Sunday, 16 April 2017

Leafy Thanks

Hi Crafters,

I have a brand new technique for you today and I was inspired by the sketch challenge over on the Global Design Project.  I really struggled for a layout for this image but as soon as I saw the sketch, it just clicked into place.


I used the leaf stamp from the Remarkable You stamp set.


I love the big images in this set and I am so thankful it is carrying over to the new catalogue.  I decided to try the wet on wet watercolouring technique and after a little practice I ended up with an image I was happy to use.


I used a fourth generation image to give me the faint outline of the stamp.  I added water to each leaf individually, and then using a damp paintbrush loaded with reinker, I lightly tapped the colour into the water.  Once dry, it appears as a watercoloured image.


To create the trellis design on my Crumb Cake cardstock, I scored diagonally in quarter inch increments, flipped the card around and scored again.  My greeting is cut in vellum and appears to jump off the page by only adhering the centre.

A full list of the ingredients is listed at the end of this post.  Be sure to check back soon for my first ever YouTube video!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Global Design Project 082 - Sketch Challenge

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Retiring List

Hi Friends,

It's that time of year again - Stampin' Up! have just released their list of retiring products.  If you are new to Stampin' Up! this means that the products on the Retiring List will only be available while stocks last until 31 May.  After this date, they will no longer be available for purchase.  


I'm sad to see some of my absolute favourites on this list but we have some exciting new products to look forward to once the new Annual Catalogue goes live on 1 June.  I have selected some of my top picks of the retiring products, some of which have up to 50% discount:

 Confetti Star Punch - Was £20, Now £16 (Save 20%)


Gift Box Punch Board - Was £18, Now £12.60 (Save 30%)


Ready to Pop Bundle £39.50


Over the Rainbow Photopolymer Stamp Set £19

Nailed It Clear-Mount Stamp Set £19


Succulents Framelits Dies - Was £30, Now £18 (Save 40%) (Low stock)

Have you seen some of your favourites on this list?  Be sure to head on over to the Stampin' Up! website to secure yours.

Happy shopping!
Rachel x

Friday, 31 March 2017

A Special Reason

Hi Crafters,

I have been playing with some Stampin' Up! reinkers and I've made quite a few different patterns.  Today's card features a background made using reinkers in Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight.  I have also used the Special Reason stamp set and matching thinlits dies.  


To create the background I dotted the reinkers onto a Tim Holtz felt pad and then applied with light tapping all over the Whisper White cardstock.  I added some washi tape from the Floral Boutique range and then arranged my stamped and die cut images on top.

Don't forget that this is the last few hours of Sale-A-Bration.  You can earn free products with every £45 you spend.  Be sure to check out my store before this fabulous offer ends.  You could add the Make a Medallion stamp set to your order for free!

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thank You - Resist Technique

Hi Crafters,

Today's card was inspired by Stampin' Up! CEO Sara Douglass.  Sara showed a cool resist technique on her Facebook page last week and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I even made my own Designer Series Paper.  I hadn't used the Garden in Bloom set before but I was absolutely hooked after my first image was stamped perfectly.  I chose to showcase the outgoing In Colors for 2015-17 as I 'm so sad to see them go.  Although, I 'm sure the new In Colors for 2017-19 will be awesome.  Here is the Garden in Bloom set in more detail and you can really see how the two-step layers could be used:


My card started with a piece of Whisper White card and I stamped the images from Garden in Bloom, some in first generation and some in second generation to give real depth.  Once I was happy with the stamped images, I inked the Brushstrokes stamp in Versamark and added clear embossing powder to create a resist.  I used a sponge dauber to add the Mint Macaron inked detail.


I love how this turned out and will definitely be trying this technique again.  I hope you enjoyed this card.  If there is a technique that you want me to showcase next, be sure to leave a comment.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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