Michelle Last

Best Birds from Stampin’ Up!

I promised more birds from the Best Birds set from Stampin’ Up! so here you go….

Best Birds from Stampin Up

I love that saying, is that something you only hear in the UK?  I used the woodland embossing folder again for the background and enhanced the tree trunks using the gorgeous grunge stamp set. I have a video to show you how to ink a raised embossed image here.

I die cut one of the birds using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits and then stamped the corresponding bird in stazon ink onto watercolour paper.

I coloured my little bird using hues of Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Soft Sky and Marina Mist and an Aqua Painter and because I used watercolour paper and stazon I could blend the colours till I was happy with the result.  I needed to enhance his eye, so I used a sharpie to do that.

I positioned and adhered the bird behind the cut out and then stamped my saying using the Labeler Alphabet and cut around each word.

On the inside of the card it says ‘it’s your birthday’ from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  My class ladies had fun colouring in my class this month and were experts by the time they had finished all 3 cards 🙂

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Best Birds from Stampin’ Up!

It was my technique class on Monday and we made three cards using the Best Birds Stamp set and matching dies from Stampin’ Up!

Best Birds from Stampin Up

I made a little robin, not sure how accurate he is but at least he is recognisable 🙂  The Best Birds really is a versatile stamp set which can be used for so many occasions.  If you also purchase the matching framelits dies, Birds & Blooms Thinlits you can cut our the images with ease and even use the relief.

I embossed the background with the woodland embossing folder (a must have for every crafter) onto whisper white cardstock.  I then the ever so useful layering square framelits to create a scallop frame and also a background to stamp my sentiment on.

I stamped and coloured the bird, branch and flowers and then cut them out using the birds and blooms thinlits and attached them to the frame.

I used a variety of colouring techniques but I was using regular whisper white cardstock so I made sure not to over wet the cardstock as it can pill or ball.  I coloured the bird mainly using aqua painters and real red, chocolate chip and crumb cake ink.

Such a sweet little bird, more birds tomorrow to inspire you so be sure to check back…

 

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Hang Your Stocking from Stampin’ Up!

I have made a shaker Christmas card using the Hang Your Stocking stamps and Christmas Stocking Thinlit Dies.  I embossed the edge of the Crumb Cake card with the retired Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder which is AVAILABLE IN THE CLEARANCE RACK for £4.20 in my online shop!

Hang Your Stocking from Stampin Up

I stamped the stocking in Blushing Bride ink and positioned it behind the die cut stocking.  I added a piece of acetate window sheet behind the die cut and added the foam adhesive strips to add dimension and room for me to add the fancy frost sequins.

I embossed the crumb cake cardstock with the Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder which is NOW £4.20 on the Clearance Rack – grab it quick before it sells out! Ignore the price listed in the showcase below, it will change when you get to my shop.

I sponged the raised impression with Whisper White Ink and added more ink using an aqua painter on the holly and berries to make them stand out more.

I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Ink and added the linen thread, rhinestones and silver bells to finish it off.

Can you see I also added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the sequins to add some sparkle too 😉

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Holly Berry Happiness for the Global Design Project

I am sharing my card designed for the Global Design Project Weekly Challenge.  I have made a Christmas card using the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set in the new seasonal catalogue.

Holly Berry Happiness for the Global Design Project

This weeks Global Design Project Challenge is a sketch challenge (my favourite) and I wanted to create an overlap on the banner.  I did make another card using a snowman but I wasn’t entirely happy with it so I reached for the Holly Berry Happiness and decided to stamp a wreath and that the edges of the wreath would overlap the edge of the banner.

I stamped the wreath then cut my straight lines before hand cutting around the holly. I coloured the holly with white craft ink and an aqua painter and let the ink dry.  Once dry I coloured in pear pizzazz ink using an aqua painter making sure the paper did not pill.  I then adding shading with garden green ink and a blender pen. I then added crystal effects (which is now retired but you can use glossy effects) to make the holly shine.  I then coloured the smallest pearls with a red sharpie to create berries.

I love the diagonal stripe on the Fancy Frost DSP and decided that would be my background.

I used a sentiment and banner from Stitched with Love from the new Seasonal and shaded the edges of the banner to create some dimension.

Love the clean feel of this card and the crisp colours, hope you like it too.

It’s time to hop on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other designers have made using the sketch below.

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Be sure to add your own entries as we love to see what you made!

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Winner of the team Embossing Challenge

I promised that I would share today the winner of the team embossing challenge.

Thank you to all of you who voted for your three favourites, I am delighted to share that the project with the most votes was made by Tara Fowler, she has a wonderful Facebook page and you will definitely want to go visit Tara Fowler Crafting….. Pop on over and as I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

tara-fowler-embossing-challenge-for the pinkies team

Tara wins a £20 spending spree with me and for all of us Pinkies thank you for taking the time to vote, I hope we have inspired you to get heat embossing!

Have a great weekend x

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