Michelle Last

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..

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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

All the items I have used to make this card are available from my Online Shop, simply click any of the images shared below to go direct to that item in my shop and place your order.

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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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Hello! Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop using Blooms & Wishes

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Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products. 

Currently you’re visiting Michelle Last from the UK Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making. I reached for my Blooms & Wishes set which is so easy to create beautiful cards.  It looks so different when stamped in different colours too, see my previous card made with different colour inks!  It is such a versatile set!

Blooms & Wishes for Hello New Catalogue Blog Hop
I had a little candle in a jar and decided to embellish the top to match the card to give as a gift and paired with the striped ribbon as it coordinates so well!
I used the new layering circles framelits to create the double scallop edge.  I also used the sunshine wishes thinlits to create the die cut sentiment and matching stamps from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
Blooms & Wishes Candle Jar
I have a wonderful tutorial, video to share with you tomorrow on how I made the card and several others and  you won’t want to miss it so be sure to pop back tomorrow!
Don’t forget that the Bonus Days Offer is on which means that for every £45 you spend you will receive a coupon worth £4.50 to spend in August.  More details on Bonus Days can be found by clicking the button on the right hand side bar.

Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented
Louise Sharp from Australia. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
Hello Annual Catalogue Blog Hop
If you would like a full line up of all participants on the hop please see below –

Sarah Berry – UK
Carolina Evans – AUSTRALIA
Michelle Last – UK < You are here!
Louise Sharp – AUSTRALIA
Anja Luft – GERMANY
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA
Tracy May – UK
Valerie Lo – FRANCE
Josee Smuck – CANADA
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Krista Driessen – THE NETHERLANDS

Here are the supplies I used to create this project, simply click the images below to go direct to my online shop.  And for every £45 you spend you will receive an emailed coupon to use in August! And if ordering via my online shop don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift.
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Technique 101 – Using Stampin’ Write Markers

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

This month I am sharing a simple card using the Stampin’ Write Markers.  The Stampin’ Write markers are dual tipped marker pens in the Stampin’ Up! colours which are filled with dye inks so they are perfectly suited to colouring your rubber stamps and stamping onto card.  Dye inks are fast drying (so no smudging) and when colouring onto a stamp they can dry before you get a chance to stamp but don’t worry that is easily solved by re-moistening the stamp by breathing a deep exhalation on the stamp before pressing onto your card.

Technique 101 - Marker Pens from Stampin Up using Endless Thanks

I have used the photopolymer stamp set called Endless Thanks and used 3 colours of marker pens, Melon Mambo and Old Olive (both from the brights collection) and the Basic Black marker which is available to purchase on its own.

Every marker has a dual top, a fine tip for journaling and a thick tip for colouring.  You can colour the stamps, re-moisten with your breath and stamp or colour in your images directly onto the card.  It means you do not need to invest in all the colour ink pads right away but instead invest in a set of markers or the whole set of markers and know that you have a good range of Stampin’ Up! colours to be working with.

I simply coloured each stamp with the thick brush tip of the marker, re-moistened with my breath and stamped.  If you look at the marker pen there is a tick line next to the thick tip and a thin line next to the thin tip.  I added two strips of washi tape in matching colours and stamped an array of flowers, leaves and hearts.  I then stamped the banner and added my chosen sentiment and cut around it.  I stuck the banner down with dimensionals so that it gave the card some dimension.

Technique 101 - Using Markers from Stampin Up on Endless Thanks

And guess what?  If you image doesn’t stamp perfectly, you can simply use the marker pen to colour any missed areas – genius!

So it is time to go and see what Sonia Benedetti from France  has made using markers, simply click the next button below to keep hopping..

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is the list of participants in the technique 101 blog hop in case you get lost along the way ……
1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand (your are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Sonia Benedetti – France

If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card simply click the images shown below to go direct to my online shop.  And don’t forget to use my monthly hostess card to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me!

 

 

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