Friday, 21 February 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Hop - Peaceful Poppies



For me, the Peaceful Poppies suite is one of the highlights of the January-June Mini Catalogue. The two stamp sets, each with coordinating dies, offer endless combinations and possibilities while the utterly gorgeous DSP practically begs you to use it.

Another reason that I love this mega-suite of products is that my lovely mother-in-law loves poppies. She's a dear grandmother and wonderful MIL, so I saw a great chance to make her a special card and gift bag for her next birthday, full of over-the-top poppy-ness!


I'm not usually someone who uses DSP in great quantities but I made an exception in this case. The paper is so luscious: the colours are so rich and the pattern so floral and pretty. It was perfect for making a crossover pocket card for her.  I lined the inside of the pocket with contrasting DSP and used the dies from Peaceful Moments to embellish it with the large poppies and leaves. I added in a couple of the subtle vellum printed leaves from Peaceful Poppies Elements pack as well as some of the sequins from Peaceful Poppies Sequins- isn't it sweet the way some of the sequins are flower shaped?


I used the two largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies to create the insert. The decorative pull was created using one of the dies from the Painted Poppies bundle and completed with a double bow using the other silent hero of this suite, the Whisper White 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding. This ribbon is magic - it ties so beautifully.

The sentiment is from Peaceful Moments. The line of wild flower poppies is made by repeat stamping the image from Painted Poppies, adding in the 'ground' using the splatter stamp from the same set, then colouring with two shades of Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends.

Here it is, as it would be straight from the envelope - yes, it does fit inside a standard Stampin' Up! envelope.


The gift bag uses the same papers and die cuts as part of the matching set. The pretty swirly circle die from the Painted Poppies bundle is worth pointing out. Here, you can see the lacy edges in behind the poppy but the centre is solid and just right for its own sentiment. The label with the 'Happy Birthday' is also from the Painted Poppies bundle. The thing that delighted me about this label is that in addition to being a really pleasing shape, there is an embossed outline just inside the cut edge that adds a real touch of elegance to it. Finally, here again are the vellum leaves and more of the pretty flower shaped sequins.


Next up on the hop is the incomparable Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Little Peach. I'm sure you will love what she's got to show you.


If you get lost around the hop, here's a list of the whole team with links.
Caroline van der Straaten
Emma Goddard
Helene den Breejen 
Jan Clothier
Lauren Alarid
Leah Fedynak
Manuela Geiswinkler
Marine Wiplier
Martha Groger
Martin Stone
Narelle Farrugia
Nina Waldschmidt
Rochelle Blok
Stesha Bloodhart
Tammy Wilson
Zsuzsanna Balazs

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.

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Friday, 14 February 2020

Honey Bee for As You See It 219

At As You See It, we're already around the cycle of challenges to a sketch again. This one spoke to me of one of my favourite bundles from the January-June Mini Catalogue, Honey Bee.


I made this card a while ago, since I'm on holiday this week, and it was one of the first times I used the set. It was a bit of an exploration, just acquainting myself with what the set did. 

One of the things that make this set extra special is that the Golden Honey Specialty DSP is available as a Saleabration item until the end of March. I worked out that if you bought the bundle, a pack of Whisper White card and some dimensionals (i.e. craftroom basics) you'd be just over the magic $110 mark to earn the paper free. 


Being a first play around, I pretty much to the colours in the paper: black, white and gold. I did colour the bees with some Daffodil Delight and gave the bees in the DSP the same treatment. The Wink of Stella on the wings hasn't showed up quite as well as it could have but in real life, is charming.


The honeycomb die cut is just FABULOUS. I have a little stash of them cut already as they're just SO satisfying to cut out. I thought they looked better with a few of the cells of 'honey' returned to the matrix.

You can use this set, or any other, to show us how you see this sketch. You have until Wednesday 26 February, 11.55 p.m. PST, to show us. You can see what the rest of the team have done with it by visiting the As You See It Challenge site.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.


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Clubhouse for FMS 422

This week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches gave me the opportunity of play with the Country Club suite of products. If you have a golfer in the family, then this set is a must-have.


I think my two favourite things in this suite are the teeing off golfer, who can be die cut, and the Absolutely Argyle embossing folder. I've stacked the golfer to give him a bit more lift.


Another lovely product is the Country Club Elements, lovely wooden embellishments that add a rustic charm to any project.  I've used a strip of it to back the sentiment.


If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.


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