June 8×8 Sampler Class.

June 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. The theme for this month’s sampler page was ‘Plants, Plants, Plants’. I knew I wanted to create a page using the Simply Succulent stamp set and Potted Succulent die set, and when I saw the Bloom Where You’re Planted designer series paper it was a done deal.

The class attendees were able to stamp and colour the large group of succulents however they wanted, and they could also choose any of the plant and pot combinations to fussy cut from the designer series paper. Big choices such as these are always interesting to observe in a class setting. Some people are decisive and quick to piece the many options together, and some take a little more time to consider their options and try out different combinations. Either way, I allow plenty of time in the class so that there isn’t a time pressure forcing decisions, and so that no one is rushing putting their sampler page together.

To provide inspiration for the many different colour combinations for succulents, I simply Googled succulent images and printed of two which showed a mixture of colours. The class attendees found these handouts helpful on the day. We coloured the succulents using Stampin’ Blends. The alcohol-based pens were great for softening and blending even different colours like Blackberry Bliss and Pool Party.

For the two side panels we snipped a narrow piece from a sheet of Paper Lattice and adhered it to the designer series paper. After deliberating over the pots and plants and die cut pieces, and adhering them together, we adhered thin strips of Soft Suede cardstock to create shelves from three of the plants to sit on. For the fourth plant we made a faux macrame hanger using some of the Gray Granite from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack.

So that the large group of succulents and pot were grounded, we used a thin strip of the brick pattern designer series paper and adhered it to the dark green foliage patterned panel. We used the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch to make the base for the bottom sentiment and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent in behind the heat embossed ‘Extraordinary’ sentiment, and for the top sentiment we stamped and embossed the ‘Make the Ordinary’ sentiment then die cut it using one of the dies from the Potted Succulents dies.

To finish off the sampler page we adhered a number of the Genial Gems around the page, and adhered a die cut Blackberry Bliss succulent on top of the centre succulent piece.

Happy crafting x

Megan

June Cards & Coffee.

June Cards & Coffee.

This month’s class was designed to show off the Watercolour Pencils. They are a great product to have on hand when crafting.

Of course, the Watercolour Pencils pair perfectly with Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and Water Painters, but by using them they way we did in this class you can get good faux watercolour effects on regular Basic White cardstock. I will say, however, that you can’t beat watercolour paper for creating watercolour looks. Basic White especially doesn’t handle a lot of water very well, which is why we used Blender Pens with the Watercolour Pencils.

We used the Old Olive Watercolour Pencil to create a faux watercolour wash as a centre piece for the Dutch door fun fold card. To get this effect we coloured randomly down the Basic White panel making some areas darker than others, and then smoothed out the pencil lines using one of the Blender Pens.

A bit of tone-on-tone stamping across the inside of the card created texture behind the watercolour wash panel. I absolutely loved the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, and I love how this sheet of purple and blue hydrangeas lifts the watercolour wash panel. We finished the card with a simple sentiment stamped on Highland Heather cardstock in Blackberry Bliss and a few of the Pastel Pearls scattered around the front of the card.

For the second card we made, I focused on using the Watercolour Pencils to colour in a stamped image using the Blender Pens to create a faux watercolour look. Colouring this way with the Watercolour Pencils is fabulous for this type of small image where it may be tricky to stay within the lines.

We randomly stamped the hydrangea flower cluster down the left-hand side of a piece of Basic White, and then chose contrasting colours for colouring the flowers. I chose to leave the leaves white so that they wouldn’t take focus from the rest of the card. Next, we adhered a strip of the green and gold foil Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper to the left-hand side of the Basic White piece and adhered right up against the right-hand side of the card front.

To finish off the card, we stamped the sentiment – one of my faves from the Hydrangea Hill stamp set – in Evening Evergreen onto a strip of Soft Sea Foam and adhered a length of Basic Grey twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack behind it. A couple Rhinestone Basic Jewels scattered around the card front and we were done.

Happy crafting x

Megan

May Cards & Coffee.

May Cards & Coffee.

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a monochrome coordinating gift bag and card set made using the Nothings Better Than You stamp set to share with you. The class attendees were able to choose from the 2021-2023 In Colours for their class kits. They are Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Polished Pink. Inspiration for this card came from Wendy Fee of Wendy’s Little Inklings.

To make the gift bag we did some tone-on-tone stamping with the coffee cup stamp across the bottom of an Ombre Gift Bag. What is really cool is that there is a wee stamp for the stem coming up out of a cup.

Using a length of Basic White twine from the Bakers Twine Essentials Pack and a length of Fine Art Ribbon we made a zig zag pattern to sit behind the sentiment. I like to adhere the ribbon directly to the gift bag using Tear & Tape.

To make the sentiment we punched a piece of Basic White with the Everyday Label Punch, then stamped the coffee cup outline in Tuxedo Memento Black and filler image in the coordinating In Colour, and the steam in Soft Suede. Some of the filler images needed to be stamped off to make sure the detail could still be seen. For the sentiment we stamped the ‘Coffee’ in Early Espresso – I mean, name another colour that matches the theme of the project that well, am I right?! A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels placed around the sentiment and we were finished.

For the fun fold card, we stamped tone-on-tone again down the two side panels and then adhered them closed. We stamped the coffee cup, filler, and the ‘Coffee’ sentiment in the same manner as the gift bag, and added the sentiment ‘Today’s Plan…’ in Tuxedo Memento Black right at the top. This was then adhered to a piece of Basic Black cardstock, and adhered to the center panel. To finish it off, we added a few in the coordinating 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels to the card front.

Happy crafting x

Megan