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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16 thoughts on “Stampin’ Creative April Blog Hop

  1. I love the strawberry slush lotus blossom – I’m sad that both the set and the colour are either going or gone. I really like the coffee coloured splodges, great idea. And using DSP on the cup too. I can’t get too excited about the middle one because, well you know how I feel about crisp cantaloupe. I cannot WAIT for it to retire!

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  2. Lovely cards hun… My personal favourite is the Perfect blend one. Love that set and sad to see it go along with this years colours xx


  3. Ok, I want to know – why is it that my lotus blossom doesn’t look a patch on this? So much so that I regretted getting it! Having to bite my lip as I say ….I love the softness of the second card (hmm! it’s cantaloupe too! what are you doing to me?). The little coffee cup, never owned it but hankered after it for so long. Goodbye, farewell dear latte!

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    1. Thanks, Lesley! I spent several hours regretting getting the Lotus Blossom as I tried to get to grips with it. Eventually it just clicked. As for Crisp Cantaloupe, I have never been a fan, I’ll be honest, so it was a bit annoying to discover now that it can look great!


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