Michelle Last

Large Letter Dies from Stampin’ Up!

I had the most lovely job of creating some cards for my team members who have earned the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Alaska in 2018.  I used the Large Letter Dies and matching stamp set Letters For You both available from Stampin’ Up!

Large Letters Framelits from Stampin' Up!

I created a long thin card case and printed off a picture of the Alaska landscape and wrapped a piece of vellum over it to mute the background down a little.

I then stamped and die cut the word Alaska using the Letters for You and Large Letter Dies.  These dies are a big investment but oh so useful and a really great addition to your craft stash.  Imagine how easy it would be to create projects to celebrate those milestone birthdays and anniversaries.

If you have any new additions to your family its is great to be able to spell out the name of the new baby for a gift or home decor piece.

Each year I buy some silver charms which fit a Pandora style bracelet which match the destination of the incentive trip.  This year is a polar bear and I hope that over the years my lovely downline will be able to build up a lovely collection of charms to remind them of some fabulous trips they have earned and the experiences they have had.

Alaska team incentive trip celebration card 2018

So proud of you Jenny McCormac and Lisa Cornwall.  What fun we are going to have next July 🙂

I am super proud of the amazing women in my team and all their acheivements, what a lovely job I have to be able to celebrate them!

It was great fun to create a card with a background based on the destination, why not try it?

If you would like to place an order for the stamps or dies used in this project, they are available in my online shop.

If you are able to invest in a larger order and earn some Stampin’ Rewards you could use towards these items or if you host a party or can place an order with a sales total of £400 you can choose anytime for HALF PRICE.

Imagine getting these dies for £44.50 instead of £89.  If you are ever unsure on how to get the best deal or wish to book a party or event please get in touch as I am here to help.

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Flirty Flowers from Stampin’ Up!

I have inked up a new stamp today for the colour challenge for the Global Design Project this week.  I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set onto Crumb Cake cardstock.

Flirty Flowers from Stampin' Up!

I then coloured the flowers with Whisper White Craft Ink and an aqua painter and let it dry (you can use a heat tool).  I then coloured the flowers in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach using an aqua painter and for a more intense colour a blender pen.  The leaves are coloured with Lemon Lime Twist.

I wanted to add a final flourish and stitch around the edge with my sewing machine but I had the stitch set to too small which is why the top line hasn’t worked out so great!  Don’t you love it when you make a booboo on a card that has so many elements to it that you just have to run with it?

Here is the colour combo for the challenge at the Global Design Project this week…

#GDP105 Colour Challenge

Why don’t you join us this week and make something using these 3 colours, we love seeing what you have made!

Time to pop over to the design team members to see what those beautiful people have made.  Click the link to go to the Global Design Project and see more..

All the items I used to make this card are shared below, click any of the images to go direct to that item in my shop and to place an online order.


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Any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Hug in a Mug from Stampin’ Up! for the Global Design Project

Welcome to my blog, today I am sharing a card made with the Hug in a Mug stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I am casing a card from fellow design team member Allison Okamitsu.  Allison is super talented and an Artisan Design Team Member with Stampin’ Up!, you must go check out her blog.

Hug in a Mug from Stampin' Up!

I just love this little set in the new seasonal catalogue, it’s a great price at £15 and you can make varying mugs with varying contents and make it suit the theme of your card.

I heat embossed the mugs with white embossing powder and then added colour to the mugs using white ink.

The circle sentiment is cut using the Lovely Words Thinlits and the Layering Circle Framelits.

I used my stamp-a-majig to ensure the ‘sending warm thoughts’ to position my greeting in the gap of the die cut.

I added a raised mug stamped onto whisper white cardstock to give a little dimension.

This is the card I cased this week and I would love you to join us this week and make a card with the one below from Aliison as inspiration…

#GDP104 Allison Okamitsu

So let’s pop over to see what the other design team members have made with this card for inspiration.  Visit the Global Design Project and the instructions are all there on how to upload your own entry this week.

All the products I have used to make this card are shared below.  If you wish to place an online order for any Stampin’ Up! goods simply click any image below to go direct to my shop to place your own order.   Don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift when you spend £20+ (and less than £150+).

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Embossed Watercolour Resist for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

I am sharing a cool technique with you today called Embossed Watercolour Resist for the Technique 101 Blog Hop.

Colourful Seasons Leaf Background from Stampin' Up!

I have the best customers and one of my lovely ladies in Scotland was telling me about creating this technique and I have since fallen in love with the emboss watercolour resist technique.

How to create the Embossed Watercolour Resist technique
  • I stamped the leaf image from Colorful Seasons over the watercolour paper using Versamark Ink.
    This was probably the trickiest part as the ink is clear and hard to detect until you have sprinkled the clear embossing powder on it.
  • I then sprinkled white embossing powder own the inky leaf stamped images and heat set with a heat tool.
  • Wet the watercolour paper with a paint brush and water, be liberal with the water.
  • Choose the colours you wish to use and squeeze the ink pads whilst still closed to pool some ink in the lid.  Open the ink pad and add 3-5 drops of water into the pooled ink to make it really watery.
  • With an aqua painter pick up your chosen coloured ink and colour ink the stamped image.
  • The ink will stay within the embossed lines and create the emboss resist technique.
  • If you need to re-wet your watercolour paper until all the stamped images are coloured in.
  • Once completed dry the watercolour paper with a heat tool then re-wet the background with the water and paint brush and using Marina Mist (watered down in the lid) blend the ink in the background.
  • Dry and assemble the card.

The ink will fade as it drys but you can dry and repeat the process or add less watered down ink colour to your image to make it as bright as you wish.

Colorful Seasons with Michelle Last

Try it, pretty sure you will love the effect and we have some beautiful stamps which would work great with this technique.

For more ideas and inspiration on using the watercolour emboss resist technique let’s pop over to Frenchie’s blog to see what she has created.

Technique 101 Next

If you get in a muddle whilst hopping around, here is the line up..

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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New Seasonal Catalogue for Autumn/Winter available now!

The wait is over you can finally order from the new Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Catalogue and there is so much to inspire you to get crafting.

Stampin Up Seasonal Catalogue 2017

I have so many new favourites and have been madly crafting away for my up coming events and have lots to share with you in the coming weeks.

I wonder what will be your new favourite?

Would you like a free paper copy delivered direct to your door? Please fill out the contact form on the right hand side and I’ll pop one out to you.

Happy Shopping, be sure to use this months hostess code if you spend £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

If you are stocking up and spend £250 (exc p&p) you will get this exclusive FREE stamp set called Merry Patterns. You can also host a party or a private class and earn the set if the total sales are £250 so why not gather together with your friends for a fun night of crafting and get ahead with your Christmas Cards?

Merry Patterns exclusive FREE set with qualifying spend

Offer for the exclusive free Merry Patterns stamp set is for any order placed in September and October totalling £250+, not including postage and packing.  Get in touch, I would be delighted to help.

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