Friday, 18 August 2017

Global Stamping Friends Anniversary Blog Hop

Hi Crafters,

We are back at Global Stamping Friends for our One Year Anniversary!  I haven't been part of the blog hop for that long but it's a great achievement.  



Our theme for this blog hop is anniversary and I've gone traditional with a twist!  



I absolutely adore this paper and knew I had to use it for my card.  I added the scalloped border from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.  To create the crosshatch effect, I used some new washi that will be available in the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue launching on 1 September.  It's pretty special!  


I heat embossed my sentiment in gold and added some leaves from a new punch in Pear Pizzazz to match the colours of the DSP.  I used Pool Party for the background piece.  To hop to the next blog simply click the next arrow and head on over to Christina's blog for more inspiration.


I really hope you can join us for our One Year Anniversary blog hop and comment along the way.  A full blog list is shown below.


Happy hopping,

Rachel x


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Friday, 4 August 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 12 - Kids' Cards

Hi Crafters,

I have a treat in store for you today!  I am joining in with the wonderful people at Global Stamping Friends for their 12th Blog Hop.  The theme is kids' cards and I know there will be lots of fun projects for you to hop.


I decided to play with the Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits to create my card for a kid.  I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she added embossing paste to create ice cream!  I thought this was a great idea so I have done my version for the blog hop.  


I created a 4.5" card blank in Melon Mambo cardstock  (my favourite SU! colour) and layered a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top which had been embossed using the Polka Dot Basic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a great generic pattern for so many occasions.  The sentiment is from the Ready to Pop stamp set which features popcorn images.  Maybe I was a bit hungry when I made this card!  I cut a panel and stamped the sprinkles in Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist and raised up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  


I cut the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes in Whisper White and then created a frame from the same dies using the largest and second largest in Melon Mambo.  The ice cream bowl was cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and I have shaped it to make it look rounded.  I cut the round ice cream with the scalloped bottom and then added the embossing paste on top which had been coloured with Melon Mambo (strawberry), Chocolate Chip (chocolate) and a tiny hint of Sahara Sand for the vanilla.  This was a fun technique to try and the embossing paste dries so quickly which is great for impatient crafters just like me!

I hope this has inspired you to have a go with the embossing paste in a different way.  Don't forget to visit all the blogs in the hop for more inspiration.  We would love to see your comments too.  Thanks for hopping with us.  Simply click the Next Arrow to keep hopping!



Happy hopping, 
Rachel x


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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Happy Birthday Graceful Garden

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are enjoying your summer and making the most of the good weather.  Although, a couple of rainy days would be good to spend in the craft room!  Today's card is inspired by the current challenge at the Global Design Project who have a colour theme this week.



I must admit that the only Wild Wasabi product I own is a marker.  This made the challenge a little more fun to think outside the box.  I had quite a few variations until I chose the Graceful Garden stamp set.  I created a custom Berry Burst card blank and attached a piece of Shimmery White cardstock on top.  I ran a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock though the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I brought the two layers together with a length of the Berry Burst finely woven ribbon which is super soft.


I stamped the main rose image from the Graceful Garden stamp set onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  The image was coloured with the Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi markers so that I could achieve a no line watercolour effect.  This might need some more practice!  I used the Happy Birthday die to cut the centre of the rose image and then paper pieced the parts back together.  This was really easy using the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  I cut four additional sentiments and layered on top, finally adding my coloured image to complete the full design.  I went with a jaunty angle for added interest and finished with a few pearls.  



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

Global Design Project 097 - Colour Challenge


A full supply list is available at the end of this post and don't forget that the Christmas in July promotion ends on Monday.  Join the Stampin' Up! family and start saving on your Autumn/Winter cardmaking supplies.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Oh Happy Day!

Hi Crafters,

I was away last week for a family wedding and although the weather was terrible, the wedding was beautiful! I might be a bit biased but I think my 2 year old niece stole the show!

I'm back to the craft room and it's time to celebrate as the Daisy Punch and Delightful Daisy Bundle are available to order!  I would highly recommend the bundle - it's really versatile and you can use the punch separately too.


I have a confession!  I really struggle to use patterned papers in my projects!  I have been trying to use it more often as I have mountains of the stuff!  This is a clean and simple design perfect for beginners.  

I have used the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper in Powder Pink, accented with some washi tape which comes in a set of five in a pink theme.  I cut two daisies using the Daisy Punch in Gold Glimmer Paper and attached with Fast Fuse.  The sentiment comes from the Happiest of Days stamp set and I heat embossed this in gold.  

Don't forgot that the Bonus Days promotion ends on Monday 31 July.  This means that for every £45 you spend, you receive a £4.50 coupon towards an order in August.  A great way to save on your wish list.

If you would like to earn an ever bigger discount, why not join my team and become an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It is heaps of fun and you can earn free products delivered straight to your door.  If you would like more information on either of these promotions, please see my post giving all the details.

Happy crafting,
Rachel



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