Michelle Last

Technique 101 – Thumping using Blooms & Wishes

Technique 101 with Michelle Last

At the technique 101 we are hopping around and sharing projects using the thumping technique. I used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set and there isn’t a black eye in sight!

Blooms & Wishes Technique 101 Thumping

I have not tried this technique before and really enjoyed the results.  I used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set and my inks and markers to create the speckled effect on the flowers.  You simply ink up your solid stamp with a light colour ink and then using the brush tip of the marker pens you need to thump the tip onto the stamp in a darker colour marker pen to create the speckle effect.

I used three flower stamps from Blooms & Wishes and here are the colour combos I used.

  • So Saffron Ink Pad and Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral Marker Pens.
  • Blushing Bride Ink Pad and Sweet Sugarplum and Pumpkin Pie Marker Pens.
  • Calypso Coral Ink Pad and Real Red Marker Pen.

I stamped off some of the darker colours before thumping with the marker pens so experiment before you stamp onto your cardstock.

Blooms & Wishes from Stampin Up

This is a different colour combo for me but I really like it.  I stamped the leaves without any thumping using Cajun Craze (stamped off first).

I wanted a large sentiment for the front and the thank you so much from  Thankful Thoughts was perfect. I thought it would look great gold heat embossed but it would look great just stamped in a darker colour ink too!

You are sure to be amazed at what the other design team blog hoppers have made using the thumping technique, simply click the next button below or if you get lost click the next in the list below that.

Technique 101 Next

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
4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < that’s me!

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Mediterranean Moments from Stampin’ Up!

I have a gorgeous coloured thank you card made using the Mediterranean Moments stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  My husbands work colleague is from Spain and he kindly gave us a bottle of his cold pressed Olive Oil from his region in Spain.

I wanted to make a thank you card and the Mediterranean moments stamp set seemed a perfect fit.Mediterranean moments from Stampin Up

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and stitched around the edge onto early espresso card as I had my sewing machine handy.  I then set about colouring the image with a combo of watercolour pencils and inks and the blender pen.  Colouring really is very therapeutic and it really did not take long to get it coloured.  I then added a heat embossed thanks sentiment from the thankful thoughts stamp set.

The last detail was to add the fine tip glue to the bench and the lamps to create a shine to those images only once the glue had dried.

The stamps in this set are so detailed and if you need some ideas on what colours to use when colouring them in doing a google image search as there are lots of examples for inspiration.

If you would like to order Stampin Up products, you can visit my online shop and place you own order anytime.  If you like the products I have used in todays card then click any of the images below to go direct to that item in my online shop.  Please remember to use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me and with every £45 you spend you can also choose a free sale-a-bration item (see leaflet on the right hand side of this post).

I am here to help so please get in touch if you need me.  Have lovely weekend x

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Stampin Up Cruise 2016

Whilst you are reading this I will be on the Stampin’ Up! Cruise around the Mediterranean.  There are 815 of us from across the world all celebrating together.

Whilst on board we get the chance to make 26 cards and swap them for other cards from other demonstrators.  I am super excited to see the swaps I get back and will share a video on my return of all the lovely items I receive.

This is the card I made (26 in fact) using the new Love & Affection Stamp set which is launching in the new catalogue (1st June).

Love & Affection from Stampin Up

I stamped onto craft cardstock and heat embossed the flowers in white.  I then coloured the whole flower and leaves in white ink and let it dry.

I then coloured them with an aqua painter and the dye inks.  I used the new In Colour Flirty Flamingo which I have just fallen in love with…

Love & Affection from Stampin Up - Thank you card

I stamped thanks onto vellum and my card was complete.

Love & Affection from Stampin Up - Thank you card for Stampin Up Cruise

So I made them sound pretty simple but just to warn you it did take me an age to make 26+.  I made some matching tags too but you will see those in my next blog post.

Not long till you can order this set and many more lovely things, I have already had so much lovely feedback about the new catalogue, just wish it would hurry up and launch already 🙂

Have a great day x

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#GDP037 Using Endless Thanks from Stampin’ Up!

I have a colour challenge card to share with you today for the Global Design Challenge.  I instantly loved the colours in this challenge and had no problem creating my card this week. I reached for one of my favourite stamp sets called Endless Thanks and introduced some new goodies you will soon be able to get your hands on!

#GDP037 Endless Thanks

It was pretty quick to make and I loved the clean simplicity of the card.  Here is are the colours used…

#GDP037 Colour Challenge using Endless Thanks

I really hope you join in this week and share what you have made using the three main colours and some other neutrals if needed.  Pop on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other super talented design team members created with this colour palette and enter yourself using the instructions provided.

I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Here are the supplies I used to make this card, the dotty edge and circle are both new stamps (not available till 1st June) but just to give you a little taster! If you are ordering with me via my online shop, don’t forget to use the hostess code if your order is £20+ to get a free thank you gift mid June.

 

 

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International Blog Highlight – Sending a thank you card

International Blog Hop retiring products

Welcome to our International Blog Hop highlighting some of our favourite products that are retiring. We are sure that you will find some incredible inspiration from the projects that you are about to see.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Michelle Last UK Demonstrator or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.
If you live in Europe and were wanting to purchase some Stampin’ Up!® Products I am happy to help you.

butterfly thank you card for International Blog Highlight

I was invited to take part in this blog hop as I was chosen as one of the 3 winning cards in the Blog Highlight.  I went all fancy this time as opposed to my last thank you card (see blog post here) and used the Butterfly Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I did add some stamped detail and I stamped the back ground with the watercolour wash background stamp and added some gold embossed dots using a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.

I cut out the thanks words in gold foil from the Greetings Thinlit dies and layered it over part of the swallowtail butterfly.

As you may know our retiring list is in full swing and items are selling out.  After 30th May the retired items will no longer be available so if you love them don’t let them go!

Thank you for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Michelle Last, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

 

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