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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Amazing You!

Hi Crafters,

I'm back with an entry for this week's challenge over at the Global Design Project.  I always love checking out the weekly theme there.  I just wish there was an extra day of the week called Craftday!  The theme for GDP121 this week is a colour challenge and it's bright and beautiful!


I had so many ideas for this combo and it took quite a few attempts to decide on my favourite design.  I purchased the Hello Friend stamp set when the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue launched in June last year but I've only just inked it up this week and I'm so glad I did.  It paired perfectly with the new Celebrate You Thinlits dies and Amazing You stamp set available for free with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration (SAB).  


I actually used Stampin' Markers to colour my wreath image, starting with Peekaboo Peach, then Sweet Sugarplum and finally Bermuda Bay, in a random pattern.  If you use Sweet Sugarplum as the final colour, you will get a muddy result.  I know this from experience!  Don't forget to breath on your image too before stamping - this keeps the ink from drying too quickly.  I also stamped a subtle second generation image which I plan to use on another card.


I stamped the "YOU" sentiment in Smoky Slate to match my die cut which has been sparkled with a wash of the Wink of Stella glitter pen.  This doesn't show up well in photos but looks lovely in real life.  I really recommend using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue for your intricate die cuts - simply follow the shape and keep the flow to a minimum.  Tweezers are also a must-have if you have chubby fingers like me!

If you are new to Stampin' Up! this might be your first Sale-A-Bration.  You're really in for a treat!  If you spend £45, you automatically qualify for a free Level 1 SAB item.  There are several to choose from including stamp sets, ribbon and Designer Series Paper.  However, if your order reaches £90, you can choose a Level 2 item for free.  The items used to make this card (shown in the Supply List at the bottom of this post) will allow you to add both the Amazing You stamp set (Level 1) and the Celebrate You Thinlits dies (Level 2) to your order for free.  If you have any SAB questions or would like to receive free copies of the new Spring/Summer and SAB catalogues, please get in touch via email.  I can send catalogues to France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and the UK.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x



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Friday, 5 January 2018

Global Stamping Friends - Spring/Summer and Sale-A-Bration Showcase

Hi Crafters,

Happy New Year!  We are celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at Global Stamping Friends with a Blog Hop featuring new products from the Spring/Summer 2018 and Sale-A-Bration catalogues.  




I have played with a few of the new goodies in the Spring/Summer catalogue but I decided to use the Bubble Over Bundle for my blog hop card.  This is a fun bundle for sure.  




I started with a 4.25" by 6.25" card blank in Island Indigo and stamped all over with the bubble image from Bubble Over in matching ink.  I die cut three small and two large bottles in Vellum and ran them through the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This folder is definitely not just for Christmas!




To create the topper I used the largest circle die from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies and stamped a bottle each in Lemon Lime Twist and Island Indigo.  I added some of the new Epoxy shapes to create bubbles.  I can definitely see me using these on a lot of projects.  I stamped a column of the sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist and then added an Island Indigo sentiment cut using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies.  I popped the topper up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  


To keep hopping, head on over to Georgia's fab creation using the arrow below.  There is also a full list of blogs in the hop at the end of this post.  We would love to know what you think too.





Happy crafting, 

Rachel x


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Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Warmth of Christmas

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are all well and finding time to craft.  I haven't been able to spend as much time in the craft room as I would like but I rectified that this morning and made a card especially for the latest challenge at the Global Design Project.  This week's theme is a colour challenge.


This was a bit of a conundrum for me and then inspiration struck when I pulled out the Smitten Mittens bundle! 


I layered up Old Olive and Basic Black cardstock to create the base for my card.  The gold snowflakes have been heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and I used my stamping positioner to achieve the frame design.  My topper was made from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and I added strips of gold washi tape to create a tartan effect.  I stamped and fussy cut the mittens before running through the Cable Knit 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then added a gold snowflake and black ribbing to each.  The mittens are popped up on numerous Stampin' Dimensionals.  My sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and was also heat embossed in gold.  I really enjoyed making this card and I hope it gives some inspiration.  

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Global Design Project 109 - Colour Challenge

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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