Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Stampin' Up! Verdant Garden Fun

Hi Everyone!

I have a bit of a confession to make - I'm pretty sure I'm a little bit addicted to embossing at the moment! I've loved embossing ever since I started cardmaking - that magic moment when powder turns all shiny, it's amazing. Recently I've started using it on a lot of projects, and it really does add a little something I think.

I've recently had to make a card for a Birthday - now usually this isn't a problem, I have a stash of cards made up and hand these out. But this time, the card was for a man - and we all know how tricky male cards can be!

For this card, I decided to use one of our brand new stamp sets 'Verdant Garden'. This is a great pattern builder stamp set and can be used in so many ways. I wanted to do a bit of embossing (suprise suprise!) so thought I would watercolour a green background before embossing. For the background I used a variety of green ink pads and an aqua painter and 'washed' it on watercolour paper. TIP - make sure the card is 100% dry before you start embossing, otherwise the powder will stick to the wet cardstock.


I added some ribbon (but no bow, after all it is for a man!) and a sentiment with an embossed edge, and there you have it. 

If you don't yet have a copy of the new catalogue and would like one (and you're in the UK) drop me a message and I'll post one out to you. Don't forget, all items used can be bought in my online shop:



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Monday, 10 June 2019

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop June 2019

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog - if you're joining me from another blog, then hi! I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) a Demonstrator from the UK. If you're a regular viewer of my blog then welcome back. I'd love for you to have a read of my post then hop along to the next demo in the list. 

For this month's blog hop, I wanted to share a project with you made with BRAND NEW product from the new catalogue. 

At our Demonstrator only event, On Stage, which took place in April, I was lucky enough to have a play with a gorgeous new stamp set called 'Floral Essence'. I love how this stamp set outlines the flowers, there is so much that can be done with it. When I saw the papers that co-ordinated with this stamp set, I immediately fell in love! BUT I made a promise myself to actually use the papers in my projects not just look at them and stroke them!

So for my project, I really wanted to highlight both the stamp set and the papers. I decided to emboss one of the floral images in gold directly onto the paper. I added a sentiment also gold embossed onto one of the fabulous new stitched label dies and added some co-ordinating ribbon from the Perennial Essence suite. I hope you like my card!



Thanks for reading, I'd love for you to now hop over to the next Demonstrator in the list:


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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Stamp 'N Hop June Blog Hop - Hello to the New Catalogue!


Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my contribution to the June Stamp 'N Hop blog hop. If you've come to my page from another Demonstrator, then welcome! If you're starting with me, then also welcome - take a look at my post then 'hop' on over to the next demo in the list. I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat), a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from the UK. Our blog hop for this month is focusing on saying hello to our brand new catalogue. All of the products used in our projects in the hop can be found in the new catalogue.

For my project, I decided to use our gorgeous new stamp set 'Good Morning Magnolia'. I love the big feature flower in this set, and can see lots of lovely ways to use this set in the future. For my first project with this set I decided to silver emboss the  Magnolia flower on Crumb Cake cardstock and colour in with Aqua Painters. I find that by first putting white ink down (I use the ink refill and pick up with an Aqua Painter) and letting it dry, the colour that then goes on top really 'pops' - I hope you agree! I used Balmy Blue and Petal Pink ink for the flower and Old Olive ink for the leaves.


To finish the card off, I used the gorgeous background stamp from the same set, and stamped in Whisper White ink. I added a sentiment and mounted to Petal Pink cardstock. I really hope you like my finished card.

I'd love for you to hop on over to the next Demonstrator in the blog hop.

        


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Monday, 20 May 2019

Bye Bye to Bloom by Bloom

Hi Everyone!

It's been a few weeks since my last blog post for which I can only apologise - life seems to have gone crazy this month, both in my 'normal 'job and personally (my own fault, I've taken up sewing as a hobby!).

However, I'm back and raring to go, which is perfect timing as our NEW Annual Catalogue will be launching on 4th June! This is such a beautiful catalogue with some gorgeous new suites. I can't wait to get started on having a creative play with them.

