Tuesday 16 February 2021

Friends are Like Seashells for Stampin' Fancy Friday

Late last year I was delighted to be invited to join the Stampin' Fancy Friday team. This group of amazing crafters are all either current or past members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. Each month, we have a theme and the team's contributions appear on Instagram over the following month. If you're not already following Stampin' Fancy Friday on IG, do so for a crop of monthly inspiration.

This month, the theme is 'a favourite suite from the January-June Mini-Catalogue'. Well, my hands down favourite is the Sand&Sea suite and as I'm holidaying at my favourite beach this week, I feel the love even more!

My project was posted on IG today, so I'm blogging it for those of you who might not have seen it there, or who want to know more about it.

First up, a word about the Sand&Sea suite. If you're a beach lover, card-maker or scrapbooker this is the perfect suite. Amazing DSP, stickers, a fabulous embossing folder, opalescent paper, a stamp and die bundle, and opal embellishments: everything you need for a coastal themed project. Best of all the stamps, embossing folder and dies match up perfectly. You can order all or any of it from me by clicking the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar - at least, as long as you live in New Zealand. 

The other thing I love about this suite is the way it mixes in with products I already have, thereby giving them new life. The Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder is a perfect match, as is the ever-useful Linen Thread.

I've used Basic Gray  to stamp outlines and the sentiment because it defines - but with just a shade softer focus than the ever-reliable Tuxedo Black.

I've used Stampin' Blends to colour the sand dollar, starfish and sea shells. The seaweed is cut down from the large die, using Soft Sea Foam.  The advantage of the die and embossing folder coordinating is evident here as the seaweed has extra texture added to it as I embossed the die cut before cutting out the seaweed portions to add to this cluster.

In this closer shot you can also see the lovely pearliness of the Opal Rounds.  They're lovely in this context but they work beautifully with any set. 

And just a reminder - if you haven't followed Stampin' Fancy Friday on IG, then do so now so you don't miss out on more great monthly inspiration. 😀

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. Hi Jan, just found your blog and absolutely love your card, it is fabulous, love the texture and colours, many thanks for sharing, love this suite :)

    1. Hi Anne. So glad you like this card. This suite is amazing - so many possibilities!

  2. Hi Jan. love this card and the positioning of each element! Particularly the subtle colours. Beautiful!

  3. Beautiful card, Jan!! Probably the best card I've seen using this stamp/die/EF combo. I LOVE your use of the multiple colors! Thanks for sharing! You've been cased!

  4. Thanks, Karen. It's one of my favourite cards.