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Monday, 29 April 2019

Stampers Showcase Blog Hop: Bloomin' Daisies


Happy Monday, or at least I hope it's going to be a happy one for you.  Today I'm sharing my project for the Stampers Showcase Blog Hop.  This month's theme is all about Spring and Florals.  I hope you'll hop along with me and check out the projects by the other talented stampers featured in this month's hop; simply click the "NextBlog" button at the end to hop to the next project.

This month, I decided to use the Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating punch.  I've actually used them in two different ways to give you more inkspiration!

The first project is the beautiful vases full of daisies.  I made one to coordinate with the card and then my daughter asked me to make her some too.  Of course, I had to add them into the photos.


To create these gorgeous daisies, I used the daisy punch and punched out 6 flowers in whisper white for each arrangement.  I then sponged the centres of each flower using either flirty flamingo or daffodil delight.  For the flirty flamingo flowers, I punched out 6 additional daisies in grapefruit grove and I cut the petals down until they were quite short.  Then I put 2 slits in each petal.  I adhered the layers using glue dots and gently bent the petals to create a more realistic feel.  A gold faceted gem was then added to the centre of each flower.  I used floral wire from the local craft store to create the stem and adhered to the back using a hot glue gun.  The daffodil delight flowers were created in the same fashion, only the centres are also whisper white and I only used 3 daisies instead of 6 to create the centres for this bouquet.


For the second item, I used a whisper white base measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I folded this in half to create a card 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" but then I cut 1" from the bottom of the card front thus giving me a card 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" on the front.  I added a piece of DSP from the wood textures 6"x 6" DSP pack cut to 5 1/4" x 3".  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the DSP in flirty flamingo.  I stamped the daisy twice in memento tuxedo black ink and punched them out using the daisy punch.  Once I punched it, I then sponged the centres in flirty flamingo.  I added a gold faceted jewel to the centre and adhered the daisy using a stampin' dimensional.  A piece of linen thread is wrapped twice around the DSP before adhering that to the card front base.  In the 1" space left showing on the back of the card facing the centre, I stamped a daisy image in flirty flamingo with a memento black outline.  Leaves in lemon lime twist with a black outline flank the daisy on either side.  

I really love how easily these items came together.  The card and bouquet would make a lovely gift for mom for Mother's Day, or even a year-end gift for a teacher.  What do you think?



If you loved these projects, make sure you visit each of my friends participating in the hop.  

Happy stampin'!



Friday, 26 April 2019

CARD: Watercolour Dragonfly

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I'm sharing a project from my recent Watercolour class.  When I was preparing for the class, I stumbled across this card by Rose Coleman and had to try it out.  

The card features a watercolour wash.  I've used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and the Swirly Scribbles thinnest.  The sentiment is stamped using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  A touch of Wink of Stella adds some shimmer to the dragonfly and completes the card.  I'm super happy with how it turned out. Leave me a comment below to let me know what you think.



The base is basic gray 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded to be 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Next is a layer of flirty flamingo measuring 5 1/4" x 4".  On top of that is a layer of watercolour paper measuring 5" x 3 3/4".  Before adhering the watercolour paper to the flirty flamingo, I used an aqua painter brush and reinkers in berry burst, rich razzleberry and flirty flamingo to create a wash.  From silver foil paper, I cut out the large swirl shape.  The solid dragonfly image is cut out of velum and the detailed dragonfly is basic gray.  The dragonfly is then assembled and adhered with mini dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped in memento tuxedo black ink and the entire thing is assembled and topped with a brushing of Wink of Stella over the dragonfly.  It really comes together easily and the class attendees loved it.  I hope you do too.

Happy stampin'!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

CARD: In Color Swap - Follow Your Dreams

Today's project is another card from the 2017-2019 In Color challenge swap.  I love all these great ideas featuring the retiring In Colors.  Which colour are you going to miss most?

Today's project was created by Beverly Taylor.  She's used the Follow Your Dreams stamp set with coordinating framelits, Catch Your Dreams.  She has also used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.  


The base is whisper white measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Berry Burst colour is added using an aqua painter and the flick technique.  The stitched rectangular frame is cut out in whisper white and attached using stampin' dimensionals.  A circle is punched out in fresh fig and then the dream catcher is cut on whisper white with the feathers being cut in lemon lime twist, berry burst, tranquil tide, fresh fig and powder pink.  Wink of stella is added to the cream catcher and feathers.

Don't forget these colours are retiring as of June 3 or while quantities last.  Don't wait to stock up before they're gone.

Happy stampin'!