Michelle Last

Birthday Blooms & Hexagons Embossing Folder

This week at the Global Design Project we are casing the designer and guess what the designer is ME!  It is a bit strange casing yourself but it was easier that I thought.

Birthday Blooms & Hexagons & Embossing Folder

How I created my card

I embossed the background using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder which gives a really deep emboss to the whisper white card.  I mounted the white onto silver foil to pick up the heat embossed greeting.

Can you see the subtle sparkle on the flower?  I used my Wink of Stella.

I used the layering circles framelits to create a focal point to add the beautiful flower from Birthday Blooms which I coloured using the Calypso Coral and Old Olive Watercolour pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Birthday Blooms for #GDP084

I stamped the flower from Birthday Blooms using Basic Grey Archival Ink from Stampin Up and cut around the coloured image.

The scallop circle frame was raised with foam adhesive strips and the friend word is from the Oh Happy Day card kit stamps.  Here is the card we all have to case this week, why don’t you join us and make something casing my card below?  You can case any element, the design, colour scheme, products used it is up to you, I would love to see what you come up with.

#GDP084 case the designer Michelle Last

Let’s pop on over to the Global Design Project website to see what the other design team members have made?

If you would like to purchase any of the items I have used to make this card please pop on over to my online shop and be sure to check out the retiring items and snaffle up the items you cannot live without.

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Team Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend.

I promised I would be back with more gifts which I shared with my team at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Amsterdam.

I had a gift for my direct team members who went to the OnStage event.  I was given this bag by one of my friends and team members Nicole and it planted a little seed at what a lovely gift this would be to share with my team.

I purchased the initial bags from Next and then added sweeties, pens and highlighter as we were to receive a copy of the brand new Annual catalogue whilst at the event.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

I included a swap inside the bag and also handmade a magnetic closure bookmark for their new catalogue which had the Stampin Up Statement of the Heart on it.

Statement of the Heart from Stampin Up

It is such a lovely reminder as to why we do what we do and perfectly represents Stampin’ Up!

I used the layering squares framelits and a little heart from the Enamel Shapes.

I also organised a team dinner at a very swanky restaurant near the conference centre call The Roast Room.

I wanted to create a table plan and rather than make name plates for each place I decided I would make a frame with a personalised quote for each person unique to them.

I slipped them inside the little glassine gift bags and cello bags and made a matching tag and added their names.

Birthday Blossoms Gift Tags from Stampin Up

I had a real near miss as I had two Lisa’s at the dinner and realised shortly before they looked at their gift that I had them the wrong way round!  It was seriously a close shave when you know that one of the frames quoted
‘If anyone breaks your heart, punch them in the face, seriously punch them in the face and go get ice cream’.

Table Gifts for Stampin Up OnStage 2017

We had a lovely evening and got to hang out and meet our fellow US demo’s Janet Wakeland, Lisa Pretto and Georgia Giguere who had travelled from the US to enjoy OnStage in Amsterdam.

Pinkies Team Dinner in Amsterdam

And finally we had a celebratory event held by Stampin Up at a local hotel which included a Michelin * dinner and dancing along with a lovely gift of a new stamp set and apron.

Centrestage Dinner at OnStage Amsterdam

I gave a gift to those who attended, they work hard to reach the title of Silver Elite to be invited and I wanted to know I really do appreciate them.  Inside these gift bags were some planner goodies as we are all planner geeks.

Centrestage Goodies for Stampin Up OnStage

And finally we managed to organise a team photo, nearly everyone made the photo and I really enjoy working alongside all these wonderful ladies from across Europe.Pinkies Team Photo with Michelle Last

I hope you enjoyed a little insight into the Stampin Up events, why not join me next time?  Simply buy the starter kit and join my team of demo’s, I know you would love it!

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage Swaps & Gifts

Happy Easter to all my friends and blog readers.

I have recently returned from Stampin’ Up! OnStage in Amsterdam.  Demonstrators gather together every 6 months to share new catalogues and products, celebrate and swaps.  At these wonderful fun events we meet with team and I get the chance to spoil my team members.

Swaps

We give out ‘swaps’ which are card samples.  We make as many as we wish all in the same design (because its easier to make lots of the same design) and swap them at the event with other demos.  So that means I arrive with lots of the same card and come home with loads and loads of card ideas and samples in different designs and varying stamp sets. I will be sharing a Facebook live on my business page in the coming week showing you all the goodies and swaps I received so be sure to have liked my page to see the live or watch it back at your leisure

My sister Carolyn is my stamping helper and she helped me make 160 of these swaps as I also used these cards for my thank you gifts to anyone placing an online order with me in March 🙂

Birthday Blossoms from Stampin Up

I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set which you may have overlooked in the annual catalogue on page 13. I was inspired by Erum Jasmeem.  I used the gorgeous grunge stamp set which has been retired and has already sold out but the splatter stamp in Touches of Texture would work just as well and the hello lovely stamp is from the Hello Lovely Project Life Accessory pack (page 163).

