Thursday, 16 August 2018

Botanical Bliss - Lovely Lipstick & Chalky White Heat Embossed Flowers

White heat embossing on boldly coloured card stock is so striking.

The pretty flowers from my Botannical Bliss stamp set are perfect for creating both pretty backgrounds and focal points.  Having stamped and then heat embossed the floral motif with white embossing powder, I felt it would be nice to soften the image by applying some chalky white ink with a blender pen.

It's a nice technique which I have used quite a few times now.  I have been asked about how the chalk ink is removed from the blender once used, and I have to say that I keep one pen dedicated solely for applying chalk ink in my stash, so that I don't have to worry about it tarnishing my collection of ink pads.

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Ciao for now,

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Varied Vases With a Touch of Bling in Petal Pink

Hello .... after what seems like ages !

I am back on my quest for using colours that either I haven't used before, or seldom use.   Petal Pink is one of the new colours introduced to the Subtles range of colours and although I ordered mine back in June when it was launched, it hasn't seen the light of day ......... until now.

Anyway, I thought a nice way to showcase it would be to use the Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle.  I love the stamp set and the coordinating punch.  Used together you can create some really pretty little 3D type cards. 

Being a big fan of monotone cards, I stamped and heat embossed the flowers in white and then coloured in the flowers with my dark Petal Pink Blends Marker Pen.

I decided that a little bling would be a nice touch, so popped on a few rhinestones.

I am a little disappointed with the crinkly corner ... one of the perils of taking a bunch of projects away on holiday and getting a little bashed in transit !

Anyway that's it from me for today.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and bye for now.

Linda xx

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Handbag Style Gift Box/Bag in Frosted Florals Specialty DSP

One of the first items on my pre-order Wish List from the new Seasonal Autumn/Winter Catalogue was the very beautiful Frosted Florals Specialty Designer Series Papers.  They are right up my street.  The colours are all very soft and the papers have a really lovely pretty shimmery quality.

I decided to showcase one of the designs from the papers for this cute little handbag style gift box.  It is designed specifically for small light-weight treats/gifts.   Anything too heavy/bulky would not be suitable as the bag would definitely pop open.

I have put together a video providing step by step instructions.   The important factor is that the little slot where the strap feeds through should not be placed low on the front panel.  It needs to be at least half way down the panel, but preferably a little higher than that.  This will help the handbag to remain closed and the gift secure.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking.

Bye for now,

Linda xx

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Serene Garden Bundle - Exotic Gold Embossing on Blackberry Bliss

The Serene Garden Bundle is just perfect for those who like highly stylised stamp sets and oriental type cards, and combined with the coordinating Garden Scene Framelits Dies, offers the opportunity to create really stunning cards that cannot fail to impress the recipients.

I decided to opt for a very rich, luxurious colour theme for my card today, and chose gorgeous Blackberry Bliss card stock, which has made a very welcome return following Stampin' Up!s colour revamp.  Teamed with black and gold, I think the combination is just very eye-catching.

There are no sentiment stamps included with this stamp set, so I chose one from the A Big Thank You photopolymer stamp set.

What do you think ?

Hope you like it.   Thanks for looking and I would love you to pop back.

Bye for now.

Linda xx

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