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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Stamp Set Showcase Week 8 (2)

Well it is back ... Yes XF has arrived for this season yehhhhh!

I rarely watch TV, but during the winter months I really enjoy watching XFactor and Strictly Come Dancing
That means Saturday and Sunday evening entertainment is back!

Are any of you out there like me? Or do you really dislike XF and/or Strictly??

See, now i have got distracted again, although I have to say that there was 2 performances tonight that had me and my hubby in tears. Performances from the heart! AMAZING

Anyway, back to


Todays card has been made for my Sister-in-Law's Birthday and I wanted to show how Gorgeous Grunge can create a subtle background to show off your main stamp set,

Here I have used Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky to create a sky kije background using the larger splodge stamp.I was also delighted to see the Pretty Prints Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is currently in the Clearnance Rack (on my website) at a very generous discount price ... so if you don't have it already, pop over to my on-line store and purchase one ...

And here is how I created the card.

Begin by trimming a piece of Marina Mist cardstock to 14.5cms x 14.5cms

Trim another piece of Marina Mist cardstock to12.5cms x 12.5cms

Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 14cms x 14cms

Trim another piece of Whisper White cardstock to 12cms x 12cms

Take both pieces of Marina Mist cardstock and randomly stamp them with the larger Splodge stamp in the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, using Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky ink.

Take the smallest piece of Whisper White cardstock, and over stamp the card with the Postage Due stamp, and the Birthday sentiment from Wetlands stamp set, using Soft Suede ink. Wrap around some Venetian Crochet Trim and tie a bow. Then wrap some linen thread around 2 fingers around 7 tines, twist and tie a knot. Pierce a hole close to the bows and insert an Antique Brad. Mount this panel onto the smallest piece of trimmed Marina Mist cardstock.

Now take the second piece of stamped Whisper White cardstock and Dry Emboss the cardstock using the Pretty Prints TIEF through either your Big Shot or Texture Boutique.
Mount this onto the remaining piece of Marina Mist cardstock/ 
Mount onto a 6" (15cms x 15cms) square Whisper White card blank 
Then mount the smaller panel on top of this using Stampin Dimensionals.
Add some Basic Pearls and you are all done

Happy Stamping
Kim xxx

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stamp Set Showcase Week 8 (1)

Good Morning People & Welcome to another weeks Stamp Set Challenge and this week I will be using:


Now I have to Fezz up, as this week dies have a few retired or Limited Edition stamp sets in there.
There is a good reason, I wanted to share with you some of the make and takes  that complete novices to cardmaking, made at last weekends Craft Fair.
Now the additional challenge is that I left behind most of the stamp sets I had put out to bring, ao only had a few with me, I also forgot the punches ribbons and trims (it was hectic and I was still sewing up the bottoms on my scottie dog door stops at 1 in the morning).
Add to this, that I left my essential medication at home, having not taken my meds that morning!! Total cloth head!
Anyway, my hubby came to the rescue and came home for my meds, and picked up a load of stamp sets, and a few punches. But bless him, he doesn't have a clue about retired stamp sets, he just went round the craft room picking up sets he liked the look of.

And whilst I had remembered my Craft Kit & Tools, and my stamp carousel, I was missing my finger daubers, sponges and brayer .... hmmmm

So I ended up playing with what I had, and that something was baby wipes and I was amazed at some of the backgrounds we created using just baby wipes, re-inkers and whisper white cardstock.

 Todays project combines Gorgeous Grunge, the sentiment is from Wetlands and the butterflies is from  the Best of Butterflies Stampin Up Celebration Limited Edition Stamp Set from last year.
However, you can replicate this card by using butterfly Stamps from Papillon Potpouri Stamp Set

Begin by making a card blank from Soft Suede cardstock, trimming an A4 sheet to 14.8cms x 21cms and score the long side at 10.5cms. Fold the score line and burnish with a bone folder. Put to one side

Then trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 14.3cms x 10cms

Now for that baby wipe technique

Take a baby wipe and fold it up lengthwise to make a sausage, fold this over in half too create a 'handle' to hold. If the babywipe is from the bottom of the pack, you may need to wring it out as you do not want the wipe to be too wet or it will cause the cardstock to warp.

Slect 3 different re-inkers, I used:

Crips Cantaloupe
Calypso Coral 
So Saffron

Put a couple of drops of each reinker on the baby wipe, Don't mix the colours together at this point, you want them next to one another.

Now you need to decide on the pattern ... do you want a diagonal pattern, a plaid pattern, a swirl pattern or a could like pattern.

Todays example shows a striped plaid effect.
Swipe stripes on the diagonal, criss-crossing them as you go. Leave some areas with white peeking through.

You should  get a further two or three pieces of cardstock backgrounds made, with each one diluting in colour, the last layer resembles a sponged background.

If the cardstock becomes damp, just leave it to dry for 5 minutes or so.

Now to get stamping ith Gorgeous Grunge
Take the small slodge stamp in the  set and using Soft Suede, randomly stamp the cardstock.
Next yse the narrow lines stamp, and randomly stamp this in Soft Suede creating grid lines
Finally, take the fine splatter stamp and using Calypso Coral ink, randomly stamp the cardstock.

Take one of the other pieces of cardstock that you have created a background on, stamp your chosen butterflies using Soft Suede ink. Cut or punch them out (Pappilon Potpouri comes with 2 co-ordinating punched - Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly).
Then stamp your sentiment in Soft Suede ink onto Whisper White cardstock & punch out using the Extra Large Oval Punch.
Use the residual ink on your babywipe to ink the edges of all your cardstock.

Adhere the sentiment and butterflies using a combination of Stampin Dimensionals and Glue Dots.
Add some basic Rhinestones and you are done for today

Happy Stamping
Kim xxx

Contact me to order:
Telephone/Txt: 07759587004

Or Order Online 24/7

Or Click on the image of the products used below and it will take you straight to my online store

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.