Michelle Last

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Card from Stampin’ Up!

This weeks challenge at the Global Design Project is to make a card featuring a winged creature! I love bumble bees. I fell in love with this chubby little chap as soon as I saw the Dragonfly dreams stamp set.

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Card

Isn’t the bee beeautiful?  I stamped onto watercolour paper which was cut out with our stitched framelit dies (which are still available but not in a catalogue, click the link in the items used at the bottom of this post if you wish to order) which I love as you get three shapes of dies in 3 sizes for each shape and 12 dies in total.

I then coloured with our marker pens and a blender pen and outlined him with a sahara sand marker.  The card base is made from Kraft cardstock and I stamped the bee in black ink.  It looks so striking on the kraft background.

I then finished it off with our gorgeous burlap ribbon and linen thread.

We would love you to play along this week at the Global Design Project and made something using the challenge outlined below.  Pop on over to the Global Design Project to see what the other design team members have made and also see the instructions on how to play along.

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If you wish to purchase any of the items used to make this card please click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop and place you own order.   Don’t forget to add the hostess code to receive a free thank you gift from me.

You can also choose a free item during sale-a-bration for every £45 you spend.  Don’t miss out, offer runs till the end of March!

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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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Hey Chick from Stampin’ Up!

Everyone needs a little chicken on a Friday and what could be cuter than the Hey Chick stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Hey Chick from Stampin Up

Our beautiful little chicken is free with an order of £45.  Yes you hear me right, FREE!

For every £45 you spend during Sale-a-bration (which runs till the end of March) you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration booklet, there are 12 free items to choose from but I think this one is my favourite!

I coloured the chicken on watercolour paper using aqua painters and blender pens and the cut background is stamped using a stamp from Playful Backgrounds which is a really useful set to have in your stash.

I am sure we can all think of a special ‘chick’ in our lives who deserves a handmade card!

If you wish to place an order, simply click any of the images below to go direct to my online shop.  If your order is £20 please use the monthly hostess code to receive a free thank you card and gift from me.

Guess what the thank you card was for orders in December, the card shown above along with an adhesive remover and a whole pack of the foam adhesive strips for adding dimension or making shaker cards.  The thank you gift is from me and the sale-a-bration item is a gift from Stampin Up when you order £45+ worth of products.

If you would like paper copies of the catalogue, please complete the form in the right hand column to request a copy.  And pdf copies of both current catalogues plus the sale-a-bration brochure are available to view by clicking the image on the right too!

Have a wonderful weekend, I hope that this cold weather doesn’t scupper any of your plans x

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#GDP069 Lovely as a Tree from Stampin Up

This week at the Global Design Challenge we are sharing a colour challenge.  I used the Lovely as a Tree set of stamps and the Gorgeous Grunge to create this beautiful card which I cased from Birgit Edblom.  I was daunted at first when I saw the colours shared but it is wonderful to get creative with a colour palette that you would not normally use and you can add your own colour to make the palette your own.  I fell in love with Birgit which is why I pinned it and when I was stumped at what to create, I had a quick scroll through Pinterest and then knew right away I wanted to try to re-create this card using Stampin Up Stamps.

#GDP069 Lovely as a Tree from Stampin Up

I created a mask with a torn piece of photocopy paper and stamped the trees in StazOn onto watercolour paper.  I then used the daubers to ink in delightful dijon making sure that the colour was more intense at the horizon line.  I kept adding colour until I was happy with the intensity but I did not use any other yellow ink.  I made sure I left a border around the outside of the image.

I then inked in smoky slate under the horizon line and then gently added a light touch of the delightful dijon to act as a reflection.  It needed something else so I added a black definition along the horizon line with an aqua painter using memento black ink and then put the mask back in place and stamped the short edge of the lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add vertical lines which just made it perfect!

The sentiment is from Places You’ll Go which I heat embossed in silver embossing powder.  The last touch were the stunning urban underground embellishments.  They are self adhesive backed so I simply positioned them in all 4 corners and stuck in place!  The card itself is a small square card measuring 10.5 x 10.5cm.

So who is joining me this week?  Here is the colour challenge and I really encourage you to pop over to the Global Design Project to see what beautiful creations they have made with the same colour palette and then join in this week, you would be a guest designer for our next colour challenge!

Guest stamper for Global Design Project

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All the items I used to make my card are shared below. Simply click any of the buttons to go direct to my online shop to place your own order.   As its sale-a-bration there are lots of offers so don’t forget that with every £45 you spend you get a free item from the sale-a-bration leaflet and if you use the hostess code you will also receive a free thank you gift from me.

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#GDP068 Baby Card using NEW Moon Baby

Happy New Year lovely blog readers!  I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year and are rested and relaxed and ready to get crafty!  This week at the Global Design Challenge we are casing the designer Jess Williams.  Jess is a member of the Global Design Project design team, she lives in Australia and has been a previous Artisan Design Team member for Stampin Up!  She is super talented and I would love you to pop on over to her blog to see her latest creations.

I have made a baby card using the Moon Baby stamp set.  I have started using some of the brand new products from the new seasonal catalogue which launches on Wednesday 4th Jan 2017 so not long to wait to get your hands on the goodies yourself. I am still happy to send out paper copies of the new catalogue so if you have not had your copy yet please do request a copy by click the button on the right.

#GDP068 Moon Baby from Stampin Up

Isn’t that little baby adorable?  I have used the new watercolour pencils to colour in the image and then blended on the watercolour paper using an aqua painter.  I die cut some stars using the star die from Peaceful Pines and create a shaker using gold glitter which fitted with the sentiment perfectly.  The diagonal edge was stamped with watercolour wonder ink (stamped off twice to get a lighter colour) and the stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and the beautiful ombre ribbon is from the new Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

I added another sentiment to the inside from the Moon Baby set…

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This sentiment is perfect for my lovely friend who has just welcomed her first grandchild into their family.

#GDP068 Case the designer Jess Williams

Are you ready to tackle your first crafty challenge?  Then why not join us at the Global Design Project and case Jess’s card shown above?  Pop on over to the GDP to see what the other wonderful design team have made using Jess’s card as inspiration and see the instructions on how to enter.

If you wish to order any of the items I used to make my card they will be available to purchase on Wednesday and for every £45 you spend you can choose a free item from the sale-a-bration leaflet.  There are 12 different things to choose from and you are sure to want more than one!

It’s a great deal to join too!  Pay £99, choose £130 of any current goods PLUS two additional stamp sets of any value!  I would simply LOVE you to join me and my team, all the info about joining can be found under the tab at the top of my blog.  Any questions please do get in touch but don’t join before Wednesday as you will miss out on the great sale-a-bration joining offer!

Below are the items I used to make my card, simply click the images below to go direct to my online shop and be sure to use the monthly hostess code when placing an order for £20+

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