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Sunday, 28 May 2017


Hi everyone and welcome to our sneak peek blog hop . The new catalogue is amazing and you are going to love it ! Some of my ladies already have their copies so contact me if you'd like to get your hands on it too .
This card is one I created for a RAK swap and although we don't have ours yet the group have kindly allowed me to share my creation here .

I am so happy that Stampin Up is bringing glossy card stock back . I have a confession - I still have a stash from before ! I have used my interpretation of a technique called polished stone for the background of this card . I took a cotton ball and soaked it in rubbing alcohol , then I added drops of Pool Party and Soft Sky ink refill and dabbed it onto the glossy card stock . I let this dry before continuing but you could hit it with your heat gun if you are impatient . I stamped the sun and then the branches , leaves and sentiment . You do need to leave a little time in between stamping to make sure the ink is dry . I love the autumn feel to this card  .  The set I've used is called Colourful Seasons and it has a matching die set  and is so versatile .
A friend at work asked me if I'd create two special cards for her twin grandsons first birthdays ! I was delighted  and knew straight away which set I wanted to use ! This set is called Birthday Delivery and is another I'll be reaching for again and again . It has matching DSP and  a set of framelits which MATCH the DSP ! I knooooowwww right ! How awesome is that ! These cards were a breeze to create with SU doing all the work for me once again ! 

I was yet to play with Daisy Delight which has a matching punch ! I was also keen to try a technique I had seen on You tube - there are many so I am not sure who to credit for this interesting cool  technique . Its called the Nail Varnish technique , be warned , not to be tried while  husbands that complain about chemical odours are in the vicinity of your craft space ! Basically you put some water  , about 3 cm in the bottom of a throw away container - I used a foil dish  - and then add drops of your choice of nail polish , they say the cheaper ones work the best . Then take a wooden skewer and give it a swirl , working quickly , place your paper ( glossy , watercolour or shimmer ) down into the water and onto your coloured swirls , pull out onto paper towel and allow to dry ! Please note it is best to use gloves for this ! I used Berry Burst to stamp onto glossy card stock and punched and layered two flowers . The centre is one of the new Glitter enamel dots , love them ! My sentiment is also stamped onto glossy card stock . I cased the lay out of this card from Sarah Walker , thank you Sarah .

I continued using the daisy set to case a  card I'd seen by Tandra Boyer where she used the punch to create a skirt for the lady in the Beautiful You stamp ! I was keen to have a try and this is my card . I have used Colour Theory paper stack for my matt and also for underneath the vellum for the skirt . I found it most effective to cut each petal singley and layer until happy with my result . I clear embossed the vellum using powder pink.


Just one more ? One of my ladies , yes you Sharron , happened to mention to me that the little girl from Birthday Delivery looked like she should be standing in front of a Christmas tree ! That was my inspiration for this card ! Never too early for Christmas cards right ?

Now its time to see what the talented Leonie Schroder has created for us !

Blog Hop Participants:
14. Tanya Bell 
18. Kim Oliver 

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