Tuesday, 20 July 2021

In The Wild Suite - three very different looks

Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas
 

I have some more wild projects for you today, featuring one of my favourite suites in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue, In The Wild. I had a lovely afternoon playing with this Suite, using stamped images and those cut out from the Designer Series Paper. The result was three very different projects.

The first one is one for the avid crafters, with lots of products to create a time-heavy card. Fun to make and, I hope, fun to receive.

I cut the cats out from the In The Wild Designer Series Paper – the sitting tiger was done by hand, but there’s a die for the standing cat. But wait... the die is the wrong way round!
 
 

Stampin Up stamping craft tip
 
If your die fits but the image is reversed, simply hold up the paper to a window or other light source and tape the die in place using washi or masking tape.

 
Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

The tigers are set against a Soft Succulent background which I have embossed using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. I ran the cardstock through twice to get the foliage in different areas – if you look closely you’ll see a faint line from the edge of the embossing folder. But I work on the theory that if anyone looks that closely at a handmade card, they don’t deserve a card!

Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

The tigers are framed by the very wonderful Diorama Dies. These are brilliant and, while they instantly conjure up seascapes, they provide an unusual frame for all kinds of images. There’s just a hint of Evening Evergreen showing to give it depth, then the top layer was created using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, a favourite of mine as it has lots of really useful neutral designs. Psst, it’s also 15% until 2nd August!

I’ve even used the smallest Diorama Die to create an unusual layer for the sentiment – you don’t just have to use the outer piece, the inners are useful, too. 
 
Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

My second card is much simpler and showcases one of my favourite sheets of In The Wild Designer Series Paper (also 15% off until 2nd August!). I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to create a frame, although if you don’t have anything similar you could cut a Very Vanilla layer and lay it on top of the Designer Series Paper instead. 
 
Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

The tiger is stamped in Crushed Curry and Cinnamon Cider; it’s very easy to line up. Then the foliage is stamped and/or die-cut from Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, two of my favourite new In Colors. 
 
Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas
 
Finally I wanted to try something very different and wondered if I could create a snow leopard using this amazing Wild Cats stamp set. For the body of the cat, I used Smoky Slate, but soon discovered that I would have to stamp off (onto scrap paper first) not once but twice to get the pale image I was looking for. On top of that I stamped in Gray Granite. 
 
Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

I used the lovely Tasteful Label dies for my greeting, which I stamped using Biggest Wish.

The strips are created using the Animal Print embossing folder; I just ran it through once and sliced it into three. Alternatively, you could cut your strips then run them all through at the same time, as they fit in the embossing folder. 
 
I hope you love the In The Wild Suite as much as I do and, even if you don’t, I hope these projects have warmed you to it a little. Which one is your favourite? I had lots of fun creating them and hope to have time to play with again sometime soon... although my new pre-order products beckon!

Stampin Up In The Wild Suite card ideas

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Flowers or peaches? Versatile projects with the You’re a Peach Suite

You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
It’s a sign of my age that while making these projects I was humming Peaches by The Stranglers and not the entirely different song of the same name by Justin Bieber. (In fact, I'm only aware of the latter because I Googled the former to check I had my facts straight.)

We had a peachy old time at my Crafty Friday class last week, once again held over Zoom. Some of my customers had expressed doubts about Stampin’ Up!'s You're a Peach Suite and Designer Series Paper but I pointed out that only four of the designs actually feature peaches, so they were won over. 
 
And it was with this in mind that I decided to show different versions of the same two cards, using peaches and flowers cut out of the Designer Series Paper to provide options.
 

You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
Then on the day itself, while they were busy fussy-cutting their images, I decided to stamp mine using the Sweet As a Peach stamp set, cutting them out using the Peach Dies. 
 
I ended up with three sets of cards, showing the versatility of this fabulous Suite. They show just how different the same design can look if you change the Designer Series Paper.
 
 
 
I love these Genial Gems from the Hand-Penned Suite and they go well with other suites, too. For instance, the Pale Papaya gems are perfect for this peachy project. The Mint Macaron is pale enough to work ok but why compromise when the solution is staring you in the face? 
 
I coloured the Mint Macaron gems with a Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blend marker and achieved perfect coordination. I tried the Light but it wasn’t as effective. If you have Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers not water-based), you can always use them to match your embellishments to your projects perfectly. 
 
You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
Here are the floral cards – without the cheesy peachy sentiment, you’d never know that these came from the You’re a Peach Suite. I’ve fussy-cut all those flowers out of the Designer Series Paper; I will be so glad to get back to in-person classes where we can ditch the fussy cutting!
 
