Michelle Last

Bike Ride Birthday from Stampin’ Up!

I have made a card for the colour challenge for the Global Design Project using the Bike Ride stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  It is our daughter Amy’s 19th Birthday tomorrow so I made an extra special card with a unique detail personal to our family. I hope it makes you smile.

Bike Ride from Stampin Up

I stamped and die cut the bike frame, wheels etc and added a little basket of flowers on the back of the bike.  Coming very soon in the new seasonal catalogue is this cute little Dachshund so I stamped and die cut him to make him just up at the bike which is exactly what our little Dachshund Pip would do.  If she can get a carry or a lift she’d much rather that than walk!

Here are the colours this this weeks colour challenge with the Global Design Project challenge.

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It is a slider card and I added a little greeting on the inside too so there is a little surprise when she pulls it open.

Slider Card Open made by Michelle Last

If you have not made a slider card before, I urge you to give them a try as they really add a WOW to a card.

Slider Card made using Bike Ride stamp set

Video Tutorial on how to make a Slider Card

Let’s go an see what the other design team members have made with the same 3 colours over at the Global Design Project blog.

We would love you to join us this week and make a card and enter the challenge, we love seeing what you create and you get the chance to be chosen as one of the weekly winners.

All the items I used to make this card (apart from the little Dachshund, he is available from 1st Sept) are available in my online shop.  If you wish to place an order click the order online button on the top right or click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop and please remember to use the monthly hostess code if you spend £20+ (and less than £150) to ensure you receive a free thank you gift from me.

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New items added to the Clearance Rack

Stampin Up Clearance Rack

Grab them before they sell out, there are lots of items in the clearance rack, click the image below to go to that item in my shop and don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code if your order is £20+ and less than £150.

If you still have Bonus Days Coupons be sure to use them to purchase any items but they are only redeemable in August.

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Painted Harvest from Stampin’ Up!

I have a sneak peek of something coming in the new seasonal catalogue for you today.  The stamp set is called Painted Harvest and you are going to LOVE it! We are celebrating our 100th challenge at the Global Design Project and we’d love you to join us this week and help us celebrate!

Painted Harvest from Stampin' Up!

This week each design team member is making any card with no specific challenge and all you have to do it is to CASE (Copy and selectively edit) any card you wish.  You can case more than one card and enter as many times as you wish.

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At the end of the challenge on Sunday, each designer picks one person who CASE’d his/her card to receive that card and designer will post it to them.

One overall winner will be announced and will receive a small assortment of products. SO please join us this week and help us celebrate the Global Design Project.

Everyone loves a sunflower, they cannot help brighten your mood which is why I teamed this flower with a heartfelt message.

I made the card longer and thinner than a regular card.  The front measures 10.5cm x 21cm which meant I did not have any standard envelopes to fit it.  I could have used my envelope punch board to make an envelope but I decided to made a long thin envelope with a fancy closure with the matching designer series paper called Painted Autumn.Stampin Up Painted Harvest

I heat embossed the ‘Sorry’ greeting to make it stand out and added the additional sentiment in early espresso ink.  It is hard to see the lovely pop of gold so I took another photo from a different angle.

Painted Harvest & Sorry for Everything from Stampin Up

I heat embossed one of the wooden elements in gold and added some linen thread to give it some texture.

You may be wondering how I made the background look like burlap fabric.  I simply stamped over the sunflowers with the burlap background stamp in crumb cake ink.  It really gave the card a textured feel.

You are probably dying to see what is coming in the new seasonal catalogue which launches on 1st September.  If you would like to reserve a paper copy of the new catalogue and for me to post it out to you towards the end of September simply fill out the contact form on the right where is says ‘Request a catalogue’.

All the products I used to make this card are shown below but the Painted Harvest stamp set and matching DSP will not be available till 1st Sept. Please use the monthly hostess code if you spend £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

Don’t forget to pop over to join this weeks challenge and to see what everyone has made for this very special celebration.

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Anniversary Card made using Message in a Bottle

Today I have an anniversary/love theme card for this weeks theme challenge over at the Global Design Project.

Anniversary card made using Stampin Up items

 

I wanted to go non-traditional and steer clear of hearts, pink and red and try something new.  I adore the Message in a Bottle stamp set and love its quirky creatures and fun quotes and it’s a great price too!

The sails were stamped and fussy cut to add dimension and I did the same to the waves too.   A perfect card my my lovely hubby and I was going to say not a heart in sight but then I realised I did add a cheeky little heart.

The embossed background on the card front was perfect to signify waves with the boat theme.  The embossing folder is called Seaside and available from my shop along with all the other products used to make this card.

Why not join our theme challenge this week over at the Global Design Project and make a special card for the sweetheart in your life just because?

Let’s pop over and see what the other design team members have made using the same Wedding/Anniversary theme and be inspired!

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Embossing Paste for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last
This month at the Technique 101 blog hop we are all using Embossing paste!  I had not used this new product before and to be honest and just winged it.  It was really easy, fast drying and added a lovely texture and dimension to my card so will definitely be using it again soon.

Quirky Critters using Embossing Paste

I used the paste to create the glittery cloud background.

Quirky Critters for Technique 101

To make the background using embossing paste I did the following
  • I sponged a whisper white card base with Marina Mist ink and a sponge to create a mottled cloudy background.
  • I placed my mask with the clouds over my card front and taped in place with washi tape so it did not move.
  • I then used the palette knife and the embossing paste to spread the paste over the mask as if you spreading butter onto toast.
  • Ensure that you cover the whole area and all the die cut cloud shapes with a think layer of the embossing paste.
  • Then keeping the palette knife horizontal to the card base and stencil (and the desk) scrape off the excess so  you only leave the paste left inside the cloud shape.
  • Add any paste back to the tub and wipe off the excess paste from the palette knife using a wet wipe.
  • Be quick with the clean up as the paste dries really quick.
  • Remove the washi tape and peel back the mask and wash with soapy water and dry.
  • Sprinkle dazzling diamonds glitter to the clouds and set aside for the embossing paste to dry completely.
  • Stamp the critter and colour with aqua painter, watercolour pencils or a blender pen (which is what I used).
  • Die cut the critter (sloth) and create a frame which what ever you have in your craft room,  A standard square mat and layer will work fine.
  • Once the embossing paste background is dry add the quirky critter to the front using dimensionals.

Isn’t it fun?  I really hope you give the embossing paste a try.  Time to hop across to see what the other blog hoppers have made using embossing paste.  Next up is Frenchie >

Technique 101 Next

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the list of participants this month, hope you enjoy hopping around and be sure to leave us a comment if you like what you see.

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

If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card or any other Stampin Up products simply click any of the images shared below to go direct to my online shop and be sure to enter the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me as I really appreciate your business.

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