Monday, 19 February 2018

Stamp Review Crew - Petal Palette

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 showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots of reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Petal Palette.

This is such a fabulous stamp set, chock full of gorgeous images and great sentiments. I have used this set quite a bit and you can see some other things I have made with it here. I really love the sentiments in this set but I desperately needed some birthday cards this week so decided to put the images to work and pair them with the Perennial Birthday stamp set. There is nothing better than a stamp set that works well on it's own as well as paired with other sets. True versatility!

So onto what I knocked up. I have used the Tutti-Frutti cards and envelopes (free with qualifying orders) and the Petal Passion Memories & More card pack. This card pack is part of the Petal Passion Suite so has lots of the images from the stamp set on the cards. They truly are a quick way to add mats to your cards. The smaller cards don't need any trimming! Winner!

Designing each card was quite easy. I started with ink or Stampin' Blends in the card base colour and went from there. The coordinating Petals & More Thinlits die cut out most of the stamped images and also has some stand alone diecuts like the scallopy edged bit under my sentiment here.

Adding some black mats/borders helped the colours pop. Raising die cut images and adding in a bit of bling like the Glitter Dots give a bit of extra oomph to the design.

I love this colour combo! I also love that you can stamp straight onto the card bases. Adding some black leaves help tie in the Memories & More card.

Some sweet Pool Party fun!

And a little Lemon Lime Twist celebration!

The inside of each card and envelope has the sentiment and some of the images stamped in the coordinating colours. Simple, quick, yet effective!

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is fellow Aussie, my incredibly talented and sweet friend, Nikki Spencer


PS. You might have just hopped over from my good friend Kelly's blog. We have an exciting new venture that we are doing together. Stay tuned! Click here to get a sneak peek at what we will be doing.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop February 2018 - Fun with colouring

Yep! It's time for another Stampin' Dreams blog hop. How did another month roll around again??? This month we are featuring colouring. One of my favourite ways to colour is using my Stampin' Blends. I love how I can blend, shade and add depth to my projects. First up I have used my Stampin' Blends to make some very simple baby cards.

They are for a friend who makes up hampers for new parents and she was after some simple, handmade cards that fitted into the budget for each hamper. The Whisper White narrow note cards and envelopes were perfect for this. I love that you can stamp and colour right onto the card front and envelope. Not everything needs to be complex with heaps of layers! As I said they are super simple and quick to make. Sometimes simple and quick is what you need!

My last card combines some Stampin' Blends with my second favourite way of colouring - ink smooshing! It is an easy way to get interesting backgrounds. Here I have used it on yet another Swing Fold Card. You can see how I made it here and here. It starts off flat .....

.... then with a pull on each side ......

..... swings around to reveal a message panel.

Ink smooshing is so easy and can be done in a few ways. Jenny Hall is a master by the way! You will see her on this hop - wonder if she smooshed???

Here is how you do it. Be warned – this is an abstract, unpredictable technique but you get fabulous results!

Lightly scribble markers or dab the ink onto a piece of acetate or plastic. I love using markers!
Lightly spritz the plastic with your water.
Turn over and dab/press it onto your watercolour paper.
You can pick the plastic up and move it around. Re-ink and spritz as needed.
You can add other colours. If you are worried that they will look muddy when mixed simply dry the first colour with a heat gun.

Magical Day is such a great set to use with backgrounds like this. Something a bit abstract and imperfect adds nice detail.

So you can see this card fold in action here is very simple video.

Make sure you hop around to see what fun everyone else has been having with colouring. Next up is Ellen Woodbridge. What fairy fun has she been up to?


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