You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
These cards use exactly the same pack of paper but I’ve chosen to cut out peach images instead. They’re much easier to cut out than the flowers!
 
You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
These cards were made using the Sweet As a Peach bundle (stamps and Peach dies) to create the images; this makes it even easier, and I love the shades of Pale Papaya and Calypso Coral on the stamped peaches. 
 

The stamps are cleverly designed to give you different shades, with pale/white patches to give a more realistic image. To add even more shading to your peaches, ink first in Pale Papaya, then before stamping, add some Calypso Coral ink around the edges using a Sponge Dauber. 

 

You're a Peach Suite Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire

As for the fancy fold, it’s a double Z-fold and far easier to make than it looks. Basically you just repeat the fold of the outer card and stick it on the inside in the same formation. That’s a rubbish description, so feel free to download the class instructions from here

  

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Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Versatile designs using versatile Designer Series Paper in the July sale

Hand Penned DSP Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire

July is a gift to all your lovers of pretty papers. Selected Designer Series Papers are available at a 15% discount, making it a great time to stock up. 

One of the things I love about Designer Series Paper is its versatility. And that’s something I love about this card design too. I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) it from Julie at The Paper Haven and quickly realised it would work with ANY papers.

Beginning with a standard card base (A4 cut in half and folded at 10.5cm), these are the measurements you will need:

  • Cardstock 1 = 10cm x 14.3cm
  • Cardstock 2 = 8cm x 12cm
  • DSP 1 = 9.5cm x 13.8cm
  • DSP 2 = 7.5cm x 11.5cm
Then all you need is some ribbon, any shape label (I've used Stitched So Sweetly) and stamps, die-cuts or cut-out images from your Designer Series Paper to embellish. 
 
Hand Penned DSP Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
For this card I have used Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper, which is so beautiful that I expect it to become part of everybody’s craft stash over the course of the catalogue year. It’s very versatile, too, as it has so many colours in it. For this one I picked up the Mint Macaron, Pale Papaya and Misty Moonlight, embellishing the card using the Penned Flowers Dies and Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon.
 
Pale Papaya has been a big surprise to me; I really love it and have had to reorder cardstock and ribbon this week. I don’t usually fall for the paler shades but this one is lovely. 
 
Hand Penned DSP Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire
 
Here it is with slightly different papers, no die-cuts and with some stamping instead. Subtle changes like this can make your projects look different and, in this case, speed it up. Most importantly, it allows you to adapt to the supplies you have, instead of being deterred from making something because you lack a vital tool or stamp. 
 
 
Just look how different the card looks using other packs of Designer Series Paper. The card on the left uses In The Wild, which I love for its rich colours and wild cat designs. I’ve stamped using the Wild Cats stamp set, keeping it subtle by stamping off onto scrap paper first. And I’ve finished off with Open Weave Ribbon in Evening Evergreen. 
 
On the right I have used You’re a Peach, which has lovely peachy colours and some gorgeous peach designs. However, several of my customers aren’t keen on the peach imagery so I have pointed out that peaches only appear on four of the designs; they can always turn them over to enjoy the lovely colours, floral designs and patterns instead.  
 
This was the card from Julie which started me off on this route and mine is almost identical to hers, although I switched one of the papers as I was trying to preserve a particular design for another project. Forgive the rubbish bow – in Pale Papaya – and concentrate on that lovely big peach in the centre of the label. These really are fun stamps and I hope my ladies can overcome their peach phobias! 
 
Hand Penned DSP Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire

The card looks different again when you return to Hand-Penned DSP but focus on the purples. I’ve used a Blushing Bride card base, with Gorgeous Grape layers and picked out the Highland Heather designs from the pack, finishing off with Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon. Instead of the die-cuts, I have simply stamped some Blushing Bride images onto the greeting label. 
 
Hand Penned DSP Stampin Up Demonstrator Derbyshire

This design is a great way to show off any of the papers in the July offer and all of the papers I’ve used here are included in the promotion. Until 2nd August you can purchase any of the below at a 15 discount. If you are in the UK, please get in touch via my website to order or shop online using the host code DQPJEQF9
 
Stampin Up Designer Series Paper sale July 2021
 
Take a look at the designs included in the offer – which one(s) will you choose? I’ve just realised there are only two in this list that I don’t have! That’s a little bit embarrassing, isn’t it?
 
Stampin Up Designer Series Paper Sale 2021

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper Sale 2021

Stampin Up Designer Series Paper Sale 2021

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