Michelle Last

Lots of Lavender FREE from Stampin’ Up!

I have a beautiful card to share with you using the Lots of Lavender Stamp set which is FREE when you place an order for £45+ from my online shop.

Lots of Lavender FREE from Stampin' Up!

I stamped the beautiful lavender stamp in Black Memento Ink and coloured it using the Stampin’ Blends.  I found a circle die and drew a pencil line so that some of the flower and stems would be outside the die cut shape.  I cut around the protruding pieces so that they would not be cut by the die.

I really wanted to add some dimension and texture on this card so I stamped and hand cut some more of the lavender foliage and fussy cut around it and raised it up with dimensionals.

A Linen thread bow adds some more texture.

Here are the Stampin’ Blends colours I used –

  • Pink Pirouette Dark
  • Rich Razzleberry Dark
  • Rich Razzleberry Light
  • Old Olive Light
  • Old Olive Dark

Lots of Lavender FREE from Stampin' Up

The amazing die cut word is from the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies cut in Basic Grey cardstock, which are also free during saleabration if you spend £90.  The word YOU and ARE SIMPLY are from the matching stamp set called Amazing You also free during saleabration with a £45 spend.

There are lots of lovely free items to get your hands on till the end of March, details of this fantastic promotion are shared in the Saleabration brochure on the right which will open as a pdf.

The embossing folder I used is called Quilt Top, isn’t it beautiful?

If you would like to place an order, click the order online button on the top right of my blog.  If you spend more than £20+ please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.  For every £45 you spend during saleabration you can choose a free item (does not include postage) and if your order is £150+ please do not use the monthly hostess code as you will receive stampin’ rewards to spend (which is money to spend on any Stampin’ Up! goods of your choice) and I will send a thank you gift as I really appreciate your custom.

Any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All the items I used to make the Lots of Lavender card are shared below, simply click any of the items to go to that item in my online shop – Happy Shopping!

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Technique 101 – Creating backgrounds with your clear blocks

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

This month we are sharing projects made by inking up the clear blocks and stamping them to create a background for your card.

Flower Shop & Pansy Punch from Stampin Up

I originally wanted to use one large clear block but just wasn’t get the background effect I wanted so I reached for my clear block B and inked it up with smoky slate ink and spritzed it with water from the spritzer bottle.

I then stamped it on the watercolour card background and pressed hard to let the ink soak in and didn’t lift up the block right away, I let it sit for a while to make sure that the paper had soaked up the ink and water.

If you have excess water when you remove the block, simply dab away any excess with kitchen towel or tissue.

I stamped the same block in the same ink twice more to create three blocks on my background.

Backgrounds with clear blocks

I them stamped three identical flowers from the flower shop stamp set and coloured with with Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo ink and an aqua painter an stuck them on the blocks with a dimensional.

Finally I needed a greeting and die cut the hug using the Lovely Words Thinlit Dies and just snipped the ends of the word so it wasn’t encased in the circle.

A final addition of the glitter enamel dots and it was done!

I cannot wait to see the backgrounds the rest of the blog hoppers have created with clear blocks, lets go visit Frenchie and see her beautiful card.

Technique 101 Next

Hop on round but if you lose your way here is a list of the blog hop participants.

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Patrice Halliday-Larsen
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.

Please use the monthly hostess code if you spend £20+ to receive a free thank you gift as I really appreciate you shopping with me 🙂

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Lovely Inside & Out Bundle for the Global Design Project

I have a card to share for the Global Design Project sketch challenge using the Lovely Inside & Out Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

Lovely Inside & Out from Stampin Up

It is a very simply sketch and I really encourage you to join in this week and share what you make using the sketch for inspiration.

Here’s how I made it

I used a brand new designer series paper coming in the new autumn/winter catalogue for the background of my card, isn’t it lovely.  You really are in for a treat in September 🙂

I layered the paper and burlap ribbon to give an earthy/natural feel and added the greeting from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set and cut the ‘hugs’ die cut word from the Lovely Words Thinlits.

I added some gold foil to two of the corners for something different and then fussy cut a small spring of leaves to accent the hugs word. A final wrap of linen thread and it was complete.

Really simply, let’s go and see what the other design team members have made using the same sketch and be sure to check out how to enter this weeks challenge over at the Global Design Project

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It is the last day to place an order and receive the Bonus Days coupons to spend in August.  For every £45 you spend you will be emailed a coupon code to receive £4.50 off any spend in August.

Bonus Days from Stampin Up

It is also the last day of July and the last day to use the monthly hostess code if your order is £20+ and less than £150 to receive a free thank you gift as I really appreciate your business.

The items I have used to make this card (excluding the DSP) are shared below.  Click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop to place your order (don’t forget the hostess code).

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Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin’ Up!

This week at the Global Design Project we are casing the designer Tanja Solar from Germany.  I have used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies as Tanja using the dragonfly in her beautiful card.    You must pop over to take a look at her lovely blog as she is super talented.  We are currently both in Thailand enjoying the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip together 🙂

Watercolor Wings from Stampin' Up! case of Tanja Kolar

I kept my card pretty simple this week and added lots of layers and textures.

How I made my Card
  • I cut a rectangle from the Foil Frenzy Speciality DSP and die cut the detailed butterfly using the Butterfly Thinlits.
  • I punched a piece of Pool Party card with the Ticket Tear Border Punch and layered it underneath the foil frenzy rectangle.
  • I cut a length of Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and glued and stapled it to the foil frenzy rectangle.
  • I stamped a greeting from the Watercolor Wings stamp set onto white cardstock in black ink and cut into a rectangle.
  • I die cut a fancy strip from the Flourish Thinlits in Island Indigo cardstock.
  • Everything was layered up onto my whisper white card base.
  • I then added glue to the body of the butterfly and secured it into the die cut space to hold it to the card but left the wings to move freely.
  • A few rhinestones and it was complete.

Here is the lovely card we are casing this week from Tanja Kolar.

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Please join us this week and make a card based on Tanja’s card and enter the Global Design Project challenge and you could be selected as one of the weekly winners 🙂 Pop over to the blog to see what the other design team members have made too!

All the items I have used to make my card are from Stampin’ Up! and available from my online shop.  Please use the monthly hostess code when shopping with me to receive a free thank you gift.

Bonus Days from Stampin Up

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Climbing Orchid from Stampin’ Up!

I have inked up the new Climbing Orchid stamp set from Stampin’ Up for this weeks Global Design Project challenge.  This weeks its a colour challenge and when you see the colours you will be amazed that i was able to create such a muted coloured card.

Climbing Orchid from Stampin Up

The Climbing Orchid stamp set is so pretty with lots of options as it includes 28 stamps for only £24, what a deal!

I also used the Fresh Florals DSP in Lemon Lime Twist as the background and a little Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon.

Climbing Orchid for the Global Design Project

I coloured the orchid with pool party watercolour pencils and blended them with the wink of stella glitter pen which adds sparkler and blends the colours.

Time to see the colour challenge this week….

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I warned you they were bright didn’t I.  I used the slightest splash of Berry Burst in the centre of the Orchid so as not to overwhelm the card.

I really hope you join us this week and make something for this weeks challenge.  Come on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other design team members have made and how to enter your own project to the weekly challenge.

All the products I have used to make this project as shared below, click any of the images below to go direct to my shop and be sure to enter the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me when you spend £20+ (and less than £150) as I really appreciate you shopping with me.

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