But with the new must also go the old - some of my favourite stamp sets will be retiring at the end of May, one of which is the Blooms and Wishes stamp set. I absolutely adore this set - the papers that co-ordinate are so bright and colourful, and the little punches that match make it a perfect set for Coffee and Card. So I decided to design some cards with this set for one of my May coffee and cards!


Isn't it so bright and cheerful? I'm pretty bad at actually using my pretty papers but decided to bite the bullet for this one. It may be difficult to see in the photo, but the punches actually match to some of the papers, so I have punched some shapes out and lifted them up with Dimensionals to make a 'decoupage' type effect. 

I hope you like it as much as I do! 

If you're in the UK and would like to receive a free complimentary catalogue, please just drop me an email at laura@thestampingcat.com and I'll pop one in the post to you. 


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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Animal Expedition meets Large Letters for Eclipse Card

Hi Everyone!

I know I've said before, one of my favourite things about making my own cards is that I am able to make personalised cards for my friends and family. 

Recently, my gorgeous little nephew, Solly, celebrated his 4th Birthday so I wanted to make a fun card for him. Children's cards are always a bit tricky for me as I'm not usually drawn to stamp sets that are aimed at children. So I decided this time to make use of what I had and decided on an 'Eclipse' card. 

If you haven't heard of an 'Eclipse' card, it is basically where shapes are die cut out of paper (usually designer series paper, but it can be any stamped patterned card/paper) and then placed back in where they were cut out, but raised up. This gives an 'eclipse' effect where you can just about make out the cardstock underneath. 

For Solly's card I decided to use the Animal Expedition DSP, which is just so cute! I used the 'Large Letter' dies to cut his name out and then stuck back down with dimensionals. 


This was a nice and quick card to make but I hope you'll agree, very effective, even with no stamping at all on it!

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Monday, 8 April 2019

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop April 2019

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog - if you're joining me from another blog, then hi! I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) a Demonstrator from the UK. If you're a regular viewer of my blog then welcome back. I'd love for you to have a read of my post then hop along to the next demo in the list.

For this month's training blog hop, I wanted to share with you an invitation I have recently made for my best friend's Baby Shower. I am so grateful to be able to help with my crafty skills to make bespoke items like this.

When I was asked to design the invitations I decided to use the 'First Steps' stamp set and to pair it with the gorgeous 'Twinkle Twinkle' papers. As the gender of the baby is currently unknown, I wanted to use neutral colours and this paper is perfect for that. To add a bit extra, I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to create a frame outline and added some matching ribbon. I hope my friend likes the invitations and I hope you do to!


Products used to make this card are listed below, as are the other Demonstrator's taking part in the bloh hop - I'd love for you to hop around to the next one. Don't forget to enter your email address at the bottom of this page to keep up to date with my blog posts. 





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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Flowering Desert for Coffee and Card

Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted some of my cards to you all - March just ran away with me, I can't believe it's April already.

For this week's Coffee and Card, I had a request from one of my ladies to use the 'Flowering Desert' stamp set. Now, I won't deny that although I loved the concept of this stamp set, I couldn't really think of anything to do with it, but I love a challenge so decided to fulfil her request.

I'm actually really happy with the samples I produced. I decided that this stamp set really needs a lovely sponged background. I wanted to create a desert sunset using different methods.

For my first card, I used Night of Navy, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody ink and a sponge to create the sunset. My top tip for sponging is to 'prep' your sponge - this means to apply the ink to the sponge and sponge circles onto your grid paper before sponging on your card. This gets the ink nicely soaked into your sponge and helps prevent the sponge 'lines' you can sometimes get.


For the second sunset card, I punched a 2" circle out of scrap card and used the circle hole left from the punch to sponge a Sun with Mango Melody ink. I added some Cactus and other stamps and a sentiment, and there you have it - a very simple stamping card. 


I'm definitely glad I used this opportunity to play with this stamp set - it was definitely not my ordinary style of card but I love the results - I hope you do too!

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