Wednesday 12 April 2023

Goodbye Cottage Rose for AWOW

It's already time for another Inspiration Hop with Around the World on Wednesday. On the second Wednesday of each month, the team put together a thematic hop to give you some inspiration for your own crafting. We love it when you try out something new or CAS(E) one of our projects. The team is truly international, with members from each time zone of the world that Stampin' Up! operates. You're with me, in New Zealand - the first place in the Stampin' Up! world to change the date. đŸ˜€

This month's theme is 'April Showers Bring Spring Flowers' with an invitation to share a technique that brings us the joy of the season.  It's an extra special hop as it's an anniversary - four years since the first edition. Congratulations team! I wasn't here at the start but I've loved being along for most of the journey.

Well, in my part of the world, it's not turning to spring but to autumn and there's not too much going on in the way of flowers! However, who doesn't love them and if they're not around, I'm sure I wish they were! So I'm going to share my favourite retiring floral set and celebrate with some autumnal colours AND a technique that brings me some joy as well.

I like to create window cards so I'm going to share with you this one that uses a partial die cut as its base.
It gives me so much pleasure to see the flowers floating in space like this - although I'm quite sad that this set is retiring at the end of the month. If you don't have it already, jump in and order it soon before it's gone forever. You wont' regret it!

I've put together a video tutorial, in case you'd like to give it a go. It's not really as difficult as it looks. It's just a matter of doing one thing at a time as no one step is hard.

There are quite a few parts to this card, so in case you want to give it a go, here's a written round up of materials:
  • 2 Thick Basic White pieces 10.5 cm x 14.8 cm. One is for the back base, one is for the stamping and partial die cut front.
  • 1 Basic White approximately 10.3 cm x 14.6 cm to back the card
  • 1 Basic White 10 cm x 14.3 cm for the card inner
  • 1 Basic White 10.5 cm x 4.3 cm to back the partial die cut base
  • 1 Basic White approximately 10 cm x 14.5 cm, large enough to stamp a second floral image for colouring and fussy cutting plus a plain white die cut of the floral image.
  • 1 scrap of Granny Apple Green for the die cut foliage
  • Window sheet 10.5 cm x approximately 22cm, scored and burnished at 14.8 cm The exact length is irrelevant - as long as there is enough for a solid flap.

Next up on the hop is the wonderful Leonie Stuart. I'm sure she will have some inspirational ideas for you. 


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  1. Oh my! What a stunning card. I love the clear front and the punching colours you've used. Absolutely stunning card that would cheer anyone up who's feeling poorly x

  2. Oh I love this card Jan ... such an interesting technique. What a wow card for a lucky person to receive. xxx

  3. This is pretty AND inspiring, Jan! TFS!!!

  4. I really love the clean, crisp look of this card. So pretty Jan x

  5. Beautiful card, Jan! I'm going to miss this set too!! Thanks for your tutorial on the Floating Window Card!! I'll give it a try!

  6. Oh wauw! Amazing. I have to try this myself

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    1. Thanks! Way easier than it looks if you just take it one step at a time.

  8. I really love the way you executed this design Jan - the partial diecut on the bottom and the contrast between the coloured and blank flower add great interest. I am going to miss your creations with this set!