Let’s Get Hopping 47: Non-traditional Christmas.

Let’s Get Hopping 47: Non-traditional Christmas.

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and our theme for this month is ‘non-traditional Christmas’. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come around from Alicia Yap. I hope you enjoyed what Alicia had to share.

I’m a real sucker for tradtional Christmas colours – red, green, and gold – so this months theme was a challenge for me! I started by choosing some of the colours featured in the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper; Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, and Misty Moonlight.

To make the background, I used one of the Wonderful Snowflakes Embellishments as a stencil and sponged it using Blending Brushes and Blushing Bride. I then spritzed the cardstock with Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker, and dripped some water over it using a Water Painter. The snowflake I used ended up with a cool coloured iridescent finish, so I used it as a part of the sentiment focal piece.

I fussy cut a selection of the presents in the DSP and arranged them around the Wonderful Snowflake Embellishment. I then cut a thin strip from the iridescent sheet that the snowflakes come in, and layered that with a strip of DSP. A length of the Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon added some texture and dimension to the sentiment piece.

I chose this sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set because it worked so well with the fussy cut presents.

Do you have favourite colours for Christmas time? Or does it change every year? I’d love to know :).

Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Nina Mc Millan has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the non-traditional Christmas projects.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 44: Favourite Occasions.

Let’s Get Hopping 44: Favourite Occasions.

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and our focus is on our favourite occasions. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come to my blog from Tanya Rees. I hope you enjoyed the project that Tanya had to share.

I love creating cards with uplifting sentiments; they are perfect for helping to lift someone during a tough time, they are great for an extra special birthday greeting, or they are good for just because cards. For the card I have to share with you today I used the Colour & Contour bundle. This is a really versatile bundle with a great mixture of stamped images and sentiments, and also a number of fun frame dies, a scalloped edge die, and two dies designed to cut out the two stamped flower images.

To make this card I started with inspiration from Artisan Design Team member Susan Wong. Susan showed a light watercolour wash technique where she added to the background of a stamped and die cut ‘outline’ image before stamping the ‘filler’. This technique added a fun, subtle aspect to Susan’s card, and I was keen to try it out for myself.

I used this technique on the three flowers, as well as a length of Shimmery White cardstock which I then cut using the scalloped edge die in the Scalloped Contours dies. I used Daffodil Delight to do a soft watercolour wash across the entire flower, and then came back in with a stronger amount of Daffodil Delight to add some interest. I then added bit of Shaded Spruce to the centers.

To bring the card together, I spritzed a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock using a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals on to a Smoky Slate card base. I then built up the watercoloured components with a strip of Shaded Spruce cardstock, and a length of the black and white twine from the Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack tied into a large bow. Finally, I stamped the uplifting sentiment ‘You’re Absolutely Amazing’ onto Basic Black cardstock in White Emboss Powder. I love the trend of fussy cutting sentiments, and went with a mixture of straight edges, and some more detailed fussy cutting around the different fonts.

I hope you have enjoyed todays blog hop post from me, be sure to leave a message below to let me know you’ve stopped by. Remember to continue along with the blog hop and see what occasion is a favourite for Elizabeth Edlin.

Happy crafting x

Megan