Sunday, 6 June 2010

New Colours Blog Hop

If you have landed here from Monica's blog - welcome! For those starting here - welcome also! Just follow the link at the end of this post, then keep following the links and you will end up back here again. The blog is set to start at ten o'clock this morning (6th June), so please bear with us if you are reading soon after it starts - it may take a while to make sure that the posts are all up and the links are all working correctly!

This is what the hop is all about - showcasing products in three new colours for us here in the UK from Stampin' Up!

This is what I have made using them so far (click on any of the pictures to enlarge them):

This first card is a make and take from my last Stamper's Ten meeting. Quick and easy one. The card base is Rich Razzleberry. The background is French Filigree stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder on Whisper White card. A strip of Rich Razzleberry punched with the Scallop Edge punch. A piece of the Cottage Wall designer paper (available whilst supplies last) stamped with a greeting from Cheer and Wishes in Rich Razzleberry. The leaves behind the flower are the wing from the 2-Step Bird punch in Old Olive card. Finished off with a Rich Razzleberry flower made using the Scalloped Circle punch, and the 'spray and scrunch' technique. I did a little video to show my stamper's ten members who couldn't attend how to do the flower. It's not a new technique - I've seen it in many places on the web, but it was a nice simple one for me to cut my teeth on for my very first video! So here it is in all it's glory - unedited and very basic!

I used exactly the same technique for the large flower on this second Rich Razzleberry card, but before spraying the Whisper White scalloped circles, I sponged the edges on the front and back of the shapes with Rich Razzleberry ink using a sponge dauber. Once the flower was finished and nice and dry and firm, I then inked the very edges again with the Rich Razzleberry to give a little more colour. Hopefully it looks like a carnation!

The little flowers are punched with the Boho Blossoms punch, and have little flat backed pearls for centres. The leaves are from the 2-Step bird punch. Greeting is from Sincere Salutations, and the designer paper is also from the Cottage Wall pack. I used the 1/2" circle punch to shape the corners of the Whisper White panel. This card was one that I did for the In Love With Stamping Design Team challenge - the June Sketch Challenge.

Still with the spray and scrunch technique I used different punches and made these two flowers:

This time the colour is Melon Mambo which makes such a pretty pink on these flowers. I punched out three shapes using the SU butterfly punch from Whisper White, and then sponged some Melon Mambo ink in the centres - just very roughly. Then sprayed and scrunched - being a little more careful this time with the scrunching as the butterfly shapes are not very wide in the centre. This time I left the shapes to dry before edging them with a little more Melon Mambo ink, poking a hole in the centre and gluing them in a stack to a little punched circle. Then poked a hole in the centre for the brad. This was all for a bit more strength in the middle due to the narrowness there. The centre is made using two of the flower shapes from the Boho Blossoms punch - spraying and scrunching them also before adding the brad and then the larger flower underneath. The small flower is three layers of the largest Boho Blossoms punch flower, edged with Melon Mambo ink and sprayed and scrunched. I used the Melon Mambo Polka Dot ribbon, but turned it over for the plain side. More Cottage Wall paper, and another Sincere Salutations greeting. A little piercing in the corners to finish.

A little light relief from the flowers -

This is another card for the In Love With Stamping June Sketch challenge. This time using the new Soft Suede colour and Lovely as a Tree stamp set, along with Old Olive. The tree is stamped using Soft Suede and coloured in using Old Olive and Soft Suede with a blender pen. The background is stamped using the leaf stamp from the set. The greeting is from Occasional Greetings. Finished off with some Linen Thread and Vintage Brads for a more masculine card.

And if you're still with me . . . Soft Suede again, but in feminine mood:

This card was for the technique challenge on In Love With Stamping, which was stitching - either real or fake. I chose to do real on this card. First I drew the swirls lightly in pencil, then used my pricking mat to help me prick the holes evenly along the lines. Erased the lines before stamping the leaf design from Vintage Vogue, then stitched over the top with cotton embroidery thread. The flowers were stamped in Soft Suede too, using the 'rock'n'roll' technique, and stamping off the first inking three times to get a much lighter colour before rolling the edges on the Soft Suede again for full strength on the edges. I gathered the polka dot ribbon with thread before wrapping around the card and taping the ends to the back. So far my favourite colour combination with Soft Suede is Very Vanilla as on this card - very soft combination.

Well, I think I got a little carried away with cards there! Hopefully you're still with me, and ready to hop on to the next blog which is Carol's blog here. She has some absolutely gorgeous projects to show you!

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