Michelle Last

Lovely Words Dies from Stampin’ Up!

I am sharing the fantastic new dies from Stampin Up called Lovely Words Thinlits.  They have a coordinating stamp set called Lovely Inside & Out and I was able to make this really striking card using these brand new products.

Lovely Words Thinlits Stampin Up

This week at the Global Design Project we have a sketch challenge, I have used quite a lot of artistic licence with this weeks sketch and we would love you to join us and share something you have made using this sketch too!


How I made my card

I tried to echo the diagonal background with the friend word from the Lovely Inside & Out co-ordinating stamp set.  I heat embossed the friend word using clear embossing powder.

I had to use a stamp a majig to get the word into diagonal lines.

I also cut 1cm strips of cardstock in 4 colours Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo and Pool Party and glued them to a piece of scrap cardstock to mount behind the die cut word.  I added the tied bow with black and white bakers twine.

We would really love you to pop over the Global Design Project to see what the other designers have made and also enter your own card for this weeks challenge.

All the items I used to make this card are shared below, simply click any of the items to go direct to that item in my online shop.  Please don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift.  More details about the hostess code thank you gift can be found here….

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Technique 101 – Simple Heat Embossing & New Stampin Up catalogue launch!

Welcome back, two posts in one day!!! The new catalogue launches today!  That means you can finally look inside the catalogue and see all the wonderful new goodies on offer. I am going to be placing a huge order today as I have been waiting 6 weeks to get my hands on some of the new items!

If you have not seen the new catalogue simply click the link on the right of my blog to open an pdf copy.  If you would like a paper copy, drop me an email/message with your address and I will post one out to you free of charge. All the specials and offers launched today are shared on the blog post earlier.

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

I also have a Technique 101 Blog Post for you which is sharing a simple card using a technique, this months technique is Heat Embossing.  It is such a WOW technique and if you have not tried it before you definitely need to give it a go….

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I used a new stamp set called Love & Affection and simply stamped the sentiment and the floral designs around the edge of the card front using Versamark Ink.  Versamark Ink is more sticky than normal ink and takes longer to dry which gives you time to sprinkle the heat embossing powder on to your card front.  It only sticks where you have inked with the versamark.

Technique 101 - Heat Embossing using Love & Affection

I keep my embossing powder in plastic takeaway containers as it makes it easier to pour the excess back into the container.  If you find that the powder is sticking to the card in places where it shouldn’t you really need to invest in an embossing buddy as it removes any moisture or oil from the paper which the powder will want to cling to.

Once the powder has stuck to the inked image  you need to use your heat tool to melt and set your powder.   Turn on the heat tool and let it heat up for 30 seconds before pointing it at your cardstock to melt the powder.

Technique 101 - Embossing using Love & Affection

When the powder is melted it will go from dull to shiny.  You can see the leaves which are bright white, they have melted and you can move the heat tool to another area to melt the powder until it is all done.

Once it is melted and cooled you should be able to run your hand over the stamped images and the melted powder will not rub off.

I then simply added some rhinestones to add some bling and you are good to go!

I did a stepped up version of this card for my cruise swap with Stampin Up which you can see here……

Please continue to hop on over to Sonia in France to see some more ideas using heat embossing….

Techniques 101 International Blog Hop

Here is a list of all the participants of this technique 101 post, be sure to hop around and see lots more wonderful ideas using heat embossing…

Sandi MacIver – Canada (you are here)

Patrice Halliday-Larsen – New Zealand

Leonie Schroder – Australia

Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands

Heike Vass – Germany

Michelle Last – UK < that’s me

Sonia Benedetti – France

In the meantime please pop on over to my shop and place an order for all the lovely new products.  If your order is £20+ and less than £150 please use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

If your order is £150+ you will receive the hostess rewards for yourself so please check out the lovely new hostess items at the back of the catalogue as there are some gorgeous ones all at subsidised prices just for people spending £150+ or hosting a party.


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Watercoloured Background using Stampin Up Products

I promised a video on how I created this card and the watercoloured background.  It is such a versatile technique and looks different everytime you create it.  It also looks lovely in other colours, I really hope you try it!

Flowering Fields free from Stampin Up during Saleabration 2016

All supplies to make this card are listed below and the Flowering Fields is only available till the 31st March and free with every £45 you spend.


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