Michelle Last

Hearts Come Home from Stampin’ Up!

I think my favourite stamp set/bundle from the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue is the Hearts Come Home Bundle.  It screams Christmas but as it has houses I knew I wanted to be able to make a New Home Card.

New Home Card using Hearts Come Home

I stamped the little houses in a row and used a piece of washi tape as a guide to stamp my houses straight.  I stamped them in memento black ink and used my stamp-a-majig to get even spacing.

I heat embossed one of the houses and cut around it and raised it up with dimensionals to add focus to one house.

The greetings are from Home Life on page 148 of the annual catalogue.  I love it has a ‘on your new home greeting’ and ‘on starting a new home together’ and I decided to heat emboss the greeting.

Congratulations was stamped onto the banner and raised up with dimensionals.

I even went mad and stamped more houses inside….

Hearts Come Home From Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love how I created a New Home card using what looks like a traditional Christmas Stamp set.  Just goes to show, a stamp set is for life not just for Christmas – boom boom!

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40th Birthday Card for #GDP102

This week at the Global Design Project we have a sketch challenge and I have made a 40th Birthday Card using the Number of Years stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

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It was my beautiful cousin’s 40th birthday and I wanted to make a special card for her.  The number of years stamp set is a brilliant set for any milestone birthdays you are celebrating.

The stamp set has matching dies which makes cutting out the numbers a breeze!

Number of Years from Stampin Up

I added a little string of linen thread around the base of the back part of the card and made the front a little shorter.

I also added a washi tape edging to the white card front and some enamel dots.

The greeting on the front is just perfect for my cousin Nichola.  She is just a blessing to our family.  She makes us all smile and I was delighted to be able to celebrate her birthday with her and my family.  She even had the biggest helium balloon I have have seen with her name on it!

Nichola's 40th Birthday

Love her!

Here is the inside of the card….

Number of Years 40th Birthday

It is time to pop over to the Global Design Project and see what the other design team members have made using this sketch…#GDP102

Please come and join us this week and make a card using the sketch and share it at the Global Design Project blog.

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Embossing Paste for Technique 101 Blog Hop

Technique 101 with Michelle Last
This month at the Technique 101 blog hop we are all using Embossing paste!  I had not used this new product before and to be honest and just winged it.  It was really easy, fast drying and added a lovely texture and dimension to my card so will definitely be using it again soon.

Quirky Critters using Embossing Paste

I used the paste to create the glittery cloud background.

Quirky Critters for Technique 101

To make the background using embossing paste I did the following
  • I sponged a whisper white card base with Marina Mist ink and a sponge to create a mottled cloudy background.
  • I placed my mask with the clouds over my card front and taped in place with washi tape so it did not move.
  • I then used the palette knife and the embossing paste to spread the paste over the mask as if you spreading butter onto toast.
  • Ensure that you cover the whole area and all the die cut cloud shapes with a think layer of the embossing paste.
  • Then keeping the palette knife horizontal to the card base and stencil (and the desk) scrape off the excess so  you only leave the paste left inside the cloud shape.
  • Add any paste back to the tub and wipe off the excess paste from the palette knife using a wet wipe.
  • Be quick with the clean up as the paste dries really quick.
  • Remove the washi tape and peel back the mask and wash with soapy water and dry.
  • Sprinkle dazzling diamonds glitter to the clouds and set aside for the embossing paste to dry completely.
  • Stamp the critter and colour with aqua painter, watercolour pencils or a blender pen (which is what I used).
  • Die cut the critter (sloth) and create a frame which what ever you have in your craft room,  A standard square mat and layer will work fine.
  • Once the embossing paste background is dry add the quirky critter to the front using dimensionals.

Isn’t it fun?  I really hope you give the embossing paste a try.  Time to hop across to see what the other blog hoppers have made using embossing paste.  Next up is Frenchie >

Technique 101 Next

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the list of participants this month, hope you enjoy hopping around and be sure to leave us a comment if you like what you see.

1. France Poitras Martin – USA
2 .Sandi MacIver – Canada
3. Leonie Schroder – Australia
4. Carmen Morris – Netherlands
5. Heike Vass – Germany
6. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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Technique 101 – Using Washi Tape

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

This months Technique 101 blog hop we are sharing cards we have made using Washi Tape.  If you are anything like me you have tons of Washi Tape but it’s just too pretty to use!  There are so many ways to use Washi Tape and I decided to create my own bunting for a birthday card.Big on Birthdays Technique 101 Washi Tape Card

I simply wrapped a piece of Washi Tape around a piece of linen thread and stuck it together so it was double thickness.Washi tape bunting made by Michelle Last

I then cut a little V in the base with scissors.  Cut up the centre as deep as you want the V but to me and then cut from each corner to meet the cut for perfect even bunting each time!

Big on Birthdays Technique 101

A pretty cool way to use your Washi Tape I hope you will agree!  Would you like some more ideas?  Then let’s pop over to Frenchie to see what she has made using washi tape. Simply click the next button below.

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.. Michelle Last – UK < You are here

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One Sheet Wonder using Blooms & Wishes

I shared with you yesterday a card I made with Blooms & Wishes using the One Sheet Wonder technique.  In case you are wondering what a One Sheet Wonder is, it is a simply way of stamping a whole sheet of A4 cardstock and then cutting it economically to get lots of different cuts to create many cards.

Blooms & Wishes One SHeet Wonder 7 Cards

The one sheet wonder I have created is using the Blooms and Wishes stamp set and I created 7 cards.  I also used the Sunshine Saying Stamp set and matching Sunshine Wishes Thinlits to create the sentiments and details for each card.  Here is the stamped A4 sheet, be mindful to stamp each flower 4 times in all four sections of the cardstock so that you have an even spread of flowers.  Blooms & Wishes One Sheet Wonder Stamped A4

Here is a quick video to show you how I created the background…

Here are the supplies I used to create all 7 cards –

  • 5 sheets Whisper White Cardstock
  • 1 sheet of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
  • 1 sheet of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock
  • 1 roll of Washi tape from the Affectionately Yours Washi tape collection
  • Ink – Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach

Here is how I cut my sheet of A4 cardstock to create all 7 cards.  I ended up with one small stamped rectangle – you could use that to make a tag!  If you are not using A4 cardstock, simply use the cutting guide below to cut your piece of card without paying too much attention to the measurements in mm.

Blooms & Wishes One Sheet Wonder Measurements

Once cut you can make the 7 cards shown below…

Blooms & Wishes 3 Cards One Sheet Wonder

Blooms & WIshes One Sheet Wonder 4 cards

And here are the supplies I used to create my cards which are all available to purchase from my online shop (click the order online button on the top right hand side of my blog and don’t forget to use the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift) or simply click any of the images in the table below to be taken direct to my shop.

Blooms & wishes One Sheet Wonder - Supplies Needed

A US demo friend has shared the measurements in inches she used to make this one sheet wonder using 8.5 x 11″ cardstock, thanks Nancy Hoetker!

One Sheet Wonder by Michelle Last Measurements in Inches

And to make purchasing from me even sweeter, don’t forget the bonus days….

Bonus Days from Stampin Up

And if you place an order with me in July or August or join my team of demonstrators you also get a free tutorial to make my Jar of Love project.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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