Monday, 15 July 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Good Morning Magnolia



Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots of reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Good Morning Magnolia.


This is such a great versatile set, especially if used with the coordinating Magnolia Memories dies. You can make some really complicated designs or keep it simple like I have done today.


I was short on time so I grabbed some of the coordinating products from this suite. I started with the Magnolia Lane Memories and More cards. The silver borders are great and added to my design. The paper on the front of my card is the bottom part of the envelope liners that come in the card pack. You don't even notice it is missing!


I stamped and die cut 2 leaves and added 'hello' to the cork tag to complete my design. Simple and easy but still quite nice I think.


I also stamped the envelope as well.


I love a stamp set that allows you to make quick and easy cards as well as more complicated designs. Can't wait to see what the rest of the crew come up with.


Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is the fabulous Charlet Mallett. She always has something amazing to share!

Lou

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Just Add Ink #464 - Just Add a Colour Combo - Birthday Goodness



At Just Add Ink this week we have this gorgeous colour combination for you.


I immediately thought of my new Birthday Goodness stamp set when I saw these colours. They reminded me of macaron colours - so a perfect match!


I used my Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends to colour in my image. As there are no Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends, I used the ink and my Wink of Stella pen to add some glitzy goodness to my macaron stack.


This is such a lovely stamp set. The images are quite large and make the perfect focal point for the front of your cards. I have stamped some extra roses to add to my image.


I love this sentiment! 


Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members used these gorgeous colours. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


Lou

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Creating Kindness Design Team July 2019 blog hop - Faux Watercolour Technique



And just like that .... it is time for our July Creating Kindness Design Team blog hop. This month we welcome Christine Versluis as our Guest Designer. Check out her blog here. Our theme for this month is techniques. This week we are moving into our new house which is both exciting and exhausting. So needless to say I needed a technique to show you that was easy and quick. As soon as I saw the Beautiful Friendship stamp set I knew I could do a faux watercolour technique with it.


A DistINKtive stamp set works best for this technique as it does all the shading for you. Minimum effort, Maximum effect! So I had the idea but with all that is going on with me I was still stumped for an idea so I turned to the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue for inspiration. This card uses a layout on page 123.


This is such a gorgeous stamp set. And, teamed with this technique it is just perfect.


I experimented a bit with this technique. I first tried using watercolour paper but I found that the ink moved too much. Shimmery White cardstock worked perfectly for me. Simply spritz the cardstock lightly with water. The trick is to not use too much water. Also, have all of your inkpads open and stamps ready to go because you have only lightly wet the cardstock you have to work quickly before it dries. Otherwise it will be waterlesscolour!

So with the technique worked out I whipped up my card in no time. Grab a few shades of colours like I did for this hydrangea and stamp away!


The sentiments in this stamp set are great as well. A simple stitched frame is all they need!


This was my first attempt on watercolour paper. It's not bad but I preferred the shimmery white cardstock. It is much easier to manage and a bit less unpredictable.


There are so many great images in this stamp set and they allow you to build up your floral arrangement. I love using them for this faux watercolour technique but they look great stamped in the normal way too. I've decorated my envelopes and the inside of each card too.



I hope you give this technique a try. Make sure you continue the blog hop. We have so many great techiques to show you. Next up is my fabulous friend Jenny Hall. Can't wait to see her technique! I am sure it will be amazing.

Lou
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