Monday, 20 November 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Painted Harvest


Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we will showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it.

For this hop we are featuring Painted Harvest. It also coordinates with the Leaf punch.
I must admit I took a while to buy this set. I just didn't love it as much as some others on my wish list. It wasn't until I read a post by my friend and fellow SRC member Kelly Kent where she mentioned that she always buys a 'peer pick'. So I followed the advice from the wise one, bought it and got on board. How did I live without it for so long! It wasn't until I started playing with it that I realised that it was so much more than just for Thanksgiving. You can see how I have used it on some other cards here.

Today I have gone a bit 'out there' to show just how versatile this stamp set is. 

My eldest niece is chicken mad and has a birthday coming up. Poor Auntie Lou is running out of chicken card designs so I thought I would have a go at using Painted Harvest to make it. The fussy cut images were perfect. I have used a half flower for the comb and wing ......


 ....... some tail leaves feathers ......


 ...... and finished it off with some adorable gangly chicken legs and claws made from jute twine.


It stands up and has some room inside for a message.

So I think Auntie Lou will have another hit on her hands this birthday! What do you think? Every time I look at her she makes me smile! I love to have a bit of fun with kid's cards.

To make the chicken I used a template that I had from when I used to teach preschool. I always keep templates - you never know when they will come in handy.

Make sure you hop around to see all the fab ideas from the crew. Next up is Natalie. Can't wait to see her creative take on this stamp set!

Lou
Product List
Leaf Punch
[144667]
$28.00
Jute Twine
[144625]
$9.75

Friday, 17 November 2017

Just Add Ink #386 - Just Add R - Round wall art


What a crazy few weeks it has been! Finally I can start showing you some of the projects I made as a Display Stamper at Stampin' Up!'s OnStage event on Saturday. My favourite projects were perfect for our challenge this week at Just Add Ink. Tina has challenged us to Just Add R.


 I Raided the Remnants for Rubber backed curtaining to make some Round Room decor. Enough r's do you think???


These are really simple and quite plain - like me really - but I love them. I won't go into how many swatches I made to get the right combination of ink and fabric but you are welcome - I have nutted it out for you! I found the best combination was rubber backed curtaining and Basic Black Archival ink. I coloured with watercolour pencils and  used an Aqua Painter to blend. Of course you could add way more detail but I liked the white space - I felt it helped highlight the stamped images.


I was able to use several of my new products on these. All of the new products will be in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue that will be launched on January 3rd. Sorry to tease you! You can get your hot little hands on these products earlier if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - what more incentive you do need to join???

Can you see the cute little leaves? They are called Petal Passion Embellishments and add a great touch to projects like this.


To top off each embroidery hoop I have added some Calypso Coral Ombre ribbon to match the watercolouring and some black and silver mini sequin trim for no other reason than I am addicted to using them - oh and I think they look great too!


Once the stamped and watercoloured images were dry, I simply placed in a 4" embroidery hoop, tightened and trimmed away excess.


Probably should mention the stamp set too I guess! It is called Petal Palette and comes with these fab images (and more) and some great sentiments. This is a stamp set I will be using a lot. You can see some other cards I made with it here


So now you have something else to look forward to in the new year! So many new goodies to get your hands on! Now go and check out how the rest of the Design Team Just Added R.

Lou
Product List
Petal Palette 145788 - Available from January 3, 2018
Petal Passion embellishments 145591 - Available from January 3, 2018

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Favourite Technique


Welcome to the November Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop where we will be showing you our favourite techniques. I have combined two of my favourites - heat embossing and 2 tone stamping. Nothing creatively earth shattering but effective, easy and cool!

To show off my favourite techniques I thought I would combine it with some new products from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue from Stampin' Up! which will be launched on January 3rd. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Display Stamper for an event called OnStage where demonstrators get together to see, use and get new products.

For these cards I am using a stamp set called Petal Palette. It has great images plus sentiments that really lend themselves to my favourite techniques.

For this card I have used the coordinating Petal Passion Memories & More card pack. I think this just might be my favourite card pack yet! Not just for memory keeping - it makes quick, easy yet elegant cards. Some of the sentiments in this stamp set have 2 fonts which makes it really easy to do 2 tone stamping. For this card I used Stampin' Write markers to colour the words. So easy! I love the way it give more oomph to the sentiment.

For my second card I teamed my 2 favourite techniques - copper heat embossing with 2 tone stamping. How gorgeous is that sentiment in the copper and black? The dotty background was made using the the strip of dots stamp stamped a few times, one above the other.

I love the shine and depth you get when you use Copper Embossing Powder.

Wondering how I did the sentiment? It is actually quite easy and will be even easier with Stampin' Up!s new stamp positioning tool - the Stamparatus. I have all the details about it at the end of this post so you can learn about it's amazing features and how you can preorder one.

For this panel, I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black first. When it was dry, I covered all but the fancy script words with bits of sticky notes and restamped in Versamark, added Copper Embossing Powder and heat embossed. The Stamparatus will make this so easy as the stamp will be perfectly positioned to stamp with the Versamark.

I have actually thrown in a 3rd favourite technique I realised! I have used the Reflection or Mirror stamping technique to get a second bird facing the opposite way. I stamped the image on a window sheet with versamark and then 'stamped' that on the cardstock and embossed. It is not as crisp as when you stamp the image directly.


If you can't wait till Janaury 3rd to get your hot little hands on these products why not join my team of demonstrators - you can have access to these products early plus join in the fun and friendship.

Make sure you check out the favourite techniques of everyone in the hop. You will see the line up at the bottom of each post. Next up is Sandra.

Lou


Introducing the Stamparatus!


 You can reserve your Stamparatus tomorrow morning (November 17th) by clicking here.
Stamparatus Pre-Order Dates

Product List
Petal Palette 145788 - Available from January 3, 2018
Petal Passion Memories & More card pack 145592 - Available from January 3, 2018
Heat Tool
[129056]
$50.00
designed by Charming Templates