Monthly Archives: April 2015

Stampin’ Creative April Blog Hop


Welcome to April’s Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  You may have started here or come from the wonderful Emma’s blog – I hope you are enjoying today’s projects.

This month the theme is the retiring In Colours – each year Stampin’ Up! introduce 5 new in colours and they are valid for 2 years.  So every year we lose 5 colours, if that makes sense!  The outgoing colours this year are:

Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.

Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana have been on my favourite list since the day I saw them.  I took a while, but really warmed up to Strawberry Slush.  I have to be honest and admit that I’ve never got particularly fond of the other two.

I created three cards using different colours and stamp sets to show the versatility of these colours – now that their time is coming to an end I realise that I will really miss them!  There are cut price products including ink, paper and embellishments on the retiring list, so there is still time to snap these up if you love them too!

Here are the cards I created, using all 5 colours:

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This card’s dimensions are a bit different – it just seemed to work with the shape of the stamp.  The base is Strawberry Slush with the stamping on Very Vanilla.  I stamped the Lotus Blossom (a recent and very popular Sale-a-bration photopolymer set) in Strawberry Slush.  It’s a three step stamp, so I stamped the smallest stamp first, then stamped off once before the middle stamp and twice for the final stamp, to get the varying shades.  I stamped the two step stem in Pistachio Pudding, again stamping off once before the second stamp.  The sentiment, also in Strawberry Slush, is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the current Spring/Summer catalogue.

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My second card features Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar.  The base is half A4, scored and folder in half.  I added a mat of Baked Brown Sugar and the final layer is Very Vanilla.  I just used the “For All Things” stamp set and stamped the rectangle in Crisp Cantaloupe, the acorns and grain in Baked Brown Sugar and finally added the sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe.

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My final card features a stamp set that is sadly retiring, so if you like it, there’s a bargain to be had!  It’s the Perfect Blend stamp set.  Here, I’ve teamed Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana, starting with a base of Baked Brown Sugar.  I added a mat of Coastal Cabana and then Whisper White.  First I stamped the coffee cup on the final layer then stamped it again on a piece of scrap card and fussy cut it out.  I made it adhesive by using a small amount of tombow and allowing it to dry and used it to mask the already stamped image.  I stamped the horizontal lines from Gorgeous Grunge (not retiring, I’m happy to report!) in Baked Brown Sugar, followed by the splodges from the same set.  I stamped the coffee cup again on a piece of Fresh Prints DSP (retired), and fussy cut it out.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and fussy cut that out too.  I constructed the coffee cup layers using tombow and then brought all the layers together.

I hope you like these cards – I do!  Now click the image below to go to see what Pip has created (full list is also below, as well – if you click on a name it will take you straight to their blog hop post).


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Caroline – 


Lesley –

Rainbow for Time Out Challenges


Today I’ve entered a challenge from a new (to me) site, Time Out Challenges.  It’s challenge #29 and is an “Inspired by Words” challenge (also new to me!):

 ‘You can’t make a Rainbow without a little Rain’
You can be inspired by the whole phrase or you could choose just 1 or 2 of these words.
I decided to CASE a recent card of my own, which featured a rainbow (you can see that post here).  It is pretty much the same, but I’ve gone for a square card, instead of rectangular:
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The base is Elegant Eggplant, with a Whisper White mat which I stamped the rainbow onto.  For my rainbow colours I chose Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red but these could be swapped to suit.  I used the “swoosh” from the Work of Art stamp set offset to the left to create the rainbow.
I heat embossed the sentiment (also from the Work of Art stamp set) in white on Elegant Eggplant and cut it out using a framelit from the Chalk Talk set and my trusty Big Shot.  I popped it up using dimensionals and the card was done.
Hope you like it!

Alcudia Flog 1 – The Glass Cathedral

The Flog

And so, as sure as night follows day, famine follows glut and a failed album and stint on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here follows a win on the X-Factor I am on holiday and so here follows the first travel blog.

We are in Mallorca. Alcudia, to be precise; a popular family resort at the North of the island that exudes an amicable sun-bleached seediness common to popular Hispanic holiday resorts.  The whole town is like a Latino Butlins and I mean that as a compliment.  I won’t even need to speak the word of the language; all the locals speak flawless English.  God bless three generations of sun-seeking British monoliguists.

I’m here, with Caroline, my parents and old friends Julie and Arthur, to catch some sun and recharge my faded batteries.  It feels twenty lifetimes since we’ve had a proper break. We all came here, last…

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Green for CAS Colours and Sketches


Today’s card is in response to the current CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge – simply to make a card in shades of green.    Here’s the challenge banner:

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This is where Stampin’ Up! provides an advantage – there are lots of greens in the current colour families!  I pulled out six or seven (seriously) and narrowed my selection down to three : Always Artichoke (a grey-green), Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.

After messing around with a few other stampsets, I settled on one of my current favourites – Sheltering Tree.  Here’s my card:

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The base is Always Artichoke with a mat of Old Olive.  I stamped the images on the more cream white, Very Vanilla.  I stamped the tree structure in Always Artichoke and added the leaves in Old Olive.  I stamped additional leaves (stamping off once) in Pear Pizzazz.  The grass is Old Olive and the sentiment is in Always Artichoke – hope you like it!  I do.


Celebrate Baby Phoebe


Today’s post features a card I made a few months ago to send to Ben’s second cousin, Karri and husband Jack after their first child Phoebe arrived:

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Karri likes colour – her wedding colour theme was “Rainbow”, so I didn’t think a pastel card was right for this one!

I used Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight for this card.  The card base is Strawberry Slush, followed by Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight mats,  I stamped “Baby” in Bermuda Bay followed by “Girl” in Strawberry Slush.  I really needed the stamp-a-ma-jig to help with lining that up!  I stamped the mobile in Strawberry Slush and added a further star in Daffodil Delight to bring the colours together.

Finally, I stamped a message on the envelope:

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We were thrilled for Karri and Jack, so this seemed appropriate!  Hope you like it.


Yay for CAS Colours and Sketches


Today’s card is an entry in CAS Colours and Sketches challenge 117.  Here’s the sketch that inspired my card:

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And here’s the card I made:

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I decided to go with a square card (you don’t have to – the sketches are just there as inspiration) I chose a Melon Mambo base, and as is my habit with square cards (I still don’t know why!) created it in inches – this card is 5″ x 5″.

I added a Whisper White mat, followed by Daffodil Delight DSP from the All Abloom stack – my current favourite DSP.  Originally the next layer was going to be the top one with the stamping but when I put the layers together before stamping I felt I needed something else to edge the stamped layer and make it pop.  Black would have been too stark so I added a very narrow mat of Basic Grey.

I stamped the “Yay” from the Balloon Bash photopolymer stamp set in Melon Mambo and the stars from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp etc, which is also photopolymer.  Photopolymers were new when the annual catalogue launched last year and I love them!  Because they are clear you can see exactly where you are stamping, allowing for real accuracy and they seem less daunting for new stampers, I think.

Finally, I constructed my card using tombow.  Hope you like it!