adding three Metallic Pearls in gold.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Product List

Friday 8 May 2020

We Fall In...Colours Blog Hop

Hi Crafters,

It's time to hop again with a Blog Hop from the We Fall In... Colours team.  We are an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who love to share our passion for creativity through colour.  If you've come from Conni's blog, you are on the right track.  A full list of participants is shown at the end of this post if you get lost along the way.  

This month's colour challenge features Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron and Soft Suede.  

Another colour palette that is outside my comfort zone but I went with it and ended up making two cards again!  I think this could be a running theme!  

For my first card I started with a panel of Soft Suede cardstock and stamped the leaf image from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Whisper White ink.  Wiping the surface of the stamp between every three or four impressions avoids a build up of ink and allows for a crisper image.  It is also important to heat set the ink with a heat tool as it stays wet much longer than regular Stampin' Up! inks.  I used Nature's Thoughts Dies to create the vellum panel for my die cut leaf which was stamped with Mint Macaron ink.  I added a stacked friend sentiment from the Well Written Dies and finished off by wrapping some Linen Thread around the spine of the card and tying in a knot to balance out the sentiment.  

My second card is quite different but still works with the colour scheme.  I created a panel of Whisper White card and ran this through my embossing machine with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, attaching to my card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I added a strip of Mint Macaron card to the bottom third to ground my topper.  My main image came from the Wildly Happy stamp set and was stamped in Soft Suede on Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper.  I used an Aqua Painter to draw out the colour and add extra depth to the elephants.  I used the 2 1/4" and 2" circle punches to place under my image.  The sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set which I used above.  I did some stamp surgery so that I could stamp Hugs on its own.  I stamped this in Soft Suede on Sahara Sand cardstock and then used the Stitched Rectangles to cut it out before mounting on Mint Macaron cardstock.  

I hope you're enjoying this month's blog hop featuring Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron and 
Soft Suede.  To keep hopping, head to Melanie's post or click the next button below.  

Happy crafting, 

Rachel x

Blog Hop Roll Call List

1.      Sandra Herzog

2.     Silke Trapani

3.     Martina Schmitz

4.     Karin Hobelsberger - StempelPünktchen

5.     ClaudiaStrauchfuß - Kreative Machenschaften

6.     Sandra Hagenlocher

7.     Liane Gorny - Jungle Cards

8.     Manuela Auer

9.     Samira Merzouk - Samira’s KreativeWelt

10. Iris Philipps - Der Papierhimmel

11.   Conni Richter - Stempellicht

12. Rachel Macleod - On The Wings of Craft ***You are here***

13.  Melanie Igelbrink - Mellis StempelParadies

14. Rene Guenther -

15.  Kathrin Fuchs - stempelfux

16. Sigrid Joch - Sigrids kreative ART

17.  Anja Ehmann - Bastelanja

18. Angela Köber - Stempelfamilie

19. Sabrina Heilmann – KreativFreunde

20.  SimoneKleine - derdiedasKleine bastelt

21.  Katja Lange - Stempel, Papier & Co.

22.  ChristianeKnapp - StempelPalast

23.  KatjaMartins - Stempelpfau

24.  SabrinaHillesheim - SabisKreativeWelt


Product List for Card 1

Product List for Card 2