Let’s Get Hopping 46: Anything But A Card

Let’s Get Hopping 46: Anything But A Card

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and the focus for this month is ‘anything but a card’. 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.

On one of my many visits to a local dollar store recently, I found these cool wooden hanging pieces and was excited to get crafting with them. They have a raw bark edge which adds a fun textured frame. I have been working a lot with the products in the Peaceful Place Suite and thought they would make a perfect scene for the wooden hanging.

The Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper features designs with silver foil on one side. I chose the piece with a white back ground and large silver foil trees. I then cut out the cabin with the silhouette die as well as the detailed die in the Snowy White Velvet Sheets, and backed it with a silhouette cut in Soft Suede cardstock. To create more depth to the snowy banks I die cut the fox silhouette in the Velvet Sheets and then stamped the fox in Cajun Craze.

USEFUL TIP: Use your Stamparatus and the negative of the die cut piece to line up the fox stamp perfectly. Once the stamp is in place on one of the Stamparatus plates, place the die cut Velvet Sheet into place with the negative and stamp.

To introduce some colour and break up all of the white in the scene I die cut the trees silhouette and detail die in Evening Evergreen cardstock. I then lightly sponged VersaMark randomly over the die cut piece and set with White Emboss Powder to emulate snow on the branches. I then used the three stand along tree dies to cut a mixture of Garden Green and Old Olive cardstock. For these trees I sponged the edges using Sponge Daubers to add texture and dimension.

To bring the design together I die cut the timber fence pieces in Crumb Cake and sponged them. I placed lengths of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon, Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon, and White Glittered Organdy Ribbon on top of each other and tied a large bow to adhere to the bottom corner. Finally, I scattered a few of the Subtle Shimmer Sequins around the sky, trees, and snow banks.

I do hope you have enjoyed the home décor piece I have made today. Please leave a comment below so that I know you have stopped by.

Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Shelly Wadge has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the not a card projects.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 45: CASE The Mini.

Let’s Get Hopping 45: CASE The Mini.

Hello, and welcome to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and the focus for this month is all about CASEing the Mini Catalogue. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come around from Tanya Rees. I hope you found inspiration in the project that Tanya had to share.

Are you like me? I’ve spent a lot of time flicking through the new July-December Mini Catalogue, and each time I do I see something new! I love how Stampin’ Up! fill their catalogues with design and project inspiration. Even if there are products you don’t have at home, it is easy enough to CASE a card layout or colour combination to take into your own crafting. I hear you asking what CASE means? It stands for Copy And Share Everything (or Copy And Selectively Edit). Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators such as myself are more than happy to share ideas and CASEing is a fun way to do that. For todays project I chose to CASE a layout on page 13 of the July-December Mini Catalogue.

I have been eager to get crafting with products from the In The Wild Suite, and when I saw this card to CASE the In The Wild Designer Series Paper came straight to mind. The fun colour combination in the DSP and the funky animal prints are so much fun.

In the Wild Cats stamp set you have the option of stamping a tiger with stripes, or a cheetah with spots, and the set of Big Cats Dies has lots of jungle themed dies. I used the vine die for the top of my card, some of the shrubbery to sit behind the cheetah, and a tuft of grass and two filigree type pieces for the bottom of the card.

For the sentiment I stamped the words in Evening Evergreen onto a thin strip of Soft Succulent cardstock. I then die cut and embossed a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using the Animal Print Embossing Folder to sit behind the sentiment strip. The Cheetah was stamped in Crushed Curry and the spots were stamped in Cajun Craze. I finished off the card with a length of doubled up Linen Thread tied in a bow, and some Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I do hope you have enjoyed the card I have made today. Please leave a comment below so that I know you stopped by.

Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Nina King McMillan has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the CASEd projects.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Let’s Get Hopping 43: New Technique.

Hello, welcome to my blog! Today I’m sharing another project with you as a part of the Let’s Get Hopping team. Our brief this month was to try something new! The technique I chose to experiment with was using Stampin’ Blends and alcohol on Vellum.

If you are following along with the hop you would have come to me from Mikaela Titheridge.

