Monday, 27 May 2019

Wedding card? It's a Piece of Cake

Pretty cards are a challenge for me so I struggled with this wedding card for my brother, who finally married his childhood sweetheart at the weekend, 40 years after they first met!

Eventually, I settled on the Piece of Cake Bundle, which has a lovely wedding cake image.

I used a watercoloured background, in Blushing Bride with a hint of Pool Party, then popped up the cut-out cake, which I'd stamped in Blushing Bride, Pool Party and the new colour, Rococo Rose. The greeting (Better Together - retiring) is stamped in Rococo Rose and embossed using clear embossing powder (the Stamparatus is invaluable for this technique).

It's all framed with a stitched rectangle frame, which I embossed using the Country Floral 3D embossing folder, a Sale-a-Bration item which is carrying over to the new catalogue.

Some self-adhesive sequins finish it all off.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Crafting with friends... and the Share What You Love DSP

Don’t miss out on the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, as it’s really gorgeous – you get twice as many sheets as in a standard pack, so why not share with a friend?
  Crafting is always better with friends and I spent a lovely weekend with some crafty friends recently, where we each provided a project... not all cardmaking and not all Stampin' Up!® This, however, was a Stampin’ Up!® card project using beautiful products, some of which are retiring very soon.

I’ve used a variety of stamp sets – recognise any of them?

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Masculine cards using Rooted in Nature

The WI group I craft with each month were saying how difficult it is to make cards for men, so this month I set out to prove them wrong.

Difficult as it may be to believe, men are people too, and they like many of the same things as us. What I don't approve of are cards made to look like shirts and ties, because I don't think I know any men who actually enjoy wearing a tie. And you wouldn't give a woman a card with a bra on it, would you?

So I made these projects using the Rooted in Nature bundle, in masculine colours, with linen thread instead of ribbon, and tasteful wooden elements instead of bling. It's not that difficult, is it?

Monday, 20 May 2019

Sneak peek: Come Sail Away Suite


Here's your first sneak peek (from me) from the new catalogue - from the gorgeous Come Sail Away Suite. I loved this suite so much that I think I bought the whole lot!

Something you will want to stock up on now are the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Notecards and Envelopes as these are retiring but go fantastically well with the new Memories & More cards. 

I asked the audience on Facebook and Instagram which watercolour backgrounds I should use out of my latest batch and they chose these. I'm still not sure about the lighthouse one but I love the one with the seaweeds and can't wait to add even more stamps to my seaside/nautical collection. 


Friday, 17 May 2019

2019-2010 Stampin’ Up!® In Color™ combinations are here!

New In Color™ combinations are here!

Please click the link to be taken to my Facebook post (you don’t need to be a member) to see this year’s colour charts. If you are a Facebook member, please like and share the post so that as many people as possible can enjoy the colour combinations. And if you enjoy the colour charts, please leave me a recommendation. Thank you!

In Color™ Comparisons

Lots of people ask how the new colours compare to existing and past colours, so I have made these comparison images to show you. The slightest change in shade can make all the difference to a project; for example, I think Calypso Coral is fresh and clean, but Terracotta Tile is a shade or two darker and would look more vintage. See what you think...

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Autumnal Floating Frame

This is another floating frame card - or cards, as you get two for one with this lovely technique, which makes all the effort worthwhile.

I've stamped various leaves from Rooted in Nature in Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie... although in retrospect, I think using three colours makes it easier to space them out evenly.

Check out this post for my workaround if you don't have Press ’n’ Seal. 


Monday, 13 May 2019

Peaceful Place stamped onto Wood Textures DSP

What a beautiful stamp set this is. It's called Peaceful Place and I'm delighted that it will carry over into the upcoming catalogue. Something that won't be carrying over is the lovely Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, which I've stamped directly onto for this project, then watercoloured on top. It makes a lovely effect and I'll really miss this paper. That lovely Old Olive Linen Thread has been given its marching orders, too, which is a shame!

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