I added some sequins in the centre of the flowers which really sparkle, shame the photos does not do it justice.

As I mentioned I continued the theme for my thank you cards and gifts for anyone placing an online order with me in March.  These have been posted out (on Tuesday) so I feel I can finally share the surprise gift that everyone will receive this month.

Online order thank you gift from Michelle Last

I sent an archival gray ink pad and a 6×6″ silver and gold foil sheets and some whisper white envelopes.  I really do appreciate everyone who supports me and my business 🙂

I give a little something to my team members who attend OnStage and have a swap and a little bag with a pack of lace doilies and a handmade reminder of the Statement of the Heart which is Stampin’ Up’s mission statement.

Team Swaps & Gifts OnStage Stampin Up

I am so lucky to have a large team and it was so nice to get a hug and share the OnStage experience with them.

I was a little laden down with bags though on the first day!  It is no wonder I suffer with a bad back!

Team Swaps for OnStage Stampin Up

And finally some of my team give me presents and I am so thankful for their kindness and generosity that I took along a little supply of Easter treats to give out to my extended team in return for their lovely gifts.

Easter Bunnies from Stampin Up

Am gutted that this little bunny from Basket Bunch has now sold out.  It proves you need to be quick and snap up your favourites from the catalogue.  There are still lots of favourites left so check out the retiring list by clicking the image on the right hand side to go direct to my shop and see the lists or click the link to my retiring list blog post to download a pdf or excel spreadsheet.

Here are the supplies I used to make my swap, click any of the image below to go direct to that item in my shop and don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code if you place an online order for £20+ (and less than £150) to receive a free thank you gift from me.

Be sure to come back on Sunday when I share more of the gifts I made for my teamies from OnStage

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Jar of Love from Stampin’ Up for #GDP082

I am using my favourite set today, Jar of Love.  I simply adore it and I hear it is carrying over into the new catalogue so that is a whole another year to share ideas and inspiration using this set.  This week at the Global Design Project we have a sketch challenge.
Jar of Love for Global Design ProjectMy card is made using heavy weight whisper white cardstock and has no layers, I simply masked a line on the card front and stamped the two separate areas of the card separately.

I used the Diagonal Stripe background stamp to create the stripes in Pink Pirouette Ink and then stamped the flowers from the Jar of Love stamp set using Flirty Flamingo ink.  I stamped the flower off first to create a lighter shade for the whole flower then stamped the flower centre using the Flirty Flamingo ink without stamping off first.

I filled the gaps with the leaves and hearts using versa mark and heat embossed in Silver Embossing powder.

I added a sliver glimmer paper strip down the card to separate the two stamping styles.
I stamped the sentiment from Suite Sentiments in the seasonal catalogue using versa mark ink and heat embossed in silver too.  I used the label framelits to cut out the greeting and simply stuck it in place with dimensionals.

Jar of Love from Stampin Up

Shall we pop over to see what the other design team members of the Global Design Project have made with this sketch below?

#GDP082

We would love you to join this weeks challenge and make a project and upload it to the Global Design Project.

All the items I have used to create this card are shared below and if you click any of the images you will go to that item in my shop and be able to place your own order.

Please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like some help.

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High Tide from Stampin Up for #GDP080

I wanted to get my High Tide Stamp set inky for this weeks Global Design Project entry.  It is a case the designer week and we are casing Louise Sharp.  Louise is a super talented crafter who lies in Australia and is on the Stampin Up Artisan Design Team. I simply love her style and you must pop over to her blog.

High Tide from Stampin Up

I decided that the High Tide set needed a little grunging and totally she went for it with my sponge and timeless textures.

I inked the background onto very vanilla cardstock and sponged the sky with Pool Party and Marina Mist and then inked the edge with Smoky Slate around the edge.

I stamped the lighthouse in Dapper Denim Ink and added the shadow for the lighthouse with Basic Grey Ink.  The sea was stamped in Marina Mist and Mint Macaroon Ink.

High Tide from Stampin Up

I cut a 2″ wide rectangle to make a tag and added a dapper denim circle and punched a hole in the centre and tied linen and gold thread through the hole.

I added a rectangle of gold foil cardstock as a mount to the card and then added it to a Pool Party card base.

So let me show you Louise’s original card which we are casing this week.

#GDP080 case the designer Louise Sharp

We would love you to join us and make something casing Louise’s card.  Pop on over to the Global Design Project to see how to share your entry and see what the other design team members have created.

All the supplies I used to create this card are shared below, simply click any of the pictures to go direct to that item in my shop to place your order.  If you spend £20+ please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.  If you spend £45 till the end of March you can choose a free sale-a-bration free item, there are 23 to choose from!

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