Welcome the to December Stampin’ Creative blog hop! I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas and that you are looking forward to New Years and 2018. I know I am. You may have arrived from the lovely Kim at Simply Fairies or started here; either way you are very welcome. Please do hop around and see what we’ve all created for this month’s theme of Sale-a-bration and Spring/Summer sneak peeks. Please leave us a comment too – we love to know what you think.
This month, I seem to have been thinking about Valentine’s, inspired by the new products coming up – you can order from 2nd January, so get in touch to place your order with me. I made a clean and simple Valentine’s card first, using the Spring Summer stamp sets Heart Happiness and Petal Palette and clear embossed both stamps to give a glossy sheen. I used the co-ordinating Sweet & Sassy framelits to cut out the embossed image and a larger heart in Real Red to provide a border. The sentiment was also clear embossed (stamp in Versamark, then Real Red ink, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder), all on a thick Whisper White card base.
Next I used the Painted with Love suite, along with the Heart Happiness stamp set again (it co-ordinates), all from the Spring Summer catalogue.
I fell in love with this box (below) and the matching narrow notecards and envelopes as soon as I saw them! The cards are just 6.4 x 11.4 cms and are darling! I can’t wait to use these as hostess gifts, door prizes and more! To create the box you need a Big Shot and the Lots to Love Box framelit dies. I cut out small hearts from the same die set, using the Painted with Love specialty DSP.
For the card, I again went clean and simple and monochrome. I stamped the all the images from the Heart Happiness stampset in Real Red – quick and easy but effective, I think! Together with the gorgeous envelopes, a set of these cards would make a fantastic gift.
Before we move on, a heads’ up that we will have lots of guest blog hoppers next year, including other Artisans (we are lucky enough to have Emma Goddard as one of our permanent founder members) and international guests, so please come back to see us each month. We are very excited about our guests!
That’s it from me – see you next weekend! Now onto the wonderful Mikaela – click on the next icon below or the full list of links is below.
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I recently posted about a card I’d created using the lovely Sale-a-bration (SAB) free stamp set, So Very Much. My post is here if you want to have another look. For a class last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea, this time taking my colour inspiration from another SAB freebie, the Carried Away DSP. The colours are Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder. I recently stocked up on the in colour re-inkers so I was good to go! The baby wipe technique is used to create a multicoloured “inkpad” and by stamping in Versamark first, you can add the clear embossing powder, giving a real shine to the sentiment once it’s heat embossed.
This card has an extra layer – I didn’t like my Whisper white layer straight onto the Carried Away DSP pattern I’d chosen, so I added a skinny Night of Navy border between them. It’s not obvious, but you’d notice if it wasn’t there, I think. I chose Watermelon Wonder as the base colour – I love the combination of this with Night of Navy – it’s a real favourite. I’m really sad that Watermelon Wonder will be retiring in June along with the rest of the 2015-2017 in colours as I’ve come to love it, but we’ll have five new in colours to play with and enjoy. I have to admit that I really hadn’t taken to one of the colours we got last year – Peekaboo Peach – and this is the first card I’ve made that uses it. But I really like the effect it’s added to my colour mix on this card. So much so that I used it even more obviously in another card, which I’ll share another time.
Don’t forget that we are in the last days of Sale-a-bration now! You only have until 31st March to grab one of these limited edition freebies. Some things will start to be unavailable – glimmer paper is already sold out in the US, so if you want something specific, don’t delay.
If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me. Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me. As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.
If you have a really long wish list (I know I did!) then consider signing up as a demo and joining my team. It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free! If you are interested and want my help choosing your starter kit, just get in touch. If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.
I hope you liked today’s card and techniques. See you on Friday for my last post highlighting Sale-a-bration.
What a difference a week makes! After my bag exploits in Barcelona, I now have a new passport (it arrived yesterday(!), my cards have been replaced and I’ve had both positive and negative experiences with insurance companies. I hope you’ve had a great week so far.
So, Sale-a-bration ends at the end of March – if you want some of the limited edition free items available you’ll need to move fast! And why wouldn’t you? For every £45 you spend on gorgeous current catalogue product, you get a freebie. Check out the leaflets if you haven’t already – there are links on the righthand side.
Today my card uses a stamp set from the Spring/Summer catalogue – Beautiful You. I’ve said before how much I love this set and this card was one I designed for the Water and Ink class I presented at our recent craft retreat. Like this? Come to our next retreat! Just get in contact – we are still arranging it but we will have a date to share soon.
I stamped the image in Archival Basic Black on water colour paper and gave it a minute to dry. Then I rubbed embossing buddy all over the card, stamped the sentiment in Versamark followed by Archival Basic Black and then heat embossed using clear powder. I wanted to add a bit of depth and add interest to the card and I think this worked. Next, I squeezed colour into the lids of my Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy and Early Espresso ink pads. I used an aqua painter to add the colour to the image, building up colour to add a feeling of light and shade. The Early Espresso splits into a mix of colours – you can see both the pink and green colours as well as a light brown – all from one ink colour! I love the effect that provides. Finally, I glued the watercolour layer to the Basic Black layer using fast fuse – you need a strong adhesive for water colour paper. I used Melon Mambo for the base.
If you want to recreate this card and qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item you’ll want to buy watercolour, Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock, Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso and Archival Basic Black ink along with the Beautiful You stamp set. If you want to heat emboss your sentiment you’ll need embossing buddy, Versamark and clear embossing powder. Click on the Shop with me button and don’t forget to use the host code – TRS79Q47 – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me. Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.
And that’s it! I hope you like it. See you on Saturday – I’m running a card class from 2-5pm if you’re local to me and would like to come along.