Michelle Last

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?


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.

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Technique 101 – Sponging

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

In this months blog hop with the Technique 101 we are sharing cards with sponging on them.  Any sponging goes and I am sure that the design team will be sharing lots of ideas on how to get some great effects with your sponges and daubers.

Sponging using Weather Together from Stampin Up

I cut out a rectangle using my paper trimmer and photocopy paper.  I used photocopy paper as it is thin and when I sponge over the edge of the cut paper the sponge passes smoothly over it to create a nice crisp sponged line.

By using photocopy paper you can also position the rectangle on your card front and see it is lined up correctly.

I then used Marina Mist Ink and a large sponge and tapped the sponge into the ink and dabbed it off onto the grid paper behind before sponging.  Take your time, I move in a circular motion with my sponge and be sure not to let your mask slip.

Once you are happy with your sponged panel, I stamped the umbrella stamp from Weather Together in Black Ink.  I then stamped the umbrella again and cut it out so add some dimension.  I simply coloured the handle with a night of navy marker pen and added some flowers and pearls from the stamp set.

This stamp set comes with a set of dies but I did not use them for this card, I hand cut the elements.

So now it is time to pop on over to Frenchie’s blog to see what she has made using sponging.

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
4. Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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Global Design Project #GDP040 using Jar of Love

This weeks card is case the designer week and we are casing the super talented and oh so lovely Shawn de Oliveria.  Shawn is one of the super talented design team at the Global Design Project and I really recommend you pop over to his blog as he makes beautiful cards.

I am having so much fun using all my new supplies from the new annual Stampin Up catalogue. One of my new favourites is Jar of Love.  It has so much potential as there are so many stamps and framelits in the bundle.

Jar of Love from Stampin Up - #GDP040

I embossed the background onto a Daffodil Delight Card base leaving a blank panel on the right for the sentiment.

I inked a piece of pool party cardstock with rich razzleberry ink and diecut the sunshine die cut from the new Sunshine Wishes Framelits. I added the ‘spread the’ sentiment from Jar of Love.

I stamped the glass jar onto acetate using White StazOn and added a layer of white card underneath which was watercoloured to give the effect of water in the jar.

Jar of Love from Stampin Up - #GDP040

I stamped and die cut the flowers in varying shades of Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry Ink (and crushed curry ink).  And finally a little flourish of gold metallic thread around the neck of the jar and an enamel dot as the dot for the ‘i’.

Here is the sketch of the card from Shawn de Oliveira. Isn’t it beautiful?


I really hope you join us this week and make a card using the sketch and pop on over to the Global Design Project to add your entry using InLinkz.  We love seeing what you make and 3 of the best are chosen each week.

If you would like to purchase Stampin Up supplies, please visit my online shop by clicking the order online button on the right.  If you spend £20+ (and less than £150) don’t forget to add the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.  Here are all the supplies needed to create this card….




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Pinkies Blog Hop using new Stampin’ Up! products

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Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

If you have arrived here from Nicole’s blog thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy seeing the inspiration from our team and continue to hop on through to see what everyone has made.

I finally got my hands on some new Stampin’ Up! products and cannot wait to share with you what I made.
Watercolour Wash background stamp from Stampin' Up!

I was like a kid in a sweet shop and did not know what to use first!  I was dying to see the new heavy weight whisper white cardstock and decided to make a single layer card to see if it was built for the job and I am pleased to say its perfect for the job. Lovely and sturdy and you are sure to see lots more of this fab new item!

I also loved the new Wooden Expressions Natural Elements but decided to see if I could heat emboss them with Melon Mambo embossing powder.  Look how lovely the celebrate looks in Pink!

Finally the new sentiment is from Happy Happenings and I die cut around it with the new Tags & Labels Framelits.

Pinkies Blog Hop using Stampin Up productsYou may also be able to see the lush new metallic thread.  I’ve not quite got the hang of how to place it on my card yet and with a final flourish of flowers my card was complete.  So simple and yet beautiful too!

So lets go and see what the other lovely Pinkies have made with new items from the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  Next up is Kim’s blog. Enjoy hopping around and have a great day everyone!
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Kind Koala Thinking of you Card

I made this cute card using the Kind Koala stamp from the new annual catalogue.  Our friends son Matt, is going to Australia for a year and this little chap was just too perfect not to use to wish him well!

Kind-Koala Thinking Of You Card
I coloured the koala with my new blendabilities which is still a technique I am working on, by no means am I an expert but little and often I keep telling myself.  I made a little tag using the tag topper punch and added the hearts using the hearts border punch.  The background paper adds a punch, its from the Moonlight paper stack, love it, such great value and featuring the In Colours, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey.

Wishing you all a great day, the supplies I used are listed below, if you need supplies please visit my online shop or get in touch, I would be very happy to help.

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