Friday, 30 March 2018

Eastern Medallions in a Pastel Rainbow

Yesterday I viewed yet another inspiring video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire - where does that lady get all her phenomenal ideas from ?

In just one video she demonstrated many different ways of creating rainbow themed cards using different styles and techniques promoting products by various well known and loved brands.   Her videos always inspire me to look at my own Stampin' Up! stash to see what I have that could be used in a similar way.  Which is how this little card came about. 

As I haven't requested permission to share Jennifer's video here, if you hop over to her YouTube channel, you will find it under the title "Rainbow Techniques".

Stampin' Up!s Eastern Medallions Thinlits are incredibly versatile and by using them you can create various combinations of die-cut accents with which to embellish cards and 3D projects.  I put together this pretty medallion after selecting a combination of three little dies.

Now my little rainbow medallion is a mere fraction of the size of the one demonstrated in the video tutorial that I watched, but I have to say I really do love it.  After all, small is beautiful - right ?

I worked in three inks to create this pretty little pastel rainbow - Flirty Flamingo (soon to retire), So Saffron and Pool Party. 

It's very difficult to see from the photos but I stacked my rainbow medallion on three die cut circles of the same size, all in Flirty Flamingo card stock and layered the stack on a die cut scallop circle of the same colour.

For the clear heat embossed word sentiment, I used my Lovely Words Thinlits Dies, again stacking the die cut on Whisper White die cuts to create a white halo to really make the sentiment pop.

I am pleased with my card and grateful to JM and her contemporaries for sharing their ideas and techniques which help broaden my own repertoire of cards.  This is one card that I shall definitely be recreating.  I think it would be a great project for a card class.  Hmm ....... now that has given me food for thought !

Watch this space folks !

Yesterday we had torrential rain which put paid to any plans we had for getting out in our garden which is in need of some TLC.  Fingers crossed today brings better weather for us all.

Thanks for looking and bye for now.

Linda  xx

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Sending Lots of Love with Birthday Blooms - Contemporary Style

I have had the Birthday Blooms stamp set for ages - and there was one stamp from the set which I have never used.

Well I put that right yesterday and came up with what I think is quite a contemporary looking little design.

I covered the bottom half of my Whisper White layer in flowers and decided to add a solitary splash of colour.   I used my Light Rich Razzleberry, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Cherry Cobbler, Light Night of Navy and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends to carefully colour each of the flower heads, being careful not to let the colour bleed around the edges of the flowers. 

* Little tip here - if you find that the colour does slightly bleed, do as I did on a couple of my cards, and use a very fine tipped black water and fade proof pen just to go around the edge hiding the bleed.  My pen has a 0.3 nib, so it is ultra fine.

I used the big bold sentiment from the Lots of Love stamp set, stamping in black across the middle of the card stock and clear heat embossing to make it pop!

I adhered to a black card base measuring 10 x 3.5 inches, scored at 5" to fit an envelope from a pack of note cards from Stampin' Up! which I always keep a stash of.  It's a nice size - not too big and not too small.

Unfortunately the Blends pens are temporarily unavailable to order, due to high consumer demand.  The good news is that they will back on release from 1st June - plenty of time to give you to save up and invest in some if you haven't already done so.

I really like this little design, and will be using it for my Customer Thank You packs for the month of April in an assortment of bright pretty colours.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and bye for now.

Linda xx

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Easter Bunny 3 x 3 Inch Cards -

I thought as Easter fast approaches that I had better cram in a little Easter project - and just how sweet are these ?  They are wee.  I designed them to fit a 3" inch square envelope.

I used an assortment of punches. The smallest one in the photo has retired.  You could probably get away with punching a 1/2 inch one in pink for the mouth/tongue.

A small selection of dies.  These are from the Stitched Shapes, Layering Ovals and Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

6 x 3 inch card stock scored at 3 inches.

Place heart shaped die on the folded card stock overlapping the fold as shown - the die is approx half way down the card.   Run through your die cutter and also cut an extra heart which will be used later.

Your card base will look like this.

Remove a small section from the "ears" as shown below and adhere to the reverse of your card base, making them as upright as possible, in order for them to fit inside your envelope.   I found that if you don't get them upright, the finished card will be too wide for the envelope.

Trim the end of the spare heart and adhere to the inside to cover the ears as shown.

Add eyes and the smallest pink circle as indicated below.

Add cheeks

Cut some whiskers (I used Basic Gray card stock) and stick to the cheeks.

Cover with the Pink Circle.  Use a White Highlighter on the eyes.

I added little bows and voila !!!   Two sweet little Easter Bunnies !!

Hope you like them - I am very "Hoppy" with them.  I would like to add that my inspiration came from a similar larger project by Dawn Griffith circa 2012.

Thanks for looking - and please pop back again.

Bye for now.

Linda xx

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