Friday, 13 July 2018

Stamp 'n' Hop - July Blog Hop: Fav New DSP...

Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today I am teaming up with a group of 19 demonstrators from all over the world to share with you some projects based on this month's theme "Favourite DSP" from the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue.
I love all DSP so, which one to choose!!!  I always find it hard to choose a particular item from the catalogue which I can call my favourite as there are some things which are my favourites from the start, some things are not 'me' and then there are the ones which grow on me over time.  The ultimate result is that I end up liking it all and the one I least expect to be my favourite is suddenly in the number 1 spot!!!
I have therefore decided to call this my favourite 'at this moment' DSP!!!
I have been working with the Animal Expedition suite in preparation for a class this coming weekend and I am loving it so I decided this would be my favourite 'at this moment' DSP.
I started off making this cute little gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  The bag is made from Berry Burst cardstock and then I covered the front in the small animal DSP.  I made two tassels and the tag has the giraffe and frog cut direct from the DSP.  I then used the Ribbon Border Punch at the top of the bag.

I then made a matching greeting card.
And then another...
And then another...(I couldn't stop!)
All of the cards were made just by cutting the images from the DSP which makes it especially versatile.
I then turned the papers over to reveal designs that I felt had a Mediterranean feel to them so I decided to use the Varied Vases stamp set to highlight the papers in a slightly different way and here is what I came up with.

I love how the same papers, teamed up with a different stamp set can look so different but equally as lovely.
I hope you have enjoyed my projects today and if you are interested in any of the items I used to create them, please contact your local demonstrator or if you don't have one, I would be happy to help.
I am now going to pass you on to Karen who I am sure has some lovely projects to share with you.  There is a list of participants shown below should you get lost along the way.
Happy Hoppin'
Jo Blackman (UK) - you are here

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Kre8tors Blog Hop - July Sketch Challenge....

Good afternoon from sunny Norfolk in the UK!!!! 

Today I am taking part in the Kre8tors Blog Hop for July and this month's theme was based on a sketch.

If ever my crafting mojo decides to take a holiday, I always revert back to sketches.  I find that sometimes caseing ideas can be restrictive (albeit very handy when required!) but by using a sketch, it can clear the mind of the clutter that is life and forces me to think outside of the box, so to speak.  I therefore love a sketch challenge!!!! 

The next question then was what stamps was I going to use.  I have recently purchased the Animal Outing stamp set and matching Designer Series Papers and couldn't resist having a little play.  So, I started with the little giraffe, such amazing creatures and this little fella(s) made me smile.

To create the background, I die cut the animal print background to create a stencil and sponged through the stencil, using Soft Suede, on to Daffodil Delight card.  I love how the Daffodil Delight card instantly becomes softer.  I then painted three giraffes using Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight inks and an Aquapainter.  Once dry I added the eye details using a Soft Suede Write Marker.  The sentiment is taken from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, stamped in Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder.

I then decided to make another card using the kangaroo with the cute little koala in his pouch.  This time I used watercolor paper and stamped the image in Soft Suede to soften the edges.  I couldn't resist stamping a second pouch to make it stand out a little.  The background has used the Hardwood stamp (possibly one of my most used stamps ever!) stamped in Soft Suede on to a piece of Sahara Sand and the greeting is taken from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

And then finally, I couldn't leave out the Rhino so I made a third card, using the same sketch but this time I turned it 90 degrees to give a landscape card.

I think the Rhino is possibly my favourite, you decide!

Thank you for hopping by today and if you have seen anything you would like to purchase then please contact your local demonstrator or, if you don't have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help.

Stampin' Up! have two amazing promotions running at the moment.  If you love our Designer Series Paper as much as I do and you purchase three packs of a selection of DSP, you get a fourth pack absolutely free!!!


 Or, would you like to receive a bundle of goodies of your choice to the value of £130, receive discount on future orders and a set of ten ink pads from the colour family of your choice (Regals, Brights, Neutrals or Subtles) all for an amazing £99 (worth nearly £200 total)!!!!  If so, contact your local demonstrator or drop me a line and I would be happy to talk you through it.

I am now passing you over to Linda Handford who I am sure has some amazing projects waiting for you.

Happy Stampin'



July 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Stampin' Sanctuary - Mirror Home Decor ....

Hello all, thank you for joining me today.

I am sharing with you the project that we made at our June Stampin' Sanctuary on Saturday.  A whole day of crafting away from the footie, yay!!!

I run these classes along with my friend and fellow demonstrator Laura Mackie.

We purchased some delightful little mirrors from a certain Swedish store and used the beautiful Share What You Love Suite to decorate them.

Here are the completed mirrors.



Along with the main project of the day, we always prepare a selection of greetings cards and other 3d items to inspire the attendees...




I hope you liked the cards and projects and if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you would like to see a catalogue or order any goodies, please get in touch.  Alternatively, the catalogue can be seen by clicking on the catalogue icon in the right panel.  If you select any of the items shown in the box below, these will take you to my online shop.
Thanks for dropping by and if you would like to join us at our next Stampin' Sanctuary, this takes place on World Cardmaking Day on 6 October and we would love you to join us.
Happy Stampin'

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