Thursday, 30 July 2015

Watercolor Wings home decor artwork - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to another blog hop brought to you by the official Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team. It's my last outing with the team but many of my team-mates will be continuing to inspire you each week so make sure you bookmark their blogs won't you!

BUTTERFLIES ON THE WALL
This week the whole team will be featuring the fabulous Watercolour Wings photopolymer stamp set so you really are in for a treat! My own project was inspired by those wonderful home decor pieces in the shops at the moment - no need to buy those when they're so simple to make at home! Come and see:


I used the smaller butterfly from Watercolor Wings to create this artwork. Forget two step stamping, you can layer these babies up in five steps, which makes them very detailed indeed :) You can even add extra detail with markers as I did here to truly customise your butterflies.


You'll need a frame with a recess, sometimes called a shadow frame. Mine was from Marks and Spencer, but I know Ikea do inexpensive similar frames. Colourwise, it's best to stick to a theme - for example, my butterflies all started with a Crushed Curry base and I've built them up with blues, greens and oranges.


In this close-up you can see how each butterfly is resting on a die-cut. I used the small, lacy butterfly from the Bold Butterfly framelits to cut these out of Typeset speciality designer paper.

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So what do you think?! I hope I've inspired you to make your own piece of butterfly artwork for your home or to give as a gift. Now it's time to see what the rest of the team has been up to. Click the button below to carry on the blog hop with the fab Allison Okamitsu!



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BUTTERFLIES ON THE NOSE!
Before I go today, I just have to share this stunning photo by Candice Sedighan whose work has been inspired by her wonderful Golden Retriever, Champ.


How adorable is that?! No matter how many sit-stays we practise, I can't imagine Eva sitting still, gazing soulfully into the distance while I take a photo of her with a cheeky butterfly on her nose! See more of Candice's amazing photos and find out more about her here.

I'll be back tomorrow for the very last time so do pop in to say goodbye won't you.

Hugs,

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

I'm wild about Wild About Flowers!

There are so many beautiful new Stampin' Up stamp sets to showcase, and I'm running out of time to show them all, but Wild About Flowers is definitely somewhere at the top of the list! It's a set with lots of lovely retirement sentiments but those gorgeous flowers are perfect for everything else as well!


When I first discovered Stampin' Up, I loved making this style of card: sponged backgrounds and wild meadow scenes stamped in the foreground. That was five years ago and I still love it!


This scene was sponged into a mask made with an oval framelit and I added a 'frame' with another oval, the next size up. Check out those tiny little butterflies! They're from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set, a photopolymer stamp set that is SO useful!


Subtles inks are best for sponged backgrounds  - I used Soft Sky and So Saffron deepening to Old Olive for this scene, stamping the flowers in Old Olive and Melon Mambo. It looks lovely and summery (unlike the view from my window of leaden skies and wildly tossing trees. It seems that summer is taking a break here in the heart of England!) TIP: I often turn a flower stamp 180 degrees and repeat-stamp the stem to give a bit of depth to my scenes.

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My family and I have got into the habit of 'animal speak'. For example, if someone does something nice like offering you a cup of tea, instead of thanking them you'd say 'Wags at you!" If something bad happens you might say 'Growls menacingly!' or 'Hisses at it!' Is it just us or do other animal owners do this?!

Don't miss the artisan blog hop tomorrow will you? It will be my last outing as an artisan designer for Stampin' Up and it will be a great hop I promise you!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Thinking of you with An Open Heart

I was so pleased to see the wonderful An Open Heart carrying over to the new Stampin' Up catalogue. You know how I feel about leaf stamps, don't you? And I feel the same about bird stamps too - so this set has me covered! Come and see how I used the leaves:


Here's the leafy image - which is actually an olive branch I think! Whatever, it still gets my vote! Do you like the colour combination? I used a Chocolate Chip card base with the image in Always Artichoke, Night of Navy and Elegant Eggplant :)


Here's a different style with the same sentiment, a favourite of mine from Hopeful Thoughts. I watercoloured the leaves and olives for a quick touch of colour and added a sprinkling of gems to finish.


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One of our walks involves a short drive and I love it - not least because Eva pup was once truly car-phobic. Not any more, I'm proud to say! I have worked SO hard with her and now she is able to hop into our car and sit quietly and calmly while I drive (although she does prefer it when the whole family is in there with her!) Yesterday, on the way there, while rounding a sharp bend, I had to brake as there were a couple of sheep in the road. On the way back, I crawled around the bend saying: "I wonder whether the sheep are still there?" They weren't. Instead, to our immense enjoyment, there was a cat!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, 24 July 2015

Spend less on your Stampin' Up shopping!

When you want more Stampin' Up products than your budget allows, it's time to visit the Weekly Deals section of my shop! You'll find lots of top quality goodies there from the current catalogue, all at reduced prices - and they change every week too!

My favourites among this week's deals include the fabulous Sea Street stamp set which is perfect for projects like this nautical number I made last year:


Or this fun, glittery shaker card:


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I've been wondering if the new bed I got for Eva pup is perhaps a little big...


What do you think?!

Have a wonderful weekend won't you and I'll be back on Tuesday with more crafting inspiration :)