Thursday, 17 May 2018

Just Add Ink #409 - Just Add an Eclipse

Welcome back to another Just Add Ink Challenge. This week Rachael is challenging us to Just Add an Eclipse Technique.

I was asked to make a wedding card as a custom order and I thought this technique would be great to add some extra drama for this special card. I had in my mind a double eclipse card. I am not at all sure if that is actually thing .... but maybe it is now!

I used the colours from the wedding invitations. It gave me a chance to use Mint Macaron - one of my returning faves. Flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and leaf foliage thingys from the Cake Soiree stamp set made it quick and easy to stamp this design. The time consuming part was thinking about how I was going to do the diecutting! I love the Mint Macaron tiny pearls that are part of the Artisan Pearl pack.

The eclipse technique is really quite easy and adds such a fabulous design element. In a nutshell you stamp your design, die cut a shape from that and raise the die cut either with dimensionals or by gluing several die cuts together. My design needed a bit of tweaking to the technique. I actually die cut the circle and 'love' first, placed it all back together and then stamped. It was much easier for me to work out the placement. I was really happy with how it turned out and I hope that the happy couple love it.

I layered about 5 loves, gluing with multipurpose glue. So that I could get the ring a bit lower, I used mini stampin' dimensionals to raise it.

I had intended to use the top stamped sentiment on the card front but it looked too busy so I added a second panel to the card inside.

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members added a total eclipse. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


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Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Kelly's Stamping Friends - Birthday Blog Hop 2018

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What a way to celebrate! Today is my gorgeous friend Kelly Kent's birthday so she is throwing herself a blog hop party! I am so happy to be part of this great celebration. Happy Birthday gorgeous girl! I should add that she has so many people wanting to hop and celebrate with her that there are 2 groups of 20 hopping. You can find the participant list below. Just hop from one link to the next to see lots of gorgeous projects. And yes.... I have met my 'gorgeous' quota for this post!

What better project to show you for this hop than the card I made for Kelly. I gave myself a treat for Kelly's birthday and bought a few new Stampin' Up! products. So here is the card. It is a Tri-Fold Window Card and I used a tutorial by Bronwyn Eastley from AddINKtive Designs. You can find another card that I made using this tutorial here.

It's a really fun card fold that adds that bit of drama for a special card.

When I saw it in the new Stampin' Up 2018/19 Annual catalogue, I thought the Varied Vases stamp set and coordinating punch looked really good but it wasn't until I used it that I realised how fabulous it actually is. With some silver embossing, the flowers stamp up a treat! And how about those stylish vases???

There is even room on the back to write a message. I somehow managed to write my message on the inside so had the remake that panel minutes before I had to leave to post it! Oops!

Next up is another ..... now what is a synonym for gorgeous .......friend, Jenny Hall. (I am so lucky that I have made so many (must buy a thesaurus) friends both in person and online through Stampin' Up! Lucky to have you all in my life. You are all .........


Participant List (A)
1.      Kelly Kent
2.      Lou Kitzelman - That's me!
3.      Jenny Hall
4.      Denita Wright-Smee
5.      Jackie Aitken
6.      Narelle Simm
7.      Sandra Collett
8.      Monique Fielder
9.      Nicole Wilson

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