I have been crafting quite a bit with the products in the Expressions in Ink Suite, and I wanted a different way to show off the large leafy die cut piece rather than leaving it in one long branch. To do this I cut the branch into three or four pieces to tuck in behind a length of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon.

To decorate the card and to really highlight the new (to me) technique I cut a piece of Vellum that would fill two thirds of the card front. To do the technique I coloured one side of the Vellum using a mixture of Misty Moonlight, Blackberry Bliss, and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends then sprayed it with isopropyl alcohol using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Depending on how much isopropyl you spritz on, you can come in with a brush or even a Clear Block to smoosh the ink around.

The card base is Merry Merlot with a Basic Black layer. I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot, and finished off the card using Gilded Gems.

Once you give this technique a go you will struggle to stop! There are so many possibilities – create a fun background, a unique die cut accent, a fun punched or die cut sentiment shape, and more.

Be sure to hop along to see what the other hoppers have created. You’ll be visiting Rachael Merrick next.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Let’s Get Hopping 42: Returning Favourites.

Hello, welcome back to my blog! I’m very excited to join the Let’s Get Hopping team again this month and I’m excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Nina’s blog here.

This month’s blog hop theme is Returning Favourites. Stampin’ Up! have released the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and it is full of great new stamp sets and coordinating products. What is very cool is that a number of stamp sets and other products have carried over for another year of crafting potential.

I really enjoyed working with the Timeless Tropical stamp set and coordinating In The Tropics dies in the past year, and I’m looking forward to getting more use out of them.

For this design I looked to the Stampin’ Up Colour Coach for colour inspiration. The combination is So Saffron, Gray Granite, and Poppy Parade. I was hesitant at first – this is not a colour combo I would have chosen for myself! That being said, it is good to challenge ourselves when being creative. I am very happy with the outcome!

I stamped the card base tone-on-tone in So Saffron using the pineapple stamp, and spritzed the cardstock layer with the So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker. I love spritzing for adding some detail. Next, I die cut the pineapple base in Gray Granite and sponged it using a Sponge Dauber. The top of the pineapple was die cut in Sahara Sand foil from the Love You Always Foil Sheets.

To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment in White Emboss Powder, tied a bow using White Bakers Twine and adhered both of these on top of the pineapple. A few Adhesive Backed Sequins in Mango Melody scattered around brought everything together.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think about this card, please comment below :). Be sure to hop along to see what the rest of the team have been creating. You’ll be visiting Eimear Carvill from Stamp in Colour.

Happy crafting x

Megan

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Let’s Get Hopping 41: Colour Inspiration

Hello and welcome to my blog! This is my first time participating with the group from Let’s Get Hopping and I’m so excited to share this project with you. You’ve come to me from Mikaela’s blog here.

This months challenge was to find an item that we were drawn to and use it as our colour inspiration for a project. Everyday I walk past a Fuchsia I have potted on my deck. It has been a favourite flower of mine since I was a child. I remember Mum having one in the garden outside my bedroom window.

My plant features bright pink and purple flowers, and green foliage. When I thought about these colours the Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper came straight to mind. A few of the pieces of printed paper have ice cream specific images, while the rest have geometric and bold watercolour shape designs.

I heat embossed using White Emboss Powder a sentiment from the Floral Essence stamp set, and fussy cut some of the Terracotta Tile and Blackberry Bliss ice creams to make the focal piece, then chose the coordinating Old Olive patterned paper to match the card base.

To make this quick and easy shaker card I put the piece of DSP into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the flap down, I sprinkled in some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles. To make it fit the piece of DSP I simply folded over the long edge and adhered it down with some tape. It is important at this point not to make it too tight otherwise the sprinkles wont be able to shake about.

To pair with the shaker card, I decorated a Love You Always Treat Box using the same sentiment and fussy cut ice creams. This time the ice creams were from a different pattern and included an Old Olive one. The three sit on top of a small rectangle of Subtles Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock. A few Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles dotted about, and a length of Blackberry Bliss Striped Ribbon tied into a bow were added for final touches, with a bow tied on in Whisper White twine from the Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack.

What do you think of this fun shaker card and gift box combination? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you! Happy hopping, you’ll be visiting Nina McMillan next.

Happy crafting x

Megan