Thursday 2 April 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Hop - Ornate Garden 2

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team's special blog hop! We're on a special hop today to show off a special product. The Ornate Garden Suite is available now to order. This fabulous suite is a sneak peek early release from June's 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. You can order all, or any, of it from 1 April but only for a limited time.

Last month we also did a special hop when this suite became available for demonstrators to pre-order at the start of March. If you missed that one, you see it by visiting my page for the hop right here and then you can follow around and see what everyone else made too.

Here's all the items in the suite. The stamps and dies are also available separately.

Bundle 1 (154115)
Ornate Thanks photopolymer stamp set (149471)
Ornate Borders dies (152724)
This bundle is also available in Dutch, French and German

Bundle 2 (154119)
Ornate Style cling stamp set (152572)
Ornate Layers dies (152726)

Gilded Gems Embellishments – adhesive backed opaque Gold (152478)
Ornate Garden Ribbon – two pack combo of Old Olive and Terracotta Tile (152479)
Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (152725)
Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (152488)

Of course, if you've got to have it all - and you'll want to - the order number for the whole collection is 154153 in English. (NL 154156, FR 154154, DE 154155)

In case you missed these, here are some other things I've made since our last hop using these products. If you'd like to know more about them, you can search the blog using 'Ornate Garden' in the search bar.

Now, on to some new projects. I've got three new things to show you today: a vellum card with matching gift bag and a window card with inlaid dies.

1. Vellum Card and Gift Bag

To make this delicately pretty card, I started by white embossing the large floral spray stamp onto vellum. I used Stampin' Blends to colour it from the reverse. You can build up layers of colour too, so that some shading can be added. 

After fussy cutting it, I attached it to the white rectangular frame from Ornate Layers using some carefully placed mini glue dots.

I used another of the Ornate Layers dies to cut the rectangle of DSP from the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP. The Mint Macaron with gold swirls is my favourite pattern - at least, at the moment.😀

I think my favourite item in the whole suite is the Ornate Floral embossing folder, which I've used here on the card base.

Finally, I used the small stitched rectangle die for the sentiment, from Ornate Thanks, which I stamped in Terracotta Tile, then overstamped the bottom half with versamark and gold embossed it. Thank you, Stamparatus for making that so easy to do! A little of the Terracotta Tile ribbon from the combo pack tucked in behind the sentiment finished the card off.

The gift bag is quite small, only 9 cm tall.  I was thinking of using it for a pair of earrings, wrapped in tissue paper.

I started with a piece of vellum and edged one side using one of the Ornate Borders dies. Then I scored it and cut it ready to fold into a bag. Then I used the large floral spray stamp to white emboss the image on the part of the bag that would be the front panel. Again, I used Stampin' Blends to colour from the reverse side. After assembling it, I punched holes for the ribbon. The ribbon in the combo pack is soft and ties so prettily and easily - it's a pleasure to use.

2. Inlaid Window Card

For this pretty card, I used my favourite pattern from the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP mounted on to a Mint Macaron card base. Then I cut the front into two sections using the gorgeous rose border die from Ornate Borders. I have a bit of a soft spot for window cards so I put the two parts of the card front together on a piece of window sheet. But before I did that, I stamped the big 'Thank You' from Ornate Thanks and gold embossed it. I stamped it before assembling the window front so I could be sure it would appear centred in the gap.

Now, I'm sure you're asking yourselves how crazed I must have been to do this inlaying! It's true that I'm in lockdown with the rest of New Zealand but I haven't lost the plot yet! With the wonderful Take Your Pick Took, it took me less than 15 minutes to inlay both halves. 

I die cut the Terracotta and Gold borders, making sure that the pieces did not fall out. Then I lined up my card front with them and transferred the pieces straight from one to the other with the sticky tip of the Take Your Pick tool, stopping to dip it into a bit of sponged glue on the Silicon Craft Mat before inlaying. My advice would be that if all the pieces fall out of the die cut before you start transferring - start again and cut a new one!

The Ornate Garden pre-release is a chance for you to get your hands on something from the upcoming Annual Catalogue ahead of time. Don't waste the chance to get this pre-release. Order yours today. If you live in New Zealand, you can place your order with me but no orders will ship to New Zealand until after the lockdown period finishes. This is because our mail delivery network is for essential businesses only.

Next up on the hop is the incomparable Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Peach.

If you get lost in the Blog Hop, here's a list of everyone.
Caroline van der Straaten,  Emma GoddardHelene den Breejen,  Jan Clothier,  Lauren Alarid,  Leah Fedynak,  Manuela Geiswinkler,  Marine WiplierMartha GrogerMartin Stone Narelle FarrugiaNina Waldschmidt,  Rochelle BlokStesha BloodhartTammy WilsonZsuzsanna 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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  1. The colors you chose are so soft and pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful projects, Jan. I love the look of the white-embossed floral spray, coloured on the reverse side of the vellum - so pretty. You have much more patience than I, persisting with that inlaid technique! Looks fab. x

  3. Goodness me, these are real ‘extra for experts’ cards. So beautiful and so - well - ornate. That inlaying is impressive. I love how you’ve shred the journey of how they’re made.

  4. Your cards are beyond gorgeous, Jan! Love the bright pops of color on the daisies!

  5. Gorgeous projects Jan, such perfect attention to detail x

  6. Your vellum projects are so delicate and pretty Jan and I love the effect of the inlaid die cutting. You are doing a great job with this suite!

  7. Wow! I always love your cards but your use of this suite is over the top. I need to start using mine. The dies are fantastic.

  8. These are gorgeous! I am definitely trying the vellum one...the inlay? Well, I may not have as much patience as you do, but it sure is beautiful!

  9. Oh Jan, so beautiful with so many lovely details.

  10. J'adore vos projets avec le papier vélin. Magnifique. Bravo !

  11. All I can say, Simply Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love ALL these projects. Share measurements for your cute bag? Pleas?

    1. Glad you liked the projects. If you have a gift bag punch Board, use vellum 5”x10” and make it using the small measurements.

      If you don’t have a punch board, use a piece of vellum 12.5cmx25 cm. Score on the short side at 3.5 cm. Score on the long side at 5cm, 12cm, 17cm and 24 cm. The short sections will need some shaping for the gusset. If you aren’t sure how to put the bag together, look on my blog for a post called Lockdown Layouts 3. There is a photo tutorial for a different sized bag but the method is the same. I hope this helps you out. Nice to hear from you.

  12. Jan these are all amazing! I love your style 💕