Bloom Where You’re Planted card.

Bloom Where You’re Planted card.

Hello! Today I have a fun card to share with you using products from one of my favourite suites in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – the Bloom Where You’re Planted Suite. To make this Spanner Panel fun fold card I fussy cut images from the Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper and featured the Paper Lattice accents.

I chose Merry Merlot for the card base as it contrasts nicely with the colours in the patterned paper. The Paper Lattice accents have got to be in my top 5 fave products from Stampin’ Up! right now. When I think of them on a card I think of a living wall; houseplants have made a great resurgence in popularity and are so in right now. To strengthen the Paper Lattice I adhered a piece of Window Sheet behind the lattice using a strip of Tear & Tape on each side. I was able to easily hide any adhesive with the plants and pots.

This fun array of houseplants were made using random combinations of pots and plants from the DSP pack. To fill up some of the pots I used different plants in different colours to add depth and interest. To create the sentiment piece I used the Potted Succulents Dies to die cut a large label in DSP, and a smaller label in Basic White cardstock. The ‘Kind People’ sentiment from the Simply Succulents stamp set was stamped in Merry Merlot. A length of Mint Macaron Soft Velvet Ribbon was adhered between the two labels.

A scattering of Elegant Faceted Gems finished off the card.

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

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

Waikato Creative Crafts Day.

This past weekend was our customer dedicated craft day. Five Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, including myself, get together and teaching fun paper craft projects across one day. It is a full on day, but makes for lots of crafting and social time together.

This Waikato Creative Crafts Day was focused on the exciting products released in the January-June Mini Catalogue.

I demonstrated this fun tri-fold card using products from the Hydrangea Hill Suite. The dies in this suite have fun touches of texture, such as the flower head which cuts out the hydrangea flower and also cuts petals all over the flower head. Simply bending them up with a Take Your Pick tool gives your project a ton of texture and depth.

The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are some of my fave to work with. I used Misty Moonlight as the card base, and stamped the hydrangea outlines in Merry Merlot. To fill in the flowers I used a mixture of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, and Merry Merlot. A tip here is to tread lightly with the darker colours! I stamped off two or three times to get a nice mixture of tones. The leaves and stems were stamped with Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz. I like to mix up the colours I use when stamping flowers – because we all know that natural flowers are not uniform in size, shape or colour.

To bring the card together, I die cut the mini flowers in Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, and then added a bow in Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. A few Pastel Pearls scattered between the layers on the front of the card just finished it of nicely.

Alicia showed of the super cool (pun intended!) products available as a part of the Ice Cream Corner Suite with this shaker card.

I just love this style if shaker card! It is quick and so easy to make. Alicia cut a piece of Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper to fit the card front, and then put that into a Clear Medium Envelope. Before sealing the envelope, Alicia put some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles in. To get a nice snug fit Alicia simply closed the top of the envelope, and then folded over the long edge at the back and secured it with some Tear & Tape. A tip for this part is to be sure you aren’t making the envelope too tight, you still want the shaker pieces to move around freely.

Raylene taught the event attendees how to make and decorate this photo album using the Treasures of Life stamp set.

This album makes a great keepsake or brag book for any grandparent. You could swap out the sentiments and colours used to make a birthday, Christmas, Easter … any themed album to keep or gift. Some of the pages have been stamped on, and some have been left blank – making lots of choice for adhering photos or for writing memories or journaling.

Irene demonstrated this soft pastel coloured card using products from the Sand & Sea Suite.

I just love, love, love the Sand & Sea Suite. I grew up in a coastal area, and the sea just speaks to my soul. Irene’s choices for the colours in this card are unique. You might have seen a few samples by now of the products in this suite in action – most of which would have been in bold, bright colours. This design makes the Pearlescent Specialty Paper the star of the show.

Did you notice that the die set and the embossing folder in this suite match up? Irene has highlighted that in this design by first stamping the different shells, then die cutting them, and then finally embossing them with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. So many creative possibilities with this suite!

Bev showed how to make this cool fun fold card with the Snail Mail Suite of products.

Fun fold cards such as this one Bev has created are fabulous for making a card that the receiver can display in their home. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper features a fun mix of bright colours, making it a great choice for designs for children and adults alike! I love that Bev has shown how versatile Designer Series Paper really is. You don’t necessarily need to have the coordinating stamp set to make great craft creations – simply fussy cutting some DSP will do the trick! Quick, easy, and cost effective – my kind of crafting.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these projects. Do you have a favourite? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below :).

Happy crafting x

Megan

January 8×8 Sampler Class.

January 8×8 Sampler Class.

Hello, welcome back to my blog. Today I have this floral sampler page to share with you. This month’s sampler theme was ‘With Love’, and I just couldn’t go past the Hydrangea Hill Suite of products to make it. The colours featured in the Designer Series Paper are soft and feminine – so easy to craft with!

We began with tone on tone stamping for the background layer of Old Olive cardstock. The DSP layers were then adhered to a layer of Pear Pizzazz, and adhered to the Old Olive layer.

To colour the hydrangea flowers we used a combination of Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, and Merry Merlot. By stamping off each layer of ink, we were able to build up some variance in the colours. The class attendees had the option of using a Hydrangea flower I had dried as the third flower in the centre of the sampler, or simply stamping and die cutting a third flower.

We tied in two of the lovely sentiments from the stamp set, a bow tied using the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon, and a sprinkle of the Pastel Pearls all from the Hydrangea Hill Suite.

The cool thing about displaying sampler in your home is that they can sit behind the glass in a frame and dust is kept away. But when we have a design like this one with a 3D real flower, the sampler page will sit in front of the glass and will potentially need dusting on occasion.

Happy crafting x

Megan