Michelle Last

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 >

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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

If you would like to purchase any of the items I used to create this card or any other Stampin Up products simply click any of the images shared below to go direct to my online shop and be sure to enter the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me as I really appreciate your business.

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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

If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card simply click the images shown below to go direct to my online shop. And don’t forget to use my monthly hostess card to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me!

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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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Hello! Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Blog Hop using Blooms & Wishes

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Welcome to the Hello! Annual Catalogue 2016-2017 Blog Hop! You’ll be hopping around some amazing Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstrators blogs, each with an inspirational project, featuring new catalogue products. 

Currently you’re visiting Michelle Last from the UK Hello there! You can continue hopping by using the previous and next buttons at the end of this post. Now, let’s scroll down to see what I’ve been making. I reached for my Blooms & Wishes set which is so easy to create beautiful cards.  It looks so different when stamped in different colours too, see my previous card made with different colour inks!  It is such a versatile set!

Blooms & Wishes for Hello New Catalogue Blog Hop
I had a little candle in a jar and decided to embellish the top to match the card to give as a gift and paired with the striped ribbon as it coordinates so well!
I used the new layering circles framelits to create the double scallop edge.  I also used the sunshine wishes thinlits to create the die cut sentiment and matching stamps from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
Blooms & Wishes Candle Jar
I have a wonderful tutorial, video to share with you tomorrow on how I made the card and several others and  you won’t want to miss it so be sure to pop back tomorrow!
Don’t forget that the Bonus Days Offer is on which means that for every £45 you spend you will receive a coupon worth £4.50 to spend in August.  More details on Bonus Days can be found by clicking the button on the right hand side bar.

Thank you for visiting today. The next stop is the talented
Louise Sharp from Australia. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
Hello Annual Catalogue Blog Hop
If you would like a full line up of all participants on the hop please see below –

Sarah Berry – UK
Carolina Evans – AUSTRALIA
Michelle Last – UK < You are here!
Louise Sharp – AUSTRALIA
Anja Luft – GERMANY
Caroline van der Straaten – THE NETHERLANDS
Constanze Wirtz – GERMANY
Kylie Bertucci – AUSTRALIA
Tracy May – UK
Valerie Lo – FRANCE
Josee Smuck – CANADA
Jennifer Pauli – GERMANY
Krista Driessen – THE NETHERLANDS

Here are the supplies I used to create this project, simply click the images below to go direct to my online shop.  And for every £45 you spend you will receive an emailed coupon to use in August! And if ordering via my online shop don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you gift.
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Technique 101 – Using Stampin’ Write Markers

Techniques 101 Monthly Blog Hop

This month I am sharing a simple card using the Stampin’ Write Markers.  The Stampin’ Write markers are dual tipped marker pens in the Stampin’ Up! colours which are filled with dye inks so they are perfectly suited to colouring your rubber stamps and stamping onto card.  Dye inks are fast drying (so no smudging) and when colouring onto a stamp they can dry before you get a chance to stamp but don’t worry that is easily solved by re-moistening the stamp by breathing a deep exhalation on the stamp before pressing onto your card.

Technique 101 - Marker Pens from Stampin Up using Endless Thanks

I have used the photopolymer stamp set called Endless Thanks and used 3 colours of marker pens, Melon Mambo and Old Olive (both from the brights collection) and the Basic Black marker which is available to purchase on its own.

Every marker has a dual top, a fine tip for journaling and a thick tip for colouring.  You can colour the stamps, re-moisten with your breath and stamp or colour in your images directly onto the card.  It means you do not need to invest in all the colour ink pads right away but instead invest in a set of markers or the whole set of markers and know that you have a good range of Stampin’ Up! colours to be working with.

I simply coloured each stamp with the thick brush tip of the marker, re-moistened with my breath and stamped.  If you look at the marker pen there is a tick line next to the thick tip and a thin line next to the thin tip.  I added two strips of washi tape in matching colours and stamped an array of flowers, leaves and hearts.  I then stamped the banner and added my chosen sentiment and cut around it.  I stuck the banner down with dimensionals so that it gave the card some dimension.

Technique 101 - Using Markers from Stampin Up on Endless Thanks

And guess what?  If you image doesn’t stamp perfectly, you can simply use the marker pen to colour any missed areas – genius!

So it is time to go and see what Sonia Benedetti from France  has made using markers, simply click the next button below to keep hopping..

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 (your are here)
4. 
Leonie Schroder – Australia
5. Erna Logtenberg – Netherlands
6. Heike Vass – Germany
7. Michelle Last – UK
8. Sonia Benedetti – France

If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card simply click the images shown below to go direct to my online shop.  And don’t forget to use my monthly hostess card to receive a free thank you gift for shopping with me!

 

 

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