Michelle Last

Thoughtful Branches Tea Light Box

You only have a few more days to get your hands on the Thoughtful Branches bundle as its only available to purchase whilst stocks last in August. Details of the prices and the order numbers can be found by clicking the image below or the items listed at the end of the blog post.

Thoughtful Branches from Stampin Up in August only

I have a little craft session last night and made this cute candle tea light box using the Thoughtful Branches bundle.

Tealight candle box by Michelle Last

And here is the inside

Tea light candle box made by Michelle Last

Just love that sentiment! But hurry as you only have till the 31st August if they have not already sold out by then!

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Baby Bear Card for Global Design Project

I have been crafting like a demon!  It’s a busy time in our house at the moment.  Our lovely daughter Amy has passed her A’levels and got her University place in Nottingham and today it’s her 18th Birthday!  We have had a busy weekend of celebrating and lots of our family will be arriving to celebrate later today so I needed to get ahead.

This week Global Design Project challenge is a sketch challenge and I wanted to try and make a cute bear from the Fox Builder Punch.  I made the little baby bear which I adore and was first inspired when I saw Margriet’s card here.  I could not decide what the background I should use and then I had a brainwave!  How about a little fence with the bear peeking over?

Baby Bear using Foxy Friends from Stampin Up

I had so much fun making this fence using the Hardwood Stamp.  I stamped onto very vanilla cardstock in soft suede ink.  I then scored the lines to enhance the panels and then inked each panel with more soft suede ink.

The light was bad as its been raining all day so my photo isn’t great but I also used a sponge brayer to create the mottled blue sky.

I finished off with two little paws otherwise he would struggle to balance on top of the fence?

Here is the sketch….

#GDP050 Global Design Project

We would love you to join in with this weeks sketch challenge.  It is easy and you can go over to the Global Design Project and enter your project and will be in with a chance of being one of the top three entries!

If you would like to order any of the supplies I used to create this card, simply click any image below to go direct to my online shop.  Don’t forget to add my monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift (minimum order £20+).  I am also sending out my FREE Jar of Love Tutorial till the end of August so don’t miss out!

 

 

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#GDP049 using Penned & Painted from Stampin’ Up!

I treated myself to a new stamp set from Stampin Up called Penned & Painted.  I like its two step stamping style and that the flowers were realistic.

This week at the Global Design Project we have a colour challenge using Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight.  My first thought was floral as I can use those three colours on flowers and leaves.

Penned & Painted #GDP049

It is a one later card and originally I wanted to create some dimension but it really did not need it.  The colours popped enough and the inked smoky slate background really makes the flowers pop from the card.

I stamped the flowers, leaves and sentiment in Black Stazon and using an aquapainter I coloured the flowers with Flirty Flamingo Ink and the leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  I did not use the stamp to fill in the flowers.  I then added flirty flamingo with the stampin write markers to the centre of the flowers to create some depth and shading and then coloured the centres with a Daffodil Delight marker  I got a deeper hue by simply colouring the area several times.  I did over stamp the leaf with the stamp to accent the middle with Pear Pizzazz Ink.

Finally I used a sponge brayer and a sponge to add Smoky Slate Ink around the edge of the card and around the flowers avoiding the sentiment.

I did feel a little bit of a fraud as this card so was quick and simple to make but decided not to add anything else as I did not think it needed it.

#GDP049 Global Design Project

I love these challenges so much as they really stretch me and I tend to create something I would have never come up with on my own.  Why don’t you give it a try and join us this week.  Simply pop on over to the Global Design Project to upload your project and be in with a chance of being crowned one of the weekly winners and also one outright winner will be a guest stamper on our next colour challenge!

Guest stamper for Global Design Project

Below are the few supplies I used to create this card.  If you wish to purchase any Stampin Up goodies, click any of the images to go direct to my online shop to place your order.   If your order is £20+ (and less than £150) please enter the monthly hostess code to receive a free THANK YOU GIFT from me.

I will also send you the FREE JAR OF LOVE TUTORIAL  to anyone ordering from me in August.

 

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Large Number Framelits from Stampin Up

I have been busy making cards for my team of Stampin Up Demo’s.  Whilst it is quieter over the summer and I get a chance to play catch up I got busy making over 100 cards to recognise my team on their Stampin’ Anniversary.  It is a wonderful thing to be part of Stampin Up and it needs to be celebrated when you hit a milestone!

Team Anniversary Cards

I got the idea from Jessica Witty and used my Stampin Up supplies to create an abundance of Anniversary cards.  I used our Kraft cardstock which is super rigid which gave the card a really sturdy feel.  I cut out the number and use that to make a tag (nothing goes to waste!).  I then backed the die cut number with some pretty Stampin Up patterned paper and topped it withe anniversary banner from the Number of Years Stamp set.

I wasn’t sure which way to stamp/mount the banner so I tried both ways.  Which do you think works best?

I add to add some pink cardstock edging and it also need a little sponging around the edges, believe me that is a lot of sponging once all the cards were complete.

I also included a little gift of Stampin Up product as a thank you for choosing me as their team leader.

Such a great feeling when they were all complete and posted out.  And I still have more to send for the rest of the year too!

Team Anniversary gifts

Some of my team have been with me for 7+ years!  WOW!!

If you place an online order with me please don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code. Anyway wishing you all a wonderful weekend x

 

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Note Card Box using Touches of Texture

I saw this little notecard box on Pinterest made by a French Stampin Up Demonstrator called Elodie and knew that I wanted to try making one for myself. I used Touches of Texture to make the notecards and I followed the instructions in the link above.  They are in French but with lots of photos so easy to understand even if you don’t speak French.
When I made the notecard box I was surprised how little it was, its really cute and would be perfect for business cards or really small notes/tags.

Touches of Texture Notecard Box

I used the gold polka dot paper from the Pop of Pink Speciality design series paper and gold foil to make the bow using the Bow Builder Punch.

To make the notecards to fit inside the box I simply cut our notecards in half and they fit perfectly.  If you wanted to make your own envelope you could use the envelope punch board.

I then decided to step it up and make a larger size using the maximum measurements possible with an A4 sheet.  This larger one fits a full size Stampin Up notecard.  I used mint macaroon cardstock and Moroccan Designer Series Paper.

Touches of Texture Notecards & Box

Here is a close up of the notecards.  I used scraps of coordinating cardstock and washi tape to tie in the notecards with the box.  The Touches of Texture stamp set is just lovely.

Touches of Texture Notecard

To show you the size difference I have lined up a regular C5 sized card and both notecards boxes and their contents.

Notecard Box in varying sizes

If you want to go straight to the measurements and tutorial, follow this link to DjudiScraps beautiful instructions.

If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to make these boxes and notecards simply click the images below.  If ordering via my online shop please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift (only if your order is £20+ and less than £150).  I am still sending out the FREE Jar of Love tutorial to anyone ordering with me in August so don’t miss out!

 

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